Sight fishing usually takes place on estuaries but can also be done along docks. It targets a wary fish in very shallow waters that eats shrimp, crab and small fish. Seabass over 70 cm long are not an uncommon sight. Any sudden movement or lure splashing too loud or too close to your quarry and it’s game over. It’s a case of who sees who first. When that who is you, when you’ve managed to place your lure and the bass glides over to have a bite, that’s when the adrenaline starts pumping!
Seeing as you’ll be spotting your prey visually, vibration is not the main thing you’re looking for in a blank. You’ll want one with the capacity to cast weightless or very light lures with pinpoint accuracy. Stealth is the name of the game, so you have to be able to cast while keeping as still as possible, letting the tip do most of the work, meaning a blank with a thin or flexible tip. A stiff butt is also essential. With the water so shallow, once it bites the fish won’t hold back and will quickly seek more depth or nearby cover to break your line. A stiff butt will thus enable you to keep it in line. The length of the blank is also important. If too long, it won’t be suited to roll casting. If too short, it won’t be able to fight the fish at a distance. Blanks 7–7.3 ft long are perfect for sight fishing.