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Fishing for Seabass – a Guide to Catching Seabass

If you want to get the most out of a fishing trip, one of the best things you can do is learn all about fish and how to catch them. Bass are a type of fish that you will enjoy catching, whether you are looking to eat them or catch them for sport, there is a sea bass recipe for you. With this in mind, make sure that you read on and do your best, so that you can apply these tips and begin fishing for seabass to the best of your ability.

Understand The Different Types of Bass

When it comes to fishing, there are a number of different types of bass that you can scope out. One type of bass is the black sea bass, which is found along the United States Atlantic Coast. The blue spotted sea bass is a very common type of fish, while the Chilean sea bass is most notably found in areas of South America or around the Antarctic areas of the world. There are many other types of bass found all around the world, including the Hawaiian sea bass, Japan Sea Bass, and Peruvian Seabass. One of the most common types of sea bass is the white sea bass, which is typically found on the West Coast. At the shop, www.aoseafood.co.uk/buy/sea-bass we sell seabass that is famed in the waters off Greece.

Find The Ideal Fishing Spots

If you would like to catch these fish, make sure that you do your best to find in ideal fishing spot. To do this, you can join a fisherman’s group or look into reviews regarding the amount of success people have when they fish, the size and health of the fish that the catch and more. When looking up these fishing holes, be sure that you understand their rules and hours of operation. Further, give yourself the opportunity to look up the proper permits and other credentials that you will need in order to get the most out of your fishing trip.

Catching Seabass

In order to catch these fish, you owe it to yourself to look them up by species and find out what type of bait they enjoy. You must also get a clear idea of their traveling patterns, so that you can get the proper weight and lower which will allow your hook to sink to the proper depths in which these fish live and dwell. It will take some practice and trial and error, so make sure that you are in it for the long haul.

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Fishing Tips For Catching Seabass

Seabass is a renowned type of fish sought out in various parts of the world. It’s regarded as a tough catch by experts who have spent years understanding the nuances of capturing this fish.

It’s important to have the foundation in place to catch seabass, and it starts with these tips.

Go through the advice in this read to shape your approach out in the water.

1) Time of Day & Location

There are two factors to consider when you are fishing and they’ll be mentioned here.

You will look at two things:

1) Time of Day
2) Spot In Water

When you have these two factors mapped out in your setup and plan, you’ll be able to do better in the water.

For this type of fish, you should be getting up after sunrise and heading to the water. This is when they’re most active, and you’ll catch something special. Not only should you be waking up early, but you should also be staying within 100 meters of the shoreline. They won’t go any further, so the closer you are, the better your chances are of reeling them in.

2) Use A Conventional Saltwater Setup

What tackle should you be using? A conventional reel will do so a 20-30 lb. test line will suffice. They have soft lining in their mouth, so pulling hard will do more damage than good.

Stick to this setup and tweak other aspects of your approach if things don’t work.

3) Live Squid Is Your Best Bait

What should you be using for bait? This is a question people will have who have never gone after this fish. The goal is to make sure you are using squid. They flock towards squid and will be prone to getting hooked.

Now, there are two options when it comes to squid.

You can go with the live option or stick to dead squid. It’s preferred to use live squid as it creates a better bait to capture fish.

If not, dead squid is fine and will do the job for you in most scenarios. Stick to this as bait and see the results race in.

Too many fishers head to the water without considering external factors such as the moon cycle. Studies have shown this type of fish is often hypersensitive to moon phases.

Therefore, it’s better to head out during the full moon rather than any other time of the month. It will attract fish in hordes, and this makes it easier to catch them.

Aim for a 2-3 day period before the full moon to optimize your sessions in the water. It will eradicate some of the time-based pressure on catching this fish and will give you enough time to get as many as you require.

It’s not easy to catch this fish, but that’s what makes them a special catch in the first place. Go through all of these tips and incorporate them into your fishing processes immediately. You will notice the results come in and that’s what it’s all about at the end of the day.

If however, you don’t want to go to all that bother of catching your own fish, why not browse AO Seafoods’ website & buy Seabass (www.aoseafood.co.uk) that is literally as fresh as if you’d caught it yourself.

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I’m a Phire Starter, Twisted Phire Starter

Perhaps not in their wildest dreams did The Prodigy imagine the success arguably their most famous song would have – reaching number one in the UK charts, attaining platinum status with 600,000 sales in the UK alone…being used as a pun for my little old seafood blog. I’ll leave you to decide which is the most impressive (coincidentally, the album cover contains a picture of a crab!).

Despite the title of this week’s blog, you’re more likely to find this earthy, salty sea plant as part of a main course on seafood (mainly white fish) dishes at restaurants nationwide – hardly surprising given it’s habitat. But recently I enjoyed it with a beautiful confit lamb starter at one of my favourite eateries in the area. Talk about versatile!

