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Black Sea bass

The Black Sea bass is a fish that ranges from 1 inch up to 25 inches. It is mostly black and brown giving them camouflage in deep water. These fish have a protective coat casing their bodies to help protect them of water born pathogens. This gives them a slimy feel and should be handled with a towel.

The Black Sea bass is very popular with recreational fishing boats mostly because of their tendency to be in large schools. Occasionally a black sea bass will be caught from a pier of even in the ICW near inlets, but are mostly found near ship wreaks and reefs. They are considered quite tasty by fish lovers. Although black sea bass can reach eight pounds, a five-pound fish is considered a trophy, and three-pounders will draw the attention of other anglers. From Virginia to Texas, the artificial reefs, wrecks, and natural live bottom locations can be swarming with sea bass.