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Fish ID Help. Bergal?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I was at Halibut Point today, not fishing - just walking with the fiancee. I saw someone catch a fish that I could not positively ID. I think it was a giant bergal...it was about 14 inches. I have never caught a bergal over 5 or 6 inches. From a distance, I thought it was a black sea bass but when I got closer I realized it wasn't because it was shaped differently and It had a few teeth like a tog but not a full set, plus it was not as bulky as a tog. The guy caught it on a herring chunk. Any ideas? I attached a picture.
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post #2 of 10
You're exactly correct - that's the NY/NJ name for them. Their 'official' name is cunner and around here they generally call them 'choggies'.
post #3 of 10
I also hear some people call them 'sea perch' as well, although I have no idea why
post #4 of 10
That's a Cunner.
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
I thought I was right but I have never seen any that big. I know they are in the Wrasse family (same as tog) and therefore probably do get bigger but I had always known them to be tiny bait thiefs.

I am going to hit the harbor tomorrow, hopefuly for some of the striped variety...
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Originally Posted by slfriedm View Post
I thought I was right but I have never seen any that big. I know they are in the Wrasse family (same as tog) and therefore probably do get bigger but I had always known them to be tiny bait thiefs.

I am going to hit the harbor tomorrow, hopefuly for some of the striped variety...



If you were to see some of the specimens taken on party boats, you'd be really surprised...they can get 2,3 sometimes even 5 pounds. Huge compared to the ones you see taken along rocky shorelines.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by albacized View Post
If you were to see some of the specimens taken on party boats, you'd be really surprised...they can get 2,3 sometimes even 5 pounds. Huge compared to the ones you see taken along rocky shorelines.

very good eating also
post #8 of 10
I caught a mondo cunner while jigging for cod in Boston harbor one spring. It was not 5 lbs but it was easily 2.5.
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by FishNH View Post
very good eating also



Agree. Tasty little buggers, but those scales are tough!
post #10 of 10
question a very tasty fish, you just need a few to make a meal
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