View Full Version : Blue Ling Cod

08-29-2005, 03:49 PM
Got a nice blue ling cod on the beach in half moon bay last weekend what a fight....really cool fish.


08-29-2005, 08:54 PM
yup....there awsome
the meat is blue and it cooks up white...
great fish..way to go

08-30-2005, 03:05 AM
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Is this your fish Bob? Good lookin, the blue mouth is pretty freaky lookin.

08-30-2005, 06:30 AM
I just read in sheriff report that a guys tonque was green from smoking marijuana, what do those ling do?

08-30-2005, 06:52 AM

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Cottidae (Sculpins)

Genus and Species:
Scorpaenichthys marmoratus

The body of the cabezon is elongate and stout. The head is large, broad and the snout is bluntly rounded. The mouth is large. The color is usually dark brown, but a variety of colors ranging from blue green to reddish brown occur and there is much mottling. It looks somewhat like the lingcod, and sometimes has blue colored flesh. It is a member of the true sculpin family and it can best be distinguished from the similar looking lingcod by: the absence of scales on its body; and by the presence of a small flap of skin, a cirrus, over each eye and in the middle of the snout. The lining of its mouth is a pale to dark blue and it also lacks the large teeth of the lingcod.

Cabezon occur from Point Abreojos, Baja California, to Sitka, Alaska. Cabezon are usually found on the bottom around rocky reefs and kelp beds in water less than 100 feet deep, although they are known to occur as deep as 250 feet.

Natural History:
The cabezon's diet is made up of about 50 percent crabs and 50 percent mollusks and fishes. Small abalones are swallowed whole and the shells are regurgitated after some digestion takes place. These shells are sometimes beautifully polished by the action of the acids.
Male cabezon first mature when about 2 years old and 13.5 inches long, females when 3 years old and 17.5 inches long. Females grow faster and attain larger sizes than do males. Spawning takes place from November through March, peaking in January. The adults tend to congregate at nesting sites. The eggs are laid in large masses on cleared rocks. The individual nest is guarded by the male who will drive away any intruder. A 3 pound female will lay an average of 48,700 eggs and a 10 pounder, 97,600. ,The eggs and young are free floating, some having been taken more than 200 miles from shore. The young enter the tide pools and inshore areas during the spring when they are about 1.5 inches long. They then lose their silvery color and take on the pattern characteristic of adults.

Fishing Information:
Cabezon are caught by rocky shore anglers in every suitable area from border to border. Larger numbers are caught in the central and northern part of the state. They are one of the most sought-after rocky shore inhabitants. Suitable baits include abalone trimmings, mussels, clams, squid, shrimp, worms, cut or strip bait, and live bait when available. Here again is a bottom rock dweller that can be most difficult to land if allowed to retreat to the shelter of rocks or seaweeds after being hooked. Cabezon eggs are poisonous, so do not eat the roe. Consumption of cabezon roe has produced near fatal results in humans.

Other Common Names:
bullhead, cab, cabby, bull cod, giant sculpin, scorpion, marble sculpin.

Largest Recorded:
39 inches; 25 pounds.

Shallow Rocky Environment

Check over the eyes and ...Scales?...From the CDFG site

08-30-2005, 07:04 AM
What do cabezon have to do with lingcod? ;)

08-30-2005, 07:32 AM
I think he thunk it was a cabezon ??? ??? ???

08-30-2005, 07:59 AM
maybe its blue from eating too many Cabezon :o

08-30-2005, 08:22 AM
Cabezone and ling cod are quite often confused

The colors vary in the same range, they are both UGLY and toothy

They both have giant mouths and the patterning can be the same..

Two of the distinguishing characteristics are
1. lack of scales and
2. *the eyelid flap

That's a pretty thin distinction....But

The predominant food for most of the central coast cabs is crabs and abs....blue/green

Food plays a big part of it for sure but....

Just a note of distinction to check...an interesting fact if you will

08-30-2005, 08:25 AM
What do cabezon have to do with lingcod? *;)

Yeah, I was kinda wondering the same thing myself...

08-30-2005, 08:47 AM
The biggest difference I see between Cabs and Lings is the teeth and the eyes. Mainly it's the teeth.

You can grab a cabazon by the mouth to show your friends. It's teeth are all small and they feel kinda like sand paper.

If you grab a ling by the mouth, you will not forget about it anytime soon. You will likely need stitches because those suckers have some MEAN teeth!

Look at the teeth in the photo. That is one eating machine!

Nice fish!!

08-30-2005, 08:50 AM
Oh, I guess some people get 'em confused?

I think it's pretty easy to tell the difference between a ling and a cabbie.

If you're ever not sure if you have a ling or cabezon just stick your hand in its mouth.

If you end up with bloody fingers or a fish lock-jawed to your hand - then it's a ling. ;)

08-30-2005, 08:52 AM
Check out Bob's fish in the picture.

Something had a hold of its tail at one point. Probably another ling.

08-30-2005, 11:03 AM
WARNING: Raining on Parade in progress!
That Ling doesn't look 24 inches to me...but it probably don't matter now---he's either filleted and fried or back in the ocean, eating more cabezon...?

08-30-2005, 11:47 AM
Back in the good old days of rock cod fishimg we used to catch and release these blues for fun on trout gear. A biologist told me that it is iether from the diet ie. red meat on a salmon feeding on krill, or a chemical change ie. that time of the month for women.

08-30-2005, 11:52 AM
WARNING: Raining on Parade in progress!
That Ling doesn't look 24 inches to me...but it probably don't matter now---he's either filleted and fried or back in the ocean, eating more cabezon...?
Might have been released....

08-30-2005, 01:36 PM
yup thats mine got it sunday on squid out near half moon bay. was not sure on the legal size to keep pluss no cooler so I let him go to fight another day!

got some surf pearch also man what fun those are...