Here's another method used to knock the crud out of the Sea Bass:
This works best with a MINUS tide, but a low tide is probably ok too. And this a NIGHT TIME adventure.
As the tide goes out (to sea), work your way out onto a finger jetty. And CAREFULLY is the word...those rocks are SLIPPERY. Face the BAY side, and cast out a floating Rapala. Twitch and let it sit. Reel slowly and sit. Twitch again and sit. The TRICK is to make it look like a wounded bait fish. You will catch sea bass like crazy.
As the tide begins to come back in, turn and face the ocean side of the finger jetty. Cast your Rapala in the same fashion. BAM, more bass. HOWEVER, don't fish this side too long. Allow plenty of time to get OFF of the jetty. I don't want to hear about you getting swept into the bay. Go with a partner or two. And let someone else know where you are going.
This method works, because the food supply gets washed off of the rocks and onto the surface. The bait fish go into feeding frenzy mode; and the bigger fish come in for a late night snack!
P.S. Do NOT attempt to grab the bass in the dark. Their SPINES HURT BAD!!! Instead, poke your thumb under the tongue. It will paralyze them, and then you can remove the hook(s).