I caught a very good sized bass, but nothing to rival a 10 pound bass. blue, or in 25 lb. amberjack has to deliver in a battle. When I compare freshwater and saltwater fishing, they don’t compare. Salt water is a much bigger challenge for me. I’ve had some pretty good battles with some blues in Ocean City MD, red snapper in Morehead NC, Atlantic Gulf Stream amberjack, and a Chesapeake Bay stripper or two, oh yeah I can’t leave out the spotted trout in the Gulf of Mexico , That was fun. Most of the saltwater species mentioned will nibble on squid. Squid is like a universal bait. You can also buy a box of squid at a mall, especially if it’s near the ocean.
Another thing about saltwater fishing, bottom fishing in particular, is that you can find some jigging, make the bait bounce off the bottom, or add something with a little color will work better. I think there really is no rhyme or reason. I’ve heard people say this and captains say that, but if a fish finds your bait, rig, or the way you move the bait in the water attractive, it will bite.
Have you heard the one about the little girl while she was fishing with her dad on a charter, she ran out of bait and started to fish for tomato slices from her sandwich? I do not doubt it. I fished from the front of the boat, both sides and the rear, and I fished all over the boat. I fished off the coast of Ocean City, MD and caught Black Sea Bass one after another after another, then a fellow fisherman noticed my constant catch and lowered his line in the same spot and I didn’t catch anything, but the water was so rough that day, Fishing was really the last thing on my mind, if you know what I mean.