Black Sea Bass

Black Sea Bass are found from Massachusetts to Gulf of Mexico in coastal waters between 60 and 140 feed. The best method to catch Black Sea Bass is bottom fishing using live bait such as squid and cut up bait fish.

Black Sea Bass

Region: South
Habitat: Ocean, Coastal Waters

How to identify Black Sea Bass

Most Black Sea Bass are gray, brown, or blue-black along the upper body. Toward the underside this coloring grows pale and white spots may be visible. The tail fin is round with a prominent top ray. The larger the fish, the longer the tail ray. Dorsal fins are marked by stripes made up of white spots. The last dorsal spine on Black Sea Bass has a dark spot. Male Black Sea Bass have earned the nickname “humpback” due to the hump just behind their heads.

Where to catch Black Sea Bass

Black Sea Bass range from the western North Atlantic Ocean along the east coast. The can be found from Massachusetts to the Gulf of Mexico. A few hotspots for catching Black Sea Bass include Buzzards Bay, Narragansett Bay, Cape Cod, Block Island, Long Island Sound and offshore of New Jersey during the winter. Black Sea Bass are a bottom species that prefers habitat around wrecks, reefs, and piers in 60 to 120 feet of water. During the winter Black Sea Bass move offshore to depths of 120 to 240 feet. They also frequent shell or rock beds where food is plentiful.

Range: South
Black Sea Bass Fishing Map

The following are habitats where you can catch Black Sea Bass:

How to catch Black Sea Bass

The best season to catch Black Sea Bass is from May to June or November to December. It’s possible to catch them year round at depths of 6-20 fathoms. Black Sea Bass are fighters and despite their smaller size will fight the whole way to the surface. This aggressive attitude makes them an entertaining game fish for anglers. The most effective method for catching Black Sea Bass bottom fishing from boats using jigs, baits or lures. They can also be caught off of piers, docks, shoals and the shore.

The following are effective fishing methods and techniques for catching Black Sea Bass:

Best Lures, Bait & Tackle to catch Black Sea Bass

Black sea bass will readily take bait and artificial lures including jigs and plugs. Natural bait including strips of squid, small clams, or peeler crab cut up and fished on bottom rigs is most effective for catching black sea bass. Jigs tipped with pieces of squid also gets the job done.

The following are fishing lures, bait and tackle that can be used to catch Black Sea Bass: