Jigging for Sea Bass
Filling a creel of black sea bass can be one of the most exciting days you’ll ever have on the water. But those who have done it know it can also be one of the hardest. Not only do you need to find a spot at the reef, usually miles off shore, you also need to find the best spot for fish AND get them to bite. The majority of sea bass enthusiasts rely on either squid or clams to ring the dinner bell, but have you ever
As I said before, the preferred method of catching seas bass is with either squid or clams – both natural favorites. But using these baits means you need to find, store and maintain the bait – each of which presents its own problems during a busy season or hot weather. Plus, you waste a lot of time replenishing the bait once you get to your spot. Many times the bait you lose is that target of other species or small bass you wish to avoid- all of which take away from your time catching bass.
You can avoid these problems and even increase your success by changing tactics and jigging plastics instead.
What you will need:
a. 3-4ft 50lb test fluorocarbon leader
b. 3 ounce egg sinker
c. 30 lb snap swivel
d. ½ ounce jig head
e. Variety of soft plastics or Gulp! Baits
If fishing in less than 70 feet of water rig with the egg sinker on the main line, above the swivel.
If fishing in more than 70 feet of water move the egg sinker below the swivel and onto the leader to prevent tangling.
You will want to try an anchor when jigging. Although it can be done on the drift the results are usually not as great and it can be difficult to keep your line from tangling.
Obviously jigging is not the only means of catching black sea bass, nor is it the most popular, but it can be productive. Plus, there are several advantages over using traditional methods.
1. Catch larger fish- for some reason smaller sea bass and scavengers are less likely to show interest in your plastics, but big sea bass cannot seem to get enough. You might catch less fish but those you hook are likely to be bigger, fatter and tastier. Quality over quantity.
2. No wasted time- as I said before using fresh bait means you waste time replacing it after it is stolen or torn up. All of this is time wasted, time which could have been used to catch more fish. You do not have this problem with plastics which can catch dozens of fish before needing to be replaced.
3. Easier to manage- plastics can be bought prior to your trip, stored in nothing more than a tote and allow you to have as many different colors available as you desire. This allows you to test multiple colors until you find what works and ensure you have plenty available for the rest of the trip.