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To prove how scattered and plentiful the rockfish are in the ocean, Neill and some friends headed 20 miles offshore. They caught bluefish up to 36 inches long and some whopping stripers.

“We kept a couple of bluefish but released everything else,” he said.

c Look for Gene Mueller’s Outdoors column Sunday and Wednesday and his Fishing Report on Thursday, only in The Washington Times. E-mail: Mueller’s Inside Outside blog can be found at