Fresh Tuna off the boat
On April 10th and 11th the Ventura II (2) fishing vessel is will be at the Ventura Harbor selling freshly caught fish, primarily high grade tuna at I believe less than $5.00 a pound. The hours are Saturday 4/10 from 8am-4pm and Sunday 4/11 from 9am-4pm. The market will happen rain or shine. This is cash only. They clean and package the fish you buy. There have been no reports of any shortages so if you go on Sunday you should find plenty of fish to buy.
I discovered this from an article in the The Ventura Star. I am sorry that I can't find that article now. The article mentioned that folks can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the email list. They email you back when the boat comes into the docks ready to sell their catch.
A few more things....The variety of fish will probably change at times according to fishing conditions. The boat does not sell shellfish. Salmon are known to run in April so I am hoping they get salmon then.
If someone makes it out this weekend please post back some information.
I have been buying fish from him for several years and this is a100% first rate operation. Sashimi grade Tuna (yellowfin, albacore and bigeye), opah, swordfish, mahi-mahi and mako. There may have been other fish, but I missed them. The fish is all gutted and bled out at sea, then packed in sea ice. I believe that only the albacore is solid frozen. They spend their first day in port loading sashimi grade tuna to be flown all over the states. I have seen them loading the aircraft shipping containers at the pier. Saturday morning (after his crew has been fileting the fresh fish for hours) the fish market opens. You can buy either fliiets at $8-$10 a pound, or a whole fish for $3 -$5 a pound, depensing on size. They cut whole fish to order - read here - toro!!!! The fish is 100% perfect. This guy is a real pro. Japanese and Filipinos are all over this market because it is as good as it gets. Because the fish has been packed in sea ice, it has never frozen, so it can be packaged and frozen. I just had Opah and swordfish from 5 weeks ago come out of the freezer, and it was 95% as good as when it was fresh. This quality fish is $20+ a pound at any retail market. They have ice forr your cooler, so bring it empty. Bring a cart or dolly, as it is hard to lug a 100 lbs ice chest back to your car. I usually spend about $200 each time he is in port. Saturday morning is crazy - be prepared to wait an hour or 2 in line if you try and get there at 10 am. I usually go after 2 and tehn again on Sunday. I don't care what fish I end up with, it is all good an the boat it full.
The best of the best. A real treasure.
The local guys might have salmon and spot prawns. You never know.
Ahi Tuna we went to the boat 2 or 3 weeks ago and bought a whole tuna with 2 other
people. The fish 96 lbs and was about $3.50 per lb. They charge you based on the whole
fish and they will clean the fish at no charge and you lose about 1/2 the weight. So the
actual cost is about $7.00 per lb. Smaller pieces are sold as is wahoo swordfish
and albacore. This has become very popular so expect long lines. The quality is
quite good but not top sushi grade. I have never seen salmon as I quess the tuna boat
is not in the same waters. Check out web sites on how to select ahi tuna pieces good
I guess I wasn't clear in my post. This all depends on many conditions which vary widely. If they can find the fish, the fish that are available, etc. I understand that the operation is family owned so family matters will be a consideration as well. Lately they have been coming in with fish to sell once a month. You never know what will happen.