How to identify a California Corbina
The California corbina body is elongate and more slender than other croakers. The head is long and the mouth small with a blunt snout projecting beyond the mouth. The color is gray to steel blue with a silvery luster on the back paling to white below. Sometimes wavy diagonal lines are on the sides of the species. The California corbina and the yellowfin croaker are the only two coastal croakers in California waters that have a single short, stiff, chin barbel. The California corbina usually has only one weak spine at the front of the anal fin, while the yellowfin croaker has two strong spines.
Where to catch California Corbina
The California corbina is an eastern Pacific species and is found from Point Conception in California, south to Peru. It occurs along sandy shores and in bays, usually in sandy surf of exposed outer coast. They are usually found in small groups with larger fish becoming more solitary. The following list includes additional details on where to catch this fish: