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Jul 6th, 2013, 07:45 PM
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How do we get the fish we catch back to Texas?

My hubby and I will be traveling up to Alaska to sight see and do some salmon fishing. I was wondering how might be the best way to get the fish back? We are flying on United Airlines and weren't sure if we should take a cooler with us on the trip or buy it there and how it would all work out. Or should we ship it separately and not take it back on the plane? Anyone know the best way to do this?

Thanks so much!
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Jul 6th, 2013, 07:51 PM
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There are processing places in most of the towns where fishing occurs. We had ours processed and shipped back to us in Oklahoma. It comes in a styrofoam cooler/container packed in dry ice. I think we ended up with 100+lbs. This was shipped in July and it was perfect when it arrived. It was a bit pricey, but top quality. I wouldn't attempt to carry and pack all that back home on an airplane, IMOP.
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Jul 6th, 2013, 11:55 PM
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I was in Alaska for photography and some of the guys took home salmon. It was frozen in boxes and they checked it as luggage. I think they were 50# boxes. Have fun!
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Jul 7th, 2013, 09:00 AM
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We brought home 270 lbs of fish from Alaska to Chicago. The cost of shipping this would have been incredibly high and we used our full luggage allowance (we only packed carry-on) to get it all back home (we weren't charged for luggage as we are frequent flyers). Use a good fish processor and your fish will arrive home fine. My friends had to drive around 3 hrs after the flight and their fish was frozen and pristine when they got home. We all enjoyed this fish for almost a year, it's kinda of amazing how well it holds up.
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Jul 7th, 2013, 09:19 AM
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We saw a lot of ice chests heavily duck taped and checked as luggage.

Most of the bait shops/outfitters we saw had fish processing. Instead of canning I think they vacuum seal and freeze it now.
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Jul 8th, 2013, 11:53 AM
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If you are using a guide, they should take care of it (for a fee of course) since they do it all the time.
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Jul 8th, 2013, 12:13 PM
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When we returned to the dock at a fishing camp on the Kenai Eiver in Alaska with our catch, they had forms for what we done wirh the fish..Smoked, frozen, etc and shipped to our home. It arrived in good shape.
We saw so many coolers being checked at the airport.
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Jul 8th, 2013, 12:19 PM
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Speaking of Smoked. Make sure you know the difference between Cold Smoked and Hot Smoked.

I guess Fishee is a better fisherman than us. HA
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Jul 9th, 2013, 08:08 PM
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Or just a fishy story.....
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