Bass (rhyming with "mass") is a name shared by many different species of popular game fish.
The striped bass belongs to the family of Percicthyidae and its other members include white bass and white perch. The striped bass and white bass are also known as temperate basses.
Another group of basses include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass. They belong to the sunfish family Centrarchidae
whose other members include: bluegills, pumpkinseed and rock bass. These basses are also referred to as warm water basses or black basses. Bass have steadily become the most popular freshwater sport fish in the United States. Their popularity has increased due in part to the rise of the bass fishing tournament industry which helps sell recreational fishing products and instructs other fishermen on how to catch bass.