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    we found a school of big guys, hope to get into em again.
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    Yowza!!
    That's a beauty!!!
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    That's a MONSTER cod! Wormy?
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    Question Cod or not?

    Picture of my grandfather, taken in Newfoundland where he lived, sometime in the very early 1900's. Have always assumed that was a cod in the photo . . anyone have a better guess?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus View Post
    Picture of my grandfather, taken in Newfoundland where he lived, sometime in the very early 1900's. Have always assumed that was a cod in the photo . . anyone have a better guess?

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    If it was near Newfoundland, then it's an Atlantic cod, which can get much bigger on average than Pacific cod. It's also a very interesting story on the fishery there that was nearly snuffed out by big factory ships starting in the 1960's. At certain times of the year the Atlantic cod schools up in densities so tight that they couldn't tell that the fishery was tanking as the catch rates stayed very high...until it was almost too late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Strahan View Post
    Holy whackamole! Please don't tell me that grandpa was only 4' 2" tall?
    He was not a tall man, probably about 5' !0" or something close to that. And the photo was taken in Newfoundland, Change Islands to be exact. Both my mother's parents were born there, emigrated to America in the early part of the last century. Still have relatives in Change Islands.

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    Cool photo Marcus,

    was he commercial fishing, longlining maybe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kodiakrain View Post
    Cool photo Marcus, was he commercial fishing, longlining maybe?That's a great Heritage photo
    Thanks. No idea, kodiakrain, what were the circumstances of the photo or the fish.

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    Default Big Cod

    I wonder if they show up at the begining or end of an abundance cycle ??
    caption says "20 minutes with handline gear 1888" steamer Albatross. Do you reconize the head land in the back ground?
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    That's a beautiful fish, Kodiakcombo....about 18lbs?? We got into a big school last May in PWS, fish were 12-15 lbs. NO Worms in any of them...at least the twenty or so we kept and filleted. Good fighters too, they whack those jigs don't they!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cap'n Ron View Post
    That's a beautiful fish, Kodiakcombo....about 18lbs?? We got into a big school last May in PWS, fish were 12-15 lbs. NO Worms in any of them...at least the twenty or so we kept and filleted. Good fighters too, they whack those jigs don't they!
    What do you mean by worms ?
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    Here is one of those nice fish

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    Lots of p-cod and pollack up here have parasitic worms in the flesh and body cavity. There variation with seasons and areas. Most cod and pollack caught IN Kachemak bay will have worms , but the farther you get from the spit (generally) the better the quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    Lots of p-cod and pollack up here have parasitic worms in the flesh and body cavity. There variation with seasons and areas. Most cod and pollack caught IN Kachemak bay will have worms , but the farther you get from the spit (generally) the better the quality.
    Wow, I had no idea . I know a lot of fast food resturants use Cod and pollack down here. Are they still safe to eat when infected with worms ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumbarr View Post
    What do you mean by worms ?
    Many marine fish can have parasitic worms in them. NONE of those worms will hurt you, just an aesthetic thing. Pacific cod have a reputation, I don't know if it is deserved in my experience, of having lots of curly white worms in them. They are more visible if you hold a fillet to the light. Halibut, rockfish also can have these. Some folks on the forum have said they never even fillet a cod 'cause of being riddled with worms all the time, especially the big ones. I think it varies a lot. Some say the worms crawl out of the gut into the meat if you leave the fish in the box a long time. I wouldn't know, we bleed then fillet our fish right away and put them on ice...last summer was the first year we caught big cod, and all the ones we kept did not have any worms at all in them. Likely this can vary from place to place, so that is why the difference of opinion...

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    What a great place we get to live, eh? Great thread!
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    i far prefer cod to halibut, usually buy #100 or so from a jigger in the spring.
    bled and iced they can't be beat. i candle the fillets and pick out any worms i find, but spring cod from the inlet and kodiak area are usually pretty clean.
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    foul pass,north end of knight, west side entrance, the cod are stacked in like cord wood.

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