The Opaleye lives in the benthopelagic, non-migratory, marine, depth range 2 - 30 m , usually 2 - 6 m environment.

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Mike Dufish with two three-taco opaleye from the Redondo Breakwall, Hermosa Beach in the background. Andy Q. on right with his brother way out on the Redondo Breakwall with nice calicos caught on Fish Traps. Jim G. with a snow crab that ate bait at Redondo Breakwall. More

Description: The body of the opaleye is oval and compressed. The snout is thick with an evenly rounded profile. The mouth is small. More

Opaleye live anywhere from the intertidal zone to depths of 75 feet. The Opaleye will have bright blue eyes and a cream colored spot or two on their back, just below the dorsal fins. They are primarily vegetarian feeders but will occasionally take small invertebrates. More

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Bait and Tackle: Some anglers specialize in opaleye, and many of them swear that moss or frozen peas are the best bait. I've caught them on both, but I've also caught many on fresh mussels, pieces of bloodworms and small rock crabs. Hooks should be kept small, size 8 or 6. More

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Opaleyes have beautiful blue eyes (like mine) from which they get their name. Although commonly referred to as opaleye perch because of their similar body shape, they and their halfmoon relatives are actually members of the sea chub family. More

* Unique features: The opaleyes have two unusual dots located under the dorsal fin. Where They Live: * Range: The opaleye is found from Otter Rock, Oregon to Southern Baja California. More

Common names

Calicagène verte in French (français)
Calicagère bleue in French (français)
Calicagère verte in French (français)
Chopa in sp
Chopa verde in Spanish (español)
Mejina in Japanese (日本語)
Opalauge in German (Deutsch)
opaleye in English
Opalögonfisk in Swedish (Svenska)
Opaløje in Danish (dansk)
Rudderfish in English
Skubacz kalifornijski in Polish (polski)
黑魢 in Mandarin Chinese
黑鱾 in Mandarin Chinese

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Order : Perciformes
Family : Kyphosidae
Genus : Girella
Species : Girella nigricans
Authority : Ayres, 1860