Is the GAMESAVER vacuum sealer any good?

YakN'Surf

Newbie
Aug 16, 2009
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San Luis Obispo, California
Name
Dan Hernandez
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12ft Malibu Explorer!
Im sure most of you offshore guys vacuum pack your catch in some way. I have read horrible reviews on the Gamesaver and other "Foodsaver" products. Anyone have any recommendations?
 

trlrtrsh67

Porch Honkey
Nov 22, 2007
67
3
Running Springs
Name
Rich
Boat
14' Gregor / IMP 220 Sportsman WA
I have the Foodsaver too, not the gamesaver. Once in a great while it won't pull a good vacum but that is rare. Only suggestion would be not to store it with the lid "locked" down...it collapses the foam-rubber seal too much and leads to the above mentioned problem. Other than that I really like it!
 

saravonshep

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Jun 26, 2006
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Coldspring, Texas
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chris
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Boatless
Ya, use the foodsaver as well. Havent had no problems, have used it for a couple of years.
 

Simon Bon Bowery

Lizard Fish Hippie
Feb 18, 2007
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1,442
O'side
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Simon
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Chris Craft 19 cc "LiL Lizard"
FoodSaver works just fine I can't complain yet and the price is right.
 

slydawg

Always wishin' I was fishin'
Jul 14, 2004
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Alta Loma/Huntington
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Billy
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Foodsaver is fine as long as you aren't trying to do a truckload of fish, as they heat up....then they work again after cooling down for an hour or so.
 

Tree Doc

Pain in the Ass
Apr 20, 2006
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Port San Luis / Morro Bay, CA
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Tim
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24' Boston Whaler Conquest & 26' SeaFox CC
Been using a FoodSaver Pro II for all kinds of grocery items all year, lots of fish in the summer/fall and tons of duck, goose, & deer from fall / winter. It's only needed a new bag cutting blade chingas that wore out. I've had major long term sessions when bagging my Tuna as well as my neighbors and never have had a heat issue but this was the best unit they made at the time.

I understand the top of the line Gamesaver now has 2 motors to increase the power and reduce the machines work load.
 

SSUfish

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Sep 14, 2006
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San Diego
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Eric
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n/a
Aaaand Costco has a $30 coupon off the foodsaver package right now...which I might add I just bought a couple months ago and it performed flawlessly for an entire freezerfull of fish. Just a thought for you...also, why not go with what has been tested and proven for years? Rhetorical question of couse.
 

Tree Doc

Pain in the Ass
Apr 20, 2006
526
6
Port San Luis / Morro Bay, CA
Name
Tim
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24' Boston Whaler Conquest & 26' SeaFox CC
Not a bad deal, $30 off. That's almost worth a box of 6 rolls from Costco which, by the way, is still the best place to buy replacement rolls.
 

crazy hawaiian

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Jul 4, 2006
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San Diego
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Tony
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17.5' Seaswirl c/c
A suggestion I have for you is something I do myself when vacuuming fish.

Dry the fish off throughly before putting into a bag. Seems to vacuum better, but the big plus is that it eliminates smelly fish water getting into your vacuum machine. Before doing this I had to wash my machine out every time or face the wrath from my wife. In her defense it does get a little, ah, rank after a couple of days.

Since starting the toweling thing I seldom have to wash out the vacuum.

A friend of mine goes further. He wraps his fish in seran wrap before vacuuming. He claims it gets an absolute vacuum that way.

My method works for me.

Aslso before I forget. Buy a set of replacement rubber seals for whatever unit you have.

I bought mine at the Fred Hall show so now and then I pickup a set or two, changing the seals every couple of years.
 

Surfdoc

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Mar 7, 2003
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Bahia Asucion BCS
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Stan
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Mx Panga, MOJAC
OK.........I posted this before, but guess it'ss time again

Buy a Roll of the Cheap ass veggie bags from your local grocer.

Do NOT rinse your fillets in frsh water, this kills the flesh.

Wrap your fillet in the cheap Veggie bag. Now you can use minimum amount of Vacum bag and get a DRY, clean seal.

Trust me this works..................