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    Question What is this?

    We caught this in PWS out of Whittier. It looks like a wolf fish in many ways, but it's uglier than anything I've been able to find on the web.

    Can you I.D. it.
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    Default Ask Ratfish Ray...

    I could not distinguish from your image, but it sure looks ugly!

    There is an Alaskan artist that has made a full-blown career out of this kind of stuff and his name is Ray Troll. I even met him and hung with him when I was in Ketchikan.

    Ask Ray. He'll know. He's at http://www.trollart.com.

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    how did it taste?

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    Default Taste?

    We were afraid to even touch it, let alone eat it. It was very agressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yogibear View Post
    We were afraid to even touch it, let alone eat it. It was very agressive.
    The head has the appearance of a ling cod and they are aggressive. Can't really visualize the body from the picture. Was it long? The picture almost makes it look like it was flat.

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    b&j use to have 2 eels stuffed on the wall 1 with teeth 1 without. i would call them. i know the wolf eel has teeth, cant rember the name of the other. but i have wanted to catch 1 of each. not to eat but they would make a nice lamp.

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    Looks like a wolf eel to me.

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    Default Wolf eel

    My vote is for wolf eel. I read an article in Fish Alaska about a year ago and a fellow had caught one about 40lbs and reported it was very aggressive when it was on the deck of their boat. He said it bite at anything it was near. I have never caught one, I don't know that I would bother to bring one over the rail, unless it was my favorite lure.

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    Default Here's another photo...

    but it's a bit blurry. We had a great time yesterday. Got some huge shrimp, some yelloweye and some flatfish. Halibut or flounder, I don't know.

    And believe it or not, it rained the whole time.
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    Definitely a wolf eel, or his cousin. Used to see them quite often diving in Ketchikan.
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    Yeah, that looks like a Wolf Eel alright. I've never seen one in the wild but seen many pictures & videos of 'em over the years.






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    I blew up the first pic 200% and all I gotta say is YIKES!!!!
    It looks like that creature that came out of the guys chest in Alien!!!!!

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    That's nasty! Cut the line on that one!

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    Default wolf- FISH

    Actually, there are both wolf-eels and wolf-fish in Alaska, and that's a wolf-fish I'm pretty sure. The -fish will have a big head like that one and distinct dorsal and anal fins, with a break between the fins and the tail. The eel is much thinner and the top and bottom fins go right into the tail fin, with no break.

    And, a couple summers back in Seward, we ate at Ray's on the waterfront. The had "Blackened Wolf Fish" as one of the specials...we ordered steak.

    Here's a link. The eel picture is pretty lame, but the descriptions help...

    http://www.faculty.uaf.edu/ffrsb/out...es/wolves.html
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    Default Wolf Fish

    It is a wolf fish. The wolf eel has a big head but a long skinny body. Most of the wolf eels that I have seen has silver and black marking. They are more snake like. Wolf fish are brown like in color.

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    That's a female wolf eel.

    The males are gray in color.

    I've dove with thousands of them. They are by far, the COOLEST fish you will EVER dive with. They will readily take an urchin out of your bare hand, and once they get to know you, will even sit and rest on your shoulders. They like to have the underside of their chins scratched and will often follow you on your dive.

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    Would it be wrong for me to make a "that's my Mother-in-Law" joke here?

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    Default looks like the one i caught

    bout a 40 pounder i caught on one of my 6 oz shads in white and pink. the one i caught did NOT come onto the boat.
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    It looks similar to a wolfish guys used to catch on the east coast around mass.

    From their posts, they were aggressive, ugly but REALLY tasty.

    If I caught one...Id cook him.

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