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Gray Catchpole

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hi all
yesterday, i was out on the river ebbw and i had some nice trout and grayling, one of wich(trout) i took for dinner, while i prepared the fish i found inside another fish, now the only way i can describe this fish is, it looked like a very small angler fish, eyes ontop bulky at the head end, and thining out towards the tail, any help would be great, if you can a photo would be even better.


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Gray

The fish you describe was almost certainly a Bullhead (sometimes known as a Millers Thumb)

Most fast-flowing rivers contain a few of them, try turning over a few stones next time you're fishing - you're likely to see one or two scurrying for cover.

I'm trying to find a picture, but they don't tend to feature very much in angling publications.

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cheers simon, yup thats what it was, here is a link
http://www.irchouse.demon.co.uk/oldfotm4.html

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there is an ugly little blighter called a tommy ruff that it could be

popular in yourkshire and also in places were pike anglers have used them for live bait and then let them go

it isn`t the size of the tiddler that counts
 

Gray Catchpole

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cheers Norm, it wasnt a ruff, i know those, thanks for taking the time, it was definetly a millers thumb.

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Hi Gray,

Zippy is our MD's record holder for the Millers Thumb category, here's a photo:

http://www.maggotdrowning.com/forums/threads/362



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Regarding the miller's thumb photo:

Did you wet the unhooking mat first, and how long was the fish out of the water while it was being photographed? icon_smile.gif
 

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Hi Gray,

Zippy is our MD's record holder for the Millers Thumb category, here's a photo:

I've caught lots of bullheads bigger than that. It was when I was a kid and I caught 'em by hand. Does that count?

Hillbilly.



Edited by - hillbilly on 28 June 2002 04:41:33 AM
 

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Only if you have photographic evidence hillbilly icon_smile.gif


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it could be a stone loach they are similar to the bullhead but have six tiny barbels at the head and narrow tail

work`s for them who can`t fish
 
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