Sculpin Spectacle

Over 200 caught, filleted on charter from Southern California coast

Sculpin Spectacle
Sculpin Spectacle

NEWPORT, Calif. -- The first time many fishermen see sculpin, they immediately want to touch and examine the brightly colored and odd-looking creature.

Yet that's the last thing anyone would want to do to the only fish that is known to produce adrenaline. The intriguing fish, which doesn't have a powerful bite, can prick anything or anyone with its poisonous spines, causing a severe reaction.

It doesn't keep loads of fishermen in Southern California from targeting it's meat. 

After launching from Newport Harbor, the Western Pride motored nearly two hours offshore. The 80-foot boat is just one of the four in the Davy Jones Locker fleet, which takes out loads of fishermen daily for a reasonable price.


The two-deck boat was filled with 66 people, who dropped their lines with heavy weights, sinking 150 feet below the surface. Before anything started biting, the wind gently swept over the boat, as the Pacific calmly swayed the passengers back and forth and the mountains of California's coast peaked through the fog near the horizon.


Suddenly, the commotion started with the bite of the day, which was also the bite of plenty -- scuplin. Early on, many fishermen remarked that when the fish did strike the line, it wasn't noticeable. Only a slight tug at the line, which didn't register as a bite to many.

The collective group of fishermen then began furiously reeling anytime they felt a tug. Some reeled in sculpin, others sanddabs, and others the lines of other fishermen.The end tally of the day was over 200 sculpin, 30 sanddabs, 1 red snapper and 2 split tail perch.

And there was only one casualty of being stabbed by the sculpin's poisonous spine, which causes severe swelling and burning, but it was handled smoothly. Returning back to the harbor through the heavy fog, the atmosphere among the fishermen was incredibly pleasant. The trip was cheap and provided good eats. And that's all any fisherman could ask for.


Click image to see the Sculpin Spectacle photo gallery
Sculpin Spectacle



GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

New Optimum and Optimum TS Downriggers from Canon

New Optimum and Optimum TS Downriggers from Canon

From rugged reliability to smooth integration of cutting edge technology across several different platforms, OSG's Lynn Burkhead learns that there's much to like about the new Optimum and Optimum TS downriggers from Canon.

Lure Lock Tackle Cases: No-Spill, No-Scent

Lure Lock Tackle Cases: No-Spill, No-Scent

Glenn Walker talks us through the soy-based technology that makes Lure Lock cases spill-proof and scent-proof. With Game & Fish Editorial Director Adam Heggenstaller at ICAST 2019 in Orlando.

BPT Points Champ Edwin Evers Talks New Berkley Baits

BPT Points Champ Edwin Evers Talks New Berkley Baits

After making the switch to Berkley products heading into the inaugural BPT season, Edwin Evers tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead why Berkley baits played such a key role in his recent angling success.

Minn Kota Riptide Terrova Saltwater Trolling Motor

Minn Kota Riptide Terrova Saltwater Trolling Motor

Minn Kota's Brad Henry shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead that there's much to like in the new Minn Kota Riptide Terrova saltwater trolling motor that comes with I-Pilot and an 87-inch shaft.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Fishing for nighttime crappie gets you out of the summer heat and puts more fish in the cooler.

By Other Freshwater

6 Tips for Nighttime Crappie

Keith Sutton - June 19, 2017

Fishing for nighttime crappie gets you out of the summer heat and puts more fish in the...

If you haven't looked at the smaller urban lakes in your area, you are missing out on some great bass pond fishing. Bass

Bass Pond Fishing: Catch Lunkers at Small Lakes Near You

Dan Anderson

If you haven't looked at the smaller urban lakes in your area, you are missing out on some...

Unlike many game fish, catfish can be harder to catch during the spawn. Here are some strategies. Catfish

Understanding Catfish Spawning

Keith Sutton - June 06, 2006

Unlike many game fish, catfish can be harder to catch during the spawn. Here are some...

From Monksville Reservoir to Union Lake, plus five other picks, here's where you'll find the Garden State's hottest bass fishing. Destinations

7 Best Bets for New Jersey Bass

J.B. Kasper - October 04, 2010

From Monksville Reservoir to Union Lake, plus five other picks, here's where you'll find the...

See More Trending Articles

More Stories

Bow fisherman arrows fish of a lifetime on South Texas trip. Other Freshwater

240 Pounds! Massive Alligator Gar Taken on Father's Day

Lynn Burkhead - June 22, 2020

Bow fisherman arrows fish of a lifetime on South Texas trip.

Various companies show appreciation to frontline defense – healthcare professionals – against the pandemic with special giveaway. News

Outdoors Industry Honoring Healthcare Heroes: COVID-19

April 27, 2020

Various companies show appreciation to frontline defense – healthcare professionals – against...

The The eastern Georgia lake may be best known for its bass, but anglers will find more trophies in these waters than just largemouths. Georgia lake may be best known for its bass, but anglers will find more trophies in these waters than just largemouths. Fishing

Chase a Mixed-Bag Bite at Lake Oconee

Larry Larsen - April 28, 2020

The The eastern Georgia lake may be best known for its bass, but anglers will find more...

See More Stories

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All Game & Fish subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now