Striped Bass in the News
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A new limit on striped bass caught in the ocean off Virginia’s coast goes into effect Thursday. Anglers working from the coast to 3 miles out can keep only one striped bass measuring at least 28 inches. The previous limit was two. The limit is aimed at reversing a decline in the striped bass population.
Some people jump out of airplanes or go rock climbing for an exhilarating time. For me, it's chasing striped bass--big, powerful, and beautiful. I always feel a rush of excitement as my fishing line goes screaming off the reel once a large bass takes my lure, knowing that while adult bass in the ocean typically weigh from 15 to 30 pounds, they can grow up to 6 feet and 125 pounds.
Thirteen commercial fishermen have been charged in connection with the illegal harvest, sale and false reporting of about 90,000 pounds of Atlantic striped bass from federal waters off the coast of North Carolina from 2009 to 2010. The retail value of the illegally harvested striped bass is about $1.1 million, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.