Found on marshland and on rocks next to the sea, it’s such versatility that has lead to samphire’s elevated status amongst it’s green cousins. Others just don’t cut the mustard. Consider:

  1. Broccoli – mmm lovely boiled goodness. Unless it’s with blue stilton in a soup, I’m not interested.
  2. Green beans – brings back vivid memories of chewing the tyre from a Lego tractor. At least the squeak makes it feel like they’re cleaning your teeth.
  3. Asparagus – I’m a fan and this challenges the most of the three; in fact you could liken samphire to a smaller, gnarlier (thesarus has this as a synonym of twisted so I’ll take that) asparagus.


Usually when I reach for the salt on the dinner table, it’s met with a glare from my wife followed by the usual remarks of salt not being good for your blood pressure… “I’ve already seasoned it enough, it doesn’t need it”. No arguments there. It’s a vice that I’ll have to overcome.

But despite it’s distinct salty taste, samphire actually contains very little sodium, just 0.8g per 100g. And it has other health benefits too – just 100 calories per 100g serving, free of saturated fat and cholesterol and rich in the ABC vitamins. Samphire also aids in liver cleansing and digestion.

Perhaps I should stick it in the salt grinder and sprinkle that on to my dinner in future. I’ll note that down in my Dragon’s Den idea book.

AO Seafood supplies samphire and at very good prices too. If you’re already enjoying samphire, or want to get on the bandwagon, then give us a call on 01282 429000 or fill out the contact form below.


Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like…The Price of Salmon?


So said the late, great famous boxer Muhammad Ali.

Ok…maybe I’ve altered it slightly to fit my theme. I’m sure you get the point.

But to eatery owners and kitchen chefs across the country, these words are ringing as true as George Foreman’s ears in the 8th round of ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’ (YouTube it), stung by the steep increase in the price of salmon, the same way Foreman was by Ali’s quick one-two in ’74 (like a bee, as the true saying goes).

So why the increase?

Chile, the second largest exporter of salmon in the world behind Norway, has suffered from an algal bloom, killing off around 20% of production levels. The bloom, caused by unusually high water temperatures fuelled by El Nino, starved the salmon of oxygen, and lead to the loss of 123,500 tonnes of the restaurant menu staple to date*.

In addition, extreme weather has affected Norwegian production, as well as an outbreak of sea lice in other areas.

As a result, the law of supply and demand has taken hold, driving salmon prices to unprecedented levels not seen before – estimates of the increase vary between 50-60% in the first half of 2016.

Some kitchens have taken the step of replacing the salmon with something else on their menu; others have persevered, waiting for the price to drop. Whatever you decide to do, whether you’re an existing customer or looking to change supplier, you can rely on AO Seafood to help. We use best Scottish, the ‘Ali’ of salmon, and our prices remain competitive. So if you’re “on the ropes” with your salmon why not give us a call on 01282 429000 or fill out the below form to discuss your options.

As the great man once said, “it is not the mountains ahead that tire you out, it’s the pebble in your shoe.”

Hang tough; it’ll soon be over.

*Correct as of May 2016


Fish Royalty – Dover Sole and Turbot

It was 1843 when Hans Christian Andersen told the story of a homely little bird born in a barnyard, bullied by those around him for the way he looked. The ugly duckling, as the famous children’s fable is known, soon had the last laugh though, blossoming into the most beautiful swan of all.

When it comes to seafood, substitute the ugly duckling for turbot and Dover sole. Brown, spotty skinned, with two eyes nestled close together on one side of the head, these two will never trouble the judges in an underwater beauty pageant. But when it comes to taste, substitute the most beautiful swan of all for these two cousins of the flat fish variety – without doubt the royalty of restaurant fish dishes.

What is it that gives turbot and Dover sole their regal status amongst foodies and chefs the world over?

Both found in European waters, weighing anywhere from 400g to 10kg (turbot) and 300g to 1.3kg (Dover sole), it’s their elegant, lightly sweet flavour and the resilience of it’s tender white flesh when cooked that makes these fish so popular.

And you needn’t feel you need to be a cook of Michelin standard to enjoy the unique flavours of turbot or Dover sole. These are both enjoyed best when allowed to stand out as the stars of the show. You’ll have heard of sole meunière, a simple method of coating the fish in flour and combining lemon, butter and parsley to enhance the delicate taste of the fish.

These words are echoed by French restaurant critic, Robert Courtine who, when commenting on how best to enjoy sole, “the sole, that fish so elegant and rich in itself, has no need for so much flattery. . . . If you want to serve a sole, just cook it as simply as you can.”

Unfortunately, sustainability has become a problem for turbot. Whilst some would say wild turbot tastes better, farmed turbot is still delicious and you know you are doing your bit for the environment, meaning future generations can enjoy the same wonderful taste of turbot for years to come.

AO Seafood offers both Dover sole and turbot at wonderfully competitive prices, available fresh and frozen all year round, so if you’re hesitant at including these regal flat fish on your menu, hesitate no more!

