So here's the deal - catching sea robin is fun. I know, I know, filthy, loud, annoying sea robin. Ask yourself a question, though: is it better to catch a sea robin or to catch nothing at all? I bet most would go with the sea robin option. People say it doesn't count when a sea robin is caught, but it does.
Hey, some people even like to eat the critters. Believe it. Word is they make a good soup. It has something to do with employing the meat on the tail, if I'm not mistaken. Furthermore, sea robin are also used as bait around these parts. It's true. Some Connecticut fishermen swear by them. While the author of this piece has never seen a forty pound blue landed when sea robin was used as bait, he may try casting out with sea robin himself his next trip to the Sound.
Lastly, and this may aggravate some, sea robin are kinda neat. How many other fish bark and scowl at the men and women who reel them in? Perhaps that's why sea robin are let back into the water to swim again so often - it's not worth listening to an earful of their griping. People get enough of that from other people. They don't need to hear it from fish.
And what's with their appearance? They may not be pretty, but neither are many Connecticut fishermen. Sea robin certainly do look memorable, however, a lot more memorable than striper, if you really think about it. Or even snapper, for that matter. Besides, who says looks are everything? So let's stop it with all the sea robin hate. They're plentiful in our waters and can put up a fight.
Hey, if they were all that bad, would you be reading about them right now?