- 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.
Queen snapper (Etelis)
The queen snapper is a deep pink to red on its back and upper sides fading to a light pink to white on its belly. It has a smallish head with big yellow eyes and a slight extended lower jaw. Its tail fin is deeply forked and usually a bright red in color. Unlike other snappers that have one continuous dorsal fin, the queens dorsal fin is distinctly notched. Their bases at the dorsal and anal fins are also scaleless.
Queen snapper are found in the western Atlantic from North Carolina to Florida, throughout the Gulf of Mexico and south to the Caribbean and Brazil.
This species inhabits rocky bottoms in deep offshore waters at depths starting at 300 feet to well over 1,000 feet.
Not much is known about the spawning cycle of the queen snapper, but March and August are recorded as peak months. They are external fertilizers and open-water egg scatterers that do not guard their young after hatching.
The queen snapper is a carnivore feeding mainly on small fish and squid.
Queen snapper meat is considered one of the finest among snappers. However, angling quality is low due to the extreme depth the fish inhabit. Fishing is done almost entirely with specialized deep systems and normally inaccessible by normal fishing techniques.
- The world record for a queen snapper catch is 11 pounds, 11 ounces.