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.

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