Pier Fishing in California

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Garibaldi

Garibaldi

Species

Hypsypops rubicundus; from the Greek word hypsypops (high area below the eye) and the Latin word rubicunda (red).

Alternate Names

Golden perch or ocean sunfish.

Identification

Garibaldi are distinguished by a brilliant golden orange coloring on the whole body – they’re one of the prettiest fish in our coastal waters. They are perch-shaped but very deep-bodied with large fins. The young are reddish orange with bright blue spots.

Size

To 14 inches; pier-caught fish are usually under a foot.

Range

Magdalena Bay, Baja California to Monterey Bay. Uncommon north of Santa Barbara and rare north of Point Conception.

Habitat

Shallow-water, rocky-shore areas and near kelp.

Piers

Caught at a few southern California piers located near kelp beds or rocky reefs. Best bets: Green Pleasure Pier (Avalon), Redondo Harbor Sportfishing Pier, Hermosa Beach Pier, Paradise Cove Pier, and in some years, late summer to fall, Gaviota Pier. I’ve also seen quite a few swimming around the pilings at the Dana Harbor Pier.

Size and Number Limit

MAY NOT BE TAKEN OR POSSESSED.

Food Value

None since you can’t keep them!

Comments

Once again, it is illegal to keep these fish.