- Black sea bass have dangerously sharp spines on their dorsal fin that can puncture human skin.
- The all-tackle world record for black sea bass is 9 pounds, 8 ounces.
- When hooked in deep water and brought quickly to the surface, a black sea bass will often regurgitate its stomach contents.
Bank sea bass (Centropristis)
Bank sea bass have the stout body typical of all sea bass. Coloration is pale olive to brassy brown on the top and sides, fading to white on the bottom. There are wavy blue lines on the head and the lips are purplish-blue. Black vertical stripes made up of splotches cover the side, beginning after the head to the tail. The tail is tri-lobed on the adult, with the two outer rays and the middle rays extending outward and forming two u-shaped indentations. There are two, connected, dorsal fins.
Bank sea bass are found in the western Atlantic Ocean from North Carolina to Florida, including the Gulf of Mexico.
Bank sea bass are offshore fish found in deep waters usually around 180 feet. They prefer rocky structural elements, particularly reefs and rock pilings. This species is typically found in waters between the temperature of 42 and 84 F.
Bank sea bass usually spawn in January through March. Like its close relative the black sea bass, bank sea bass are protogynous hermaphrodites, which means that some of the species will switch genders from female to male after three or four spawning seasons.
Bank sea bass feed on the bottom for squid, crustaceans and small fish.
Like the black sea bass, this species puts up a good fight when hooked but is one of the smallest sea bass species and, therefore, not heavily sought after. As a bottom feeder, it is best caught deep using squid, shrimp or small fish on very light tackle. Bank sea bass are subject to protective regulations due to declined populations.