Doktorfaustus77 I will give you my take on the Black Sea bass fishing.
One is able to catch them from the shore line in certain areas, but overall one really needs a boat to be productive.
During the mating season they can be very active, and agrerssive especially the blue dog[Males} One is able to determine if you have a male or a female once hooked in most cases. as the males can put up a hard fight for there size The females are more black in color, before the majority become males at about three years of age when they take on a more chariristic blue green head with a knob on top.
During the mating season one can define an area in the water where they are doing there thing if you know what to look for. Once this has been established it is possable to mark and generally do very well in the catching department.
Some will fish for them with just bait on a hook, squid and clams or in some cases sand eels will work, but they make short work of any soft bait, so most stay with squid as a primary bait. They will also pick up small crabs as well and have no problem with the sharp teeth they have to devour about any type of bait you might offer. Just make sure you have plenty when you decide to go. As they do make short work and with other fish around like scup you can be baiting up after every drop down.
My preferred way is with a small jig and the color that is close to what they might be working on for food, white, green,gold, will work at different times and the lightest jig you can offer the better your catch rate will be.
We generallyu will place a small diagonal piece of squid on the hook as an added attractor and scent finder.
One needs to experiment on the lenght and width as I find every day is a little different as to what they want in this regard.
If you use squid use every part of the squid for bait.
Now I like moving water as the bass seem to get more in tune to attacking the offerings, but it does make it easier to hook up as well.
When the water is dead and you have no motion, leave it right on the bottom and in most case they will pick it up from the bottom and enhale it.
My recommendation on the type of rod is one that has a soft tip that will bend under the intial strike and run of the sea bass , especially the blue dogs as they will slam you down when they feel the hook.
Keep the drag on the reel so that it can work properly on those first runs if you have it to tight and have a stiff unforgiving rod you will lose more then you bring up.
When you use the longer strips of squid one can feel them sucking it down once you understand what is happening before they strike. Finger on the line [Braid ] will enhance your feel and then you just sneak up on them with a short quik snap of the rod. You are not jigging for cod so shorter strokes are better and once you get the hang of it it will be all down hill after that.
One can aslo catch other species with this same approach, like fluke,scup,blue fish, toutog and striped bass. Good luck in your venture and if any one would like to add any thing to help our young friend I hope you do so