The Largest Black Market Fish Bust Ever?

  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of  Law Enforcement has busted a “vast criminal conspiracy” that included the illegal harvest, sale and purchase of more than one million pounds of striped bass with a market value of up to $7 million. The bust, the result of a seven-year sting operation, happened in the…

NOAA sets National Saltwater Angler Registry at $15

  Anglers in two states and two federal jurisdictions that do not have saltwater angler registries or licenses will be required to pay a $15 fee next year so that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration can collect information about the health of the fish populations. While 22 coastal states either had licenses or established…

Va. anglers to be spared NOAA saltwater fee

  Under a new state registry, Virginia saltwater fishermen will be spared a $15 fee to register with the National Saltwater Angler Registry. The fee kicks in Jan. 1 but Virginia fishermen will be exempt because state regulators will collect the data and deliver it to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA announced the…

Shep on Fishing: Weekend chill slows but doesn’t stop good action

  Chilly winds Saturday affected fishing, but it was no knockout. Delaware Bay anglers had a good Sunday as gusts diminished, reports Pat Harris at Longreach Marina on the Maurice River. She said striped bass and big bluefish were "in close" or right off Maurice River Cove. Bill Lewis, Bill Witt and Bear Witt, all…

Report: Chesapeake Bay pollution an economic ‘disaster’

  Pollution is costing the Chesapeake Bay region millions and possibly billions of dollars in lost jobs, seafood declines and other problems, a new report says. Credit: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is the deadline for Virginia and five other states to send bay cleanup plans to the EPA. While some people are raising concerns over…

Saving the Oyster, and the Bay: Shell Recycling Program Replenishes Endangered Oyster Population

    Recycling, it turns out, is not reserved for inanimate objects. An increasingly popular Chesapeake Bay program is sending oyster shells collected from restaurants, which save the shells from customers' meals, back into the bay, where they form homes for new oysters. Saving the Oyster, and the Bay: Shell Recycling Program Replenishes Endangered Oyster…

New rockfish tournament Million Dollar Rockfish Challenge offers big money

  There's no shortage of striped bass fishing tournaments between now and early next year. But a new one that will take place between Christmas and New Year's is poised to become the big daddy of them all. That's a lofty statement, with the Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout in January and the Toys for Tots event…

Waterman Charged with 35 Counts of Striped Bass Violations

  On November 24, the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged Jerome William Janda, Jr., 55, from Tilghman, Md. with multiply striped bass (rockfish) violations after an investigation relating to illegal fishing activities in the Tilghman area. On November 10 at approximately 2:35 a.m., NRP officers observed Janda Jr. and his fishing vessel exit Knapp’s…

Shep on Fishing: Anglers find huge schools of bass off Long Beach Island, Cape May

  Fishing is great at the lower end of Long Beach Island and on The Rips off Cape May. In between, it is pretty good, too. Gene Slaughter said he went to Holgate on Friday morning with a couple of pals and saw striped bass laying all over the beach. He wound up with six…

Two OceanPro employees sentenced in striped bass poaching scheme

  Two Maryland seafood dealers and the largest fish wholesaler in Washington will have to pay fines and restitution of nearly $890,000 for their part in what prosecutors and a federal judge have labeled the largest commercial fish poaching scheme in the history of the Chesapeake Bay. U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte sentenced OceanPro Industries…

South Jersey Report

  Striped bass were magnetized to the Brigantine and Atlantic City areas this week, though the schools also trickled down further off of Ocean City down through Cape May. Sea bass fishing has been a solid bet off the nearshore wrecks and reefs, and the tautog "opener" was definitely up to par on the inshore…

Fish yanks banker from boat in Russia’s South | STRANGE BUT TRUE

  "While trying to bring in the big fish on his hook, the 56-year-old man leaned over the boat's side, lost his balance and fell overboard," the spokesman said. Luckily for the banker in distress, a border service boat was passing by the flailing fishing enthusiast and rescued him when they saw him vainly struggling…

