No and Yes! What? Unfortunately Black Sea Bass is regulated by two different regulatory bodies. North of Cape Hatteras the season opens May 15th (15 fish a person, 12.5" minimum size, South of Cape Hatteras (7 fish per person, 13" minimum size) and it is open currently all year. Why, the Northern population of Sea Bass is controlled by the Northeast Region of the National Marine Fisheries Service and it's advisory councils, wheras the Southern stock is controlled by the Southeast Region of the NMFS. Most Black Sea Bass are caught in Federal Waters so States go along with the Feds. We had an uncomfortable situation several years ago when it was legal in Federal Waters but closed in State, but the State rule read possession "not fishing for". So if you legally caught them in Federal Waters and brought them (Possessed them) at your Dock in NC you were in violation of State Law. That was a Wild Situation, but it's been consistent recently. Why differeing seasons, bag limits, size limits? Black Sea Bass, although one species, has two distinct populations and slightly different coloration. The Northern stock is also heavily fished commercially and recreationally by private, charter and headboats, the Southern stock, because of the availability of Grouper and Snapper, which are very heavily regulated, becomes a second class citizen. In addition the population of the Southern stocks favors smaller fish. Why, who knows! Black Sea Bass are one of the best eating fish available in the Atlantic, however they don't get large. A 4 or 5 pound fish is a great catch. Last point. Think about this, What if you fish out of Hatteras and run North beyond the dividing line before May 15th will anybody challenge you? Okay I'm starting trouble. Have fun fishing.