The Maryland commercial pound net season started last Thursday, June 1, and runs through the end of November. It is a “passive” form of harvest. The net, stationary on poles in the water, regularly produces fish as long as the rockfish are in 20 feet of water or less. However, in late summer and early fall, high water temperatures push the rockfish into deeper water, resulting in minimal yield from the pound nets.
For now, we have all three sizes of rockfish in the cooler. Fish sizes range from 2 to 12 pounds whole each and everything in between. The smaller the fillet, the more attractive the pricing. One might consider using a whole 2 1/2 pound wild rockfish for a “shared” dinner entrée. For your information, that fish on a plate will cost you around $12. That’s a great value!
Prices are subject to change