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

  CHESAPEAKE BAY/OCEAN Dr. Julie Ball reports rockfish of more than 40 pounds have moved into the lower bay. Anglers are hooking fish while dunking live eels at various depths from the 4th island to the high rise section of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, especially at dusk and at night. A few fish are being…

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council to meet in Virginia Beach

  The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) will meet Dec.13-16 in Virginia Beach, Va. to discuss proposals for 2011 fishery regulations. The public is invited to attend and the meeting will be held at the Hilton on Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach. The meeting agenda is available on-line at http://www.mafmc.org. Or for more information call…

Fishing World: PETA anti-fishing campaign gets the boot in Tassie

  In a follow-up to a story we ran in September on animal rights group PETA's latest campaign targeting fishermen - 'Do anglers have small rods' (read story here) - comes news the campaign has been refused billboard space in a Tasmanian airport.   In the lead-up to this weekend's opening of the National Fly Fishing…

Fishing Forecast: Week of Nov. 25 to Dec. 1 | HamptonRoads.com

  The Chesapeake Bay season that runs through the end of the year is starting to heat up, as bigger fish have started to show in the deep channel that runs through the high level spans of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Anglers drifting live eels or chunking with pieces of cut menhaden can find fish…

Delaware fishing report

  Striped bass fishing is rolling along in high gear for anglers fishing inside the three-mile line in state waters, with reports of success on natural baits as well as variety of trolled lures. Anglers targeting linesiders with natural offerings are scoring on keeper fish on live eels, fresh and frozen bunker, mullet and black…

Daily Shep on Fishing report: Striped bass and bluefish off Barnegat Inlet

  They have have striped bass and bluefish a mile to a mile and a half off Barnegat Inlet on Wednesday, according to a report from Barnegat Light Bait and Tackle. Two bass came into Barnegat Light B&T that were caught in the surf at Harvey Cedars. Plus tautog are thick around the B.I. south…

Fall angling winds down

  Long Island anglers have been enjoying a solid fall run of striped bass and bluefish. It has been one of the best runs of the past several years. The most active fishing locations during the month of November have been along the South Shore. Bass and bluefish schools slowly spread out from their earlier…

Rockfish Tournament benefits kids with life-threatening illnesses–December 11th, 2010

  Toby’s Dream Foundation will host its first Rockfish Tournament Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010. Boats will take off from Marina Shores in Virginia Beach. The foundation provides dreams for children with life-threatening illnesses in Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore. “Each dream costs roughly $5,500 and with this tournament, we hope to give every child…

Boat company to consolidate 3 brands in 1 NC plant

  A boat builder is consolidating three brands of fishing and speed boats at a North Carolina plant as the recession-ravaged industry slims down production. North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue's office said Monday the owner of Donzi Marine and Pro-Line Boats will move production of those brands to the North Carolina plant that has produced…

Off the hook: Angler back on piers doing what he loves | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

  When fishing for big red drum from the end of a pier, an angler is at the mercy of the fish more so than ever. Fish either swim by and bite, or they don't. You can't exactly go hunting for them. Wayne Fowlkes, 67, of Virginia Beach holds a red drum he caught while…

7th Annual Casey Neal Rogers Memorial Rockfish Tournament- November 20th, 2010

  The CNR Memorial Rockfish Tournament is held in honor of Casey Neal Rogers.  On August 22, 2003 Casey passed away from a tragic automobile accident.  Family and friends wanted Casey to be remembered in a special way, so the CNR Tournament committee was formed.  Knowing Casey’s passion for fishing and sports, the CNR Memorial…

Fishing Report | Richmond Times-

  Everyone is watching the striper scene. Although really big fish are to the north, anglers are enjoying decent-sized fish mixed with the schoolies. The school-sized fish are available most everywhere in lower bay waters, with the outgoing tide providing the best luck. Plenty of school-sized fish are hitting at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and…

380-pound tuna caught aboard boat out of Point Loma

    Greg Koonce, fishing on Tommy Rothery’s Polaris Supreme, weighed in a 379.8-pound yellowfin Wednesday morning at Fisherman’s Landing to knock out Dan Nagy’s 345.2-pounder, caught on the Qualifier 105, from the top spot. It not only is the biggest of the season thus far, but it’s also No. 6 on dock reporter Bill…

