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Old 10-13-2008, 08:58 AM
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Default What is this fish?

somebody just emailed this to me, asking what it is?

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Hard to tell, but maybe a Monkfish/Goosefish?
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Looks like an Oyster Toad fish or commonly called Oyster Cracker or PITA fish.
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2nd the toadfish
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Up this way we call them oyster crackers or "Mother-in-Law".
I guess because it's all mouth!
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hackelhead aka oyster toad fish
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It's a hacklehead.

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Doesn't look like that hacklehead, it has stripers/pattern on it.
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Oyster toad (aka: mother-in-law fish)
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I have caught many flounder fishing with different patterns but same basic colors. I am 99% sure it is a toadfish/oyster cracker
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They are very common in the eastern U.S. and have many different nicknames depending on location. When i was a kid we used to call them "sally growlers". Toadfish.


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It's a mean little bastard!!
I have encountered a few of them. The last time was when I picked up some shell in the water and when I took my hand out of the water, this little bastard was attached to the end of my thumb with a death grip.
I put him on a rock and when you get close to it, he turns towards you and holds his mouth wide open, stick something close and he will snap at it.

I have never seen a fish so aggressive for it's size. ( about 2 inches ).
I also have no idea what it is called.
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energinerbuzzy - 10/13/2008 7:02 PM

I have never seen a fish so aggressive for it's size. ( about 2 inches ).
I also have no idea what it is called.
How 'bout a piranha?

seriously they are mean little buggers and definitely what we used to call a hacklehead on the south shore of LI
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Jabba-the-hut fish
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Yep! Toad Fish. My grandmother would not throw this one back. It has some good meat for eating, after you let military blow it apart! Snappy littly critters.
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they will bite the pee winding piss outta you
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nat - 10/13/2008 8:50 PM

they will bite the pee winding piss outta you
oyster fish!, I have encountered many!
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On the Gulf Coast panhandle they are known as Toadfish.
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Oyster toadfish, that's def. it.
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Default RE: What is this fish?

I always knew them as a toad fish. Had never heard them called "mother in law" fish -- that's funny and fits my MIL perfectly!

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