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Is killing fish with iced water really humane?

You can kill tropical fish by freezing them, or even just letting them cool down. From the outdoors perspective, most game and eatable fish are not tropical. There is a post on a sister site Fish “...
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Is it really necessary to gut a fish?

Depending on your situation, you don't have to necessarily gut the fish, but in that case should cook it much longer than you otherwise would. Parasites are a concern, and the innards will make it ...
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Is killing fish with iced water really humane?

Ice water will not kill any fish quickly. Some fish even live in ice or icy water. A tropical fish may go into shock, but it won't die right for a long time. I think people may believe the fish is ...
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Easiest way to preserve a fishing catch - with cooking or pickling

SALT Before refrigeration salt was the primary means of preserving fish. As you mention in your question filleting them is a a good first step, they should also be dried to reduce the amount of salt ...
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When to kill and bleed a fish

Important to note that specific state regulations could apply to your situation. For instance, my state has a fishing regulation which states: "It is unlawful for any person to possess a fish in any ...
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When to kill and bleed a fish

There is no reason to kill, bleed and gut the fish immediately. The ideal way to preserve freshness is to keep the fish alive as long as possible. Depending on your situation this is best accomplished ...
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Is killing fish with iced water really humane?

It is absolutely not humane - in fact it is by FAR one of the most CRUEL methods to euthanize a fish. Regardless of them being tropical or not, before they are sufficiently cold enough to die, their ...
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When to kill and bleed a fish

I fish daily in a kayak and have caught and eaten thousands of fish from snapper to mackerel to wahoo. I throw them in the hull of the kayak with no ice and continue to fish, sometimes for several ...
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When to kill and bleed a fish

After you kill and gut the fish, then clean it (wash it and scale it, if it needs scaling.) I don't know what you mean by "bleeding" a fish: I only ever gut it. After doing this, you do not actually ...
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How to clean and cook Asian Carp

Here's a decent video detailing just how to do it: Basically filet it like any other fish. Remove the "dark meat" that is pungent and distasteful. Then remove the row of spines. Taste tests ...
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How to clean and cook Asian Carp

I heard a news story about a year ago about some group along the Mississippi River that was catching these carp and processing them for human consumption. I wish I could give more details. They ...
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Is it ok to bleed a fish in muddy water

If the water is sufficiently clean that you are willing to eat the fish, it's clean enough to use to bleed the fish. Dirt as such isn't poisonous. Clear water isn't necessarily safe. Two ways ...
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When to kill and bleed a fish

Your concern for keeping the fish alive longer than necessary is valid. I used to like to club fish to kill them immediately. However I now typically bleed by cutting the gills as you describe. This ...
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When to kill and bleed a fish

I kayak fish and do it this way: catch fish cut through the "throat" by putting the fish on its back (belly up), inserting a knife through one gill opening to the other, and then cutting "upward" to ...
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When to kill and bleed a fish

Bleeding really only needs to be done for fish that have really bloody meat. These fish are often "athlete fish" such as Jacks or Tunas. From what it sounds like you are going to be fishing in ...
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How to clean and cook Asian Carp

There's an excellent Asian method. These directions are for a good size carp. Buy 1 short 3/4 inch thick coco lumber, 3 inch wide board. Some places have it in a scrap box. Shape it like a flat hair ...
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Ikejime: Effectively hit the entire central nerve of the fish's spine

The goal of this technique is to avoid a bad flavor of the meat that comes from certain chemicals released into muscles. Bleeding the fish out is just an additional step. The key of the technique you ...
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Bleeding a fish without a cooler

Depending on the weather, I would try to keep them alive in the water until you are lamost ready to start back. Clean them just before you start back. If the weather is colder than that water, clean ...
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When to kill and bleed a fish

There's no need to bleed your trout mate. Unless you're planning on freezing it and eating it at a later date, or curing it in the off season to eat at a later date. If you plan to eat your trout ...
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When to kill and bleed a fish

It is better to have an idea what to do with the fish rather than spoil a life. The kill method you mentioned is the ikejime method (). Ikejime is just a fancy Japanese word for sticking a sharp ...
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