Rockfish Sonar

Local Drift Netters Catching Too Many Rockfish for Market to Absorb

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During the summer months, our local, wild rockfish are busy chasing food up every tributary in the Bay. But as the water cools in the fall, they migrate out of the rivers, and during the winter, they settle in the deepest channels of the Bay. This makes them easy pickings for the drift netters. The market is flooded and will remain so for the rest of this month. Fishermen have no incentive to stop fishing and wait because they cannot transfer this year’s quota into next year. It is hard not to catch a lot of fish when you see a depth finder like this. That is a school of rockfish 50 feet thick in 80 feet of water. Imagine if you dropped a net into that. Sell, sell, sell!