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

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Nick Clayton, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    You can legally use two single barbless hooks.
     
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    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.
     
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    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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    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.
     
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    Could be an Atlantic Salmon.
     
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  5. Evan Burck

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    My apologies. I quite enjoyed the post. Just never heard anyone refer to these as cabezon. No offense was meant.
     
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    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. :)
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    Gregg Lundgren Now fishing on weekdays too!

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    Well, if you are going to target a sculpin, it would be a cabezon. Ira is an optimist!:)
     
  8. Evan Burck

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    Touche
     
  9. Stonefish

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    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
     
  10. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    My favorite pink fishing beach has been loaded with big starry flounder this year. Caught some surprisingly large ones so far.
     
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  11. Gregg Lundgren

    Gregg Lundgren Now fishing on weekdays too!

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    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).
     
  12. Nick Clayton

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    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!
     
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  13. Evan Burck

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    I have yet to get a flounder on that beach. Sculpins a plenty, but never flounder. I think they prefer slower water.
     
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    Can we target these in Florida? All "Sculpin" were safely hook in the mouth and returned with only minor puncture wounds from unbarbed hooks.
     
  15. Irafly

    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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    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?