Sea Bass, Black


Scientific Name:
Centropris Striata
Fight Rating:
Normal Pointer

The species is easily identified by body shape, fin characteristics and color. Overall, the color is black for the larger individuals and arid, dusky-brown for the smaller ones. The exposed parts of scales are paler than the margins, giving the fish the appearance of being barred with a series of longitudinal, pale dots. The belly is only slightly lighter than the sides, and is never white. The fins are dark, and the dorsal is marked with a series of white spots and bands. The upper portion of the caudal fin generally ends as a filament. During the spawning season, large males have a conspicuous blue nuchal hump.

The black sea bass (Centropristis striata) is an exclusively marine fish. It is a type of Grouper (Serranidae) found more commonly in northern than in southern ranges.

It inhabits the coasts from Maine to NE Florida and the eastern Gulf of Mexico. There are three large biomass populations of black sea bass: one off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina, one in the area of the Chesapeake Bay, and one off New York. They can be found in inshore waters (bays and sounds) and offshore in waters up to a depth of 130 m (425'). They spend most of their time close to the sea floor and are often congregated around bottom formations such as rocks, man-made reefs, wrecks, jetties, piers, and bridge pilings.

The sea bass spawns when it is mature, at 190 mm (7.5"), in middle of May to end of June. The eggs, 0.95 mm (.03") in diameter, are buoyant and their development time is 1.6 days at 23 °C (74 °f). The maximum size of a sea bass is 500 mm (19.7"), weighing 1 p

It appears off New Jersey in the first weeks of May, withdrawing in late October or early November, and wintering offshore at 55 to 130 m (180'-426')at temperatures above 8 °C (46 °f). In summer it is most abundant at less than 37 m (120').

Black sea bass are protogynous hermaphrodites, meaning that they generally first mature as females and some later become male. The sex change generally occurs when the fish are between 9 1/2 and 13 inches long, over the winter.

Fishing Spots


Absecon Bay Bay (Saltwater)

Absecon, NJ
United States United States
18 19 4 5 2

Absecon Channel Channel (Saltwater)

Atlantic City, NJ
United States United States
17 6 4 4

Amelia Island Island (Saltwater)

Amelia Island, FL
United States United States
4 25 3 3 12

Assateague Channel Channel (Saltwater)

Chincoteague Island, VA
United States United States
8 3 2

Assawoman Bay Bay (Saltwater)

Ocean City, MD
United States United States
16 2 3 6

Atlantic Ocean Ocean

Waretown, NJ
United States United States

Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

Boynton Beach, FL
United States United States
34 65 9 6

Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

Virginia Beach, VA
United States United States
2 19 4 4

Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

Beach Haven, NJ
United States United States

Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

Ocean Isle Beach, NC
United States United States

Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

Atlantic City, NJ
United States United States
9 43 1 6

Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

Georgetown, SC
United States United States
8 89 1 4

Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
United States United States
67 28 9 10

Atlantic Ocean Ocean

Stuart, FL
United States United States

Atlantic Ocean (DE) Atlantic Ocean

Bethany Beach, DE
United States United States
4 14 5 15 2

Atlantic Ocean (FL) Atlantic Ocean

Jacksonville, FL
United States United States
69 70 3 10 28

Atlantic Ocean (FL) Atlantic Ocean

Fort Pierce, FL
United States United States

Atlantic Ocean (FL) Atlantic Ocean

St. Augustine, FL
United States United States
3 64 11 4 4

Atlantic Ocean (FL) Atlantic Ocean

Daytona Beach, FL
United States United States
17 59 3 14 4

Atlantic Ocean (GA) Atlantic Ocean

Savannah, GA
United States United States

Atlantic Ocean (NJ) Atlantic Ocean

Lavallette, NJ
United States United States

Bannister Creek Creek (Saltwater)

Hewlett, NY
United States United States
15 2 4

Barnes Sound Sound (Saltwater)

Key Largo, FL
United States United States
50 12 4

Barnums Island Channel Channel (Saltwater)

Island Park, NY
United States United States
11 1 4

Bay Head Harbor Harbor (Saltwater)

Bay Head, NJ
United States United States
45 10 5 6

Bellport Bay Bay (Saltwater)

Brookhaven, NY
United States United States
21 6

Biscayne Bay Bay (Saltwater)

Key Biscayne, FL
United States United States

Block Island Sound Sound (Saltwater)

Block Island, RI
United States United States
143 46 1 39 9

Block Island Sound (NY) Sound (Saltwater)

Fishers Island, NY
United States United States
9 33 1 11 6

Breton Bay Bay (Saltwater)

Leonardtown, MD
United States United States
16 1 2



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