Black Sea Bass

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.

Black Sea Bass Illustration by Duane Raver, Jr.
Season May 15 through September 30 and October 10 through December 31.
Size Limit 13 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 15
Delaware Range Atlantic Ocean, upper Delaware Bay
Abundance in Delaware Waters Abundant
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.
Did You Know? Most Black Sea Bass develop first as females and then some reverse to males when they mature.
Common 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 Length and Weight 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
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