Background: We have a full day charter (halibut) booked for Homer on Sunday, Aug 31. We are very optimistic that we will be catching not fishing :-) The next day, Monday Sep 1 Labor Day, we have a fly in trip booked out of Soldotna in the afternoon to Crescent Lake (salmon) and should be back in Soldotna around 7-8pm. We then drive up to Anchorage to overnight before heading out on the train 2 days later to Seward and then onto a 7 day cruise south. Due to the fact of the cruise, we won't be able to take the fish with us and need to arrange for shipping out of Homer and Soldotna or Anchorage. In speaking with some of the processors in Soldotna, one is open to midnight and others have coolers where you can drop after hour and then arrange packing/shipping via phone/email the next day. In reading this forum and speaking with the processors, it is cheaper per pound to ship one box versus multi (Homer and Soldotna). So, here's my questions. Do you think it would be better to take our fish we catch from Homer and keep it in a cooler 1 day and then ship that along with what we catch near Soldotna and shipt from there? Other ideas/tips? Or is it cheaper to ship all this from Anchorage? I read here about Alaska Air's GoldStreak Package Express, but that won't work for us as we don't have anyone that can drive out to the airport to pick up the shipment as our airport is more than 1 hour drive one way. But our neighbor is willing to store our frozen shipment received via Fed Ex, UPS or elsewise as long as its delivered to his door.
Appreciate any advice/tips from those of you out there.
Thanks so much.