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.
A member of the grouper family, black sea bass have become an extremely popular inshore spring target species.
In the last few decades, managers seem to have found the right formula and the sea bass population has been growing steadily.
The black sea bass fishery is jointly managed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, ASMFC, and the National Marine Fisheries Service, NMFS. ASMFC issued a Public Information Document for Addendum XXX to the Fishery Management Plan for black sea bass in December 2017, on which they are looking for public comments.
Turn to diamond jigs and teasers to target humpback sea bass this fall.
Could a Rutgers University sea bass study hold the key to improved reef fish assessments throughout the country?