The recreational black sea bass fishing season will open Feb. 1 in federal and North Carolina waters north of Cape Hatteras.
The minimum size limit will be 12.5 inches total
length (tip of the snout to the tip of the tail), and the bag limit
will be 15 fish per person, per day. The season will close Feb. 28.
The recreational black sea bass regulations north
of Cape Hatteras comply with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management
Council and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Summer
Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Plan.
The council and commission allowed states to open
the recreational fishery in February 2018 if the season length is
adjusted later in the year to account for the February harvest and if
the state conducts biological monitoring of the harvest. The open
season dates, size limit and bag limit for the rest of the year will be
set in the spring.
The recreational black sea bass fishery south of
Cape Hatteras is managed by the South Atlantic Fishery Management
Council. South of Cape Hatteras, the minimum size limit is 13 inches
total length and the bag limit is seven fish per person per day. The
recreational black sea bass season begins April 1 each year and closes
when the quota is met. The 2017-2018 season is open.