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    hi all...is this a pacific cod?....we caught quite a few of these very tasty fish trolling cut herring and jigging for bottom fish!......also,what about the rock fish?....is that a copper??....wow, after growing up on rainbows all my life, i just love eating the bottem fish!!.thanks larry



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    Looks like a Pcod and some sort of rockfish.
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    Pacific Cod, decent eating too. Great halibut bait.
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    Pretty sure you have them right. Pcod and copper rockfish.

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    that is a quilllbqck rockfish.
    nice looking p-cod, love the dark mottling on it.
    ours are much lighter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    that is a quilllbqck rockfish.
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    good thing there is no bann on one of these two fish, because i have a real hard time telling which is which??....a guy at work who used to commercial fish, can tell the differince too, he hasnt seen this pic yet though, just some others from my last trip, and can go.."this is a quill, this a copper!"........i guess i just have to put them side to side and see which has the longer quills in the front!...hmmmm, more practice needed....larry

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    Pacific Cod, decent eating too. Great halibut bait.
    Just curious. Is sport caught P-cod caught on a halibut charter legal for use as bait out of Homer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKDoug View Post
    Just curious. Is sport caught P-cod caught on a halibut charter legal for use as bait out of Homer?
    Yes P-Cod is legal as bait. There is no limit on them either
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    I thought it was a pollack but heck I dunno.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fullbush View Post
    I thought it was a pollack but heck I dunno.
    Pollack don't have the little chin whisker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    Pollack don't have the little chin whisker.


    Pacific cod (pictured), tomcod and pollock
    all have three distinct dorsal fins and two anal fins, no rigid spines on their fins, and small teeth. Pacific cod and tomcod have a prominent "barbel" beneath their chin; on pollock, however, it is very small or absent. Pacific cod are typically under 36 inches; Pacific tomcod are typically under 20 inches, and pollock are typically under 30 inches.

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    just remember, quillback in southeast the limit is only 2 per person

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    I edited.. Looks like I've been mixing up my coppers and quills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince View Post
    from page 11 of the regs
    OK, very small or absent...the ones I've looked at closely have fallen into the "absent" category.

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    well i guess that only leaves two more choices.... and it is obviously not the larger grey cod....
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    here are some more,,,,,,so, is it copper, yelloweye, yelloweye, quill, yelloweye, quill?

    wish i would have taken a better pic!...can one of those yelloweye's be a canary rock fish?...need more fishing practice!!



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    My take is that the "orange" fishys are juvenile yelloweye (see the white stripes running along their lateral lines). I would vote quillbacks for the rockfish, and the plumpers are a cople of tiger shrimp and one spot . . .

    One note: Non-pelagic rockfish have a limit of one per person per day (2 in possession) in SouthCentral . . .

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    hard to say on the first one but the other two are quillbacks. I might be blind but i don't see any spot in there, just 4 coon shrimp.

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    Yelloweyes and quillbacks
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    Heres the easy rule of thumb to distinguish coppers and quillbacks. Coppers will always have light or no pigmentation over the last 2/3 of the lateral line, making it look as if someone took an eraser to their mottled body color.
    Luckily these are both non-pelagics and the same bag limits apply, but really its our responsibility to be able to identify the fish we catch both to respect the regs and the fish. I dont mean to offend, I just have to say that. Thanks for posting your question here and please get one of those free rockfish ID publications. The one page in the regs is sorely lacking in my opinion.
    And regarding the regs, 2 non pelagic RF can be taken in PWS, one in north gulf coast waters. I think the separation line is at cape fairfield, but again, check the regs and have fun!

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