Sea bass, which is indispensable once caught in angling, is a species that caught those that reach approximately 12 kg. So your probability of catching the smaller ones of this fish and the probability of catching the bigger ones are equal when the right material comparison is made with the right place and time. You can use both fake and live bait to catch sea bass. For example, coastal anglers mostly use live goby or silverfish in harbors. In cases where there is no live food, dead sardines can also be caught by wrapping a string of needles. Live bait is a favorite in the boat fishing. So what fishing line should be used for bass?
Long fishing lines are generally preferred for sea bass fishing. Yet, there are several methods of hunting bass. These include: long fishing line (with bait), long fishing line (with a spoon, with artificial bait), bass trotline, drop fishing rod, bottom drag, and bait team. Fishing made with a goby fish that will be attached to a triple hook mounted on a classical float or lead fishing line, from its tail or dorsal fin, to allow free swimming is a hunting technique that is generally used. Yet, you can also use silicone fake fish and fake fish used for the throw and pull method.
The first thing that those who will hunt bass should pay attention to is the selection of suitable pasture as in all fishing. Bass usually approaches the shore in autumn and winter. Apart from that, it can be hunted in the ports almost every season. It is likely to be hunted in places where crushed rockeries meet sandy areas on the shore. In addition, they approach the stony capes in choppy waters and close to the shore when there are sufficient waves. Because along with the waves, small crustaceans and fish on the shore become the target of bass. Here you can hunt the sea bass while hunting them. In addition, the bass is frequently found in places called brackish water where small streams meet the sea.
Brief Information About Sea Bass Hunt
Bass (Dicentrarchus labrax), a fish that requires experience from hunting ground to lure, to hunting time and hunting technique, is an extremely agile and cunning fish. Although the fishing season of the sea bass is determined as mid-May-late September, it can hunt intermittently in November, December, January, and February because it makes short streams. The sea bass is from the Serranidae family and its scientific name is “Dicentrarchus labrax”. It is called the European sea bass and is found on the coast of England, North Africa, the Mediterranean, the Aegean Sea, and the Black Sea. The most delicious ones are between 1-2 kg. From time to time, they go around in thirty-forty flocks and can hunt in a row.
They wander in very shallow, crushed and reed, secluded, quiet places. In winter, they lie on the bottom and stand quite still. They prefer to escape from open waters and live in shallow coastal waters because they are one of the main food of dolphin fish. Its missile-shaped body is slightly flattened on its sides and its skin is covered with large, shiny, well-settled scales. Sea bass fish, which is very delicious, is among the most popular fish both in our country and in Europe. Their favorite baits are fish such as sardines, flounder, weasel, sole fish, juvenile eel, cuttlefish, and shrimp. The most prey hours of sea bass are at dawn until the sun comes out and right after sunset. The dynamite that is thrown ignorantly and the sea pollution cause the sea bass population to decrease.
Fishing with dynamite is not a hunting technique but a murder. Such actions made unconsciously and with greed led to the extinction of not only sea bass but many fish species. The purpose of fishing is not to destroy, but to hunt in season and without excess. First of all, it should be noted that sea bass hunting is unlike any other prey. Whether you are on a beach or on the rocks or sail by boat or boat, if your intention is not to catch this fish, it will not be possible for you to catch it. For example, when you are chasing Bream or any other fish in the open sea it is so unlikely to come to your fishing line in a surprising way, that you will look so confused when it comes.
This tells us that you have to make this fish a target for catching. Sea bass masters of years design everything from their ranges to fishing equipment for the hunt of this fish and set out in that way. Because we have a very cunning and agile creature before us. He likes virgin places and turbid waters. No image-giving opponent approaches a living creature. It doesn’t attack every feed. Therefore, the feeds to be used are carefully selected. There are also many catching tactics.
Sea Bass Ranges
Sea bass like to stroll in untouched and quiet places. When the sea starts to get angry and fluctuate, it will no longer see you from the shore, which will make it easier for you to hunt this fish. In general, although we can see sea bass everywhere, there are areas that have determined their place. For example, the backwaters are at the top of these. The meeting of rain waters with the sea and the smell of the soil is one of the most favorite situations of mullets. Likewise, sea bass likes such phenomena. The rain falling during the winter and the water pouring into the sea from the formed stream create a perfect environment for these fish to feed.
Even when summer comes and the connection between the backwater and the sea is closed, fishermen can still hunt sea bass and mullet in those regions. When we suggest to those who ask in many places, the frequently asked question is “Is the backwater closed? Why is the sea bass still here?”. The reason for this is my personal opinion that there is a place for fish. In addition, the abundance of mullet puppies in these regions is noticeable. This is another factor for these fish to roam in those areas. If you pay attention, wherever mullet is abundant, you will definitely see Sea Bass. Because mullets are among the baits of this fish.
