Fishing for seabass in Holland
In the Netherlands you can chase seabass along the Dutch coastline roughly from May to November – although August, September and October are the absolute no. 1 months when it comes to fishing for seabass. Seabass will take a ragworm beneath a float, but naturally it’s much more thrilling to actively fish them with a lure. At spots where the water is crystal clear, such as the port of Rotterdam and the Oosterschelde, you can use a plug and a popper. Do however pick a slender model of about 10 cm in length, preferably with salt water-resistant trebles. These are easy to reel in.
If the water is deeper and/or more troubled, then the shad may be a better choice. Cast it in and let it descent while keeping the line taut and subsequently reel it in while giving it firm pulls such that it is hopping over the bottom. Shads with jigheads of 12 to 20 grams will suffice most of the time.
The fish will take ferociously and sometimes this happens right underneath your feet. The play that follows is unlike anything you’ll experience with any other European kind of fish. The seabass is definitely the no. 1 powerhouse!
If possible, look for clear water that has a nice current or a spot where two currents meet, and where the bottom is covered with stones, mussels and oysters. Those are the spots where most crabs are and these constitute most of the seabass’ menu. Bring your waders and check the tide table. Most of these spots are best suitable for fishing from three hours before to three hours after low tide.
There are a few rules regarding seabass: from 1 January up to and including 30 June it is not allowed to take your catch home. From the period of 1 July up to and including 31 December, you’re allowed to take one seabass home per person per day. The minimum size is 42 cm, because in the Netherlands we like to take good care of our stocks of seabass.