Bass, Sea (Blackfish, Black Will, Black Harry, Hannahills): Caught on bottom places in the summer and autumn, particularly July to October, with shrimp, killy, and clam bait—the large specimens in the ocean, and the small ones in the bays, near sod banks, wrecks, etc., during flood tide and the first and last of the ebb tide. Weighs up to five pounds; averages one and a half pounds. Range: North of Cape Cod to the sandy coast of Texas. Common about New York. Tackle: Medium casting-rod in the ocean; eight-ounce bait rod in the bays; linen line, stout single leader, multiplying reel, swivel sinker, and a No. 2 or 5/0 Sproat hook.
Randall, Wainwright. The Angler's Guide: a Manual for Campers and Anglers. New York: Field and Stream Pub., 1909. Print.
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