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Old 04-24-2006, 01:47 PM   #11
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Wow Breezy, small world.

No, the ling were not bergals, also called cunners.

And not sea robins. Although the sea robins look a lot more like the 'ling' in the picture, the 'ling' we used to catch looked nothing so sinister.

Caught them from party boats or off the piers, and they were just fish we considered not worthy of taking home.

Do not know what they were and have Googled and searched a bit, but to no avail.

One of the problems with fish is that the common names vary with locality.

Here striped bass = rockfish, something I have become very used to.

Do not know what a 'ling' is, or was. And probably never will.

So it goes.

Take care.
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Old 04-24-2006, 02:06 PM   #12
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Hmmm. Well, from what I remember from fishing with my dad & grandfathers, I recall (from piers, boats, & off the beach) catching flounder, fluke, striped bass (or, like you said, here in Virginia it's called Rockfish), Blackfish, Bluefish (& baby Blue "Snappers"), Tommy Cod, Weakfish, Porgies, Eels, & the occasional Blowfish. This was all off the North Shore of Long Island.

Here's a link to a forum I found where they mention fishing for Ling in New York during the summer. I'm really starting to think that perhaps besides the Pacific Ling, "Ling" is another name for Tommy Cod or Weakfish - both popular NY catches that not everyone considers worth keeping.

http://www.noreast.com/postedreports...ID=33&id=63877

Here's another link with a pic, & I think this one solves the problem. According to the info here, Ling is also knowns as Red Hake, & is apparently commonly caught in NY & NJ waters. Apparently a completely different fish than the Pacific fish by the same name.

http://www.midatlanticgameandfish.co.../at_aa010605a/

What's that you say? Not sick of Ling links yet?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Ling
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