Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society

Fighting for Bass and Bass Anglers’ since 1973

Bass Regulations

Bass fishing guidance 2020 and 2021

1. Recreational bass fishing

Published 26 February 2020

Updated 31st March 2021

Recreational fisheries, including from shore, in ICES divisions 4b, 4c, 6a, 7a to 7k are limited to catch-and-release only during 01 January to 29 February and 1 December to 31 December. From 1 March to 30 November, not more than two seabass may be retained per fisherman per day.

In recreational fisheries in ICES divisions 8a and 8b, a maximum of two seabass may be retained per recreational fisherman per day throughout the year.

The minimum size of European seabass retained shall be 42 cm.

No bass can be taken by fixed nets.

These rules apply if you are fishing from a boat or from the shore.

Marine Management Organisation (MMO) advice and guidance on recreational and commercial bass fishing for 2020 and 2021.

Bass Fishing Guidance 2020 and 2021