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Discussion in 'Bay fishing' started by mick, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. rickyfish619

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    thanks bud!! I had no clue what the legal size limit would be on this so it was released!
     
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    Gill plate spines are a great start to knowing if you have a rockfish or sculpin (scorpionfish), there's around 150 species in the genus sebastes though, so without some real identifiers you are confident in, narrowing it down to a particular one can be a challenge.. Grass, brown and kelp rockfish are by FAR my most common three from the MB jetties though
     
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    oh ok great info!! I appreciate it! as far as them being legal do you know if there's a size limit? I hear rock fish are good eating.
     
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    No minimum size, number limit is ten.. Delicious.. Take a couple. . they aren't as common as they used to be, so I don't take more than two when I go fishing from shore any more.. It's our resource, up to us to choose selective harvest and not take more than we need..
     
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    Good to know bro thanks for the information. I will follow you advice and not take more than two.
     
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    If you need more meat, there are tons of opaleye, rock wrasse and perch of many kinds in bulk, lol
     
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    Hahaha. I still have yet to catch opaleye. I hear they're great tasting also. I'm fairly new to fishing so I gotta figure out what they like to bite on. I've caught a rock wrasse at the jetty before but I felt bad eating a fish that looked like it was meant to be in an aquarium lol.
     
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    Market shrimp is good but best is muscle if you can keep it on the hook. Use small pieces no bigger than size 6 or just the little ones will nibble it away.
     
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    Thanks for the great info bro! Will definitely try that next time I'm out there!
     
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    Cane pole + market shrimp = opaleye ...mussel, ghost shrimp, and clam are all excellent bait as well
     
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    Thanks bro! Going to research how to make a cane pole!
     
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    Hi, I was looking at the old post, fish ID posted by DJ. Nice job. Is the mantis shrimp the same as a rainbow shrimp? I read in the newspaper many many years ago that the shrimp can inflict a very nasty deep slash if you hold it. I caught one in the SD Bay after reading the article and released it. When I worked at the Liquid Natural Gas plant just south of the South Bay power plant we would catch Jack Crevalle in late November at the hot water discharge from the power plant. We fished where the hot water was bubbling up before it went into the bay flowing thru the channel to cool. There were so many Jacks in there that there dorsal fins were out of the water. We would use the candy bar lures. There were sea turtles in the channel also. At frist we tried to eat them but they were to oily, the fish not the turtles. Smoking them didn't work either, so after that it was catch and release. There was only three of us that fished there.After awhile people from the power plant found out about the fish and they would bring their families motor homes and leave all kinds of trash behind. After that no one could fish there. Oh well we kept it a secret for a couple of years. I have a picture of the Jack as soon as I find it I will post it.
     
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    I have never heard of a rainbow shrimp but a mantis shrimp sure looks like a rainbow so I would say it's the same and their nicknamed thumb splitters!
    I remember the Jacks and turtles do you remember the HUGE needlefish?
     
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    Hi, the article from around 1983 in the paper called them rainbow shrimp that's all I know, after someone was cut by one. I have seen the needle fish and lots of mullet. One year there was a research team there for the turtles and I saw small sharks that they trapped measured and released.
    member: 11261"]I have never heard of a rainbow shrimp but a mantis shrimp sure looks like a rainbow so I would say it's the same and their nicknamed thumb splitters!
    I remember the Jacks and turtles do you remember the HUGE needlefish?[/QUOTE]
     
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    One of my earliest memories from J st park was seeing fishermen catch these monster needle fish all the time! I always told myself that I would catch one of those. Haven't seen any since. This was in the early 90's.
     
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    Thanks for the advice bro!!
     
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    Ya unfortunately I haven't seen the #'s or size since then, i used to catch them using live smelt usually under a bobber. However years ago i found a spot that was holding a few babies from 8-12" and now I see many more there in a much wider size range so hopefully they make a little comeback! There were also some pretty big mullet getting snagged back then as well around 10lbs but not as big as the ones I still see in freshwater around here, even the jack smelt were ginormous. The Hali bite was off the hook as well, ahh those were the dayz!
     
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    They are out there, caught 2 of them around 10" last year in MB north vac isle.
    Then a little to late I learn from @Werfless, they make great bait, I haven't seen any since like you HaHa.
     
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    Butterfly or diamond I can't tell. Only pic sry...

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    Butterfly ray 100 percent
     
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