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    Question Pacific sandlace

    I have been reading up on Halibut fishing lately and there are constant references to Halibut eating Pacific Sandlace. I did some searching and have come up empty handed. Only thing I could find says they are a finfish. Anyone know what they are or have a picture?

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    Default Pacific Sandlance

    The site I found says they're also known as Eulachon or Candlefish...seems like you can net a bunch of 'em around Twentymile in the spring and try 'em for bait....
    Pacific Sand Lance (Ammodytes hexapterus)

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    The Pacific Sand Lance, as its name suggests, is distinguished by its slender sword-shaped body, 5-8 inches in length. These fish feature a needle-like nose, a thin dorsal fin along the length of the back, and silvery sides with gray-green above. Known to some in the Puget Sound region as "candlefish", elsewhere this name refers to another forage fish, the eulachon.

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    Thanks Mike,
    I couldn't turn up anything for some reason. I see that they are basically smelt or hooligan.

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    Default sandlance

    sandlance are not the same as eulachon (hooligan) which are also called candlefish.
    the most common name up here is needlefish. i usually dig a few when razor clamming, as they dive into the sand when the tide goes out. when there is a good sunny day on a real low tide the sun will drive the needlefish out of the sand and the crows, gulls and eagles will mob the receding waterline to gorge themselves.
    needlefish under a bobber is deadly on dollies in the salt.
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    Default Hmmm....

    espcially a LIVE needlefish! Woops, slap my hand!

    I belive these needlefish are more closely related to the grunion of California beaches, no? The Pt. Wilson Dart is a close copy of a sandlace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sayak View Post
    espcially a LIVE needlefish! Woops, slap my hand!
    Actually legal in salt
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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