Grass Rockfish (Sugar Bass)

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Grass Rockfish
Sebastes rastrelliger


Sebastes rastrelliger; from the Greek words sebastes (magnificent) and rastrelliger (a rake, in reference to the stubby gill rakers).

Alternate Names
Rock cod, scomoda, grass bass, sugar bass, and, in the north, kelp bass.

Typical bass shape with green above and lighter green and brown below. Although often mistaken for kelp rockfish, they are easily differentiated during cleaning – the grass rockfish has very short gill rakers on its first gill arch. The gill rakers are generally as wide as they are long.

Length to 22 inches; generally between 8 and 16 inches for those caught from piers.

Playa Maria Bay, Baja California, to Yaquina Bay, Oregon.

Shallow-water rocky areas.

Info from Pier Fishing In California

About the Author

Sean loves to fish in Southern California and this site is his journal of his adventures in fishing. He started fishing when he was a little guy with his dad David, and has continued to this day with his family. In his day job, Sean has been a graphic designer for over 15 years, designing everything from in-store displays and signage for supermarkets to e-commerce auction sites for an online consumer electronics company. He was a web and graphic designer then later an art director for McMullen Argus Publishing (Primedia), building and working on sites for Lowrider Magazine and Super Chevy, plus 30 other automotive magazine sites. Sean seized the opportunity to teach other aspiring designers - a passion that took him first to Learning Tree University and then to Golden West College in Huntington Beach, CA, where he has been an integral part of the renowned digital arts department for more than ten years. Throughout his teaching career, Sean maintained a freelance business, designing for clients including the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards), Image Comics and many more. See his work at