Yummy Halibut, Salmon Coming

Yummy Halibut, Salmon Coming

Emily Lints
The 2017 halibut season was expedient and fishy- everything a fisherman can ask for.  In the 10 years that Kyle has been skiff fishing this is by far the best fishing he has seen.

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Homer Halibut

Homer Halibut

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Kyle and our deckhand, Jake, just filled up our skiff with a lovely load of Pacific Halibut.  They laid gear on Sunday night and picked the line Monday to find these beautiful fish.

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The Glamour

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Luckily the non-glamorous moments of last week materialized into some glamorous moments and Scrumptious Halibut!  Kyle caught these beauties just the other day and  it's some of the best halibut out there; hauled in by hand out of the beautiful waters of Kachemak Bay, AK, well iced and dressed at sea, flash frozen and vacuum packed.
We have these tasty Halibut Shares available for another two weeks. 
Kyle hauls in halibut long line gear by hand.  (This skiff was our first salmon drift boat years ago!) Kyle hauls in halibut long line gear by hand. (This skiff was our first salmon drift boat years ago!)Rough seas make for hard work and lovely fish. Rough seas make for hard work and lovely fish.This year's halibut ready to offload.  This year's halibut ready to offload.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

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Non-Glamour

Emily Lints

Fishing has its glamorous moments- glorious sunsets, large schools of salmon hitting your net at once, months of post-fishing down time in a good year, large halibut coming over the rail, doing something you love . . .

 

It also has the non-glamorous moments:

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Kyle's been preparing to fish our small quota of halibut and is putting in the required non-glamorous time: loading herring chunks and salmon carcasses onto the many circle hooks.  (He gave Maggie the chance to help, but she was more interested in throwing gravel around.) 
Tonight Kyle is out laying gear with his mom (thanks Eileen!).  Kachemak Bay weather isn't perfect tonight, but they decided to go out in a little swell and a moderate breeze.  Hopes are to start picking the long-line gear tomorrow morning and re-set it with fresh bait as many times as necessary to catch our 1,000 pounds of halibut quota. 
Skiff fishing on our small scale offers plenty of adventure! We promise more glamorous pictures too, but heck you might as well know about the real, down and dirty parts of fishing too . . .
Thanks for reading.
Salmon and Halibut Shares still available!

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Salmon Update + Halibut

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Good news, your salmon is almost ready and we have extra Salmon and Halibut Shares still available!  
Here are our details for 2015 (individual invoice email will be sent shortly):
SALMON SHARES
Shipping:
Salmon Shares can start shipping on Thursday 9/3.  We would like to ship in September on Mondays or Thursdays, to arrive the following day.  We are flexible if you need a later ship date.  We will be shipping on dry ice this year to improve quality.
Pickup:
We will arrange Seattle and Methow pickup dates in early October, once we return from AK.
Pricing:
We are again able to offer some of the lowest prices for top quality Sockeye Salmon shipped overnight to your doorstep.  (These prices include EVERYTHING- salmon, processing, overnight shipping!)
                      Fillets            Portions 25 lbs.     $16.25/lb        $15.25/lb
  50 lbs.     $17.25/lb        $16.25/lb
*We will offer cheaper shipping on WA and OR orders, and Seattle and Methow pickups.  Your individual email will reflect this.
HALIBUT SHARES
Kyle is fishing halibut this week and we are able to offer limited shares of top-notch halibut.  It's short notice but all orders have to ship between 8/24 and 9/9, Monday through Thursday.  If you'd like a Halibut Share please let me know!
Pricing on Portions: (includes everything!)
10 lbs.   $30/lb 20 lbs.   $28/lb
30 lbs.     $27/lb
Share the Salmon love-- get your friends and family to place an order and get a $10 discount on your order!

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Salmon Specials!

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Kyle will be in Seattle next Friday, 3/13 at 5:30 pm with the last of our Scrumptious Sockeye Salmon Shares! All shares are in portions (5-7 oz. size, flash frozen, vacuum packed) and sold in 25 pound increments.  $12/lb!  If you’d like to come and pick up a share contact us and we’ll send you the details.  The pickup will be near Capitol Hill, just E of the intersection of I5 and I90. We will also bring some shares to the Methow after the 13th.  Let us know if you’d like in on that!  I know some of you are anxiously awaiting getting some more salmon.  The first 25 pounds can go much quicker than you’d think. We have a handful of halibut shares left as well, sold in 10 pound increments.  For $29/lb it ships out of Alaska.

Thanks for reading =).

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Order Halibut Now

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We have 300 pounds of Small Scales Seafood's Scrumptious Halibut ready to sell and ship to you! 

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This is super top quality halibut caught by Kyle on a blustery day this fall. They were caught in the shallow waters of Kachemak Bay, AK on hook and long-line gear and hauled in by hand in an open skiff.  Due to the small-scale nature of our operation each line of gear sat for less than 3 hours before being hauled in and delivered to our processor.  All halibut were well bled upon landing and properly iced down.  The fishing yielded beautiful medium sized fish that are portioned into 8oz pieces.  (As fishermen we don't target the largest halibut because they are the main female reproducers.  A smaller fish is also more tender and tasty for you!)

