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Oceanside Pier

The Oceanside Pier — 2005 This used to be a two-sack pier; that was what I learned one day while talking to a pier regular. The regular, a gentleman of a youthful 78 years of age, and one who fished about 350 days a year, told me the story. “Back in the thirties you needed [...]

Basketweave Cusk-Eel

Order Ophidiformes  Cusk-Eels—Family Ophidiidae Cusk-eel (Photo courtesy of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science) Species: Ophidion scrippsae  (Hubbs, 1916); from the words otophidium (referring to the large sacklike inner ear) and scrippsae  (in honor of Ellen Browning Scripps who helped establish the Scripps Institution of Oceanography). Alternate Names: Eel or California cusk-eel. In Mexico they’re [...]

Yellow Snake Eel

Snake Eels—Family Ophichthidae Yellow snake eel caught by Fishy at the Balboa Pier in 2007 Species: Ophichthus zophochir (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882); Ophichthus, from two Greek words meaning serpent and fish, and the Greek zophochir, for darkness and hand (dark pectoral fins). Alternate Names: Eww, a snake!  Eww, a snake!  In Mexico called Tieso Amarillo; [...]

Zebraperch

Sea Chubs—Family Kyphosidae Species: Hermosilla azure (Jenkins & Evermann, 1889); from Hermosillo (the name of the capitol city of Sonora Province in Mexico, near where first collected) and the Latin word azurea (sky-blue coloring). Alternate Names: Zebra perch, convict fish and sea chub. In Mexico called chopa azul or chopa bonita. Identification: An oval-shaped body [...]

Black Croaker

Croakers—Family Sciaeidae A black croaker from the Oceanside Harbor Pier Species:  Cheilotrema saturnum (Girard, 1858); from the Greek word cheilotrema  (lip pores) and the Latin word saturnum  (dusky color). Alternate Names: China croaker, Chinese croaker, Chinafin croaker and red roncador. Early names included black perch and black bass. Given the references to China croaker, it [...]