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Longfin Gurnard, Chelidonichthys obscurus

Irish Record Fish: not recognised
Caught: none reported yet
Boat Specimen: not recognised
Shore Specimen: not recognised
Photo Credit:

Carlos Hernandez Gonzales

Introduction: Alongside the Flying Gurnard, this is the rarest Gurnard in Irish Waters is the Longfin Gurnard, which is a real surprise for any angler, even if it is listed as a native species on most sea fish directories. It has probably been mis-identified as one of the other Gurnard, most likely the Grey Gurnard. Again it is a relative small species, growing to a maximum of perhaps 30 cms (1 foot) long and ytpically will weight less than 450 grams (1 lb). The key to its identification is the massively long dorsal fine that reaches almost half way down its back.  The Flying Gurnard possesses massive pectoral finds by contrast.  The ISFC will add new species to the list but they have to receive full documented reports from anglers. 

Boat tactics: This is another small fish, that will tackle any bait with plain ragworm offering you the best bet - you must reduce the hook size down to perhaps 1/0 in a pennel rig or smaller. Check the rig for Grey Gurnard.

Shore tactics: "Gold is where you find it" - this is a rare fish, not reported from the shore, yet!  Best chance is probably in the south-west.  Any substantiated or corroborated report of this fish would be most welcome.