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May 11, 2013 11:22 AM

Salmon from HMB boats?

Is anyone selling king salmon from the boats in Princeton (Half Moon Bay) or other places on the coast? If so, what are the prices? I'd love to get some, but the prices (even at Costco) are pretty steep these days.


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  1. $10 a pound and you have to buy the whole fish. The last time I went, there were no fish under 80 pounds...

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    1. re: CarrieWas218

      I was just on the verge of asking this very question. 80 lbs. would be quite a salmon.

      1. re: little big al

        That's an understatement. An 80 lb salmon is a monster.

        1. re: ML8000

          The wikipedia article on chinook salmon (the largest Pacific species) claims that they average 10 to 50 pounds but may reach 130. So 80 lb probably wouldn't be the norm.

        2. re: little big al

          Maybe it was under 80 *dollars* (a small eight-pound salmon at $10/lb).

      2. I haven't been down there, shopping myself, but according to the Pillar Point Harbor hotline, King salmon is available, they don't give prices.


        1. Haven't been to the harbor but wanted to mention that the wholesale price for local king salmon was $9 to $10 this week for whole fish. The size ranges from 10 to 30 pounds each.

          1. Just got back from a quick trip down there with a ten pounder at $8 a lb. Happy bbq'ing day.

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            1. re: little big al

              Cool! Perfect size for cooking whole on the grill.

              1. re: little big al

                Would you please share the protocol for buying off the boats?
                Is it just a matter of wandering around the marina looking for a boat that's selling?
                Do you clean the fish yourself?
                Is there a best time of day to hit the marina?

                Thanks much,

                1. re: bambooken

                  There is a sign at the harbormaster's office showing which boats are selling seafood. Each dock will also have a sign, and some of the boats will have huge banners so they are hard to miss.

                  The fish are gutted and gilled, but you buy the fish whole and must fillet it yourself. Make sure you bring a large cooler with ice (preferably one with wheels).

                  Best times are weekends when most boats participate but call the number to verify if the boats are selling on that day:

                  650-726-8724, hit 3 for the fish sales hotline.