- 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.
Tripletail get their name from the combination of their dorsal and anal fins, which extend far back to the tail, giving the appearance of three tails. They have a deep, rounded shape similar to grouper or freshwater bream. The eyes are located close to the snout and mouth, which has a protruding lower jaw. The color of the tripletail ranges from yellowish to brown with spots and mottles on the sides.
This highly adaptable fish can be found in ocean currents worldwide. During warm months, they are abundant off both coasts of Florida, Central America and South America.
Tripletail occur closer to shore, up to depths of 20 feet. They can be found in muddy estuaries, inlets and large bays. Preferring cover, tripletail are often spotted in weeds and alongside debris and markers.
Tripletail spawn in the spring and summer after migrating to inshore environments, where they swim about on their sides depositing eggs and milt around submerged objects.
A variety of fish and crustaceans, including squid, shrimp, anchovies, and herring comprise the tripletail's diet.
This fish has a reputation as a strong fighter and, despite its awkward appearance, is an excellent game fish. They battle hard and have a tendency to make quick runs and dramatic leaps out of the water. Tripletail tend to congregate around floating objects and can best be caught through sight fishing. They strike live bait, especially shrimp, and will readily strike artificial lures, such as small jigs or plugs and streamer flies.