Market Report: November 8, 2011

November 8, 2011



Here’s a fish that almost everyone will appreciate. Unfortunately, many anglers have never heard of them, relatively few have ever seen one in real life, and even fewer have caught one. Tripletail, Lobotes surinamensis, are a cosmopolitan species; they have been documented from the Pacific Ocean off California to Nova Scotia, but they most often occur in tropical and temperate waters throughout the globe. They are the sole representative of the family Lobotidae and, contrary to popular belief, are not related to grouper or any other species found along the Gulf Coast.

Juvenile tripletail, 1/2″- 1″ long, can often be seen along bulkheads and shorelines, near Gulf passes. Resembling small leaves floating on the surface, they are multicolored mottled with black, brown, and gold. As they mature and grow, some retain a mottled appearance, most commonly seen in adult tripletail offshore, but the majority change to a dark gray, black, or a deep bronze color. The most characteristic and certainly one of the most unusual behaviors exhibited by these fish is the propensity to lie just below the surface, floating with one side exposed, looking, for all intents, dead. In Texas, tripletail are found in all nearshore Gulf and estuarine environs.

Baked, broiled, fried, or sautéed, tripletail have a mild, delicious taste similar to grouper. Perfect for any menu.

Notes From Our Buyer

The West Coast is about to move to frozen.  We should be receiving one of the last shots of fresh from them for a while. Price is a little high.

The Canadian run is about over.  Only 300 lb fish are left.  The swordfish should be moving along the east coast soon.  Product is tight.
Gulf Oysters
With Mississippi not staying open long and most of the Texas Gulf closed due to Red Tide, oysters will be hit and miss and prices will be up.  We are hoping that Texas opens in December, but that all depends on Mother Nature.
Stone Crab Claws
The new season opened strong and prices are already down.  Pre-orders are a must, so plan your menu and give us a call!
Pacific Rock fish fillet
Direct from the West Coast, this fish is beautiful.  Skinless and boneless makes for an easy prep in your kitchen.
Our redfish is farm-raised right here in Texas and is another great sustainable option for the menu.  Everyone knows its name, and it is very easy to sell.  It cooks up great any way!
Domestic Catfish
It looks like catfish production is a little better now.  No price relief yet, but product is coming in steadily.
Scallops prices are steady right now.  Product looks great and tastes even better.
Mahi Mahi
Mahi season is really ramping up.  The docks are fighting with the fisherman on prices, but I feel the docks will win as early as next week.  Get ready!  I hear it will be a great year!!!
Scottish Salmon Fillets
We have beautiful 3-5 Scottish salmon fillets that will knock your socks off.  Prices are great, and quality is outstanding.  Get with your sales rep for details.
Yellowfin Tuna
One of our tuna guys said he has worked in the business almost 40 years, and has never seen tuna prices so high or tuna so hard to get.  Some of the reasons are a depleting supply, our weak dollar, Japan lost a lot of their fleet due to the tsunami, and Panama shut down their big boats because of a new law that went into place recently.  We will continue to source tuna from all parts of the world to ensure quality and availability.
Striped Bass
Beautiful farm-raised Texas striped bass is a perfect sustainable option for any menu!  The fish is kept below 38 degrees from the time it is harvested from the water to the time it hits your door.
Mongchong, Opah, and Barracuda
Looking for something from Hawaii???  We have a great partner over there that supplies us with fantastic fish from the Hawaiian waters.
Domestic Crab Meat
Prices are steady and quality is outstanding.
We have some beautiful 20-30 kg sea bass in the building.  Butcher it yourself or let us do the work.
East Coast Oysters
Frugé has a wide variety of East Coast oysters available.  We send out an availability list each week of what we have to offer.  If you are not yet receiving this list, please get with your sales person, and they will gladly add you to the email list.
Cod, Sole, and Haddock
These East Coast treats are a great change to your feature board!  With the movement of business travelers and transplants from all over, you don’t want to miss out on some great valued fish to add to your menu or feature board.  We only bring in what you want, so get your pre-orders in now.
Live Lobsters
We offer a full range of sizes of live lobsters straight from Maine and Canada.  Order today, and we will get them to you tomorrow.
Green, Golden, and Ruby trout
We are finally seeing a better supply of trout from our vendors.  Hopefully the shortages are over.
Atlantic Salmon
Salmon fillets remain constant this week.
Mexico, where most of the grouper is caught, is not producing like usual.  A few boats ran into some immigration issues trying to cross the gulf.  Hopefully this is just a temporary issue.
Fresh and frozen tilapia have both seen price increases.  The increase on the fresh is due to higher feed and fuel costs.  The frozen is a combination of higher costs and flooding in Indonesia and China, where the majority of frozen tilapia is produced.
Black Drum
This is a fantastic fish.  Great blackened, fried, baked, grilled, or any way you choose.  It is also great on the food cost!!!