Kit Mann, Sports Fisherman

I first met Kit Mann at a chicken processing event in Blue Lake.  I had been intrigued because a couple of my friends were part of a poultry collaborative — a group raising, and group slaughtering of chickens every year.  Of course I had to go — and it was easy to get invited because this Blue Lake group was pretty proud of their venture and knew it was important to share it with others (to find out more about that check out the interview with Rhonda Wiedenbeck).

So Kit Mann was there — and was proudly demonstrating his WhizBang Chicken Plucker.  He found the plans online and assembled it and it worked like a dream (ok, don’t look in while it is going — the spray of chicken feathers will leave you feeling tarred and feathered).

Well — I found out that Kit is also a successful sports fisherman — fishing locally for salmon, tuna, and rockfish.  But it was salmon we especially wanted to hear about.

Salmon has been a staple for people living here since the beginning of time — and local native people have been sharing it with friends, family and the community ever since.  Turns out Kit is just as generous — and his worst nightmare is that he is opening the freezer at the beginning salmon season and it is still full of last year’s salmon.

I confessed how shameless I can be — the art of begging for fish is one I excel at — in case you are looking for tips, the words…”wow, that is a really beautiful fish” will earn you a piece every time!

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Gary and Candee Mooslin, FV Blue Dolphin

Tuna Candee 1This is the year — I’m planning on canning tuna — smoked tuna, tuna and tamari, tuna and lemon, TUNA TUNA TUNA!  It takes quite a bit of time (since it must be pressure canned), but I’m thinkin’ of making a little party of it.  So — in preparation for canning tuna I have to find myself a fisherman…or fisherwoman…or in this case both!

Gary and Candee Mooslin have been fishing for albacore and I am on their list.  When they start heading in with a full boat of albacore they call the people on their list — (yes, they call them — the old fashioned way, one person at a time…because this is, after all, Humboldt County and that’s why we love it here).  If you pre-order loins they will filet the fish for you (which will save you time and the question of how to dispose of all those albacore carcasses), or you can order the whole fish and do it yourself.  Putting the whole fish in your deep freezer can be tricky — they are like baby torpedoes and don’t bend — but you can then decide when you want to can and pop them out to the fridge to thaw, then can.Tuna Candee 2

Candee can give you information about canning — she does it a lot.  In fact — I think I whined (I can be truly shameless) and she gave Jessica and I each a pint jar of the most beautiful albacore I’ve ever seen.  And!  it was delicious too!

If you think you want to get on Gary and Candee’s list for albacore — give them a call at (707) 768-3841.  If they are out fishing…it might take a while for them to get back to you. Listen Here!