Man, I would never venture into those shoals in a small boat. I was tossed out of a boat when I was 13 in heavy shoals (up in NJ) and it was Summer time. Cured me forever of wanting to drift through that kind of stuff.
OI might be seeing alot more catches like that one if these cold temperatures continue. I saw on the news earlier that forecasters are calling for the coldest December in years. And with the temperatures we have been having around here lately the water temp around the bay has been rapidly dropping. We might have gotten spoiled with the last couple of mild winters we have had and good fishing into February. Only since the last couple of mild winters have the fish stayed around Virginia most of the winter. Before that it seemed the docks of OI were loaded up with nice stripers coming in and all the big charters from OI were booked up to chase them.