Long range question

frazier

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Have always thought about a long range trip but the problem i have with makeing a decision on weather to do this before i die is what the hell would i do with hundreds of pounds of fish i couldnt sell or couldnt eat before it got freezer burn ? How do you guys deal with all the fish you bring back ?
 
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I just got back from a 7 day on the Indy,I knew how much room I had for fish and only killed and kept what I thought I needed.The boat can use some like YT for dinner and there always some that dont catch a lot,hook and hand and donate to their limit.Dont borrow trouble,get it done while your able.The trip I was on at the bank meant dropper lope in 350 plus water and at least 16 oz of weight.At 75 I dont do the dropper so caught less of the really big YT but enough on the yoyo to get my ass handed too me.Did get a Wahoo as a bonus.Going to SD tomorrow to pick up my fish.Cant say enough on how good the Indy is and have fished a lots of them.Tom
 
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As noted above it’s a vacation. Relax and have fun. I know what I need for friends and family. I either hook and hand, donate to the boat and crew. You can always arrange to donate it to the needy. All the processors usually have some group. Just go and have a great time
 
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    I catch what I catch and keep what I can in good conscience use. I send some to my Mom and give some away to friends and make sure nothing gets wasted. Remember you don’t have to kill what you catch
     
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    Bill W

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    That is a issue for me. When I was working I felt happy supplying the guys at work. I guess now I donate all the fish to charity. Seriously I do not think tuna are very good eating and the small level of mercury puts the nail in the coffin.
     
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    Friends, family, folks at work... I share the bounty. Smoking a bunch reduces the quantity (weight-wise) and can be frozen again. And using the 5mil bags from the processor... have eaten plenty of fish 2, even 3 years old that still sashimi quality.

    That said, I'll be keeping less this year (if I get so lucky again), as my processing bill last year was a wee bit too high just to be giving it away in abundance.
     
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    TanstaaflSD

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    Like many families our kids are not in the same town. But, are in cities with major airports. Working with my processor (Fshermans) that is/was minutes from the SD airport, I selected a variety of processed and hard frozen fish, they boxed and prepe'd the selection, then later delivered the re-chilled box to the Southwest CARGO folks for shipment. My daughter met the SW flight and got the still very frozen fish from the CARGO area. Shipped as cargo it did cost, but not on the scale of a door-to-door shipment.
    Tight lines
     
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    Have always thought about a long range trip but the problem i have with makeing a decision on weather to do this before i die is what the hell would i do with hundreds of pounds of fish i couldnt sell or couldnt eat before it got freezer burn ? How do you guys deal with all the fish you bring back ?
    It is really dependent on how long your trip is and what time of year. 15 fish limit and just because it's a long-range trip there is no guarantee you will get limits :-) Just go and have fun you won't regret it.
     
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    frazier

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    Thanks guys , Your response to my question will be most helpful in my decision as weather to go or not on one of these long range trips .
     
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    I've started doing 10 day trips 8 years ago and have upped it to 2 8-10 days per year the past few years. When I started 8 years ago I'd never done anything longer than a 3. I did a 5 and a 10 and a trip to Cedros that year. I've never looked back! Did an 8 so far this year and will be going to Cedros and a 10 too. Just do it!
     
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    1000lbs? 350LBS finished? small top load freezer holds more then you think. yes I give most of it away. but I do eat a lot, Single 63 year old, booked on the Indy for a Jan 6 22 16 day. still got open spot! Come join us! Go and fish worry about what to do with it AFTER you catch it.
     
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    Lake

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    That is a issue for me. When I was working I felt happy supplying the guys at work. I guess now I donate all the fish to charity. Seriously I do not think tuna are very good eating and the small level of mercury puts the nail in the coffin.
    Bill,where do you donate your fish through? I thought the processors were limiting how much they’ll accept for donations.
     
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    clemente_killa

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    Only keep what you think you can handle and release the rest. I released way more fish than I kept on the trip I took last fall. There is also the option to donate the fish you don't want/need to charity (as already mentioned) or other anglers on your trip. The processors will handle everything for you.
     
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    FIRST concentrate on CATCHING fish and having fun. Take a nap if ya feel like it. More days, easy pace.
    Old too, I've even had loadsf fish on 2-3 day trips...and cats follow me to my door when I get
    back...then the neighbors. LOL. Keep what ya need, then "donate" LOL LOL
     
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    pgangler

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    1. Get a deep freeze - not a refrigerator/freezer. Keeps much better. I've had fish that was 2years old and it was just fine.
    2. Pay for the 5 mil bags - they're worth it.
    3. Give a lot of it away - good karma. I usually give away about 70% of my catch.
     
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    Tom Honaker

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    Have always thought about a long range trip but the problem i have with makeing a decision on weather to do this before i die is what the hell would i do with hundreds of pounds of fish i couldnt sell or couldnt eat before it got freezer burn ? How do you guys deal with all the fish you bring back ?
    Donate some to the galley, your fellow anglers will appreciate a nice wahoo dinner! I always stop by the firehouse in long beach, and give the firemen some , they absolutely love it! Last year they invited me over for dinner. Lots of worthwhile places to give excess fish.
     

    Bill W

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    Bill,where do you donate your fish through? I thought the processors were limiting how much they’ll accept for donations.
    The June Heat had the San Fernando valley Japanese Cultural Center. And another organization was Marine Corp family support. Maybe the first thing before going out is to find a charity.
     
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    vegasandre

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    IMO the experience is much much much > than any potential food benefit from the experience.

    you can keep some, share some, donate some, release some..
    many options...

    the filling the freezer /eating of fish/transportation of fish is a small factor to consider when considering to go on a LR trip- even if you are a major fish eater.
    just go.. book a few. 7/8 day 10 day and 15+ day

    You only live once...
     
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    Lake

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    Bill,where do you donate your fish through? I thought the processors were limiting how much they’ll accept for donations.
    Just spoke with Five Star regarding donations. They are indeed still affiliated with f3g.org

    Check that out, Fish-Food-Feel Good
    I was looking at 5 Star website to see but they don’t mention it. I’ll call them to arrange it before my trip. After my trip last year, where I already limited my take, I ordered a half a beef and my wife got upset that I overloaded the second freezer. I’m still trying to give stuff away, and she’s told me I can’t bring any fish home this year. I release what I can, donate to galley, and help others fill their tags if they ask, but I’ll likely still have some to donate.
     
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    $norkle

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    Have always thought about a long range trip but the problem i have with makeing a decision on weather to do this before i die is what the hell would i do with hundreds of pounds of fish i couldnt sell or couldnt eat before it got freezer burn ? How do you guys deal with all the fish you bring back ?
    All of the previous replies are good advice, but if your concern was freezer burn ruining your fish before you ate it, then you maybe weren't planning to have one of the processors do your fish? They're all good (I use 5-star) and you'll never get freezer burn in their vacuum-sealed product unless you treat it badly and break the vacuum. YT will literally last forever (well, it seems like it); ditto for YFT. Actually have had some 3 years old remain perfect.
     
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    Bill,where do you donate your fish through? I thought the processors were limiting how much they’ll accept for donations.
    People are donating the fish and think the processor is going to eat the cost of processing, thats why they limit how much they will do, you pay for the processing, donate away!
     
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    People are donating the fish and think the processor is going to eat the cost of processing, thats why they limit how much they will do, you pay for the processing, donate away!
    Stop spreading rumors. Give them a call at Five Star, or better yet, check in with f3g.org

    Todd, the founder of Fish Food Feel Good will no doubt gladly explain.
     
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