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    Default What kind of fish is this? Black cod?

    Caught a few of these last august on east side of Knight island.
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    identity theft!

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    yup ,two sets of dorsal fins not three, looks like a sablefish
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    looks more like an atka mack. to me for one thing it ain't black!
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    Juvenile sablefish are dark gray to dark greenish gray dorsally. FYI, Atka mackerel have one dorsal fin and 6-7 dark bands running vertically.
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    Atka Mack.....




    Sablefish (Black Cod)

    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    the motled green gray through me off, all of the sables I,ve caught looked much different ,but were all over 30 in. also been about 5 yrs. since I cought a atka mack. forgot about the stripes .good info, how deep did you fish ?and did you eat them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ugly duckling View Post
    how deep did you fish ?and did you eat them?
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    Dave, we fished in only 70-80 ft of water. These were very feisty fish for the size. Great tablefare too.

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    I've had similar experiences around SE. There are a few places you can jig smaller black cod in less than 100 ft of water. We did manage one nice one.
    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    Juvenile sablefish tend to stay in fairly shallow waters compared to the adults. It's not surprising you caught them at those depths
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    Yep, Puppy Black Cod it is, and Fiesty is a good way to describe them, eh?

    how did you cook it up, did you say THESE?
    Did you guys get a bunch of them? Should try smoking some also, MMMMMmmmmmmmmm
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    Juvenile black cod hang out near the surface for a while before descending to the deep
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    My 11 & 12 year old boys can't keep those guys off their hooks when fishing from our dock at the cabin in PWS in about 10' of water. They usually fish for these guys while we're loading/unloading the boat.

    Never thought they'd be worth keeping, they just toss them back. We finally wised up a few years ago and cut the barbs off the hooks as we were spending more time removing fish from kids' hooks than we were loading/unloading the boat...

    We've thought about keeping a few and using them as bait, can/should you do so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellamar View Post

    We've thought about keeping a few and using them as bait, can/should you do so?
    Seems like it would be preferable to use tomcod or herring as bait. Both can be caught easily and aren't as valuable as a food fish.

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    Probably a good idea to let most of those guys go. I've never targeted them, but have come across a few. The only one I kept was probably 7 lbs. Just wouldn't seem right to be robbing the cradle. But I also know a lot of commercial fisherman and have a pretty endless supply of smoked black cod.
    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    How is smoked black cod
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    It's amazing. The stuff I have is cold smoked so you still cook it before you eat it. It's like Alaskan bacon, you can add it to anything and it tastes better. I've eaten it with eggs and potatos for breakfast. It is really oily though, just to warn you.
    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    I've got a few pounds of black cod collars and I'm trying to figure out what to do with them.?
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    With whole fillets in the past I covered them in salt for 45 minutes, washed the salt off and patted them dry, then grilled them on an alder plank to add some smoke flavor. Not quite smoked black cod, but it's still pretty tasty. With collars you might cut the salt time a little shorter.
    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    Table salt or course salt?
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