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A Guide To Florida Fishing:
Sea Bass, Rock Bass or Blackfish
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A salt-water bottom-feeding fish averaging between one and three pounds in weight, largest on record weighing eight pounds, two ounces. Frequents the off-shore banks and can be taken only on deep-sea fishing parties.
The Sea Bass is one of the few fish bearing the name of bass that really belongs to the bass family. Its coloration is mottled black interspersed with lighter colored or white markings. Its upper fin also is mottled and its belly is lighter colored or white. And when you get home, the admiring spectators will view your Sea Bass and call it anything from Tallywag to Rockfish. The more common local names are just plain Bass, Black Bass, Blackfish, Black Perch, Black Sea Bass.
Its natural food is barnacles, crabs, small fish, shrimp, squid and soft clams. It has no liking for artificial lures, and usually is taken with cut bait, or some of its natural foods.
This fish is caught while deep-sea fishing on the banks for red snapper and is most frequently taken of any of the deep sea fish, it being not unusual for a fishing party to bring in 500 pounds of Sea Bass.
Tackle and methods: Caught on hand lines while fishing for red snapper, using cut mullet for bait. Some fishermen use two hooks while fishing for Blackfish and bring up a pair at a time. Because they live at great depths, they usually are dead when brought to the surface.