Threadfin sculpin------NOT

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  1. $norkle

    $norkle Well-Known "Member"

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    I've ben meaning to post this for a long time----finally remembered. Every time I'm on a long trip to Hurricane Bank/Buffer zone we'll catch some of these off the bottom. Almost everyone on board calls them threadfin sculpin, but they aren't sculpin (Cottidae) at all, but actually a scorpion fish; Spotback scorpionfish to be exact (Pontinus vaughani) in the family Scorpaenidae. They're related to rockfish. Anyway, this is just an FYI because it comes up on every trip and I thought I'd just put the information out there.

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  2. Lake

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    Whatever they are I know the crew love them. You can catch these at Alijos sometimes now too.
     
  3. The Right Kind

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    Pontinus = Delicious
    On some trips we'll pull up over the reef and catch a few for everybody.
     
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    tunanorth I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Yup, I was showing a photo around at the FHS, finally got the correct name [spotback scorpionfish] from Marty Golden, recently retired from NMFS/NOAA. Most LR skippers do use the label threadfin sculpin.
     
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    They are delicious.
     
  6. Bill W

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    Yum yum fish...
     
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    The threadfin is way more pretty than that ! They are prolific in the rockfish class. I caught my first one at the rocks, I was bummed it wasn't something else. Then I saw it, and I still was bummed but it was a nice consolation...........
     
  8. lowprofile

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    well, you know, California scorpionfish aren't sculpin either but everyone calls them that.
     
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    dh515 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Good info. Best eating fish to be caught on a long range trip!
     
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    Any time you are anchored up at the Hurricane Bank, you can drop down to the bottom and feel pretty confident that you can catch some of these Potinus...

    As others have stated, they are really tasty..
     
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    I assume they have venomous spines as well, like the local "sculpin"
     
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    X2
     
  13. Anglewood

    Anglewood Up to no good...

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    Good info Bruce, I've heard this same conversation on at least two long range trips, it is always good (and educational) to have the proper info.

    -Connor
     
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    Yes, they do.
     
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    I had somefor lunch the other day, shortly after catching it.
    Tasty!
    I asked Mike if the spines were poisonous, he said no one he knew of suffered any I'll effect after being poked by them.
     
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    You won't see me testing that out any time soon, I've seen what our own California Scorpion Fish can do and it doesn't look fun.

    -Connor
     
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    I am the official Yum-Yum fish fillet guy on trips I'm on. Good info... Tons of practice with local grumps.
     
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    Brad I Common Sense Isn't Common Enough

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    When the pelagic fishing is slow, its real nice to be able to drop to the bottom and still get some fish, esp tasty ones.
     
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    Also, considering the response/reply from $norkle/Bruce, I will still give their spines all due respect they need. Last thing one needs is to have their hand blow up like a balloon. Also, know of an occurrence where a boat skipper got spines in his knee. Don't think from a Sculpin or similar fish, but just as traumatic. One of the anglers on board actually had to do surgery to remove the spine.

    Occupational and recreational hazard so just stay focused, be aware, and don't get hurt.
     
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    dh515 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    The world record for these is 2 lb. 6 oz. (George Bogen, Feb. 26, 2006, San Jose Del Cabo). My kid caught this one on a jig in the Buffer zone.
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