There’s no denying the thrill of reeling in a big catch while fishing in the pristine Gulf of Mexico waters, or around the inlets and jetties near Hubbard’s Marina. The excitement of landing a prized fish makes for unforgettable memories. However, when it comes to traveling with your freshly caught fish, whether it’s to take it home or
share it with friends and family, a little preparation goes a long way.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps of safely traveling with fish caught on Hubbard’s Marina, including utilizing Don’s Dock for fish packaging, shipping,
and selling dry ice. We’ll also cover how to navigate the process of taking fresh fish on an airplane, or in an ice chest.
Fish Handling and Preparation
Before you even think about traveling with your catch, it’s crucial to handle and prepare the fish properly. This not only ensures the freshness of the fish but also maintains its quality during transportation. Hubbard’s Marina provides excellent facilities and advice on fish handling, so make sure to follow recommendations.
Clean, gut, and ice your fish immediately to prevent any spoilage and/or bacterial growth.
Utilizing Don's Dock for Packaging and Shipping
Don’s Dock, a trusted name in fish packaging, shipping, and selling dry ice, can be your ally in preserving your catch’s quality during travel. When opting for shipping, follow these steps:
- Properly Package the Fish: Consult with Don’s Dock experts on the appropriate packaging materials. They can provide specialized insulated boxes that help keep the fish cold during transit.
- Add Dry Ice: Don’s Dock typically sells dry ice, which is a solid form of carbon dioxide that can maintain low temperatures. Pack the insulated box with your fish and place dry ice on top. Ensure there’s enough ventilation in the box to allow the release of carbon dioxide gas.
- Choose a Shipping Method: Opt for a shipping method that ensures swift delivery, ideally overnight or express shipping. This minimizes the time your fish spends in transit.
Taking Fish on a plane
If you’re planning to take your fish on an airplane, here’s how to do it right:
- Check Airline Regulations: Before your flight, check with your airline regarding their policies on traveling with perishable items like fish. Some airlines allow fish as checked baggage, while others might have specific guidelines.
- Use Insulated Coolers: Similar to shipping, you’ll need an insulated cooler to maintain the fish’s freshness. Make sure the cooler is leak-proof and sturdy.
- Ice Packs/Loose Ice: Ice packs are a great alternative to keeping your items cold while traveling. Some Airlines restrict loose ice, so check with the airline beforehand.
- Dry Ice Regulations: Like shipping, you can use dry ice to keep your fish cold during the flight. However, there are regulations on the amount of dry ice you can carry on an airplane, so check with the airline beforehand.
- Plan Your Timing: Time your flight to ensure that you can transfer the fish from your home to the airport and onto the plane as quickly as possible. The less time the fish spends outside the cooler, the better.
- Notify Airport Security: Inform airport security that you’re carrying perishable items and dry ice. They might need to inspect the cooler, so be prepared for this possibility.
Traveling with fish caught on Hubbard’s Marina can be a rewarding experience, allowing you to share your catch with friends and family or enjoy it at home. By following proper fish handling, utilizing Don’s Dock for packaging and shipping, and understanding airline regulations, you can ensure that your catch reaches its destination in the best possible condition. Remember, preparation is key to preserving the freshness and quality of your fish during travel, allowing you to relive the excitement of your fishing adventure even after you’ve returned home.