perch, Pacific red snapper, rock cod; yellowtail, goldeneye, blue
rockfish; bocaccio, chilipepper, shortbelly
Location: Northern Pacific coasts
Rockfish dominate the marine recreational fishery catch in northern and central California, comprising about half the catch. Of the 62 rockfish species reported from the Pacific coast of North America, 57 are found off California.
True to their name, adult rockfish are typically associated with high-relief rocky areas; however, some schooling species are occasionally found over sand.
Dominate southern California sport catches are vermilion rockfish, blue rockfish, chilipepper, and bocaccio and California commercial catches are mostly bocaccio and chilipepper rockfish.
In general, the white meat of the rockfish is firm in texture and low in fat, with a mild, sweet flavor. Meat of the deep-bodied variety tends to have a slightly firmer texture and fuller flavor.
Preparation: Rockfish is excellent baked, broiled, poached, or sautéed. Fillets of the long-bodied variety tend to be soft and fragile and should be handled carefully (these are not the best fish for grilling).