When the water temperatures reach 12 degrees Celsius the European sea bass, Dicentrachus labrax, will head up north to our waters and start feeding in our estuaries. They reach our shores around May and stay until the end of October. During these months there is just one fish on my mind and every other fishery is put aside. There is nothing like the take of sea bass or the roughness of fishing the salts. Fishing from shore but also from the boat it brought me to a multitude of spots and learned more and more each visit to the coast. The port of Rotterdam is my hunting ground but further South and North there are ample spots te be found.
This season I took along my camera and tripod and collected clips all through the season and made this movie out of it. It is far from a high quality fly fishing movie but it shows the way I perceive my beloved fishery and I have the chance to let people in on it.
For future generations I hope regulations of harvesting these fish will be changed and that for many years to come this fish will thrive like the Striped Bass in the US. I can only hope.
If you would like to read and see more about fishing for European sea bass have a look on the Dyckers.com blog or Facebook site.
Many thanks to
Edwin Kerssies of Dyckers
Lesley Luijer of Bassexpress
and Loop Tackle for their terrific saltwater rods and reels.