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Black Sea Bass ( Centropristis striata )

The black sea bass is an exclusively marine fish, also known as sea basses and blackfish. It is a type of Grouper (Serranidae) found more commonly in northern than in southern ranges. It inhabits the coasts from Maine to NE Florida and the eastern Gulf of Mexico. They are most abundant off the waters of New York. They can be found in inshore waters (bays and sounds) and offshore in waters up to a depth of 425 feet. They spend most of their time close to the sea floor and are often congregated around bottom formations such as rocks, man-made reefs, wrecks, jetties, piers, and bridge pilings.

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Black Sea Bass Fishing - sea bass art
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Sea Bass, they are more commonly called, are a mainstay of the charter headboat fishing industry. For years charter captains along the east coast have taken their clients fishing offshore for these great eating fish. Most fish caught are in the 1 to 3 pound range but occasionally a big fish like the 7 pound 4 ounce sea bass in the photo on the left (Steve Kendall), more big sea bass - Matt Burr (on the right). Joe Mizelle Jr. has the current IGFA world record - 9 pounds, 8 ounces, caught off Virginia Beach, Virginia on January 9, 1987.

Resources

Dr. Julie Ball's Extreme Sportfishing
Wikipedia - Black Sea Bass Information

Gyotaku Art and Fish Photos by Species