How To Ship Fresh Fish.
Updated: Aug 8, 2022
When it comes to shipping your fish home there are a few options that we suggest:
Option one: Carry On. We can Vacuum-seal your fish at the dock. Then you'll take the sealed fish and freeze it at your hotel or rental. Purchase a well insulated soft cooler, take the frozen fish and wrap in newspaper (or some sort of other insulator that is non-liquid or gel-based) and bring the fish as a carry on item on the plane with you. You’re going to want to wait until the very last minute to take the fish out of the freezer before your flight. **Check with the airlines prior to your departure and brief yourself on any policies they may have for perishable items. This is a good option if you have the carry on space, and you have a quick flight.
Option two: Checked item. We can Vacuum-seal your fish at the dock. Then you'll freeze it at your hotel or rental. Purchase either a well insulated hard cooler or a “fish box” mailer which is essentially a single use cooler that fits snuggly into a cardboard box for support. You’re going to want to purchase dry ice or freeze gel-packs to use to keep the frozen fish as cold as possible while it transit. *Check with your airline regarding their policy on dry ice and checked luggage. Again, you’ll want to wait until the last minute to take the fish out of the freezer to prepare for transportation. Tape the package well and label “perishable” per instructions of your airline.
Option three: Next day shipping via USPS/UPS/FEDEX. Pricing is likely to vary by carrier. Same process as option two except the carrier will require you to use a “fish box" mailer which they should have at the store. (If not you’ll just need to buy a cooler and a cardboard box that the cooler can fit snugly inside of. We recommend Low Key Fisheries Seafood Market, 22500 Overseas Hwy, Cudjoe Key FL 33042 for all of your perishable shipping needs). You’ll want to pack the fish under either dry ice or frozen gel-packs. Verify with the carrier what their policy is on dry ice if you plan to use it. Don’t forget to either ship it to someone who will be home when the delivery arrives, or time it so it arrives at your door when or after you do!
If shipping becomes overwhelming always know you have the option to take your fresh catch to one of many local restaurants that will cook your catch for you! Here is a list of some of our favorites below:
Mangrove Mama's, 19991 Overseas Hwy, Sugarloaf Key FL 33042 Mellow cafe, 1605 N Roosevelt rd, Best cook your catch fish tacos, lots of local craft beer. Dante’s Key West, 951 Caroline Street, Great cook your catch platters. Conch Republic Seafood Co., 631 Greene St., Great platters. Live music. Fun atmosphere, close to downtown Duval area.
We hope this helps you! We look forward to fishing with you! #SeasTheDayCharters