- 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.
Cero are long and slender fish with iridescent blue-green backs and silvery sides. Similar to the Spanish mackerel, the cero has a series of yellow, orange or brown streaks and spots on the upper portion of its sides. Different from the Spanish mackerel, the cero has a bronze-colored stripe that gently curves from the pectoral fin to the base of the tail fin. The front third of the first dorsal fin is a bluish black.
Cero are found in the western Atlantic from Massachusetts to Brazil, including the Florida Keys and throughout the West Indies.
Known as both a nearshore and offshore species, the cero is most common in clear waters around wrecks and reefs. Though known to go deeper, the cero is usually found in water less than 65 feet deep.
Although cero spawning has been recorded throughout the year, mid summer is recognized as the peak season. Cero eggs are scattered in the open water where they are externally fertilized.
Cero are carnivores that feed on shrimp, squid and small schooling fish such as anchovies, herring and sardines.
Cero are known for their long runs and are especially sporty for anglers using light tackle. Similar to other mackerel, trolling with feathers or natural bait is an effective strategy for cero. The best natural baits are silvery baitfish and live shrimp. Jigs and silver spoons are the most effective lures, although others will work as well. Wire leaders are often used to compensate for the ceros sharp teeth.
- The all-tackle world record for a cero is 17 pounds, 2 ounces.
- Cero is considered excellent table fare with a lighter flesh than the Spanish mackerel. There have been reports of ciguatera poising throughout the Caribbean.