Meet the Fishermen

 Paul Spinale

Boat Name: kirra


Boat Length: 25 feet


Catch: Paul primarily catches Salmon, White Seabass, Yellowtail and Halibut. When the fishing is good he will go for tuna offshore, or open access rockfish.


Location: He generally fishes around Santa Barbara and Morro Bay, but will go as far north as San Francisco and as far south as San Diego.


How did you get into fishing?
Paul got into fishing because “my dad and grandpa were fishermen” and all of his family and family friends fished too. He essentially grew up in San Francisco fishing commercially with his family since he was a baby. He moved to Santa Barbara for college and stayed to fish and live.


How have you connected with your community?
Paul enjoys his work and takes pride in providing good fish that people can enjoy. It’s very important to him to “keep it local.”


What is your favorite part about your job as a fisherman?
Paul says his favorite part of fishing is “when you get in a wide open bite. You get that one time. You will chase it for the rest of your life.”


What are your hobbies outside of fishing?
Outside of fishing, Paul enjoys surfing, fishing, and diving in his free time. “I try to travel the world,” he says, “and do those things all over the globe. More locally, Paul is also a firefighter in Santa Barbara!


Paul’s advice:
Paul’s advice on fishing is to “get a bigger boat” and acquire various helpful permits. “Hook and line is fun and provides a beautiful fish to plate,” he says but he also notes its unpredictable and unreliable nature as a fishing method.


How do you cook what you catch?
Paul really likes to experiment with fish cooking and tries new recipes all the time. He says the classic olive oil or butter, garlic, and seasoning is fool proof. And it it’s Tuna? “Sashimi all the way.”

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