Igloo Yukon Cooler Review
I recently took my Yukon 50 on a 12-hour yellowfin tuna trip out of Port Canaveral, Florida. I was working with Capt. Joe Palermo aboard the new Sea Wrangler II on a tuna trip to fish the locally named “other side”. The name refers to the long run to the east side of the Gulfstream, which is generally 70 to 80 miles offshore.
I’m elaborating on the length of the day because it has a bearing on the ice we must carry for a trip like this. The Yukon 50 was the perfect size for a bait cooler because we thaw and prep lots of ballyhoo for this type of fishing.
I filled the Yukon just above half with ice at 4am. I placed a saltwater soaked absorber on the ice and then laid out our baits.
The ice level hardly changed throughout the day of fishing.
It’s not like we kept it closed either, because with each round of bites from tuna, we would be opening it up for more baits.
Normally I would have to add ice to a cooler and make sure the drain was open so that the melt-water did not reach the bait. But with the Yukon, it barely wept water and I still had plenty of ice to take fish home that night. Being late and tired, I left the cooler in the bed of my truck till noon the next day(there are metal reinforced lockable corners for this move). There was finally a little melt water, but still plenty of ice to keep that fresh tuna cold. I was impressed to say the least.
The cooler boasts a seven-day ice retention at 90 degrees and I believe it. We had it open every couple minutes on a hot teak deck, during July, in Florida and it still did an amazing job.
Another nice feature is the stable rubberized feet on the cooler. They keep the cooler from sliding around and also raise the bottom of the cooler off the deck. This meant you could rinse under and around the cooler without having to pick it up. A handy feature with tuna blood on the deck.
It was very sturdy as well and I could stand on it to get rods down without any worry of crushing the lid or tipping over. I’m not saying I’m heavy, but it was a good test and we’ll leave it at that.
The Yukon uses stainless rods for hinges making them very sturdy. It also features an oversized drain plug on a tether, which will let ice and chunks pass if required. We were not measuring tuna, but there is a ruler on the lid, which will be useful when we go bottom fishing. Rubber pull-down latches keep positive pressure on the gasket and maintain a seal. When the latches are unfastened, there are no sharp metal parts waiting to cut your leg open as I have had on other brands.
Sturdy, simple to clean and highly efficient, the Yukon from Igloo was a winner in my book.