Speckled rockfish (Sebastes ovalis) occur in midwater over the rocky structure of the reefs south of Cape Blanco. They normally suspend 30 feet above the rocky structure and between 250 feet to 500 feet below the surface.
The upper body of speckled rockfish is colored orangebrown or tan fading to a yellow tan color on the lower body. The tip of the jaws and the lower fins are blackened and there are small black spots on the back and sides.
They live as long a 37 years growing to a maximum length of 22 inches but average 14 inches in length feeding on zooplankton and forage fish.
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