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Fish Identification
updated: Feb 17, 2013, 9:15 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

I went fishing this morning on the beach near Oxnard/Ventura. I caught this fish and threw it back but I'm not sure what kind it is. Can Edhatters help me out?

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 COMMENT 375342 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 09:19 AM

Smelt

 

 COMMENT 375345 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 09:21 AM

Yup looks like a smelt

 

 SBSURFERLIFE agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 09:24 AM

I'm not a fisherman but I thought Smelt was a lot smaller than that.

 

 COMMENT 375350 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 09:28 AM

Jacksmelt! Super fun to catch!

 

 COMMENT 375356 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 09:42 AM

Smelt....& they get ALOT bigger.

 

 COMMENT 375402 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 11:41 AM

Good Eat'n, should have kept it.

 

 COMMENT 375426 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 12:59 PM

It's not a jacksmelt, it's a topsmelt, Atherinops affinis. They don't get much bigger than that. They are a silverside, not related to true smelt.

 

 COMMENT 375489 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 03:20 PM

Smelt like fish, tastes like chicken.

 

 COMMENT 375526P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 07:16 PM

Very funny, 489!

Looking at Google images, it sure looks more like a jacksmelt than a topsmelt to me.

 

 COMMENT 375546P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 08:51 PM

Find something better to do than hook little fishes and rip them out of their watery environment. Catch and release still causes harm. Smelt/chicken, har har.

Thanks for the good i.d., 426.

 

 COMMENT 375613 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 08:32 AM

God put fish in our oceans to entertain us. Fish on!!

 

 COMMENT 375696 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 11:02 AM

Absolutely, positively, unequivocally, a jacksmelt.

 

 COMMENT 375719 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 11:57 AM

Looks a bit like what we used to call "Ronkidore" or "Ronky's".

 

 COMMENT 375927P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 08:35 PM

Roncador is a name often applied to white croaker, which look nothing like the fish in the photo, which appears to be a topsmelt.

 

 COMMENT 376145 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 11:42 AM

Jacksmelt. Confirmed.

 

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