Several weeks ago, my parents had cleaned a halibtu I dropped off and mentioned that there were a lot of crabs, but also some type of red colored fish. I wondered what it could be since I don't recall ever seeing anything red colored in the area.
Fast forward to this weekend. Off Anchor Point, my sonar lights up and shows BIG clouds of bait. As big as I have ever seen. I couldn't find the "edge" despite pedaling a good distance...maybe a 100 yards. So I had some sabikis and I was going to put them on. I left my salmon trolling gear dangling down about 20ft down in 70ft of water.
As I bring it up to see about clipping a sabiki rig on, this fish comes up hooked right in the mouth on the trailing 5/0 red gamaktsu hook. I should have droppped the sabiki down but I was desperate to get my 10yr old on fish so I didn't think anything about it till later.
It was sort of hard to touch. Bony like. I don't think its a type of sculpin and I can't say this is what "the baitfish" was for certain but its a first for me. Any guesses??? If it was the bait I saw on sonar...there a zillion of them!!!!