News From the Top Deck

News of the devastating flooding in Alberta has shocked us all. All our members in Calgary, High River, and other communities in Southern Alberta are in our hearts and minds today.  Please let us know how you are when things settle down.


First fresh fish pick-up of the year!

June 21, 2013

It was so great to catch up with old members and meet some of our new members at tonights fresh fish pick-up! Here’s a picture of fisherman Shaun showing off some of the beauts, and Shaun’s helpful assistant Oliver showing off his share of the catch


The first fish from the North are on their way!

June 20, 2013

Otto hailed in this morning to say that, after fishing all day and running most of the night down to Prince Rupert, he and Leonard are taking about 100 beautiful, shiny, bright Nass run sockeye salmon in to be cleaned and shipped down to us in Vancouver!  Vancouver members can expect an email soon about … Continued


First fresh fish from Barkley Sound this week!

June 17, 2013

Our Vancouver Island fisherman, Rod Roberts, is heading out fishing for the first salmon of the season this week. Shaun and his trusty assistant and son, Oliver (now 5 years old) will drive over to Port Alberni on Wednesday to retrieve the catch. We expect to have a fresh salmon pick-up Thursday night and we’ll … Continued


Gearing up for the first salmon

June 16, 2013

Otto & Leonard arrived at Port Edward yesterday, put their nets on their drums, and, on Monday, they will take on 1000lbs of ice each, and make the 5 hour trip to the fishing grounds in Area 3, Portland Inlet, Nass Bay.    The weather was good for the run up and we’re hoping the … Continued


Otto is setting sail!

June 12, 2013


This past weekend Shaun drove Otto up to his new boat, Omega 5, which has been moored in Comox over the winter. Otto will be heading out this week with Leonard, his long-time friend and fellow fisherman. They will be journeying up the coast to the Nass River fishing grounds near the Alaska border. It’s … Continued


How do I deal with live spot prawns?!

June 6, 2013

A few members have been asking about safe handling of live spot prawns.  How long can I keep them before cooking them? How do I kill them?  You’ll find answers to a lot of your questions on this excellent and thorough Wild BC Spot Prawn website


Saturday’s West End Market Cancelled

June 5, 2013

It was great to see some of you at tonight’s Main Street Market. Unfortunately, we need to go fishing (and Otto is on it, heading out this weekend) before we can do another market. It’s looking like the Spot Prawn pick-up will be next Wednesday (June 12th). Looking forward to seeing lot’s of you there!



June 5, 2013

Welcome to our 5th season as a CSF!  We’d like to introduce ourselves again and welcome on board a few new Skipper Otto’s crew members! Otto Strobel: your primary fishermen!  Otto is leaving on Saturday for his 5 day trip up the BC coast to our northern fishing grounds.  If you haven’t already, you can … Continued


It’s the most wonderful time of the year … Spot Prawns are here

June 4, 2013

For 2 months a year BC is blessed with Spot Prawns. Nothing, and we mean nothing, compares to the sweet, delicate clean flavour of a fresh Spot Prawn. BC Spot Prawns are OceanWise and come from one of the best managed fisheries in the world, making these bad boys local, seasonal, delectable, and sustainable seafood. … Continued


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"We come from farming families here on the Prairie and joined Skipper Otto way back when because we loved the concept of directly supporting 'farmers' (and getting awesome seafood!). The commitment and dedication to what you are doing, and the amazing community you have created is wonderful to be part of."