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Bringing fish meat back to san francisco?

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Bringing fish meat back to san francisco?

I am flying direct to san francisco when i depart cabo in mid-sept., Hopefully i have a couple of chests full of dorado/yellowfin. I plan on having the fish flash frozen and vacuum packed in cabo after the catch. What is my best way to keep them frozen for the hotel>airport>flight>to san francisco? Is dry ice allowed on Alaska airlines?

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Duluth, Minnesota
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1. Re: Bringing fish meat back to san francisco?

As far as i know...no dry ice (or any ice) on the plane. And none needed. We routinely bring coolers of fish back to MN/WI with no thawing.

As long as the fish starts out totally frozen, and packed as tight as possible, it'll keep just fine. If you don't have enough to fill the cooler, use balled up newspaper to fill the airspace. And remember not to tape the cooler shut until you get thru the bag check at the airport...carry some duct tape to do it there.

Cheney, Washington
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2. Re: Bringing fish meat back to san francisco?

Same here just brourgt back 40bls of tuna vac packed and frozen still was when we got home .They tape your cooler at the airport and mark it as frozen should be fine.

Cheney, Washington
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Also no matter how much you bring home it must be handled as checked luggage so no more then 50bls to a cooler Alaska was 20.00 dollars not bad.

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4. Re: Bringing fish meat back to san francisco?

How do you keep if frozen solid while in Cabo? Storage locker at the marina? Resort restaurant kitchen freezer? Packed in dry ice in your cooler while still at the resort? Has anyone tried to install a hasp and padlock on a cooler and then use a TSA lock?

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5. Re: Bringing fish meat back to san francisco?

Never occoured to me to lock it down, it's just fish:)

(did i just say that??)

Many hotels and charter companys will freeze and hold your fish till you leave town. Thats what I've always done. I know the samokehouse that has an office on the marina will freeze it for you too, but theres a charge of course.

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6. Re: Bringing fish meat back to san francisco?

We bring frozen fish back to SFO every year -- no problem. Also, never had the fish stolen, so we've never done anything more than add straps around the cooler (easier than using duct tape).

Do watch out for the weight, tho. Over 50 lbs. will cost you an arm and a leg.

Cheney, Washington
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7. Re: Bringing fish meat back to san francisco?

Slippery Lizzard Charter took care of all that and held the fish for us till we left .We worked that into our Charter and they were great about it.

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8. Re: Bringing fish meat back to san francisco?

We store the fish in the hotel freezer and bring down freezer packs.

We also pre-chill our freezer using whatever ice is in the room freezer the morning we leave. Seems to help...

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9. Re: Bringing fish meat back to san francisco?

How about US Customs? You just declair that you have XXX Lbs of fish on your customs form? Taxes?

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10. Re: Bringing fish meat back to san francisco?

no taxes, no hassle. Don't need to list # of lbs. very simple really.