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Chef – Baja Brings The Boom!

The Baja & Southern California fisheries are some of the most unique in the nation. With Hand Line caught species from the Pangas of Baja and the fleet of vessels that call San Diego home, relishes in the offerings of these superb seafood items.

Hand Line Fishermen of the Baja have been an intergral part of From small fishing villages along the northern part of the Baja Peninsula, Day Boat Fishermen set out in small Wooden Pangas for a day of hand lining and scallop diving. The honor of tradition and familial unity are drivers in this amazing Day Boat program. Fishermen – The Quintero Family, Ortega Cruz, Elmar King, Paisa Ocegueda

San Diego’s ports harbor some of the Pacific’s most dedicated men and women of the sea. Longline Boats like F/V Kraken and F/V Anthony G offload each week with brilliant pelagic species found between the mainland and Hawaii. The brilliant winds of the Pacific often slipstream the catch into port as quickly as it is boated. Displaying the highest quality is what the San Diego fishery is highly renowned, and we have it for you the very next morning. Find the species that fits your need and it’s a call away.

Yellowtail Jack – “Wild Hamachi”
(Seriola lalandi dorsalis)

Wild hand lined Baja Yellowtail Jack (aka Amberjack) are an intricate part of Baja fisheries. With a healthy biomass running between the open Pacific and the Gulf of California, it has long been a staple species for the Panga fishermen. Yellowtail Jack feed veraciously on a bounty of schooling “bait” fish as well as squid, and crab. The vastness of the Yellowtail Jacks’ diet translates to a rich and deep flavor profile. Natural oils provide an abundant moisture that is incredibly resistant to high heat cooking applications. The profound color of the raw flesh is a distinctive marker for identifying this species as wild. It has a deep pink to red that is unique to its varied diet. As value is perceived, this option in Yellowtail is absolute. Direct lines into San Diego from Baja allow for the price to remain low and approachable, and availability is strong for Menu-ability.

Gold Spotted Sand Bass – “Spotted Bass”
(Paralabrax auroguttatus)

Gold Spotted Sand Bass have a light, clean flavor with a medium flake. The fish are hand line caught about 200-500 ft. deep. the display great portion yields from 1-3 lb. fish, and we have been seeing “big” 4 lb fish this season. The skin has a light flavor and crisps nicely. The spots remain visible with gentle cooking methods, but a hard sear makes for a “bacon like” snap on skin up presentations. The firm yet delicate flesh of the Gold Spotted Sand Bass handles any application thrown its way. The fillets portion nicely and appear “fat” for their length. This allows for multiple plating designs, and the racks make a brilliant broth. Ceviche is a great application for this unique species, and a quick saute shows off the elegance of its muscle structure. It is unique as a food fish, and historically only enjoyed by the person at the other end of the line that boated it. Try a very “cool” species, with great value attached to its price point, for your late Spring menu features.

Pacific White Seabass – “California Bass”  
(Atractoscion nobilis

We have touched on the flavor and texture of the Pacific White Seabass. It has the moisture of Wild Striped Bass, the clean finish of Grouper, the flavor of Redfish, and the flake of Toothfish. A brilliant flesh of paper white and a usability that crosses all culinary landscapes can be found in Pacific White Seabass. As if these we not enough, The White Seabass has a multitude of other features that is sure to make it a worthy species on your next feature or menu offering. The management of Pacific White Seabass is a true testament to proactive conservation. Not only is this species incredibly resilient to biomass depletion, they also are tightly accounted in the specific waters of our supply. Typically netted in the other fisheries, the California and Baja fisheries lean heavily on a hook and line harvest method. With a 3 month closure during spawn, the White Seabass are guaranteed a recuperative reproduction period that ensures its survival. The seasonal runs are a magnificent onslaught of an amazing food fish, and it appears that it is here to stay.


Contact to Customize Your SoCal Features

Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262
Jon Flower – 704-769-2258
Ben Hollinger: 704-769-2320
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256
Brad Rosa: 704-413-3267

Market Report: Baja Peninsula Summer Fishing

Artisanal Fishing On A 16ft Panga - Sea of Cortez

Artisanal Fishing On A 16ft Panga – Sea of Cortez

June and July have historically been some of the highest volumes and greatest diversity of fresh, day boat Baja fish species. This is due to warming ocean currents and the migratory patterns and spawning cycles around the Baja Peninsula and the Sea of Cortez.

We will likely see large volumes of Cortez Fluke and California Halibut starting in the second week of June, as that has been a historical trend. In addition, California White Seabass will also open more fishing areas locally on June 16th. The Baja production seems to have a spike every year at the exact same time, so often that there is a high production of day boat fish from the Sea of Cortez and Baja Peninsula by June 20th.  Sudden high inventories lead to price breaks which we anticipate this year again.

Cabrilla Grouper is also running now and we expect higher than normal volumes of Baja Black Seabass in June and July. A wide range of snappers such as Pargo and Huachinango (Red) are moderately running right now. We will also see a moderate but steady supply of exotic species such as Gold Spotted Sand Bass and Baja Sculpin (aka “Scorpionfish”) as well. Corvina season looks to be ending, however.

Yellowtail Jack (aka “Wild Hamachi”) is sporadic but volumes are high when we see fish. There may be zero fish for a few days, and then we will see several thousand pounds over the course of a few days. We are expecting high volumes later in June and into July. Current inventories remain constant.

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