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Lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus)

The Lingcod or Ophiodon elongatus is a saltwater fish that is found on the west coast of North America from Mexico to Alaska. This fish are often sought after by anglers for their tasty flesh and impressive size. The Lingcod can grow to around 60" (152cm) and weigh in at 130lbs (59kg).  They have large mouths with 18 sharp teeth in them. 

These fish are found in depths of 10 to 100 meters, normally around rocky areas. They will migrate every year starting around October to their spawning grounds close to shore. Lingcod will spawn between December and March in rock crevices or around ledges. Once the females lay their eggs they take off and leave the male to defend the nests until they hatch.
If you have ever caught a Lingcod you know just how tough they are. These fish are serious predators that will feed on anything that swims to close to them including, octopus, herring, invertebrates, salmon and hake.  You can check out a Lingcod in action in the videos below... 

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