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Navanax 02-11-2018 06:54 PM

pregnant lingcod
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It may be a slow time of year for spearing but it is a busy time for lingcod. Peak of nesting. I was on a starfish survey in Puget Sound today and came across a 31" super-gravid ling. She'll lay eggs in the next day or two. Sorry its a crappy picture but I stay my distance and turn down the flash. Plus poor viz, etc.

Happy spawning season, everyone

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Darmes 02-11-2018 09:18 PM

Re: pregnant lingcod

wildernessmedic 02-11-2018 09:21 PM

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Navanax 02-11-2018 10:53 PM

Re: pregnant lingcod
Yep. That's why they close fishing season during spawning season for them in WA. Each time you take a nest-guarding male (the smaller dark ones with scuffs and scrapes on them there in the middle) predators consume the nest. So your by catch is about 10-25 lings per nesting male (.1% survival to maturity out of 25,000 eggs, which is a small nest). Nice big lethargic female just not my cup of tea versus giving them another 8 weeks.

North Star 02-12-2018 02:28 PM

Re: pregnant lingcod
Nice photo Ken, and way to respect the nesting lings.

Coos-spearo 02-19-2018 08:35 PM

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I may become hugely unpopular in the state of OR, as I am thinking about taking up this fight. Thank you for another nudge in the right direction.

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