- 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.
Silver perch (Bairdiella)
Silver perch are predominantly, as their name denotes, silver with yellowish fins. Their bellies shade to a whitish color, and their backs may be gray. Similar to other fish in the drum family, the dorsal fins of silver perch are separated by a deep indentation. Silver perch have terminal mouths, which feature a chin with five or six chin pores but no barbels.
The silver perch can be found in coastal western Atlantic waters from New York to southern Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.
Silver perch inhabit the coastal waters of seagrass beds, tidal creeks, marshes, estuaries and other brackish waters. Commonly found over muddy or sandy bottoms, silver perch can also be found in freshwater at times. They will also migrate farther offshore during the winter.
The silver perch spawn inshore in shallow brackish waters where they scatter their eggs in the open water. Peak spawning season runs from May to September.
Silver perch are carnivores that feed on crustaceans, worms and small fish.
Silver perch are not considered of high sport value because of their small size. When they are fished for, shrimp and cut bait are effective while casting or still fishing. Small jigs have also proved to be successful. Although they are small, silver perch are considered excellent table fare.
- The silver perch can be identified from sand seatrout by their lack of large visible canine teeth.