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Black Sea Bass

Duane Raver, Jr.
May 15 through December 31
Size Limit
12½ inch minimum (measured from the tip of the snout or jaw (mouth shut) to the farthest extremity of the tail, not including the tail filament)
Daily Limit / Person
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean, upper Delaware Bay
Abundance in Delaware Waters
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Black Sea Bass prefer bottom structure and are most often found near artificial reefs, wrecks, jetties, piers, and bridge pilings.

They feed on crabs, mussels, razor clams, and small fishes.
General Description
Black Sea Bass are stout-bodied fish with large mouths.

They are bluish black in color with light spots that form longitudinal stripes.

Their rounded tail sometimes has a long streamer trailing out from the top edge.
Did You Know?
Most Black Sea Bass develop first as females and then some reverse to males when they mature.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Jigs tipped with squid strips will catch Black Sea Bass, but they are most often caught fishing with squid strips, clams, or pieces of peeler crab on bottom rigs.
Typical Sizes Caught
Black Sea Bass are commonly caught in the range of 8 to 10 inches by anglers in the Delaware Bay while larger fish are commonly caught by anglers along the Delaware coast.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Live Release Award
Adult: 17 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 15 inches minimum

Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 3 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 2 pounds minimum
Delaware State Record
7 pounds 6 ounces
Steve Samluk