Barred Sand Bass
- Long body, square tail
- Grey-white back, white belly, dark vertical bars on the sides
- Two short dorsal (back) spines and then very long third dorsal spine
- Narrow dark bar below eye
- From Santa Cruz, California to Magdalena Bay, Baja California, Mexico
- Most are in waters from 60-90 feet, can be in as deep as 600 feet
- Live in shallow sandy environments near reefs, rock outcroppings, and kelp beds
- Often rest on the bottom propped up on their pectoral (side) fins
- Crabs, octopus, squid, small fish, midshipmen
- Sharks, marine mammals, osprey
- Barred sand bass spawn from May-October, and their eggs are free floating throughout the water.
- They are sometimes called grumps or grumpy due to their mouths.
Sources: California Department of Fish and Wildlife; Pierfishing.com; Ben Frable, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Photo: David R Andrew