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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

Ahoy,

Happy Mother's Day! Capt. Mark and the Bonnie Marietta have been hard at work the past couple days attempting to land a few of these seemingly elusive local King Salmon. Fishing for the most part remains very slow however, the captain did land a handful to us here at Dockside late yesterday afternoon.

With that said, we are happy to announce that we will be offering fresh local King Salmon fillets available in our Dockside Too fish market just in time for Mother's Day. Fillets will be priced at $19.95 per pound.

Supplies are limited and we will not be offering whole fish this time but hope to be able to do so again if the fishing improves. In addition, Capt. Mark will keep pluggin' away in hopes of conducting direct fish sales off the decks of the Bonnie Marietta in the near future. We will keep you updated with his progress.
 

We hope to see you here!

The Tognazzini Family & Crew

Ahoy,

After a year of wait, our local King Salmon season has arrived! Capt. Mark and the Bonnie Marietta have been fishing daily with high hopes of conducting direct sales this next week. As of now, fishing has been slow, with very windy afternoons. We will keep you updated with his progress and will keep our fingers crossed that catching improves this week so that we can offer his fish direct to you.

In the meantime, we have landed enough local King Salmon from other fishermen to offer them here at Dockside! Starting Sunday May 3rd we are pleased to offer fresh local King Salmon in our Market whole for $9.95 per lb. or as fillets for $19.95 per lb. As always, if you purchase a whole fish, cutting is included. Currently all our King Salmon are very uniform in size averaging about 10-pounds each.

We do have a limited supply so if you are hankering for some local Kings, come in and see us as they are sure to go fast! Big thanks to Capt. Matt Newman of the Emily Rose and Capt. Jim Gritzfeld of the Rose Lynn.


We hope to see you here!

The Tognazzini Family & Crew

Ahoy,

We hope that all of you are doing well, staying safe, and not driving yourselves too stir crazy.  We also wanted to let you know that our local King Salmon season is soon approaching and Capt. Mark is gearing up and will be ready to go. As many of you know, our local King Salmon season starts May 1st and with a little hard work and luck we hope to be offering some of his catch soon after. If the captain finds success and the fish cooperate, we plan to once again offer sales directly off the decks of the Bonnie Marietta. We will keep you posted with his progress and any offerings that we may have.

Many of you have asked about the recent news article stating that “this year” boats will be selling their catches direct. This article suggests that somehow this season will be different than years past however, many of you know that Capt. Mark has been selling King Salmon and Albacore direct since 1996! With the limited markets available this year, it is possible that you may see similar options from other boats however, we believe that we have the process down to a science and you will see the commitment to quality, cleanliness, efficiency, and value from Capt. Mark and his crew!

In the meantime, please remember that Dockside Too remains open for fresh fish sales and take out. Our full menu is available HERE  and we are open daily from 10am to 6pm. In addition every Saturday at 2pm we will continue to offer our rotisserie smoked chickens and baby back ribs. Drive-through or walk-up options are available but be advised that we have been selling out early.


The Tognazzini Family & Crew

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.

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.

 

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!

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