Shipping Fish

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  1. spize909

    spize909 Well-Known "Member"

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    I fished overnight on the Freedom for tuna yesterday and there was a guy with his fiancé from Texas on the trip. He was here on a business trip and flying out this morning to return home.
    They didn't give it much thought on getting the fish home but really wanted to get it back to Texas somehow.
    So...........me being the dumbass that I am mentioned that I could package their fish up and o'nite it to them once it was frozen. I got 4 fish to get to them and an ice chest he bought from the landing (hard, not Styrofoam) that I want to ship it back in. I figure at least 40-50 lbs of weight.
    I've brought fish back from Mexico frozen in a sealed (duct-tape) ice chest and I'm thinking we may be able to do Fed-Ex o'nite the same way.
    Dry Ice? Blue Ice packs?

    Any suggestions/experience would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Dry ice will work. That's how fishermans processing does it. They store it in a styrofoam cooler and pack it full of dry ice.

    Maybe give them a call? They are great people and am sure they will give you proper guidance.
     
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    I live in TN and fish one LR trip per year. 5 star processes my fish and they take them to the Southwest Airlines Air Freight office and she ships the fish in Styrofoam coolers. The fish are frozen and she adds some frozen gizmos to protect the top layer of fish.

    She ships it early one morning and I pick it up that night at the freight office. Cost is about $1/# shipped. FIsh is still hard frozen when I get it.
     
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    Yep, you win the dumbass of the week award.

    You should have told him to just drop it by 5 Star fish processor and they'd do all the rest.

    Are you related to the Unknown Fisherman?

    LOL
     
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    What can I say...I'm a giver.
    We discussed precessors but it just wasn't practical.
     
  6. slydawg

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    Nice of you Jeff. Why not vacuum seal it, freeze it and deliver(have him pick up) the cooler to him just prior to him jumping on a plane?
     
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    We got in last night and they had a flight at 7 am this morning.
    So Fed Ex?
     
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    USPS, UPS, FEDEX. Price em'. I will text you
     
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    I recently (last month) shiped 50 Lbs of freshly caught Bluefin to my son in Ohio via Fed Ex overnight. I used a styrofoam cooler i got from Omaha Steaks (nice, heavy duty container). Fed Ex will ship fish with dry ice, but they get squimish and will ship as hazardous (extra fee). I put in ice gel packs instead and vacuum packed and froze the fish solid the night before. When my son received the fish, it was still frozen and in good shape as was the cooler it was sent in. He had some sushi that night. By the way, it cost $250 to overnight that much fish via Fed Ex..
     
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    Thanks Billy, got your text and I will give them a call tomorrow but it looks like they just use all the major shippers.....sounds like it'll be expensive.
     
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    What up GM?
     
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    OUCH!
    I'll investigate tomorrow and let the dude know. I didn't really trim the stuff at all. Just dried them off and vac sealed the whole loin in one bag each. I bet if I'd have trimmed it up like I do mine, i would have cut the weight by 1/3.
    I might end up with a few cases of smoked/canned yft.
     
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    Don't assume Jeff. I don't know why, but they were much cheaper than walking in the others I mentioned... Maybe a mistake? I'll take it.
     
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    I must also share with you the fact that I've sent coolers stuffed with frozen fish overnight to the Midwest (BFE) and it showed up thawed several days later... Good luck and remember... No good deed goes unpunished! :D
     
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    yeah, I know but I keep trying! I'm thinking good karma for my charter coming up next Friday. You shoulda stuck with that one, we are gonna kill them!
     
  17. matt86m

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    Once they find out how much it is to ship I predict you will have some xtra fish for the freezer!

    Dry ice + haz mat now.

    The Southwest thing sounds like the cheapest option
     
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    It does but it looks to be more of a commercial service and I'm pretty sure by all the info they want, I won't be able to utilize it. I told the guy we were looking at $275 and he said OK.....I think Fed-Ex it is unless I come up with something else.

    Dry ice up to 5.5 lbs is ok but also needs to be in something that is not 100% airtight and clearly labeled on the container. That's what I read anyways....I'll probably just get some blue ice.
     
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    Ended up at 58 lbs. Shipped it yesterday. It was $332. I hope it gets there ok.
    Should know tonight. The dude just paid it. I don't know if he felt guilty or was really ok with it.
     

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