The short answer is they haven’t gone anywhere. There is still plenty of migratory jumbo rockfish in Massachusetts’ waters, but their commercial quota has been filled for weeks. As the temps cool this month in the Chesapeake Bay, the rockfish will “go ashore” (shallow water cools first and fastest), and when they do, the pound-net fishermen will start to catch significant amounts of wild rock again. In addition, there will be a few local hook & line rock caught by the charter boat captains. Fishermen out on Long Island, New York, will start tagging some wild rock later this month as the New England waters cool and the rock begin their southerly fall migration down the east coast arriving in Virginia waters around Thanksgiving.
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