Sea Bass Angling
Tips for catching sea bass
The tackle generally used for catching sea bass from shore is a 9 - 10 ft. rod. When on a boat, I recommend a rod of about 7 ft. as they're easy to handle onboard. The other part of the tackle is usually a spinning reel, but some people use bait tackle as well. For the lure, a plug of about 10 - 20 grams is mainly used, and you can use the same tackle as used for black bass fishing.
The body shape and size of sea bass is similar to black bass, but compared to black bass - which favor still water and tend to stay near underwater structures - sea bass have a longer and thinner body and tend to prefer waters with waves and tidal currents. That's why most of the lures used for sea bass are ones designed for ease of use in currents. As for the angling method, rather than giving the lure vigorous action in the water, it's more important to use techniques like letting the lure drift in water where there are changes in current direction. Especially in the southern part of Lake Hamana, where the currents become very fast with the ebb and flow of the tides, making use of these currents is an important strategic point.
Although there is a seasonal aspect with sea bass, it can still be caught to some degree year-round. If you ever have the chance to visit Japan, this is a kind of angling that I recommend you try at least once.