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Welcome to our "Fish List" Newsletter

 

In 1997, the commercial fishing family of Bonnie and Captain Mark Tognazzini turned to consumer-direct (straight from the boat) fish sales in response to the disparity between wholesale and consumer fish prices. During albacore and salmon seasons (around May to September), Captain Mark would fish during the week and then conduct sales from the Bonnie Marietta on the weekends. A weekly email would notify customers of the sales, and they would turn out in droves, sometimes standing in line for two or more hours for a chance to buy a whole fish directly off the boat. 

 

By the time the Tognazzinis opened Dockside Too Fish Market in 2006, they were eager to be able to provide loyal customers with a wider variety of high quality local fish, while also supporting other local skippers. However, the sea continues to call, and Captain Mark still fishes and conducts straight-from-the-boat sales when albacore and salmon are available in sufficient numbers. (As Mark says, it's called "fishing," not "catching.") So, the email list, or "Fish List" as it is commonly known, continues!  However, it now also serves to notify customers of special local catches featured in the Fish Market and restaurants.  You'll find previous Fish List emails below.

 

If you would like to be on the "Fish List," sign up below. You can expect an email approximately once each week during summer and early fall and less often through the rest of the year. And, of course we would never release your email information to anyone!

Fishing this week was outstanding for Capt. Mintz of the D.J. His trip in search of Bank rockfish has landed great supplies of this amazing fish to us here at Dockside. We think that Bank rockfish are one of the best if not the best eating rockfish around. The flesh is moist mild, flaky and tender and will please just about everyone from the first time fish eater to the seasoned fish connoisseur. Bank rockfish fillets are very versatile and can be prepared by just about any method including grilling, frying, baking, broiling or sautéing. Just lightly season them and don’t overcook and your family will think that you are a master chef with this fish!

Did you know that if you have ever eaten “Pacific snapper,” you were most likely eating rockfish?  There are nearly 60 species of rockfish on the pacific coast, which are often lumped together and sold as “Pacific snapper,” to the unaware consumer. We think that this practice is untruthful and at Dockside we can tell you the species of rockfish that you are eating.  

Due to the success of Capt. Mintz, starting this weekend, we are proud to announce that fresh local Bank rockfish will be used as our Fish & Chips at all three of our Dockside locations for no additional cost.  Bank rockfish will also be featured as fish of the day in our main Restaurant and available as fillets in our Market for $7.95 per pound. We hope that you get the chance to share this great value and enjoy a memorable meal here at Dockside or take some home and prove to your family that you are the master chef that you always thought you were!

CRABFEST at DOCKSIDE!

 

Ahoy and Happy New Year to all long time Bonnie Marietta and Dockside fish list folks, and welcome aboard to those that have joined more recently!

 

Of course we are in Capt. Mark’s off season when it comes to fishing, so emails are limited to only special events here at Dockside, but be ready because May 1st  isn’t too far away and King Salmon season is soon approaching. This year the Captain hopes for even better Salmon fishing and to finally see a few Albacore that seem to keep giving the Central Coast the slip.

 

In recent fishing news, the pelagic season started off slowly but quickly gained steam bringing us ample supplies of Swordfish, Thresher Shark, Mako Shark, Opah, Bluefin Tuna, and the occasional Louvar over the last couple months. We have been blessed to have had outstanding supplies in the Market, as well as featured in the Restaurant. As a matter of fact, Swordfish has been our fish of the day frequently. At $10.95 for a 6-ounce portion with sides, it is a real value. Much thanks to Capt. Roff and Capt. Schoditsch of the Diane Susan, Capt. LeBeck of the Trailblazer, and Capt. Mintz of the DJ.

 

But the real purpose of this email to let all of you know about our upcoming Dungeness Crab Festival here at Dockside Restaurant. Capt. Ward of the Dancing Bear, and Capt. Maharry of the New Mohay have been providing us with good supplies of local Dungeness Crabs. The efforts of these two captains allow us to feature this year’s first CRAB FEST here at Dockside.

