okay so craig checked in today with pics of one of my old friends the flying gurnard. thanks for sending me the pics and giving us our topic for today.
if you spent enough time on the water in hawaii you probably have run into this odd feller more than a time or two. a quick google search shows that the flying gurnard is a part of the dactylopteridae family of fish. that fact, to us mere mortal fishermen, means absolutely nothing. it is good though to throw out there if you want to try to act like you are knowledgeable about fish or a local fishery. i love guys that do that (not really), but it is kind of funny when i hear it... yeah whatever dude no one cares and you still suck! i would advise steering clear of those types.
- they will eat bonefish flies quite readily.
- they are not poisonous, but look like they are.
- the hawaiian name for the flying gurnard is loloa'u or pinao which is dragonfly in hawaiian.
- i did not know the hawaiian name until just now (but, hey, learn something new everyday right?)
- the ones on oahu are generally between ten and twelve inches with "wingspans" of about the same.
- when hooked they fight somewhat like a goatfish but a bit slower. still pretty strong for their size.
- they totally gross me out and i don't like touching them when i hook them. forceps or pliers do come in handy now and then!
- flying gurnards are probably eaten by someone in hawaii... just not me nor anyone i know.
the flying gurnard... don't really know why evolution came up with that guy aside from it being good fodder for learning something new everyday.
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