These big-headed fish hunt crustaceans and smaller fish near reefs and in intertidal zones.
Features: Cabezon are a dark green to dark brown with mottling along their sides and with smooth, scaleless skin. They are, however, covered in spines. The largest cabezon caught was over 20 pounds, but on average they weigh approximately 4 pounds.
Habitat: Cabezon live around kelp beds and rocky headlands over hard bottoms.
Technique: Cabezon are best caught using rubber tailed jigs tipped with bait. Make sure you are fishing within just a foot or two of the bottom as Cabezon like to hold tight to cover. CAUTION: While Cabezon meat can be safely consumed, its roe is poisonous to humans.
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