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Old 21-06-2013, 01:15   #76
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i dont bother with alcohol before cleaning a live fish. is unnecessary. just clean it. save the rubbing alcohol for would care .
An FYI! You don't want to put alcohol in an open wound. Maybe OK in the cowboy movies but not in real life.

As for the fish, I used a 357 mag in the head of the last shark I caught.
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Re: Dispatching Fish with Alcohol

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Wouldn't a 9mm hollow point or a JHP be just as good?
OTOH, they're hard to find these days, so maybe I'll just stick to a spray bottle of cheap vodka.

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Old 21-06-2013, 10:16   #78
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Wouldn't a 9mm hollow point or a JHP be just as good?
OTOH, they're hard to find these days, so maybe I'll just stick to a spray bottle of cheap vodka.

My ex- got the Beretta.

Humm! I've never tried Vodka out of a spay bottle.
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Old 21-06-2013, 10:52   #79
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This fishing thing is starting to sound like a bunch of drunks with guns, not to mention the spears, hatchets, knives, flying guts. Dangerous
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Well, we've covered alcohol & firearms. Does anyone care to go for the trifecta with Tobacco?
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Old 21-06-2013, 11:42   #81
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Well, we've covered alcohol & firearms. Does anyone care to go for the trifecta with Tobacco?
I used to kill the fish with my anchor. The Bruce anchor works the best I think .... after squashing the fish I would sit down and have a smoke to recover from all the excitement.
That ought to cover most of the remaining hot buttons !

So I am the original poster of this thread. It was such a simple question .... and it has so horribly morphed into ... um .... whatever. Just in case it has been forgotten, I had already determined that I would use alcohol (to minimize blood and guts in the cockpit). The overall method was not in question at all. The only thing I was inquiring about was if the use of isopropyl alcohol was safe or if it would render the fish unfit for human consumption. Simple question ... no ??? Apparently not ....
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My ex- got the Beretta.

Humm! I've never tried Vodka out of a spay bottle.
Now that would be a terrible thing to do. You would stink like alcohol but not even get a buzz. Can you imagine trying to convince the sheriff that the booze is for the fish? You would fail the drunk test and be regarded with deep suspicion at the same time.

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Well, we've covered alcohol & firearms. Does anyone care to go for the trifecta with Tobacco?
Does blowing smoke up their asses work?
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Well, we've covered alcohol & firearms. Does anyone care to go for the trifecta with Tobacco?
Of course, you could always dispatch a fish on deck with a spare anchor...
What's your choice, Danforth, Bruce? CQR?
The hard part would be trying to spear them with the tip without injuring the deck or yourself !

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So I am the original poster of this thread. It was such a simple question .... and it has so horribly morphed into ... um .... whatever. Just in case it has been forgotten, I had already determined that I would use alcohol (to minimize blood and guts in the cockpit). The overall method was not in question at all. The only thing I was inquiring about was if the use of isopropyl alcohol was safe or if it would render the fish unfit for human consumption. Simple question ... no ??? Apparently not ....
It happens a lot.

Notwithstanding all the professional fishermen I tried the squirt of alcohol using a syringe. Gin, if I remember correctly. It certianly makes it easier to handle a wildly thrashing, toothy, madly upset fish. I ain't no pro.

I can't answer about the type of alcohol but cannot see how it could put enough of it in their system to affect you.

Not a real menace but if bigger and good eating, well.............you can get the idea.
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This fishing thing is starting to sound like a bunch of drunks with guns, not to mention the spears, hatchets, knives, flying guts. Dangerous
Yeah. Fishing is not for the feint hearted. They have to be killed before they are eaten.

Can always purchase processed at a store.
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Re: Dispatching Fish with Alcohol

FWIW,

We have used "Methylated Spirits" in a spray bottle for years. This inexpensive stuff is primarily ethyl alcohol with a dash of methyl added to make it (allegedly) non-drinkable. So far I have not detected any unusual degradation of my condition beyond simple senility which can reasonably be attributed to other causes!

Really, I don't think that a significant amount of the alcohol (of any sort) is retained in the flesh of the fish from this treatment.

And for the macho professional fishermen who laugh at us because we don't bludgeon the fish to death on our decks... well, gurry all over my boat is not a welcome condition to me or the Admiral. Tranquilizing the fish while still on the sugar scoop saves a lot of mess and is worth the dime's worth of alky used IMO. YMMV.

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Re: Dispatching Fish with Alcohol

I use a cheap bottle of Gin. I prefer to stun the fish as quick and easily as possible so as to not get blood everywhere. I don't see what the problem is.

As for the OP, don't worry, unless you plan to eat the gills raw. I would worry more about mercury and other toxins in the fish before the alcohol I use to kill it.
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Yeah. Fishing is not for the feint hearted. They have to be killed before they are eaten.

Can always purchase processed at a store.
Yeah, or put a wet towel over them.
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