Barred Sand Bass


The Barred Sand Bass, scientifically known as ⁢Paralabrax nebulifer, is a‌ member ⁤of‌ the‍ familial⁢ class Serranidae. This family is known as the groupers and sea basses.

Conservation Status

In regards to its conservation status, ⁣the Barred Sand Bass is⁣ currently classified as Vulnerable according to the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). Efforts to conserve this species include regulations on fishing practices and bag⁢ limits.


Characteristic Average Range
Length 17 inches (43 cm) Up to 26 inches (66 cm)
Weight 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg) Up to​ 13 ⁤pounds⁢ (5.9 kg)
Average Lifespan 12 Years N/A


The ‌Barred Sand Bass is predominantly ‍found⁢ in the Eastern Pacific region, mainly within the coastal waters of Southern California and Mexico. The species does ⁣not‍ display a specific migratory pattern,⁣ but tends to move into deeper water during the colder months.


The Barred Sand Bass generally‍ prefers marine⁤ or saltwater habitats. They are typically found in ​depths ranging from 30 to 215 feet. However, they are also known ‍to inhabit ⁤bay environments.

When and ⁢Where to See

The prime time to spot the​ Barred Sand Bass is during their summer spawning season, which typically occurs between June ​and September. You’re most likely to find them during the daytime hours when they are actively feeding.

Best Fishing Locations

  • San Diego Bay, California
  • Santa Monica Bay, ⁤California
  • Long Beach Harbor, California
  • Newport Harbor,​ California
  • San Francisco Bay, California
  • Mission Bay,‍ California
  • La‍ Jolla, ‍California
  • Coronado Island, Mexico
  • Gulf of Santa ​Catalina, Mexico

How to Catch

Preferred⁣ bait⁣ for the Barred Sand⁢ Bass includes anchovies, squid, and mackerel. They⁤ respond well to bottom fishing ⁤techniques.⁣ Best time of day or season for fishing would be during their summer spawning season, specifically in the morning or evening when they are most active.

Identification Guide

Barred Sand Bass is easily identifiable by its olive green to ⁤brown ​coloration with dark vertical bars and a whitish underside. They have a characteristic F-shaped mark below the dorsal fin.


Barred ​Sand Bass is considered a ‌tasty fish, boasting a mild, sweet flavor and a firm, flaky texture. Nutritional value consists of high-quality⁢ proteins,​ omega-3‌ fatty acids and vitamin D. Simple​ grilling or pan-frying methods ⁢bring out the best flavors.

Additional Information

Barred ⁣Sand Bass is a slow-growing, late-maturing species known to live in structured habitats such as rocky reefs, kelp forests, or shipwrecks. Its major threat comes​ from overfishing. Its⁣ historical and cultural significance is ⁢mainly related to sportfishing and its value as a food resource in both commercial and recreational fisheries.

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