How to Fish for Sea Bass

How to Fish for Sea Bass
Sea bass are an exciting saltwater game fish that are fun to both catch and eat. As with most species of fish, there are certain techniques as well as types of bait that will work better than others. Fishing for sea bass can be somewhat intimidating at first. However, with some knowledge, the right equipment and practice, most anyone can soon be fighting to land a big sea bass.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to Fish for Sea Bass

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bait
  • 3/0 to 4/0 saltwater hooks
  • 10-pound test mono-filament fishing line
  • 7-foot bait casting rod and matching reel
Step 1
Prepare the bait to be used for fishing. Depending on the season, feeding conditions and availability of food either squid or small crab will most likely be used. Cut squid into strips that may easily be placed onto hooks as bait. Crabs will need to have the shell slightly cracked so that the crab itself may be more easily threaded onto the hook.
Step 2
Use 10-pound test mono-filament fishing line. There are several different types of mono-filament lines, including those specifically designed for saltwater and big game fish. Follow the reel manufacturer's recommendations for the amount of line to be spooled onto the reel.
Step 3
Make adequate plans when fishing for sea bass to allow time for both fishing as well as catching fish. Sea bass are notorious fighters that can take 2 or more hours to fight and land. The key is to allow the sea bass to tire itself out by playing and then reeling the fish into the boat.
Step 4
Plan any fishing trip for sea bass accordingly. The time of year as well as the time of day will greatly impact the success of a fishing trip. Sea bass, as with any other sport fish, are greatly affected by seasonal changes in water temperature and currents. These fish are also impacted upon by the tides or pull of the moon.
Step 5
Take time to research and learn from those who are or have currently caught fish. Firsthand knowledge is invaluable as a tool and should always be a starting point for any trip. Talk to boat owners, other fishermen and bait store owners to find out where the fish are being caught and on what they are hitting.

Tips & Warnings

Make sure all equipment is in good working order. Make repairs or replace worn parts and line. The bait should be a fresh as possible.
Make sure all equipment is in good working order. Make repairs or replace worn parts and line.
The bait should be a fresh as possible.
Keep in mind that fighting or playing a game fish in the ocean over a span of hours can be exhausting and may even lead to some minor muscle strains or pulls.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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