like a giant tadpole and other very dark, almost black.
in coastal waters at shallow depths, generally from 10-20 metres, more
seldom from 75-100 metres, on rocky bottom with seaweeds.
British and North Sea coasts, Norwegian coast. In the south of its range
it will only be found inshore during the winter as this fish is intolerant
of temperatures over 17°C (perhaps up to 22°C).
and secretive fish so it is rarely seen by divers and only occasionally
caught by anglers. Rarely recorded rather than rare.
B 1-04-04 off Christchurch, Dorset S Bishop
S 1-05-12 Seaham Beach, Co Durham N
raninus 0.68 kg (1 lb 8 oz) Korshamn,
raninus, was caught on rod and line
at Almwych on Angelsey
at night at about 9:30 pm.
The state of the tide was half down. My bait was
Report and Photographs by Steve Pettit
raninus, was discovered washed up
West Beach, Pembrokeshire.
raninus, was spotted on a dive
on the front side of Dawas Rock at Porthkerris,
Cornwall, at about 5 meters depth.
raninus, was caught from Bangor
Pier, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
sportfishing-record by Mr. Andreas Widegren.
raninus, 33 cms TL, brutto 542 grammes, in Gullmarsfjorden, West
Sweden. One of the biggest Tadpole Fish in the world?
Martyn McDonald landed a Tadpole
raninus, on rod and line using a lugworm bait from the harbour
arm at Newhaven, east of Brighton, East Sussex. The fish was a fully grown
adult fish about 28 cm long and weighed 0.7 kg (1 lb 8 oz).
There are no BMLSS records of this fish being caught from the shore off
Sussex. The fish was dark brown with a white band half-way down its back.
The fish is recorded as
widespread and found all around the British coast, but is a solitary and
uncommon fish. The fish may be put on display at the Booth Museum of Natural
History, Brighton. It may also be verified as the largest shore caught
specimen on rod and line. Andy Horton has seen a
live specimen at the Cullercoats Marine Laboratory Aquarium, near Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Hopkins with the Tadpole Fish, Raniceps
raninus, (Hull Daily Mail)
It was about ten years back
that I caught the fish, if I recall, it was 3 ounces short of the British
shore caught record, caught from Bempton cliffs, from a height of aprox
the sightings of Raniceps
raninus, they were all solitary and sighted between 5 to 15 meters
depth. All where hiding, but not squeezing in a crevice, they where rather
keeping themselves away from direct light.
Sea Life Centre Feb/March
the surprise was the interesting Tadpole Fish, Raniceps raninus,
swimming around in subdued light of the cooled tank.
fish is hardly ever seen in Public Aquaria, and
rarely encountered by divers.
husband Kenny and I were boat fishing in Furnace, Loch Fyne in Argyll,
Scotland two weeks ago and he caught a Tadpole Fish, Raniceps
raninus on a ragworm. Although we have a wide knowledge of fish
species we have never heard of this fish before.
by Nikki Thompson (Scotland)
estimate its weight to be 540 grams (1 lb 3 oz) and it was
approx 36 cm (14 in) in length. We knew it was unusual but we put it back
as this is our policy. We took photographs of it and we sent them to the
marine laboratory in Oban where it was identified. As far as we are aware
the British boat record stands at 496 grams (1 lb 01.5
(F Cappleman) and the Scottish boat record 14.14
oz. so it is unfortunate
we did not keep it and record it. However, it lives to fight another day.
one back in October last year from Bempton Cliffs, North Yorks.Weighed
about 12 oz I would think.Also caught one over 20 years ago, similar
time of year from Knipe Point, south of Scarborough. If I remember rightly
there were several caught around
same time, including one caught by Dave Higgins from the Marine Drive at
Scarborough that was the British Record at the time. Might still be for
all I know.
are quite a few Tadpole Fish, Raniceps
raninus, caught along north east coast each year, the British
Record 1-5-12 in now held by Norman Conn of Seaham SAC quite a few have
over 1 lb have ended up at the Sea Life Centre. I have caught a
few small ones float fishing in the nooks and crannies at the Mull of Galloway.
Today 1/12/01 I caught a
raninus, from Tynemouth Pier on our club match it weighed
in at 450 grams (1 lb 0 oz). Is it possible to eat these
type of fish?
p.s. Not that I would but
fisherman caught a Tadpole Fish in his nets off Guernsey.
name is Eric
Russell and I'm the shore convener for
Predators Beach Angling Club from Glasgow. I would like to inform you of
the details of my shore caught tadpole fish. It was landed during an outing
of Predators B.A.C. during a club match on Sat 27th/Sun 28th of April 2002.
We fished at Loch Etive (green side), which is off the A85 to Connel, a
few miles from Oban. This is on the opposite side of the loch, from the
more well known marks of the Bonawe Quarry and the ledges.
fish was witnessed by club members, weighed and photographed, before being
returned. It was weighed on the clubs electronic scales, displaying 75%
of what we thought was of a pound (= 12 oz). We were all surprised
at the weight, as it was a large fish for the species, but we accepted
it as we knew that the scales had been tested and were 100% accurate. As
they fish was well hooked and it took some time to unhook it, it was quickly
weighed, photographed and returned, knowing that I almost certainly had
a specimen fish and that it could possibly be close to a record one. It
was a few days later that we realised that the scales were set at a percentage
of a kilo and not of a pound. This makes the actual weight of the fish
to be in the region of 1lb 10.5ozs (738 grams). This easily beats the Scottish
and indeed, the British record for the species.
contacted the President/Fish Recorder of the Scottish Federation of Sea
Anglers and was told that I could claim a specimen badge and certificate,
but not the record, as the fish was returned. I knew that in order to claim
a record you must submit the fish with your claim, but I was pleased to
return the fish, as is the norm for the club, happy in the fact that I
had caught my first (and almost certainly last) tadpole fish and that it
was an absolute cracker. The fish was caught during the night at approx
1 a.m. and it took a size 3/0 Kamasan B940 hook, baited with mackerel,
on a running ledger.
a truly strange fish and I was amazed at the shape of it and of the size
of it's mouth. I've been angling for over thirty years and it's the first
one I've ever physically seen, as is the case for the rest of the club
members. We recognised the fish for what it was, but I wonder how many
anglers and I mean experienced anglers, would have done so. I'm delighted
to add it to my species list and hope that it not my last. As I said, it
is a weird looking fish, with the body proportions different, compared
to a 'normal' shaped fish. Eric Russell, great white hunter, signing off.
raninus, are being caught by anglers
off Mevagissey Quay, Cornwall. Some of them are on display at Mevagissey
Harbour Marine Aquarium where they tend to hide away rather a lot and
it is only the expert visitor that can see them.