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Bigeye Croaker

The Bigeye Croaker is a species of croaker common in the warm, shallow waters of Baja California to Guatemala- excluding the Sea of Cortez.  Like the Queenfish, the Bigeye Croaker does not grow to an impressive size- healthy individuals rarely exceeding ten inches in length.  The croaker is a uniform silver color with black anal and pelvic fins while the dorsal, pectoral and tail fins are usually yellow or yellow-brown.  They are characterized by an oblong body, blunt snout, and a recessed mouth with the typical croaker barbels absent.  On larger specimens there is sometimes a faint stripe just above the lateral line, and the gill covers of all Bigeye Croakers are relatively smooth.  Like most croakers they make their home in the shallow waters of the surf zone, harbors and bays with sandy bottoms.  They typically feed on small crustaceans like crabs and shrimp, but larger individuals will eat squid and small fish like grunions.  What’s commonly known about this fish is that it is comparably rarer than most croakers which is why most fishermen do not target them in addition to their small size.