Bank Sea Bass Fishing Information
illustrations: Diane Rome Peebles
Description: pale olive or brassy-brown in color with indistinct black blotches that form vertical barrings (the blotch
above pectoral fin darker); wavy blue lines on head; lips purplish-blue; caudal fin tri-lobed on adults; edge of nape
Similar fish: rock sea bass, C. philadelphica; other Centropristis.
Where found: OFFSHORE in deep water with
rocks and reefs.
Size: usually 0.3 pounds (8 inches).
Remarks: undergoes sex change, starting life as
female, changing to male after three or four
spawning seasons; feeds on the bottom, taking
squid, crustaceans, and small fish.