Do You Freeze Your Fish Whole or Gutted

Discussion in 'Trout Fishing' started by ironbelle, Feb 16, 2006.

  1. ironbelle

    ironbelle New Member

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    My mom said that an old neighbor used to freeze trout whole and thaw them, then gut them when he was ready to eat and they tasted like they just came out of the lake. I heard it's bad not to gut a fish before freezing so I got into the habit of gutting them, then freezing my trout. Is it bad to catch fish, freeze them whole and gut them before cooking after they have thawed?
     
  2. slabmaster

    slabmaster New Member

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    i do some guideing for trout on the white river and the best way i know to eat them is fresh caught . if you leave the gills in any fish and freeze them they will probably spoil during the thawing process.
     

  3. dwreel

    dwreel New Member

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    I don't trout fish so any answer I gave might not pertain to your fish. However, I do gut, remove gills,head and tail before I freeze my fish. It's just something I have always done.
     
  4. rasimmons

    rasimmons Guest

    i don't trout fish either but anything else i keep gets gutted
     
  5. Mutt

    Mutt Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    i always gut them. you can leave the heads on if you want but i dont i remove the heads gills and gut em then if i am going to freeze any i vacum seal them. trout is the number 1 fish i fish for for eating. love em great eating.
     
  6. lawnman61

    lawnman61 New Member

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    It is never a good idea to freeze trout or any other fish without cleaning it first. It leaves bad bacteria when thawing it out and can make you very sick.
    Always, always, always.... clean that fish before freezing it if you plan on eating it later.
    Have a good one. :)
     
  7. hobocatfisher

    hobocatfisher New Member

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    Yes I clean my fish and wash them real good before freezing them. What the heck I'm goning to eat them at a later date and I sure don't want to get sick. If you spend a little time before freezing fish they will taste better at the table.
     
  8. lightningmetal10

    lightningmetal10 New Member

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    Gutting the fish no matter the type always works best for me... My friend actually froze a fish and tried to cut it. He checked to see if it had defrosted and hit the large intestine (ugh)... Moral of the story dont risk it tasting like Cr@p just gut the thing and decapitate it
    Joe
     
  9. Matt Smith

    Matt Smith New Member

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    Freezing meat at zero degrees for 30 days will kill all bacteria. Also frying the fish in oil will kill bacteria, so I see no reason why you can't freeze intact fish.

    I find trout to be mushy after it's been frozen so I just cook them when I get them home.
     
  10. T-Bone

    T-Bone New Member

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    Well dang, now I'm not sure what to do. When we got out to catch catfish to eat, we may be in the boat the entire nite. No live well yet, so we carry an ice chest with ice in it. As we catch them we throw'em on ice. When ready to leave the lake we go to the cleaning station and clean'em. Washed off and bagged and put in clean iced down ice chest (drink chest). I'm pretty sure the game warden would put the hurt on me if I cleaned them right there on the boat.....
    Once I get the ice chest live well going, I'm gonna stop doing it this way, but untill than.........
     
  11. fat_fish55

    fat_fish55 New Member

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    t-bone,
    i think what they are saying is dont completely deep freeze then set to thaw out for a few hours with guts in,
    im sure putting on ice until you can gut them is the perfect way if you cant keep them lively in fresh water
     
  12. T-Bone

    T-Bone New Member

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    Thanks Bro, for a bit there I thought I was doing it wrong. I guess if I would have re-read the post I would of caught on.