There are many more places which we can count as sea bass range. For example, harbors, beaches, pier bottoms, water waste fronts, and rocky areas. Apart from this, it can be seen in many places because it is a traveling fish. Finding these places depends on experience and coincidence. The important thing is to use the weather conditions well. For example, the regions where the waves started to break from shallow to deeper in an instant. Areas where you observe plenty of mullet. The bearings where the currents collide and the calm places on the opposite side of the flutter where the eddies in the headlands occur. All these are perfect places for Sea Bass.
Fishing Techniques of Sea Bass
There are mainly 6 techniques developed for sea bass hunting. These are:
- Long fishing line (with bait)
- Long fishing line (with a spoon, artificial bait)
- Bass trotline
- Drop fishing rod
- Bait team
- Bass Hunting with Drag Net
The classic tool used in sea bass fishing is the bottom drag. The butterfly (mushroom) is wrapped in 50 fathoms of 0.60 number green or bright yellow fishing line. The line to be used in the team can be thickened and thinned according to the size of the fish. For example, a 0.45 fishing line, 0.40 additional size, 0.35 size can be used for sea bass below 5 kg. A 20mm swivel is attached to the tip of the 0.60 line we use in the fishing line. Taking a distance of 2 centimeters from the swivel to the fishing section, a very small pinch of 2gr is wrapped or attached to the line.
If the waters are choppy during the hunt, this pinch will help the body come with a bottom. As an additional body, a 0.50 line of half a stroke is attached to the empty ring of the swivel and the second swivel of 20mm is attached to this line. The body is tied to the other ring of the swivel with a 0.45 line of 4-5 fathoms. 2/0 – 3/0 or 4/0 number steel, the bright, bare needle is tied to the end of this body.
The main feed used in the drag team is shrimp. Very good results are obtained when live and large shrimp are used. While the bait is attached to the fishing line, the head end and fan-shaped tail of the shrimp are cut off. The needle is moved from the plucked tail part of the shrimp towards the head and the tip is removed from the nape of the neck. The outside end of the needle is passed through the middle of the first furrow in the tail of the second shrimp. In this way, the needle is fed with double shrimp feed.
When the tackle is prepared and the hunting area is reached, one person uses the team and the other sits on the row. The most important issue here is silence. Since the bass is a very timid fish, the sound of the boat or the oars can frighten it and cause it to move away from the hunting area. The selected hunting grounds are very shallow waters. While the boat is in motion on the paddle, the fishing line is counted as 35 strokes and is put into the water slowly.
Here, the skill is to be able to adjust the current so that the bait reaches the bottom. While using the rowing very slowly, the person using the fishing rod pulls the fishing line towards himself, in parallel with the “rowing” movement of his friend on the rowing, and releases it. From the moment the fish is caught, it is necessary to use the fishing line skillfully, not to be alarmed, to be given to stay in place, to be pulled towards the boat in place, and to never give a gap. The gill cover of the sea bass is sharp like a razor blade. Therefore, if a gap is given to the fishing line, the fish will cut the body under the gill cover. The fish pulled up to the side of the boat is taken inside with a ladle or gaff. Since sea bass is a rare and beautiful fish, it would be better to take it in with a ladle rather than damage it with a gaff.
Provided that it is very fresh, sardines or squid can also be added to the same team as bait. There is also another way that double shrimp attaches to the needle. The spike on the head of both shrimp is cut off. The needle is pushed from the head to the tail and removed from the tail section, the same is done with the second shrimp and the tip of the needle is removed from the first section on the tail. It is worth trying both forms.
- Long Fishing Rod Types for Sea Bass Fishing
A similar long fishing gear used in bluefish fishing is used in sea bass. Depending on the size of the fish, the current of the waters and the baits to be attached, the long fishing rods used in sea bass fishing vary. For fish weighing less than 2 kg, if we use shrimp as bait and the current is light, the typeset mentioned below is preferred. During hunting, the engine runs slowly against the water. 0.50 bright white fishing line with a length of 30 strokes is wrapped in cork and its tip is attached to the upper ring of the very sturdy triple swivel of 20mm.
A shiny white line of 0.60 lengths of 2 spans is also attached to the lower ring of the same triple swivel. A case is made for the sounder to be attached to the end of this line. On the horizontal ring of the swivel, a shackle of 0.40 yellow or light green line with a length of 4-5 fathoms is attached. A 4/0 short-handled steel needle is tied to the tip of the mole. The shrimp, alive or dead, is attached to this needle by turning it by pushing it towards the head from the tail.
