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Old 01-05-2020, 04:30 PM
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Default Jumbo sea Bass Tackle set up?

What are your favorite Tackle for Offshore Jumbo sea bass. Favorite Rigs for Them, Jigs etc. Also Porgy's and cod.
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High low rigs with clam or gulp. But I think jigging is way more fun and catches larger fish I also think jigging works better and get more frequent bites while on the drift. At anchor baits are best. Seabass aren’t very picky with jigs, any metal will do the trick. Diamond jigs, Ava’s with green or white tail, deadly dick, kastmaster, butterfly jigs and recently used slow pitch jigs with very very good results. Make long sweeps of the rod and slowly lower the rod with the jig as it falls. You’ll feel the hit on the fall. You can tip the assist hooks with a small squid strips too. Last trip every single fish was on jigs. Slow pitch style jigs caught the most, with Ava’s behind that. The biggest fish were caught on a pink spro (8 oz?) with squid strip. Adding a teaser above the jig works really well too, glass minnows work well. Or just a bare hook with a grub or gulp.
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Good advice above. I have not used anything but a jig for years- almost anything will be effective.
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As the above posters said I like using jogs and find them very effective. For tackle I like an Avet SX with 30lb. braid on a Jigging World Nexus, works great for fluke and BSB.

I hate using bait if so I can avoid it I do.
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I like a Medium Heavy fast taper rod, we have one rod with a calcutta other with a corvellous? other is a penn squall, anyone have some other reels they would recommend?

The lighter the braid the lighter the jig you can use and hold bottom. I try not to use 30lb braid, closer to shore 15 deeper 20 lb this is what John Skinner does for Fluke and I think he is right.

I fish about a 6 foot piece of mono or floro as a leader with a dropper bait a foot or so above the jig, I put gulp on everything and sometimes add squid. The shorter the leader the less blow back belly in the line you will have on drift but if you go longer in the leader to a 10 foot top shot you can cut off a few times without having to tie braid to mono again and again. I like a some type of swivel on the rig, a 3 way, snap swivel to the jig anything just some type of swivel to stop it from twisting.

Essentially I'm Fluke fishing with Large Sea Bass as a very happy bycatch I personally prefer to eat Sea Bass over Fluke. We had some real nice fish last summer that I'm still eating.

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Originally Posted by Avid 24 View Post
Good advice above. I have not used anything but a jig for years- almost anything will be effective.
Thx. Jigs seem to catch bigger ones.
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Originally Posted by Ct Contender View Post
As the above posters said I like using jogs and find them very effective. For tackle I like an Avet SX with 30lb. braid on a Jigging World Nexus, works great for fluke and BSB.

I hate using bait if so I can avoid it I do.
Thanks for the input diamond jig tipped with Gulp or squid seems to work well for me. That jigging world rod looks nice. Can it handle sinkers up to 12 oz or cod jigs to 16-20 oz?
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Originally Posted by ShewBuddy View Post
High low rigs with clam or gulp. But I think jigging is way more fun and catches larger fish I also think jigging works better and get more frequent bites while on the drift. At anchor baits are best. Seabass aren’t very picky with jigs, any metal will do the trick. Diamond jigs, Ava’s with green or white tail, deadly dick, kastmaster, butterfly jigs and recently used slow pitch jigs with very very good results. Make long sweeps of the rod and slowly lower the rod with the jig as it falls. You’ll feel the hit on the fall. You can tip the assist hooks with a small squid strips too. Last trip every single fish was on jigs. Slow pitch style jigs caught the most, with Ava’s behind that. The biggest fish were caught on a pink spro (8 oz?) with squid strip. Adding a teaser above the jig works really well too, glass minnows work well. Or just a bare hook with a grub or gulp.
Thanks for the detailed reply. I agree hi low rigs with baitholder Hooks and squid catch em but lots of shorts. The Jigs seem to work for the bigger Knotheads but it can get tiring. What size leader do you use and how many feet? You think these will work on sea bass. I ordered them off eBay it's basically a large sabiki rig with a loop for a sinker on the bottom. They use it on the west coast for rockcod and ling but it seems that it whould be deadly on Sea Bass.
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Originally Posted by captpepin View Post
I like a Medium Heavy fast taper rod, we have one rod with a calcutta other with a corvellous? other is a penn squall, anyone have some other reels they would recommend?

