Gold Spotted Sand Bass Flavor Profile
Gold Spotted Sand Bass are a lean, mild flavored fish, described as similar to Grouper. They are fairly common in Baja California, along with two other varieties of Sand Bass.
Spotted Bay Bass, Golden Spotted Sand Bass
There are 3 types of Sand Bass in the waters off Southern California. The Spotted Sand Bass, the Gold Spotted Sand Bass, the Barred Sand Bass. The Gold Spotted Sand Bass has distinctive yellow-gold spots covering the body. All three grow to about 6 pounds maximum weight, with the average commercial weight being 1 – 3 pounds.
Range & Habitat
Sand Bass range from Santa Cruz, CA to Bahia Magdelena, Baja California, Mexico. These fish prefer sandy bottoms near eelgrass flats, rocky reefs, or breakwaters, usually in depths of 150 to 250 feet.
Typical Wholesale Products
Commercially available usually as Skin/on or Skin/off Fillets.
Gold Spotted Sand Bass Availability
Fresh Gold Spotted Sand Bass availability chart: green areas show peak availability, light green show limited availability, gray indicates not available fresh.
based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving.
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