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Virginia anglers setting sights on rockfish

With just over a month to go in the 2013 Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament, anglers are now concentrating on catching big striped bass, also known as rockfish.


The minimum weight to earn a citation is 40 pounds; the minimum length for a release citation is 44 inches.


As of Tuesday, the leading entry for rockfish was a 57-pounder caught by Trent Horne of Belmont, N.C., trolling off Cape Henry. The state had issued 107 catch citations and 80 release citations.


Rockfish season in Virginia ends Dec. 31.


Among other popular local species, most no longer available with the end of summer, tournament officials said:

—William Million of Gloucester Point, leads cobia catches with a 90-pounder caught in the Baltimore Channel while casting lures.

—The top flounder was a 13-pounder caught by David Ross of Virginia Beach, at an unspecified location in Chesapeake Bay. In some years very abundant, the flounder showed low citation totals...

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