Posts Tagged San Clemente Pier

The Sauna Tour —A Trip to the SoCal Piers

A yellowtail caught at Crystal Pier in San Diego “While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.” Oops, whoa Nellie, stop, stop, stop the press, that’s the wrong vision! This vision was more pescatorial, one of big game fish being caught at the SoCal piers, fish such as yellowtail, shortfin corvina, bonefish and more exotic [...]

California Moray

Species: Gymnothorax mordax (Ayres, 1859); from the Greek words gymno and thorax (naked breast or lack of scales) and the Latin word mordax  (prone to bite). Martin (Greensleeves) and a moray at the 2003 Catalina Get Together Alternate Names: Moray or conger eel. Early-day names included marina and muraena. Called morena de California or anguila [...]

Shovelnose Guitarfish

Hashem Nahid and a shovelnose guitarfish at the Hermosa Beach Pier Order Rhinobatiformes — Guitarfish—Family Rhinobatidae  Species:  Rhinobatos productus (Ayres, 1854); from the Latin word rhin (shark with a rough skin) and the Greek word batis (a ray or skate), and the Latin word product  (a lengthened form, in reference to its long shape and [...]

California’s SoCal Bass — #2 —Barred Sand Bass

Sea Basses—Family Serranidae Sand bass from the Dana Harbor Pier in 2013 Species: Paralabrax nebulifer (Girard, 1854); from the Greek words para (near) and labrax (a European bass), and the Latin words nebul (smoke or dark) and fer (to bear), in reference to the color on their sides. Alternate Names: Commonly called sand bass; sandy, [...]

Yellowfin Croaker

Yellowfin croaker, Crystal Pier in San Diego  Species: Umbrina roncador (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882); from the Greek word umbra  (shade, referring to its darkened, shady sides) and the Spanish word roncador  (a snorer, or to snore). It is, afterall, a croaker. Alternate Names: Surf fish, golden croaker, Catalina croaker, yellowtailed croaker and yellowfinned roncador. In [...]