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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!

Ahoy,

After a short 5-day closure our local King Salmon season re-opened today, May 18th. Capt. Mark and the Bonnie Marietta started out bright and early in hopes of landing a few of these highly prized fish. As many of you know, local fishing thus far has been very slow this season but there are still hopes that things may turn around. We will keep you posted with Capt. Mark's progress as well as the rest of the local fleet as we find out more.

In other fishing news, we have had solid landings of many other local favorites including, Vermilion Rockfish from Capt. Bengtson, of the Wasn't Me, Blue Rockfish from Capt. Gourley of the Christie, Blackcod and Grenadier from Capt. Hackleman of the Provision, and California Halibut from Capt. McGill of the 4 Baja. All of these fish will be available in our Market while supplies last.
 

We hope to see you here!

The Tognazzini Family & Crew

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!

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!

May has arrived on the Central Coast and brought with it the re-opening of many of our local fishing seasons including Lingcod, near-shore Rockfish and the much-anticipated King Salmon season. 

 

So let’s talk Salmon first…. Salmon fishing thus far has been very slow with most fishermen landing one or two fish per day with the occasional high score of five or six fish. Slow fishing was coupled with super windy afternoons for the first part of the month making for some short days for most of our local fleet. The wind backed off a bit with onset of our current hot-spell but it seems as though the fishing has also. The good news has been that we have been offered most of the fish that have been caught locally. This means that our supply has been good and we are able to consistently offer local King Salmon fillets for $22.95 per pound. 

 

For those of you who are wondering when or if Capt. Mark will sell his Salmon off the decks of the Bonnie Marietta this year…all I can say for now is that we definitely hope to! It takes almost 100 Salmon per week for the Captain to meet the demand and have direct sales go smoothly. Fishing thus far has fallen far short of this. When and if fishing does increase we will defiantly let you know as we look forward to it just as much as you do!

 

In other fishing news, near-shore Rockfish and Lingcod seasons have re-opened and we are getting landings of each daily. Capt. Patchen of the Kaps and Capt. Kann of the C have been bringing us steady supplies of Lingcod while Capt. Leage of the Lea and Capt. Buckman of the Buckfish have had good landings of Vermilion Rockfish. 

 

Further offshore, Capt. Owen Hackleman of the Provision and his father Steve Hackleman of the Ruth Anne II have filled our demand for Blackcod while Capt. Nguyen of the Golden Eagle continues to keep us in good supply of another favorite Grenadier.

 

Much thanks to all of our local Captains who continue to grind it out day after day in order to provide us and you with some of the best fresh local fish anywhere!

Welcome aboard to all the new the new “Fish List” members and thank you to everyone that has been with us all this time. We would like to inform our new members and remind our old ones that this is the time of year that we only occasionally send out postings. Our regular weekly updates typically start May 1st, and continue though September 31st however we will post updates this time of year when we have something special to offer here at Dockside, or when Capt. Mark is doing something interesting with the Bonnie Marietta.

 

For the most part, the winter fishing has been just about as productive as our winter rains; however almost in step with the this weeks precipitation, several local Captains had strong landings and were able to deliver some nice loads of fish.

 

Capt. Mintz, who spent the last few months fishing Swordfish in southern California, has since returned to Morro Bay in pursuit of local Rockfish. He made a short two-day trip and returned with a nice selection of these popular bottom dwellers. His success has allowed us to feature his Blackgill Rockfish, Bank Rockfish, and even a little Petrale Sole this week at our Market. Much thanks to Capt. Mintz and his hard working crew on board the DJ! Rockfish is once of our more popular fish and is mild, firm, and moist. It can be prepared in almost any way making it a fish lovers delight.

 

Strong landings this week have also come from Captains Diller, Rose, Truong, and both Owen, & Steve Hackleman. Their trips have brought us another of our favorites…Grenadier! Many of you may have already had the opportunity to sample this mostly unknown fish and have been enjoying both the value and great quality. This week we will be featuring this wonderful fish for  $5.95 a pound for fillets in our Market. In our Restaurant, Grenadier will be available as “Fish of the Day.” We invite those of you who haven’t yet sampled this spectacular fish to give it a try, we think that you will find it a delightful surprise and a really great value.

 

So a little about the Grenadier! Between Pt. Conception and Pt. Sur I would venture to say it is the least targeted marketable fish. It is unarguably one of the most homely fish that you may find but don’t let the outward appearance fool you. Its flesh is light, white and mild, reminding us of a cross between Petrale Sole, and Rockfish. Grenadier are typically caught when fishing for blackcod, and the deeper they go in pursuit of blackcod the more grenadier they catch. 

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