Posts Tagged Catalina

California Barracuda

Barracudas—Family Sphyraenidae A nice barracuda caught at the Cabrillo Mole in Avalon by SteveO Species: Sphyraena argentea (Girard, 1854); from the Greek word sphyraena (an ancient name meaning hammer fish) and the Latin word argenteum  (silvery). Alternate Names: Pacific barracuda, barry, gar, fire hose, stove pipe, skinny, scooter, scoot, snake, slime, slimestick, pencil (small fish), [...]

Salema

Grunts—Family Haemulidae  Salema from the Ocean Beach Pier in San Diego Species: Xenistius californiensis (Steindachner, 1876); from xenitius (strange sail, in allusion to the dorsal fin) and californiensis (in reference to California as a geographic area). Alternate Names: Bass, big eye, big eye bass, striped bass and lima perch. In Mexico called salema, pajarillo or [...]

2015 PFIC/UPSAC Catalina Get Together

Garibaldi in the island waters; the colors present an almost surreal scene Derby Day — Saturday, July 18, 2015 “Well, first time that’s happened.” Only once in 14 years had the PFIC/UPSAC Catalina Get Together experienced rain and never during the day of the derby. That would change. What started as a beautiful day saw [...]

Largest Fish From A California Pier?

A frequent question over the years has been, “what is the largest fish taken from a California pier?” A 453-pound giant (black) sea bass is recorded from Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara in 1925 and there’s an unconfirmed report of a 600-pound giant sea bass taken from the Manhattan Beach Pier in 1929. Huge white [...]

Finescale Triggerfish

Order Tetraodontiformes — Triggerfishes — Family Balistidae KJ and a Finescale Triggerfish from the Cabrillo Mole Species: Balistes polylepis (Steindachner, 1876); Balistes comes from the Latin word ballista (a device that shoots arrows—referring to the trigger-like spine) and the Greek word polylepis (many scales) Alternate Name: Triggerfish. In Mexico called cochi, puerco coche, cochito or [...]