is it easier or better to skin a fish partially frozen, or let it thaw?
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Less mess, no body fluids running all over.
I prefer to do them partially thawed. It is easier to skin and alike John said, no fluids. If you do it frozen however, it is hard to get the head area cleaned properly unles it is partially thawed. Thaw it just long enough for the outside skin to fell semi soft and have some movement to it, but have the inside still partially frozen so it is hard to the touch.
make your pattern (as when your carve a body) when the fish is even partially frozen as the the fish will be somewhat constricted and will give you false measurements.
It may be easier to skin the body while it is semi frozen but how do you make a contact outline with a frozen fish you can't bend,and skinning out a frozen head isn't easy
I take all my measurements when I get the fish in and take down all info at that time, works for me!