Also a member of the Scorpaenidae family, the yelloweye rockfish is known to many anglers as “red snapper,” although it bears only a slight resemblance to a true snapper. It is one of many red to yellow species in the eastern Pacific, however, and resembles several others, making identiﬁcation difﬁcult. The large size and the excellent ﬂesh of this species make it a favorite among anglers.
IdentificationThe yelloweye rockfish is orange-red to orange-yellow in body coloration; it has bright-yellow irises and black pupils and a raspy ridge above the eyes. The ﬁns may be black at the margins.
An adult usually has a light (perhaps white) band on the lateral line. A juvenile has two light bands, one on the lateral line and one shorter line below the lateral line. A large rockﬁsh, the yelloweye is a heavy-boned, spiny ﬁsh through the head and “shoulders.”