Help identify this baitfish?

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Troutrageous, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. Troutrageous

    Troutrageous Active Member

    A coho I caught this past weekend underwent the usual search of the stomach to see if and what it had been eating. When I cut into the stomach I thought I had found a sculpin from the tail, but it kept getting longer and longer as I pulled it out, and I ended up with this fish that was close to 8" . Anyone know what it is? (the pic didn't turn out great, but it's all I got). There were some tiny spikes left from what must have been a long fin along the dorsal before it underwent partial digestion. P8250055.JPG
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  2. DimeBrite

    DimeBrite MA-9 Beach Stalker

    A really long goby?
  3. plaegreid

    plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

    I was gonna say a Bay Goby, a particularly long specimen maybe?
  4. Patrick Allen

    Patrick Allen Active Member

    Baby lingcod? Lotta weird shit out there
  5. Kcahill

    Kcahill Active Member

    In before someone says Atlantic salmon...

    Just curious how big was the coho?
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  6. nailbender

    nailbender Active Member

    I did a search and it looks like pictures I found. Snake Stickleback ?
  7. cabezon

    cabezon Sculpin Enterprises

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  8. DimeBrite

    DimeBrite MA-9 Beach Stalker

    Snake prickleback! That's awesome Eric.
  9. Troutrageous

    Troutrageous Active Member

    Sweet, thanks.
    Kcahill, the coho was around 22 or 23", the baitfish certainly seemed like it would have been a little big for that fish to eat, but it was still willing to take a fly, so it must have been doing alright!
  10. plaegreid

    plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

  11. Joe Goodfellow

    Joe Goodfellow Active Member

    Where's the fly for that thing?
  12. Thom Collins

    Thom Collins Active Member

    A big flatwing is the first thing that came to my mind.
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  13. Troutrageous

    Troutrageous Active Member

    Doublestack some clousers or flatwings!
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  14. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

    Perhaps these are more of a food source for coho then thought.
    There was a snake prickleback in a coho I cleaned this morning.
  15. DimeBrite

    DimeBrite MA-9 Beach Stalker

    Time to get serious about tying up snake prickleback patterns.
  16. plaegreid

    plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

    I got bored.

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  17. Bagman

    Bagman Active Member

    Good job on the tye. I can't find much info on the Pickleback. I would like to see how big the population is in the Sound. We do know there are 2 less;)
  18. Troutrageous

    Troutrageous Active Member

    Cool tie, plaegreid, though to match the one I found I think you'd need to double the length. That said, I would gladly fish that fly.
  19. plaegreid

    plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

    I figure there have to be little ones out there, right?

    And I don't know how well it fishes, but I'll let y'all know when I try it out. Think I might want to throw some softex or something on about 3/4 of the mid-section to keep it all together.
  20. Bagman

    Bagman Active Member

    How would you cast a 10" long fly with 2 hooks from fouling every cast?

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