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Picture of a nice Barred Sand Bass (Read 3104 times)
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Picture of a nice Barred Sand Bass
Feb 28th, 2008, 12:01am
 
This was a beautiful fish to look at and it was a substantial fighter.  I was at the Sand Spit for 30 minutes tonight.  I had to meet friends for dinner so it was the fish and go night. At first I thought it was a rock fish or a Calico and I realized it is a very colorful Sand Bass.  Further south they are less colorful with silver sides.  What a great night and a great catch.  
 

 
There were also some Surf Perch cruising the area and I picked up a little one.
 

 
There I was: It was a warm night; there was no wind to speak of; I was catching fish; the sun was setting into the Western Gate.
 

 
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"The longer your cast the longer your line is in the water fishing". Lew Riffle
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Re: Picture of a nice Barred Sand Bass
Reply #1 - Feb 29th, 2008, 5:21pm
 
Looks more like a kelp bass to me...hard to tell because the third spine is not in a good perspective in the picture....sandies have a real long one licos don't. Also the light colored spots on the back and little longer jaw appear to make it look like it's a Calico or Kelp Bass. hey nice fish and thanks for the report!   LEW
                                                                 
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Re: Picture of a nice Kelp Bass
Reply #2 - Feb 29th, 2008, 9:45pm
 
Lew,
 
I looked up pictures of Kelp Bass and Sand Bass.  I think you are right.  The coloration and the dorsal fin point to a kelp bass.  The Sand Bass has one spike on the third dorsal spine.  The Kelp Bass has three spines that are about the same size.
 
Thank you for the help on identification.
 
Joseph
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"The longer your cast the longer your line is in the water fishing". Lew Riffle
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