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Black Sea Bass: Centropristis striata

Appearance:

Also known as rock bass or rockfish.

  • Body color dark brown or black
  • Dorsal fin with stripes of white over black
  • Large males have a fatty hump on head, in front of dorsal fin, as well as blue and ebony markings on body
  • Females may have faint vertical bars
  • Tail may have three lobes
  • Adults have elongated ray on top part of tail
  • Back edge of gill cover has a sharp spine

Similar Species: Other sea bass species 

Size: Up to 24 inches (8 pounds); common to 12 inches (1.5 pounds) 

Habitat:

Coastal waters near structure and rocky bottoms.  Smaller specimens are often found inshore in finger channels.

Behavior:

Spawn January through March and are protogynous hermaphrodites, meaning older females becoming breeding males. Omnivorous bottom feeders, and their diet includes small fish, crustaceans, and shellfish.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website 5 lb, 1 oz, caught near Panama City.

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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