Any of various North American freshwater fishes of the family Centrarchidae, especially the largemouth and the smallmouth bass. The giant sea bass Stereolepis gigas, also known as the black sea bass, is a member of the wreckfish family Polyprionidae. N., pl. (esp. collectively) bass, (esp. for kinds or species) bass•es. Any of numerous edible, spiny-finned, freshwater or marine fishes of the families Serranidae and Centrarchidae. An instrument, especially a double bass or bass guitar, that produces tones in a low register.

This record was itself broken by John Stephenson who caught a bass of 19lb 12oz at Portsmouth Docks on a frozen sandeel bait. The bass apparently coughed up a 1lb 8oz pouting, which would have put it well above the current record and over the 20lb mark. While being bowed instruments, they can be played pizzicato, which is a standard double bass technique in jazz, blues and rockabilly. The electric bass guitar is usually the instrument referred to as a “bass” in pop and rock music. The electric bass guitar, while invented in 1930s by Paul Tutmarc, was first mass-produced by Leo Fender in 1951 and quickly replaced the more unwieldy double bass among non-classical musicians. Where a vessel is lost at sea and/or is damaged beyond repair a transfer of authorisation will be considered providing the replacement vessel is no larger in engine size and tonnage.

Owners intending to sell vessels being replaced should also make the purchaser aware that the vessel being sold will lose its authorisation to catch bass once the transfer is completed . You cannot catch, retain, tranship or land bass if you have not been issued an authorisation. Fishing for bass in any restricted area is prohibited during February and March. Bass live and feed at a range of water depths and can be found in very shallow water if food sources such as peeler crabs, shellfish or worm beds are present there. Catch and release only in January, February and December of 2021.

Bass below the minimum size limit of 42cm must be returned.From 2016 onwards there have been regulations and limits placed on both recreational and commercial bass fishing in an attempt to restore stocks of this species. In 2016 this consisted of anglers only being permitted to fish for bass on a catch and release basis only for the first six months of the year and limited to retaining one bass per angler per day for the second half of the year. Commercial restrictions have included bans on specifically targeting bass, an enforced closed season during bass spawning times and reductions in the amount of unavoidable bass bycatch which can be retained.

The next set of regulations for anglers fishing for in British waters were confirmed in January 2020. Anglers were required to fish for bass on a catch and release only basis during January, February and December of 2020. From 1st March to 30th November anglers could retain two bass per angler per day, provided they were above the minimum size of 42cm. These were the least stringent regulations that had been placed on anglers since the new limits regulating recreational catches began in 2016 and marked the first time anglers could legally retain two bass per day since 2015. In 2021 and 2022 the same restrictions on recreational angling for bass remained in place. [Information from the official government website of the Marine Management Organisation – available here].