View Full Version : Lancetfish speared in Carmel Bay

04-25-2007, 08:41 PM
Bob Humphrey speared a 4 1/2 foot long lancetfish today in Carmel Bay. This normally deepwater fish that loves to hang in 500 to 3,000 feet decided to check out the Carmel Bay kelp beds today. Unfortunately, Bob Humphrey was swimming 30 feet below the surface too and took this fish out with his trusty pneumatic speargun. Bob made a 10 foot shot that hit it right behind the gills. Lights out.

This fish is similar to a cabezon as it is scale-less. It has large fang like teeth and is a true predator. Big eyes for the little light that reaches deep and a sail-like dorsal fin.

When Bob saw it today, it was cruising at a good speed and seemed to be in hunt mode.

Bob shared his catch with the scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium who identified it as a deepwater lancetfish. We also left a report with the California Department of Fish and Game biologists in Monterey.

To the best of our knowledge, this is the largest lancetfish speared in the World. Bob is submitting it for a IUSA World Record.

It is now dinner time and the Humphreys will be eating their first lancetfish and maybe saving a bit to smoke later!

Here is brief video taken minutes after it was landed.







04-25-2007, 09:45 PM
That is a very very cool and weird fish, something out of a scifi film. I haven't even seen one of those on the Discovery Channel. Truly a once in a lifetime catch. I wonder what it was doing in such shallow water. He should mount it, not eat it!

04-25-2007, 11:57 PM
That is a very very cool and weird fish, something out of a scifi film. *I haven't even seen one of those on the Discovery Channel. *Truly a once in a lifetime catch. *I wonder what it was doing in such shallow water. *He should mount it, not eat it!

Agree. I would mount it if it was me.

04-26-2007, 04:57 AM
I'd put that one on the wall, too. Looks kinda scrawny to eat, probably all bones.

04-26-2007, 06:12 AM
cool fish! Send on up this way when the ocean calms down, my trusty speargun is ready !

04-26-2007, 06:56 AM
Many years ago The Fish Sniffer had a 'name this fish' contest when someone sent in a picture of one of these strange denizens of the deep.

04-26-2007, 08:04 AM

04-26-2007, 08:31 AM
Looks like a sailfish that spent too much time near some nuclear waste ;D

04-26-2007, 08:45 AM
THe video link won't work but here's a couple of youtube videos on it:



Really interesting fish.

04-26-2007, 07:29 PM
That's WAAaaaayyy cool!

I've heard that there is a deep marine canyon, the mouth of which comes up in Monterey Bay, that accounts for some very unusual sea life coming up there.

04-26-2007, 09:30 PM
you guys noticed that a lot of deep sea creatures are know showing up it A LOT shallower waters. Makes me wonder what they are doing coming up this shallow.


04-27-2007, 09:14 PM
We found one of those ugly buggers in Pacific City, Oregon last summer. I think it was the same kind. What's it taste like? *;D ;D ;D Man I would have to be all kinds of hungry.