This is as good as halibut gets, from the fisherman directly to you! 

Pricing:  We are selling this halibut in 10 pound shares.  Each share is made up of about twenty approximately 8 oz. portions individually vacuum packed.  *Price includes all packaging, overnight shipping, insurance.
  • 1 share, (10 pounds) costs $290, or $29/lb
  • 2 shares (20 pounds) costs $520, or $26/lb (the savings is in the shipping)
  • (if you want more than 2 shares, please inquire about the cost per pound)
Shipping:  We will have our processor, Coal Point, ship the halibut overnight Fed Ex from Homer, AK.  We can ship up until 12/18 or anytime after 1/5, Monday through Thursday. To Order: Please send an email to emily@smallscalesseafoods with the following info.  We will confirm your order via email, have you mail a check, and set up the shipment!
  1. Name
  2. Physical Shipping Address
  3. Phone Number (for shipping purposes)
  4. Number of Shares
  5. Preferred Shipping Date/s
  Halibut is a high value, sought after fish.  It's mild flavor and white flesh take well to marinades, grilling and rich dishes like our favorite, Halibut Olympia.  Halibut is allotted to fishermen on an Individual Fishing Quota, or IFQ, meaning that a fishermen owns a certain number of 'pounds.'  (This is unlike salmon where a permit allows you to catch as much as you can in one fishing period.)  Based on the health of the resource in each particular fishing area of Alaska a fishermen is then allowed to fish a percentage of his owned stock.  Currently we are allowed to fish only about 30% of our owned IFQ.  The fishery is restricted because a large portion of the population is growing very slowly.  This is the long explanation to why halibut currently costs a lot per pound! image(5)

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Family of Four

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DSC_6791 We've been busy the last month with our new greatest project: Benjamin Harding Lints, born 10/10/14 in Brewster, WA.  Benjamin weighed 8 lbs. 10 oz and measured 21 inches at birth.  He is healthy and content and already proving to be a gentle soul.

We are so grateful!!!

We are spending the fall-spring back in the Methow Valley of WA.  We joke that the Methow is our calving ground and Alaska is our feeding ground.  Last week we bought boxes of winter storage onions and squash from a local farmer in Twisp.  The beauty and succulent taste of the onions is so incredible and so much better than what we buy at the grocery store.  Granted, we had to coordinate back and forth to arrange a pickup time and may have paid more than the non-organic, non-local store counterpart. It reminds us that buying directly from the producer is so much more rewarding in knowing who we are supporting and in the quality of the food.  We hope you feel the same about buying fish from us! We are doing our best to get back to customers but may be on a newborn sporadic schedule for a little while.  It's amazing how a little one can shake things up!  We have about 500 pounds of sockeye to sell before the end of the year and 300 pounds of halibut and will be in touch soon.  Thank you to all of you have already bought your Scrumptious Sockeye Salmon Shares this year.  We hope you are enjoying the scrumptiousness!

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2014: Pricing and Shipping Details

Emily Lints
10603321_10203473997943779_9002264184845709032_nWe've switched our focus here in Alaska from harvesting salmon to harvesting blueberries.  That means that we're in the final round of summer up north.  We hope your summers are going well.
All of our logistics have finally come together so that we can provide you with pricing and shipping information.  Thanks again for your patience as we learn the flow of a whole new fishery and line of distribution.  The higher end fillet and portion market is holding high this year.  We've worked hard to keep our prices below comparable top quality wild Alaskan Sockeye salmon options.
2014 Small Scales Seafoods Scrumptious Sockeye Salmon Shares Pricing
PRICING INCLUDES EVERYTHING: Scrumptious Salmon, Processing, Packaging and Overnight Shipping!
  25 lbs. 50 lbs. 75 lbs. 100 lbs.
Fillets $15.75/lb $14.75/lb $15.00/lb $13.95/lb*
Portions $16.75/lb $15.75/lb $16.00/lb $14.95/lb*
*This price reflects the $80 discount for orders of 100 pounds or more!
(WA State customers will receive a discount on shipping from above stated prices.)
2014 S.S.S.S.S.S.S. Shipping Information
  • We are planning a September 15th ship date.  (The more orders that can ship on this day, the better.)
  • We are able to accommodate later, specific ship dates as needed for the handful of you that require this.
  • We are also able to have customers pickup orders from our cold storage facility in Sumner, WA.  This reduces your cost per pound.
  • We can give WA state customers a discount on shipping.
If you have any questions or changes to your order, please let me know.  We really appreciate your business and all of your word of mouth references that keep our little business running. We still have some Shares of portions available and a fair amount of Shares of fillets available.  Kyle is getting ready to fish halibut this week and we hope to offer some Halibut Shares in 2015 for the first time!  We'll keep you posted. ResizedImage_1407783274069 On a side note:  There is a large scale mine proposed at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, where we now fish.  If you care about wild Alaskan Salmon and the many people who depend on it, please submit a comment to the EPA during the final comment period. Help protect a fishery that should last forever from a short sighted mine!  It takes 30 seconds. http://www.bristolbayunited.com/savebristolbay

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