Saltwater Bass Fishing Tips

Saltwater Bass Fishing Tips
Fishing in saltwater is very different than fishing in freshwater, especially when it comes to small or large mouth bass. It is important to know where to look for the bass (which works best by asking locals) and experimenting with different live baits. In saltwater fishing, you need to use different equipment that can be durable and withstand the high salt quantity in the water. There are some tips to keep in mind that will help you land bass.

Fishing Equipment

When fishing for bass in saltwater, you need a durable reel that is made of something, such as stainless steel or titanium, that will resist saltwater corrosion. The fishing rod needs to be about 9 feet long and flexible. The line depends on where you are fishing. For example, in shallow water, it is good to use a floating fly line, but if you want the bait to sink more, you should invest in a heavy clear line. The usual saying is that the more advanced the fisherman for bass in saltwater, the more high-quality the equipment should be. Beginner fisherman can use the less expensive equipment while they get used to fishing for bass in saltwater.


Bait for Bass Fishing

In saltwater fishing, live bait is the best way to go. Use bait fish, such as mullet, shrimp, soft shell crab, sand eels, lug worms and herring. These are good baits to attract bass in saltwater, and make sure to use bait that attracts the size of fish you want. Hook the bait through the hook twice, because in salt water there is more pull in the water and current, and more things, such as seaweed not normally in freshwater, that may be caught on the line.

Finding Bass

Finding bass in saltwater can be difficult. Ask locals where they usually fish for it. Keep in mind that tides that are half rising to half falling are the best fishing conditions, and start right below yourself before moving outward of the perimeter. Look around beachfronts, where there are small caves, rocks, reefs or driftwood for bass to hide in or around, as they prefer to be in these places. Let the line flow with the current to keep the bait moving, which will attract the bass. Use a slow retrieve and be very patient.


Article Written By Lauren Wise

Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.

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