A hefty halibut, hoisted by Baytuber. He has a website in California dedicated to fishing for these flatfish from flotation craft. A set of halibut jaws. NASTY. A trio of barred surf perch. Although they are good targets from a float tube, in the right water conditions, these were taken by casting a small lure from the surf. Speckled sea trout, taken from a saltwater canal off the Gulf of Mexico, south of New Orleans. A nice 24" sea trout. Legal size is 12" and average is about 14" to 16". They get to 12#. When the specks "are in" you can limit quickly. A mix of reds and specks (red drum and speckled sea trout) from a ship channel near Buras, Louisiana. The largest redfish was 33" and 13#. They are fantastic targets from a tube or toon. Same group of fish, in better detail. Note the "eye" spots on the tails of the reds. They usually have only one, but some individuals sport several. Mix of reds and flounders. The little flatfish will smack the same plastics and spoons fished for reds and specks. All are great on the table. A basket of mixed species from the Sea of Cortez. A couple of hours in the morning can result in a hundred fish, of up to 30 different species. Another mixed bag of species taken near San Carlos on the Sea of Cortez. Fine scaled triggerfish. One of the most commonly caught inshore species in the Sea of Cortez. Very aggressive. Hits lures well and fights hard. Sardinera...also known as Cabrilla in larger sizes. Common inshore on the Sea of Cortez, when small, and goes deeper when they get about about 5 pounds. May grow to 25# or larger. Pargo (snapper). Again, smaller ones are great inshore quarry on light tackle. The big boys live off deeper rocky reefs and are extremely tough. Many of them dive for the rocks and cut anglers off. Porgy (with sardinera). These are one of the many species of "panfish" in the Sea of Cortez. They average a pound or so, and hit small jigs well. The sargo is another inshore panfish in the salt water of both the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific off California. They average a pound or so and may reach 5#. Roosterfish. Smaller specimens cruise shallow inshore waters and hit lures better than the bigger fish, which prefer live mullet for bait. Hit hard and fight hard. Graysby. An unusual looking fish that hangs with the spotted bay bass and competes with them for the same lures. Another good target for light tackle in shallow water. Stone scorpionfish. The dorsal fin and spines have been cut out to save TubeBabe from a nasty sting. These fish are great eating, but must be handled very carefully. Machete (milkfish), taken off Puerto Lobos in the Sea of Cortez. They hit lures and leap like tarpon. They are very bony and poor eating, but they make great bait for marlin, sailfish and groupers. TubeDude with a freshly caught machete. They are lots of fun on light gear. Bigjaw leatherjacket. Though members of the highly prized pompano family, these guys are not very good eating. They are great sport on light gear however. They hit hard and don't give up easy. You need to watch out for the three sharp needles ahead of the dorsal fin, however. They are poisonous spines that cause excruciating pain if they get you. Baya (grouper). A small inshore specimen of a fish that gets over a hundred pounds and is highly prized by those who fish the deep water reefs in the Sea of Cortez. A Cortez needlefish. Huge schools of these surface swarming predators can sometimes make it difficult to get your bait or lure down to more desirable species. They are fun to catch, when there is nothing else going on, but they can be pesky. They often leap and twist during the fight, and can be good sport on a flyrod. A 3' needlefish. They get twice that long. Their bony and toothy jaws enable them to rip up lures and baits while not being easy to hook. Only when they take a hook down far enough to catch the corner of their mouths can you get the hook in them. However, making jigs or flies with velcro bodies will entangle their teeth and allow you to get a few jumps out of them before the "long line release". Mexican hogfish, a type of wrasse. There are lots of these colorful and aggressive fish in the inshore regions of the Sea of Cortez. A stingray, from the Sea of Cortez. These are often hooked accidently by anglers fishing bait for other species. They fight long and hard. You don't want them to get too close to you or your air chambers, though. They have a 6" long serrated spine on the top surface of their tail and can do some serious damage with it. A large squid, taken accidently by Halibut, in Long Beach Harbor, while soaking a live bait for other species. Squid are great eating, but have both a deadly beak and a nasty ink they can squirt all over you. TubeBabe netting an average size spotted bay bass at Cholla Bay, on the Sea of Cortez.
...Ive only know that ugly thing as a sculpin.. caught them twice.. once in Spain and once here...both times was not real sure of what they were so just relesed them... ... thanks for the info... MacFly
The Stone Scorpionfish is a close relative to the California Scorpionfish.
thank you... thought I recognized that ugly thing...LOL... MacFly
There are many members of the scorpionfish family, and closely related. That stone scorpionfish is common in the Sea of Cortez. The west coast sculpin is closely related but a different species. They do pack a nasty venom in their spines and if you get stuck the pain is excruciating.
is that stone scorpionfish also know as a sculpin??
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