For sea bass between 2-10kg, if we use live ferret or eel as bait and it is strong in the waters, the team is different. During the hunt, the engine is running against the water and it is flowing. 100 meters long 0.70 bright white fishing line is wrapped around a butterfly (mushroom). Three 30mm sized swivels are inserted into a 7mm diameter steel snap ring. A line of number 0.60 with a length of 3.5 fathoms is tied to the empty loop of the first swivel. A 25mm swivel is attached to the end of this line. A shackle with a length of 4.5 strokes and a number 0.60 is attached to the empty ring of the swivel, and a 6/0 short-handled steel needle is attached to the tip of the mole.
In the following methods, baits are attached to the needle, alive or not. A 35cm length 0.70 number line is connected to the empty ring of the third swivel attached to the steel snap ring and a 1kg sounder is passed by making a case on the end. In daytime hunting, instead of bait, a 4.5-fathom mole is tied to each other with a steel ring and a number 2 long, leaf-shaped French spoon with a triple needle on one end.
- Bass Trotline
Another method of fishing for sea bass is trotline. Twelve 0.40 shackles are used in the sea bass trotline. It is yellow or green colored line and 0.60 number. Shackle lengths are 35cm and a winding knot (double knot) is made on the ends connected to the needle. Needles are number 8. Five red and white neck feathers of the rooster or three breast feathers dipped in henna and dyed bright orange are attached to the needles. The shackles are fixed to the body by means of font size on the right and left.
The distance of the shackles to each other is 10 cm. The fishing line is 40 strokes long. The sounder used is 120-160 gr depending on the water. weighs. When the hunting area is reached, 35 strokes are released from the motor that goes at a speed of 1 mile. When the fish jump on the fishing line, the engine is stopped and the fishing line is pulled slowly and the perch is taken to the boat with a scoop.
- Drop Fishing Rod
A method that can give efficient results in sea bass fishing is to hunt with a release fishing line. This type of fishing gives the amateur fisherman the opportunity to hunt in another hunting area after putting them into the water. After the amateur fisherman has finished his fishing, he collects and checks the fishing rods he left for perch, takes them to the boat if the fish is caught, and refreshes the bait if the bait is spoiled. He may check it four times during the day or night and then release it again. As you can see, the release fishing rod allows the sea bass to be caught by itself. The team is prepared as follows: Since such sets are used on the coasts with crush, stony, and reeds that do not exceed 1-1,5 fats, they are tightly attached to a 40x40cm piece of cork or foam with a thickness of 0.80. By measuring the depth of the water, 1.5 fathoms are given to the line and a 1 kg flat stone with a hole in the middle is tied to the end.
A 13mm swivel is attached to the end of the body, which is 25 strokes long and 0.60 thick, in green or yellow color, which is connected through the hole of this stone. A small steel ring is inserted into the empty ring of the swivel, and an echo sounder weighing 120-160 grams embedded in the swivel is attached to the same ring. Again, a swivel is attached to the same steel ring, and a 0.50-thick green or yellow fishing line is attached to its empty ring. After a 13mm swivel is attached to the other end of the line, a 3.5 claw long and 0.50 thick shackle is attached to the empty ring of the swivel, again in yellow or green color. A 5/0 or 4/0 number needle is tied to the tip of the mole.
The baits to be used are baby eel, weasel, or coarse shrimp provided they are alive. After determining the hunting place where the sea bass passes and feeds, the mole with live bait at the end is slowly put into the water. It is let out slowly at the sounding and after finding the bottom, the body is released into the water and then the stone finds the bottom. The fishing line distance is adjusted according to the depth of the water and the line attached to the stone is connected to the float so that it can remain vertical to the water surface and the float is released into the water. It helps the person dropping the fishing rod by gently paddling his friend on the rowing.
The release team prepared in this way is left in the water by going to a suitable hunting area. Sea bass is an extremely cunning fish. However, in shallow water, he cannot stand the live food stuck in the needle and jumps in confusion. At this point, the weight that enables the first leash and the needle to sink into the mouth of the fish comes from the sounder attached to the mole. Later, when the bass begins to swim hard to the left and right, the 1-pound stone and its weight tire it. When it comes to the place of re-release, the fish is slowly taken to the boat with the help of a scoop. Since the fishing is not done by hand, when the sea bass is caught, it can cut the line with razor-sharp gill caps.
- Bass Hunting (Throw Pull Method – Spinning)
Bass, a predatory fish, is one of the most cunning fish, although it is not easy prey. The perch takes care of its surroundings and even controls the outside of the water. It mostly prefers rocky and slightly wavy regions for hunting. Apart from this, mullet cubs for sea bass are among the prey that he cannot say no to. Sea bass, which can easily catch all juvenile fish, especially prefers mullet juvenile. Apart from the mullet, bream, pickerel, and cockroaches are among the fish preferences of the sea bass. Bass usually comes to rocky and wavy regions to hunt at sunrise or sunset. In some cases, he can also come to the sand and calm seas. Sea bass can be found especially in areas where freshwater joins the sea. The sea bass cannot say no to the mouse. In fact, sewer mice are among the prey that bass cannot stand. For this reason, it prefers places where freshwater mixes with the sea.
