I catch tens of black sea bass every time I'm out. They have become somewhat of a nuisance fish because they are 99% 10-12 inches. I've only caught 1 over 13" and it was very good to eat. I catch them in 75-130 feet bottom fishing. Do you have to go deeper for the bigger ones or is it that I have to use bigger bait when I start catching the smaller ones? I'd love to catch more keepers instead of tearing through my bait. Most videos I see of anglers catching bigger ones are in colder waters. Any suggestions?
Maybe here and there you'll get on a bite/spot where you're catching 13-14 inchers, but anything 16 or better is a pretty unusually large one. And most, as you've observed, are 12 or less. 75-130 sounds like the normal area for adult sea bass, not sure if they'd err bigger if you went a little deeper or not.
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