Not sure if anyone has laready posted about this but did anyone see the article in the West Brtion and Sun newspaper regarding the Almaco Jack that was caught down here?
Yeah I saw it in there too. Nice looking fish apart from all the ice over it and stinking bad lol. Lovely colour to it.I saw the fish in City Angling Centre Truro. It was certainly a member of the Jack family but it could be an Almaco, Guinean or Lesser Amberjack. May even be a Blue Runner another member of the Jack family. Very difficult to ID by just having a quick look as these four species are pretty alike in apperance. There are already British records held for the shore caught Guinean Amberjack and the boat caught Almaco Jack held by members of the CFSA. There is also a CFSA County record for a shore caught Almaco jack that failed to make the qualifying weight for a British record.
[/I]I wish I had a chance to have a look at the fish - when I caught mine I did a fair bit of research into the various species in order to support my British Record claim.
I've still got a file containing the various identifiers somewhere - after a few measurements, gill raker counts etc I reckon I would be pretty sure on the ID. From a quick visual inspection alone (or from the photos) it would be impossible to be sure whether it is either an Almaco Jack, Guinean Amberjack, Lesser Amberjack, Greater Amberjack (less likely) or a Blue Runner, to name but 5 species.
I can vouch for the sporting qualities of these fish though; I've never seen a bite like it - we thought a bird had flown into my line!
Further details on the story here:
I can remember 3 very surprised (and confused) anglers looking on when I landed it - when it first came into view there were various shouts of "bream!"... "no triggerfish!"... no... "what is that?!" I thought I recognised it as an amberjack from recollections of photos I'd seen in old Sea Angler magazines... but I kept quiet for fear of being ridiculed![/I]
I did not include the Greater Amberjack in the list because i thought the chance of such a small one showing up was very slim but you never know. I still remember seeing your Guinean at the weigh-in came as a bit of a surprise!!
I think Dean is still waiting for Doug Herdson to id the 3 jacks he had rod and line from the boat and verify any potential record (Alamaco and/or Lesser?). It was 2 years ago. How long did you wait? Did I remember you saying 3 years? Or did I make that bit up?there have been several Almaco Jacks caught (CFSA boat record in 2007), not to mention at least 2 Guinean Amberjacks (including mine in 2004) in the last ten years or so.
I'm pretty sure the one he showed me was more than 2 years ago, at least 3 if not earlier still?I think Dean is still waiting for Doug Herdson to id the 3 jacks he had rod and line from the boat and verify any potential record (Alamaco and/or Lesser?). It was 2 years ago. How long did you wait? Did I remember you saying 3 years? Or did I make that bit up?