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    Hope someone can help me ID this fish. Often caught in shrimp pots and around rock piles.

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    Angle is funny, but on first pass I'd guess it's a greenling. A good sized one, though. The good news is that if it's a greenling, they're sensational eating. Biologically they're cousins of lingcod, and my book even better eating.

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    Thanks BB, that is what it was. Do they fall under the OTHER FINFISH regs??? What is the limit on them in PWS??
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    Kelp greenling. We caught quite a number of them while trolling for silvers last year. Great eating.

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    One thing that I've always thought was neat about kelp greenling is the notably different coloration between the sexes. Males have bright blue spots on them while the females are a bit more mottled with some brown and red mixed in.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BrownBear View Post
    Angle is funny, but on first pass I'd guess it's a greenling. A good sized one, though. The good news is that if it's a greenling, they're sensational eating. Biologically they're cousins of lingcod, and my book even better eating.
    They sure are pretty. Whats 'normal' size on them?

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    Quite a range, but I don't think I've ever seen one over about 3#. I'd say average is closer to a pound or a little over.

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    Yep, a pound to a pound and a half matches the average I've seen as well.

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    Very pretty fish, have caught quite a few of them from shore in Seward over the years. They put up a good fight too.

    I do have to disagree with others talking about how they are a delicacy, the only time I had tried greenling the flesh was mushy and very unflavorful. Don't know if it was due to being a brightly colored female that may have been spawning or what, but I sure as heck won't be putting one on the table again when other rockfish, butts, or lings are available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishwhacker View Post
    ...due to being a brightly colored female that may have been spawning or what....
    I wouldn't just red salmon by what they were like spawning either.

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    I like to eat them, but it takes several to make a good meal. The flesh has very fine grain, kind of like a sole you might get in a restaurant. Lightly fried or sauteed is a great option!

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