Yellow Bobo, Polydactylus opercularis: Length, 16 inches. Caught during fishing from the beach at Punta Colorada, East Cape, Baja California Sur, Mexico, October 1998, on a live sardine, with 12-pound line. The Yellow Bobo is a member of the threadfin family of about eight different species worldwide, of which a few can grow very large (biggest: Giant African Threadfin, up to 160 pounds). Only during one week of my 300 fishing days at Baja did I encounter the Yellow Bobo. The first day of that week was the wildest. I caught one with a live sardina, and 12 with my casting net amongst the sardinas and a few croakers. The days after that, I would catch only two or three per day (50/50 on rod and net). Biggest was one of 18 inches. A pretty strong fighter. Description and photo courtesy Peter Langstraat.
Yellow Bobo, Polydactylus opercularis: Tentative identification. Caught while fishing from shore at El Pescadero, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Photos courtesy of TJ Mathews, Takoma Park, Maryland. Species identification courtesy of John Snow.
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