International Game Fish Association (IGFA) March Hot Catches

Richmond, Virginia, USA’s Fred Murray, landed a blue catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) on Feb. 10 while fishing the nearby James River. Using cut bait on 2 kg (4 lb) class line and following a five minute fight the fish was weighed in at 24.04 kg (53 lb 0 oz). The current IGFA line class record isContinue reading “International Game Fish Association (IGFA) March Hot Catches”

Possible flounder limits irk anglers

  Now, state officials are mulling changes to creel and size limits for flounder this summer after complaints from local fishermen, like Hawkins, claim a recently proposed rule is too restrictive. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service this week said it had all but settled on a five-month season, from April to September,Continue reading “Possible flounder limits irk anglers”

IGFA Approves 51lb 5oz World Record Striped Bass

  Richie Keatley of Norfolk was approved today as the newest World Record holder from Virginia. The 51lb, 5oz striped bass he boated on the fly at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel on December 17th, 2010 topped the existing 43lbs, 12oz record previously held by another Virginia resident, Harry Huelsbeck. Richie was fly fishing inContinue reading “IGFA Approves 51lb 5oz World Record Striped Bass”

What are the new rules for catch-and-release striped bass fishing in Md.?

  The catch-and-release area extends from the Brewerton Channel at the Patapsco River to the Virginia line, including Tangier Sound and Pocomoke Sound. The Department of Natural Resources hopes the restrictions will reduce the stress on pre-spawn female fish, and will evaluate the situation before the 2011 season. Until then: Each trolling boat may haveContinue reading “What are the new rules for catch-and-release striped bass fishing in Md.?”

Menhaden probably not bay cleansers

          For years, it was thought that menhaden also helped by filtering out a lot of algae that otherwise would foul the bay. But the study by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science suggests menhaden have little net effect on the bay’s overall water quality. Menhaden probably not bay cleansers | delmarvanow.com | The DailyContinue reading “Menhaden probably not bay cleansers”

CHESAPEAKE BAY/OCEAN Fishing Reports

  Dr. Ken Neill III reports some anglers have managed to find rockfish for catch-and-release action. The mouth of the York River has been most productive. A pod of whales was there last weekend. Gill-netters are having good luck with large rockfish inside the bay. Flounder have arrived inside the bay. So far, all ofContinue reading “CHESAPEAKE BAY/OCEAN Fishing Reports”

Night fishing allowed in 4th annual black drum tourney

  The Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce invites anglers to the fourth annual Black Drum World Championship Fishing Tournament to be held May 14-15. The tournament again will be based at Bay Creek Marina in Cape Charles, Va Register online at http://www.esvachamber.org/events/fishing.asp, by mail or at the Chamber of Commerce building in Melfa.Continue reading “Night fishing allowed in 4th annual black drum tourney”

Report Reveals Virginia Environmental Issues

  A report out Wednesday says it will cost $800 million to make Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay watershed rivers environmentally friendly. The report was done jointly by the University of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.  While the cost is high, it would be partially offset by the creation of more than 11,000 jobs, and theContinue reading “Report Reveals Virginia Environmental Issues”

Feds to issue steep fine over illegal stripers

A federal official said he’s preparing to fine the owner of a trawler for illegally catching nearly 3,000 pounds of striped bass. The penalty is likely to be the first – and largest – in a series of recent violations against fisherme n for catching stripers in protected federal waters off North Carolina and VirginiaContinue reading “Feds to issue steep fine over illegal stripers”

House OKs $205 million for algal bloom funding

  The United States would direct more than $200 million over five years to fight harmful algal blooms under legislation approved Friday by the House of Representatives. The bill, which could help reduce dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay, awaits action in the Senate. The Deadrise – dailypress.com

Marina Shores Offers FOR SALE BY Owner Boat Show April 16th – April 18th 2010

The Marina at Marina Shores Spring Fling 2010 Land & Water Boat Show April 16th, 17th & 18th    10 AM to 4 PM $50 Reserves a space for your boat for the three day event. For more information and to reserve your space call (757) 496-7000. The Marina at Marina Shores 2100 Marina Shores DriveContinue reading “Marina Shores Offers FOR SALE BY Owner Boat Show April 16th – April 18th 2010”

Virginia Fishing Report

Dr. Ken Neill III reports great bluefin tuna action is keeping anglers busy out of Hatteras and Oregon inlets. Last year, Virginia’s first citation bluefin was caught March 8. This year, fish have been caught as far north as the Point, but they have managed to stay south of the Virginia fleet. Offshore bottom fishingContinue reading “Virginia Fishing Report”

Deleware Shore waterman banned from fishing for a year

A Queen Anne’s County District Court judge has found a Rock Hall waterman guilty of possessing oversized rockfish, a ruling that suspends for one year the tidal fish license of 45-year-old John Franklin Riggs, 45. Shore waterman banned from fishing for a year | delmarvanow.com | The Daily Times

Obama Admin Jumps to Squelch Rumors of U.S. Fishing Ban

The Obama administration is trying to dash rumors that it planned to ban recreational fishing in marine waters and the Great Lakes in the wake of a series of Internet posts warning that such a prohibition was imminent. Obama Admin Jumps to Squelch Rumors of U.S. Fishing Ban – NYTimes.com

