- 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.
Gafftopsail catfish (Bagre)
The Gafftopsail Catfish has a head that is longer and wider than the common freshwater catfish. Its coloring is silvery on the sides, with a bluish dorsal fin. The dorsal and pectoral fins are long, extended and extremely sharp. The Gafftopsail can also be recognized by its two long barbels located under its mouth.
Gafftopsail Catfish can be found along the Atlantic Coast, from New England to South America. They are abundant in the Gulf of Mexico, particularly Texas and Louisiana.
Like its freshwater cousin, the Gafftopsail prefers deep channels and brackish water. It can also be found in coastal flats and passes, as well as tidal streams.
Following a migration to shallow waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Gafftopsail spawn inshore in mud flats through spring and summer. After the female produces her eggs, the male collects them in his mouth where they hatch and grow to about three inches before their release.
Gafftopsail are omnivorous, but mainly eat small fish, shrimp, and crab.
The Gafftopsail will take almost any live or dead bait, but it prefers live bait. It can also be caught on many light plugs or lures.