The Fishing Line: Super Stripers

  According to Sterling Harbor bait & Tackle chunking for striped bass in the Delaware Bay remains very good. Andy Beccari of North Wildwood weighed in a 30-pound bass measuring 45 inches boated while chunking in the lower Bay. Andy Beccari of North Wildwood, weighed in a 30-pound striped bass measuring 45 inches caught while…

Chesapeake Bay Polluted by 568 Million Chickens

  Handful of Big Ag Companies Responsible for A Lot of Water Pollution Fewer than a dozen corporations control the majority of the beef, pork and chicken produced in the United States. Environment America presented 8 case studies of factory-farm corporations and their impact on the environment: Chesapeake Bay Polluted by 568 Million Chickens

Fishing Tournament Results

  SOUTHERN KINGFISH ASSOCIATION SKA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP N.C. teams took two of the top four places in the Open Division and three of the top four places in the Class of 23 Division for boats 23 feet and shorter at the Southern Kingfish Association National Championships held Nov. 5 at Fort Pierce, Fla. The Reel…

State should work to protect menhaden

  In the time since, the rockfish stock has expanded, especially in the over 18" category. This rebound, however, has created a false sense of security about their future. A five-year study by the Chesapeake Bay Ecological Foundation has measured increased malnutrition and disease in rockfish and has determined the cause to be ecological depletion…

Fishing Forecast: Week of Nov. 18 to 24

  It’s quickly becoming striped bass season in the Chesapeake Bay as more big fish migrate to southeastern Virginia waters as things get cooler. School-sized and bigger rockfish can be found along all three bridge-tunnel spans and around just about any pier or dock that has lights. As bigger fish show, more anglers will start…

Catch Shares get mixed reviews

  If you're a recreational angler, Catch Shares are coming to a fishery near you. As it did with creation of the National Ocean Council, the Obama Administration is following an agenda set by green groups. This time around, that means expanding a management strategy for ocean fisheries that critics say is inherently anti-fishing and…

MSSA takes first step in rockfish/game fish battle –

  In a letter dated Nov. 11, Dave Smith, executive director of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association--the state's largest recreational angling group--took the first step. Here's his letter to the governor, Department of Natural Resources Secretary John Griffin and Fisheries Service Director Tom O'Connell: On behalf of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association (MSSA) and recreational…

Shep on Fishing: Surfcasters catching bunker at south end of Long Beach Island –

  Margaret O'Brien at Jingle's Bait and Tackle Shop in North Beach Haven said bunker are moving around the point at Holgate on the south end of Long Beach Island close enough for surfcasters to snag them. The beach-buggy contingent there hooked them up live and picked off stripers and bluefish. O'Brien said it started…

Diamond Jim stars in MPT show

  This year's Maryland Fishing Challenge and Diamond Jim contest will be featured Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. on MPT's Outdoors Maryland. Cameras follow anglers at Deep Creek Lake and Savage River in Western Maryland, as well as at the Bill Burton State Park Fishing Pier on the Choptank River who are trying to reel in…

World Record Cobia Approved

  ust got the Official Word on IGFA World Record Approval: IGFA World Record Cobia 74-pounds Women’s 20lb Line Class World Record On June 11th I joined Jason Legg and Captain Rudy Lavasseur at Bubba’s Marina in Virginia Beach to fish for cobia in the Chesapeake Bay. As I was getting a drink out of…

Repairs to Rudee Inlet Bridge to be addressed November 15th @ 6:30pm

  If you fish or boat out of Rudee Inlet, you might want to attend a meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Cooke Elementary School in Virginia Beach. The meeting is hosted by the Virginia Beach Department of Public Works' Operation Division, which is planning to make repairs to the fender piles, timber…

The Fishing Line: NJ Fall Tourneys

  The stripers are here! The stripers are here. Sean O'Donnell From the fishing boat Got Walls. He participated in Osprey Landings Fall Festival Striper Tournament this past weekend and weighed in one whopper of a bluefish. He won top youth angler prize. He is pictured with one of the Tournament sponsors Big striped bass…

