|There are some fish that are beautiful, colorful and ornate. As most people, I love seeing these delicate fish at the end of my line whether it is a gaudy trout or showy butterflyfish. However, this monstrous looking Oilfish has been a fish that I had dreamed of seeing at the end of my line for years. I was finally able to achieve that goal last week, jigging a half pound glowing jig into 750 ft of a dark ominous submarine canyon off the coast of Tokyo.
This beast of the deep sported razor sharp teeth and huge eyes that glowed gold in the lights of the fishing boat. The Japanese name, baramutsu, refers to the thorns on a rose due to the fact every single scale on this beastly fish possesses a razor sharp spike. Although many people would not describe this fish as “pretty,” I think it is an absolutely incredible specimen, and a perfect addition as species #1080 to my species lifelist.
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