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~ 10 Lbs 4 oz. Caught at Virginia Beach, VA Jan. 1, 2000 It was caught
by angler Allan P. Paschall
~ Centropristis Striata
~ Blackfish, Sea bass, Black Bass, Rockbass, Common Sea Bass
~ The Black Sea Bass has a body that is three times as long as it is
wide. It has a high back, flat topped head, and slightly pointed snout.
The body color ranges from black to gray, but can also be brownish gray.
The mouth is large and the lower jaw is protruding. The top ray of the
tail sticks out past the rest of the tail. There is a single dorsal fin
and the first 10 rays are spiny. Black sea bass are protogynous
hermaphrodites, meaning that they change sex from female to male. Born
as females, most fish will change sex to males between ages 2 to 5
~ Black Sea Bass can grow to 2 feet but average 6 to 17 inches. The
average catch by anglers is 1 to 3 Lbs but Black Sea Bass up to 8 Lbs
are caught. The world record is over 10 Lbs. Black Sea Bass can live for
~ The Black Sea Bass is bottom dwelling. They can be found around
wrecks, reefs, piers, breakwaters, quays, and beds of shells. They most
commonly range in water depths of 10 feet to 150 feet. Black sea bass
are distributed in the Northwest Atlantic from Maine to Florida.
~ Black Sea Bass are opportunistic feeders, eating whatever is
available. Crabs, shrimps, worms, clams, and small fishes constitute the
Black Sea Bass diet.