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Good tip Minnewaska. I wonder if the inland lakes are any better. I definitely going to do more reading on the topic.
Not aware of the inland lakes. For many years, some buddies and I would take an annual salmon fishing trip on the Ontario. We would haul the catch of King Salmon home, invite everyone we knew and have a feast. Many years into this, I learned about the quotas. We probably didn't eat more than the quota, but my kids were young at the time and it really turned me off. Never went back.
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While the water quality of the lakes has slowly improved over the years, much of which is attributed to the invasion of zebra mussels and their incredible filtering effect, the nasty chemical levels still remain very high. Unfortunately, salmon, which is an oily species, stores many of these chemicals in the fatty tissue of the meat and just beneath the skin, primarily along the lateral line. Consequently, there are many species where the consumption quota is listed at zero, such as brown catfish, blue catfish, carp, sucker, and others.

The safest fish to consume are those that are fast growing and short lived. They don't have sufficient time to accumulate high concentrations of chemicals in the fatty tissue. The same rules apply to many saltwater species as well. Chilean sea bass, Atlantic and Pacific wild caught salmon, American eel, Atlantic croaker, bluefish, king mackerel, wahoo, marlin, swordfish and others are on the list of very small to no safe consumption levels. Most contain relatively high levels of mercury and PCBs - known carcinogens.

Most panfish species, porgy, Atlantic sea bass, grunt, tautog, etc..., are fairly fast growing and safe to consume.

One of the secrets to insuring that you consume the lowest levels of nasties is to skin and fillet your catch as quickly as possible, then remove all the dark meat along the lateral line. This should be followed by thoroughly rinsing your fillets with cold, fresh water and blotting the fillets dry before cooking. I you intend to freeze the fillets, the best technique is to place the fillets in a vacuum sealing bag along with a small quantity of water, then vacuum seal them. Frozen fillets using this technique can last up to six months without loosing the fresh taste.

Hope this helps,

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Re: Fishing From a Small Sailboat

Iíve taken to catch and release most fish I catch. Fish swim in water which supports their internal organs. When you pick them up out of the water and hold them vertically their organ shift down and can actually tear leading to their demise. Therefore I try to release them while in the water and horizontal.
Fish have slime containing multiple protective factors. I wet my hands in the water they are swimming in if I need to hold them and try to grab them as little as possible. Often they develop infections wherever you have touched them otherwise. I avoid touching their gills as they are so delicate and you can easily tear the capillaries. Iíve gotten rid of the gaff and use a bongagrip.
I play them just a little. Then bring them in. I used to try to catch the biggest fish on the lightest weight line. I still use light weight gear but have moved up on line strength so I can boat/beach/release the fish sooner. In the past Iíve killed fish by playing them too long.
In most cases Iíve gotten rid of triple hooks. Have done on any salt water gear and just some on fresh. I use a fishing dedicated and designed pliers for removal and make my strike fast to lip hook my fish. That way thereís less injury to a fish when the barb is bent down. I donít mind the occasion lost fish.
Only fish I often intentionally kill is pickerel in bass ponds. But have even backed off of that. Love eating fish. Therefore after seeing how fish are farmed wonít eat them. Same difference as eating a heirloom tomato and what tasteless wood they sell in the supermarket.

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Re: Fishing From a Small Sailboat

I learned to Bass fish in the great state of North Carolina as a kid, bored out of my mind sailing with my father. I got quite good with artificial lures both topwaters, semis, and plastics.

You can, and frankly many have, fished off sailboats for hundreds of years... ever hear of an oyster cracker for God's sake? How about a skipjack?

No harder to fish off a sailboat than a motorboat, except that long stick in the center.

The hardest part is getting the sailboat in shallow enough water in freshwater to fish. Best to fish drop-offs (depth). Which isn't real friendly with keels. Regardless, start with fishing while anchored (or not moving), use live bait and start shallow and bump deeper.

Again I think the OP asked about freshwater fishing. Freshwater is a large target, specific location and water temps helps... and targeted species better.
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I you intend to freeze the fillets, the best technique is to place the fillets in a vacuum sealing bag along with a small quantity of water, then vacuum seal them. Frozen fillets using this technique can last up to six months without loosing the fresh taste.

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Thanks for the tip!

What would you consider a small quantity of water in this case approximately?

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I think the OP asked about freshwater fishing. Freshwater is a large target, specific location and water temps helps... and targeted species better.
Both fresh and salt water I have up to 15 months of paid paternity leave that we are planning to use to trailer sail around a bit. Around home this summer, Cape Breton in early autumn, South Florida in the winter, hopefully some time in Georgia as well. That's if every thing goes according to plan any way.

For our time in Florida we are thinking inshore coastal on the southern gulf coast. Marco, 10000 islands, Florida Bay, maybe the Keys. The Florida bit is still a good 6 months away though, so more Freshwater right now.

Based on some of the heavy metal stuff presented above, it seems like smaller fast growing fish are a safer bet for eating.

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We seam to have the best results at dusk or dawn with an incoming tide. Depending on the location a good old fashion bobber with a bated hook can be successful at getting your bate at the desired depth in the water colom.
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Thanks for the tip!

What would you consider a small quantity of water in this case approximately?

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Just enough water to cover the fillets and make the bag air free.

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