Vertical presentation fishing for Cabezon heating up in MA9...

#17
Just an early AM fuzzy question...I've read a few posts here and there about popper/droppers in the salt, but that's two hooks, right? Is that legal? I would hope so, and I see people on piers do it all the time with bait and so on , but ain't the rule one barbless hook in marine waters? Even buzz-bombs, typically sold with trebles, don't you have to snip off two and debarb the other?

One hook is plenty for me, I ain't complaining and neither is my pinky finger after it was impaled by the dropper last time while stripping seaweed so less is more for me, or less is less pain, anyway.

Can you clear me up on the rule, or do I worry too much?
You can run two single barbless hooks so long as they're not part of the same hook shank. It's very common to snell two single barbless hooks to a hoochie while trolling. The issue is with trebles and all those types of things. The buzz bombers that are concerned with the regs will change their treble out for a single barbless hook.
 

Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
#18
Them are sculpin. Don't think you'd find cabezon there.
Evan, there are over 30 species of "Sculpin" in Washington State waters Cabezon being one of them. As the juvenile Cabezon will use shoreline and eel grass as an estuary area I took the liberty of calling them Cabezon because they matched the color and configuration. Please if I am wrong identify the exact species of "Sculpin" they are.

Regardless, I loved catching them and I'm a tad disappointed that you didn't like my post or say something positive about my experience. I'm truly hurt by your behavior.
 

Kcahill

Active Member
#19
Evan, there are over 30 species of "Sculpin" in Washington State waters Cabezon being one of them. As the juvenile Cabezon will use shoreline and eel grass as an estuary area I took the liberty of calling them Cabezon because they matched the color and configuration. Please if I am wrong identify the exact species of "Sculpin" they are.

Regardless, I loved catching them and I'm a tad disappointed that you didn't like my post or say something positive about my experience. I'm truly hurt by your behavior.
Could be an Atlantic Salmon.
 
#20
Evan, there are over 30 species of "Sculpin" in Washington State waters Cabezon being one of them. As the juvenile Cabezon will use shoreline and eel grass as an estuary area I took the liberty of calling them Cabezon because they matched the color and configuration. Please if I am wrong identify the exact species of "Sculpin" they are.

Regardless, I loved catching them and I'm a tad disappointed that you didn't like my post or say something positive about my experience. I'm truly hurt by your behavior.
My apologies. I quite enjoyed the post. Just never heard anyone refer to these as cabezon. No offense was meant.
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#24
The cool thing about our beaches is you never know what you might catch.
Besides sculpin, I've caught starry flounder, sand dabs, small rock fish, crabs, diving birds, seagulls and a horse's tail on my backcast....LOL.
Almost got a dogfish one time but it missed the fly at the beach.
I did see a guy catch a huge cabezon off the beach using gear. That thing put up a hell of a fight and was quite a toad. I have a picture of it somewhere.
Board member Troutrageous caught a kelp greening last year.
We are really lucky to have the big salt pond in our backyard. Nice report Nick and Ira.
SF
 
#25
The cool thing about our beaches is you never know what you might catch.
Besides sculpin, I've caught starry flounder, sand dabs, small rock fish, crabs, diving birds, seagulls and a horse's tail on my backcast....LOL.
Almost got a dogfish one time but it missed the fly at the beach.
I did see a guy catch a huge cabezon off the beach using gear. That thing put up a hell of a fight and was quite a toad. I have a picture of it somewhere.
Board member Troutrageous caught a kelp greening last year.
We are really lucky to have the big salt pond in our backyard. Nice report Nick and Ira.
SF
My favorite pink fishing beach has been loaded with big starry flounder this year. Caught some surprisingly large ones so far.
 

Gregg Lundgren

Now fishing on weekdays too!
#26
Evan Burck said:
My favorite pink fishing beach has been loaded with big starry flounder this year. Caught some surprisingly large ones so far.
Perhaps the same type of fish? I looked up a couple of the big boys I caught this year, and they were Puget Sound Star Flounder. Instead of black and red alternating sections on the fins(Starry Flounder), they were distinct black and white sections. The body was salt and pepper, no brown(but I am aware some flatfish can change their coloring dependent on the bottom structure/color).
 
#27
Brian really hit the nail on the head for what makes this fishery so special to me. Last night I was out and caught sculpins, and a flounder, saw a pop of porpoises of some sort, and watched seals playing. This was the perfect was to unwind after work. Sometimes when I'm out there I just stop and think about the fact that I'm standing waist deep in the puget sound, casting a some fur and feathers into the great vast water, and actually catching fish. Not everyone in the world gets to do that.

Now... I can only imagine the excitement that would have erupted had Ira hooked into a flounder, or even better yet, a dog fish. People around us probably would have thought we won the lotto!
 
#28
Brian really hit the nail on the head for what makes this fishery so special to me. Last night I was out and caught sculpins, and a flounder, saw a pop of porpoises of some sort, and watched seals playing. This was the perfect was to unwind after work. Sometimes when I'm out there I just stop and think about the fact that I'm standing waist deep in the puget sound, casting a some fur and feathers into the great vast water, and actually catching fish. Not everyone in the world gets to do that.

Now... I can only imagine the excitement that would have erupted had Ira hooked into a flounder, or even better yet, a dog fish. People around us probably would have thought we won the lotto!
I have yet to get a flounder on that beach. Sculpins a plenty, but never flounder. I think they prefer slower water.
 

Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
#29
Nice report and good catching!

Ira: looks like a Pacific Staghorn Sculpin to me and you seem to have hooked it right in the namesake. :)
Can we target these in Florida? All "Sculpin" were safely hook in the mouth and returned with only minor puncture wounds from unbarbed hooks.
 

Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
#30
My apologies. I quite enjoyed the post. Just never heard anyone refer to these as cabezon. No offense was meant.
Well ok then because as all who know me would attest, I am an easily offended person. But now that you have liked my post all is forgiven. Now where can I find those real big "Cabezon" under and indicator?