Local Drift Net Rockfish Season Starts Friday

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The majority of the annual wild rockfish harvest in the Maryland waters of the Chesapeake Bay occurs over the next three months (December, January, February). The monthly quota is roughly 200,000 pounds. Unlike pound net fishing, local Watermen are able to target larger fish using a larger (7-inch) mesh net. These fish will average 8 to 12 pounds. They will also catch a fair amount of medium rock (5/8) and small rock (2/4). There should be an excellent supply of reasonably priced fish throughout the month.