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Topic Title: Fish ID - puffer or boxfish or something else?
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Created On: 04/13/2021 07:35 PM
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 04/13/2021 07:35 PM
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PUNCH22

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Hey guys, Can anybody help me ID this fish? Caught off South Florida, Boynton Beach area. Pics

Edited: 04/13/2021 at 07:37 PM by PUNCH22
 04/14/2021 05:03 PM
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StirfryMcflurry

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looks like a big ass puffer, to me

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 04/15/2021 04:52 AM
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kreidel

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Smoothback puffer and what Stirfry said.

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 04/15/2021 04:59 AM
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StirfryMcflurry

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Thanks, and I didn't know they got THAT BIG! dam, PUNCH.

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Edited: 04/15/2021 at 04:59 AM by StirfryMcflurry
 04/15/2021 06:05 AM
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PUNCH22

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Thanks guys, I appreciate the ID! Credit has to go to my sister who caught it!
 04/15/2021 06:35 AM
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StirfryMcflurry

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you didn't rub the belly to see if it would puff up? probly would have been big as a basketball!

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 04/15/2021 02:20 PM
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Cole

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Pretty fish, did he puff?

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 04/16/2021 04:06 PM
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tertle

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I was over in Crystal River this weekend. Caught a good amount of the same species of puffers in your pic. They are actually kinda cool looking when you catch one, kinda metallic blue-ish in color (unlike the ones around here, they look like a turd). Couple times I thought I had a nice little snook or red. Not sure what I hate more ladyfish or puffers. All I know, both are everywhere!
 04/19/2021 06:32 AM
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stokedpanda

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ive heard smooth back puffer and also heard them called rabbit fish and yes they get like 2' long!

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 04/24/2021 10:24 AM
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Cole

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Two feet? The thing must puff up to the size of a basketball.

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 05/02/2021 09:29 PM
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StirfryMcflurry

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Originally posted by: Cole Two feet? The thing must puff up to the size of a basketball.
Pretty sure I already said that, coat -tail rider!

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 05/07/2021 07:35 AM
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Burry

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Excellent eating!!! have to know how to clean! ( but it is easy)

This one is about a foot and a half!




Skinned



Two nice fillets




cooking...one with Lemmon pepper and the other with Seafood Magic




The 2 smaller fillets are from some Toadies we caught about a year ago down at the Boynton Inlet...





This is the first time i have ever caught Rabbit Fish!
The water was very clear and flat!
They fight almost like a Pompano...
Hopefully will catch some more!!!










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 05/10/2021 04:50 AM
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Cole

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I always associate puffers with horrible death by poison.

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 05/25/2021 06:44 AM
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Burry

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Cole
if you eat the bad Fugu...you just fall asleep in your rice bowl...so i have been told by a reliable source!

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