 

Mark your calendars for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 23rd, 24th, and 25th. CRAB FEST will be offered at lunch and dinner and will include a fresh local, cooked, cleaned, cracked, and chilled Dungeness Crab and all the usual Dockside sides and fixings for $26.95. These scrumptious-sidewinders average 2-pounds live weight, and are both delicious and fun to eat. CRAB FEST is being featured at or Restaurant only; however we do have both live and cooked available at the Market.

 

Again, Friday the 23rd, Saturday the 24th, and Sunday the 25th, lunch or dinner, local Dungeness Crabs at Dockside. By reservation only, so call now 805-772-8100.

Good fishing this week has justified another “fish list” update as well as some great weekly specials here at Dockside. Although the pelagic season was slow to start, we are beginning to see some steady landings of these offshore favorites. Capt. Roff of the Diane Susan and Capt. LeBeck of the Trailblazer had another week with some pretty good success. Landings of Swordfish, Bluefin Tuna, Thresher Shark, Opah, and even another Louvar have once again arrived here at Dockside.

 

The success of these captains has allowed us to offer two great values on Bluefin Tuna this week. First, if you need just a little bit, Bluefin Tuna loins will be available for $11.95 per pound. Second, if you can use a little more, whole Bluefin Tuna will be available for $5.95 per pound. As always, if you purchase whole fish, we will cut them for no additional charge. Most of the fish this week are in the 20-pound range, however there are a couple 40-pounders and even a couple 80-pounders!

 

In addition to Bluefin Tuna, we will be offering great values on local Swordfish at $12.95 per pound, Thresher Shark and Mako Shark at $6.95 per pound, and Louvar at $19.95 per pound. Last week the Louvar went fast so hurry in if you are hankering for a hunk of this magnificently moist fish!

 

As a side note, Dockside 3 (Smokehouse) will be offering our amazing almond-wood smoked turkeys for Christmas! We will be smoking a limited number of turkeys so remember to reserve yours soon. Smoked turkeys will average 13-pounds each and offered at $3.50 per pound. If you would like to reserve a bird please call (805) 772-8130.

Well it’s been quite some time since we have sent out a “fish list” update but as you know, this time of year we only send out notice when something really good happens. With the Holiday season fast upon us and some really good fishing this week, now is as good of a time as any to keep everyone in the loop with the local fishing scene. As many of you know, the pelagic season has been well underway for some time now but very slow fishing has meant that we have not seen many of these seasonal fish….until now.

 

Swordfish, Opah, Bluefin Tuna, Thresher Shark, Mako Shark, and even Louvar have finally found their way to us here at Dockside and we couldn’t be more excited to have these magnificent fish. Capt. Roff of the Diane Susan and Capt. LeBeck of the Trailblazer both had successful trips providing us with strong supplies of these fall favorites.

 

The success of these captains have allowed us to feature your choice of Swordfish or Bluefin Tuna this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for $12.95 per pound, or Louvar for $19.95 per pound in the Market. Supplies of Swordfish and Bluefin are strong, however as always, Louvar is limited and those who know will likely gobble up what we have pretty fast.

 

In the Restaurant we will be featuring fresh Swordfish, Bluefin Tuna, Opah, and Thresher Shark in a variety of scrumptious specials throughout the week. Our “Fish of the Day” will be Lingcod while supplies last and then likely switch to Swordfish.

 

Finally if you are looking for Dungeness Crabs, we have them! Capt. Ward of the Dancing Bear has been providing us with some large and hearty crabs from Port San Luis. Live crabs are available for $6.95 per pound or have us steam them for $7.95 per pound. Please feel free to call in your crab order ahead of time as the steaming process usually takes between 30-40 minutes.

 

Dockside crew and staff wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope you decide to include some fresh local seafood in a few of you special holiday meals this year!

Steady fishing and beautiful weather have joined forces over the last few days making it another great week for fresh fish here at Dockside. Many of our local captains have used the great conditions at sea to their advantage and have capitalized with landings of many of our favorites.

