Beware of the sharp dorsal and anal fin spines of striped bass when handling them. Large striped bass can be energetic and may be difficult to handle. To maximise their eating qualities they should be killed humanely by iki jime, or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.
- This species has a robust yet streamlined body with silver/chrome background contrasted with several (usually 6-8) darker longitudinal stripes along the flanks.
- Striped bass are voracious predators feeding on a wide range of prey species , mainly smaller fish and crustaceans.
- Striped bass are native to the Atlantic coastline of North America from the St. Lawrence River in Canada south to Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.
- They are an anadromous species that lives mainly in estuaries or coastal waters, but migrates up rivers in the spring to spawn in fresh water.
- This species has been introduced into the Pacific coastal waters of North America and also has been widely introduced into freshwater rivers and impoundments in the USA.
- It has also been introduced into several other countries in Central America, Europe and Africa.
Fish Size Common Length:
Commonly 2-4 feet long and 10 to 30 lb, maximum size exceeds 6 feet long and 120 pounds.