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8. Legal limits are sensibly enforced, to help conserve our fragile bass stocks, as commercial fishing has hammered European bass numbers. 
The current limit stands at 16 in. (41 cm) measured from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail fin, with any fish under that length being released immediately. The current UK shore-caught bass record stands at a mighty 19 lb, but many considerate bass anglers release very big specimens, as these bigger fish are of crucial breeding age. 
Bass are slow-growing and long-lived fish (a 10 lb specimen could be 20 or even 30 years old).
They take six or seven years to reach sexual maturity, and are generally in excess of 40 cm long at that stage.