Silvery streamlined fish with a pair of dorsal fins, the first spiny
with 8 or 9 spines, and the second with the first ray spiny, followed by
12 or 13 soft rays. Medium-sized pectoral fins and slightly forked caudal
24 November 2007
The long standing UK shore caught Bass
angling record (19 lb) was broken by a fish that weighed 8.95 kg
(19 lb 11 oz 12 dr) caught by local angler Steve
Cave at Sandown
Pier, Isle of Wight.
Boat 8.88 kg (19 lb
off Reculver, Herne Bay P. McEwan
Shore 8.62 kg (19 lb -00-00)
South Breakwater, Dover D. L. Bourne
World Angling Record:
9.40 kg (20 lb -11-00) Saintes Maries le Mer
J. B. Bayle 1986
Sea Fish Angling Records
Similar species in British seas: Maigre
Drumfish (extremely rare) ,
Breeding: Offshore in spring.
Larvae grow to about 6 mm after 10 days.
Growth in first year up to 90 mm and second year up to 160 mm, less
in captivity. This is much faster than the Grey Mullet, Chelon labrosus
but slower than the Pollack, Pollachius pollachius.
Fishing for bass from any vessel is prohibited
in 34 separate areas for all or part of the year. The nursery areas comprise
river estuaries, harbours etc. where juvenile bass usually predominate.The
prohibition does not apply to fishing from the shore.
4. Chichester Harbour
1 May -31 October
All tidal waters enclosed by a line drawn 192°
true from Eastoke Point to Chichester Bar Beacon, then 078° true
to Cakeham Tower.
5. Langstone Harbour
1 May -31 October
All tidal waters enclosed by a line drawn 153°
true from the Gunnery Range Light at Eastney Point to Langstone Fairway
Buoy (50° 46.25'N, 01° 01.27'W), then 033° true
to the foreshore east of Gunner Point.
6. Portsmouth Harbour
1 May -31 October
All tidal waters enclosed by a line drawn from
Gilkicker Point to Southsea Castle.
Ref: Bass: Nursery Areas and other Conservation Measures (MAFF
young Bass (25 mm long)
Group Bass captured during the Bass survey,
Helford River 2/08/2007
Survey, Ruan Creek 12/07/2007
by Nigel Knight
River Bass Survey pictures
Habitat: Open water, near rocks,
shoals of 'School Bass' enter estuaries
during the summer (in Sussex, they first appear in June) and autumn in
southern England. The very large fish may be solitary. Juveniles venture
far up estuaries into brackish water to below 3.0% salinity
shrimps, crabs, small fish (e.g. Sand-eels).
Small fish eat prawns and shrimps. Large fish prey on other fish like
Pout Whiting and Poor Cod.
Range: NE Atlantic (Norway-Senegal),
All British coasts (commoner in the south and west), Mediterranean, Black
A pelagic, or open water, fish like the predatory Bass uses its greater
speed to capture smaller fish and prawns. Its method of swimming is worth
looking at closely in Public Aquaria. At the start
of a burst the head seems to align at an angle and with a pronounced undulation
of the caudal peduncle (body in front of the tail fin) and with two or
more flicks of the tail fin, the fish swims strongly forward. At speed
the other fins are clamped down, but as soon as it brakes the spiny dorsal
fin rises to maintain stability.
Bass are subject to a restricted commercial fishery
in the English Channel and off the south and west coasts of England and
Wales. The largest fisheries are in France and Spain. Large quantities
are also landed in Italy.
Bass (Index to
British Marine Fish /External)
Enemies: Porbeagle Shark
Young Bass in a Home Aquarium
Fishery & Cetacean Bycatch, NE Atlantic
De Meulan Jouault (Article)
of Morone saxatilis
most extraordinary report of a Striped
saxatilis, was caught on rod and line
off Dover Breakwater,
Kent. This is an unusual report because this
is a coastal anadromous
fish native to the east American coast.
looked at the photographs and it looks more like an unusual European
Bass, Dicentrarchus labrax,
that is stripy and not a true Striped Bass,
size and position of the eye coupled with the shape of the head and gill
covers just looks more Dicentrarchus labrax."
mouth on the fish in the photo
seems small, the structure of the head seems different and the location
of the pectoral fin seems to be on the midline as opposed to below the
midline on Striped Bass."
I cannot discern the subtle differences, but my query is how did it cross
the Atlantic? The stripes seem to indicate the Striped
with a blunt head
by David Wilkinson
Fisheries, Commerce & Employment
most extraordinary looking Bass,
labrax, was caught off the coast of Guernsey,
tagged and returned to the sea. Its blunt head looks like that of the Pagrus
Sea Bream and several other fish. This Bass
weighed an estimated 4.5 kg.
labrax, is caught in a trawl west of Guernsey. Its weight of 9.52 kg
(21 lb 4 oz) would have exceeded the world angling record
if it had been caught on rod and line.
Bay, Sussex: The estuary
is back to normal again now, water levels are well up, higher than usual,
and if the fine weather keeps up all will be well. The shoals of Bass were
about yesterday again, mainly schoolies ranging from about 6" to 12" in
size, with a smattering of much bigger fish in evidence. More.
by Richard Huggett.) December 1999
of nearly 6 kg (13 lb) was caught from the shore near Eastbourne,
East Sussex. (Report by Richard Huggett.)
Bass of 7.144 kg (15
12 oz) caught off Brighton by Niki Barker. A even larger Bass was
seen by a diver around a wreck off Brighton in September 1999.
Nevell Sea Angling Reports) 22 September 1999
A Bass of about 8 kg was
caught 4 miles off Littlehampton, West Sussex, by Matt Green.
Nevell Sea Angling Reports)
trawlers from Newhaven fish for Bass very close in shore off Shoreham-by-Sea
on 3 occasions, on one occasion with two pairs (4 trawlers). And April
Large Bass continue to be
taken from the shore and piers at Shoreham-by-Sea,
Sussex. The latest weighed 6.35 kg (14 lb).
January 1998: At the confluence of East and West Looe rivers,
Jon Makeham discovered 200 dead Bass,
Dicentrarchus labrax. This
marine fish enters estuaries during the summer and shoals of small fish
sometimes remain throughout the winter. The cause of the deaths is unknown.
The largest fish were 50 cm in length
Small bass up to 1 lb
off Clevedon, NE England.
up to 2 kg, cruised into the entrance of Shoreham Harbour, (TQ 235 048)
scattering the shoals of Sand Smelt,
Scottish Bass Report
Young Bass in the Adur Estuary 1999
Information wanted: Please send any records of this fish, with
location, date, who discovered it, how it was identified, prevalence, common
name and any other details to
Project EMail Glaucus@hotmail.com.
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