Bass are often called "King of the Sea" - a highly prized and elusive catch of fishermen and angler alike. It is the ultimate predator feeding on small fish (e.g. sardines and mackerel) and therefore has a high oil content and fabulous taste.
Line caught bass from Cornwall and Devon is generally available from May to January, with height of season being October to December.
Fishermen in Cornwall and South Wales have a bigger Minimum Landing Size (MLS) than the rest of the UK. This means that the male fish caught off Cornwall are larger and have had more chance to reproduce.
Bass (Sea Bass) now graces the menus of the country’s top restaurants and is increasingly being cooked at home for special occasions. But, as its popularity has risen, so too have concerns about the sustainability of wild-caught bass and the environmental impact of farmed bass.
When you buy line caught Bass, you can be assured that the fish has been caught using the sustainable traditional fishing method of hook and line. This method has minimal environmental impact and ensures the fish are in top condition since they are caught live before being stored in ice.
Small fish are rarely caught, but if caught they are returned to sea alive immediately. Line fishing also has no unwanted by-catch. If top quality sustainably caught fish is what you're looking for, line caught is the best option. Insist on it from your fish supplier.