Spotted Bay (Sand) Bass – Paralabrax maculofasciatus. The spotted bay bass is also called bay bass, spotty, and spotted sand bass.
Identifying Characteristics and Biology
- Elongated and compressed body shape with a large mouth and slightly protruding lower jaw.
- Olive brown in color with spots that cover the entire body, which sets it apart from the barred sand bass.
- Their third dorsal spine is the longest, which distinguishes it from a kelp bass.
- Spotted bay bass can reach 22 inches in length, and live to about 14 years.
Range and Habitat
- They are found from Monterey, California to Mazatlan, Mexico.
- Spotted bay bass enjoy bays and warmer waters, and look for underwater structures.
- They can be found at depths up to 200 feet.
- Popular with bay fishermen.