Ratfish On The Fly

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Jonathan Tachell, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. Jonathan Tachell Active Member

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    Sweet ratfish that was cruising the flats along Puget Sound and found my fly appealing.
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  2. Patrick Allen Active Member

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    That's just plain nasty. Nasty barbs on that fish
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  3. Jeff Dodd Active Member

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    U G L Y you ain't got no alibi :D Nice to catch a new species on the fly, but they are prehistoric ugly
  4. troutdopemagic Active Member

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    Carp were so last year.

    Ratfish 2K13
  5. plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

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    I think chimaera are gorgeous fish! Saw one tossed up on the bank a couple days ago, got a little bit angry. :mad:
    It's really cool that you got one on a fly, though, congrats on that! Wasn't sure if that could be done.
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  6. Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    Thanks for posting the pic! I caught one on a jig in the early 80's off the west shore of Bainbridge Is. I didn't bring it aboard my yak, though. Just unhooked it and let it go. Never got a really good look at it, but it sure didn't look like something that I'd want to bonk and eat.
  7. Alosa Active Member

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    Chimeras are some of the oldest fishes around (from an evolutionary standpoint). Don't quote me, but I think the lineage goes back 100 million years???? Very cool that you caught one on a fly.
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  8. doublebluff Go Beavs

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    Welll done! Did you see it before you caught it? How often do you see them?
  9. Mark Mercer Member

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    Jonathan...We all want to know if you kissed it before letting it go ??? :p Be truthful now ....
  10. Jonathan Tachell Active Member

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    I had a hard enough time holding the thing as it was trying to spine me with its dorsal spine. So kissing it did not cross my mind at the time. Ha ha
  11. dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    That's "hip" man! On the fly!
  12. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    You are so unlucky.
  13. KevinLS Member

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    I think that's rad. Always fun to catch something new/unique. Every fish has it's place. Wild color and translucency on that fish.

    Not many people have done that!
  14. Rob Ast Active Member

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    But what we all want to know is did it take you into your backing?
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  15. Jonathan Tachell Active Member

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    I would compare the fight to a piece of sea weed.
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  16. Fishee Member

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    ewww, I'd be afraid to touch that thing, especially with them nasty set of teeths.
  17. Tyler Speir Artist

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    I think its a cool looking fish..
  18. Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    spines poison, see quite a few diving
  19. McNasty Canyon Lurker

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    thats a super badass fish. i'd love to catch one.
  20. rockfish Member

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    Did it actually bite the fly?