Big Eye Scad Fishing Information
illustrations: Diane Rome Peebles
Description: eye very large – diameter greater than snout
length; no detached dorsal and anal finlets; two
widely separated fleshly tabs on inside of rear
edge of gill chamber; scutes present only on
rear part of lateral line.
Size: to 60 cm (2 ft.)., but usually less than
30 cm (1 ft.).
The bigeye scad (Selar crumenophthalmus) is an oceanic fish that is found around the globe in tropical regions. Other common names include chicharro, charrito ojón, purse-eye scad, coulirou, and goggle-eyed scad. Bigeye scads are fished commercially and are very important to aquaculture.
Bigeye scads are blue-green or green on their backs and sides, with a white underside. They grow to about 15 inches (38cm) long and feed on small invertebrates, fish larvae, and zooplankton. They are a schooling fish, mostly nocturnal, and prefer clean, clear insular waters.