- 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.
A member of the Croaker family, the spot is distinguished from other croakers, especially its cousin the Atlantic croaker, by its wide, forked tail and a dark blotch behind its gill. The dorsal fin runs the length of the spots back, which is golden in color, fading to silver on the sides and belly.
Common throughout the Atlantic Ocean, spot can be found along the US and Mexican east coasts. Spot are more rare in the Gulf of Mexico and south of Palm Beach County, Florida.
Primarily found at shallow depths, spot are common in estuaries, bays, inlets and other inshore areas.
The spot spawns in fall and winter and is capable of producing nearly a million eggs. The eggs are carried towards inshore waters where they hatch. Juveniles move towards estuaries, away from brackish water as they develop. They return to saltwater and form schools when they mature, around three years.
Spot feed along the bottom on small worms, fish, crustaceans, and detritus.
Due to their size, spot are not a highly sought after game fish. However, they can be caught in large numbers, are taken with relative ease and make for good action when other species are slow. Spot are best caught along the bottom, using small hooks and small pieces of live bait such as shrimp, squid, clams, or worms.