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I Have a few questions about bleeding out fish, that i hope i can find some in site.

Also, I live in California.

Question 1: Can i keep my catches on a stringer, then bleed/kill them when im about to leave, or should i bleed/kill them first, then place onto the stringer?

Question 2: Is it ok to bleed them directly into the water? for lake?ocean?river? (if a fish cleaning station is not available) Or should i just bleed into the ground, or if i should just not bleed at all in this case.

Question 3: Should i bleed ALL fish? (that im keeping/eating of course) or just certain species? I see most people bleed ocean fish, i mostly fish for catfish, black and white bass, bluegill.

 

thanks!!

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If I plan on keeping fish to eat I keep them on ice.

It is not necessary to "bleed" bass, catfish, bluegill, or white bass.

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For me, it all depends on the situation. Take this weekend for example, I will be going to a river that is almost 3 hours away to catfish. I will keep the fish on a stringer until its time for me to go, then I will throw them in a dedicated cooler full of ice for the trip home. I wont kill them until I get home. Catfish tend to stay alive for quite a while out of water. The meat will go straight from the fish into a deep fryer and the remains straight into a freezer. 

When Im salmon fishing I will bleed them out, on land, and throw them in the cooler right away. Im not sure if it makes a difference with the blood in the water or not but Im a superstitious person so I dont want the blood in the water to deter them LOL 

When Im fishing for trout, I throw them on a stringer and wait until Im ready to leave and I will completely clean them on the bank. Ill throw their guts into the rocks in the water for the crawfish to eat. Then throw the fish on ice. 

Maybe a little insight of what I have been doing and works for me will give you a little help. 

 

 

 

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Thanks everyone, My main concern was whether it was legal/sportsman like to bleed or dump the guts right into the water, and didnt want to offend anyone. 

 

Ill probably test it out once or twice, to see if theres any difference at all. 

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The cleanup crew in most bodies of water will make short work of fish guts. It won't just lay in there and rot. 

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3 hours ago, CatchNoFish said:

Thanks everyone, My main concern was whether it was legal/sportsman like to bleed or dump the guts right into the water, and didnt want to offend anyone. 

 

 

In CA?  Most lakes are municipal water reservoirs.  I would not dump anything in the water for fear of going straight to jail!  Get this, some lakes allow water skiing but no swimming!  Only in CA!

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39 minutes ago, Fisher-O-men said:

In CA?  Most lakes are municipal water reservoirs.  I would not dump anything in the water for fear of going straight to jail!  Get this, some lakes allow water skiing but no swimming!  Only in CA!

Putting something natural and organic that came from the water back into the water is grounds for execution in CA!

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3 hours ago, CatchNoFish said:

Thanks everyone, My main concern was whether it was legal/sportsman like to bleed or dump the guts right into the water, and didnt want to offend anyone. 

 

Ill probably test it out once or twice, to see if theres any difference at all. 

It's not that big of a deal... the catfish will just gobble it up. I wouldn't suggest bleeding the fish in the water however, as it looks bad for the sport when fisherman kill their catch in front of squeamish onlookers.

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If I'm surf fishing for snapper or chopper Bluefish I'll bleed them out on a stringer. Ice them and clean them when I get home. Smallmouth, Largemouth and White Bass I catch and release. I've given away many a catfish and it was their (takers) problem to deal with.

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On 7/15/2016 at 1:18 PM, Fisher-O-men said:

In CA?  Most lakes are municipal water reservoirs.  I would not dump anything in the water for fear of going straight to jail!  Get this, some lakes allow water skiing but no swimming!  Only in CA!

LOL what in the world, that makes sense!

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On 7/15/2016 at 3:18 PM, Fisher-O-men said:

In CA?  Most lakes are municipal water reservoirs.  I would not dump anything in the water for fear of going straight to jail!  Get this, some lakes allow water skiing but no swimming!  Only in CA!

It's not just CA. One of the lakes I fish on occasion allows no boats, swimming, or wading, but you can use a belly boat?? Which seems to me to be a combination of the 3 :wacko:

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8 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

It's not just CA. One of the lakes I fish on occasion allows no boats, swimming, or wading, but you can use a belly boat?? Which seems to me to be a combination of the 3 :wacko:

The magic is waders!  I have not figured out the skiing vs swimming thing yet.

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