Fall is albacore tuna time on the West Coast and that means there’s some seriously good eating coming up! While I prefer my tuna raw with some wasabi, there are a lot of other ways to prepare this amazing fish for dinner!
Like burgers, for example. Yep, you heard me…Poke Burgers are so, so good and are a great use of the scraps and trimmings!
They also look just as good as they taste! Obviously the presentation doesn’t matter as much as taste, but as you can see from the photo, they present themselves pretty nicely. In fact, I think the above photo is Instagram worthy, seeing as so much food is posted online nowadays! That’ll certainly spread the news about this beautiful burger recipe. I’ll definitely have to learn how to increase instagram followers with companies like Socialfollow first though, because let’s just say I am not very well-known on the site, at all! There’d be no point in even posting that way.
The idea comes from my pal and uber foodie, Matt Steiger, who writes the blog The Food Lunatic. He does up his burgers with a soy-lime glaze and they are da’ bomb! Check out the Recipe here: TheFoodLunatic
Albacore show 15 miles off Santa Cruz!
News Flash: the “tuna water” has moved onshore near Sana Cruz over the past couple days and on Thursday, boats running out of Santa Cruz harbor only 15-17 miles found nice conditions and scores of 20-30+ fish.
There is a nice weather window Friday and Saturday and then the weather is forecasted to kick back up…
For an in-depth look at all that’s happening out of this port, check out out SC Fishing Report
Catch fish, feed people: The Oregon Tuna Classic
The Oregon Tuna Classic series of fun albie fishing events is coming to 4 different ports this summer. This is an awesome event — you go and have a ball catching fish and then do a good deed by feeding some hungry folks. I know some of the guys involved in this and all I can say is great people = great event.
I’ll fill ya in more as the summer progresses but to get some inside dope, click HERE
Steelhead in the Saltwater: The Purple Unicorn
What the heck happens to steelhead in the ocean? Where do they go? While ocean anglers catch tens of thousands of salmon every season off the West Coast, steelhead are encountered about as often as purple unicorns.
Well, here’s maybe a hint: A couple buddies of mine were trolling big plugs at 8 mph for albacore 20 miles off the Northern California coast when something strange happened…they caught a steelhead.
When the 8-pound hatchery hen hit, it started going bananas, jumping all over the place behind the boat. The thought that it was steelhead never entered their minds. At first the guys figured they had a dorado on. Then they thought it might be a yellowtail. As it got closer, the steelie looked like a coho.
But when they got her boatside, the fish was obviously a steelhead — and a gorgeous one at that.
After a few quick photos, they let her go, knowing that they had just seen something that few anglers ever witness — a steelhead in saltwater.
A small sample size, to be sure, but perhaps this sheds a bit of light on the ocean migration patterns of sea-run rainbows. Could it be that they like a bit warmer water than do their salmon cousins — and thus live much furthers offshore? If steelies spent most of their salt time well off the coast, that would explain why so few are caught by salmon trollers.
I donna…just taking a guess here!