Fish caught off the southern California coast throughout the year, with the best catches from July through September. They are a member of the croaker family and a bottom fish.
The California Corbina is characterized by its elongated, slightly compressed body that is gray with incandescent reflections. The California Corbina has a long head, a small mouth with an identifying single barbell, a characteristic wavy diagonal line on its sides, and large scales.
It has only one, weak anal spine, and its pectoral fins are black. The other fins vary in color from pale to dark. The caudal fin is S-shaped. The California Corbina might be confused with a series of other croakers, including the Highfin King Croaker, the King Croaker, the Paita King Croaker, and the Panama King Croaker, all of which are of the Genus Menticirrhus and found in Mexican waters, and the Yellowfin Croaker.