|Sorry to drag a thread up from the dead, but I was wondering if Milton ever came up with a definitive ID on the fish?
I ask, because I've caught many of them along the Baja coast, and I found it fairly easy to identify as Glasseye (Heteropriacanthus cruentatus). The fish is displaying a classic stress pattern.
This is one of the most widespread species in the family of Priacanthidae, and have a circumglobal distribution... ask me how I know? Because I've caught them everywhere from the Central and East Pacific to the Indian Ocean. This poses somewhat of a disaster for a species hunter trying to find new species of Priacanthidae to catch.
Anyways, since they were a fairly common catch for me in Baja (alongside the Popeye Catalufa), I'm not surprised they've made their way up north along with Largemouth Blenny, Shortfin Corvina, and Cortez Bonefish among others.
They're quite fun to catch on ultralight tackle, and everytime I encounter them, I'm usually able to catch a half dozen or more due to their schooling tendencies.
Here is Ken's fish for comparison.
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