- 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.
White seabass ()
The body of the white seabass is elongate and somewhat compressed. The mouth is large, and the lower jaw projects somewhat forward. Coloration is bluish to gray with specklings above and silver below. The dorsal fin is two, distinct rows of sharp points followed by soft rays, and the caudal fin is not forked. They grow to be quite large, with 60-pounders not being terribly uncommon.
Chile, South America to Juneau, Alaska.
White seabass are usually found schooling over rocky bottoms and in kelp beds. They are mostly at depths between 72 to 150 feet, although they can be found at deeper depths or near the surface.
Juveniles are often found in shallow surf. It should be noted that because juvenile white seabass look very similar to mature sea trout, anglers should be very careful in properly identifying their catch.
White seabass spawn in the spring and summer, with the peak months being May and June. Spawning takes place close to shore over rocky habitat, usually near kelp beds. Once the eggs are fertilized, they float near the surface as part of the plankton, and after hatching in a couple days they remain in the plankton for about five weeks.
White seabass feed on fishes (especially anchovies and sardines), squids and crayfish. It is theorized that large white seabass have an exclusive diet of Pacific mackerels.
White seabass are considered excellent table fare, though the flesh will spoil quickly without proper care. They are fished primarily with live bait in relatively shallow water, though they can also be caught trolling with artificial spoons or squid, as well as bone jigs. The best live baits are sardines, anchovies and squid, though the largest white seabass should be fished with live Pacific mackerel.
- One of the white seabass nicknames is weakfish. This is because its tender mouth is easily torn when hooked.
- The name seabass is a misnomer for this species, as they are not related to bass.