spotted bass, like most other fish species, cycle through different stages. they begin life as fry (usually in the spring) and grow into young adults (called “mature”). then later on mature striped bass can change into another stage called sub-adult or even pre-spawning.
striped bass are also known as spotted seatrout because their bodies have vertical stripes along them. these spots help you spot individual fish at night when they swim amongst schools of other fish for protection from predators. male spotted seatrout have longer dorsal fins which are usually tipped with black to distinguish them from female seats which may have more domed backsides with less distinct spotting.