Pacific Bumper, Chloroscombrus orqueta
The Pacific Bumper, Chloroscombrus orqueta, whose common Spanish name is horqueta del Pacifico, is a member of the Jack or Carangidae Family, known collectively as jureles and pámpanos in Mexico. Globally, there are only two species in the genus Chloroscombrus, both of which are found in Mexican waters, one in the Atlantic and this species in the Pacific.
The Pacific Bumpers have strongly compressed oval bodies with a depth that is 34 to 38% of standard length. Their appearance is more “pompano-like” than “jack-like”. Their lower body profile is strongly convex, more so that their upper profile. Their head and body are dark metallic blue dorsally and their sides are silvery. Their anal, caudal, and pectoral fins are yellow. They have a black spot on the upper border of their gill cover and a black saddle marking on the upper part of their caudal fin base. Their anal and second dorsal fin bases are long. Their pectoral fins are curved and longer than the head. They have nine to twelve gill rakers on their lower arch, six to twelve weak scutes, and a pronounced lateral line with a short anterior arch. Their body is covered with small scales.
The Pacific Bumpers are a pelagic schooling species found in shallow coastal areas and estuaries at depths up to 175 feet. They reach a maximum length of 31 cm (12 inches). They are a poorly studied species and very little is known about their behavior patterns.
In Mexican waters the Pacific Bumperfish are found in all waters of the Pacific.
The Pacific Bumper can be confused with the Bigeye Scad, Selar crumenophthalmus (large eyes; elongated body).
The Pacific Bumpers are considered an insignificant catch. Due to their size and rarity, they are deemed of limited value.
Pacific Bumper, Chloroscombrus orqueta. Fish caught within the coastal water of Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, July 2016. Length: 20.0 cm (7.9 inches). Catch courtesy of Jimmy’s Sportfishing, Puerto Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Baja California Sur, (Jimmy Camacho Jimmyhcamacho@gmail.com, 613-114-0761; 612-204-1960).