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    Caught this fishing PWS in 110ft of water, curious what it is?

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    Looks like a Irish lord.
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    Irish lord, aka bullhead, aka crap fish.

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    A disappointment


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    Mother in law fish.
    All mouth and ugly as hell

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    Man...tough crowd here.

    Crap fish? Disappointment? Of course it might not fill the freezer or the fryer, but they're incredibly cool fish to look at and put a good tug on the end of the line if fishing with light tackle. Count me among those who think that half the fun of bottom fishing is seeing what comes up next. Memories are made of more than halibut, rockfish, and salmon.

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    Mmmmm.....yummy...!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    Man...tough crowd here.

    Crap fish? Disappointment? Of course it might not fill the freezer or the fryer, but they're incredibly cool fish to look at and put a good tug on the end of the line if fishing with light tackle. Count me among those who think that half the fun of bottom fishing is seeing what comes up next. Memories are made of more than halibut, rockfish, and salmon.
    That's for sure Brian........ya just never know and that always makes it pretty intriguing. I hooked some monster fish years ago fishing for shad on the American river. Never got to see it and could in no way ever gain anything on it. It finally broke my line without ever seeing what it was. I'll never forget that fish.......
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    Oh and btw..... I was watching that "Alone" tv show awhile back and one of them I think caught an Irish Lord an was REAL happy to have it...!!!
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    That's a Great Sculpin, not an Irish lord.
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    image.jpgDoesn't look like an Irish Lord to me from the angle in the pic.

    looks more what we called a double ugly when I caught tons of them in Icy Straits...aka....big mouth sculpin.

    here's the two color variations of Irish Lords I've caught. Attachment 89820image.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    That's a Great Sculpin, not an Irish lord.
    I was waiting for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    Man...tough crowd here...Memories are made of more than halibut, rockfish, and salmon.
    True....but meals aren't made of sculpins!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hodgeman View Post
    True....but meals aren't made of sculpins!
    Ha! Fair point. Though...I seem to recall hearing that they're not all that bad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    Ha! Fair point. Though...I seem to recall hearing that they're not all that bad?
    Here's a taste test meal I had during my 2014 trip. Two large great sculpins sauteed in soy and lime with a little cocktail sauce.

    The texture was more like shrimp as was the taste. Sweet and mild.

    Only did this once to see for myself.

    The amount of meat for the effort did not justify killing them, IMO. Like the others said Sculpins aren't made for freezers and meals .
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    Cabazone are the largest member of the family, they grow to nearly 3 feet and are highly sought after as a food fish on the West Coast.
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    Not too long ago I brought one to the surface and it puked up about 8-10 baby Tanner crabs, about half his body weight.

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    Great sculpin, well ok then. He is swimming out there if anyone wants to try him for dinner, i certainly did Not. :>) Either way lots of fun fishing with light tackle out there. Have caught quite a variety so far and really having fun.
    Thanks for the replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    Cabazone are the largest member of the family, they grow to nearly 3 feet and are highly sought after as a food fish on the West Coast.
    Yes! My friend caught a record Cabazone in Coos Bay. TWICE! (fish broke off and big again LOL) But didn't register it properly for the record. I want to say like 21 lb or something crazy. The meat is blue if I remember correctly and good eating.
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    I actually really like eating both Irish Lords and sculpins. Sculpins cook up like shrimp or lobster and are fantastic! Irish Lords don't eat much different from most rockfish, but can be wormier than many other species.

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