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Old 10-21-2018, 10:38 AM   #1
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Hi,
This is my first ever post on this forum. I went surf fishing at dawn this morning and caught this strange little fish. I have fished my whole life and I have never caught or seen one of these. I searched the FL fish & game site and google images but cannot find it. I'm hoping that someone on this forum can identify it.

I caught it on a plastic paddle tail swim bait. It was about 14-18" long and about 2 lbs. It has beady little eyes on the top of its head and a big, upturned mouth with lots of sharp little teeth. The coloration is light brown with faint spots and a white belly.

It fought well for its size. I let him go unharmed.

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Southern Stargazer. They make great pets.
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Old 10-21-2018, 10:55 AM   #3
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That's it! Just looked it up and the pictures match. Thanks!
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Pretty cool! They can discharge 50Vs. We caught one on the beach 30 years ago.
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It's good luck if you give it a smooch before release
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^^^ Not so good advice. They will light you up. But if you choose the previous advice, please video it for educational purposes.
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