Differences between summer and winter bass fishing

fishing lure

Is there a difference between summer and winter bass fishing? The activity of sea bass, like other fish, depends on the weather, tides, seasons, coastal profile, atmospheric pressure, temperature, position of the sun, moon or sea currents.

In the summer, my experience tells me that when the sea temperature rises, sea basses are much more active, they are faster, they run faster and they are more nervous.

In winter, on the other hand, with the lowering of the temperature their activity decreases, they are slower, changing their way of hunting, since the sea bass is a predator that normally tends to ambush, which loves to hunt waiting, among the cracks, against the current to catch the opportunity when prey appears. This behavior is accentuated in winter, because they have slowed down their activity and energy due to the scarcity of herbivores.

Summer sea bass fishing

In the summer I use two techniques such as darting and jigging, more specifically slow jigging. With jigging I have not yet managed to make large catches for sea bass, as it is a more effective technique at greater depths and I only fish from the ground, but I have fished other types of fish such as red snapper, red snapper, pinfish and maragota and marlin .

Instead with the darts I was able to capture large specimens.

In this season, using both techniques, a large number of catches can be obtained, but small in size, as herbivores abound and come close to the shore to catch them.

On the left, sunken walking lures. Right, floating walkers. The largest sea bass in winter

On the other hand, in winter, when temperatures drop below 17 degrees Celsius, they are not as abundant, giving way to larger fish.

The absence of natural food due to the scarcity of prey favors winter fishing for large sea bass as they enter more easily into the bait.

summer lures

In summer, due to the large number of sea bass and calm waters, I like to use smaller lures, between 90 and 110 mm, and with more intermittent rolling, motion, than other types of lures with a wobbly-like motion. , shaky, more suitable for turbid waters. Basically, in the summer I use smaller lures with more irregular elements.

Left, dart lures. Right, slow jigging lures.

winter

fly-fishing

In winter I use this type of bait much more effective in cloudy waters and days with less light and more movement, such as weebly. Larger lures are needed, with more vertical movement, more feeble, capable of capturing more water.

Equipment for winter or summer

As for the equipment to be used, the winter is much heavier, with softer and larger rods, with a length of two meters and reels between 4,000-5,000.

But in the summer I use shorter, harder rods with less action, as the lures I use are smaller. Shorter and harder jerk rods, which are the movements of the wrist on the rod once retrieved, allow faster movements than a longer and softer rod, but allow the use of heavier baits in winter and maintain greater safety measures while fishing. to the waves, since with the short reeds you have to get closer to the shore.

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