Bass Fishing Guidance 2022
Recreational bass fishing
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.
For further information please see The Sea Fisheries (Amendment etc.) Regulations 2021 and The Sea Fisheries (Amendment etc.) (No. 2) Regulations 2021.
No bass can be taken by fixed nets.
These rules apply if you are fishing from a boat or from the shore.
Bass fishing guidance for commercial fishing is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/bass-industry-guidance-2022/bass-fishing-guidance-2021