The blackfin seabass is endemic to the north eastern Pacific from the Shizuoka and Chiba Prefectures in central Japan southward to the Nagasaki Prefecture and the East China Sea. In southern waters of Japan, it is caught more often than its close relative, the Japanese seabass, Lateolabrax japonicus. Large fish are often caught in the area of shallow rocks and reefs and, in southern Japan even in the brackish waters of river mouths.
It is similar in shape to the striped bass, Morone saxatilis, of U.S. waters. It has an elongate, compressed, silvery body, a large mouth of which the lower jaw projects beyond the upper jaw, and a slightly forked tail. It lacks the stripes of Morone saxatilis. The blackfin seabass differs from the Japanese seabass in having a deeper body, a row of scales on the lower jaw, and a more silvery body color. In addition, the meristic counts of dorsal and anal fin elements differ. The blackfin seabass has 12 dorsal fin spines with 15 16 soft rays and 3 anal fin spines with 9 10 soft rays. The Japanese seabass has 12 15 dorsal fin spines with 12 14 soft rays and 3 anal fin spines with 7 9 soft rays. The lateral line pore count is 71 76 for the blackfin seabass.
The blackfin seabass can be taken by surfcasting with flashy, minnow shaped artificial lures or metal jigs, or by fly fishing with feather streamers as well as by bait fishing with small live baits. It is highly regarded both as a food fish and as a game fish
Current All Tackle Record
24 lbs 0oz ( 10.91 kg)
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