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Old 10-24-2008, 01:50 PM   #1
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Mine was a Salmon Grouper caught in South East Alaska when I took my Grandfather on a Charter boat out of Sitka. Great trip but what an ugly fish!!!!!!!
Sorry I did not get any pictures of it

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One of these in the South Santiam.... YUCKKK!!!!

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You win!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:19 PM   #6
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One of these in the South Santiam.... YUCKKK!!!!

WTS is that??? Looks fake, I am hoping that its fake, otherwise I feel sorry for anyone who swims in the S. Santiam!!
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:22 PM   #7
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It's a Lamprey eel...
They are very common it many rivers and streams.
Look them up.
You can see them in the Bonneville cam to all the time.
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Cabezone aren't the prettiest fish but there's something about long-nose Skate that just isn't appealing to me...
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Rat fish, SE AK.
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Old 10-24-2008, 04:37 PM   #11
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A 98lb. Deep-Sea Anglerfish, caught off Montauk, NY. it's teeth looked like those of a 100 yr. old *******, and it was so flabby that the folds oozed between the planks on the dock. It also had three ducks in its stomach. Having said all that, the meat from the tail made a great chowder!
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Why wolf eel of course.
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One of these in the South Santiam.... YUCKKK!!!!
What did it eat????? bait of choice??

I spoke to a man that was tracking their movment up the deschutes and into the warm springs river & other tributaries where the think they spawn.
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I was with my sister and now bro-in-law trout fishing on willamina ck, she hooked up with what we thought was gonna be the big one of the day. She fought it a while then it walked out of the water, 18" fresh water salamander, thick flat tail and big broccoli looking gills on each side of its head. No one wanted to take the hook out, we cut the line and he casually walked back in to the hole. Not a fish but if you see one you will agree that is ugly!
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If I were meaner, I'd say my ex-wife, but I'm not that mean

Runner up would have to be one of those sculpins that inhabit tidewaters over on the coast - ugly little buggers that seem to eat anything that looks fleshy.
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What did it eat????? bait of choice??

I spoke to a man that was tracking their movment up the deschutes and into the warm springs river & other tributaries where the think they spawn.
#5 Blue Fox... Chartreuse. Haha.
Think I snagged it though....
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Old 10-24-2008, 09:40 PM   #17
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I once caught a pelican while marlin fishing in Mexico. Took it off the hook and set it back on the ocean. Aside from that I'd also have to go with one of those stinking wolf eels. ICKK!
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Old 10-24-2008, 11:59 PM   #18
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A 20" Buffalo sculpin. I had to sharpen my knife 4 times to fillet it and had to cook it a half hour in butter to get it to flake!
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Old 10-25-2008, 06:29 AM   #19
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Lion Fish caught down south o' da border.... butt ugly thing that I was told was "peligro" or something like that... so was the jetty we were on... again "peligro."

It is amazing how easy it is to enforce rules and laws when the police are packing assault rifles and bad attitudes. Dean and I exited the jetty lickity split!

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Had some time to do nothing, so when when we went out for radio checks on the delta ( really to drink, and forget ) I would put a line out, caught I don't know what it was, and no one elas did either, but this thing was about 10 pounds, was not a carp, but smelled like a Tulley, as I remember, fought like a champ.
All the guys ribbed me over that one, they always asked, what did you do back in the states, all I could say is fish.
This was where the (sp) "O heck I for got, river that flowed into the delta in Vietnam. Brown water sailor.
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This poor little guy on the Deschutes last year while fly fishing at dusk. With his wings folded in he wasn't much bigger than a walnut. Luckily for me he was just tangled in the line. Unfortunately he went for a couple of false-casts before I realized what was going on. I was using a super fast 8wt, and these guys are much lighter and fragile than I expected.
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I was steelhead fishing on te kilchis river last fall. using a pink and white jig. I cought a ugly spawned out buck chum now that bugger was UGLY!!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-25-2008, 06:47 PM   #26
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Caught a wolf eel on the jetty near Lyster's a long time ago. Treid to unhook it but was only successful with the knife cutting the line. Also, and this was many years ago, fishing for Atlantic Cod off of a dock in Newfoundlland, I hooked a fish that is still got me wondering what it was. All I know it was Ugly with a capital U. It was about 3 feet long, had mottled geen spots, buggy eyes, and a set of choppers that would do some serious damage. The knife came out there too and it swam away like nothng had happened.
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Caught a wolf eel on the jetty near Lyster's a long time ago. Treid to unhook it but was only successful with the knife cutting the line. Also, and this was many years ago, fishing for Atlantic Cod off of a dock in Newfoundlland, I hooked a fish that is still got me wondering what it was. All I know it was Ugly with a capital U. It was about 3 feet long, had mottled geen spots, buggy eyes, and a set of choppers that would do some serious damage. The knife came out there too and it swam away like nothng had happened.


