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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!

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.

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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