You’ll know it’s a sea bass when it makes runs to the side, and you know you have a large one when you struggle to gain line.
More than a few of those lures in your surf bag just might score you that personal-best largemouth bass this season.
Last year was one of social change and new values, and this season will usher in updated regulations, but where will we go from here?
Black sea bass are a mobile species. Throughout the four seasons, they can virtually be found anywhere in the water column, depending on the time of year.
As sea bass season enters its later stages, a change of tactics is required to stay on top of the action.
Small boats and light wire line outfits produce big summertime bass and blues.
Steer away from crowded reefs and wrecks and find your own rough bottom.
Drifting and jigging often leads to bigger sea bass than the traditional anchor and drop.
New Jersey, New York and Delaware anglers are finally back in black sea bass this month.
While diamond jigs are great for picking bull sea bass from deep water, go with bait to take home an easy limit of keepers.
You’re probably wondering why the question mark in the title above. No, it’s not a mistake.
The fall fishery for black sea bass can be totally out of control if you hit the right wreck during the pre-winter migration.
There is no reason to gear up with heavy gear to crank up doubleheaders for the freezer when you can still fill your limit and have a lot more fun doing it with light tackle.
It may require work finding open seasons, but it’s all play – big play – once you do.
Look to the 15- to 30-mile wrecks and reefs in the 75- to 150-foot range for opening day humpbacks.
Head to Buzzards Bay for a profusion of humphead black sea bass this month.