Sportsmen's Seafood aka Mario's Fish Processing still in business

lynndeva

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We have used Mario's for a long time now...never any complaints, they are awesome, love the smoked fish too..
 
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UCT

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Had my fish processed there recently after Excel trip. Never again. Some fillet still had parts of skin, bags smell strongly of fish (inside and out). None of the fish is sushi grade anymore.
 

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Have pics?
Been dropping bluefin there all season and it has always been perfect. Smelling a bag that fish has been in usually results in fish smell?
Been eating sashimi all season from their processing.

Had my fish processed there recently after Excel trip. Never again. Some fillet still had parts of skin, bags smell strongly of fish (inside and out). None of the fish is sushi grade anymore.
 

Marcus

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Love Mario's. Just picked up some of our BFT the other day. Great fillets and the bags were perfect. I've been using them for years and they have always done us right.

Last year on our memorial charter we called and the girls in the restaurant waited for us to come in so we could drop off after hours. We did kick them a nice tip for the help.

I'd recommend them.
 

Northeastfshman

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Wow shocked you have a complaint about Sportsman. I've never had an issue and I'm OCD about my fish.

I always refused to use a processor for fish because I was disappointed the first few times I tried it vs doing it myself. Someone pointed me to Sportsman and it was so much better than the other places I'd tried. It's so convenient and easy and the quality has always been there for me. I decided to have my big bluefin done there vs doing it myself last week and was ecstatic with the results.
 

UCT

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Here's a pic. I used Fisherman's Processing in the past, but decided to give Mario a try because of recommendation and Rosie's leaving. This fish has a strong odor. Smells like tuna from a can and leaves a strong odor on my hands. The outside of the bag shouldn't smell like fish, let along the fish itself.
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Been dropping bluefin there all season and it has always been perfect. Smelling a bag that fish has been in usually results in fish smell?
Been eating sashimi all season from their processing.
 
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Rosie Flowers is leaving? She always did a great job for me.
 
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SouthBayKiller

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I just like that they are more willing to deal with the private boater and short range boat fisherman's issues than 5 star or Fishermans are. Couldn't even get 5 star to pick up fish from a 2 day charter trip I had (told them there would be 10 people minimum that would want to process) and fishermans turned us away this weekend because we were private boaters and they didn't have the space for us. I've used all three services in the past and all 3 had excellent quality product, but Sportsmans service has been the best so far in my personal experience.
 

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I was hoping to see a bunch of skin. Did you wash those fillets with fresh water by any chance?
No fresh water wash. I always open bag, wrap with paper towel to soak up the blood initially, then re-wrap with fresh paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour changing paper towel once or twice before preparing for sushi or cooking. Didn't take picture of skin, but was about size of dime on 3 or 4 pieces.
 

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The outside of the bags smelling like fish happens. They're in a processing facility. The ones I picked up the other day smelled like fish as well. I washed the bags off prior to putting them in the fridge and they didn't smell after that.

Not saying it's you but those fillets look wrong. The bloodline looks brown and the pieces look hacked up like what a deckhand would do. I've never had my fish from Marios look like yours does. Usually the bloodline is gone (unless I ask them for skin on) and the cuts are always super clean.

In your picture is that tuna, YT or dodos?
 

UCT

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Those are YT. Some of the other fillets are worse and have a substantial portion of bloodline in the fillet.
 

Klamath17

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Those are YT. Some of the other fillets are worse and have a substantial portion of bloodline in the fillet.
Those look pretty bad! Maybe it was late, or a new guy, or something, but it should never be that way from any good processing operation. I've had the same thing happen, but long ago.

FWIW, after trying the others in the past, I've never been disappointed with Fisherman's Processing. But is Rosie really leaving?
 

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I've had good experiences with both Fishermen's and Sportsmen's. I've been using Sportsmen's since I was about 18 years old and will continue to do so.

They are awesome about meeting us at strange hours to drop off or pick up. Whenever we have more than a couple fish we take them in and they do a killer job.

Hard to say what happened to your fish. It doesn't take much to make Yellowtail go funky. Sorry it happened to you.
 

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No fresh water wash. I always open bag, wrap with paper towel to soak up the blood initially, then re-wrap with fresh paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour changing paper towel once or twice before preparing for sushi or cooking. Didn't take picture of skin, but was about size of dime on 3 or 4 pieces.
Dime size skin is nothing, usually on YT a lot of people leave the skin on so they can bbq skin down. I agree those fillets don't look right with the blood line all bleached out, hence the reason I asked if they were fresh water rinsed or soaked. I haven't had my fillets look like that ever from Sportsman's, Fisherman's or 5 star. Sorry it happened to you.
 

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I was just in there picking up fish and talked to Ryan about it. We went through a bunch of packaged fish and I did not see any problems or smelly packages. He had no idea how yours got smelly and bleached out other than he asked if you were on a boat that cleans out their RSW with bleach or if you just brought fillets in (fillets get contaminated and never end up as fresh as whole fish). I couldn't answer that for you.
He said when picking up fish if you notice anything to let him know and he will make sure to take care of whatever the problem is.

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UCT

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I was on Excel and they picked up my whole fish at the landing. My friend's fish are just as bad, if not worse.
 

DC61

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Sorry to hear about Mario. He was a stand up guy. We should all wish the new owner success. Competition is good for ALL of us......
 

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I'm doing a seven day in June with four of my buddies. Does anyone know if Sportsman's take reservations and are they still at .75 a lb?
Happy Easter BDers!
 

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I'm doing a seven day in June with four of my buddies. Does anyone know if Sportsman's take reservations and are they still at .75 a lb?
Happy Easter BDers!
Thank you for your interest in using Sportsmens Seafood. We do accept reservations and our current processing rate is $.85 per pound for filet and vac-pac.... 619-224-3551
 

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We all miss Mario. The quality and service of Ryan is exceptional. I use his services exclusively. Ryan will do anything you ask as far as portion size and how you desire your catch to be processed. Norm
 
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