That sounds like an Angler Fish - did it have an antenae that had a dangly little fleshy thing on the tip, jutting out from his forehead?
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I've caught the back of my head a couple times while flyfishing in the wind. I'm not technically a fish, but I'm not all pretty either.
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Hey mkwerx-
Many moons have passed since I was in Newfoundland and I don't remember the antenae. I caught it in about 40 feet of water throwing a spinner with a bait fish that is the North Atlantic's answer to California's grunion. Looking at pictures of anglerfish didn't seem to match the body shape I remember. But then again, this was back in the 1960's and my feeble mind may not remember things in great detail. All I know is that it was about 30 degrees, windy, the cod were in the harbor and biting, and whatever that ugly fish was, I did not want any part of.
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YES, this is a fish. I had one of these "catch" me when I was stationed in Louisiana. A 2' long alligator gar bit into my calf. I'll count my blessings, they can get up to 8' long and can lay waste to whatever they bite into, for sure.
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This one said "Dam!"
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Dang!!! No joke Jennie!
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I caught this thing near Santa Barbara Island. I'm not sure even what it was. A Sea Slug or something like that. But it was ugly and leaked purple ink all over the skippers deck.

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I've caught a bunch of these, toadfish.
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Not uncommon or unusual, but still mildly ugly!

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Does my brother count? I try to make it a point to hook him evey time we make it out together... He hasn't figured it out yet.
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Ptychoelius oregensis is the ugliest fish I ever caught
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SouthSantiamSlayer showed me his secret chromer spot and I nailed this nice fish!!!!
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Dont give out my zipper lip spots TY!!
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that is a shot for the Willie site for sure! yikes!
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How did that one smoke up TY....?
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Giant wrymouth. http://www.fishbase.org/Photos/Pictu...5&what=species
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Until now I had no idea where it was made or could be found
A friend found mine at a yard sale and gave it to me

Is it intended to be used as a lure??
I thought it was a gag gift thing
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I thought it was a gag gift thing

Hello Hank - That lure of yours was definitely made by the Tacky-Tackle Co. in Sitka, Ak. I have not been up there in about ten years, and all the internet links for Tacky-Tackle are dead, so I imagine they are out of business. There were four or five different lures they sold, (I forgot the name of yours), but there was one I remember called the "Dolly Lungfish." You can use your imagination for the "anatomical difference" from yours!
Ray and Ed had lots of pictures in their tiny shop of fish caught on their lures (lingcod, halibut, and other bottom fish), so they were functional, but I think they were mainly meant for a souvenir or a gag gift.
I had a T-shirt they gave me with your lure embroidered on it, I don't know if I still have it and I doubt it would fit anymore . If I find it, I will post a pic. Take care, Ken
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Hello Hank - That lure of yours was definitely made by the Tacky-Tackle Co. in Sitka, Ak. I have not been up there in about ten years, and all the internet links for Tacky-Tackle are dead, so I imagine they are out of business. There were four or five different lures they sold, (I forgot the name of yours), but there was one I remember called the "Dolly Lungfish." You can use your imagination for the "anatomical difference" from yours!
Ray and Ed had lots of pictures in their tiny shop of fish caught on their lures (lingcod, halibut, and other bottom fish), so they were functional, but I think they were mainly meant for a souvenir or a gag gift.
I had a T-shirt they gave me with your lure embroidered on it, I don't know if I still have it and I doubt it would fit anymore . If I find it, I will post a pic. Take care, Ken

Hello Hank - I rumaged around and found the T-shirt so I took a couple pics. I am trying for the life of me to remember your lure's name. I think it was "Buster" something or other but I honestly can't remember. Take care, Ken

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Yup, caught one once. Fluorescent green eyes, tail like a rat's, and big human-like square teeth in lips like Steve Buscemi's.
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Used to catch dogfish in the shallows back east. Head of a snake and a body from the dino days.
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No reason to leave Tony out of this contest!

is that where they got "Eat Fish Wear Grundens"? or the G Loomis fish?...lol
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Old 11-02-2008, 05:00 AM   #53
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This lovely thing is a hagfish. We caught some of these while trying to find places to catch prawns. They are also known as "Slime eels". A single 6 inch fish can fill a barrel with slime in less than 100 minutes. Trust me on this the slime sticks to everything.

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Old 11-02-2008, 05:56 AM   #54
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I saw a "Dirty Job's" show on Slime eels, those things are nasty!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-03-2008, 10:26 AM   #55
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I caught one of these this weekend on accident.

http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/salmo..._stellatus.jpg

Nasty little guy.
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Old 11-03-2008, 03:51 PM   #56
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Man those are some great eating
We used to get some pretty big ones by the south CR jetty

I miss catching them
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Old 11-03-2008, 04:04 PM   #57
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Hello Hank - I rumaged around and found the T-shirt so I took a couple pics. I am trying for the life of me to remember your lure's name. I think it was "Buster" something or other but I honestly can't remember. Take care, Ken


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Thanks for letting me in on all the history on this thing

Here is a link to a post I made a while back http://www.ifish.net/board/showthread.php?t=132318

It was a fun thread
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Old 11-03-2008, 06:05 PM   #58
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I hooked myself in the top of the head. That was ugly.
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Old 11-03-2008, 08:07 PM   #59
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I caught my brother......wait a minute.....he's a twin.
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Old 11-04-2008, 02:28 PM   #60
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Thanks for letting me in on all the history on this thing

Here is a link to a post I made a while back http://www.ifish.net/board/showthread.php?t=132318

It was a fun thread

Hello Hank - I did not see that original post or I could have given you the history earlier. Throw a hook on it and give it a try the next time you are out for bottomfish. It might just surprise you! Ken
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