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How do you keep your ice fishing catch?

Post By: ScottyK      Posted: 1/2/2020 10:02:56 AM     Points: 139    
I am a catch and eat kinda guy...I usually stun a fish with a little whack on the head and pull the gills out to bleed the fish meat..then I put em in a bucket w a little water so they dont freeze...then fillet at home...is this the best way keep your catch from freezing?
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Jan. 2, 10:11:36 AM     Points: 68    
I break their neck right away and then cover with snow if its available. Snow actually insulates the fish. If it is brutally cold that wont help much-or for very long.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: Jan. 2, 10:13:48 AM     Points: 12453    
Seems pretty effective. Differently helps bleeding them out. I would think letting them freeze a little would preserve them a little better but I wouldnít let them freeze solid. Should still fillet fine. I donít keep many so thatís my thoughts on it.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Jan. 2, 10:26:51 AM     Points: 56317    
If I'm going to keep them I'll hit them on the head to kill them then leave them in the shade.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Jan. 2, 10:42:18 AM     Points: 30143    
If Iím keeping fish, I either seek to keep them alive or gut them right away. Guts is where parasites live etc.

You are standing on a giant live well... drill an extra hole, get a stringer, and an extra ice screw. Fish on stringer, drop down ice hole, tie to ice screw.
 Reply by: ScottyK      Posted: Jan. 2, 11:15:25 AM     Points: 139    
What do you do with the guts?...
 Reply by: ScottyK      Posted: Jan. 2, 11:24:16 AM     Points: 139    
I put guts and heads in garden...I have always wondered if its acceptable etiquette to put fish guts in the lake?
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Jan. 2, 11:24:19 AM     Points: 30143    
Keep them alive under the ice until you are done for the day. When you are packing up, pull fish up and slit gills to bleed out. Clean them in the parking lot, guts in a shopping bag and in the trash

It is not legal to dump guts in the lake
 Reply by: ScottyK      Posted: Jan. 2, 11:26:42 AM     Points: 139    
Thats what I thought...
 Reply by: adrenaline_junkie_ff      Posted: Jan. 2, 1:27:06 PM     Points: 7918    
If the ice is thick enough, you can use your auger and drill a bunch of holes, just not all the way through the ice obviously, and let the area fill up with water and put your fish in it. Like a live well above the ice.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: Jan. 2, 2:04:34 PM     Points: 12453    
^^ Iíve done that been for works great
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Jan. 2, 2:26:04 PM     Points: 30143    
Please fill that big hole in or mark it very clearly so we don't step in it!
 Reply by: ScottyK      Posted: Jan. 2, 2:26:15 PM     Points: 139    
I love that idea...so simple.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Jan. 2, 8:53:31 PM     Points: 30143    
Just do us all a favor and donít be the cause of anyone falling through with that technique. Even just a wet foot is enough to totally ruin most people day. Iíve stepped in a ďdouble drilledĒ hole before - looks like the shape of an 8 if that helps. And I can tell you. I was pissed.

If I went knee deep in someoneís surface aquarium from the day before hiking in at sunrise. Iíd be a very unhappy camper. Even more happy if I went through the 3Ē of ice you left at the bottom.

Fish get constant oxygen below the ice surface. That surface aquarium is going to get cold and stale.
 Reply by: chodeman      Posted: Jan. 3, 10:12:03 PM     Points: 905    
Got this recently and completely love it. Have kept fish alive for hours and so easy to pack in and out. With the floats on the top you don't even need to anchor it and when you are ready to leave, just unzip and the fish drop right out. Only suggestion is to take fish out while you are still at the hole then dunk in the hole a few time to get the fish slime off!

For those who know me, I spend way too much $$ on ice gear, but this was one of the best $20 I've ever spent!

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