Bass (fish)

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Striped bass (Morone saxatilis).

Bass (/ˈbæs/ BASS) is a name shared by many different species of fish. The term encompasses both freshwater and marine species, all belonging to the large order Perciformes, or perch-like fishes, and the word bass comes from Middle English bars, meaning "perch".[1]

Types of bass

Other species known as bass

For other fish called "bass", see Sea bass.
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Micropterus salmoides — largemouth bass with assorted sunfish.

Many species are also known as basses,[2] including:


Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are the most popular game fish in North America.

It is also very popular in South Africa where the largemouth bass is often found in lakes and dams.

When fishing, lures or live bait will work. Lures that mimic baitfish, worms, crayfish, frogs, and mice are all proven techniques.


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  2. "List of Common Names with bass". FishBase. Retrieved 6 June 2006.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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