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 is…

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,…

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 in…

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 have…

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 Daily…

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 of…

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.…