There’s nothing quite like the thrill of reeling in a big catch. With a cooler full of fresh fish, the excitement of experimenting with seasonings and cooking techniques is enough to get the taste buds dancing. But, before you can don your apron, you first must clean your fish, and on a hot and humid day, it’s a grueling and time-consuming task.
Under the scorching sun, a fish cleaning station with cover is going to be a game-changer, as it keeps your workspace comfortable and helps preserve your fish for longer. Here are 5 reasons why this simple addition to your fish cleaning setup is essential for any angler looking to comfortably take their catch from boat to table.
5 Reasons to Invest in a Fish Cleaning Station with a Cover
Reason #1: Taking a break from the intensity of the sun.
After a long day on the water, most anglers are looking forward to a break from the sun. This break can happen if you have a cover on your fish cleaning station. By including this must-have feature in your fish cleaning station, anglers can comfortably clean their catch, without further exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Beyond this, if you do not have a cover, your fish cleaning tools and even worse, your fresh catch is at great risk of becoming dangerously hot (more on this later). It is better to keep them cool and out of the direct sunlight so you can work safely and efficiently, minimizing the risk for any unforeseen issues.
Reason #2: Protecting your gear from harsh elements.
The cover on a fish cleaning station helps keep your gear protected from the heat of the sun and ensures longevity of your equipment. Beyond your cleaning tools, anglers utilize electronic devices that should stay out of the direct sunlight. If you don’t have a good spot on the boat to keep your gear, the next best place would be the fish cleaning station. However, this only works if (a) your fish cleaning table has shelving or cabinetry, and (b) it’s shaded from the sun (more on features at the bottom of the article).
Reason #3: Taking care of your catch as you clean it.
When it comes to cleaning your fish in outdoor climates, there are certain precautions you need to take to prevent contamination. A fish cleaning station with a cover offers a barrier from the sun’s heat which can cause your fish to spoil quickly. Not only can the sun’s UV rays damage the flesh and skin of your fish, making it dry, tough, and less flavorful; but the meat will have fewer juices to it and the texture will be less desirable when you cook it. By shading this workspace, you retain more nutritional value within your fish such as omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and minerals.
Reason #4: Avoiding unwanted attention from wildlife.
A fish cleaning station with a cover can help deter unsolicited attention from all kinds of wildlife. The smell and desire for a quick snack may have birds and critters, alike, pestering you. While some may simply be a nuisance, others can cause harm if they are aggressive or by chance carrying a disease. The physical barrier that a cover provides will help discourage these pesky creatures from interrupting the fish filleting process.
Reason #5: Preserving the durability of the cutting surface.
When purchasing a fish cleaning station, one of the top priorities is the material used for the cutting surface. The option with the most durability and longevity is the popular plastic brand, King StarBoard. The high-density polyethylene (HDPE) marine-grade material is commonly used in the marine industry because it is easy to clean, resistant to stains and odors, and does not absorb moisture or bacteria. This material also has a smooth and non-porous surface that prevents fish scales and slime from sticking to it, and it does not rot, rust, warp, or crack over time. King StarBoard is made to withstand the marine climate, but a cover will protect it from debris (if abrasive) that could potentially damage the surface.
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Investing in a fish cleaning station with a cover is an excellent idea for any angler who wants to enjoy a cleaner, efficient, and comfortable fishing cleaning experience. A covered station means you’ll have the protection you need from seaside elements and will help preserve your catch during the cleaning process.
If you’re looking for a high-quality fish cleaning station with a cover, Seaward Systems, “The Edge” comes with an Alnet Extrablock Shadecloth awning that is durable, and fade resistant, making it perfect to withstand life on the water. SeaWard Systems lets you choose the color of your awning and offers many other features to add to your station. You can add your boat name or a logo to the backsplash. Stations come equipped with an accessory tray that includes stainless steel cup holders, fillet knife holders, a knife sharpener, wash down hoses, and spray nozzles. To further customize, you can add Weatherproof LED Light, Duplex 120V, Convenience Outlet, Convenience Sink, Fish Hanger, Multipurpose Shelf, Storage Cabinet, and a Weatherproof Fan.
For more information on a covered Fish Cleaning Station, give us a call at 954-295-9023 or contact us using the form on our website.