Getting Our Share of 40 inch Rockfish
Tim Kinder caught a big Rockfish Monday the 11th of December off St George Island in the lower Potomac.
The sea-run Striper was 48 inches and took a deep trolled tandem rig. This is the first rockfish over 40 inches I have heard of this season. The big fish in the Atlantic are still up the coastline for the most part centered around Atlantic City last week. The cold is pushing them south and we will get our share in the next few days as evidenced by the big one caught today.
Trollers have consistently caught rockfish in the 20 to 30 inch range in the bay, Patuxent, and Potomac Rivers through rain, sleet, snow, and wind the last two weeks. There are still plenty of domestic rockfish in the upper regions of the bay including some caught off docks in Baltimore's Inner Harbor on bloodworms in the middle of last weekend's snow storm! Jiggers are also getting these hefty fish too, but trollers are able to cover a lot more bottom in the time allowed. The season ends in Maryland waters on the 20th of December, but the Potomac and Virginia season continues until the 31st.