Help identify this fish?

AirAndSea

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Apr 23, 2019
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Ventura Ca
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Chris G
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17’ Outrage
I caught these off the coast in Ventura area, and I’m guessing they are brown rockfish. I’m still learning to distinguish between some of the rockfish, so I appreciate help identifying these! Thanks

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mike garrahan

TheSabreGuy
Sep 7, 2007
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mike garrahan
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23 ft. crestliner
You get up to northern California and the black rockfish (Sebastes melanops) and the blue rockfish (Sebastes mystinus) are very common. All of them look pretty much the same only different colors.
 
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TOTW

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  • Dec 23, 2005
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    The sugar bass term is usually in reference to a kelp rockfish, Sebastes atrovirens, and while close, these aren’t those. The dark ear spot is a dead giveaway for the brown rockfish.
     
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    walter heim

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    Feb 20, 2021
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    I concur with brown rockfish aka bolina.
    For fish ID, if it has 13 dorsal spines, it is probably a rockfish. Now you just need to know which one as i believe there are 53 species
     

    AirAndSea

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    Apr 23, 2019
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    Ventura Ca
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    Chris G
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    17’ Outrage
    Okay, someone needs to say it: be careful about keeping fish you can’t identify. Can be a very expensive mistake. In this case, no issue, just good eats!
    I feel pretty confident in identifying what I’m not allowed to keep. And I knew these were some type of rock fish, just wasn’t exactly sure which species. Im glad people are here to help. I read the regs and agree with your sentiment, better safe than sorry.
     

    KXKH

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  • Feb 28, 2018
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    Brown rockfish for sure, good eating fish. My favorite rockfish is the blue rockfish, I call them the crappie of the ocean.
     

    CaliJeepHuntr

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    That's a brown rockfish, aka bolinas. We catch them from time to time out of Avila. They're good eating. Best eating is the gophers, if they're big enough and they don't drag your lure into the rocks.

    Blues are just pests really, meat is mushier. Bigger ones are ok though. We always throw the blues back.
     
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