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Get To Know...Red Snapper

Red Snapper is typically found throughout the Gulf of Mexico to the Yucatan Peninsula in waters ranging from 33 feet to 623 feet. Red snappers are caught more frequently in shallower offshore waters in the cooler months than in the warmer months depending on location.

They have a reddish pink hue and like to stay near any sort of bottom relief or obstruction such as reefs, rocks, ledges, etc. They are considered reef fish but a red snappers diet is usually a thing that lives on a muddy bottom. A Red Snapper's most important foods are pipefish, snake eel, sea robins, pinfish, striped anchovies, seas eel, and pigfish.

Get To Know... Blue Catfish

Blue catfish have a deeply forked tail and light gray or silver colored body. They get their name from the blue overcast to their body most obvious on the top of their head and down their back.

Blue catfish spawn in late spring or early summer. Males choose a nest site in or under hollow logs or large holes under the bank. The nest is then guarded by the male until the eggs hatch.

Blue catfish are found in very large rivers and typically feed in areas with relatively swift currents. In Ohio they are found in the Ohio River and the lower portion of its larger tributaries. They are most common in the Ohio River from Portsmouth down stream to Cincinnati.

Get To Know... Haddock

Haddock is a close relative of cod and the two fish look very similar. This whitefish is distinguished from cod by a dark lateral line running on its side and a distinctive dark patch or “thumbprint” mark above the pectoral fin. Haddock also has a whisker on its chin similar to cod but is much smaller. It is almost impossible to tell the two fish apart. Haddock is fished on both sides of the North Atlantic and unlike cod and polluck, there is no equivalent Pacific species. Although haddock reaches 20 pounds or more, few fish over 5 pounds and 24 inches are caught.

Lobster Q & A

When does recreational lobster season start and end?

Recreational lobster season runs from the Saturday preceding the first Wednesday in October through the first Wednesday after the 15th of March. Saturday, September 29, 2013 through Wednesday, March 20, 2014

Is there a limit to the number of spiny lobster report cards I can buy?

No. Unlike abalone and sturgeon report cards, there is currently no limit on the number of lobster report cards one can purchase.

What is the purpose of the spiny lobster report card?

The purpose of the reporting requirement is to monitor recreational spiny lobster catch, fishing effort and the gear used in the recreational fishery. Although the DFG has considerable information about the commercial lobster fishery from landing receipts and logbooks, the DFG has very little reliable information on the magnitude of the recreational lobster catch and fishing effort.

Where and when do I submit the card once it's filled out?

Completed cards should be dropped off or mailed to the address specified on the report card by January 31 of the following year. Report cards should be mailed to:

California Department of Fish and Game Lobster Report Card 3883 Ruffin Rd. San Diego, CA 92123

What is the minimum size limit for spiny lobster, and how do I measure a lobster?

The minimum size limit for recreational fishermen is three and one-fourth inches, measured in a straight line on the midline of the back from the rear edge of the eye socket to the rear edge of the body shell

Get To know The Eel

Eels are carnivores and are known as predators. Most eels remain in the sea, but females of some species migrate to freshwater and returns to the sea to lay their eggs. American and European eels spend most of their adult life in the lakes, rivers, and streams of these two continents. Eels range in color; they can be silver, glass-like (clear) and dark olive green to brown. There are over 700 species of eels and most of these can be as large as 20 pounds.

Get To know..Sheepshead Fish

The Sheepshead Fish are a very common that can be found primarily in saline to near-fresh estuarine waters from Cape Cod to Gulfwide. Their diet includes all kinds of things that normal fish don't consume – from algae and crabs to mollusks and plants.

The Sheepshead Fish have a standout feature that helps them consume their diet: teeth like humans. Unlike human teeth, the Sheepshead Fish have rows behind the front teeth, which makes them a unique and unforgettable fish. Because their teeth look like sheep’s teeth, it has been suggested that is how they got the name “Sheepshead”. They have also coined the nickname, “convict fish” due to their vertical black and silver stripes with very sharp spines. These “convict fish” can get to be about 30 inches long, and 15 pounds.

They are popular among recreational fisherman and can make a delicious dinner. However, they can be difficult to clean due to their sharp spines.

Fish Facts: Pacific Hake/ Pacific Whiting

The Pacific Hake (also known as the Pacific Whiting) is highly migratory and inhabits many areas of the western coast, the continental slope and shelf within the California current system from Baja California to Southeast Alaska. The juvenile whiting reside in shallow coastal waters, bays, and inland seas. As the juveniles get older they will move to deeper levels in the oceans.

