Chris Gatley: Bluefin tuna – ESPN

  The recent adjustments to bluefin tuna regulations are sure to have an impact on many tuna fisherman this season. As it stands, the recreational sector may harvest one bluefin measuring from 27 inches to less than 59 inches per trip, per vessel. I am sure has the regulations have their reasoning, but has common…

Virginia saltwater anglers behind on registration

  According to NOAA Fisheries, Virginia saltwater anglers are lagging far behind other coastal states when it comes to a national law that requires registration with the National Saltwater Angler Registry. In its first year, the registry is designed to help fisheries managers compile better catch information that is important to determining quotas and bag…

104-foot craft destroyed by fire in West Palm Beach; one firefighter slightly injured

  Fire Rescue crews put out a fire on an 104-foot pleasure craft returning from the Bahamas Sunday morning that pulled into Rybovich Marina at 45th Street and Flagler Drive. The "Ladiva" boat was heading toward the Palm Beach Inlet when there was an exhaust leak onboard. The captain pulled into the nearest dock that…

Where is the honor when a million dollars is at stake?

  According to interviews later with anglers and the mate without a license, Peter Wann, the high emotions onboard the boat that afternoon died down quickly. Just moments after stretching out the large marlin in the cockpit, Wann admitted asking the captain if the boat had a blanket N.C. Recreational Fishing License since that’s the…

Fishing license dispute costs Virginia team $1 million prize in Outer Banks Big Rock Blue Marlin contest

  "My eyes were wide," Wann said of the June 14 catch. "Once it got up, everybody started freaking out, saying, 'Holy smokes!' Everybody was so excited." But as the exhausted and elated teammates steamed back to shore -- certain that their catch would win the grand prize of nearly $1 million in the annual…

BIG ROCK DECISION: Citation disqualified

  Three days after the 52nd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament was supposed to conclude, a winner was crowned Tuesday afternoon following an investigation into a rules violation on the boat Citation, which had led the tournament since Monday, June 14, with an 883-pound blue marlin.The Big Rock Board of Directors decided Tuesday to…

BIG ROCK: Angler says mate lacked license (update)

  Sunday morning, Big Rock tournament director Crystal Watters released a statement, saying, “The Big Rock Blue Marlin Board of Directors withheld presentation of blue marlin prize money until an alleged rules violation by the top team has been totally researched and a decision made regarding this alleged violation.” When reached for comment Sunday afternoon…