Black bass is the most popular type of bass found in the United States. A member of the freshwater sunfish family, it is one of the favorites of sports fisherman all over North America. There are two species of black bass, the smallmouth and the largemouth.
The largemouth is the larger of the two black bass. It is the largest member of the freshwater sunfish family. Two pounds is their average weight however they can reach 22 pounds and 24 inches in length. The largemouth has an olive green to black color on the back and faint vertical stripes.
It is one of the best freshwater fighting fish, and said to attack anything that it thinks is alive. The fish has many different names depending on the region. Some of the common names are wide mouth bass, bigmouth, bucket mouth, green bass, green trout, line sides, Oswego bass, Potter’s bass and Florida Bass. The large mouth is the state fish of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida and Tennessee. All of States have largemouth bass but they are more popular and more abundant in the southern states where they grow much larger. Quiet, weedy streams and lakes are their favorite habitat.
The largemouth bass will take on a slight muddy flavor if taken from muddy water yet they will remain mild and fine flavored if taken from clear water. The best ways for cooking are; Pan Frying, deep frying, oven frying or broiling.
The smallmouth is browner in color than the large mouth with brown vertical bands and red eyes. The smallmouth has no tolerance for pollution; therefore they live in clear, cooler waters of central United States. Its region is not nearly as widespread as the largemouth bass. Some of the regional names are smallmouth, bronze back, brown bass, brownie, smallie, and bronze bass. The smallmouth averages 1 pound and can grow up to 12 pounds. It is more brown than its cousin, the largemouth, especially if they are found in darker water. The smallmouth takes on a lighter, almost yellowish color when they live in sandy areas.
Like the largemouth bass it will take on a slight muddy flavor if taken from muddy water yet it will remain mild and fine flavored if taken from clear water.
The best ways for cooking black bass are to Pan Fry, deep fry, oven fry or broil. Click on a link for easy ways of cooking Black Bass. HOW TO PAN FRY FISH How to deep fry fish HOW TO OVEN FRY FISH How to broil fish For information on other fish and how to cook them go to http://tocookafish.com/fish-index If you need information on shellfish check out http://tocookashellfish.com/