SEATTLE, Wash. -- Hours after they were caught off Seattle's Magnolia Bluff, a load of fresh salmon is being unloaded at Fisherman's Terminal. Fish buyers are waiting to put it in ice bins and within the next 24 hours it will be cleaned up and placed on shelves in Seattle area Whole Foods Markets.
The sign will say 'Fresh Keta' but people around here know this fish by another name, Chum. Chum rates high on the fun-to-catch chart, but as far as taste is concerned, it swims far behind other salmon.
Its meat is so bland compared to the likes of King and Coho, it earned the name 'Dog Fish'. But in France it has been a coveted U.S. export and people who love it there, and here, praise it as an excellent smoking fish. But Whole Foods Market buyers say it can be very tasty as a fillet or steak and they say, since it is caught just minutes away from Seattle, it can be delivered to customers so fast, its freshness is unmatched.
Some sport fishermen agree saying, if you get them early, they are firm and tasty. Others say Chum is chum, fun to catch, OK to smoke, but not suitable for the barbecue.
Local commercial fishermen and dealers are banking on people giving it a try.