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Freddiefish

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So I did it. I just booked my first long range on the Red Rooster 111, the 12 day Accurate trip in November 2020.
Assuming I know how to fish a little bit, how big of a freezer do I need to haul my catch back to East Texas? I know, I know.
Really just wanted to share this info and ask for any pointers.
Kind of sucks that 2020 is Leap Year though, I have to wait an extra day.
Been lurking in the shadows here mostly and have read some helpful info, but always open to hear more suggestions, insight, derogatory remarks, bring it.
Stoked
 
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kevina

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The bigger the better. Get a commercial one with the temp on the door and alarm if the door is left open or the temp rises inside the freezer!!
 

Steve K

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You’re taking your fish from the RSW on the boat and freezing them in the back of your truck? And then processing them yourself at home?
 

nicodemus

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Shipping via air cargo (Southwest Airlines, etc.) directly from/by the processor is the best option I've found. Not much over $1 a pound to New Mexico. In fact, my Alaska buddy asked and found out they did the same to AK. He paid about $120 for almost 100 lbs of fish shipped all the way from San Diego to AK. Can't beat that!
 

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Freddie, are you planning to have your fish processed then drive it home? Or are you taking it home whole? How long is the drive.
 

4bruce

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Did you said How big the freezer. You don’t need one if you like fresh fish. I never eat fish more than 3 days old. Keep in your refrigerator still good after 3 days. I am sure you have more than 10 friends and families. I save enough for 3 days. The rest give it away. Don’t forget your neighbors too. Happy new year everyone.
 

migelito

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What you need would determine on how much you actually catch. Since it’s a fly back option you could be back in SD a couple days before the boat gets back in to decide and purchase what you need You could get away with two or three of the larger ice chests. Line those with dry ice wrapped in news paper and you should be good for the 1.5-2 day drive back home
 
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hucklongfin

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I only keep Wahoo, Grouper, a couple of YT and maybe a Dorado. I give all the YFT away. There’s always guys on the boat that want more. So my freezer does fine. How much fish can you eat before your next trip anyway?
 

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Welcome to the long range addiction Freddy. One of the best parts of our San Diego fleet (and there are many) is the quality of the catch when you return due to the rsw process that’s used. Another plus is the great fish processing companies that call our port home. If you intend to keep a lot and are going have it for any length of time over a few weeks, I highly suggest using one of them. They will cut, portion and seal your filets in whatever size portions you request in one of 2 different thicknesses of plastic. I recommend you choose the 5 mil plastic option which will keep your catch in prime condition the longest. They can ship your processed fish to you in Texas because they do it all the time, and are good professional operations.

When it comes to freezers to keep it once it arrives, it is actually fairly simple. You want the lowest temperature you can find, the size you think you need for just your fish, and NO auto defrost. Auto defrost raises the temperature to reduce ice and ruins your fish in the process. I personally use a unit that’s about 9 cu/ft and stays 30 below zero. It’s a chest unit which makes things a little harder to organize but small milk crates that are 1’x1’x1’ make it a snap. It will hold 400# of processed fish easily which equals about 1000# of swimmin fish. I think that’s about right for what you might accomplish on a trip like yours.

Above all I things I would suggest. If You don’t need or want it, just let them go. It’s exciting to catch them, but be selective, and you’ll enjoy yourself just as much. Sometimes watching them swim away after a serious battle is more rewarding than a meal.
 

Idatuna

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don't know if the trade for canned is still an option but its an absolute favorite at our house. The exchange rate isn't great..... Some can thier own. I haven't explored that yet.
 

scotth

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My friend and I carpool from Olympia, WA - about 1,000 miles from SD - my house is another 3 hrs, his is about 8 hrs more driving. We spend the night after the trip and have the processor freeze the fish. The next morning we pack it in regular ice chests (~140 qt) with 5 - 10# of dry ice and drive straight home, 30 hours plus. The dry ice is gone but the fish is still frozen hard and goes straight into our home freezers. Your drive is longer but I bet if you refresh your dry ice daily it will stay frozen. Our fish keeps beautifully with the expert care and RSW on the boats plus the quality filleting, vacuum-sealing, and freezing from the processor.
 

Bill W

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You can also add a cold storage locker to an option for overflow. Trade for hunter’s game an option.
 

Freddiefish

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To answer some of the questions.
It's a little over 1500 miles one way.
I don't have the option to stay overnight and have it frozen.
If things go as planned I should be rolling into Huffman in time to have dinner with my family Thurs. (Thanksgiving) afternoon.
I have a generator and I need a freezer anyway.
I plan on getting it processed.
If I missed any let me know.
 

ripped

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If you haven't already you should call the processor of your choice to get a priority number so you can get out of there short and sweet. I always try to do that and by the time I tank up on a big breakfast before hitting the road my fish is good to go.
 

