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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 4:37 pm
albanyanglers


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Please help us identify this fish my son caught off the Ferry Landing Pier in SF Bay today. We can't find a picture that matches it in any of our fish ID books. It's 12 inches long and six inches up-and-down. It has weird human-like teeth, similar to those on a parrot fish. It looks almost like it's half-head. The dorsal and anal fins are on the back half of the fish and there's a strange little tab near the top of the head (a fin with a spike?)It has a little tiny pectoral fin that points up and a tail with one long point at the top and one at the bottom. It's mostly a greyish color but with a hint of subtle multicolors between the eyes and mouth. Sorry I can't post a photo. I took one, but it wont' upload as an attachment and i can't figure how to make it upload. It's a JPG file. Any tips on uploading it?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 5:09 pm
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Do you have a photobucket? If so, upload the image and copy the image URL and paste it to the website, with this format: [img] direct photobucket URL [\img]

If not, make a photobucket and do the instructions listed above. It's totally free and pretty easy to do.

Hopefully this helps. The fish sounds like a finescale triggerfish (Balistes polylepis). Rare catch. Did you keep it?

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 5:16 pm
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baby mola mola?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 6:05 pm
albanyanglers


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Thanks for responding, both of you. It IS a finescale triggerfish. I looked up photos of these, and some of them look like identical twins to the guy we caught. I guess they're pretty rare here in Northern California. From what Ken Jones says elsewhere on this website, it sounds like they're good to eat, so we'll give it a try.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 6:37 pm
Trumbo


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Yeah next time if it turns out the thing isn't good to eat you could always put it in a specimen jar with formaldehyde haha.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:00 pm
PRsam


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You're not talking about the Ferry Point Pier in Point Richmond right? I've fished there my whole life and have never seen a fish with teeth like that.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 7:21 am
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I imagine it's the ferry pier in Coronado, one of my favorite piers.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:07 pm
Ken Jones


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BTW, Yes, triggerfish are delicious although a pain in the butt to clean. Make sure you have a sharp knife and a knife sharpener. When I went on a trip to Baja several years ago we caught many different species but everyone agreed the triggerfish were the best eating.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:26 pm
Ken Jones


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http://kenjonesfishing.com/2014/10/finescale-triggerfish/
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:40 pm
red fish


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Ken Jones wrote:
I imagine it's the ferry pier in Coronado, one of my favorite piers.

Ken, that was Ferry Point Pier in Richmond. I talked to someone today that said they saw it.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:02 pm
Ken Jones


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If true, that's a long ways from home. Sure love to see a picture.
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