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Old 07-05-2011, 02:29 PM   #1
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We are going out on a long charter in the middle of this month (how long will depend on the weather and water conditions). We are planning on bringing our catch back home with us via our US Airways flight. We have a food sealer which we will use to seal the individual filets and have a combination of dry ice and gel pack ready to keep cold for the 7-8 hours of travel...

We are fishing on thursday and will be home on Sunday. What would be the best method to prep the fish before bagging them and is it okay to make the contents of the bag smaller or should we leave the fish in larger pieces?

Thx in advance
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:51 PM   #2
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when I go to Cabo San Lucas, I always take a cooler with me. It's important to leave some skin/scales on the fish so they can be easily identified. I just pack in freezer bags and ice. Don't tape the cooler, but take some tape with you so that when TSA checks it, you can close the tape the cooler shut. Most coolers today will keep a catch cold for a lot longer than 7-8 hours of travel.
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:26 PM   #3
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Worked in commercial aviation for the last ten years. If you want to bring your catch home use gel packs in checked baggage. Most airlines won't accept coolers with ice, and dry ice has to be packed in accordance with hazardous material regulations. One person can only have 2.2kgs of dry ice, and the container must be ventilated. If possible the gel packs will get you home, just did it a few weeks ago from Maine with Haddock and scallops.
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I often make the trip back home to Arkansas with frozen fish. I match the size of the cooler to the ammount of fish I have. Pack it tight, fill any empty spaces with newspaper. We sometimes take a cooler full of frozen on the airlines. Again, fill tightly. We do tape the top and write with a magic marker : "Frozen fish". Never have been opened. Sea-r-cy
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