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    I am looking to replace my very large igloo cooler that takes up too much space on the boat with three or four soft sided cooler bags. I plan on keeping them in a fish hold that is filled with glacier ice to help keep the cool. The problem is all the ones I see are fairy cheap looking and have cloth outside that will get destroyed fairly quickly. Does anyone know of a good industrial type soft side cooler or similar. I seem to remember someone posting about some bags that a company makes for the commercial guys to insulate there fish holds... but I cannot find the thread.
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    I used to have slush bags for the fish holds in my bowpicker, they were waterproof but not insulated. I lined my hold with blueboard then hung the bags in the fish hold. They were made by NOMAR in Homer(expensive). I'm pretty sure the guy i'm working with on the rope totes could make you something close to what you are looking for, give him a call Rick Johnson AK Custom Outfitters 357-8555.

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    The biggest difficulty may be finding a size large enough to fit a whole fish, unless you plan to filet, then store the fish. A quick search came up with this; http://www.polarbearcoolers.com/cate...t_coolers.html or http://www.norchillcoolers.com/large-soft-sided-cooler/ or http://www.cabelas.com/product/Campi...tabsCollection

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    I think these insulated fish kill bags is what you might have in mind: http://www.charkbait.com/cs/csdKillBags.htm

    Not cheap, but I bet they will work great.
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    Those look like the ticket !

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    Quote Originally Posted by spoiled one View Post
    I think these insulated fish kill bags is what you might have in mind: http://www.charkbait.com/cs/csdKillBags.htm

    Not cheap, but I bet they will work great.
    We used one last year and it worked fantastic! For silvers, no more stringers and keeps em nice and cool laying over shaved or glacier ice. No more slime on the deck.
    Ours was big enough to fit a few small halibut in as well. I would highly recommend one.

    Like the picture, we hung it off the transom, after we landed a fish, we'd let it bleed for a bit in the water then toss it in the bag over ice...

    It is very easy to clean, open the drain at the bottom and hose it out, leave it open to air dry for next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spoiled one View Post
    I think these insulated fish kill bags is what you might have in mind: http://www.charkbait.com/cs/csdKillBags.htm

    Not cheap, but I bet they will work great.
    Now that's what I'm looking for! Wounder if they come in the blonde model!?!

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    That fish kill bag will work great.
    Add a small cooler for bait and my extra fish hold will become my cooler.

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    Locally, B&J Commercial carries the kill bag I believe. A buddy has one and they are nice.

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    I bought mine at West Marine and they still have them at decent prices. I found them to be a bit of a pain though being a large size. You gotta clean them well and dry them so they don't smell too much. I also have the Costco soft-sided coolers that fold down to nothing. This works for me better since they take up no room and you can use as many as you need. You would have to filet your catch though. Easier to unload from the boat too when you get home.

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