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AdirondackBill


Joined: 05/20/2004
Posts: 599
Location: Western Suffolk
 posted 03/23/2008 05:56 PM  

Well I call them hackleheads & other people I know call them oystercrackers I was wondering if anyone knows why the NYSDEC felt the need to put a size limit 10" posession limit 3 fish and a Season July 16th - May 14th Since I was a kid all we ever did was toss them back & try not to get bit getting the hook out. Does anyone keep these things ? There certainly doesn't seem to be any shortage of them, every time I pull up one of my crabtraps there is between 5/10 of them in the trap. I really don't get the 2 month closed season, does anyone actually target these fish ?


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crabman1130


Joined: 03/25/2003
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Location: Farmingdale
 posted 03/23/2008 06:27 PM  

I've never heard of anyone eating them. Next time I catch one I'll try it and report back, if I live.surprisesurpriseToungue


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Frigate


Joined: 05/08/2005
Posts: 421
Location: Shinnecock, NY
 posted 03/23/2008 06:51 PM  

I just checked the NYSDEC web site (last updated 1/31/0Shades, you are right about the recreational limits, also the commercial season and size limit are the same but the possession limit is 25 per trip. Since the commercial trip limit is the same as blackfish, I think these fish are as slow growing as blackfish. As with most everything that comes from the sea I have been told there is an oriental market.
 
rac37

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 posted 03/23/2008 06:52 PM  

tough fish

i think the asian people acquired a taste for them,they kinda look like monkfish.i think there cool little fish and i'm glad the put a limit on them,there like little garbage trucks down thereup



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Frigate


Joined: 05/08/2005
Posts: 421
Location: Shinnecock, NY
 posted 03/23/2008 06:55 PM  

Crabman,

If you are old enough to remenber how to clean blowfish, try cleaning a sea robbin, they taste also as good.
 
crabman1130


Joined: 03/25/2003
Posts: 39977
Location: Farmingdale
 posted 03/23/2008 07:40 PM  

I've had sea robin, it's ok but the meat is a little dry. I'd make fish cakes out of them if I wanted to eat them now. I've cleaned my fair share of blowfish, and they are one of my favorite fish to fry. Now if you're saying hakelheads taste like blowfish I could see why there is a market for them.




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Capt. Marc

Joined: 08/12/2000
Posts: 1717
Location: East of the Isles of Shoals
 posted 03/23/2008 10:25 PM  

I think they are sold as "tiger tails".

No shortage of them in the chesapeake. Caught them up in Annapolis all over any rocky areas.


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digga

Joined: 02/18/2008
Posts: 213
 posted 03/24/2008 02:51 AM  

Caught one of those guys off the Captree dock a good 10 years ago..Weird as helllll.
 
WaterAye


Joined: 11/12/2006
Posts: 948
Location: East Hampton NY
 posted 03/24/2008 07:45 AM  

There was a live market for oyster toadfish here in NY. Baymen were getting 2 to 2.50 a pound for them. The two places where I know they were being targeted were quickly fished out. I guess that is why NY DEC is looking to protect them.

When I was a kid I caught one while clamming. It was in an old boot. I took it home and put it in a sea water tank. The next morning the tank was full of half inch baby oyster crackers. I still wonder if she was mouth brooding her young or she just had them? I dumped them all back into Narragansett Bay.

I was told they taste "muddy".


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 posted 03/24/2008 07:47 AM  

They seem to get into my traps also. Im not sure if I wanna try and eat one of theseRoll
A bag limit...go figureConfused


 
BASSSURF

Joined: 02/15/2008
Posts: 1818
 posted 03/24/2008 11:01 AM  

Some people must eat them or maybe people take them to use them as bait. These are both guesses. Does anyone know how big these things get


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AdirondackBill


Joined: 05/20/2004
Posts: 599
Location: Western Suffolk
 posted 03/24/2008 11:05 AM  

The biggest one I ever saw was maybe 3/4 lbs


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Strike1

Joined: 09/26/2001
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 posted 03/24/2008 12:58 PM  

I asked one guy I saw keeping them. He said he uses them for fish stock.
 
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 posted 03/24/2008 01:33 PM  

They do look a litle like monk fish, but do they taste like them? surprise


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Bruno1


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 posted 03/24/2008 02:28 PM  

I remember when I used to scuba dive alot I saw when of those as I was doing a night dive, that thing scared the hell out of me.


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