SAFE TO EAT ?

Discussion in 'Walleye Fishing' started by twisted, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. twisted

    twisted New Member

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    yesterday we went out for some channel cats and got there a bit early (about dusk) and i caught a nice keeper walleye. i put him in the bucket and it died shortly after.it was another 5-6 hours before i got to clean it. is it safe to eat ? the meat looked good and didn't smell.

    thanks.
     
  2. bnt55

    bnt55 New Member

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    you are probably ok, I always keep em on a stringer or on ice (best). Good luck salmonella isn't as bad as they say....:eek:oooh:
     

  3. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    I use the Gill color as my guide,If they are still bright red to a very dark pink ,probably ok,any lighter ,I chunk em. Best way is to put em on ice as soon as they are caught.:wink:
     
  4. Poppa

    Poppa New Member

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    I have always gone by gill color also. The gills have to be at least pink,
    if they are light pink or whites its gone bad. In some cases it might be
    ok but it not worth taking a chance.
     
  5. 350degree peanut oil

    350degree peanut oil New Member

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    Hot grease is a good disinfectant....:eek:oooh: When I'm meat fishing, I keep a coolr full of ice in the boat and they go straight from the hook to the ice chest. I don't even like keeping them alive in a livewell in hot weather, they soften up. The meat is a lot firmer and better tasting if you put them on ice immediately.
     
  6. twisted

    twisted New Member

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    thanks guys, if i remember correctly the gills were red.

    i hate to waste a fish.
     
  7. 40oz

    40oz New Member

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    As long as the water is fairly cool & the gills still have some color like the others said the meat should be fine to eat.
     
  8. thecatman

    thecatman Well-Known Member

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    i have cleaned and ate fish with gill colors ranging from a light pink to a full bright red and they were always fine only time i chunk em if i have to is when the gills are ghostly white then i either feed the coons or have new garden fertilizer but i agree that fish should be fine to eat unless gills were completely white and even then just cook it long enough and it should be fine
     
  9. twisted

    twisted New Member

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    what happens if i dont remember what color the gill plates were ?
     
  10. bownero

    bownero New Member

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    Another suggestion you can do, is bleed the fish out. Make a small incision around the throat area of the fish. The fish will bleed out and the meat will be very white when cleaning the fish. My Bear hunting in guide in Canada did this to our Walleye and Perch we caught. The fish were left on the stringer for several hours, before cleaned. We ate the fish that night. Yes, the water was cold and clean, but this could be a thought for you to do in the future on the fish you catch!!

    I'm guessing this will work on catfish too, maybe cut the tail and let the fish bleed out that way.
     
  11. twisted

    twisted New Member

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    thanks for the advise !
     
  12. recordbreakin1

    recordbreakin1 New Member

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    AS LONG AS THERE GILLS ARE RED I WILL STILL EAT THEM.