Hismosa

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To answer some of the questions.
It's a little over 1500 miles one way.
I don't have the option to stay overnight and have it frozen.
If things go as planned I should be rolling into Huffman in time to have dinner with my family Thurs. (Thanksgiving) afternoon.
I have a generator and I need a freezer anyway.
I plan on getting it processed.
If I missed any let me know.
Things go missing often in those parking lots. Better have that generator hidden away and secured somehow.
 

ZZZZZ

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On a side note

If a fisher wants (unfrozen fresh) fish. A suggestion is having the majority of the catch frozen and just some unfrozen

First time using a processor. The entire catch was not frozen. The fish that would not be eaten in a few days was put into a house hold refrigerator freezer. Took a few days to freeze solid :( that's how I learned freezing ALLOT (fully packed freezer) of fish at once in a regular freezer. Takes days to freeze 100% solid.

Wishing everyone great success this coming year. Its going to be a rad year. It's going better down here so far compared to this time last year. For allot of folks. Much better money flow and happiness in CR. Money flow is crucial in a 3rd world country
 
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nicodemus

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To answer some of the questions.
It's a little over 1500 miles one way.
I don't have the option to stay overnight and have it frozen.
If things go as planned I should be rolling into Huffman in time to have dinner with my family Thurs. (Thanksgiving) afternoon.
I have a generator and I need a freezer anyway.
I plan on getting it processed.
If I missed any let me know.
So, if you're not staying overnight, but you are having it processed, it sounds like you're going to pick it up from the processor fresh. Is this correct? If that is the case, you might just want to take home however much fresh from the processor you think you guys might eat in a few days - on ice in one or more coolers, with replenished ice as necessary. The processor can then freeze and and ship the rest. The benefit of having the processor freeze it, is that they do so very quickly - a key in the quality of the end product. And that way you just have to put a bunch of rock hard frozen bags in your freezer when your product arrives.
 

kevina

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To answer some of the questions.
It's a little over 1500 miles one way.
I don't have the option to stay overnight and have it frozen.
If things go as planned I should be rolling into Huffman in time to have dinner with my family Thurs. (Thanksgiving) afternoon.
I have a generator and I need a freezer anyway.
I plan on getting it processed.
If I missed any let me know.
Make sure you get one hell of a lock and a cable, So you can lock that generator down to your truck or It may not be their when you get in from your fishing trip!!!!
 

mike mitchell

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You have just jinxed the trip for yourself and all the passengers! You can think it, you can plan it, but NEVER, NEVER, NEVER talk about it!
 

scotth

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So, if you're not staying overnight, but you are having it processed, it sounds like you're going to pick it up from the processor fresh. Is this correct? If that is the case, you might just want to take home however much fresh from the processor you think you guys might eat in a few days - on ice in one or more coolers, with replenished ice as necessary. The processor can then freeze and and ship the rest. The benefit of having the processor freeze it, is that they do so very quickly - a key in the quality of the end product. And that way you just have to put a bunch of rock hard frozen bags in your freezer when your product arrives.
right on, you don't want to try to freeze 100+ pounds of beautiful fish at once in a home freezer - you need to stage it in, one layer at a time until it freezes - a 140 qt cooler holds over 100# of processed fish and I take a couple of days to freeze that at home, it works great but do as Nick says, keep it on ice in between.
you will get better quality for long-term keeping by having your new freezer plugged in at home, cold, ready to go and if it's empty you could devise some trays to keep cold air between single layers of fish and freeze many layers at once (just like they do in the processor's blast-freezer) - transport your processed fish fresh on ice, then freeze it at home
 

TanstaaflSD

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So I did it. I just booked my first long range on the Red Rooster 111, the 12 day Accurate trip in November 2020.
Assuming I know how to fish a little bit, how big of a freezer do I need to haul my catch back to East Texas? I know, I know.
Really just wanted to share this info and ask for any pointers.
Kind of sucks that 2020 is Leap Year though, I have to wait an extra day.
Been lurking in the shadows here mostly and have read some helpful info, but always open to hear more suggestions, insight, derogatory remarks, bring it.
Stoked
I worked with a San Diego fisherman's procesor and they did my filets, then flash-froze, held for a few days to work out logistics, then the very hard frozen fish filets were boxed, iced and then delivered in a fish cargo box to Southwest >> as cargo for their direct flight to Dallas, where my daughter picked up the fish box from cargo and took them home ... all still hard frozen. Cargo to cargo was resonably priced.
If there are direct San Diego to an airport near you flights, then that may be a best option for best quality fish in Texas.
Tight lines,
 

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The benefit of having the processor freeze it, is that they do so very quickly - a key in the quality of the end product.
I have a 9-hour trip home after we get off the boat and this has been SO TRUE. Get a processor to freeze solid and ship to you and the quality will be much better. Also, I REALLY like the 5 mil bags vs. the 3 mil bags for storage - totally worth the upcharge for durability and overall quality. I was skeptical, but now that I've done it I'll never go back to the thinner stuff.