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Sea Bass Fishing in Florida

Written by Capt. Noah on Tuesday, 23 April 2013. Posted in Fish Info

Sea Bass belong to the Serranidae family and there are a huge variety of them in all the oceans of the world. In the United States, they inhabit the coasts from Florida to Maine and are prevalent in the Gulf of Mexico. There are three main populations of black sea bass. The Mid-Atlantic group occupy the waters from Massachusetts to North Carolina. The South Atlantic group are found from North Carolina to the southern tip of the Florida peninsula, and the Gulf of Mexico group dominate from Florida to Texas. All of them can be found both inshore and offshore, some in waters as deep as 425ft. They prefer the ocean floor and congregate around structures such as rocks, coral reefs, artificial reefs, jetties, wrecks, piers and bridge pilings.

Sea Bass consist of a massive variety of species. In fact, no other saltwater fish in the world has so many species in their group. Some of the more well-known include black sea bass, white sea bass, baguetta and grouper and they are famous for their firm, white flesh that is exceptionally delicious. This is not the only reason why sports anglers target Sea Bass. These fish are staggeringly popular for several reasons.

Powerful fish, all Sea Bass provide anglers with a serious fighting challenge. It is simply exhilarating to do battle with any of these fish. They are also abundant and will gather in large schools when feeding, making it possible to catch large numbers of them at a time. There are many tournaments held for specific Sea Bass species in Florida every year. These attract masses of anglers all wishing to win vast sums of money and other sought-after prizes. Here are some tips to help you succeed with Sea Bass fishing in Florida:

Bait for Sea Bass

The lures and bait that you use for Sea Bass make all the difference. Live bait such as sardines, mackerel, menhaden, eels, croakers and mullet work extremely well but live pinfish is our bait of choice. Keep live bait cool and fresh for the best results. If you do not wish to use live bait or if it is unavailable, then lures such as spoons, jigs, plugs and crankbaits will work as well.

Techniques for Sea Bass

  • Dark, murky waters have poor visibility. This is why lures such as crankbaits are the best choice when using artificial baits. These types of lures are noisy and will attract the Sea Bass to them. If they cannot see their prey, they will chase the sound their prey makes.
  • In grassy areas, lily pads, piers, docks and other structures, spinnerbaits work well. They make a very tempting noise underwater.
  • Live bait is by far the best method to use. Hook the bait through the nose and backbone and set them in the water. They flutter and panic, attracting every Sea Bass in the area. They are also far tastier than any lure can offer. Rig a long fluorocarbon leader to allow the fish to swim more naturally and avoid unnecessary drag.

Call today to book your Sea Bass Fishing Charter and revel in fighting them.

About the Author

Capt. Noah

Capt. Noah

Noah is a United States Coast Guard licensed captain and PADI divemaster. He grew up in South Florida and has a passion for all things involving water. He is one of the rare bread of boaters who loves sailing and power boating. Noah sails competitvely and enjoys travelling, photography, and cooking. 


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