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fished for a few hours the other day and had 2 fish and lost 3 [ barbless hooks ].
i read you can eat the smaller ones.
has anyone tried them ?

I remember years ago my dad tried eating one. You have to skin them right when you kill them as they urinate through the skin. It will foul the meat if you don't. We got one earlier in the day, skinned/filleted it, 5 hours later cut it into cubes for dinner, tossed it into the frying pan and 2 of the cubes jumped out. Nerves keep twitching long after they're dead. I think he lost his appetite.

How big do they get, what kind of a setup do you use?

That is a Dog Fish. Not worth catching and you only catch them when your trying to catch something else. Trolling hearing is a good method at about 40ft in deep water.

I have never caught one, seems to me that would be kind of fun to pull in and release. So you can catch them right off the belcarra pier?

I'm not sure but I've heard steel wire or something is recommended for leader when targeting these things (they have sharp teeth I guess?).

biggest i got was a 15lb. actually my 11 son caught it.
they are really good on light tackle, and yes they do bite through leaders. i use a wire, sometimes 60lb mono.
to me all fishing is good fishing.
i have skined dog fish in the uk before.
they are popular in london fish and chip shops.
sold as rock salmon.....

fish about a foot from bottom, stops the crabs getting the bait.
i use a single hook patternoster rig.
the leader is about 1- 3ft long. short ones are best on the busy peir.
bites are sometimes small, but other times watch your rod.

Nice work. I caught a few of those near Sidney and learned the first time not to use a net, the fish roll up in them and the spines make it a nightmare to get them free.

I got one in Mexico surf fishing with a hand line and the dorsel spine stuck in my palm 1/2", it hurt.

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