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Black Sea Bass Season Opens This Monday May 18th

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Black sea bass are a beautiful, hard fighting and delicious fish to catch. Here in Massachusetts the season opens up on Monday May 18th. Black sea bass must be at least 15 inches long to keep, and there is a 5 fish per person limit.

The fishing for black sea bass here on Cape Cod during the spring can be excellent. Right now these fish are moving in shallow to spawn which makes them easier to find and fool into biting.

Yesterday I actually caught a "monster" black sea bass in Buzzard's Bay (which was of course released) and I saw several other big black sea bass in the underwater footage captured during the trip.

I'll post that underwater footage soon, but in this post I just want to highlight some of the resources we have here on My Fishing Cape Cod for black sea bass fishing.

Please scroll down to check it out! 👇


TV Episode | Black Sea Bass Fishing

Back during May of 2018 I headed out with Sam from the Goose Hummock Shops for a morning of fishing for black sea bass. During this trip the sea bass were almost literally "paving the bottom."

We also had perfectly flat calm conditions with bright sunny skies. It was one of those mornings we all dream about during the colder winter months and we all had a really fun time on the water.

Members of My Fishing Cape Cod can watch the full black sea bass episode by clicking here

Black Sea Bass Forum

So far this 2020 season I have been blown away by the activity inside our members forum. Recent posts have ranged from the potential Cape Cod Canal closure to commercial fishing, to prepping for bluefin tuna and much more.

I know I plan on heading out soon for black sea bass, and I will be sure to post a quick update to the forum to let people know how I do. Many of our members will do the same I am sure.

Reading about other members' success (and failures) inside our forum can really help to inspire you to get off the couch and go fishing! At least it works for me! 🙌🏻

How To Catch Black Sea Bass In Nantucket Sound

It's been my experience that the sea bass population usually arrives in Buzzard's Bay before making its way into Nantucket Sound. I don't know if this is always the case, but it's just been an observation I've made over the last few years.

In this article Sam Brown from the Goose Hummock Shops outlines a bunch of simple tips and locations to try in Nantucket Sound for sea bass. This is a great all-around article from Sam about sea bass fishing, and I can't thank him enough for contributing it to MFCC!

More Coming Soon!

As I write this post it's about 4:30am on Thursday May 14th. I need to step away from the computer now and get my little 12ft aluminum boat ready because I'm heading out for tautog and scup!

Please check back later today/tomorrow as I plan on adding more resources and links to this post. We have a lot of info here on MFCC for black sea bass which I'm looking forward to sharing with you.

Tight lines 🎣

What do you think?

Let me know by commenting below.

  1. Hope you had fun today! It was a perfect day to fish!

    1. It was a beautiful morning and the boat ran great. No keeper tog but I did get a short, plus a huge sea bass (released) and a couple keeper scup. All caught in Buzzard’s Bay.


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