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Mark and Bonnie Tognazzini have built a large and loyal following of customers who appreciate the value and quality of their fresh salmon and albacore, which is sold dockside, directly to the consumer. A free weekly email update is sent to customers wishing to know when fish is available. The updates are written by Mark or by Bonnie and often include details of life on the sea.

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Thursday 04 December 2014

Wednesday 10 December 2014

Ahoy,

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.

The Tognazzini family & crew
F/V "Bonnie Marietta"
Tognazzini's Dockside Restaurant & Fish Market

Thursday 04 December 2014

Ahoy,

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!

The Tognazzini family & crew
F/V "Bonnie Marietta"
Tognazzini's Dockside Restaurant & Fish Market

Friday 08 August 2014

Ahoy,

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 10lbs to over 20lbs, with most weighing about 14lbs.

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.

The Tognazzini family & crew
F/V "Bonnie Marietta"
Tognazzini's Dockside Restaurant & Fish Market

Thursday 17 June 2014

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!

The Tognazzini family & crew
F/V "Bonnie Marietta"
Tognazzini's Dockside Restaurant & Fish Market

Friday 27 June 2014

Ahoy,

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.

The Tognazzini family & crew
F/V "Bonnie Marietta"
Tognazzini's Dockside Restaurant & Fish Market

Thursday 5 June 2014

Ahoy,

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 Bulet, 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!

The Tognazzini family & crew
F/V "Bonnie Marietta"
Tognazzini's Dockside Restaurant & Fish Market

Friday 23 May 2014

Ahoy,

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.

The Tognazzini family & crew
F/V "Bonnie Marietta"
Tognazzini's Dockside Restaurant & Fish Market

Thursday 15 May 2014

Ahoy,

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!

The Tognazzini family & crew
F/V "Bonnie Marietta"
Tognazzini's Dockside Restaurant & Fish Market

Friday 28 February 2014

Ahoy,

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 Capt.s Diller, Rose, Truong, and both Owen, & Steve Hacklemen. 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 Restauarant, 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.

The Tognazzini family & crew
F/V "Bonnie Marietta"
Tognazzini's Dockside Restaurant & Fish Market

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