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    Default Help identify this fish

    Last July I was fishing for silvers in Valdez. As reeled in the lure (a silver / orange spoon) I would get hits from about 4-5 feet from shore from very small fish, and had to reel fast to out run them.

    They were a darker green on their backs, about 4-5 inches long and had HUGE mouths with small needle teeth. What are they?

    Thanks

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    Sounds like sculpin to me...but a pic would help.
    Nice Marmot.

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    Default pacific staghorn sculpin....?

    did it look like these?
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    that's it. thanks

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    Sculpin aka
    Double Ugly (in SEAK)
    Irish Lord (in SCAK)
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    MMmmmmm Sculpin!
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    that one is a "great sculpin"
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    Anyone ever eat one?

    I've heard in some places they are a delicacy. Like cod, we often treat them as a trash fish when they are in fact very good to eat. Never tried to confirm this myself. They are just so ugly....

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    Tried sculpin "backstraps" once and they were good! Yeah, I admit it but it's firm and similar to cabezon or blue ling. Firm with a touch of shrimpy/crabby flavor. I have also tried dogfish, arrowtoothed flounder, and atka makerel. SOme good, some really bad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by barleydog View Post
    MMmmmmm Sculpin!
    That's a monster sculpin, and a face not even his mother could love!!

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