Lingcod are not going to win any seafood beauty pagents, that's for sure. They are not pretty like salmon, cute like rockfish, or awe-inspiring like a large halibut. They have a giant head with a comically large mouth, followed by an elongated body covered in a brown mottled skin. I can say with absolute confidence no lingcod has ever been crowned Homecoming Queen. However, underneath it all is a delightful flaky white flesh that many people like better than halibut.
Rarely seen in your typical fish counters, Lingcod is most often caught as bycatch in the trawl and longline fisheries and regarded as a second-class catch. But my lingcod are caught hook-and-line, in an intensely managed directed fishery that we conduct in Southeast Alaska once a year. This allows me to handle and care for every fish properly, and results in much higher quality that is evident in every bite.
Lingcod are actually not a cod - just another unfortunate fish being named cod due to its flaky white flesh. It really shines through as a fish and chips dish (my favorite way to enjoy Lingcod), since the large flakes hold together very well while being fried. No matter how you decide to prepare it, though, you'll appreciate the mild flavor, firm flakes and fantastic bright-white color of the meat. A fascinating thing about ling cod is that their meat can have a pastel blue or green tint. This is due to their diet - lingcod will eat virtually anything that can fit into their giant mouths. If they feed primarily on crab and other shellfish, their meat will show it. No worries, though - no matter to color of the meat when raw, it always cooks up a beautiful bright white. Northwestern folks have long held lingcod close to the vest as a special treat, but I'm working hard to make sure everybody gets a chance to enjoy it.
My lingcod are packaged in 7-9oz, skinless portions. Due to the nature of the fish, some package sizes might vary beyond this size range.
These fish are an excellent source of protein, B vitamins, and Selenium.
My name is Chris Hanson, and I am the Captain of the Diamond Lil based out of Sitka, Alaska. Sitka is a small coastal town on Baranof Island, and looks out over a dormant volcano to the icy waters of the Gulf of Alaska. The Diamond Lil is a commercial troller, and together we fish the wild and pristine waters of Southeast Alaska. As a commercial troller, every fish that I land is caught on a hook and line, and I care for each as if I was going to feed it to my own family. From stunning the fish while still in the water, to quickly pressure bleeding and dressing, to putting the fish into the hold where we can get the temperature down as quickly as possible, every action is designed to elevate the quality and freshness of each fish I catch.
Trolling for salmon and bottomfish is not a productive way to fish; it is a labor of love. There are far more productive methods, but none allow me to achieve the level of quality I insist upon. Every fish must be enticed to bite a bait or lure; I do not use any nets to ensnare them. I enjoy the direct connection I have with the fish in this way, and the ability to bring them on the boat in a measured pace to ensure that each fish is brought to market in the best possible condition and peak of freshness. In bringing a fish to the boat that has chosen to bite my lure, I feel that it has willingly entered into the food chain - and chosen me and my boat to allow it to do so. The fish and I work together, in addition to fine restaurants and fish counters, to bring the bounty of the ocean to seafood enthusiast's plate.
I choose my customers as the fish chooses me. I am excited to undertake yet another method of selling fish - direct to the families that enjoy the bounty of the ocean. It is a passion of mine to bring the consumer closer to the source of their seafood. I'll teach people about the fish themselves (like how many different fish that aren't actually cod have the word "cod" in their name!), the different methods of catching, and how to best care for the fish they spend their hard-earned money on.
Thank you for your interest in the Hanson Fish Company. I am honored that you've considered feeding the fish I catch in the remote Alaskan waters to your own families at home, and will strive to exceed everyone's expectations.
The goal of Hanson Fish Co is simple: To bring the highest quality ethically harvested seafood to market at a reasonable price.