Pacific Coast fish Identification Chart


It is silvery brown, with irregular brown blotches, and five obscure bars on its sides. The Pacific Porgy is reported to have a barred or blotched color pattern when hiding, but the pattern fades when it swims into the open. Its identification is quite straightforward and it cannot be easily confused with other species.

Distribution in Mexico fishing areas

The Pacific Porgy is found in all Mexican fishing waters north to the central Pacific coast of Baja California, but not in great abundance. Although it grows to two feet in length, anything over 15 inches is rare. It is found over sandy bottoms near reefs in the first 200 feet of the water column. The Pacific Porgy is viewed as good table fare, utilized primarily as a component of soup.

The Pacific Porgy is one of a limited number of similar porgies, also known as Mojarrones, of which only one species resides in Mexican fishing areas. Five species are known in the Caribbean and about 100 globally.

The porgies are characterized by their deep bodies and long faces, and they are similar to the grunts with the exception that they have heavy, very strong molariform teeth. They feed on benthic invertebrates, especially shellfish, and shrimp, clams, and polychaete worms.

Pacific Porgy, Calamus brachysomus: Photo courtesy John Snow.

Pacific Porgy, Calamus brachysomus: This Porgy, photographed after death, was caught during a fishing trip with Capt. Pata on the panga Salome, at La Playita, San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico, in 73-degree water, in April 2003, in 100 to 200-foot deep, water utilizing a 30-pound test with 40-pound two dropper loop rig, with swivel, 3-ounce bank sinker, and Mustad 92553 hooks, size 2/0 on cut squid, 10 miles north of La Playita. Size approximately 15 inches and 5 pounds and was an average fighter. The porgy is seldom caught in this area. It is viewed by locals as good table fare. Description and photo courtesy John Snow.

Pacific Porgy, Calamus brachysomus: With coloration as it comes out of the water. Description and photo courtesy John Snow.

Catching WHITES -2

2004-12-18 13:02:57 by WHites

Lake whitefish generally spawn in the late autumn just prior to freeze-up in shallow water (often less than 25 feet), usually over a hard or stony bottom, but sometimes over sand. Spawning can occur under the ice in some lakes, however. What does this tell you? Well, like most fish, spent adults are hungry following the spawning season. Often the best lake whitefish catches are shortly after they spawn in the month of December, just when the ice is safe to travel on. Use caution on ice and always test the conditions. Never walk on ice that is less than four inches thick and don't drive on ice that is less than 12 inches thick

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