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    Can someone I.D. this for me?

    Caught in S.E. in about 300'.


  • #2
    I think its a yellow eye. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/re...rockfishID.pdf

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    • #3
      Looks more like a Rougheye IMO. But what do I know?

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      • #4
        I think it's a juvenile yelloweye.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Paul H View Post
          I think it's a juvenile yelloweye.
          I believe you are correct, Paul. The thing that threw me was the black edges on the fins, but younger yelloweye start out that way and gradually become solid orange as the move to deep water. What depth were you fishing when you caught this fish?

          Also, here's a link to some more pics of juvenile yelloweye. http://www.oceanlight.com/yelloweye_rockfish_photo.html

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          • #6
            I would agree that it is a young yellow eye as well. The smaller ones seem to have the darker edges. More importantly, how did it taste?
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            • #7
              Every smaller yelloweye I have caught has had a distinct white line along its lateral line, with no blotching on the body whatsoever. I think it is something else.

              The fish on the left is one my buddy got, you can see the white line on it.

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              • #8
                My vote would be Vermillion Rockfish. I have never caught one in the SE, but I have caught several that looked very much like the photo, particuclarly the overall dark red color and black edged fins, around Mendocino, CA. All the yelloweye I have caught, even the small ones (<16") have been orange, not red, have had the whiite stripe, and very yellow eyes. That looks like a vermillion on the right in FishinHank's picture.

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                • #9
                  i think rougheye... maybe.
                  don't think it is a yelloweye.
                  rockfish are a tough subject, short and soft anal and dorsal spine counts and opercular spine patterns, as well as gillraker counts are crucial when trying to differentiate similar species.
                  i passed this on to a guy who knows more than i, i'l let you know what he says ...
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                  • #10
                    It's either a juvenile rougheye or shortraker. The bands radiating from the eye suggest rougheye, but the large pores on the lower jaw are evident in shortrakers. I'm sure everyone noticed that the eye is not yellow.
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                    • #11
                      Before reading everyone else's posts, my first thought was small shortraker. Rougheyes don't usually have the black spots, whereas they're common on shortrakers.

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                      • #12
                        Juvenile rougheye can sometimes have spots/bands radiating from the eye. Due to the pores on the lower jaw, I'm guessing juvenile shortraker. If I could see the mouth/gills it would be much easier to distinguish.
                        Your bait stinks and your boat is ugly

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                        • #13
                          Juvenile rougheye is the word from the rockfish expert at F&G here.
                          Alaska Board of Game 2015 tour... "Kicking the can down the road"
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                          • #14
                            I guess it's settled. I'll try to target adults in my future endeavors.

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                            • #15
                              Just fish deeper
                              Your bait stinks and your boat is ugly

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