The lighter the braid the lighter the jig you can use and hold bottom. I try not to use 30lb braid, closer to shore 15 deeper 20 lb this is what John Skinner does for Fluke and I think he is right.

I fish about a 6 foot piece of mono or floro as a leader with a dropper bait a foot or so above the jig, I put gulp on everything and sometimes add squid. The shorter the leader the less blow back belly in the line you will have on drift but if you go longer in the leader to a 10 foot top shot you can cut off a few times without having to tie braid to mono again and again. I like a some type of swivel on the rig, a 3 way, snap swivel to the jig anything just some type of swivel to stop it from twisting.

Essentially I'm Fluke fishing with Large Sea Bass as a very happy bycatch I personally prefer to eat Sea Bass over Fluke. We had some real nice fish last summer that I'm still eating.
Thanks for the reply. Have you these feather rigs from Online? They seem like they whould be deadly on Sea Bass. There basically large sabiki rigs with a droppper loop on em for a sinker on the bottom. They use them on the west coast for rockcod.

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The feathers look interesting, I know they like green. I would not want that many hooks two is almost too many, lots of short out there to steal your bait or rip the tail off your Gulp.
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Diawa BG4000 on a shimano trevalla S rod. This combo (I own a pair) killed over 3000lbs of black seabass last summer commercially plus charters


I did wind up putting a power knob on it


i fish a single jig, teasers whe they are committing hari Kari



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X2 on shimano trevala rods super light and tough and short length is nice
also reasonable price paired with small avet
great setup!
also have had good luck with shimano lucanos jigs
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Originally Posted by Clamcove23 View Post
X2 on shimano trevala rods super light and tough and short length is nice
also reasonable price paired with small avet
great setup!
also have had good luck with shimano lucanos jigs
the only thing I don’t like about those jigs are those tiny hooks but they sure are sticky
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Originally Posted by CMEBoston View Post
the only thing I don’t like about those jigs are those tiny hooks but they sure are sticky
I hear ya
they are sharp and rust quick and hard
to change out
and replacing skirts are a pita too!!
but other than that...haha!
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Originally Posted by Clamcove23 View Post
I hear ya
they are sharp and rust quick and hard
to change out
and replacing skirts are a pita too!!
but other than that...haha!
i went back to the 2 oz spro, I glue on squid skirts i go though 3 jigs a day and replace the skirts on the way in....
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Originally Posted by CMEBoston View Post
Diawa BG4000 on a shimano trevalla S rod. This combo (I own a pair) killed over 3000lbs of black seabass last summer commercially plus charters


I did wind up putting a power knob on it


i fish a single jig, teasers whe they are committing hari Kari


What’s your favorite bait for them?
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Originally Posted by Blues Brother View Post
What’s your favorite bait for them?
Fresh caught then frozen in their slime native squid



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I see the larger wide gap hook to avoid the smaller fish. They definitely like squid.

CME I love the BG's, if you want to spoil yourself Diawa makes the Balistic LT very similar to the BG similar sized reel weighs 7.9 oz vs 14.3 oz on the BG and pulls 26.4 LB's of drag vs. 17.6 on the BG. My wife bought one last year as my fathers day gift it's about $80 ish more than the BG it's really nice when your fishing all day with it.

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Originally Posted by captpepin View Post
I see the larger wide gap hook to avoid the smaller fish. They definitely like squid.

CME I love the BG's, if you want to spoil yourself Diawa makes the Balistic LT very similar to the BG similar sized reel weighs 7.9 oz vs 14.3 oz on the BG and pulls 26.4 LB's of drag vs. 17.6 on the BG. My wife bought one last year as my fathers day gift it's about $80 ish more than the BG it's really nice when your fishing all day with it.
and I thought I treated myself with the BGs! I do need 2 more outfits.

good eye on the wide gap!
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Originally Posted by captpepin View Post
I see the larger wide gap hook to avoid the smaller fish. They definitely like squid.

CME I love the BG's, if you want to spoil yourself Diawa makes the Balistic LT very similar to the BG similar sized reel weighs 7.9 oz vs 14.3 oz on the BG and pulls 26.4 LB's of drag vs. 17.6 on the BG. My wife bought one last year as my fathers day gift it's about $80 ish more than the BG it's really nice when your fishing all day with it.
This might just be the thing in the 4000 series for a couple of Black Hole Slow Jigging rods I picked up

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