Spotted Sand Bass

The Spotted Sand Bass may be found from Monterey southward off California to a depth of 200 ft.; however, this species is generally confined to large bays in Southern California. In fact, it is rarely seen north of Santa Monica Bay. Because of their preference for bays, Spotted Sand Bass are taken less frequently than Kelp Bass or Barred Sand Bass, which are found on the open coast. Within bays, Spotted Sand Bass prefer muddy or sandy areas of eelgrass or surf grass as well as underwater structures such as rocks or pilings.

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