January 26, 2012 |
At the heart of so much of Japanese cooking is the fragrant broth called dashi. And at the heart of dashi are the delicate pink petals of katsuobushi, shaved flakes of dried bonito fish. When steeped with the dried seaweed called konbu, katsuobushi gives dashi its irresistible aroma and deep umami flavor. Despite being made in minutes, the stock is the foundation of many Japanese dishes -- miso soup, salad dressings, sauces for noodles, even meat stews. " Dashi is like the key actor in a movie," says 83-year-old Chobei Yagi, whose 275-year-old store, Tokyo's Yagicho Honten, specializes in katsuobushi and other dried foods.
October 10, 1986
San Diego's late-season albacore run continued Thursday, with five party boats catching fish of 30 to 35 pounds 50 to 60 miles out of San Diego. The fish were reported being caught within a 25-square-mile area. Carol Sandner of Point Loma Sportfishing reported each of its five boats had 30 to 50 albacore on board before noon Thursday. The same five boats, carrying 94 fishermen, accounted for 408 albacore Wednesday. The Times accepts and publishes the catch count as a public service.
July 25, 1986
Albacore fishermen aboard San Diego-based party boats were on their way to San Miguel Island Thursday afternoon, following reports of albacore being caught there by commercial fishermen in recent days. Elsewhere, the albacore scene was uneventful. Skippers generally reported albacore are widely scattered or off their feed. SAN SIMEON--60 anglers (2 boats): 1 ling cod, 63 rock cod, 337 red rock cod, 39 red snapper, 26 assorted bass, 1 halibut.
September 10, 1993 |
South Bay anglers found excellent fishing during the holiday weekend. Boats on two-day trips to Cortez Bank returned with catches of bluefin tuna and yellowtail. The L.A. Harbor boat Shogun returned Monday from Cortez with 48 bluefin, 42 yellowtail and limits of rock cod. Three Torrance fishermen caught bluefin that earned jackpot awards. Steve Tsujiuchi weighed in a 39 1/4-pounder, Chuck Beckharts caught a 37 3/4-pounder and Isao Hatashita a 35 1/2-pounder.
June 11, 1998 |
Captain Ahab had nothing on the guy who came aboard Val Rich's sportfishing boat a few years ago. As a veteran skipper, Rich figured he had seen everything until one of his customers hooked a 10-pound bonito at the Yellow Banks on the southeast end of Santa Cruz Island. "Those fish are very hard fighters," Rich said. "The guy was fighting it off the back of the boat when his pants fell down around his ankles. "It was an older gentleman. Completely white BVDs and white legs. You get the picture."
July 7, 2002 |
Since my father first took me fishing--in 1955 when I was 5 years old--rockfish have always been a sure thing in and around the Santa Monica Bay. The swifter and splashier bonito would pass by for only a few months in the summer and then--as the bay became more polluted--just stopped coming around at all. Likewise with the fierce and toothy barracudas. And significant "bites" by the mighty yellowtail became infrequent enough to fall into the category of near-legend. But throughout my youth and adolescence, just about any time of the year I could board the Betty O or the orange-painted Kiora or the diesel-belching Indiana sport fishing boats at a local pier and, after a short run out of the bay, find the lumpy, lumbering rockfish to be plentiful and hungry.