Sebastes Ruberrimus

Sebastidae

Scorpaeniformes

offshore

5 - 39 pounds

16" - 41"

Yelloweye Rockfish 

Also Known As: Pacific Red Snapper, Rasphead Rockfish, Turkey Red Rockfish, Red Rockfish, Red Rockcod, Yellow Belly

Yelloweye Rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus) Fish Description

As the name suggests, the Yelloweye Rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus), got its name from its distinctive yellow eye. Aside from its colorful eye, one of the most distinguishing features of this fish species is its brightly colored body, which changes as it matures. From the deep reddish hue when it’s still in its youth, it changes to a brighter orange as it reaches adulthood, and until finally to deeper yellow at the latter part of its life. While many anglers call it red snapper, it’s not actually related in any way to the “true” red snapper found in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The Yelloweye Rockfish is one of the biggest in its genus Sebastes as it’s been known to grow up to three feet and can weigh up to twenty-four pounds. It’s also known for its long lifespan that’s been said to reach up to one hundred and thirty years.

The Yelloweye Rockfish usually mates in November. The females can produce from 1.2 to 2.7 million eggs every year and can store sperm for months before fertilizing the eggs. Gestation can last for about one to two months and gives birth to live babies between April and September. When the babies are born, they would spend six to nine months living in the open ocean until they are big enough to swim to the bottom where they would stay for years—in the shallow areas at first, then would migrate to the deeper parts of the ocean as they age.

 

Interesting Facts About Yelloweye Rockfish

  • The biggest Yelloweye Rockfish caught on record measures a little over three feet long and weighs thirty-nine pounds.
  • The world record fish was caught off the coast of Alaska by deep sea fishers.
  • They have one of the longest lifespans among the fishes in the ocean.
  • They are said to live to a maximum of 114 to 120 years of age.
  • There were unconfirmed reports of Yelloweyes living to one hundred and fifty years.
  • Some are known to live their entire life in a single rock pile.
  • They are also called red snapper though they are not related to the “true” red snapper found in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • They are favorite fishing targets by both commercial and recreational fishers.
  • Their meat