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#11876541 - 10/12/16 07:39 AM Leaving fish in an ice chest
SangerCrappieMan Offline
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Registered: 12/07/12
Posts: 291
Loc: Justin, TX
I know that some of you put your fish in ice chests while you are fishing.
How long will the fish stay good in an ice chest?
Do you put ice in the bottom of it?

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#11876570 - 10/12/16 07:55 AM Re: Leaving fish in an ice chest [Re: SangerCrappieMan]
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I dont usually keep fish but I have gone out with guides a few times and kept some.

They just threw the fish in a dry cooler, no water or ice. We fished 5-6 hours, then they cleaned the fish and got them on ice and home in under an hour and in the fridge or freezer.

Never got sick or anything lol.

I would guess if on ice, they keep quite some time. Days even if you keep ice.
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#11876592 - 10/12/16 08:06 AM Re: Leaving fish in an ice chest [Re: SangerCrappieMan]
Mo Offline
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We used to fish western Oklahoma soil conservation lakes out of float tubes. We would spend all weekend,
with fish on ice . Come home late Sunday and fillet , no problem.

They will keep for several days on ice,

MO
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#11876649 - 10/12/16 08:32 AM Re: Leaving fish in an ice chest [Re: SangerCrappieMan]
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Loc: Joshua, TX
Like Mo said, you're good for a couple days, especially this time of year.
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#11876695 - 10/12/16 08:52 AM Re: Leaving fish in an ice chest [Re: SangerCrappieMan]
Slewfoot Offline
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Registered: 03/27/02
Posts: 2489
Loc: E Texas
We plan on having 3 days worth of slabs on ice this weekend. They'll be fine! We keep ice on the bottom and add ice to the top and drain the water. They last several days this way and are easier to clean! thumb

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#11876738 - 10/12/16 09:13 AM Re: Leaving fish in an ice chest [Re: SangerCrappieMan]
PKfishin Offline
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Registered: 09/28/12
Posts: 2526
Loc: Texas
Every commercial fish sold has been on ice for weeks. Big trawlers don't come in after they catch a few.

I always buy a little more ice on the way home and put this on top of the fish and clean them in the afternoon of the next day. I've cleaned them on the second day and the fish were practically frozen.
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#11876817 - 10/12/16 09:48 AM Re: Leaving fish in an ice chest [Re: SangerCrappieMan]
Dutch1947 Offline
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Registered: 06/02/10
Posts: 2058
Loc: North, TX
Speaking of Ice, watch for the self serve Twice the Ice vending places. Twenty Pounds for $1.75 or $2,00 depending on location.

www.twicetheice.com lists locations.

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#11876821 - 10/12/16 09:50 AM Re: Leaving fish in an ice chest [Re: SangerCrappieMan]
bert Offline
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Registered: 07/20/01
Posts: 2156
Loc: Garland, TX, USA
As long the eyes are clear and the gills have good color you are fine.
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#11876849 - 10/12/16 10:10 AM Re: Leaving fish in an ice chest [Re: SangerCrappieMan]
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Registered: 08/18/09
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Loc: TEXAS
heavily iced in layers, draining the water, 3 days. ice them as soon as caught.
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#11876882 - 10/12/16 10:22 AM Re: Leaving fish in an ice chest [Re: SangerCrappieMan]
erittmueller Offline
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Registered: 07/25/15
Posts: 356
Loc: Irving/Valley Ranch
If no ice you can start to feel the meat start to get just a little soft after 4 hours (longer if colder). If there is some ice in the cooler the fish will last 24 hours before having to be cleaned. If you pack it with ice it will be longer. I am always putting my fish into a cooler since I'm usually on the bank and thats the pattern that I have.

Eric

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#11877041 - 10/12/16 11:25 AM Re: Leaving fish in an ice chest [Re: SangerCrappieMan]
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Registered: 12/20/10
Posts: 3345
Loc: mckinney, tx
Everyone said it perfectly, as long as you keep them well covered and water drained they'll keep for a few days no problem.
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#11877077 - 10/12/16 11:37 AM Re: Leaving fish in an ice chest [Re: SangerCrappieMan]
Chiprat Offline
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Registered: 04/28/15
Posts: 248
Loc: Highland Village, Texas
I use Ice Jugs and minimal Water, and it keeps them good.. Coke Liter frozen over night will last most the day..

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#11877143 - 10/12/16 12:04 PM Re: Leaving fish in an ice chest [Re: SangerCrappieMan]
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Registered: 06/18/16
Posts: 1324
Loc: Galv. Cnty
Ice jugs, Ice......& put fish in Trash bag. Keeps ice clean
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#11877402 - 10/12/16 02:06 PM Re: Leaving fish in an ice chest [Re: SangerCrappieMan]
Coach Hark Offline
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Registered: 01/11/12
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Loc: Burleson, Texas
As long as the gills are pink to red. If the gills are white your fish are bad.
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#11877508 - 10/12/16 03:08 PM Re: Leaving fish in an ice chest [Re: SangerCrappieMan]
SangerCrappieMan Offline
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Registered: 12/07/12
Posts: 291
Loc: Justin, TX
Thank you everyone. That helps a lot

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