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2019 sea bass season opens
This year’s sea bass season is about to open. To add to the good news, from 1 April to 31 October sport anglers will be allowed to keep one legal size bass per fishing day for their own consumption. The minimum size for sea bass is 42 cm.
Sea bass is the strongest sport fish you can catch in Dutch coastal waters. Make sure to use a sturdy rod and 4000 series spinning reel with a 12/100 braided line and a 45/00 fluorocarbon leader, and you should be just fine. To be on the safe side, bring along a box of lures with top water lures, poppers, pirks and shads on jigs weighing between 7 and 25 grammes, and you’ll be prepared for any situation. And don’t forget to bring your wading suit or boots on your sea bass adventure!
Some great locations to try fishing for sea bass include: the Caland canal, the Hartel canal, the Nieuwe Waterweg, and the piers in Scheveningen, Hoek van Holland, and IJmuiden. Another tip is the entire province of Zeeland, where you’ll have a good chance at catching a big sea bass along the Oosterschelde and Westerschelde and the North Sea beaches anytime between May and October. Click here for the EU newsletter on sea bass regulations for 2019.