On June 23rd '2024 Sea Bass Season Opened • What you need to know

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Long Island anglers are eagerly anticipating the opening of the sea bass fishing season on June 23rd, 2024. Sea bass is one of the most prized fish in the North East, known for being fun to catch and delicious to eat. As the season approaches, it's important to be prepared with the right bait and tackle to make the most of your fishing experience.

What are the Best Bait and Tackle for Sea Bass Fishing on Long Island?

When it comes to sea bass fishing on Long Island, having the right bait and tackle can make all the difference. Sea bass are known to be attracted to a variety of baits, including squid, clams, and spearing. Anglers can also use artificial lures such as bucktail jigs and soft plastic baits to entice sea bass.

For tackle, a medium to heavy spinning rod paired with a high-quality reel is recommended for sea bass fishing. It's important to use a strong fishing line, as sea bass are known for their strong fighting ability. Adding a sinker to your rig can help you reach the depths where sea bass are commonly found.

What Techniques Work Best for Catching Sea Bass on Long Island?

When fishing for sea bass on Long Island, it's important to target rocky bottoms, wrecks, and reefs where sea bass are known to congregate. Drifting over these structures while jigging or using a drop shot rig can be effective in enticing sea bass to bite. It's also important to pay attention to the tides and currents, as sea bass are more active during certain times of the day.

Using a slow and steady retrieve when fishing with artificial lures can mimic the movement of natural prey and attract sea bass. Anglers can also try using scent attractants on their baits or "Gulp" to further entice sea bass to strike.

With the sea bass fishing season on Long Island opening on June 23rd, 2024, now is the time to prepare your bait and tackle for a successful day on the water. By using the right bait, tackle, and techniques, you can increase your chances of landing a prized sea bass during the upcoming season.

Just a reminder. All anglers 16yrs and older are required to register for saltwater fishing or purchase a license for freshwater fishing in New York State.

You need to register before saltwater fishing. It's easy and it's FREE for NYS residents and all visitors.  To fish our local lakes and ponds, a Freshwater License is required. Basically, a NYS resident, Freshwater License, is available to purchase for a days fishing ($5.00) a week ($12.00) or a season (one year from date of purchase for $25.00.-Senior [70 or older] $5.00. )  Additional discounts are available for active military, disabled vets and more...... Non-Resident Freshwater Fishing Licenses are also available for a fee from $10.00-$50.00. 

Stop down at  J & J Sports  and we'll issue you a licenses or marine registry. To purchase a license or register  online- click HERE.   There's nothing worse than getting a ticket just because you went fishing. Have a smart phone? Here's an idea:

It's a good idea to "snap a shot" of your license so it's always with you in case of loss or its destroyed.

Get Your Sporting Licenses or Register for Marine Fishing
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