A method is described for sexing striped bass through use of serrated jaw ear forceps. The instrument is used to extract gonads from dead fish in samples of commercial catches, without incurring damage to the fish which affects the market quality. The gonads are examined later in the laboratory and are identified as male or female. The technique has proven satisfactory in large scale sampling of commercial catches. This method also holds promise for use on other species of fish in which sex ratio studies are important.