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    Yellowfin croaker

    The Yellowfin croaker (Umbrina roncador) is an excellent food fish which is also known as yellowfin drum, Catalina croaker, yellowtailed croaker and golden croaker. It belongs to the Family Sciaenidae under Order Perciformes of Class Actinopterygii. It is endemic to the Eastern Pacific and is distributed from Point Conception in California to Bahia Magdalena in Baja California, Mexico, as well as in the northern part of the Gulf of California. It inhabits in shallow sandy areas, often in surf zones, bays and tidal sloughs. They are more abundant along beaches during the summer months and may move to deeper water in winter. They occur in small schools over soft bottom habitats from shore to 125 feet but are most commonly found in waters less than 30 feet. It is also common in harbors and occasionally frequent in kelp bed.

    It has elongated, croaker-like body with a blunt, rounded snout and small subterminal mouth. Single short and fleshy barbel is present at the tip of lower jaw.The color is iridescent blue to gray with brassy reflections on the back and underside is silvery white. The sides and back have many diagonal dark wavy lines. The fins are yellowish in color except for the dark dorsal fins. It has two anal spines; the second of which is wide and thick. It has finely serrated gill covers, dark gill cavities and the caudal fin is slightly concave. Dorsal fin is long which is divided by a deep notch into two of which soft-rayed portion is much longer than spiny part.
    Pectoral fin is
    short with 16-19 rays. Bases of soft dorsal and anal fins have scaly sheath. Scales are rough on head and body but it is smooth in fins. Lateral line is complete with 51-54 scales.

    The yellowfin croaker reaches sexual maturity at the age of three years. It grows up to 56 cm in length and 2.5 kg in weight. It can live up to 15 years. Female yellowfin croakers reach their adult size faster than the males.Spawning occurs during the summer months when this species is most common along the sandy beaches.The yellowfin croaker mainly feeds on small fishes and fish fry. It also eats variety of invertebrates such as small crustaceans, worms and mollusks. Eggs, larvae and small juveniles of yellowfin croaker are preyed upon by many fishes while larger individuals are preyed upon by seals, sea lions, halibut and other large fishes. It is primarily caught by anglers fishing from sandy beaches, piers, jetties, harbors and bays. It is important to many anglers because they can be readily caught from shore with minimum investment in fishing gear and time.

    It is typically caught with light spinning gear such as small hooks and bottom rigs using a variety of popular baits including live and dead anchovies, soft shelled
    sand crabs, bloodworms, innkeeper worms,mussels andclams. It is mainly caught during the summer months; especially July and August are considered the best months. Early night or around sundown is the best time to catch yellowfin croaker. They are most commonly caught between Ventura County and Central Baja California.

    Photo: The Yellowfin croaker (Umbrina roncador)
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