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Stupid fish question for north east coastersKristin
Mar 31, 2003 9:46 AM
Someone asked me about these the other day, and I didn't know the answer. Are "snapper blues," snappers or blues?
Mar 31, 2003 9:50 AM
I have never heard trhem called snapper blues, but bluefish have some pretty sharp teeth and can cut through fishing line with them. I assume that is what they are talking about.

Mike Y.
Not sure...but these are young fishKristin
Mar 31, 2003 9:59 AM
We used to fish these at the Charleston breachway. They are young fish that run out in August-September. They weigh about 2 ounces a peice and you can catch buckets of the things with just chicken meat for bait.
Hmmm...I don't know, they don't sound like Blues to me. IRhodyRider
Mar 31, 2003 1:46 PM
can't imagine taking a Bluefish, even a young one, by the bucket full, then fileting 'em, and slapping 'em on the grill. Blues are among the most oily, "fishy" fish out there, they aren't really palatable unless they spend solid time in a smoker. They are THAT strong, generally.
Sounds more like some kind of herring or smelt-type fish, in a big mass run, easy to catch and eat. Add to this the fact that you were at the Breachway in late summer - very warm, I don't think Bluefish. I'm sticking with herring or scup or pogies or something like that.
But as a transplanted flatlander, new to saltwater fishing, I'm probably wrong!
re: Stupid fish question for north east coastersBIGBOB
Mar 31, 2003 10:22 AM
Here on the Chesapeake that's what we call small 1-2 pound bluefish. Normally find schools of them all about the same size. Fun to catch, but with thier teeth they are hell on a bucktail jig.
I think that's what I'm talking aboutKristin
Mar 31, 2003 10:27 AM
We'd fish for them off the coast of RI as they'd run out to sea. Only these couldn't have been a pound. They were 4 inches long at most. Tasty on the grill!
re: Stupid fish question for north east coastersFredrico
Mar 31, 2003 11:24 AM
Snapper blues, yeah, I heard about them a long time ago on the Eastern Shore of Md. or Delaware. There was a place called Duffy's Tavern, was it near Cape Lewes, Del? run by a woman who could have been played by Thelma Ritter. Fishermen would pull up around dinner time, and unload their pickups of fresh caught fish. Thelma would fillet a few and serve 'em up on the dinner menu, for those lucky enough to be there that night. They'd joke about the snapper blues, a species of bluefish with sharp teeth.