Longjaw Leatherjack

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Longjaw Leatherjack, Bigjaw Leatherjack, Oligoplites altus: They are common in the estuaries and surf and are excellent fighters and jumpers on light and fly tackle. I have caught them as far south as Kino Bay. One must take care in handling them as the dorsal and anal spines are venomous and cause quite an aching sting. They lack scales and the skin feels like wet leather, and the mouth is relatively huge, hence the name. I do not care for them much to eat however, so all are released. Description and photo courtesy Neff Nash.

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