Black Sea Bass Fishing Tips
The black sea bass is a bottom fish that many in New Jersey like to fish for. As far as why, there are many of them around, and can put up a good fight. Black sea bass are usually located near the coastline, reefs, piers, wrecks, and so on. What is great about New Jersey is that it has many artificial reefs for one to fish at.
In order to get to a good artificial reef it is important to realize that you are probably not the only one considering going out there. With that said, the best time to go reef fishing for black sea bass is during the week, as opposed to the weekend where there are many charters and private boats competing amongst one another. Also, getting to the particular reef first provides the best opportunity to catch large black sea bass, so in order to get there first you must consider heading out on the waters much earlier than you normally would.
There are two different ways to catch this type of fish, and that is by using bait or an artificial lure such as a jig. When it comes to bait, both squid and clam are popular options, used alongside a bottom rig. When it comes to jigging, a ½ ounce jig head used with a three ounce sinker of some sort will work best around the reefs. Make sure to bring different colors to choose from as well, as you may find out that the black sea bass hits a red jig head one day and a white one the next. Generally speaking, larger black sea bass go after the jigs while smaller ones go after the live bait, so make sure to keep this in mind when heading out on the water.
During the fall, the Sea Bass really love hitting diamond jigs with a slim profile. This is because the fall is when Sand Eels are prevalent and the diamond jigs perfectly mimic the local bait supply. As they say, match the hatch.
Usually, the Bass prefer a green tail on the diamond jig but that is not always the case. Make sure you have some variety of colors at least including red, black, white and green. Also, make sure you are working the entire bottom half of the water column. Often the nicest fish will come from well off the bottom. I would love to hear any additional ideas you may have.
I am a licensed United States Coast Guard U.S. Merchant Marine Officer and recognized by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) as a professional charter fishing captain. I fish the area around Barnegat Inlet, NJ aboard my 28' Pursuit "First Catch".
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