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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!

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!

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!

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