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Meet the Fish - Rocks(Sebastes), Cabezon and Greenling
« on: September 26, 2012, 06:05 PM »
The chart below refers to the Central Coast Management Area in California, and is subject to change




Black-and-Yellow Rockfish
Sebastes chrysomelas

length - 15 in
wt - 3+lb

Most common between Mendocino County and Point Conception
Distinguishing Characteristics
Same essential shape as Gopher Rockfish but with yellow blotching and spotting. Similar in color to China Rocks but lack a single lateral yellow line the China has. Statewide, most common in less than 50 feet.Adults prefer rocky bottom seeking shelter in holes and crevices and emerge at dusk. More aggressive than gophers will dominate shallower areas where gophers are present.

Photos and sources:
*** www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/nearshorefinfish/blackandyellowrockfish.asp
*** dfw.state.or.us
*** California Finfish and Shellfish Identification Book
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Re: California Saltwater Fish
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2012, 06:09 PM »
Black Rockfish
Sebastes melanops

AKA (black snapper,black bass)

length 27"
weight 10lb

Occur most commonly north of Point Conception in a variety of habitats, including loose groups or alone. Bluish Black with dirty white underside and white band along lateral line. Can be fished with nearly any kind of bait including lures.

Photos and Sources
*** pt-lobos.com
*** California Finfish and Shelfish Identification Book
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Re: California Saltwater Fish
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2012, 06:10 PM »
Blue Rockfish
Sebastes mystinus

AKA (blue bass, blue snapper)

length 21 inches
wt 3 lb

Blotched dark blue or bluish black becoming lighter below. Has stripes angling down and back from eyes. No spots on dorsal fin and straight versas round anal fin help to distinguish it from Black Rockfish.
Found statewide, most popular north of Point Conception. Found mostly just below surface where kelp is present or on rock bottom when its not.

Sources and photo
California Finfish and Shelfish Indentification Book
Emeralddiving.com
Wikipedia
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Re: California Saltwater Fish
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2012, 06:11 PM »
Brown Rockfish
Sebastes auriculatus

AKA (bolina cod, chocolate bass)

length 22"
weight 5 lb

Can be found state wide most commonly in shallow waters up to 450 feet. Can also be found in bays and other shallow waters. Various shades of brown with red brown, dark brown or black mottling(appearance of uneven spots). Has prominent dark brown spot on rear gill cover that lightens with age. Adults found solitary or in small groups in deeper water near rock outcroppings. May be found with vermillion, copper, canary and calico rockfishes.

Sources and photo
California Finfish and Shellfish Indentification Book
http://pnwscuba.smugmug.com/Fish/brownrockfish/
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Re: California Saltwater Fish
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2012, 06:12 PM »
China Rock Fish
Sebastes nebulosus

Up to 18 inches

Found from Alaska to Rodondo Beach, more common north of Sonoma County. Similiar in appearance to the black-and-yellow rockfish but has a yellow or white yellow lateral line. The are found most commonly between 30 and 300 feet. "Adults are solitary and territorial, preferring rocky outcrops with boulder fields and crevices"

sources and photo
www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/nearshorefinfish/chinarockfish.asp
deepstrikeak.com
Wikipedia
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Re: California Saltwater Fish - Under Construction
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2012, 09:10 PM »
Copper Rockfish
Sebastes caurinus

AKA (neverdies, whitebelly, chucklehead)

length 22"
weight 10lb

Can be found statewide especially between southern and central California. Highly variable in color including blotchy olive, dark brown, copper pink or red. Has light colored strip on 2/3 of lateral line. Belly is bright white and several bars radiate back from eye. Can be found in intertidal zones all the way to 600 feet. Usually feed in morning and evening hours.




sources and photo
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/mspcont4.asp
California Finfish and Shelfish Identification Book
hmsc.oregonstate.edu
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Re: California Saltwater Fish - Under Construction
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2012, 12:28 PM »
Gopher Rockfish
(Sebastes carnatus)

AKA(gopher cod, butterball)

Length - up to 17 inches

Can be found state wide, especially between Point Conception and Monterey Bay but uncommon north of Sonoma County. Can be caught in intertidal zones up to 260 feet. Body shape essentially the same as Black-and-Yellow but has olive brown to reddish brown patches covered by pinkish blotches on upper half extending into dorsal fin.

Sources and photo
California Finfish and Shellfish Identification Book
bocaboard.com

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Re: California Saltwater Fish - Under Construction
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2012, 02:41 PM »
Grass Rockfish
(Sebastes rastrelliger)

AKA Grass Bass

length - to 17 inches

Found statewide near shore in shallow waters, among seaweed, kelp, rocky reefs and around caves. Most commonly caught between 15-30 feet. Blackish green to olive green with paler green or brown molting. Pectoral fin usually have pink edges when alive. They are most active at night feeding on bottom dwellers, such as crab, shrimp, snails and small fish.

