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What is the best way to pack fresh caught saltwater fish for travel on a plane

Question by Richard Bressler. Uploaded on August 17, 2009

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from mattreney wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

my guess is dry ice dont know whats allowed on planed though

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from mattreney wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

yeah if your going to use dry ice check with the air port they can be used in bombs someone made some and set them off in the school no one got that hurt a few teachers had to go to the hospital though

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I vacume seal mine then ice best I can, this way the water never touches the fish.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

When I go fishing in Alaska we vacuum seal and freeze the filets. Next pack them in coolers or you can buy insulated boxes in many places up there that will do the job. Now here's the trick. When you fly up pack light and take you clothes and stuff as carry on. Then you can ship 2-50 lb boxes of filets home at no charge. Make sure you weigh them so they are not overweight. My fish has always made it home in great shape with no ice of anykind. When you book your flight go with the fewest plane changes so the baggage apes have less chance to lose your fish.

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from fisherman14 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I agree with Cgull and Del in KS. Vac. sealing is the best way and freeze

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Seal it freeze it and pack in ICE!

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I used to take suitcases full of salmon to relatives. I did the vacuum pack of fillets, then wrapped each fillet in newspaper and put them in a suitcase so I didn't have to buy insulated coolers. I filled in the crevices with more wadded up paper, then checked the suitcases as baggage. This will keep fillets frozed for at least 24 hours. Try it next time you go to thaw out a fillet, wrap it in a few pages of newspaper and stuff it in a cardboard box in packed newspaper... you won't eat that fillet for a couple of days but you will see how it works.

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from RobinHood wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Don't spend a ton of money with dry ice and all that...plus some companies won't let you ship or fly with dry ice. Take some plastic water bottles and freeze them solid. Put the fish in zip lock bags and either freeze them in a block of water, or get them cold in the fridge. Just before you leave for the airport, put a garbage bag in a cooler and throw everything in and tie the bag shut, and close the cooler and tape it shut. This will last at least a day, depending ont he cooler.

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from spartan235 wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

When I was in Alaska they had a pretty good system up there. We had our Halibut vaccum sealed and they loaded it up in the wax boxes and put it in their freezers till we were leaving. Before we left we picked it up and send it flew home with us as our second bag so pack light in order for you to have that extra bag capabilities. The first time I put dry ice in mine but i don't remeber if I added the second time. Just check with the airline first if your going to do that.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

Agreed with DakotaMan and + 1 for you sir!!!

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I vacume seal mine then ice best I can, this way the water never touches the fish.

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from mattreney wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

my guess is dry ice dont know whats allowed on planed though

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from mattreney wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

yeah if your going to use dry ice check with the air port they can be used in bombs someone made some and set them off in the school no one got that hurt a few teachers had to go to the hospital though

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

When I go fishing in Alaska we vacuum seal and freeze the filets. Next pack them in coolers or you can buy insulated boxes in many places up there that will do the job. Now here's the trick. When you fly up pack light and take you clothes and stuff as carry on. Then you can ship 2-50 lb boxes of filets home at no charge. Make sure you weigh them so they are not overweight. My fish has always made it home in great shape with no ice of anykind. When you book your flight go with the fewest plane changes so the baggage apes have less chance to lose your fish.

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from fisherman14 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I agree with Cgull and Del in KS. Vac. sealing is the best way and freeze

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I used to take suitcases full of salmon to relatives. I did the vacuum pack of fillets, then wrapped each fillet in newspaper and put them in a suitcase so I didn't have to buy insulated coolers. I filled in the crevices with more wadded up paper, then checked the suitcases as baggage. This will keep fillets frozed for at least 24 hours. Try it next time you go to thaw out a fillet, wrap it in a few pages of newspaper and stuff it in a cardboard box in packed newspaper... you won't eat that fillet for a couple of days but you will see how it works.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Seal it freeze it and pack in ICE!

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from RobinHood wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Don't spend a ton of money with dry ice and all that...plus some companies won't let you ship or fly with dry ice. Take some plastic water bottles and freeze them solid. Put the fish in zip lock bags and either freeze them in a block of water, or get them cold in the fridge. Just before you leave for the airport, put a garbage bag in a cooler and throw everything in and tie the bag shut, and close the cooler and tape it shut. This will last at least a day, depending ont he cooler.

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from spartan235 wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

When I was in Alaska they had a pretty good system up there. We had our Halibut vaccum sealed and they loaded it up in the wax boxes and put it in their freezers till we were leaving. Before we left we picked it up and send it flew home with us as our second bag so pack light in order for you to have that extra bag capabilities. The first time I put dry ice in mine but i don't remeber if I added the second time. Just check with the airline first if your going to do that.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

Agreed with DakotaMan and + 1 for you sir!!!

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