In July, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission announced that the agency was easing recreational striped bass (rockfish) regulations for the 2012 fall fishing season.
The simplified regulation removes the no-take slot limit of 28-34 inches that has been in place since 2005. When the fall season opens Oct. 4 recreational anglers will be allowed to keep two striped bass per day over 18 inches, one of which can be a trophy fish.
Anglers can retain either:
two fish between 18 – 28 inches
one fish between 18 – 28 inches AND one fish greater than 28 inches.
According to VMRC, the regulation change was possible because Virginia anglers have been under their catch quota for the past few years.
For details, visit the Virginia Marine Resources website (regulations section).