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    Default Identifying your catch

    Hi Guys, if any of you need a fish identified, post a pic in this thread and i'll do my best to identify it. I am an Ichthyology student and we have the biggest library of fish literature in the southern hemisphere at our disposal right down the road.
    What's more, i really enjoy helping people out with IDing fish- it helps me learn because i often have to research it first. I'll try add some interesting facts too.
    Working off photo's is a challenge, but I love it!
    If you get pics of any cool insects, i can try look those up too as i'm also studying entomology.
    I should be able to ID the insects at least to family level, and i'll try find something interesting about them too.

    Hope to see some pics soon!
    Cheers
    Carl

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    Thanks for the offer. I hope we can keep you busy.
    Behold the fisherman. he riseth early in the morning and disturbeth the whole household. mighty are his preperations. he goes forth full of hope and when the day is ended, he returneth smelling of strong drink and the truth is not with him. originator unknown.

    my stuff.... http://www.flytalk.co.za/forum/album.php?u=824[/SIZE]

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    Calling Richy FishFingers: Boet please put those pics up up those kingies, really wanna know what's what and who's who. Shot.
    Around the steel no tortur'd worm shall twine, No blood of living insect stain my line;
    Let me, less cruel, cast feather'd hook, With pliant rod athwart the pebbled brook,
    Silent along the mazy margin stray, And with fur-wrought fly delude the prey

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    Hi,

    I caught a strange-looking fish that I have yet to identify. Don't have a photo, unfortunately.

    It was about 12cm long, silver with a dark back, and very skinny (about 1.5cm wide and 1cm deep). It's scales came off on my hand on contact. It's mouth was also very thin, but very long and pointed. Big enough, in fact, to take a #4 salty bugger (mustad limeric hook). It had no teeth.

    It was caught in Simonstown harbour, and was not alone... It was part of a shoal about 20 strong. They tend to be very agressive, chasing nothing smaller than a #6 clouser! They apeared to swim fairly freely in midwater, not particularly hanging around structure. I've often seen them, but only in summer.

    I think it was some sort of juvenile gamefish, but I don't which one. It doesn't look like any adult I know of, so is likely to be one of those species that change with age. What's the proper term for that phenomenon?

    Thanks for help. If you have any possible answers, just let me know and I'll google tham for photos to check.

    tight lines,

    Josh

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    Quote Originally Posted by grcjos001 View Post
    Hi,

    I caught a strange-looking fish that I have yet to identify. Don't have a photo, unfortunately.

    It was about 12cm long, silver with a dark back, and very skinny (about 1.5cm wide and 1cm deep). It's scales came off on my hand on contact. It's mouth was also very thin, but very long and pointed. Big enough, in fact, to take a #4 salty bugger (mustad limeric hook). It had no teeth.

    It was caught in Simonstown harbour, and was not alone... It was part of a shoal about 20 strong. They tend to be very agressive, chasing nothing smaller than a #6 clouser! They apeared to swim fairly freely in midwater, not particularly hanging around structure. I've often seen them, but only in summer.

    I think it was some sort of juvenile gamefish, but I don't which one. It doesn't look like any adult I know of, so is likely to be one of those species that change with age. What's the proper term for that phenomenon?

    Thanks for help. If you have any possible answers, just let me know and I'll google tham for photos to check.

    tight lines,

    Josh
    Good luck Carl on IDing this one, damn that sounds like just about a million possible fish in the ocean..
    PK

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    Life would be boring without the occasional challenge

    Clarias, I'm studying to be a barber, how about a little off the top ?
    "Hierdie drol het baie vlieŽ" - Ago 2014.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scythe View Post
    Life would be boring without the occasional challenge

    Clarias, I'm studying to be a barber, how about a little off the top ?
    thats nice Scythe, get right into the poor blokes hair cut
    PK

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    Thank goodness for Clarias Scythe's not studying to be a Rabbi..

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris williams View Post
    Thank goodness for Clarias Scythe's not studying to be a Rabbi..
    Chris like I said before, you're too much. LOL
    Fishing is just my thing. I don't know what it is but it seems that i just can't get enough of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris williams View Post
    Thank goodness for Clarias Scythe's not studying to be a Rabbi..
    Just one little schnippen & he can no longer call himself 'Tuck'
    "Hierdie drol het baie vlieŽ" - Ago 2014.

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