Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by JudyG, Nov 27, 2017.
I came across this dead Sunfish while fishing a South Sound Beach today. Any thoughts?
Likely died due to the water temps.
Sun fish are fascinating creatures. We encounter a lot of them offshore. They swim right up to the boat as if they are checking us out. Interestingly enough they can actually jump. I've seen some pretty large ones come clear out of the water. Often times the small dinner plate sized juvenile fish will jump and we mistake then for tuna. Quite a few times we've slid in on what we thought were jumping tuna only to find a school of small sun fish floating along waving at us
We see a large number of sun fish, especially the larger ones, inshore during salmon and bottom fishing trips. Makes sense one would wander into the sound now and again.
Here's a pic of one of our deck hands with a juvenile sun fish that swam up to his boat this summer. Probably not the best idea to pull a fish out of the water, but a cool pic nonetheless
I think that SF is on the mark. Ocean sunfish are known for heading to higher latitudes in summer but some miss the bus to head south in the fall. We have cooler temperatures that can make them moribund and die. It would have had to do some interesting navigation across the Admiralty Inlet sill but once inside the Sound, I can see where one could be trapped. Thank you for sharing your find.
I recall seeing maybe two or three of these in the Tacoma area over the years.
I've seen some big ones at Westport....
Looks like it should smoke up fine
Very cool. It is really amazing what we get to see/find any given day fishing the beaches in our area.
So unique for flyfisherman.
Who took the chunk out of the bottom fin?
It’s a tuna bro!
They are a very cool fish. Saw one the size of a queen mattress a few years ago, but even that wasn't a true monster. The smaller ones jumping have also fooled me into thinking tuna.
I know! I wondered the same thing.
I loved this video. Thanks for posting it.
Thanks for your insights and comments gentlemen. I thought these were more of a warm saltwater fish, not something you would find close to the southern most point of Puget Sound.