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Virginia Beach's Dr. Julie Ball - one of the top saltwater anglers in the world, with many top awards and world records - enjoys sharing her knowledge via seminars, radio, TV, articles and a weekly fishing report on her Web site, drjball.com. She is also the area's International Game Fish Association representative. Her passion is to inspire others to get out on the water. Join her as she shares her tips, hints and inspiration here.

Bay Rockfish season goes out with a Bang

Happy New Year! And what a good year it was….at least on the rockfish front.

Rockfish anglers have little to complain about today since the 2015 Chesapeake Bay rockfish season went out with a bang.

According to the folks at Chris’s Bait and Tackle, 2015 turned out to be a very good year for in the Bay, with lots of big stripers making dreams come true throughout December. With daily limits of big fish exceeding 40-pounds, and multiple slobs tipping the scales to over 50 and 60-pounds, folks were tempted from all over the region to head for the Bay for a chance at tangling with a big rockfish.

It’s no surprise the season’s largest fish came from the popular, effective method of suspending live eels at varying depths in deeper water using large bobbers and planer boards. In past years, these larger rockfish have generally found their way to lower Bay waters towards the end of the year, where anglers would target the fish off Cape Charles. But this year, the pattern was a little different as moderate water temperatures seem to be holding these bigger fish in the middle Bay area, closer to Exmore. How long the rockfish will remain in this area is anyone’s guess. But you can still enjoy targeting these massive sportfish into the New Year, as long as you don’t mind releasing your catch since the Bay season is now closed.

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