- 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.
Yellowtail have an elongate body that is slightly compressed and that tapers to the ends. They are closely related to amberjacks, and like amberjacks they are a fast swimming species. Coloration is a purple-blue on the back to a silvery white on the belly. There is a darker horizontal stripe running along the side of the body, and the tail is yellow and deeply forked. The other fins are also yellow.
Chile to southern Washington
Yellowtail are found anywhere from the surface to depths of 230 feet in inshore waters to the continental shelf. They are a schooling species that are believed to be migratory, but information on this is missing at present.
Spawning season is from June through October. Eggs are free-floating, unguarded, and hatch within two or three days.
Yellowtail are opportunistic feeders that eat a wide variety of foods, including crabs, squid and many fishes, especially anchovies.
A common fishing technique on the West Coast is to chum areas where Yellowtail are known to aggregate, then use squid, anchovies, sardines and mackerel for bait. Other techniques used are trolling, casting with lures, jigging, rock fishing and surf fishing.
They are considered good table fare.