- 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.
Grass porgy (Calamus)
Grass porgies are relatively flat from side to side and deep from top to bottom. They have a long, spiny dorsal fin and a long secondary dorsal and anal fin. The grass porgys body is greenish on top, fading to silver on the sides and belly. Dark blotches can be found on the porgys side and tail.
Grass porgies can be found in temperate waters in the western Atlantic Ocean, from the mid-Atlantic states south to the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Grass porgy congregate in grass beds and around reefs. They are primarily found inshore in shallower depths up to 20 feet. Porgies are primarily bottom-dwellers.
Little information is available about the grass porgy's spawning habits.
The grass porgy is omnivorous, feeding on whatever is available in its habitat, including algae and smaller fish.
Grass porgies can be caught using light tackle with live bait, such as small shrimp, worms, clams, or squid. For their smaller size, grass porgies are considered very strong fighters. Fishermen look for porgies at the shallow edges or reefs and shellfish beds.