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A Guide To Florida Fishing:
Sea Bass, Rock Bass or Blackfish
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This salt-water fish prefers to inhabit inlets, mouths of creeks, around jetties, bridges, and piling. He is being sought more and more as a game fish, and his frantic runs, leaps and dashes have won him a reputation as a tackle-buster.
The Robalo ranges from Florida to the northern coast of South America, and also into the Gulf, always preferring protected waters. Locally the Robalo is known as Salt-Water Pike, Ravallia, Sargent, or Sergeantfish. He is greenish silver on the back, shading to silver on sides. A dark or black pronounced lateral line runs from top of gill cover to center of tail. Average size is 2 to 5 pounds, though Robalo nearly 50 pounds have been landed. His food value is excellent.
This fish is found in all brackish waters.
Tackle and methods: Same as for Salt Water Trout-Calcutta rod approximately 8 feet in length, light salt water reel, 15-thread linen line; hooks mainly used 4/0 or 5/0 tinned O'Shaughnessy with 3-foot wire leader. Usually caught at night with live shrimp, live mullet, live menhaden or live red-point (ballyhoo). For day-time fishing the brackish water creeks and rivers furnish the best sport. For day-time fishing use active under-water lures, generally bright colored. For further information consult local tackle dealers.