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Should I eat this fish?

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Hi, I just came back from a party boat out of onset mass, on which I caught a bunch of scup  and two sea bass. now I caught them between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm and I just filleted them about and hour or two ago at 2:30 ish and they weren’t kept on ice because I wasn’t allowed to bring a cooler now the question is can I still eat them? 

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Internal meat is generally sterile until it's cut. Having said that under optimum conditions bacteria will double in count every 20 minutes. I'd wash the filets well in salted water, put them in a baggie in the fridge. Smell them the next day, if there's no odor detectable you're probably good to go. If you smell ammonia or decay either chuck them or plant them under the rose bushes. 

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29 mins ago, Slacker said:

What kind of party boat bans coolers?  Besides a TomT trip, I mean.

Obviously a classy operation.

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Not all coolers just big fish coolers 

1 hour ago, Slacker said:

What kind of party boat bans coolers?  Besides a TomT trip, I mean.

 

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Freeze it in a dry ice and ethanol bath... if liquid nitrogen isn’t readily available... and then wrap it in a paper towel for no less than 3 days but no more than 5 days.

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43 mins ago, Joe said:

never go on that boat again!

Yep unless the cooler was of a coffin size and they couldnt fit it, but, they should have scrounged up some ice.

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