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How To Ship Your Fish Home From Alaska

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Cleaning and Packing

Thanks to our high-quality fish processing house, we don’t have a limit on how many pounds of fish you can take home. The moment you pull into our docks after a day on the water, our staff will take your fish directly from the boat to our fish processing house. There, your fish will be expertly fileted into conveniently sized pieces that will make cooking easy.

Afternoon view of our new fish processing house.

After fileting, our staff carefully rinses each filet. Rinsing is an important part of the process, as it helps the fish stay and taste fresh for as long as possible. Fish that is not properly rinsed can take on an unpleasant fishy flavor. 

After the filets are rinsed, they are packed into portable freezer bags. Each bag will contain two servings of fish and be labeled, letting you know what species of fish are inside. Throughout this whole process, our dockhands carefully document each filet, ensuring that the fish you catch is the same fish that you take home.

Vacuum Sealing

Friendly staff at Pybus doing fish processing and packaging.

After your fish is placed into our custom-made freezer bags, it’s time for vacuum sealing! Vacuum sealing is a quick, two-part process. First, all air and moisture within the freezer bag are sucked out. We do this to ensure a longer shelf life for your fish; air and moisture can cause the fish to decay quickly, even when frozen solid. Then, immediately after vacuuming, the bag is thermally sealed shut, making it impossible for any air or moisture to enter. Because of this process, you can expect your filets to stay fresh for up to two years!

Freezing and Boxing Your Fish

Our brand new fish bags that will be vacuum sealed to keep your fish fresh!

Immediately after your fish is vacuum sealed, our dockhands will pack the bags into our new sub-zero freezer located right on our dock. Freezing fish maintains the quality and texture of your catch while preventing the growth of bacteria and parasites that cause food-borne illness. Because of the ultra-low temperatures of our freezer, your fish is flash-frozen, meaning that the fish is preserved at the peak of its freshness.

Before you leave the lodge, our dockhands will pack your filets into our custom-designed fish boxes. These boxes are reinforced and lined with a special-insulated mylar fabric that will keep your fish frozen for up to 72 hours.

Transporting Your Fish to Juneau

Pybus staff loading guests fishbones for their journey home

Getting your fish off Admiralty Island is an easy process. Your all-inclusive stay at Pybus Point Lodge includes the free transportation of your fish back to Juneau. Before leaving the lodge, we’ll give you a special tag that you can use to claim your fish box(es) after arriving at Juneau International Airport.

If you plan on spending some time exploring Juneau after your departure from the lodge, don’t worry about keeping your fish frozen. Juneau’s airport has freezer space available for $25 a day. If you’d like to spend the night in Juneau, let us know. The first day of storage is on us! 

Flying Home With Your Fish

As long as you give yourself plenty of time, flying your fish home is a stress-free process. All fish boxes will be under 50 pounds. This means that fish boxes can be taken on your flight as a checked bag, costing nothing more than the standard checked-bag fee.

Both Delta and Alaskan Airlines allow two checked bags per person before charging you for excess baggage. We recommend traveling to the lodge with only a carry-on, allowing you to fly home with up to 99 pounds of fresh fish without encountering any extra fees.

A fish box all packed and ready to bring home!

Most flights out of Juneau leave at similar times, which can cause lines at the airport to be fairly long. Because of this, we recommend pre-checking your bags before you get to the airport. If you do this, most airlines will pre-print tags for your fish boxes, allowing you to go through the check-in process as quickly as possible.

You will be the envy of the airport when you pickup your boxed fish at baggage claim!

Shipping Your Fish Home

If you’d rather not worry about taking your fish through the airport, you always have the option of shipping your fish to your home destination. If you prefer this option, simply talk to our lodge hosts. They’ve spent over a decade filling our guests’ freezers with wild Alaskan fish, and they’ll be more than happy to help you fill your freezer too!

A guests freezer full of fish from their trip.

Cooking Your Fish

The final step in the process is impressing your friends and family with a delicious meal of fish you caught yourself at Pybus Point Lodge. If you liked the way our chef prepared your catch at the lodge, or if you want to see some of our other favorite recipes, check out the recipes section on our website at www.pybus.com/recipes 

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Discover why people like you can’t stop talking about Pybus Point Lodge. More than 30 years ago, the lodge opened as a simple fishing camp, drawing a devoted following in spite of basic accommodations. With new owners and experienced captains and crew, our corner of Alaska has become an unbeatable fishing and eco-tourism resort.

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Incredible Experience!

Pybus Point Lodge has some of the most stunning scenery I’ve ever seen. I mean absolutely breathtaking! In addition to the amazing fishing, I hiked to a beautiful secluded lake, soaked in some hot pots, saw several waterfalls, went whale watching, saw bears and all kinds of wildlife and marine life. As a photographer, photographing a wedding under a waterfall will remain a highlight of my life.

Shirley Johnson

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We had the best time! This was our first visit to Pybus, but it definitely will not be our last. The stunning scenery, amazing fishing experience, and the joy of meeting new friends – all outstanding! We did not want to leave!!! If you are thinking about this trip – don’t think any more, just book it. You will not regret it!!!

Sharon Hedding

Trip of a Lifetime!

We had such an amazing time the staff was so wonderful and the lodge was fantastic! capt Joe was so helpful and always doing what ever he could do to make each day special. a special thank you to both Scott and Jody for taking the time to make us feel like family. can't wait to go back next year

Jason Nielsen

Wonderful and Magical Place

We had an amazing business retreat to Pybus Point Lodge.  Everything was top notch... the fishing, the staff, the boat captains, the food, the accommodations, and especially the scenery. I really liked that Pybus took care of everything from start to finish. Chef John is an amazing cook. We had delicious hot meals the entire trip.  The cabins were amazing and very comfortable.  The fishing was awesome and that’s coming from a guy that doesn’t fish that much.

Brandon Foote

We brought home 100lbs of fish!

My wife and I spent a week at Pybus Point this Summer. We had a beautiful, private room overlooking the bay and our own new, ensuite, private bathroom. What an amazing place for couples to get away together. We set our own breakfast time, met our boat captain after, fished the day along, and returned to clean up and enjoy a nice dinner at the restaurant. Next time Alaska is on the trip list, Sherrie and I will go together, and it will be to Pybus Point!

Kent Danjanovich

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This was my first trip to Pybus Point. I stayed in one of their new cabins. The accommodations were incredible, the view onto the bay in the mornings was stunning. I loved the staff and the food was really very good. All of this and they have new boats to take you out onto fairly calm waters to fish. The fishing guides were great. Overall a great experience. Definitely going back.


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