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How to make sea bass rigs

Updated November 21, 2016

Sea bass are popular among saltwater anglers who fish along the UK's south coast and the United States' Atlantic coast. Favoured for their mild flavour, sea bass are found along inshore waters up to 100 feet deep from the New England states down through the Carolinas in the USA, and can also be find in the UK's southern waters. However, larger fish are also found up to 200 feet in depth. A simple rig, made with basic terminal tackle, is used to catch sea bass.

Slide a weight onto the end of the main fishing line. Choose a sliding egg weight or a plastic slide with clip for attaching a pyramid or bank weight. Select a weight based on conditions and depth. Use, for example, a weight of between 177 and 236 g (6.25 to 8.3 oz) when fishing water of 18 to 24 m (60 to 80 feet) or deeper.

Place a plastic bead on the line, then tie a heavy-duty barrel swivel onto the line with a Uni knot. Use the plastic bead to help protect the knot from damage by the heavy sliding weight.

Cut a 30 to 45 cm (12 to 18 inch) length of monofilament line from a filler spool. Choose a line for a leader with a pound test that is at least double that of the main line. Attach the leader to the swivel with a Uni knot.

Tie a size 4/0, or larger, bait holder hook onto the end of the leader with a Palomar knot.

Place strips of cut squid on the hook. Use whole bait squid when fishing for larger sea bass at deeper depths with heavier weights.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavy saltwater rod with matched reel and line
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Weight
  • Bead
  • Swivel
  • Bait holder hook
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Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.