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1 Where to store fish on Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:11 pm

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New to float tubing looking for advice on where to store fish that I want to keep. Mostly advice on setup for saltwater. With freshwater I normally would slit a gill and use a stringer. I was thinking wire basket for freshwater but don't know what to use for salt. I don't want to be chumming for sharks. Thanks.

2 Re: Where to store fish on Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:50 pm

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Welcome to the forum JWL70.

For freshwater I usually have the old fashion chain style clip on stringer with me because it is easy to store. However, I will use a mesh basket at times when I am chasing the Bluegill. I have seen the saltwater guys use a divers stringer, it is just a big metal loop you can clip on.

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3 Re: Where to store fish on Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:51 pm

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I have never been one for keeping what I catch from the Salt but that is me if you want to go for it. The big hoop is the way to go if you choose to keep some Halibut. I would not worry about the sharks as much as the harbor seals. And welcome to the forum glad you found us.


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4 Re: Where to store fish on Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:40 pm

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Welcome to the forum JWL79,

I'm a 100% Catch & Release sportsman myself .... I'm just hooked on the drug named ... TUG! lol

I would highly recommend that you never place your catch in the salt water. The harbor seals have been known to be smart enough to unbutton and steal the catch from the game clip, without so much as being detected.
Other harbor seals can be extremely aggressive and take your catch along with you for an unwanted swim.
We are pool toys to them!

If you plan to (KK) kill and keep, then you should probably carry a 3-5 gal bucket or a game bag behind your seat, keeping your catch out of the water. But then on the other hand ... it's really OK to CPR as well. There's not a better feeling than to release a fish; that had just fought for it's life and allowing it to live and re-populate it's species for the future of our sport. Thumbs Up Just my 2-cents.

I look forward to reading a lot of fish reports from you in the near future Sir!
Tight lines!

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5 Re: Where to store fish on Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:46 am

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Thanks for the replies. I am for the most part a catch and release guy but I will occasionally keep one or two. Thanks for confirming that keeping them in the water was a bad idea as I thought it was.

6 Re: Where to store fish on Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:38 am

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Ya like I said i release all but that is me. I know people that have kept some of what they caught. But the seals are the true concern you might get away with it once or twice but the tax collector will get there share at some point.


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7 Re: Where to store fish on Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:48 pm

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Welcome!

Don't forget the legal size requirements for saltwater fish. I've run into a couple of guys on the water that didn't even know there were size limits on saltwater bass. When it comes to mercury levels, you're on your own.

8 Re: Where to store fish on Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:29 pm

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Thanks Bob, I have been fishing my whole life but don't saltwater fish often. You made a very good point. I am very aware of the limits and minimum size required.

9 Re: Where to store fish on Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:00 am

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That's a very good question. I am a new member I have recently sold my small skiff and am now the proud owner of a Savage Gear High Rider 170. I also catch and release 99.9% of the time as well. However if I was to catch a nice Halibut ($39.00 for a 2.5 lb bag a Costco) I might have to invite him to dinner. Just Saying

I think the 5 gallon bucket may be the way to go!!

10 Re: Where to store fish on Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:34 pm

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:That's a very good question. I am a new member I have recently sold my small skiff and am now the proud owner of a Savage Gear High Rider 170. I also catch and release 99.9% of the time as well. However if I was to catch a nice Halibut ($39.00 for a 2.5 lb bag a Costco) I might have to invite him to dinner. Just Saying

I think the 5 gallon bucket may be the way to go!!

probably the best way to go, fish out of the water saves you from the predictors looking for an easy meal. Welcome to the Forum special k I am sure you will like it here and we would like to hear more about the High Rider 170 when you have some reviews. Wink


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11 Re: Where to store fish on Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:36 pm

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Will do this posting thing is all new for me but i will do my best.!!




