Question Regarding the Landing of Fish in Whole Condition
The ramp I use does not have a fish cleaning station. In the past, once I tie up to the dock and prior to putting the boat on the trailer, I have cleaned fish on my rod holder mounted cutting board. I am concerned that cleaning the fish on the boat is a violation of the landing rule and exposes me to a ticket – can a LEO or other expert confirm.
Assuming my current method is a violation of the rules, an alternative is to physically get off the boat and filet the fish on the dock (immediately next to the boat using a cutting board), store the fish in a cooler on the dock and then put the cooler back in the boat after pulling the boat from the water. Any holes in my thinking (i.e., violations) here?
Thanks in advance. Adam in Jupiter.