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!



Kathryn Vanderpool, Fisherman — F.V. Pursuit

Kathryn Vanderpool has been fishing for several decades on the Fishing Vessel Pursuit — while she has fished for salmon and crab in the past, these days she fishes for albacore.  To listen to the two-part interview with Kathryn Vanderpool, Part 1   Part 2

The FV Pursuit is a family fishing vessel, big brother Kyle teaching little sister Melinda how to pull an albacore on board, note their hands are covered by “nippers” we make out of diving material to protect our hands from the monofilament.  The boat pulling forward, the fish pulling away from the vessel.

Grandson Kyle pulls an albacore aboard — note the jig with the colored skirt

Kyle pulls in a nice albacore

A fish ready to go into the hold…so maybe we can have it for dinner tonight?

Fish ready to go into the minus 30 degree hold

I know…this photo looks like it’s been doctored up — but no!  this is what it looks like out at sea — a special evening aboard the FV Pursuit!

Heavenly views from the FV Pursuit