All hail, the kings of the seabed, the turbot and the Dover sole!


Smoked Salmon (200g)


IMG_1589Wow! the weather has taken a turn for the better so i’m thinking, salad, quick and easy!

Cook 200g of asparagus spears in salted water for 4 mins. Cool under cold water. Cut and slice the advacado, brush with lemon to prevent discolouration.

Arrange the rocket leaves, asparagus, advacado and strips of smoked salmon on your plates, sprinkle with fresh chives and parsley.

Drizzle over the dressing:

1 garlic clove

4tbs extra virgin olive oil

2tbs white wine vinegar

1 tbs lemon juice

pinch of sugar

1tsp mustard

Serve with lemon wedges and brown bread and butter “VOILA!”

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Seafood Hamper Competition

Win a £100 Seafood Hamper delivered to your home every month for 3 months

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bodybuilding fish protien fish boxIt is well known that Fresh Fish & Seafood should be part of a healthy diet. The benefits of eating a healthy diet are linked to better health in general plus, lower blood pressure, lower rates of heart disease, reduced risk of developing cancer, reduced chance of developing an auto immune disease & the list goes on. Fish is a great way of getting high-quality protein that is low in saturated fats, but high in omega 3. Eating Fresh Fish, as part of a healthy diet, is also linked to living a longer life. As part of our mission to encouraging more people to eat fresh fish & seafood we at AO Seafood have put together a selection of 3 luxury seafood hampers to be won. The Winning prize is a £100 seafood hamper filled with the finest fresh fish available, delivered to your home each month for 3 months so that 3 x £100 hampers over 3 months.

All you need to do to have a chance of winning is to enter your email in the form below. The lucky winner will be announced on Friday 20th May 2016. All entries need to be in before that date.



Salmon, and what it has to do with the price of fish.

Salmon: “Whats that got to do with the price of fish?”


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One of our prep lads Danny with one of fresh Scottish Salmon, ready to be prepared.

The price of salmon has been changing for years but only recently has it become an issue with prices being higher than ever before. Today I will take a look at the cost of salmon and what makes it so vulnerable to price fluctuations, so that our customers stay as well informed as possible.

As you can imagine, the huge majority of the EU gets its salmon from the North Sea(Norway is the worlds leading supplier) so in theory we should always have plentiful salmon stocks. However at the end of last year, Norway had an issue with disease which lead to a reduction in breeding, which the market could have ultimately recovered from. However, Chile(the worlds second largest supplier) was hit by toxic sea algae bloom in recently months, which in effect suffocates salmon, killing them off.

“But that’s fine!” I hear you shout, ” the EU buys its own salmon supplied from the North Sea!” Unfortunately, life just isn’t that simple. The world operates in a free market, which means that wherever demand is highest, the price will be highest and whilst there is demand, the price will stay high. Now, naturally the US bought most of its salmon through Chile and other South American countries however this algae bloom has wiped out over a third of the Chilean salmon meaning the US must go elsewhere for it. The second closest market to the Americas is the Norwegian market, where supply has already been reduced slightly. Thus, the US has slowly been buying more salmon from Norway, pushing the price up slightly, which, in turn will drive the price up exponentially until it becomes no longer economically viable.

Unfortunately this is the way of the world so if we can give you any advice it should be to stock up on salmon fillets and freeze some before the summer hits in full force and fresh salmon becomes too expensive for the general public…. Again…

Keep checking our blogs for other articles relating to sustainability and the changes in the world fish market.

Even on a Saturday morning, we are up bright and early putting together your orders! Check out this fish box!

Busy mums and quick healthy food for the family.

IMG_1447Being a busy mum, juggling work, kids, running a home etcetera and finding time to put a healthy meal on the table each evening that is both quick to prepare and cook is a real challenge sometimes!

Then I thought FISH, of course, super healthy and it takes minutes to cook!! My husband and I are always looking to shed a few pounds so that’s a bonus too!

Right ill get organised I thought and I will make a monthly meal planner. I’m going to work on feeding my family 2 fish meals a week. So I went on line and looked for a fish supplier in my area, which is Burnley, who can deliver a months worth of fish to my door?? BINGO! A&O Seafood.co.uk Burnley.

So I went on the website, clicked on FAMILY FISH BOXES, found the fish boxes for a family of 5 (there are 5 0f us in my family, but they have boxes for 4 and also 2) there is a choice of 3 different boxes and I chose box 1 for £100 including delivery! My fish arrived the very next day, all fresh and packaged in ice and polystyrene and even my frozen king prawns and seafood cocktail were still totally frozen!

All my fish was lovely and fresh and gleaming and it was all skinned and pin boned ……. we all hate finding bones in our fish!! All our family have really got into having fish twice a week now and next time i’m going to order one of the other boxes for a family of 5.

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