Bass, European

(Dicentrarchus labrax)

(Linnaeus, 1758); MORONIDAE FAMILY; also called European seabass, robalo, mero, bar commun

The European bass, known simply as the “bass” in Europe, is a warm and temperate water marine species that is relatively restricted to the European coast from England to northern Africa and the Mediterranean and Black Sea. It is generally found inshore near the surf zone and is somewhat tolerant of fresh water, like its close North American relative, the striped bass (Morone saxatilis). In behavior and appearance the two species are very much alike. The European bass lacks the stripes that characterize M. saxatilis, but their body shapes are very similar.

In late October or November, when the surf begins to cool, European bass migrate out to sea, returning when the water begins to warm between February and May. It is considered by many British sea anglers to be the best of all European game fish specie

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Current All Tackle Record

22 lbs. 5 ounces.

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