Dictionary of Ichthyology  

bass = a common name for various, unrelated fishes including various large marine species (e.g. sea basses, Serranidae, temperate basses, Moronidae) and the more familiar sport fishes in North American fresh waters (Micropterus spp., Centrarchidae). Bass is derived from an Old English word.
Black sea bass (= giant sea bass, Stereolepis gigas, Polyprionidae) caught by T. S. Manning after a two-hour fight off Santa Catalina Island, California from C. F. Holder and D. S. Jordan's "Fish Stories: Alleged and Experienced, with a Little History Natural and Unnatural", 1909. Photograph by Brian W. Coad.....more

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