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  1. Easy619

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    Another day at Mission Bay, another similar report for me lately lol. Lots of fish but nothing of note. Fished 8:30-10:30am for 11 fish. 7 Rock Wrasse, 2 Calico Bass, an Opaleye and a blacksmith. Shrimp chunks for bait. Kept 6 wrasse for tacos.
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    Looks tasty!
     
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    Nice catch! Gotta get out and catch some of those wrasse and opaleye soon.
     
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    The wrasse have been all over me for a few weeks now. I wouldn't mind to find a decent sized opaleye instead of little dink ones
     
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    Oh damn ! Those fillets are beautiful. Not what I was expecting. Hmmmm. Are those Wrasse riddled with tiny side bones, or are they pretty much bone free fillet ?
     
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    Not much in the way of pin bones and the gut pocket is tiny, so the meat yield from even a mid sized one can be pretty surprising. Not much head length either...
     
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    You can fillet them very cleanly, no bones. I think they actually have a prettu good meat yield for the size. Perfect tacos
     
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    Good stuff Werf. Thanks for the insight. Great job with the knife Easy619. Those fillets are clean, sanitary, and look like they’d do well with Panko , in the fish stick category. Ya boy...
     
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    The meat is a bit on the soft side. If you like, you can firm it up a bit in the freezer for an hour or two... Flavor is kind of like sheephead, with a different texture. Try one and let us know how it went
     
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    Wow great work, white meat!!!! Looks delicious, I've never caught a wrasse, any tips?
     
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    Shrimp, small hooks, rocky areas mixed with sand.. incoming tide helps some spots, classic areas, the jetties, hospitality, OB, sunset cliffs, LJ etc all have hordes of the damn things.. delicious, abundant, a ten limit with no minimum size... Delicious, abundant, sustainable...
     
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    Ditto what werf said. I use size 6 circle hooks, you could even go smaller. They like to hang in the rocks so short casts find them. For me being patient works for them, they will peck at the bait with their teeth, i don't try to set the hook, just let them eat it. Prepare to have them munch lots of bait
     
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    They look beautiful, and look like they would be great table fair. Looking forward to a catch and cook video.
     
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    Crazy how the Wrasse have exploded this year!
     
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    It seems like the bigger they get, the more their pattern developes. The bigger ones I've caught have crazy green pinstripe lines like a circuit board all over their head
     
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    Tiny mouths...
     
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    Tiny mouth and the teeth tell the story of the bait thieving
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    Wrasses are sometimes compared to mbuna, rock-dwelling, algae-scraping, mouthbrooding cichlids of Lake Malawi. Both are hyperactive and can be aggressive.

    The first two photos show mbuna dentition; the third shows what appears to be a female holding a small or new brood in her slightly bulging mouth. The mother begins “field trips” for the young about 30 days after fertilization.

    In the old days I used to make artificial mouthbrooders so that I could observe mbuna eggs develop from round balls to round balls with two dots (eyes), and then into recognizable baby fish.

    Mbuna are caught in huge numbers and dried in the sun, so maybe they even taste like wrasse.

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