- 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.
Silk snapper (Lutjanus)
Shaped similarly to the red snapper, the silk snapper is pinkish-red over its dorsal area shading to a lighter pink and silver on the sides and underneath. Its sides are marked with a series of wavy yellow lines. Fins are reddish in color or a pale yellow, and its anal fin is pointed. Also peculiar to this snapper is its yellow eyes and black edge of its tail fin.
Silk snapper are found in western Atlantic waters as far north as Bermuda and the Carolinas and as far south as Brazil. They are most common around southern Florida, the Antilles and the Bahamas.
The silk snapper is a deep-water species normally found at depths from 300 to 720 feet. It is commonly found over rocky ledges near the edges of continental and island shelf bottoms. Bigger specimens tend to inhabit deeper waters.
Spawning of the silk snapper takes place throughout the year in their lower-latitude range. However, it is a spring and summer seasonal occurrence in the northern and southern limits of their habitation. The eggs are scattered in the open water where they are fertilized externally. There is no guarding of the eggs after release.
Not much is known concerning the feeding style of the silk snapper. It is known to be a carnivore that feeds on fish, shrimp, crabs, gastropods and cephalopods.
Like other edible deep-water fish, the silk snapper is very tasty and considered by some to be the best table fare among all snappers. As a deep-water fish, the silk snapper is not commonly pursued by anglers, as deep systems, such as electric reels and wire lines, are necessary to catch this snapper. If smaller silk snapper are found in shallower waters both live and cut bait can be used with a rod-and-reel.
- Silk snapper are important commercial fish that are often marketed as red snapper.