Black sea bass

Black Sea Bass, or the Centropristis striata, a ray-finned fish belonging to the Serraninae subfamily, is mainly found in the Western Atlantic Ocean. This fish can grow up to 2 feet, weigh 9 pounds, and attain the reproduction phase when they are 1-3 years old.

Appearance

Black Sea Bass, as the name suggests itself are black in color, but the younger ones might be light brown. They have an oblong and flat body. All body parts are black in color except for the belly part, which is slightly paler.

One can identify Black Sea Bass for the dusky spots on the fin. A unique thing about this fish breed is that, during peak season or spawning season, males change color to bright blue with a visible blue hump on the head.

Habitat and Lifestyle

Black Sea Bass dwell in shallow waters over rocky and coral reefs. They can be found in water depths of up to 130 meters. Black Sea Bass are commonly found in the Western Atlantic Ocean.

Black Sea Bass can grow up to 2 feet and weigh 9 pounds. Female Black Sea Bass can produce up to 500,000 eggs during spawning season and live up to 8 years, while male Bass live up to 12 years.

Black Sea Bass are not picky eaters and eat almost whatever they find. But what they mainly feed on are crabs, shrimps, worms, small fish, clams, etc.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

One can find Black Sea Blass in shallow waters where there are enough rocky and coral reefs. You will have to take a boat and find a good spot in the ocean and coastal bays where this fish is found mainly.

Peak Season

The peak season or spawn season of Black Sea Bass is from January to July.

Best Bait

Best Baits to catch Black Sea Bass are:

  • Crustaceans
  • Mollusks
  • Squid
  • Crabs
  • Worms