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    Default Preserving your catch for the kitchen table

    How do you preserve the freshness of your daily catch for the dinner table that night? Personally, I clean the fish right after landing, place the fish in a creel, then put the fish on ice when back at the car. Thanks.

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    You're on the right track with what you are doing. The only thing I might add is to put the fish in freezer bags, squeezing out the air, before putting them on ice. Seems to keep them fresh.

    Melted ice reduces the flavor content of the fish IMO.

    Bill

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    Bill, I'll add the freezer bags next trip.
    Thanks

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    It's easy, I gently slip them back into the river. Then if I am in the mood for fish, I stop by the store on my way home and purchase a nice pre-cleaned fresh fish for dinner.

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    Default fish for dinner

    A fellow told me to whack 'em in the head as soon as they are landed to keep the lactic acid from being released due to stress. As he put it the lactic acid makes 'em get that fishy taste. Uh, isn't that what I am after?

    Anyway, do you fellas kill them immediately? I usually creel them alive and gut them when I leave. They go straight to the cooler after gutting.

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    I keep mine alive as long as possible. Whatever fish I plan on keeping I will carefully string it and place it back in the water to swim in a slow current, then when I get ready to leave I gut it and dip it in the stream every so often on the way back to the jeep. Then place in a large freezer bag on ice......yummy. Hasn't failed me yet
    "The quiet one in the corner"

    Vincent

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    Beleive it or not, I don't like to eat trout. You are on the right track. Don't forget the freezer bags to keep the water off the fish. Did I mention that my wife makes great hushpuppies and cornbread?
    I prefer bluegill (oven fried) or early year crappie out of cold water. Or Captain D's or Red Lobster.

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    Oven fried? Can u elaborate? Thanks.

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    I like the pecan smothered trout at The Partridge & Pear Restaurant in Pigeon Forge.... wicked good stuff!

    So far I've let them all go since moving south.

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    Maurer, I'll get the Mrs. to elaborate on the oven fry bit. She learned it when we lived in KY.

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