So its a lizard fish.. i caught one (9-10inches) from my kayak on oahu last april and could not identify what it was. When trying to describe it to local fisherman back at shore he thought it was a "sand gobie." I did a bunch of searching on the web and couldnt find a picture of what I caught anywhere until now while randomly browsing the gallery. I used pliers to get my fly back as well. Thank you for sharing and helping identify the mystery fish.