Gear & Tackle | Buzzards Bay Black Sea Bass | S18 E2

Gear and lures used by Anthony and Chris during the spring black sea bass spawn in Buzzards Bay, MA.

Season 18, Episode 2: Cape Cod Black Sea Bass (On The Water Angling Adventures)

• Haven’t seen the new black sea bass episode yet? View The Video Here.

In Buzzards Bay, the black sea bass spawning season runs from late May into June. Large sea bass, dressed up in their Sunday best for the spawn, feast on fish and crustaceans, as well as any jigs that cross their path.

This is exactly what Chris and I found on an early June day while filming an episode of On The Water’s Angling Adventures. The sea bass were plentiful, and no matter where we tried, we found fish willing to cooperate.

When targeting sea bass in shallow water like Buzzards Bay, I highly recommend downsizing your gear to double down on the fun. The heavy thump of a 4-pound sea bass inhaling your jig, and pretzeling a medium-action spinning rod provides fun for anglers of all ages and experience levels.

Even while using light gear, I like to use larger, bulkier jigs to help entice the largest sea bass, and avoid some of the smaller, undersized fish. However, sea bass of all sizes have voracious appetites, and eyes bigger than their stomachs.

Rods, Reels, and Line

Low Profile Setup

Shimano Teramar North East Casting TMCE70M
Shimano TranX 300
PowerPro 30-pound Test
Seaguar Gold Label 25-pound Test

Spinning Setups

St. Croix Mojo Inshore JIC711HMF
Shimano Tekota 501HG
Power Pro 40-pound Test

St. Croix Legend Tournament Inshore LTIS76MF
Shimano Stradic CI4+ 3000 
Power Pro Super 8 Slick V2 20-pound-test


Backwater Custom Baits Poison Tails

Spro Bucktail

Spro Squidtail

Ocean Born Bouncing Bucktail

Joe Baggs Outdoors Flukie

All of the bucktails were tipped with a Z-Man DoormatadorZ. Anthony breaks down the scented DoormatadorZ curly grub in a field test review video.


Grundens Charter Gore-Tex Jacket

Grundens Deck-Boss Slip Ons

Grundens Downrigger Gore-Tex Bib

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1 thought on “Gear & Tackle | Buzzards Bay Black Sea Bass | S18 E2

  1. Glon

    Seabass on fly rod is also quite enjoyable. Usually they’re mixed with schoolie bass, hicks, fluke, white perch etc…

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