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Old 01-14-2007, 06:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here's a problem I can't say I've faced very often. How* can I fillet my frozen fish from today? Should I bag them and put them in the frig to thaw alittle, then fillet them? or what? I don't want to jeperdize the meat by letting them thaw too much, but they are really a pain trying to fillet frozen.* HELP PLEASE!!
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Old 01-14-2007, 06:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Try an electric knife... .
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Old 01-14-2007, 06:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If my fish are frozen when I get them home I just toss them in the sink for half a minute or so, makes it much easier.... not hot water, but cool to luke warm.



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Old 01-14-2007, 06:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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When you get home, throw them in a 5 gal bucket of lukewarm water.

Go hug the wife, put your gear away and in about 30 min they will be perfect for cleaning.

I like to use an old toothbrush to scape the bloodline from the back and the bristles the scrub out the meat. Comes out whistle clean!
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Sure is nice to have fresh fish to clean when you get home, unlike the summer when they need to be kept cold, lol!

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If my fish are frozen when I get them home I just toss them in the sink for half a minute or so, makes it much easier.
I like to do this too, but really freaks my daughter out.* *"Yuck, now I can never use the sink again!"
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Old 01-15-2007, 10:42 AM   #6 (permalink)
 
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I clean trout befor they get rock hard like yesterday. like to see what they have been eating while on the lake. big ol shad fell out of one yesterday put it on as bait and caught the biggest fish of the day on it. put the guts and head in bucket and just befor I leave drop them in a hole feeds the crawdads.
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I try to keep my fish from freezing solid in the first place.
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Old 01-15-2007, 01:05 PM   #8 (permalink)
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So yesterday I snowmobile into a mountain lake a couple of miles. The temp was ~2, snowing and a bit breezy.

We fished for a couple of hours (no shanty). We land a few fish.

Can anyone tell me how to keep fish from freezing in these conditions?
Maybe put them down the hole on a stringer?
Only to take out some wet fish when I leave and have them freeze almost instantly on the ride back to the truck? Then a hour+ ride home in a cooler?

Id rather let them stiffen up some, save my fingers from getting quite as cold to catch more fish!
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Old 01-15-2007, 02:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I always drill an extra hole for a stringer & try to keep my fish alive till i'm ready to leave.Keeps them nice & fresh,& it takes them awhile to freeze on the way back cause they're still wigglin.When i get home i put them in the sink and run alittle cold water on them to soften them up.*
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Old 01-15-2007, 05:34 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I've seen people drill a hold until the auger just penetrates to the water, and then drill several holes right along side it not too deep. Scoop out the snow, and the water from the first deeper hole fills up the the entire line and creates a good livewell.
I don't do this myself because I'm not sure if this is very safe or legal. It does keep your fish from freezing though.
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