Last summer while my wife and I were jug fishing I was careless and took a side fin from 15# blue in the shin. It went all the way to the bone. The fish stuck to my leg and I had to pull him off, pulling some muscle and sinue out with it. I cut a piece of towel and made a bandage out of it and rapped it around my leg and tapped it tight with electrical tape. I fished the rest of the night but I was hurting pretty bad. The next morning when we got home I really didn't feel like dressing fish so I iced them down good. After getting some sleep and elevating my leg I got up and skinned all my fish, cut off the heads and removed the entrails. I left them whole and iced them down again. They stayed on ice for 5 days. Every day I would drain off any water and add more ice. The water coming off these fish was bloody the first couple of days and even a pink tint on the 5th day. After 5 days I finally felt like standing in one spot long enough to fillet all my fish and put them up in bags and freezing them. We have had several fish frys from these fish and they are the best tasting catfish I have ever eaten. I have always dressed fish and put them directly in bags and froze them. I would let them soak some before cooking but I have never had fish as good as the fish that had been on ice for several days after being dressed. I have kept fish on ice for days before but they were whole. In the future I plan to dress my fish and let them stay on ice for several days before filleting them and freezing. I think its worth the trouble.