Caught a Puffer fish off LAFB in Hampton VA.

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  1. sdowney717
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    That seems like a rare fish for that spot.
    Likely the first and last one I will ever catch.
    Used squid for bait.
    Fun to watch it inflate.


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    They are very numerous here. Most run for office. :D
     
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    Those lionfish are a nightmare. i read that they have moved as far north as cape cod. Kill everyone you see and report to the authorities. Google lionfish and there is probably a hotline near you.

    puffer fish are or were common when i was a kid growing up on the chesapeake bay. When the chesapeake was clear water , you would see them when poling thru the grass flats looking for shedder crabs.
     
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    First one I ever seen alive here.
    Someone on the boat asked if it was edible, and I recalled enough to tell them it was poisonous.

    Have not seen any Lionfish.

    I am also not seeing any Flounders. I am surprised, where are they gone?
    Mostly caught small black sea bass, pin fish, whiting, croakers, small sharks, rays.
     
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    http://www.pine3.info/Blow Toads.htm

    According to the above link northern puffers (also called blow toads and sugar toads) are safe to eat, unlike the fugu in Japan - and delicious. But he recommends you avoid the skin, roe and liver, just to be on the safe side. I also read that they used to be plentiful up through the sixties; almost disappeared after that for unknown reasons; and seem to be making a come-back. So that may not be the last one you catch.... :)

    Here's another site with a couple of recipes, and more about whether they're safe:
     
  8. El_Guero

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    How in the world would lionfish get from the pacific and indian oceans into the atlantic?
     
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    Aquarium owners dumping them. Eventually lonely, abandoned boy lionfish meets lonely, abandoned girl lionfish, and they start reproducing with abandon....:(

    According to genetic testing, all those Atlantic lionfish trace back to about a dozen females.
     
  10. El_Guero

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    That is CRAZY.

    Why would all of the environmentalists and scientists in America let ANYONE have such a dangerous fish to let loose in the Atlantic?

    Next you will tell me the environmentalists and scientists let loose Pythons.

    I will NOT believe it.
     
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    I doubt most lionfish or snake owners are environmentalists and scientists. I'd say they're more likely to be folks who believe big government has no business interfering with their constitutional right to own any critter they want....:)

    But I'll admit I was surprised when I looked up lionfish, and found out they aren't illegal even here in California. Fortunately, our piece of the Pacific is mostly too chilly for them.
     
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    Ah, the flounder here are elusive I have been able to get them on flat sandy bottoms near structure. You can get them by the bay bridge pilings with 4"-6" croaker for bait about now. They 'disappear' soon until next summer.

    hth,
     
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  13. sdowney717
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    very interesting about eating the northern puffers.:p

    I will try it IF I ever catch another.
     
  14. El_Guero

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    let us know if you live ....
     

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    I would not risk it. At least some are toxic, it could be like Russian roulette. If fish are in such short supply as to be tempted to resort to puffer fish, things are pretty bad.
     
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