Pacific Hake/Whiting feed near the surface of oceans late at night and early in the morning. The small adults feed only on euphausiids, while the adults eat amphipods, ocean shrimp, squid, herring, smelt, and crabs. Pacific hake reach as far north as South Eastern Alaska by late summer or fall. Then they will begin the southern migration to spawning grounds and further offshore in Baja, California during winter seasons.

Get To know....California Squid (Loligo Opalescens)

The California Squid (Loligo Opalescens) is a small squid (mantle length ML up to 160 mm). It is a Myopsid squid, and that means that they have corneas over their eyes. They are found in large numbers around the Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, and California. In the Northern Pacific, squid have been identified from the North Pacific starting at the Bering Sea all the day to the Sea of Japan. They typically live within 200 miles of the coast and generally feed off the bottom of the ocean. The life cycle of a Loligo Opalescens has four stages, eggs, hatchlings, juveniles, and adults and these squid can live for 4-9 months.

Did you also know that California's squid fishery is the largest in the U.S. In 1996, fishermen caught a record 177 million pounds of pearlescent market squid, valued at $33.3 million?

Get To Know... Bonito Tuna

Bonito tuna are a group of medium sized fish in the Scombridae family.

Jaemar Inc. typically offers Pacific Bonito (Sarda chiliensis lineolata). This fish is found from in the Pacific Ocean, from Vancouver island to Chile, although it is not normally found north of Point Conception. The fish is a blueish/purplish color on top, and silver on the bottom. It has about 10 stripes on its back. These fish travel in schools and mainly feed on squid and and other fish. They can get rather big: up to approximately 40 inches in length and 25 pounds.

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Mackerel & Tuna Have An Interesting Relative

According to Science Daily, “deep sea fish such as the black swallower, with an extendable stomach that enables it to eat fish larger than itself, and manefishes, some sporting spiky fins like a Mohican haircut, are close cousins to mackerels and tuna”? Most people think that tuna is in a category of its own; but that may not be the case according to an Oxford study.

Dr Matt Friedman of Oxford said, ‘Discovering that such radically different fish species are related is a bit like finding that a seal is more closely related to a cat than it is to a walrus!' Dr. Friedman went on to say, 'What was immediately clear from our result is that the extended family of tunas and mackerels is made up of fishes that all look very different from one another, with different ways of life, but which share one key trait: they all dwell in the open ocean.'

Fish Facts: Yellow Croaker

Did you know that there are a variety of croaker fish, all part of the Sciaenidae family? The Yellow Croaker is found from Pt. Conception, CA, USA, to southern points along the Gulf of California towards Central Baja California, Mexico. Jaemar Inc. currently has Yellow Croaker (Umbrina roncador) for sale.

We're currently offering great pricing on the Yellow Croaker that we do have in stock. We will export to most countries. Contact for more information.

Pacific Mackerel (Scomber Japonicus) Make Great Bait

Some fisherman aren't aware that small Pacific Mackerel (Scomber Japonicus) make great bait fish. Pacific Mackerel are great bait when fishing for Bass, Yellow Croaker, White Croaker, Halibut, Sole and other ground fish. The oily flesh of the Pacific Mackerel also makes it a great bait fish when fishing for sharks and rays.

Jaemar Inc. specializes in bait Pacific Mackerel. We often ship full truck loads or container loads, but small shipment sizes are also available. Please contact us at for pricing and shipping information.

Calfornian Anchovies

Did you know that there are over 140 species of anchovies found in oceans across the world?

Jaemar Inc. specializes in Californian Anchovies (Eugraulis mordax). Email today for more information on what we have in stock!

NOAA Fisheries & Wildlife Service Service Issue Final Rule To Improve The Process For Critical Habitat

We are making strides in protecting endangered habitats, but there is still much more to do. Currently "Under the Endangered Species Act, the Services designate “critical habitat” for each listed species; these are areas that are important for the species’ conservation and recovery. In making these designations, the Services must consider their economic impacts, the impacts on national security, and other relevant impacts, in addition to the benefits to the species."

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service already issues its economic analyses at the time it publishes proposed rules to designate critical habitat, and this regulation will codify this practice.

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California Spiny Lobster Season Is Upon Us..

