Fishing Update 7/29

Fishing Update 7/29





We will be dropping off hubs late this week since we have to pick the fish up the same morning and package them - expect them to be dropped off in the afternoon - most likely around 1pm

Ever wonder what gives your favorite Italian or Spanish dish that special umami flavor? It's probably cured anchovies! Here is your chance to make your very own (and we promise they will be way better than anything you can buy at the store!) 

We pick up our anchovies LIVE morning of delivery from the docks in San Francisco and deliver them to you the very same day. These little fish are such a special treat - packed with flavor and omega-3's - they smell like fresh cucumbers when we pull them out of the water.

We only offer a couple deliveries of anchovies each year because they are so special so now is your chance to get them for all of your pickling and preserving needs! 

Order a share or two and get some friends and family together for a preserving party (we promise that is a thing!) You'll have the perfect Cesar salad base, tapas, pizza toppings, pasta, toast toppings - you name it these guys can add depth and flavor to any dish! 

Be sure to check out our Northern Anchovy page - its full of valuable information including videos on how to clean and use your catch! 

We'll also have CA Halibut - a FreshCatch favorite! 

We'll say it a million times - quality is all about care and our partner boats really care for their fish from the moment they are caught - this is something that you can both clearly see and taste with our fish!

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Northern Anchovies

Common Name: Northern Anchovies
Species Name: Engraulis mordax
Catch Method: Nets
Our Partner Boat(s) Catch Location(s): San Francisco
Species Catch Range: Mexico to British Columbia

Seafood Watch Rating: Unranked -
unfortunately we do not eat enough northern anchovies here in the US to warrant an assessment by Seafood Watch - however the fishery is closely monitored by NOAA and fishing management agencies to ensure the population is doing well!

It has been a little while since we have offered fresh Northern Anchovies and we are excited to bring them back this week because they are such a treat when you get them as fresh as we do!

Anchovies are rich in healthy and delicious fatty oils which results in a shorter shelf life then almost any other fish - this is why you can't find them fresh at your local super market. We get our anchovies live, morning of delivery, so you can experience them at the peak of their quality!

*Since we do pick them up live morning of delivery - hub points and deliveries are pushed back up to 2hrs - we will keep you up to date with our schedule as we go*

Your fish will arrive whole, but the great news is that Anchovies are easy fish to clean and you get to learn some cool new techniques doing it if you didn't already know how! You'll be a pro in no time! Invite some friends or family to help out and make it an occasion to get together and enjoy a delicious meal together!

** If this is your first time ordering anchovies, then we highly suggest that you take a look at our Anchovy page to understand the work that goes into preparing these local delights!

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Northern Anchovies !

Single Orders of Northern Anchovies will include 2 lbs of whole fresh anchovies, plus four recipes!

Regular orders too much seafood for you? Try a half share!

Half Orders of Northern Anchovies will include 1 lb of whole fresh anchovies, plus four recipes!

Just a reminder -
Full shares are $22 and include 2lbs of fresh whole anchovies (feeds at least 2 people)
Half shares are $13 and include 1lbs of fresh whole anchovies (feeds at least 1 person)
Home delivery is always $3
Delivery Wednesday July 31st!

CA Halibut

Common Name: CA Halibut
Species Name: Paralichthys californicus
Catch Method: Hook and Line
Our Partner Boat(s) Catch Location(s): Monterey to Alameda
Species Catch Range: Baja California to the Quilayute River in Washington
Seafood Watch Rating: "Best Choice"

Share Size:

Full Share ($28)- 1 lbs skin-on, boneless fillet - (feeds 2 - 3 people)
Half Share ($15) - 0.5 - 0.75lbs skin-on, boneless fillet (feeds at least 1 person)

Specialty Cuts:

Tail Section -
This is just the tail portion of the fish (as pictured above) we leave the skin on and the bones in which keeps all the juices and flavors in the meat as you cook it! Tail sections are between 1 - 1.5 lbs and are prefect for roasting in the oven or throwing on the grill with your favorite herbs and spices!

Tails are $20/ea and feed 2-3 people.

Engawa -

Engawa, or “hallway” in Japanese, is the fatty, delicate meat found around the upper edge of the halibut, below the dorsal.  It is prized for sushi because of its concentrated flavor and higher fat content.

 Halibut Engawa is delicious by itself, it also goes very well with fresh tasting condiments such as, grated radish with red chili pepper, sliced scallions and citrus soy sauce. We like to sear it a little and place it on top of some good sushi rice with some furikake! 

Shares of engawa are $14/ 0.25lbs - please keep in mind this is usually considered a sashimi cut so think of it as a garnish to a dish rather than a meal on its own. 

Whole fish -
When the catch is abundant we will offer small fish that we refer to as "Roasters." These fish are usually between 3-5 lbs and are perfect to throw on the grill or to roast whole in the oven. All whole fish come scaled and cleaned - meaning no scales, guts, or gills for you to deal with!

$40 deposit on roasters - we will then bill you for the final weight and subtract your deposit from the total at $14/lb. (Most roasters this week are around 5 lbs)

The Details:

When people ask us what is the best fish to try for people who don't like fish, we always tell them, Halibut! It is loved by all for being the trifecta of mild-moist-and firm meat that is easy to cook with and even easier to devour! It's a versatile fish that's perfect for bold flavor profiles - we especially love ours in curry or roasted in the oven with veggies and spices!

Our local Halibut is actually a flounder - more closely related to a Fluke than a Pacific Halibut. That probably explains why most people (especially sushi chefs) prefer our local halibut over it's Alaskan counterpart. In sushi restaurants, it is highly regarded for its clean and fresh flavors and its buttery texture when served raw. All of our California Flounder (Halibut) are caught using traditional hook and line methods by small boats - usually no more than 2-3 people on board. Currently we work with a handful of small halibut boats from San Francisco, to Alameda, to Santa Cruz, and they all use the same fishing method. We meet with our partner boats late night Monday and throughout the day on Tuesday, and then we work early into the morning on Wednesday filleting and packaging your order for delivery. Our partners at Seafood Watch consider these fish a Best Choice because the fishery is well managed, the fishing gear has little affect on the environment, and there is no by-catch.

Just a reminder -

Whole fish are $14/lbs
Full Share: $28 (1 lbs)
Half Share: $14 (.5 lbs)
Tails: $20 each (1 - 1.5lbs) 
Engawa: $14 each (0.25 lbs)

Delivery Wednesday July 31st!

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*A note about shellfish - mussels are spawning right now so we will not be offering them for the next month or so.

With weather and run-off being a concern we will also be putting off clam deliveries - if you have any questions feel free to email us -