Lump Fish

Discussion in 'ALL OTHER FISH' started by Ace, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. Ace

    Ace New Member

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    Lumpfish are unattractive fish acquiring their name due to the short stout body which is covered by hard wart like protrusions called tubercles.
    In Europe, lumpfish are commonly called lumpsucker and other common names include henfish, seasnail, lump, paddle-cock, and poule de mer , names which conjure a generally unattractive image.

    Adult lumpfish are primarily bottom dwelling fish, inhabiting rocky and stony bottom areas, but they have also been frequently observed hiding under floating masses of seaweed. Change in seasonal distribution is the result of two general migrations, shoreward in April and May and seaward in late autumn. In general, lumpfish favour and seek deep shore and offshore waters of low temperature.

    Descriptions of this fish credit it with a great variety of tints, which we can corroborate. On adults the ground tint may be bluish gray, olive, brownish or yellow green, chocolate or kelp brown, or slaty blue, the belly usually being of a paler or more yellowish cast of the same hue, but sometimes whitish. On some specimens the back and sides are marked with dark blotches and more or less dotted with black. Others, however, are plain colored or nearly so, except that the tubercles are usually dark tipped. Young lumpfish (and it is with such that we are most familiar) often match their surroundings very closely in color, usually being mottled olive green and ochre yellow with silvery dots and stripings. Males, when mature, are more vividly colored than females, and their bellies turn red brightest near the sucking disk during the breeding season.

    Adult lumpfish are usually 14 to 16 inches long and weigh 3 to 6 pounds, with the females generally larger than the males. Females have been known to get up to 24 inches long and weigh up to 20 pounds. They prefer shallow coastal waters of the North Atlantic and range from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to New Jersey in the west and from northern Norway to Portugal in the east Atlantic.

    The roe is removed from the fish by cutting open the body wall. The eggs account for approximately 20 to 30 per cent of the total body weight during the harvesting period. An average sized female can produce up to 140,000 eggs.It is preferable to harvest the roe when it is mature but not over ripe. The eggs at this stage are purple or red in colour. After washing and sieving the eggs they are salted and cured.The finished product is considered a delicacy in the European and North American markets.

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  2. bigfish

    bigfish New Member

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    that things so ugly its kinda cute. thanks for sharing.
     

  3. T-Bone

    T-Bone New Member

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    Ace ya got a nack for finding some freaky fish. I wish the mods would give ya a spot to post all your fish in one place. That way we could go back and find them again. It could be called : Ace's trippy fish fourm.
     
  4. Dragger

    Dragger New Member

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    Ace I hope we dont catch any of those fish you are showing when we go drift fishing, we will use my boat ,my reels,and my bait, I think we will be safe for the blues.........and ........flatheads........:thumbsup: :cross: ................
     
  5. TXBlueHunter

    TXBlueHunter New Member

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    man that thing looks like something thing that has not finished evolving yet.

    Great post ACE.
     
  6. jlingle

    jlingle New Member

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    AAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! Jeeze, what a horrible looking fish. That thing looks like a deformed human baby. I think I'm gonna be scarred for life!!!! The only thing I"ve ever seen that was uglier than that was a greyhound with no top jaw. We called him "faceoff". He was truly horrifying. That dang dog was painful to even look at.

    Jerrod
     
  7. wishiwasfishin

    wishiwasfishin New Member

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    kind of looks like a baby ewok on crack:)
     
  8. Cherokee

    Cherokee New Member

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    if i every have somthing like that on the end of my line dont know if i cut the line or throw pole reel and all in.
     
  9. BigCatSteve

    BigCatSteve New Member

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    that thing would scare me to death if i saw it on my line
     
  10. C_wernett

    C_wernett New Member

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    How in the world did you get a picture of my mother-in-law! :eek: That thing is weird looking, even by my standards....good research!
     
  11. Gringoloco

    Gringoloco Member

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    Thats a wierd looking fish, the second picture almost looks like a persons face.
     
  12. dreamer34

    dreamer34 New Member

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    i told ya them dang aliens were for real