 

Local King Salmon fishing this week has greatly improved with landings from Capt. Mark on the Bonnie Marietta, as well as Capt. Nungaray of the Michael Too, Capt. Richardson of the Raggamuffin, and even Capt. Sylvster of the Trudy S. Further north, Capt. VanWagner of the Pure Adrenaline 2 also had a nice trip fishing King Salmon and topped off our supply of these silver sided beauties. The success of these local captains allows us to feature King Salmon this week for $19.95 per pound for fillets or $9.95 per pound for whole fish. As always, if you purchase a whole fish, we will cut it for you any way you like for no additional charge. Salmon sizes range greatly this week from around 10 lbs to over 20 lbs, with most weighing about 14 lbs.

 

Local Halibut fishing was also very productive this week. Capt. Nailen of The Seeker, Capt. Conners of the Silver Bullet, Capt. Shiflett of the Mr. T, and Capt. Campopiano of the Island Hopper all had strong landings of these fabulous flat fish. Local Halibut fillets will be available this week in the market for $19.95 per pound.

 

Lingcod fishing has been strong and consistent over the last few months with landings from too many captains to mention. Lingcod will continue to be in good supply in the market throughout the week for $10.95 per pound.

 

These fish and a variety of others will be available in the market throughout the week as well as featured in some mouth-watering dishes in our restaurant. We always recommend that you eat seasonally and enjoy the fresh bounties of the sea when they are available. Now is as good of time as any to enjoy these favorites while they are local and fresh, and before they get the chance to swim away.

Outstanding fishing has coupled with beautiful weather over the last few days, making this a week of plenty here at Dockside. The selection at our Market is about as good as it gets with strong supplies of many local favorites, including, Vermilion Rockfish, Lingcod, Grenadier, California Halibut, and White Seabass. The only thing that we are lacking this week is King Salmon, but that may change as soon as few of our local captains who traveled northward make the journey back home with fish in tow.

 

The captains who stayed near home this week including Capt. Patchen of the Kaps, Capt. McGill of the 4-Baja, Capt. Buckman of the Buckfish, and Capt. Bigham of the Big Time were rewarded with strong landings of Lingcod and Vermilion Rockfish. Blackcod fishing was also successful for Capt. Owen Hackleman of the Provision and Capt. Steve Hackleman of the Ruth Anne II. Capt. Le of the Eagle had another outstanding trip fishing Grenadier while Capt. Shiflett of the Mr. T, Capt. Dunn of the Bushwacker, and Capt. VanWagner of the Pure Adrenaline all had landings of California Halibut. Last but definitely not least, White Seabass fishing has been going very strong with landings from Capt. Losieau of the Fog Dog, Capt. Mowry of the No Name, Capt. Conners of the Silver Bullet and Capt. Athens of the Outer Banks.

 

The success of these local captains allows us to feature local White Seabass this week for $14.95 per pound for fillets or as whole fish for $6.95 per pound. As always when you purchase a whole fish cutting is included at no additional charge. The White Seabass this week are large with most ranging from 20 to about 40 lbs. So bring your appetite or a few friends and enjoy!

King Salmon fishing has been virtually non-existent this week here on the Central Coast. Capt Mark and the Bonnie Marietta had a few fish early in the week but conditions and limited production made for a short week.  If you combine the slow fishing with a seasonal closure starting July 1st and running through July 14th, the outlook for local King Salmon looks very slim for the next couple of weeks. Because of this we have brought in a few King Salmon from northern California to satisfy the demand this weekend. Supplies are limited however, we do have enough to offer fillets this weekend for $22.95 per pound or whole fish for $11.95 per pound while supplies last.

 

Other fishing this week has been up and down. We have had decent landings of various Rockfish species from Capt. Patchen of the Kaps, as well as Lingcod from Capt. Eaton on his Kayak and and Capt. McGill of the 4Baja.  An unexpected addition this week was landings of a few Soupfin Sharks from Capt. Bradbury of the Ashley Nichole. Windy conditions this week thwarted the efforts of many other local captains however the weather forecast for next week looks slightly better and we hope to replenish our supplies of more local favorites soon.

Local fishing this week has had its share of ups and downs but our supply of local favorites still remains strong here at Dockside. This week Lingcod, Blackcod, Grenadier and King Salmon will all fishing all showed improvement with solid landings of each. On the other hand King Salmon fishing remained stagnant or even slowed a bit.  however the perseverance of our salty old fishermen including Capt. Mark of the Bonnie Marietta. 

