Dana Point 2-26-17 fish ID?

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  1. neue

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    Fished on Saturday at the usual spots near Dana Point for halibut, the point, off of Salt Creek, and the Aliso pipe. Big skunk. My son had one nice bite at the pipe, and that was it.
    On Sunday, we decided to fish for some sculpin for fish tacos. The plan was to fish box canyon. When we left the harbor (about 11am), the wind was blowing and it was pretty choppy. We almost called it, but decided to fish some rocks nearby. After a mile or so, we said, what the heck, and charged ahead to box canyon. Really sloppy, lots of wind, lots of current, and rain. Perfect conditions for fishing! We mostly used Lucanus jigs with strips of squid. It was very hard to feel the bottom with the fast drift speed and ripping current. When I got to the bottom, I got bit, but it was hard to hook them with so much bow in the line. Still, we managed 4 sculpin for the tacos, and got 5 sand dabs for another dinner. And we got a mystery fish. Can anyone ID?

    DSC03848-b.jpg Photo Feb 26, 2 18 26 PM-b.jpg Photo Feb 26, 2 18 29 PM-b.jpg
     
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    Sarcastic fringe head maybe
     
  3. salty nuts

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    Yes
     
  4. calsurf

    calsurf 24 Skipjack "My Fix "

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    kelp greenling
     
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    Sarcastic Fringehead 100% positive!
     
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    pretty trippy fish.
     
  7. Azarkon

    Azarkon I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I wanted to say nice try because it does look like a kelpfish from certain angles, but it's probably a fringehead, though not necessarily a sarcastic one.
     
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    pacificscout Hey! You got any frozen ice?

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    Crazy video.
     
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    Finned Chupakabra
     
  10. Bigeasy

    Bigeasy yeah, yeah!

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    looks like some kind of grayling! nope have no idea!
     
  11. neue

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    It's not a sarcastic fringehead, but it appears to be in the Chaenopsidae family (like the sarcastic fringehead). This one had a much smaller mouth, and did not display the aggressive tendencies of the sarcastic fringehead.
     
  12. Omarkayak

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    Some kind of midshipman? Probably not.

    Good fishin'!
    BDC OK
     
  13. makairaa

    makairaa I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I think the fringehead guesses are sort of right. Pretty sure it is a onespot fringehead. Probably a female looking at the jaw colors.
     
  14. surfgoose

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    If you enlarge the photo it appears to have supraorbital cirri above the eye. I hope that you kept it, my vote is for a female sarcastic fringehead, and if confirmed I think that you caught the new world record! Hopefully you didn't put the rod on the rail to catch it, thus breaking IGFA rules.

    Thanks for the post, that was an interesting search through Dr. Milton Love's book.
     
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    That's a Bluebanded Ronquil (Rathbunella hypoplecta). Probably a breeding male from the dark coloration. The dorsal and anal fin ray counts line up and you can just make out the blue coloring on the anal fin that gives it its name. Pretty rare catch but seen by divers occasionally. And yes, I am a marine biologist, but I had to ask another one to be sure! :-)
     
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    Onespot fringehead


    I retract, ronquil looks right.
     
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    Mark is probably right, I thought of it but it looked too big. Also a New World Record!
     
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    From the looks of it I'd say 2 fish tacos :D
     
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    All great observations and great topic!!! Is Ronquil!! Very nice!! Difference is lack of coloration!! Interesting is they can consume their weight in food!! And then not eat for six months!!
     
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    Thanks for the responses! I checked my Milton Love book and it definitely looks like a Bluebanded Ronquil. Someone else suggested Alaskan Ronquil, and it look like that, too, except they are not found here (but the size matches up), maybe it got lost?
     

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