Fish Cleaning Question

Pangamaster

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Hey Guys,
I have a question on getting my fish cleaned. I am fishing an 8 day on the Intrepid from 6/27 - 7/5. It looks like 4 or 5 long range boats get back on that day. How long does it take these guys to process fish? I need to get back to the bay area....and coming back anytime soon to pick up fish is also a concern. I am sure they ship the fish but I don't want to pay even more for my fish. Normally I get off the boat and its processed in a few hours but with so many boats I wonder if there will be a problem.:eek:
 

M/V Santa Rosa

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Contact 5 star, just let em know what the deal is and your leaving blaa blaaa blaa, Sarah will get you in an out no question. They do a very good job, plus you can relax and read a mag on the couch.
 

impreza619

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Mario (sportsmens) always gets my fish. I always get a fish or 2 made into jerky. And they also do same day for no additional charge. 5 star is good as well. Trust no one else!
 

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They're both excellent. You can sit in the lounge at 5 Star and read a porn magazine. After 8 days you'll -----------??????????
 

rodblder

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You DEFINITLY want to CALL Sarah ahead of time if you can at Five Star and let her know what you need done and she will take care of you first class!!
 

Pangamaster

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Thanks guys! I have always use the shady guy....don't know his name, because he was way cheaper....all the boats I have been on bashed on the guy...not sure if the boat owners get a kick back or something or this other guy was just a serious tweaker. I do know that I always got the feeling I couldn't really trust that guy, even though he does fine at cleaning the fish and vacuum packing... I will give 5 star a call ahead of time. Thanks for the good information.
 

FlyinFishOTI

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Let Sarah know at 5 Star and it will all be good.

Just as food for thought... I know you don't want to spend any more money, but shipping a big box of about 45# of fillets is only about $50 on Southwest airlines. It gets there the same day Sarah ships it usually, and you just drive to the cargo pick up at the airport and get it. Same day is easier, but if you ever need to ship, its not as bad or as expensive as you many think.
 

fishrman

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I have used all three of the above mentioned processors and Mario's was good, but Sarah and the crew at 5 Star are the BEST!! The other shady guy is Mike from World Famous Smoked Fish and if you've ever been to his dark and dank "facility" vs. 5 Star's it is like night and day. Pay the extra and use a good quality outfit like 5 Star, you'll be happy you did!
 

Pangamaster

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5 Star Ruled! Service was excellent! They picked up my fish and about 2 hours later they were perfectly filleted and in my Ice Chest. And the 5 Star girls are Hot!
 

bloodynovice

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Seems like this board is huge on 5-Star. I went with Mario's because they had the "Jerky" option...

Dayam, I shoulda turned all my fish into jerky because its friggin delicious..! Way better than smoked. If you can send some of your frozen stuff to be processed into jerky you won't regret it.
 

fishn10s

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Just a little hint. If you can somehow keep track of how many fish you are processing you can get out of there quicker. For example if you have 12 albacore, 2 bluefin, and 15 yellow tail and you know that ahead of time, when you count those or that many fish processed, you can leave. Otherwise you might have to wait till your groups fish is done. Your might have that many fish and kept some for can tuna. Just know how many you have and tell Sarah and when the last one is done, pay your $$ and your done.
 

Iron thrower

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I picked up my fish yesterday from 5 Star and it was as usuall in perfect condition. Right size, pack tighter then bark on a tree and delicous. We had collars last nite an man were they good. Sarah, Melody, Sarahs husband run a 1st class operation. The crew they have working for them can sure whip out your fish. Well oiled assmebly line. Try them, you won't be disapointed.

Ray
 

wheeler77

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5 star is da best and when it's all safe and sound in YOUR freezer at home it's money well spent. When I fish multi day I just figure that in the cost of the trip.....Between the beer tab,permits,crew tip, and jackpot entry fish cleaning is a drop in the bucket.........Tell Sarah I said hi