i am a dipping newby. the regs are too vague for me to gleen my answer, so here is my question for all on the web to read and respond.
i had a successful weekend dipping. i kept my fish in an open tote until i was satisfied with my dipping effort. then i pulled out the fillet board, knife, and kitchen shears and started cleaning my fish. On each fish, I first clipped the tail, then filleted, then threw the carcass (clipped tail attached) into the river. I immediately placed the fillets on ice in a cooler and started on the next fish.
It then dawned on me that what i was doing might be illegal since if a trooper opened my cooler to inspect my catch, whether it be on the beach or as part of a traffic violation on my drive home, he/she would not find clipped tails, but only fillets, and lots of them...so was my clipping and filleting method "on site" illegal or legal?