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Not-so-lovely saltwater fish tastes great
Lingcod -- often considered one of the ugliest fish in the ocean but also one of the tastiest -- are a popular saltwater sportfish usually found in water 30 to 300 feet deep and sometimes 3,000 feet deep.
The lingcod -- actually a type of greenling -- can live 25 years and grow to well over 70 pounds. They're voracious eaters, sporting a large mouth and 18 sharp teeth.
That aggressive streak makes them fun and easy to catch, an attraction that has at times depleted the slow-to-mature stock in areas such as Alaska's Resurrection Bay and Washington's Puget Sound.
Lingcod are common throughout Southeast Alaska, the outer Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak Island and Prince William Sound.
The state record fish, caught near Valdez, weighed 76 pounds, 10 ounces.
Lingcod are often caught by halibut fishermen using chunks of salmon or herring on the ocean bottom.
Sources of information include the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.