Seabass in Holland
There is no other fish that is as strong as the seabass. Indeed, many Dutch anglers consider the seabass the no. 1 game fish. The Dutch coastline has some true seabass fishing hotspots, of which the area surrounding the Rotterdam sea port is internationally famous for being a true hotspot – crystal clear water, with plenty of food and fish, against the backdrop of colossal ports, industry and the largest container ships and oil tankers in the world.
These waters are home to seabass in all kinds of sizes. The entire coastline of the province of Zeeland (Oosterschelde, Westerschelde, noordzeekust) also offers great opportunities, as well as the piers and the lock complex of IJmuiden, near Amsterdam.
These spots all have one thing in common: the VISpas is not mandatory here. The Dutch coastline is exempted from rod licenses, so everyone can go angling here. There are however a few rules that apply when it comes to the seabass: you are not allowed to take your catch home from 1 January up to and including 30 June, and there is a limit of one seabass per person per day in the period from 1 July up to and including 31 December. The minimum size is 42 cm.
The right materials
In the Netherlands, angling for seabass from the shoreline works well from May till October, for instance using long, slender plugs and shads, such as the Black Minnow. Fishing with a combination of a float with a ragworm for bait also works well. Do however adjust your drag well, because after striking the bait, the seabass has a habit of making a run like a rocket. There are several seabass fishing guides
in the Netherlands, both when you’re fishing from the shoreline and when you’re fishing from a boat or a kayak.