Well I checked with my local Game Warden about cleaning fish in the boat. According to the game warden you can clean on the dock or on land but not on the boat. You can not transport filets of fish on Texas waters. The reasoning was you can not tell what type fish the filet came from and you can not tell what the overall length of the fish was prior to being fileted. If he measured the filet most would come up too short and a once legal fish is now illegal. To add to it once the fish is fileted on land it can not then be transported on the water either. The whole conversation was about putting filets on ice and not merely guttting the fish where the overall length and type of fish can be still be established. His recommendation was put the fish your harvest on ice. It makes sense to me and I understand it however I was gearing up to filet on the boat. Oh well Im glad I asked and maybe this will save someone else some grief if that is their current method of operation. I will go to my next best option and go straight to the cooler. From the advise I got hear that is the best way to go anyway and steer clear of those hot live-wells. Correct me if I am wrong but as I understand it if you go to the cooler with the live fish un-gutted the blood is drawn to the intestines and out of the meat when the fish cools making better fish on the table. Others has said they leave a bit of skin on the filet so everone knows its a catfish. It does not look like that will fly if its a filet on Texas waters either when you take into account the Wardens outlook. This is my second attempt to post this info. My first one was titled **WARDEN SAYS ILLEGAL IN TEXAS ** This was a few days ago and I can not find it so something happened to it or it was edited for some reason. If you find that post it contains the same info I just wanted to get it out. I said in another post I would do a follow up on this so here is what I found. I am a rookie on the BOC so I am still learning the system on posting and adding to the reps, PMs and whatnot so bear with me.