Sea Bass can be found along the beaches of our coastline. The black sea bass is a bottom species found around wrecks, reefs, piers, breakwaters, and over beds of shells, coral, rock, etc and ranges from Maine to Northeast Florida.
Black sea bass are usually black, but like many other fish, they can change color to blend in with their environment. Their colors may take on a gray, brown, black or even a deep indigo hue. The sides of their body may have dark vertical bands. They are easy to distinguish by their skin. When seen up close, it resembles a fishnet pattern. This is caused by the dark color that appears in the margin of their scales contrasting with the lighter color underneath the scales.
Sea bass are mild tasting, delicious eating fish. Black sea bass are reported to live as long as 20 years. They average around 1 1/2 pounds with the world record being 9 pounds 8 ounces.
Come on our NJ Party Boat, the Big Mohawk, to try to snag a Sea Bass.
Here is some information for those of you interested in scientific terms and additional details:
Genus and Species: Centropristis tisstriata
Description: Also called; black bass, rockfish and talywag.