Local restaurants serve up anglers' fresh catches

Published: Friday, January 10, 2014 at 02:57 PM.

Some of the restaurants advertise more than others to attract anglers coming straight from the boats and bringing their fish, such as Fisherman's Wharf, which proudly displays a banner reading "We Cook Your Catch" on the Harbor-side of the restaurant.

"As far as I know, we've done it since the restaurant's been open," said Fisherman's Wharf manager Nick Emerzian. "It's just what we do. You can't get any fresher than that."

AJ's gets the word out by providing Lucky Fisherman cards with the slogan "Cook Your Catch" on them to local charter boat captains to give to their anglers. With the card, anglers get a discount on their food. Tracy McCraw, AJ's director of marketing, said there is something special about eating a fish you caught after a day of hard work and play on the water.

"You've already had you’re adventure. You're tired from fishing," McCraw told The Log. "Instead of having to go through the worry of having to do a little bit more work, just come over to the restaurant and drop off the bag of fish that you want prepped."

Most restaurants require customers to bring the fish already filleted. AJ's accepts whole fish, and prepares a special presentation for those who dine in.

"We'll scale and then we'll score it, to where you cut it different ways so the blocks of meat come out," AJ's restaurant manager Keith Waters told The Log. "When we take it out in the dining room, there's definitely a 'wow' factor."

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