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Okay, so I was born in Penzance to a largely fishing family of Cornish speakers. They didn't really think much of outsiders you know? Like we often just kept to ourselves, growing our own crops and raising livestock and such.

Anyhow. I took up fishing after my father and his father before him, and as a child my schoolmates would echo whispers of a "Cornish Wormfin". Shrimp, Cod and even whales in my days as a whaler many decades ago fell at my command. But when I asked my family about a Cornish Wormfin, they would look at me and laugh.

I went fishing with a boy from school in The Lizard and his father would tell us all about the legend of the Cornish Wormfin. That you needed to catch it in a certain point of its body with the hook or else it would wiggle it's way out. He caught something that I had never seen before in my life. It was redish in colour, and had a very peculiar tail.

For many years I have tried to track down information of a Cornish Wormfin and have found absolutely nothing. I was hoping that perhaps one of the forum goers here could shed some light onto the subject for an old fisherman and whaler? Cheers.
 

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from what i understand they are fairly deep water fish and get pulled up quite regularly around meva! when the feast week is on the fisherman normally have a fish stall with a prize who can id most species
always one of these there and some years they are sizable good luck
 

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Wow! Incredible fish. Never heard of or seen till now.
Never caught one myself, not even sure they're present in west Wales as we only have 120 feet ish of depth where we are. I only thought about it as me and a friend were discussing one of our club comps which is allegedly "rarest fish" (made up by one of the locals who doesn't like "outsiders" winning all the trophies. I just reckon the "locals" should try a bit harder!)

They look a really pretty fish and would love to see one on the boat!
 

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These were in shallow water 50ft max.
 

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These were in shallow water 50ft max.
The quayside water where I was fishing when I saw "my" one caught was no more than 20 feet deep. I know this because I fish sliding float and I get "crabbed" even on springs if I fish any deeper than that.
 
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