Keeper Sculpin

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  1. projectman

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    Super stoked tonight! First legal size sculpin in MB I've ever caught. After getting stung by one a few weeks ago, a legal sculpin has been on the top of my catch and cook list.

    Last week, I had been fishing at night on the rising tide and I was getting the biggest hits I've ever gotten in the bay (I've only been fishing like a month to keep it in perspective). I was losing the fish either because I didn't pull it out of its hole fast enough and it cut the line on the rocks or the fish got caught in the kelp close to shore and I broke the line.

    I upsized my hook and my bait tonight and headed to the spot. Slower night, the tide was pretty low which makes kelp harder to navigate. Lost a nice fish in the kelp and the sculpin was my second and final big hit.

    SH w/ shrimp or mussel meat, 3/4oz weight

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    Fattie there, nice work on the eater
     
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    Nice one.
     
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    Is there a cretain area in MB that the sculpin are or are they everywhere?
     
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    loads of em at the quivira jetty at night
     
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    West of the bridge is the best bet. They are everywhere, but much more common out front
     
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    I've caught a ton of them in west side of MB as mentioned above, typically they are much smaller. A few 8-9"ers but mostly 6" or less (10"+ is CA legal size limit)

    they love shrimp and are right on the rocks...like they bite within 8' and less of the shoreline
     
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    Alright. thanks!
     
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    Beautiful fish. I have always wondered how they tasted. Have not caught one yet, but tomorrow evening my buddy and i are going to try for some night fishing. I may try to grab some shrimp on the way out. Can i use frozen shrimp from the supermarket, or is fresh better? And do you use a piece, or the whole darn thing? And what hook size do you use? Are they like largemouth bass, and could swallow a soda can? Sorry for all the questions, I really want to catch one of those buggers, they are beautiful looking. Also good to know 10 is legal size.
     
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    Definitely beautiful fish with a big mouth like a bass. I use frozen shrimp from an Asian market cause they don't wash off the juice. Also $$$.
    I cut the piece of shrimp depending on size hook. I typically ill use a smaller hook like 4 or 6 with an 1/8th of a shrimp and catch all types of species and lots of fish. I used a bigger size 2 hook and 1/3 of a shrimp last night cause i was targeting a bigger fish.
     
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    I would not bother with bigger than a number 2 hook. All the groundfish are now fully open, from shore and boat. At night, a lot of the local shallow rocks and jetty ends , channel edges etc will produce MUCH MORE FISH than they do in the day. Often much larger fish as well. I personally only use enough shrimp to cover the bend of the hook, with the point just sticking out... For live or strip baits you might need a hook much bigger
     
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    Size 6 hook with a 1/2 inch piece of shrimp. Caught my fair share of keepers and a 14 incher with that.
     
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    I expected these instructions from Werfless. Ha. Works for damn near everything. Asian market shrimp makes a difference as stated above.
     
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    Should add that squid after dark seems to get more sculpin specifically in my experience
     
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    They wanted squid last weekend over the other choices for me from a boat.
     
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    I assume squid is also picked up at the asian market? Thanks for the quick weight up. What # line you using? Im guessing around #30-40 just to prevent brakes from the rocks?
     
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    I use 12 lb mono for my leaders when fishing from the jetty
     
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    Some Super Markets carry frozen squid.
     
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    catch and cook--- fillet then salt and pepper fish, fry in good quality butter quickly. That's really all you need and its a delicious fish.
     
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    I like egg wash and potato flakes...
     
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