Distribution & Size
Black sea bass, which are often called “rock bass,” prefer natural, hard
bottom areas and limestone ledges. While they are most commonly caught along
Florida’s central and northern coasts, they sometimes venture to south Florida
waters during cold winters. Mature black sea bass generally prefer depths of 20
to 80 feet but juveniles can also be caught in shallower water over sea grass
and near jetties and reefs. Like many other members of the grouper family, black
sea bass prey on fish, squid, shrimp and other crustaceans.