sources and photo
2nd photo.. CobraMB in Morro Bay yakking by jetty
California Finfish and Shellfish Identification Book
http://www.dfw.state.or.us/mrp/fishid/images/Sebastes_rastrelliger.jpg
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Re: California Saltwater Fish - Under Construction
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2012, 05:46 PM »
Greenspotted Rockfish
Sebastes chlorostictus

AKA chucklehead, red rock cod, bolina

up to 20 inches in length


"The body of the greenspotted rockfish is elongate and moderately compressed. The upper profile of the head is rather steep with a nearly straight slope. The jaws are even when closed. The color is yellow pink with distinct green spots over the back and top of the head"
"The greenspotted rockfish occurs from Cedros Island, Baja California, to Copalis Head, Washington. Greenspotted rockfish are caught around offshore, rocky reefs at depths ranging from 160 to 660 feet."

sources and photo
www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/mspcont4.asp
montereybayaquarium.typepad.com
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Kelp Rockfish
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2012, 05:56 PM »
Kelp Rockfish
Sebastes atrovirens

AKA sugar bass

up to 16 inches

Dark-olive gray to olive-brown, darker w/ mottling, fins same color as body. Distinguised from Brown Rockfish by its lack of dark spot on gill cover and distinguished from Grass Rockfish by observing gill rakers, which are long and slender. Found from Mendocino County south among kelp beds and rocks from surface to 140 feet but most common in depths averaging 35 feet.

sources and photo
California Finfish and Shelfish Identification Book
http://montereybay.noaa.gov/visitor/slideshow/pages/13.html
www.afsc.noaa.gov/.../RockfishGuide/Rockfish.../Kelp_rockfish.htm
oceanlight.com
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« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2012, 06:20 PM »
Olive Rockfish
Sebastes serranoides

AKA johnny bass, jonathan

up to 24 inches

Dark olive or greenish-gray with lighter blotches on the back. Color lightens on sides. Color may vary from olive green to bright yellow. No red-brown flecking on scales helps to differentiate from Yellowtail Rockfish. Few head spines except those on gill cover differentiate it from Kelp Bass. Found from Crescent City south, but rarely north of Fort Brag. Usually found near the surface around kelp beds or near bottom of rock areas where kelp does not form dense beds that reach surface. Most common where kelp beds where depth is 40 feet or deeper. Olive Rockfish are schooling fish often found with Blue or Black Rockfish.

Sources and Photo
California Finfish and Shelffish Identification Book
Photo is from CCKF member Sin Coast(thank you)
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« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2012, 12:51 PM »
Quillback Rockfish
Sebastes maliger

AKA brown bomber

up to 24 inches

Found from Point Sur northward but most common in northern California. Prefer rocky bottoms found in subtidal areas to depths of 900 feet. Brown with yellowish to orange blotches toward front of body covering head and extending into spiny dorsal fin. Quillbacks are thought to feed in morning and evening hours primarily on bottom dwelling crustaceans.

sources and photo
California Finfish and Shellfish Identification Book
nrimp.dfw.state.or.us
takakouno.com
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Re: RCG Complex -Rockfish, Cabezon, Greenling - Under Construction
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2012, 06:12 PM »
Rosy Rockfish
Sebastes rosaceus

up to 15 inches

Orange-red to purple w/ yellow wash on lower sides; 4 or 5 clear, whitish blotches, bordered w/ purple-red on upper part of body; fins pink w/ yellow.Found from Puget Sound to central Baja, but rare north of California. Bottom-dweller, usually between 90-150 feet, though occasionally deeper.

Sources and photo
http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/groundfish/RockfishGuide/Rockfish_Pages/Rosy_rockfish.htm
emeralddiving.com
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cas_docents/3380840962/#
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Re: RCG Complex -Rockfish, Cabezon, Greenling - Under Construction
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2012, 03:18 PM »
Starry Rockfish
Sebastes constellatus

AKA spotted corsair, spotted rockfish

up to 18 inches

Description: The body of the starry rockfish is elongate, robust, heavy forward tapering to the tail. The head is rather pointed in profile and the mouth is large with the lower jaw projecting only slightly beyond the upper jaw when the mouth is closed. The body is red orange and profusely covered with small white spots. There are four or five large whitish blotches along the back. It is a very distinctive fish that is not easily confused with any other rockfish.
 
Range: The starry rockfish occurs from Thetis Bank, Baja California, to San Francisco, California, and is found around rocky offshore reefs at depths of 80 to 900 feet.
-http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/mspcont4.asp


photos:
mexfish.com
http://www.oceanlight.com/stock-photo/starry-rockfish-image-09354-913549.jpg
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« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2012, 07:43 PM »
Treefish
Sebastes serriceps

AKA lipstick bass, barber pole

length up to 16 inches

They are striking in appearance with a yellowish ground color and five to six vertical black bars on the side, with red, pink or orange lips. Found from San Francisco south, but are rare north of Point Conception. May inhabit very shallow waters up to 320 feet but are more common in more than 200 feet. Prefer rugged rocky areas with plenty of crevices and caves. They are solitary and highly territorial.

Sources and photo
California Finfish and Shelfish Identification Book
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/nearshorefinfish/treefish.asp
mlmlblog.wordpress.com
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