- a game fish, Ambloplites rupestris, of the sunfish family, inhabiting freshwater streams of the eastern U.S.
- striped bass.
Origin of rock bass
An Americanism dating back to 1805–15
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She could remain in the cabin of the motor boat while the others were fishing off the rocks for tautog and rock-bass.Ruth Fielding at Lighthouse Point
Alice B. Emerson
The rock-bass was first described by the French naturalist, Rafinesque, in 1817, while travelling in America.
I have no doubt but the tackle recommended for the rock-bass would be just as effective for this fish, with similar baits.
In angling for the warmouth, the same rods and tackle mentioned under the head of rock-bass are well suited.
The rock-bass is an attractive-looking fish, and for its size is very pugnacious.
- a North American freshwater percoid fish, Ambloplites rupestris : an important food fish; family Centrarchidae (sunfishes, etc)
- any similar or related fish
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