Although not as close as the California Spiny Lobster season, Dungeness Crab season is also quickly approaching. Make note of these dates for the 2013 season:

November 3rd: First day of recreational Dungeness Crab season in California

November 15th: First day of commercial Dungeness Crab season in California (south of Mendocino County)

December 1st: First day of commercial Dungeness Crab season in California (Mendocino County northward), Oregon(if test results OK), and Washington.

Now is the time for commercial fisherman to start preparing! Jaemar offers large quantities of crab bait. We have Humboldt Giant Squid, mackerel and more! Contact for more information on our current inventory.

Get To Know...California Spiny Lobster

The California Spiny Lobster (Panulirus interruptus) is found in waters off the coast of Monterey Bay, California to the southern tip of Baja California. The lobsters are often found in depths ranging from 2 - 70 meters. Colors vary from almost black to reddish purple to light red. Deep grooves are found in the tail.

Fishing season is highly regulated, and is typically from October-March in order to avoid the breeding season. The legal size for a California Spiny Lobster in the United States is a 3 1/4-inch, or 8 cm, which equates to a 20 cm total body length.

Genetically Modified Salmon To Be Sold In The U.S.?

The United States Congress is currently discussing whether or not to allow genetically modified salmon to be sold in the U.S. According to, AquaBounty Technologies has been experimenting with genetically modified salmon, and may soon deliver the first salmon meat for human consumption.

Congressional and public opinion is mixed. Proponents state that the process used in producing these fish is no different than breeding animals selectively, while opponents argue that no research has been done to show that these fish will be safe to eat.

What do you think?

Get To Know Yellow Croaker (Umbrina Roncador)

Yellow Croaker (Umbrina Roncador), sometimes also referred to as Yellow Corvina, is a species of croaker found in the temperate waters of the western Pacific. They are bottom feeders that remain in shallow waters, but avoid brackish conditions. These fish are typically caught with offshore net cages or deep-water net cages.

In the 1970's and early 1980's, extreme overfishing of this species resulted in significant population declines. The Yellow Croaker populations have since been replenished.

Jaemar Inc. currently offers full truckloads of whole, frozen yellow croaker. Shipment to any location in the United States, or export to another country, is possible. Please contact for more information.

We Have Pacific Mackerel (Scomber Japonicus) Available!

We currently have Pacific Mackerel (Scomber Japonicus) in stock!

Scientific Name: Scomber japonicus

US Market Names: Mackerel, Chub

Canada Market Names: Pacific Mackerel, Chub Mackerel

Available now: 200-500 Grams 15 Kilo Carton 40,000 Lbs. Available FOB San Diego

We Have Yellow Croaker (Umbrina Roncador) in stock!

Yellow Croaker (Umbrina Roncador)

Frozen Whole Round, Not Cleaned

665 x 15kg Cases SIZE 2L (630-940 g) 614 x 15kg Cases SIZE 3L (950-1800 g) Total: Approx. 40,000 pounds

We are offering this product at a great price!

We Have Pacific Mackerel (Scomber Japonicus) In Stock!

We currently have Pacific Mackerel (Scomber Japonicus) in stock!

Scientific Name: Scomber japonicus

US Market Names: Mackerel, Chub

Canada Market Names: Pacific Mackerel, Chub Mackerel

Available now: 200-500 Grams 15 Kilo Carton 40,000 Lbs. Available FOB San Diego

Yellow Croaker (Umbrina Roncador) is in stock

Yellow Croaker (Umbrina Roncador)

Frozen Whole Round, Not Cleaned

665 x 15kg Cases SIZE 2L (630-940 g) 614 x 15kg Cases SIZE 3L (950-1800 g) Total: Approx. 40,000 pounds

We are offering this product at a great price!

We Pacific Mackerel (Scomber Japonicus) In Stock!

Scientific Name: Scomber Japonicus

US Market Names: Mackerel, Chub

Canada Market Names: Pacific Mackerel, Chub Mackerel

Available now: 200-500 Grams 15 Kilo Carton 40,000 Lbs. Available FOB San Diego

We Have Yellow Croaker (Umbrina Roncador) In Stock

Yellow Croaker (Umbrina Roncador)

Available now: 665 x 15kg Cases SIZE 2L (630-940 g) 614 x 15kg Cases SIZE 3L (950-1800 g) Total: Approx. 40,000 pounds

We're offering Yellow Croaker at a great price.