Striped bass have a streamlined, silver body marked with horizontal dark stripes from the gills to the beginning of the tail. The striped bass has a large mouth, with jaws extending backward to below the eye. It has two prominent spines on the gill covers. The maximum size recorded is 6.6 feet and the maximum weight recorded is 125 pounds. Individuals larger than 50 pounds are rare. Females reach greater size than males. A stiped bass over 30 pounds is usually a female. Striped bass are believed to live up to 30 years.
Striped bass are native to the Atlantic coastline of North America. They migrate between fresh and salt water. Spawning is done in fresh water. They naturally spend their adult lives in salt water and are rarely found more than several miles from the shoreline.
The striped bass is a highly prized game fish due to its size, battle on the line, and culinary merit. It has a firm texture, and is a moist and flaky white meat fish with mild flavor.
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Scientific Terms and Additonal Information:
Genus and Species: Morone saxatilis
Other Common Names: Striper