 

Captains who shared in this week’s success include Capt. Patchen of the Kaps, Capt. Kennedy of the Twilight Lady, and Capt. Eaton on his kayak, with landings of Lingcod. Capt Owen Hackleman of the Provision and Capt. Steve Hackleman of the Ruth Anne II also had a better week fishing blackcod. Finally Grenadier fishing this week was also saw improvement with a strong landing from Capt. Nguyen of the Golden Eagle.

 

King Salmon fishing remained stagnant this week with a few scores of 2 to 3 fish per day but definitely nothing to get excited about. Capt. Mark and the Bonnie Marietta had a few fish early in the week 

King Salmon fishing continues to be hit and miss this week but the persistence of a few of our local captains replenished our supplies here at Dockside. Capt. Mark on board the Bonnie Marietta had a few strong days this week, while Capt. Conners of the Silver Bullet, Capt. Nailen of The Seeker, Capt. Van Wagner of the Pure Adrenaline, and Capt. Kennedy of the Twilight Lady all had consistent landings.

 

The tenacity of these captains allows us to once again feature local troll-caught King Salmon fillets for $19.95 per pound, or as whole fish for $10.95 per pound. These fish will be available starting Thursday June 5th and continue through Sunday June 8th while supplies last. Average weight this weekend is about 12 pounds with a few larger fish mixed in. As always for those of you who purchase a whole fish, we will cut it for no additional charge. Remember that King Salmon return approximately 70% when filleted so if you buy a whole fish, you will have about $16 per pound in fillets…a great value! If a whole fish is a little too much to deal with, then fillets are still a great value this weekend. Supplies are pretty strong but not great so we hope that we will have enough to satisfy everyone who is looking for the best Salmon available anywhere!

 

Other fishing this week also seems to be on the upswing. Capt. Patchen of the Kaps, Capt. Kann of the C and Capt. Richardson of the Ragamuffin all had landings of Lingcod. Capt. Owen Hackleman of the Provision and his father Capt. Steve Hackleman of the Ruth Anne II, had a better week fishing Blackcod. And last but not least, Capt. Truong of the Golden Eagle had an outstanding week fishing Grenadier. All three fish will be available this weekend in the Market and also showcased in the Restaurant in a variety of daily specials.

 

Finally this Sunday, June 8th we are proud to be throwing the 5th annual BBQ Oyster Feast and fireworks fundraiser on the patio at Dockside Too. Dockside donates 100% of the proceeds to the firework show in Morro Bay. Tickets are $20 each and include half a dozen BBQ oysters, a pitcher of beer and all day live music featuring Musical Charis in the morning and Lenny Blue and friends in the afternoon. This year you have your choice of small, medium or large oysters and four selections of ice cold draft beer so bring your appetite and some friends and hurry on down! The event starts at 11am and goes till dark-30. We hope to see you here and share in this exciting celebration for a great cause!

Memorial Day is fast approaching and we are looking forward to a festive weekend here on the Central Coast. In recognition of this day, we would like to offer two great deals on Local Troll-caught King Salmon. 

 

First if you are looking for just a little bit of this amazing fish, we will be featuring King Salmon fillets for $19.95 per pound. This option is great for those who need a few pounds or less yet still want a solid value. 

 

Second, if you can use a bit more, we will also be offering whole King Salmon for $10.95 per pound. This option is an even better value for those who are looking for enough fish for a few people or to put a bit away for a later date. Whole fish return approximately 70 percent when filleted, resulting in a fillet cost of about $16 per pound. Remember that as always, if you purchase a whole fish, we will cut them for you at no additional charge. 

 

Whole fish this weekend range in size from about 9-pounds to 16-pounds with most fish being in the 11-pound range. Both weekend specials will be available Friday, May 23rd through Monday, May 26th while supplies last 

 

Local Troll-caught King Salmon is without a doubt the finest Salmon available anywhere! It is extremely versatile and can be prepared with almost any cooking method including baking, broiling, poaching, and of course our favorite Charbroiling or BBQing! If you are looking for a great value and an extraordinary product to showcase this weekend we promise that you won’t be disappointed.

 

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