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Apr 17, 2012 01:42 AM

F/V SamPam in Bodega Bay –-- Salmon and Live Dungeness Crab off the Boat

After February’s Chowder Day in Bodega Bay (an outstanding event, btw), I called Paisano Brothers to see if live crabs were available. Affirmative, so I headed over there. Driving down Eastshore Road, I noticed a sign promoting live Dungeness crab at the intersection with Bay Flat Road. So instead of turning right to head to Spud Point Marina, I continued on Eastshore a short distance until I reached the water.

On the right side, the last structure on that road, sits this mobile home decorated with crab motifs. It’s the office and home of Sam Garcia, operator of F/V SamPam in Bodega Bay’s Porto Bodega Marina.

His little dog greeted me, and Mr Garcia invited me into his office. I asked him how much the crabs were and if he had any over 2 pounds. He said that all his crabs were 2+ pounds, as he sends the smaller ones to the distributor and keeps the big ones to sell direct to his customers. That day they were $4.99 per pound, the same as Paisano and Lucas Wharf’s prices. He motioned for me to follow him to his boat to pick out my own crabs. Here’s the rolling dock in Porto Bodega where the SamPam is moored. Don’t try this unless you have sea legs.

He pulled his cage out of the water and showed me a couple feisty and very lively crabs.

My two crabs weighed a total of 4.25 pounds. They were fantastic steamed that night.

He said that he’d still be going out for crab every day for at least two more months into the middle of April. If you call ahead, he’ll also steam them for you to be hot and freshly cooked at time of pick-up. Once commercial salmon season starts next month, he’ll have local wild salmon for sale.

Sam Garcia
F/V SamPam
P. O. Box 875
Bodega Bay, CA 94923

Porto Bodega Marina map – Sam Garcia’s office is located between the laundry and the boat ramp.

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  1. Sad to report that SamPam is no longer selling direct to consumer. Insurance costs too high.

    5 Replies
      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        The liability insurance cost was too high for SamPam.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Not at all, but having listened to way too many off-based complaints about the effects of the Affordable Care Act (not that there aren't many valid issues as well), some clarification was in order to fend off those who might pounce on every opportunity to find more fault where there is none.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Yes, my joke was aimed at the fact that some people blame Obamacare for everything, including things that happened before before Obama was even president!

    1. Sam Garcia perished in a boating accident on the first day of recreational crabbing season.