My son and I have been catching some bluegill at our neighborhood pond a fair amount this summer. I figured we may as well try for some cats while we are here. So we threw some live gills out and caught him his first big one. He was slightly concerned about a fish this big after just some gills and small bass. Good times!
Agreed! Landed a fish in SC , had no idea what it was, guy down the beach told me it's a toadfish, and they have poison spines on them that will sting you. And to think I was about to grab it to get the hook out. The ocean is out to get you!
Did the fins open up like a big fan? We’ve caught sea robins and toad fish from the gulf like those pictures above. This is a sculpin, very similar to those from Alaska on a fishing trip this past summer. Bait stealers….