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Rules on sea bass, January-March 2021

As a result of Brexit – which also requires amendments to countless laws and regulations in relation to fishing – we have only been given confirmation of the rules on sea bass for the first quarter of 2021. In January and February, anglers must release all sea bass that they catch, while in March a ‘bag limit’ of two fish will apply, with due observance of the minimum size of 42cm.
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Coronavirus and fishing in the Netherlands

The situation related to the coronavirus can change at any time. In the event of a new outbreak, the Netherlands may take strict control measures, such as closing off areas of the country or even closing the national borders to travellers. International anglers travelling to the Netherlands should therefore understand that it is their responsibility to decide if they wish to accept that risk.
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VISpas 2021: now available to order online!

The VISpas 2021 and the NachtVIS- en Derde Hengeltoestemming can now be ordered online at www.vispas.nl. They will also be available for purchase at local angling stores starting in mid-December.
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920 hectares of new water added to the VISpas

In 2020, thanks to lots of angling associations and federations, more than 920 hectares of new fishing waters have already been added to the VISpas. This means that you can use your VISpas in more and more fishing waters throughout the Netherlands.
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Fishing rights not necessarily access rights

Sportvisserij Nederland (the Dutch Angling Association) often receives the question of whether the VISpas allows you to enter the banks next to waters marked in dark blue in the VISplanner. The answer to that question is occasionally ‘no’. The right to fish in certain waters does not automatically give you the right to enter private property.
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Keeping your catch: what do I need to know?

The Netherlands follows the ‘catch-and-release’ principle, especially in fresh waters. That means fish can grow to an impressive size here. However, your VISpas does allow you to keep a limited number of fish for your own consumption. Some of the most important rules for keeping your catch are explained below.
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Lead-free angling

Sportvisserij Nederland (the Dutch angling association) has been working for several years to reduce the use of lead in angling due to its environmentally harmful effects. This report provides an update for German anglers on the use of lead in angling.
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Raining record fish

Multitudes of anglers have been fanatically fishing in the Netherlands’ waters over the past few months, and they have caught some beautiful fish, including some potential record-breakers. Freshwater records are maintained in the BNRZ list (www.bnrz.nl), and saltwater records are updated annually in the NCRZ list (www.ncrz.nl). The size of the fish in the record lists are a good indication of the Netherlands’ potential as a sport fishing country.
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Updated 'frequently asked questions'

‘Can I use the VISpas to fish anywhere? And ‘Can I fish anywhere in the Netherlands at night or with three rods?’ are just a couple of the questions that are often asked. Answers to these questions and others are now easy to access in the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ module at www.fishinginholland.nl.
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NachtVIStoestemming and Derde Hengeltoestemming: what you need to know

In many of the Netherlands’ fishing waters, you can fish at night all year long, but you must have a NachtVIStoestemming in addition to your VISpas. If you wish to fish using three rods in the Netherlands, then you also need a Derde Hengeltoestemming (Third Rod Permit).
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