BLEED BUCKET

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  1. Reel 007

    Reel 007 Well-Known "Member"

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    could someone please explain the how-to and the advantages.
    My normal practices is to pop the gill and leave the fish on deck for a few minutes then kill bag.
    Thanks.
     
  2. NoLDR

    NoLDR OG BD member

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    Cut the gill stick it in a bucket of ice and saltwater. let it cool down and bleed out then add to kill bag with ice.
     
  3. Louis P

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    Or painters bucket fill with salt water ;slit pull out gill plate put fish head down bleed it out ; Then put fish on ice Works
     
  4. plj46

    plj46 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    A "how to" on putting a fish in a bucket to bleed ?
     
  5. yakdout

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    The idea is to expel as much blood from the fish and as fast as possible. The bucket helps flush it all, and flush it faster. You want minimal blood left in the fish when putting on ice to prevent your fish from soaking in a bloody ice slush. If you don’t want to keep a bucket on your boat, raw water wash down will work. As will throwing it over on a rope for a few minutes. Just be sure there aren’t any seals in the near vicinity.
     
  6. dave_k

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    By putting the fish in the bucket, you’re keeping it breathing which helps flush blood faster. You’re also keeping the fish vertical, so gravity is helping as well. Also keeps the mess down... sure that shot of the deck covered in blood looks cool, but it’s easier to dump a bucket of blood overboard than hose/scrub the deck.
     
  7. sueno

    sueno Go Fishing!

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    My new Red blood bleeding bucket! It even has a lid! Big Lots 10 bucks!

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  8. Hismosa

    Hismosa I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    ^^looks tippy, will stick with 5gal bucket
     
  9. sueno

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    Yeah I strap it down full of water it’s heavy!
     
  10. sueno

    sueno Go Fishing!

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    It helps contain all the blood all over the boat!
     
  11. mrkrabs

    mrkrabs I've posted enough I should edit this section

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  12. matt86m

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    You can also spike the fish. Keeps it from thrashing about and still cut a gill to bleed out. Look up Ike Jime

    Can also put the raw water wash down hose in the bucket while the fish bleeds out. Makes for a diluted blood mess on the deck but not as bad as thick blood.
     
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  13. C.Bergs

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    Since Matt is being bashful here, he also sells Ike Jime spikes. They're super high quality and affordable. I always have one in my plier sheath on a sport boat or on the bait tank on the deck of my boat.
     
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    Sometimes letting a fish bleed out all over the deck helps your fellow angler break in a new pair of running shoes tho..

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    5 gallon bucket with sea water. Knock the fish out by hitting it on the head, twist or cut gill plate, toss in bucket. Toss in your cooler of ice in between drifts. Nice clean bloodless filets. At least for Cod anyway.
     
  16. ymin72

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    Water keeps from blood coagulating. Keeps blood flowing.
     
  17. MYNomad

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    Actually, that is not true, at least not in fish. Humans (mammals) evolved with blood that would coagulate when exposed to our environment -- air. Fish, on the other hand, need blood that coagulates when exposed to their environment -- water.

    That's why guys with teak decks keep them wet -- fish blood doesn't soak in, instead it coagulates, at least when the deck is wet.
     
  18. aguachico

    aguachico I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I have had good success using the kill box as a bleed box for fish up to 60#
    • fill with about 20 gallons of water
    • cut one gill to preserve the pressure
    • placing the fish in the kill box, it will swim out the blood
    • I don't spike the tuna. I like hearing the tail beating as it swims out the blood. Putting a live tuna into ice water will cause it to shiver trying to get warm.
    • After about an hour, pull the gills and guts thru the cavity without cutting the belly.
    • stuff the core with ice and into the kill bag with ice.


    bloodless!
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    My approach is very similar. My kill box is a 2-ton fish hold with ocean water being continuously pumped in. Like you, I cut a gill and let the fish swim in the kill box until dead. And like you, I pull the guts out without cutting the belly (or any other part of the fish, except a small incision around the anus). Another other difference with my approach is that the fish goes from that hold to another hold that is full of salt water slush (which is below freezing, because of the salt), where it stays until the fish is thoroughly chilled. Lastly, I pack the fish with saltwater ice (so no osmotic pressure damage is done -- osmotic pressure is what causes your fingers to shrivel up when swimming in fresh water too long). Finally, at some point I vacuum pack and freeze the filets.

    Almost forgot -- we do spike the fish, and run a cord down its spinal column. It doesn't stop the heart from beating (so all the blood still pumps out), but it does stop the fish from "shivering" or beating itself up in the hold.
     
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  20. MightyMach

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    Do NOT put live tubs on ice unless it has been spiked AND reemed.
     

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