Sand Bass Fishing Tips

Sand Bass Fishing Tips
Sand bass are bottom dwellers with specific feeding patterns and habitats, depending on the temperatures outside. Although they can live up to 10 years, it is most common for sand bass to live only four years. They prefer to swim and feed in open water, but they migrate to smaller creeks and streams to spawn. You can find sand bass alone along the bottom or in schools at the surface, middle and bottom of the water.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing reel
  • Fishing line, 10- to 14-lb. test
  • 2/0 wide bend hook
  • Bait choices, such as shad and marabou tailed jigs
  • Jighead, 1/4 oz. to 1/8 oz.
  • Chartreuse grub
Step 1
Choose a sidewinder reel, which is specifically designed for sand bass fishing and other bass fishing applications. Spool on a 10- to 14-lb. test line, which will withstand the weight of large sand bass.
Step 2
Rig your mainline with your preferred bait using a 2/0 wide bend hook. Sand bass prefer to feed on shad and marabou tailed jigs. Thread a chartreuse grub on a 1/4-oz. to 1/8-oz. jighead, as an alternative bait choice.
Step 3
Cast your line at the mouth of a creek, in streams and near moving waters during low temperatures. When fishing the main part of a lake, cast your line at lower depths for superior strikes.
Step 4
Look to the sky for circling birds, which offer a strong indication that sand bass are feeding on baitfish. Drive to the location of the circling birds and look for schools of sand bass splashing in the water, which indicates that a feeding frenzy is occurring. Cast your mainline near the commotion and drop your bait deep, where larger sand bass will be present hunting for wounded baitfish.
Step 5
Drop your line to the bottom of large water sources for springtime strikes. Dangle your mainline slightly above the bottom and then wait for large sand bass to strike. It is common for large sand bass to dwell at the bottom, hiding behind brush and large obstructions in search of wounded shad to strike.

Tips & Warnings

Check tackle regularly to ensure that its quality has not diminished.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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