The most effective method of catching sea bass is fake bait. Fake bait is a fake fish, resembling a live fish in shape, but while swimming in the sea, it makes real fish movements and sounds. Since sea bass is a curious fish, when it hears the sound of the sea, it will want to come right next to it. But just because he’s next to him doesn’t mean he’ll jump right into the food. First of all, it will watch a little after finding the sound. He then approaches him cautiously out of curiosity. The important thing here is that you should never make yourself feel like sea bass. If you are hunting in a rocky place, it is necessary to get on the rock and throw the bait before entering the water. If somehow it is necessary to enter the water, too much movement should not be done in the water.
- Bait Team (Surf Fishing)
Since this type of hunting is generally in wavy weather, it is necessary to throw the fishing line as far as possible. You can review Surf Fishing techniques on the internet. Shellfish, sandworms, worms, and shrimp are used as bait.
The Best Fake Baits for Bass Fishing
- Daiwa Saltiga Minnow Series
It is an awesome fake fish series. In windy weather, you can easily throw it to the desired area. It attracts the attention of sea bass by emitting special vibrations with its dynamic structure. It must be in your bag. The best models are Tuna Tune 144mm 60gr Blue-White and Red Eye and Chart Bone, in yellow-white-orange colors, which is also effective in night hunting. 170mm 28gr 5-60m dives
- Daiwa Shiner SL170 – SL140
Top-tier equipment that throw-and-pull spin hunters can never give up on Sea Bass hunts. It is doing successful works with its excellent action and throwing power in windy weather. In our opinion, if a square ace is made in the market, it is a product that would definitely be included. 170mm- 145mm / 28gr – 19,5gr / 40-50cm dives
- DUO Rapala Tide Minnow
Yet another Sea Bass Hunter equipment. World-renowned aesthetics and good action at the time of fast winding are the factors that make this product stand out. The only handicap is that the beak is fragile, causing it to break quickly. For this reason, it should not be hitting hard places. the best models are Slim 200 H92-TS 200mm 27gr Light Blue – Silver Floating, the other is Slim 175 H93 175mm 27gr blue white
- IMA Komomo Slim SF-125/130
An enormous Sea Bass or Bluefish fake that broke a sales record when it was launched. If good action is taken with this product, which engineers have produced as a result of long observations, it is unlikely that you will not get the fish. The success of the counterfeit is understood by the imitation of it by many companies. 125-130mm, 10-12gr 20cm-60cm Floating
- Kendu Hayro 125F
It is a very good fake in terms of both price and quality. This product, which can dive for half a meter, has proven its success in hunting for Bonito, Crane, etc., especially in Sea Bass. Only this product can lose its dye after a certain period of time. For this, most fishermen put transparent lipstick on them. There are 125mm 14,8gr 40-50cm widths. Modified model Color No: 1 Also yellow orange white toned No: 13 for the night is a super fake from fake real.
- River2Sea Rover 98-128
The WTD action, which most masters describe as Sea Bass killer, is a successful fake, which comes by spraying water from the surface. It is claimed that it attracts fish with the sounds it makes thanks to its balls. Especially because the 98 HA-16R model resembles a juvenile mullet, it can be used wherever there is a fish. In addition, Rover 128 G12-R color model can be called the most successful product of this series. 98-128mm / 10,6gr-19,5gr / Surface fake
- Strike Pro EG-033 F
Strike pro is a fake, they attract predators that reflect the mirroring fish image very well. It completes its action by twisting in the water, sometimes turning and diving in between. When winding, it is necessary to pull at a relatively slow tempo, not fast. If it is used well, it is inevitable to buy sea bass, especially in the morning. The price is very attractive. 115mm / 12gr / 1.5-2.5 dives
- Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow
Another product we recommend to spin hunt lovers is of course the Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow series. Noticeable even in turbid waters with a holographic exterior, most Sea Bass hunters are a fake to our delight. In addition, Deep Diver models produced for deep diving proved their success. You have a try now. 110-130mm / 11gr-21gr / floating-suspending eç widely used models; F8-C57 Night Hunt and Deep Diver models
- Daiwa Morethan 11 SSR-F Crash Night
One of the most successful fakes in the Daiwa series. You can use it in evening water and night hunts with peace of mind. It is truly a perfect product with its aerodynamic structure and its swimming during the action. 111mm – 14.8g
Best Sea Bass Baits You Can Buy Online
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