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Old 09-13-2018, 09:35 AM
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I wanna pull about 100 blue Gill out of the pond. Typically I do this over a couple times through the summer and have a fish fry with 20-30 fish each time. But due to being gone with training so much this summer. I haven't gotten to pull very many out.

I usually cut the head off, gut them, then scale them and cook them whole that way.

What's the best way to freeze these so they last for a couple months?

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Old 09-13-2018, 10:16 AM
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Fillet them and vacuum pack them 10 fillets to a bag. That's what I do with the ones I catch in TX. If they are over 7 inches long you can get a decent sized fillet and no bones or scales to worry about.
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Old 09-13-2018, 07:28 PM
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I don't have a vacuum sealer. I really should for the amount of game I cut up.

Generally I wrap stuff in freezer paper, then sometimes seal in freezer bags as well.

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Old 09-14-2018, 05:19 PM
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Put in freezer bad and fill with water they will keep up to a year that way
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Originally Posted by Azcatter40 View Post
Put in freezer bad and fill with water they will keep up to a year that way
So just freezer bag, cover with water, then freeze?

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Old 09-15-2018, 04:00 AM
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I know a lot of people that do that. some use half of a paper qt milk carton instead of bags, freeze them standing up then they lay them down and they stack well.
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Old 10-09-2018, 03:49 AM
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freeze in a block of water no matter the container.thats the way the old folk in my family did it
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Old 07-17-2019, 01:06 AM
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For only 3 months...I catch a lot of fish Jake all year long..Just put them in a zip lock,,if it's only 3 months..I catch alot of crappie in the winter..I mark the date on the baggie and eat older ones first..If its only 3 months no problem..then I take them out and thaw in saltwater for a couple hours..The main thing..I keep mine in the deep freeze..The bass can have worms so I set my deep freeze at 6 below zero...they reccomend 10 days of this will kill any parasites you may not have seen in your fish..Just a safety measure that's all.

Much less space than a block of ice..I've done both..but if it's only 3 months not necessary

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Old 07-17-2019, 05:24 AM
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Good to know Chuck.

I'd been using the ice block method.

I haven't froze any this year. Just been catching 10-15 at a time and eating that day.

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Yes sir..Here's 50 nothing under 9 inches {-;
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