Learning how to catch sea bass isn’t necessarily difficult, but for inexperienced angler, it can be a learning curve of sorts. The key aspect to remember is that you definitely will need some practice and you will need to be ready for a fight. But, best of all, sea bass are going to be a fantastic catch to write home about.
If you want to learn how to catch sea bass, there are some techniques that are sure to improve your chances. If you are surf fishing, there are a few tips that can help you catch big sea bass when others are hardly getting a bite.
The first thing to do is to determine what the natural forage in the area is for your target, in this case: Sea Bass. Soft shell crabs or clams are always a safe bet. If you are using crabs, crack the shell and thread your hook up through the crab.
If you are using clams, try salting them first. It will increase their appeal and make them stay on the hook a little better. Sometimes lures will work well for catching sea bass, but you really can not go wrong with whatever the natural forage in the area is.
If the sea bass are feeding on squid, just cut up strips of fresh or frozen squid and use that. The closer you are to what the sea bass are naturally feeding, the more likely it is that they will take the bait you offer
Use #10 test line. Monofiliment tends to tangle less, but a braided fishing line will allow the angler to actually feel better when a fish bites, so it is largely a trade off. Just experiment a bit and see which works best for you.
Sea bass really are pretty easy to catch if you remember that you are going to have to be patient. Even after you hook your fish, you are going to have to let it tire itself out, and bringing in even a single sea bass can sometimes take three or four hours.
Take your time, it may not (probably won’t) take that long. Yet, trying to force the situation will either hurt you, allow the first to get away or it could even mean you will be going overboard.
Now, another good tip on how to catch sea bass is to consider the time of year you will be fishing. Believe it or not, you will see a large difference in the ease of fishing (or not) depending on what time of the year you head out to fish.
Consider the tides before you plan a fishing expedition. You are going to want to fish above the more shallow areas, so it is best not to fish on either the new or full moons.
Choosing the right time of the year is important as well. If you are in the North Atlantic region, the best times will generally be from the beginning of May all the way until the end of the summer. South of there, the sea bass may be close to shore as early as February or March each year.