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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:That's a very good question. I am a new member I have recently sold my small skiff and am now the proud owner of a Savage Gear High Rider 170. I also catch and release 99.9% of the time as well. However if I was to catch a nice Halibut ($39.00 for a 2.5 lb bag a Costco) I might have to invite him to dinner. Just Saying

I think the 5 gallon bucket may be the way to go!!

probably the best way to go, fish out of the water saves you from the predictors looking for an easy meal.  Welcome to the Forum special k I am sure you will like it here and we would like to hear more about the High Rider 170 when you have some reviews. Wink

12 Re: Where to store fish on Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:20 am

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I came up with a simple and cheap keeper awhile back. I buy a mesh laundry bag, a foam pool noodle and some zip ties. Cut the noodle to size, zip tie it into a hoop around the rim, drag it on a ten foot leash tied to the tube somewhere. The whole thing weighs a few ounces, you can drop fish right in (never had an escape) and if something grabs it, I carry my knife on a neck loop to cut the leash in an emergency.

13 Re: Where to store fish on Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:35 am

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That works.
Around here gar and large turtles would be a threat, but worth the risk.

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14 Re: Where to store fish on Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:59 am

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I like it, it's cheap ($5 give or take) and effective. I give them away all the time and have a new one within an hour lol.

15 Re: Where to store fish on Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:06 am

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I have my Laundry basket as well set up and ready to go, maybe not for the saltwater still does not sound like a good idea, but that is just me. It does work and yep it is cheap.


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16 Re: Where to store fish on Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:50 am

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It's definitely a calculated risk. One I wouldn't take in say newport, but at cherry beach I've only ever run into 1 seal. I think it all depends on your location. But I also firmly believe in following ones own inner monologue. Gar dont bother me for example, but I'd never put my delicate self into water that might hold alligator snapping turtles lol!

17 Re: Where to store fish on Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:56 am

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:It's definitely a calculated risk. One I wouldn't take in say newport, but at cherry beach I've only ever run into 1 seal. I think it all depends on your location. But I also firmly believe in following ones own inner monologue. Gar dont bother me for example, but I'd never put my delicate self into water that might hold alligator snapping turtles lol!

Such true words salute


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18 Re: Where to store fish on Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:25 am

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It's definitely a calculated risk. One I wouldn't take in say newport, but at cherry beach I've only ever run into 1 seal. I think it all depends on your location. But I also firmly believe in following ones own inner monologue. Gar dont bother me for example, but I'd never put my delicate self into water that might hold alligator snapping turtles lol!

I’ve never been bothered personally by gar, but I’ve had them attack fish I’m trying to land. Like barracuda, it’s the accidental incident you have to watch out for with them.
A large turtle came and bit my fin once, but that’s it.

I’m certain both will wreak havoc on a fabric mesh bag.
I’m thinking one of those metal mesh ones, with a large noodle ring for flotation might do the trick

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19 Re: Where to store fish on Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:32 am

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If your going to do the 5 gal bucket, you might want to bring along a gunny sack to cover the fish while in the bucket. soak it well and cover your take. This will keep the sun, wind off your fish while keeping it moist and cool.

Secondly, I have a fish basket with the spring loaded top and bottom that I use when I go fresh water fishing. I took four water bottles and tie strapped them to the top of the basket. This allows the basket to float, whether shore fishing or tubing......GT

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20 Re: Where to store fish on Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:36 am

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That is great can I ask does the basket and down in the water the problem with the laundry basket version is it floats sideways most often.


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21 Re: Where to store fish on Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:44 am

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I use an old metal fish stringer chain, remove the clips except for the first and last. One end clips to the basket the other to your tube or stake it when shore fishing. The basket stays upright. If all your fish are alive, they just swim around in the basket, causing little drag when kicking around in your tube..........GT

22 Re: Where to store fish on Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:06 am

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I use an old metal fish stringer chain, remove the clips except for the first and last. One end clips to the basket the other to your tube or stake it when shore fishing. The basket stays upright. If all your fish are alive, they just swim around in the basket, causing little drag when kicking around in your tube..........GT

Pretty much how I picture it

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23 Re: Where to store fish on Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:27 pm

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I use the metal basket to keep the fish alive and use a wheel barrel inner tube 4.80-8 to keep it afloat. It fits very nice around the top rim when not inflated. cheers

24 Re: Where to store fish on Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:21 am

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“I use the metal basket to keep the fish alive and use a wheel barrel inner tube 4.80-8 to keep it afloat. It fits very nice around the top rim when not inflated. cheers”

Classic trick

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