On the West Coast wild salmon, halibut, and sablefish (black cod) will be available soon. Halibut and Sable seasons open up March 22nd, but don't be expecting these highly prized fish to be steals. The halibut quota has been cut once again due to poor showings in stocking densities and there is more demand for sable overseas than ever. Halibut are prized as the king of all flatfish, the meat is lush, thick, and mildly flavored. Sable, or black cod as it is known commercially, is in high demand for its oily, rich meat and excellent flavor.
Striped bass, aka rockfish, are just waiting to make a mad rush out of the ocean and into the Bay for spawning. Rockfish are a migratory species that return every March to fresh water in order to spawn. With Maryland closed until June, Virginia will be supplying the catch for most of the time until Delaware has a small opening towards the end of March.
|Fluke being unloaded in RI|
|Black Bass right off the boat|