Captain Barry's Fresh Catch Blog

Live from the Half Moon Bay Harbor


Captain Barry is off from Cape Blanco, Oregon scouting for the best spot!


Barry’s uTube link to F/V Rosella being 24.342 nautical miles South from Cape Blanco. The cape, a relatively level landform with cliffs facing the sea, is about 200 feet (61 m) higher than the ocean. It consists of layers of uplifted marine sediments, ranging in age from 80 million years at the bottom to less than 500,000 years at the top.  The uplift is continuing; Cape Blanco is rising by several millimeters each year.  Generally, landforms on the north and south end of the Oregon Coast are rising as the ocean floor slides under the continent, while the central part of the coast “seems to be folding down.” Landforms near the cape include beaches, bluffs, and reefs. Visible to the south are Needle Rock, Blanco Reef, and Humbug Mountain. To the north are Gull Rock, Castle Rock, and Blacklock Point. Blanco Reef is a group of irregular rocks and ledges that are from 2 to 5 miles (3 to 8 km) offshore and are up to 149 feet (45 m) high. Too bad, I just found Barry’s Nautical Chart for the area here.  Wonder how he is navigating these waters.  I know he does not know how to read the stars.  That’s what landlocked Captain Webb told me. Oregon’s salmon season starts April 1, 2015.  


Yellow Submarine


Mowing the lawn is what the minions of the Yellow Submarine called it.  No, they are not members of Sergeant Peppers Lonely Heart Club band.  This is the “Echo Ranger.”  Captain Barry, F/V Rosella, was seen asking the operators if they would look for his last remaining missing crab pots lying on the ocean bottom (Aussies are notorious in not tying a proper crab pot nonslip mono loop knot). A group of onlookers watched along the Johnson Pier as engineers carefully prepped the cargo-container-sized sub for its voyage. The mini-sub, called an Echo Ranger, isn’t meant to ferry humans. The Boeing-built vessel was actually a robotic vehicle designed to take coordinates and be the eyes and ears for a team of government researchers working onshore. The plan is for the Echo Ranger to be loaded up on the Fulmar, a 67-foot research vessel run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In the coming days the boat and its crew plan to head out toward the Farallon Islands to use the robot sub to capture the best images to date of area shipwrecks. The mission is directed by the NOAA Maritime Heritage Program, a small team of archeologists and historians engaged in a two-year exploration of the local coastline. Last fall, the team conducted a five-day expedition to take a closer look at a graveyard of ships and steamers near the Farallones. This new excursion is focusing primarily on one vessel in particular, the USS Independence, a World War II aircraft carrier that was scuttled in 1951 that was nuclear bomb target. As the largest and deepest vessel lying on the sea floor, the Independence was seen as a good first run to test out the technology, said James Delgado, NOAA Maritime Heritage director. This is the first time NOAA researchers have worked with the Echo Ranger, which is provided free of charge by Boeing for the mission. They have other gizmos to try out too. The sub has been outfitted with a Coda Octopus Echoscope, a sonar scanner that can deliver high-quality 3-D images of the exterior of the ship. “It’s not unlike a sonogram to see what a baby looks like. We’re using the same technology in the deep ocean to see what lies there,” Delgado said. “There’s already some fishermen around the harbor asking if we can also find their pots.” The exploration is primarily archeological, Delgado said. The research team won’t be plumbing the interior of the Independence or trying to learn more about the nuclear waste that may be hidden with the vessel. Collecting images of the ship will be a slow process, which the team has come to call “mowing the lawn.” To get a good image, the robot sub will remain about 100 feet away from the ship and slowly survey it back and forth. The process will be extremely redundant to avoid gaps in the images, Delgado said. The exploration of the Independence is expected to continue over the next two weeks. Unlike previous shipwreck surveys, the Echo Ranger won’t have a tether linking it to the main research vessel. Instead, the NOAA team is trusting that the sub can safely pilot itself back to the larger research ship. The mission is directed by the NOAA Maritime Heritage Program, a small team of archeologists and historians engaged in a two-year exploration of the local coastline. Last fall, the team conducted a five-day expedition to take a closer look at a graveyard of 400 ships and steamers near the Farallones.  


2015 Dungeness crab season is pau and Salmon season is heads on!


2015 Dungeness crab season on F/V Rosella was a super success!   With an improved contact and order web component, we increased our customer base and orders a minimum of 40 folds or 868 crabs sold via the website. Weight:  Over 2,000 pounds. Captain Barry’s crab pots have been hauled from the sea and stacked for the next season in the storage yard. Boat is being prep to chase salmon in Oregon and will embark to follow the salmon wherever they may be.  Second Captain Maynor will be Second Captain.  ETD is within a week.  


Final 2015 F/V Rosella Dungeness Crab load

In tonight, 250 pounds is Captain Barry’s final Dungeness crab load.  Call and place your orders now!


Captains Update. Stardate 1/31/13

Ahoy all ye land lubbers, It’s been work to find you fresh crab; I’m currently traveling four hours south of Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay.  Most of my lively crab are coming from off of Pescadero. The crab are a decent size, 2 to 2 3/4 lbs. Some of you have asked about the price fluctuations at Pillar Harbor. At the start of the season our Dungeness crab sold for $5 per lb. The price moved to $6 after the crab became scarce, then rose to a peak of $7 when the pots were coming up with few crab. Never-the-less, we’ve been fishing for the critters and I’m comfortable at $6 with our current quanities. So… me if you’d like some lively fresh Dungeness crab, right off the boat at Pillar Point Harbor. 707-208-1706        


Kiwi on the Rocks with a Shot of Juice!

So the joke around Pillar Point is that there’s a new drink at The Harbor Bar called “Barry on the Rocks with a Shot of Juice”.  it’s a tribute to the last six weeks in which I not only grounded a vessel, but near electrocuted myself installing a pump.  My lady took the joke to it’s logical conclusion, creating “Kiwi on the Rocks” Use one fresh kiwi fruit per cocktail. Salt the rim of your most nautically inspired “on the rocks” glass. Peel the kiwi fruit, reserve two slices for garnish and mash the remaining fruit in the glass; add 1 1/2 oz gin and stir. Add ice cubes and fill the glass to just below the rim with tonic water (refered to by the Kiwi as “quinine”). Garnish with kiwi slices and serve with fresh crab, fresh tuna or fresh salmon bought from Captain Barry off the boat. This drink is also good for malaria.


Fresh Crab on Thanksgiving Day!

The captain and crew of F/V Rosella are working overtime to get fresh live crab on your table Thanksgiving Day.  Come on down to Pillar Harbor, slip G-6 and check out their lively catch. If you’ve never eaten really fresh Dungeness crab, live till it gets to the pot, you’ve missed a special local delicacy.  The meat is succulent and sweet, unlike store bought seafood.  Let us introduce you to the freshest crab, right off the boat!