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I caught this in the creek behind Pawleys Island, SC. I was told by a local woman that my description sounds like a toadfish. But I don't see that as a SC saltwater species. I caught it on the first cast. As I was clearing a backlash, it was already on. It was about 10" long and the head was larger than the body. It had a row of stubby teeth top and bottom. Sorry for the pic quality. It was taken with a phone though a waterproof enclosure.

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Looks like a oyster toadfish.

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Toadfish.

They live on the bottom  and wait for prey to swim by.

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Made the mistake of trying to lip one of those on vacation at Ocean City last year. Bought a pair of pliers at the end of the pier immediately after. Lesson learned.

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Looks like a sculpin to me . I use to have a sculpin in an aquarium .

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We call them oyster crackers=AKA toads,all mouth,mother-in -law,plus $%&*ers

There actually is an Asian market for them.

They are slimey as a fresh hocker and will latch on to a thumb ,finger

 

 

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Opsanus tau. Oyster toadfish. Perhaps due to its alien appearance, NASA sent one to space in 1998.

Some people (hungry astronauts?) will eat them.

 

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