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Old 09-20-2005, 03:02 PM
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Default What kind of fish?

Yesterday I spent several hours fishing before and after low tide. All I caught was sea robins with one exception. That was a 12 or 13" fish with the same general shape as a weakfish (didn't pay attention to the shape/size/location of the fins) with 3 dark vertical bands. I checked several websites and couldn't find it. No picture, the camera batteries were dead. Based on that little info does anyone have a guess at what it was? Oh, one more thing..it was caught on a mullet rig.
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Old 09-20-2005, 03:20 PM
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Sheepshead?
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Old 09-20-2005, 03:22 PM
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Rudderfish?
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Old 09-20-2005, 03:27 PM
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Banded Rudderfish? Folks have been catching these in the area for a couple of months now... I think Sheepshead may be better on rocks, but schools of the rudderfish have been caught right off the beach and may hit the open beach as well???

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Old 09-20-2005, 03:28 PM
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northern kingfish?
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Old 09-20-2005, 03:29 PM
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black drum?
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Old 09-20-2005, 03:38 PM
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It's a scup...........google image "scup".
Looks like one anyways.......??
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Old 09-20-2005, 03:44 PM
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None of those although the rudderfish is close. The fish I caught only had 3 bands.
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Old 09-20-2005, 03:50 PM
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Scup......Tautog?
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Old 09-20-2005, 03:59 PM
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Nope, not Tog or Scup. I'd say it was a banded rudderfish except that I'm sure it only had 3 bands and the pics I've seen are all 5 bands which are much more distinct than the fish I caught. Oh well.
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Old 09-20-2005, 04:50 PM
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The number of lines on a banded rudderfish varies (descrease) with
certain individuals and by age. The telltale is actually the line through
the face and white tips on the fins. The shape is sort of like a weakfish
and the size you gave fits. So, it is most likely the rudderish (that and
the fact they have been caught in NJ recently).
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Old 09-20-2005, 09:27 PM
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Rudderfish it is then. If I get another of decent size, I'll find a good recipe for it.

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Old 09-21-2005, 12:20 AM
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Got this off of another fishing site. I don't know what it is. Did yours look like this?
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Old 09-21-2005, 06:16 PM
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That's pretty damn close. I only remember 3 bands, but maybe the head and tail bands were less prominent. I'm gonna call it a rudderfish.
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Old 09-23-2005, 07:46 PM
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Most likely a Pilotfish.
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