Fish ID

#1
I've been seeing these a lot lately being caught in my shrimp trap at Martinez Pier and Eckley Pier. I know they're way up into the delta system too but cannot find someone who knows exactly what they are. It's like a staghorn sculpin/Bullhead but without horns and they're smaller. I've literally pulled up as many as 20 at a time too but cannot seem to find a Gobi or a staghorn sculpin/Bullhead lately for the life of me. I'm wondering if these things are having an impact on them both too.

Everyone I've talked with have said they are not good at all for bait and nobody's reported ever catching anything on them. As if fish simply stay away which would be strange as I'd expect them to be a great live or dead Striper bait.

I've been recently fishing again with Robert/Redfish who said he'd heard they were caused by a release of ballast water from a ship. Similar to how they say the Mitten Crab seemed to have been introduced. Thank goodness those things are not an issue anymore. In the late 90's and early 2000's they were horrible. In any case Red didn't know what they were called either.

I've also fished recently with Bob/StripedSideChaser who said that he'd heard that these things were specifically introduced by DFG into the delta system. He didn;t have a name but called them "slimers" and also concurred they do not seem to work as a bait.

If anyone knows what they're called or has the knowledge and history of how they got here please share.

Thanks,
mjonesjr

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Ken Jones

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#4
Some type of goby. Three types are found in our "Fish" pages—Longbow Goby (Mudsucker) , Yellowfin Goby and Chameleon Goby, all (now) common to SF Bay. I will send the picture to Milton Love at the Love Lab and get his input.
 
#5
Some type of goby. Three types are found in our "Fish" pages—Longbow Goby (Mudsucker) , Yellowfin Goby and Chameleon Goby, all (now) common to SF Bay. I will send the picture to Milton Love at the Love Lab and get his input.
Ken, I believe EgoNonBaptizo has it correct that it's the Shokihaze Goby (Tridentiger Barbatus) but I am not aware of them being called anything else specific.