The sargo is the largest of the Paciﬁc grunts and is commonly caught incidentally by anglers fishing for other species, primarily during the summer.
IdentificationThe body of the adult sargo is a compressed oval shape, and the back is elevated. The head has a steep, straight upper profile and a small mouth. The sargo’s coloring is a metallic silver, with a grayish tinge on the back. It is silvery below, and there is a distinguishing dark vertical bar running across the body from the dorsal ﬁn to the base of the pectoral fin. Occasionally, sargo are entirely bright yellow, orange, or pure white.
A young sargo, up to 4 inches, has several dark horizontal stripes. The vertical bar begins to appear when the ﬁsh is 2 to 3 inches long.