Video: Have You Ever Caught a Blowfish?

Many anglers are uneasy about catching blowfish, or puffers, due to their reputation for being the second most poisonous vertebrate in the world. That reputation is only partly deserved. While Pacific blowfish do contain the dangerous and occasionally lethal tetrodotoxin, Northern puffers in the mid-Atlantic are mostly poison-free. In fact, in states like New Jersey, fishing for blowfish is quite common. The small fish can be found in the surf and coastal bays during spring and early fall. Experienced anglers use a variety of baits, but squid, clam, and blood worms are recommended. Officials still advise that anglers be careful in the handling or consumption of blowfish, as poisonous varieties can be hard to differentiate from the Northern pufferfish.

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  1. Mike

    Another blow fish story? And another thing, I have grand children who love the outdoors, but, I really do not need Chester telling me how to encourage them. I’m Also glad Chester likes snakes, I however, I shoot snakes and encourage my grand children to stay away from them. Chester , your note this month had 35 me, my and I in it and was yet another story about encouraging children. Your article…….more snakes! Texas Fish and Game not Texas children and Snakes!

  2. Drew

    Wow, not one of articles writen about snakes in Texas encouraged anyone to run up and grab one. Then you mock him for promoting getting kids in the outdoors? I’m 28 years old and have a soon to be 4 year old daughter that already has a huge passion for the outdoors. She has even had her own picture in this magazine holding her first fish. I can only hope to send in many, many more of her experiences with me hunting, fishing, or just catching grass hoppers for that matter. Chester and Ted have had some awesome articles on today’s youth in the outdoors. It is a wonderful thing to see or read about a child holding there first catch or kill and is an even greater to experience it with them. If you don’t like the articles don’t read them. Keep up the good work to all writers at Texas F&G Magazine.

  3. Mike

    Sorry I criticized. Actually not…..I have been a subscriber for 25 years or longer than you has been able to read. I enjoy all the great photos and have for years. Just as my grand children are my responsibility Drew is yours and you should be proud of encouraging his love of the out doors. It is, after all, your responsibility. As I stated I read subscribe to read about Texas Fish and Game not snakes and encouraging children month after month. As for criticizing, I’ll protest when ever I wish. Good luck to TF&G building their subscriber list with snakes and children.

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