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Old 08-07-2010, 03:34 PM   #1
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Default Big Lagoon early morning

Headed out to Big Lagoon this morning and caught a beautiful sunrise over the water - but not much else. I did catch an undersize speck and a ladyfish. Also caught something that I couldn't identify. It looked kind of like a Monkfish, but I know they aren't native to this area. Brown in color, with a wide mouth and two sets of pectoral fins. Not too friendly looking, that 'feller. No wind and water was calm. Lots of grass floating in the water, though. Anyone having any luck on the grass flats early morning, or is the water just too warm?
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Without a pic i would guess a rockfish?
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I was thinking maybe a stonefish or sea robin. Next time take a photo. Most of these guys are good at identifying.
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Old 08-07-2010, 04:28 PM   #4
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Yeah, I forgot my camera this morning. A picture would definitely make it easier to ID! I Googled the rockfish, stonefish and sea robin. Out of the three, it looked more like the sea robin. Large pectoral fins, wide mouth and distinctly blue-ish eyes.

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Old 08-07-2010, 04:40 PM   #5
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Default could be a jawfish

Not long ago my nephew caught a jawfish of the opistognathus species in little sabine. Probably an opistognathus robinsi or Spotfin Jawfish. Similar to a toadfish, but different.

See the following weblink: http://www.eol.org/pages/222159?vetted=true

Their coloration can very depending upon their habitat. Does this look like it.
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Old 08-07-2010, 05:06 PM   #6
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That wasn't what I caught. Head was bigger/wider and the pectoral fins were much larger. And there seemed to be two pec fins on each side.

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I caught my first Sea Robin... I was using a D.O.A. gold fleck shrimp.... I have been told they are not as aggressive as they look. I didn't have pliers, had never seen one before, and with nobody around to ask... I just cut the line.
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Nopier....no kidding! If I didn't have my long pliers, I would have done the same thing. Between the mouth, the dorsal spike and the twin pecs, I wasn't going near the jighead with my hands! Oh, and I forgot to mention in my original post that this guy was making some awful croaking sounds. He sounded pretty upset that I had him hooked......!
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Could it have been a lizardfish? I caught a couple in NC a couple of weeks ago on a mirolure of all things! anyway, they were fiesty little suckers for sure, but i didn't think we had any down here.
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there are lizard fish around here but it doesnt really sound like that but then again the details are hard to go on alot of fish can look pretty similar

did it look at all like this? (if this link works) http://www.thejump.net/id/pics/leopard-searobin.jpg
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