CULLED OUT: Obama administration will accept no more public input for federal

  The Obama administration will accept no more public input for a federal strategy that could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing the nation’s oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes, and even inland waters. This announcement comes at the time when the situation supposedly still is "fluid" and the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force still hasn’t issuedContinue reading “CULLED OUT: Obama administration will accept no more public input for federal”

Fishermen Prepare For Coming Federal Rules

  Some fishermen and advocates for the industry voiced concern at a regional summit Monday about upcoming federal regulations they warn could put them out of business, while others suggested the changes were a necessary way to curb overfishing. Fishermen and elected leaders gathered at the New Bedford Whaling Museum ahead of a scheduled MayContinue reading “Fishermen Prepare For Coming Federal Rules”

Commemorative boards offered to fix Beach pier

  The owners of the Lynnhaven Fishing Pier have vowed to reopen the facility sometime in the late spring or early summer, and anglers are helping the effort. The pier was heavily damaged in the November nor’easter, and it will cost the Duff family more than $400,000 to replace about 400 feet of the 1,400-footContinue reading “Commemorative boards offered to fix Beach pier”

Proposal would ease Hatteras beach driving rules

  Vehicles would be allowed year-round access to about 40 percent of an Outer Banks beach popular with anglers and outdoor enthusiasts under a proposal released Friday by the National Park Service. The 700-plus-page plan said drivers would be able to use 29 miles of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, with some limits during the breedingContinue reading “Proposal would ease Hatteras beach driving rules”

Chesapeake Bay Journal: VA legislators kill bills to transfer menhaden management to VMRC – March 2010

  The debate over who could best manage Virginia’s menhaden fishery proved to be short-lived. Legislation introduced on the first day of the General Assembly session which would have transferred oversight from legislators to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission was killed in both the House and Senate by the end of January. State Sen. RalphContinue reading “Chesapeake Bay Journal: VA legislators kill bills to transfer menhaden management to VMRC – March 2010”

Anglers march on Washington a big success

  It appears that the fishermen’s march on Washington was a huge success. There were close to 4,000 fishermen from as far away as California and Alaska and nearby Maryland and Virginia, as well as many other coastal states. Both recreational and commercial fishermen came together for this one cause, as these restrictions affect bothContinue reading “Anglers march on Washington a big success”

8 Rock Hall men charged with rockfish poaching – Baltimore Sun

Eight Rock Hall men were charged last week with rockfish poaching, the first arrests under a new system that imposes penalties based on the severity of the crime. On Feb. 23, Natural Resources Police charged William Howard Beck, 43, with possessing striped bass greater than 36 inches and mutilating the tail to mask the sizeContinue reading “8 Rock Hall men charged with rockfish poaching – Baltimore Sun”

United we Fish; a Personal Account of the Day Virginia Beach Anglers Joined in to Make History on Capitol Hill

Many of us from Virginia Beach and the surrounding Tidewater area hit the road on February 24th, to join thousands of commercial and recreational sportfishing anglers in Washington D.C. to rally for flexibility in the unyielding Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and Management Act. Anglers showed up on Capitol Hill for the “United We Fish” demonstration to showContinue reading “United we Fish; a Personal Account of the Day Virginia Beach Anglers Joined in to Make History on Capitol Hill”

Two Calvert Men Charged with Illegal Possession of Striped Bass – Southern Maryland Headline News

  On March 2, the NRP charged Tony Allen Reynolds, age 38, and Benson Albert Jones Sr., age 61, with possession of striped bass during closed season. NRP Officers observed Reynolds’ boat “Sea Biscuit” docked in Fishing Creek in the town of Chesapeake Beach, where Reynolds resides. Officers observed Reynolds unloading crates of fish intoContinue reading “Two Calvert Men Charged with Illegal Possession of Striped Bass – Southern Maryland Headline News”

Raymarine Signs On to Sponsor 2010 Massachusetts Striped Bass Association’s Annual Sport Fishing Expo

Raymarine, Inc., a world leader in marine electronics, today announced their sponsorship of the 2010 Massachusetts Striped Bass Association (MSBA) Annual Sport Fishing Expo, to be held March 6th and 7th at Stonehill College in Easton, MA. Raymarine Signs On to Sponsor 2010 MSBA Annual Sport Fishing Expo — MERRIMACK, N.H., March 3 /PRNewswire/ —

West Marine Announces Webcast and Conference Call Regarding Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2009 Result

  West Marine, Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!wmar/quotes/nls/wmar (WMAR 10.00, +0.10, +1.01%) will hold a webcast and conference call on Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time to discuss fourth quarter and fiscal year 2009 financial results. West Marine’s earnings release will be furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission under cover of Form 8-K priorContinue reading “West Marine Announces Webcast and Conference Call Regarding Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2009 Result”

Some fear menhaden are being overfished in Chesapeake Bay | Richmond Times-Dispatch

  Some oily little fish in the Chesapeake Bay are causing a big stink. The fish are called menhaden, and depending on who’s talking, they either are in big trouble or getting along swimmingly. The answer is important because, even if you never have seen menhaden, they probably affect you in some way. Bony andContinue reading “Some fear menhaden are being overfished in Chesapeake Bay | Richmond Times-Dispatch”