This migrational fish is present in our waters from about July through October, but they have been known to make surprise appearances.
The second dorsal fin, the anal fin, as well as the other finlets on the fish, are all bright yellow in color, hence the common name. The main body is a metallic blue, changing to silver on the belly.
When these balls of baitfish are near the surface, there will often be flocks of terns and seagulls hovering above and diving into the shoal. They also often team up with schools of dolphins to get the baitfish into a ball and feed on it.
Weighing in at an average of 25 to 45 lbs, with some specimens getting much larger, they can put up a fight you will not soon forget. Amazing acceleration and long runs on your drag are commonplace when fighting this Southern California favorite.