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    Didn't catch it, but I though it would make a fine photo op on the beach near Homer


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  1. troutpocket
    Looks like a skate to me. Puget Sound or elsewhere?
    #1 3-31-05 9:53pm

    flyfishnm
    This was near Homer Spit. I don't know why I thought it was a guitarfish...
    #2 10-31-05 9:52pm

    ak_powder_monkey

    Proud to Be Alaskan
    off bischops beach? Nice I'll have to try fishing off there sometime
    #3 2-8-08 9:05am

    D3Smartie
    saw one down here in the sound yesterday and caught one a number of years ago. Amazing creatures
    #4 3-4-08 4:52pm

    Banzai

    FFing and VWs...Bugs & Bugs
    Similar beastie, but the Guitarfish is narrower across the wings, and I think resides farther south. Last one I saw was in San Diego Bay.
    #5 4-6-08 6:41am

    cabezon

    Sculpin Enterprises
    That's definitely a skate, probably Raja binoculata (big skate). The resemblance to a guitarfish, which has a somewhat similar triangular head/midsection and a well-developed tail, is caused by the claspers on this mature male which makes the tail seem thicker. The claspers are those long extensions on either side of the tail. The claspers start off small in immature individuals and then grow faster proportional to the rest of the body as males approach maturity. I used to see them pretty often when diving over sandy or muddy bottoms, but their numbers appear to be declining. I've caught skates on conventional gear before and it was a tussle. I imagine that it was real battle on a flyrod.


    Steve
    #6 4-6-08 3:26pm




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