Tips on Fishing for Saltwater Bass

Tips on Fishing for Saltwater BassSaltwater bass is a popular saltwater fish for anglers. It's also known as stripers or rockfish. These fish put up a good struggle while reeling them in. Saltwater bass are caught for entertainment, as well as commercial purposes. You can find it in many restaurants because of its delicious taste and texture. (Pictured: Kelp Bass swimming through kelp in California)


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Saltwater fishing rig/pole
  • Bait
  • Lures
  • Fishing license
Step 1
Make sure you're rigged appropriately for catching saltwater bass. They can reach 100 lbs., but you'll probably never see one over 50. Their average size is between 10 and 15 lbs., so take this into consideration when choosing what fishing line and equipment you'll be using.
Step 2
Use a type of bait saltwater bass are attracted to--and there's a variety of them. As with catching any type of fish, using a bait that looks like what they're used to eating will land the best results. Saltwater bass will bite on crabs, clams, squid, eels, shrimp, shiners and sardines, among others.
Step 3
Use an artificial lure that closely resembles their natural food. With all of the advancements in modern lures, it should be easy to find one suitable for use. It's been found that diving plugs, jigs and spoons work quite well in catching saltwater bass.
Step 4
Fish when the tide is right. It'll make a difference. The best results for catching saltwater bass have been found to be at the start of high tide. It's also shown to be good directly after the tide has reached its lowest peak.
Step 5
Check out sandy beaches as well as rocky shorelines. You can also find saltwater bass in shallow bays, as well as at the mouths of rivers. They usually don't begin migration until after they're 2 years old. Until then, saltwater bass remain relatively stationary in these areas, where they prefer to reside. It's possible to catch them either by fishing from a boat or fishing the shoreline.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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