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    Here we go again!
    what is this?

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    Fukashima rock fish…?

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    It looks like a Black Bass nailed a snapper!

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    Rockfish are genetically quite similar, so hybrids are fairly common. Your fish almost certainly had a black rockfish for one parent. Not sure about the other.

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    China rockfish is my guess......?



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    I think a mixed breed as well, we caught this one in 2012 here in Kodiak
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    Inter-racial black/yellow rockfish.... does it count as 1/2 a fish for pelagic and 1/2 a fish for non-pelagic??

    Seriously though, it might have gotten the eggs fertilized by a foreign species.........don't rockfish broadcast spawn like a walleye kind of ?
    Could it be possible that pelagic and non-pelagic could mix? Maybe the non-pelagic's are banding together trying to save their species from overharvest extinction - since they have such a long lifespan and slow reproductive rate because of it - - they must feel the need to save themselves before the ADFG and BOF attempt to do anything about their demise???

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    I think it's more likely that these are juvenile China's (or other)......many rockfish species juveniles have different but similar coloration than adults. I've caught several smaller yellow eye that had some funky stuff going on. Same for silver grays.

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    Looks like a size 9 Xtratuff boot.

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    Looks like dinner to me.

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    Very cool! I forwarded the photo to some experts. Where is the fish?
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    Black rockfish with "funky chromatophoric coloration". Not common and very cool.

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    "Rockfishes of the northeast pacific" Milton Love, p. 67
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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    Black rockfish with "funky chromatophoric coloration". Not common and very cool.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8467494
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    Pretty sure it was not a juvenile china as the one we caught was close to an average size black rockfish and pretty much had the same physical characteristics of a black rockfish. Unless the lesions only effect the color I don't think that is it either as there were no deformities just a color difference. It really looked like a cross between a black rockfish and a yellow eye but I am not a biologist so who knows for sure.
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    Yellowtail Rockfish??

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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    Black rockfish with "funky chromatophoric coloration". Not common and very cool.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8467494
    I think Dave nailed it on the head. All rockfish have been observed with various non-typical color phases. Heck, I've even seen a blue "black rockfish". It looks like a non-typical color phase black rockfish. Cool indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frostbitten View Post
    Looks like dinner to me.
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    Got a chuckle out of this statement in that site: "Although etiology has not been determined, interest is currently focused on potential exposure to chemical and radioactive carcinogens from the Farallon Island Radioactive Waste Dump, 30 km to the south."

    You caught a radioactive Godzilla fish!!

    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    Black rockfish with "funky chromatophoric coloration". Not common and very cool.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8467494

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaaler View Post
    Rockfish are genetically quite similar, so hybrids are fairly common. Your fish almost certainly had a black rockfish for one parent. Not sure about the other.

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    Interesting how similar it is to the one Mel Roe shows. Was thinking hybrid as well until I saw Homerdave's link. Hmm...
    Had one several years ago ADFG couldn't identify, caught at Naugahut Rocks. They sent it to the Auke Bay lab and turned out to be a hybrid.

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