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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:30 pm
red fish


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So what kind of fish is this?
Caught in the East Bay Area today BTW.



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:58 pm
makairaa


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Lizardfish. More good halibut bait. At least when small.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:50 pm
red fish


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makairaa wrote:
Lizardfish. More good halibut bait. At least when small.


Thanks, I figured out lizardfish later on when still on the water, but my battery was too far down to repost, so I just got home and saw you responded already.

I have caught a few dozen lizardfish at Shelter Island Pier, Capitola Wharf. But they were all like four inches.

After looking at that big ugly head, I was thinking "this looks like that tiny, little, ugly lizardfish I have caught.

There were some caught at Agua Vista Pier the other year by Pac Bell Park/Willie McCovey Cove in S.F.'s townsend.

Pretty far north for a lizard fish.

Huh, at first I was thinking snakehead, lol.


The big one looked like it could draw blood if it bit you!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:28 pm
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I remember catching those last year and some of the years when the mackerel showed up. I know the macks follow them because a couple of times they've spat out the lizardfish when I caught them.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:26 am
Ken Jones


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An interesting catch. Farthest north I have caught them was the Santa Cruz Wharf (2007 & 2013).
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:00 pm
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How big was that lizardfish? I caught a lingcod about a month ago near Monterey that spit up a lizardfish. First one I had ever seen in person. Thanks for the post.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:23 am
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dsch2251 wrote:
How big was that lizardfish? I caught a lingcod about a month ago near Monterey that spit up a lizardfish. First one I had ever seen in person. Thanks for the post.

A little over a foot but less than 15"/about 4" thick

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:02 am
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Wait, other fish eat those? I tried using them as live bait and had no luck. Instantly started getting bites when I swapped to Kingfish down at Capitola.

I always just assumed they were useless since then @_@

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:25 am
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i caught a small one in emeryville last year

i wasn't pleased lol

i even caught one in bahia honda state park, (FL)

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:59 am
Ken Jones


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Twitchie wrote:
Wait, other fish eat those? I tried using them as live bait and had no luck. Instantly started getting bites when I swapped to Kingfish down at Capitola.

I always just assumed they were useless since then @_@



I've talked to several people who heve used them to catch halibut. In fact, a large Los Angeles halibut derby was won a few years back by a guy using one as bait.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:22 am
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Lizard fishbare taking over. I ive caught them 6 at a time making bait in Port of SLO, Monterey, and Halfmoon Bay the past couple years. Had never seen them before.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:25 pm
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Twitchie wrote:
Wait, other fish eat those? I tried using them as live bait and had no luck. Instantly started getting bites when I swapped to Kingfish down at Capitola.

I always just assumed they were useless since then @_@

I have caught halibut and bass on them in san diego bay and I know guys who have caught 50+ lb white sea bass that had bellies full of them. Not my first choice of bait, but they do work.
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