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Old 31-07-2022, 03:05   #1
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Are these edible fish?

Hi, we are at anchor in a bay at the west end of the Spanish northern coast.
There are lots of fish underneath the boat.

The ones that nibble on the hulls often flattish, tiny teeth, strong Jaws. About 30cm long.

Are they edible? Looks like an easy catch. The water is crystal clear?

I'm very inexperienced when it comes to fishing. So I do not know the species.

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Could be wrong but reckon they are likely to be young
European Bass...
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Could be wrong but reckon they are likely to be young

European Bass...
Thanks Boatie, not sure they seem less streamlined/elongated with a pronounced forehead.
See this image from a video.

Btw. Asturias and now Galicia are really fabulous cruising grounds in the summer, fairly few boats, very green and very pretty nature. Reasonably priced as well regarding food and harbour fees!Click image for larger version

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Could it be this?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilt-head_bream
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Look like Elvis Presley fish to me.

https://www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au/...t/ocean-jacket
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Look like Elvis Presley fish to me.
Due to the lips? Or is there a fish which has that as nickname?
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Maybe they are grey triggerfish: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_triggerfish
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Yup, I think it's a grey triggerfish too. They are edible but there have been some cases of ciguatera poisoning associated. Check with the locals about that.


I think that other one is called the Elvis fish because it doesn't have scales and the skin is like a leather jacket.
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Maybe they are grey triggerfish: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_triggerfish
Looks like you are right. Unfortunately they are gone now. Will need to wait for their return
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Yup, I think it's a grey triggerfish too. They are edible but there have been some cases of ciguatera poisoning associated. Check with the locals about that.
Is Ciguatera an issue in cold water (20degree C and less)?
We are close to Cape Finisterre in Spain.

Looks like it's not an issue over here. Down south in Canary Islands and Madeira its more likely..
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You are probably OK. It's worse in larger warm water reef fish.
https://www.iamat.org/risks/ciguatera-fish-poisoning
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Best suggestion, head to the local fish market or Dock and show them the image...
I don't eat fish, just watch them as they shelter from predators both at anchor and underway.
Do have a funny story about a 4 inch fish that was nibbling the algae on the swim platform of a Bene I owned while anchored in Terciera.
Lena was quite taken by its pretty colours and sat on the step watching it.. I was working on something in the cockpit when I heard a shriek.. there was Lena waving her hand franticly trying to shake off the fish that had grabbed her index finger... anyway, after I picked myself off the cockpit floor and my stomach stopped hurting I got the story.
Seems she thought she'd help the fish out by loosening the greenery on the bumper strip for the fish.. but the fish did not appreciate the help and decided to attack the competitor invading his turf.
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Lol, I was trying a pedicure before bathing a hook for them and was nibbled strongly, won't be doing that again

Good idea with the market.
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Looks like atrigger so no. Full of bones. You boat likely stirred up so food hidden in the bottom
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Some of the Big wrasse and potato Cod fish 100-200 kilos genuinely friendly fish. Don’t try to catch one.
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