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00000177-ba84-d5f4-a5ff-bbfc9abb0000 with Steve JunkerEach week during saltwater fishing season Steve Junker checks in with the folks at On the Water magazine and others to find out who's catching what where around the Cape and Islands—and how they're doing it. 00000177-ba84-d5f4-a5ff-bbfc9abc0000For a detailed weekly Fishing Forecast, check out On the Water.00000177-ba84-d5f4-a5ff-bbfc9abb0001

Cape's Tastiest Fish? A Vote for Black Sea Bass

S Junker

Striped bass get a lot of attention from Cape Cod fishermen, but there's another bass around that's great to catch and eat. We're talking about black sea bass—and if you ever saw them together, you'd never confuse the two.

Black sea bass is an entirely different fish from a striped bass. In fact, it's a type of grouper. And it has a highly unusual life cycle, in which most juveniles are female, and a portion of those will change sex as they grow older, becoming male.

The current Massachusetts limit for black sea bass is 5 per angler at 15".

Black sea bass have a white, firm, flaky meat that makes it great for frying or grilling. In this week's Fishing News, Kevin Blinkoff of On the Water magazine talks about targeting black sea bass and ways to prepare it for eating. Give a listen. 

Steve is Managing Editor of News. He came to WCAI in 2007. He also hosts the weekly News Roundup on Friday mornings and produces The Fishing News.