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Old 09-28-2008, 10:18 PM   #1
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my brother went deep dropping this weekend in 500 to 700 ft water and caught these two fish. i think they are a spiny dogfish and some type of a cusk eel. the discolorization was because of it being on ice so long they caught it last night and did not get back till this afternoon. am i close?

this is the head of the cusk eel i think







this is the tail





this is the whole fish





spiny dog fish?

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Old 09-28-2008, 11:29 PM   #2
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The shark appears to be a Cuban dogfish (Squalus cubensis)- characters that lead me to that ID are the angles of the pectoral fins, sizes and insertion points of the dorsal fins, and white edges on the pectorals, pelvics, and caudal. I'm curious to know if you looked in its mouth because there's a large parasite (an isopod) that's often found there.

The other fish is most likely a conger eel (Conger oceanicus).... the cusk eel family has ventral (pelvic)fins and I didn't see any on your fish. This one can get to 7-8 feet long. Congers are supposedly edible- would be curious to see if you tried yours and how it was.

Neat catch!
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Old 09-28-2008, 11:42 PM   #3
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you are right again. thanks they did catch one of those eel things bout 5 1/2 ft long from what my brother just told me. cuban and conger eel.
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Old 09-28-2008, 11:50 PM   #4
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It's pretty awesome to have someone that knows so much about fish on the forum.I could have searched forever and not come up with that.
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:05 PM   #5
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Conger eel for sure.I've seen the 8 footers in person when I worked on the long line boats. Very nasty fish..
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Looks like cat fish in picture 3.oke
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Old 09-30-2008, 01:25 AM   #7
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Are they good to eat?
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Old 09-30-2008, 02:37 AM   #8
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I think thats the same eel we have back home in Hawaii. We call them Tohei and we cut them up and use them for bait for giant trevelly. And they do get real big. My father caught one almost 6 feet long then my grandpa cut the head off and made some soup out of it lol...
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