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    Default Strange Fish

    With all of this talk about sturgeon, I got to wondering: what is the strangest fish you have cought in Alaska's waters. Strange can mean unusual, ugly, or rare. For me it would be an Alaska black fish or an Irish Lord.
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    To me, just about anything we've caught in 2000'+ qualifies as "strange"... Arrowtooth Flounder, Sleeper Sharks, Sablefish, Nudibranchs, Coral...

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    I once got an aluetian Scorpionfish. There have only been 3 found ever!
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    Default Shrimping

    I caught one of these shrimping one time. He just fit into a 5 gallon pail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveinthebush View Post
    I caught one of these shrimping one time. He just fit into a 5 gallon pail.
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    Basket Stars are COOL! We used to play with them diving all the time... I'm surprised we don't pick up more while fishing...

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    I caught what I thought (think) was a Koi in Sheep Creek last summer.

    It "spit the hook" just as I was landing it, so I didn't get a picture or the chance to look it over very well either.

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    I caught a 3 foot plus eel pout in homer. It was pretty wierd looking. Normally just pick up the usual wierd fish, sculpins.

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    I caught a nudibranch the size of my hand in a shrimp pot once. I've also caught shark/skate eggs on longline gear. I will say, though, that the only one that confused me when I pulled it up was a blackfish in Little Campbell Lake right here in Anchorage. Prior to that I didn't know what it was.

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    I have caught two grayling in the Chena River that were tagged. However this summer in Minto Flats I caught a small northern that had a radio antenna hanging out its belly. Must had just been tagged b/c the stitiches were fresh and he was still bleeding. Thought about keeping him and really messing with the researchers radio tracking, but I let him go.

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    I caught a huge sea cucumber once in shotgun cove, it was discusting
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Caught a little 3" flounder looking thing in Willow creek once.
    "You have given out too much reputation in the last 24 hours, try again later".

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    A really stupid Puffin.

    Just for all you banana haters out there I have pulled in a 35ish pound halibut that was baited with herring and a banana peal. Keep keeping those nanas off the boat, I love the free snack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak_powder_monkey View Post
    I caught a huge sea cucumber once in shotgun cove, it was discusting


    haha, I know what you mean. I hate those things. This one really isn't GROSS, but I reeled up ling cod less then 35 inches that was later swallowed whole at the surface as i was getting ready to net it by a 50 pound ling cod at the surface. We kept the big one, let the little one go!

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    Default Ugly fish

    I caught a 40" Wolf eel once, that was just butt ugly.

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    I caught a helicopter by the rotor blades once. It gave me a nasty line burn on my thumb and spooled me pretty quick, so I didn't actually land it.

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    Default Almost forgot

    Caught on 5/8" braided nylon using a 15 pound Danforth anchor, no bait, catch and release.

    I was out near Montauge anchored up fishing near a friend. I started drifting and sure enough the sonar indicated I was at the end of the rode with the anchor. So I drifted a bit and nothing happened so I pulled the anchor up.

    On the end of one flute, was a piece or "meat", about 6" long, round, rubbery, about 2 1/2" - 3" in diameter with a suction cup (same as an octopus) on one side. The anchor had pierced it through the side and it was obviously torn on each end.

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    We also catch monkey-faced eels now and then while longlining for sablefish in PWS. Those are some funky looking fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildog View Post
    2000 pound silverado doing the speed limit on the bridge above me.

    How was it doing the speed limit with over 1/2 of it missing?
    My Honda Civic weighs more than that!!

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    Talking monkey-face eels? (Cebidichthys violaceus)

    probably not. i used to spear a few in monterey bay, and they are primarily an intertidal fish. Milton Love gives thier range as southern oregon to northern baja, rare south of point conception.
    a likely suspect would be giant wrymouth (Delolepis gigantea). i have caught a few of them in the deep muddy bottom stuff longlining in k-bay, along with northern ronquil (Ronquilus jordani). likely that the "eelpout" AKBronkoII caught was a wrymouth too.

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