Hey Mike, When we soap the fish cooler out we hit the ice packs too, keep em clean. But yes I have 2 outdoor freezers I use, and we keep em there.Capt Rick-
I'm guessing as captain running a boat you have a dedicated fish/bait freezer or chest freezer you use to refreeze the arctic packs in after they've been in the cooler with the fish, saltwater etc?. Seems like it prolly wouldn't be a great idea to throw them into a "regular" use freezer or it would get a bit fishy pretty quickly
Thanks for all the really great info. My fish cooking game is getting the tips it's always needed.Step 1: Bleeding
All species of fish benefit from a clean bleed. Some fish are almost inedible unless you bleed them (big bluefish, striped bass); some will yield prettier fillets for raw preps (fluke)...but most fish will store and taste better if bled properly.
Fish need to be bled while still alive, and submerged in water after cutting. For large fish, make sure at least the head/gills are submerged in water during the bleeding process. On a boat, this usually involves a white bucket filled with seawater.
Below is a short, unlisted clip demonstrating how I bleed fluke and porgy. Off camera, I transfer the fish into my cooler filled with block ice which sits behind me on the kayak:
It's probably best to kill the fish asap to avoid lactic acid buildup from stress. The absolute quickest method that's employed by the Japanese is "Ike Jime," which involved brain spiking with a sharp ice-pick style tool (instant death, least amt of suffering etc), then inserting a length of wire down the spinal cord to destroy all nerve activity, then bleeding out in an ice slurry.Thanks for all the really great info. My fish cooking game is getting the tips it's always needed.
One question. You fish from a yak with your fish on a stringer. Wouldn't it make more sense to keep the fish alive on the stringer and bleed them right before you are ready to go in?
On my boat, I keep the fish alive in a live well until it's time to go in, then they get cut and bleed out on my way in.
Do you think bled and iced works better than kept alive, then bled, then iced?