A Camouflaged Big-mouth on Summer Shores

Every summer, perhaps with the smaller waves of the season, the staghorn sculpin arrives on the outer shores. Wherever anglers and staghorn sculpins overlap, the former finds the latter a source of great irritation. The large gape of this small fish allows them to take quite large baits, and they do, frequently.

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Pacific staghorn sculpin, Leptocottus armatus

The staghorn sculpin never saw or smelled a bait it wasn’t interested in.  I encountered this attractive fish on August 1rst. It was living right in the surf.  This species blends in pretty well with the sand it lives on or in. I say in because sometimes they wriggle into the sand, burying themselves.