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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 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!

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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