–Tripletail, as the name implies, have a body that appears to have three tails. It’s a curious fish with a mixture of other fishes looks and habits. A general appearance of a large crappie in its body shape but with the coloring of a rock bass. They swim on their side like a flounder but hang out in the surface like a gar. For years many people wouldn’t eat a tripletail if they caught one because they thought that the fish was sick due to its habit of floating near the surface on its side. Tripletail however have some of the best tasting meat of any fish that swims.
As with trout, tripletail seems to be best cooked in the saute pan and served with a sauce on the buttery end of the spectrum. It can also be blackened or bronzed. Its texture makes it tend to fall apart on a grill. The flavor is excellent, and it is a must for any menu whenever you can find it.
Tripletail is a fish found throughout the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. It also swims up the Gulf Stream and into the Atlantic, so fishermen in the Carolinas sometimes catch it. There it’s better known by its other name–blackfish.
Take precautions when handling. They have teeth and all of their fins are capable of inflicting serious stab wounds. Its not even safe to grab them by the gills due to the fact that their gill flap is sharp as a knife.
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Notes from our buyer
The overall crawfish supply is steady as we move into May. The size of this year’s crop has started to fall off as their food supply has been consumed earlier in the season. We are offering our Quality Grade crawfish moving forward. These are a mix grade of crawfish free of mud, turtles, and rice stalks.
Soft Shell Crabs –
Soft Shells Crabs are available in Live, Dressed, and Frozen. Get with your sales rep for pricing and availability.
Alaskan Halibut availability and pricing is looking good this week. There are more landings coming in and we have more shipments arriving in time for the weekend.
Mahi has prices are down with good availability. Call your sales rep for pricing and availability.
American Red Snapper
New fish just in from Galveston, TX. Whole fish ranging in size from 1-2, 2-4, and 4-8 are available with good availability
We have Fresh Domestic Crabmeat and Fresh Non Domestic Crab from Mexico & Venezuela. Both have good availability and pricing. Call your sales rep today.
We have a good amount of Pei Mussels and littleneck Clams.
Prices and availability are looking good this week. Call your sales rep for pricing and availability.
Arctic Char is a unique strain of saltwater char sustainably farm-raised in Iceland. Often compared to salmon and trout, Arctic Char has a distinct, sweet buttery flavor and firm pink flesh that sets it apart from other fish on the market. We get this in twice a week; ask your sales rep for more info.
East Coast Oysters
We have a great selection of oysters this week. Make sure you are on our East Coast oyster list that we send out every week. We have access to several varieties each week.
We are starting to see some areas close in Texas. We expect availability to tighten up the closer we get to summer. So far Gulf sack prices are holding steady.
Redfish & Striped Bass
Extra Jumbo Redfish (3lb and up) have a good availability right now. Jumbo Redfish (2.5-3 lb.) are harder to get due to the warmer weather. Striped Bass is a great option this time of year as well.
Prices and availability are looking good on all farmed salmon; North Sea, Canadian, and Chilean. We are starting to see Wild Alaskan Troll King Salmon available in the market. Copper River Salmon season will open on May 15th.
This E.U Certified Organic salmon is unlike any other farm raised salmon where it is raised in the open ocean of the Shetland Islands, and not in a Loch or Bay like other farms raised salmons. Its certified sustainable aquaculture methods are free from all antibiotics, hormones, & GMO, and its feed is certified organic and uses no synthetic coloring or pigments added.
U10 Dry Scallop prices are holding steady. We expect decent supplies for the coming weeks.
Prices are still up with decent availability. We will have great 2+ and #1 fish arriving this week.
Red, black, and yellow edge grouper are available in the market, although limited. Call your sales rep for prices and availability.
Good fishing weather out of Hackberry, LA has got us some good landings on drum this week. Call your sales rep for pricing and availability.
We currently carry H&G 10-15 kg & H&G 20-30 KG Chilean Seabass. Seabass prices are on the rise. And we don’t see them coming down anytime soon.
Swordfish availability is looking good, with prices coming down. We have beautiful fish out of Costa Rica.
The larger sizes of the Ruby Trout are more available than they have been. For the next few months 8-10 oz and 10-12 oz Ruby will be available, but limited.
Wild Isles Ocean Trout
The All Natural Ocean Trout (Steelhead) is an amazing sashimi quality ocean trout with a higher fat content then salmon and a great flavor that lends itself to any type of cooking or smoking.