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IMO that looks like a CA halibut rather than a fluke due to the patterning rather than seeing the typical fluke dots.  I could be way off, but that's my guiess.

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15 mins ago, Fitzy said:

I think California halibut are left or right eyed.  It’s a different species than the pacific halibut.

 Yes, you're right.  California Halibut can be either.  :beatin:

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California halibut are, in effect, a Pacific fluke.  The Atlantic fluke, or summer flounder, is technically known as Paralichthys dentatus.  The California halibut is Paralichthys californicus.  True halibut belong to the genus Hippoglossus, not Paralichthys.

 

Many, many years ago, when the IGFA was still a private organization and maintained records for a far smaller species portfolio, and far smaller number of line classes, than it does today, the all-tackle record for "flounder" was caught in Chile, not on the Atlantic, because back then, "flounder" was merely defined as genus Paralichthys; there were no separate records for summer flounder/fluke and for California halibut, as there are today.

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This is one of the most valuable reads that I've come across

in I don't know how long. There's a lot of cents put into it. 

 

Thanks! :)

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Cali Hali and realize there is a season and min size I believe 22".  Catch quite a few, but usually in the warmer months of June-July and at low tide on swimbaits, bucktails, SP minnow (as you see above) and even carolina rigged grubs & gulp worms. They are excellent table fare, yum! This one is a little lighter color than I have seen them, but then again they have the ability to change their color to match their environment and as you can see the one pictured above disappears in the that light colored sand perfectly. You can tell a California vs a Pacific Hali based on its jaw line and where its eyes are place in line with the jaw line. This is outlined in the CA reg book. 

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