Striped Bass Quotas Unchanged

  The commercial fishing quota for striped bass for the region will remain the same next year and beyond. At a meeting in Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission striped bass management board voted to keep the quota the same. The commission had been poised to raise the quota. Earlier this…

Fishing Report for Chesapeake Bay

  Dr. Julie Ball says the reports on striped bass are mixed. In general, the fish are there and biting. The average size is growing. Although most fish are stretching to around 28 inches, a few between 38 and 42 inches have been caught. According to our neighbors to the north, bigger fish are on…

Monster Rockfish Tournament Results

  The inaugural Monster Rockfish Tournament on the Chesapeake Bay attracted more than 700 professional and amateur anglers and handed out more than $30,000 in winnings late last month. Anglers reeled in some big fish, but not a state record, which would have been worth $100,000. The event divided the bay into two regions, with…

Daily Shep on Fishing report: Striped bass fishing continues to be good

  Fishing for striped bass was good Tuesday and Wednesday. Andy Grossman at Riptide Bait and Tackle in Brigantine reported he weighed 12 bass caught from Brigantine beaches Wednesday. They were topped by a 35-pound bass from Tom Pruchnicki. Grossman said he had more than 60 weighins last weekend. They had a good bite going…

North Carolina Beach Buggy Association Drum Tournament –

  The tournament begins at 12 a.m. on Thursday and ends at 4 p.m, on Saturday. Many anglers fish the whole 64 hours of the event and many more only take short naps during low tide or daylight hours. Red drum favor night time and, of the winning fish, every one was taken in the…

Kayak fishing helps anglers take it easy

  Many consider kayak fishing environmentally responsible because there's no gas, no fumes and no noise. Others like the sport because it's relatively inexpensive once you get the craft and gear. "As soon as the fishing kayaks come in, they are sold," says Chase Simmons, who works in the boating department at Bass Pro in…

Fishing Forecast: Week of Nov. 11 to 17 for HamptonRoads

  If the winds would ever die down long enough for seas to flatten, anglers will be able to head offshore for a little deep-water bottom-bouncing for one of the tastiest fish around. Fishing Forecast: Week of Nov. 11 to 17 | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

Delaware fishing report

  Striper action has been running hot and cold for inshore ocean fishermen, with smaller fish a lot more common than keepers on most trips. When the fish are in a mood for feeding, they're being caught inside the three-mile limit by fishermen using live bait, chunks and trolled lures. Most of the trolling action…

Mercury Marine expands Fond du Lac plant

  A 33,000-square-foot addition is under construction between Mercury Marine's Plant 3 and 15. A routine site plan was approved by the City of Fond du Lac and was necessary to obtain a building permit. "It's a large building, but it doesn't look that large when you look at the overall plant," said Community Development…

Fishing Tournament Results

  Fall Brawl King Classic Jay Bucklen of Wake Forest and his Cape Contender crew - Jason Einbinder of Greensboro, and Jonathan Stiener of Crown Point, Ind. - caught a 56.80-pound king mackerel and won the Oct. 23-24 Yellowfin/Yamaha Fall Brawl King Classic at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center at Ocean Isle Beach. The fish,…

Cakewalk: The Largest Yacht Built In The U.S. Since The 1930s

  At 281 (85.6m) feet and 2,950 tons, this Cakewalk surpasses her four predecessors in size and is the largest yacht built in the U.S. since the 1930s, and possibly the biggest ever built in the States when measured by volume. The sheer amount of space is unparalleled, and opens a world of possibilities for…

Fall is here and the rockfish are starting to bite

  Capt. Joe Morris, of Lewes Harbor Marina, reports that the first rockfish of the year hit the docks right on schedule, riding the full moon currents into the bay. Bunker chunkers have found the fish along the edges of the 60-foot slough on the New Jersey side of the bay and Blake's channel up…

Outdoors Girl: Commission opposes increasing commercial striped bass catch

  At its annual meeting in Charleston, S.C., the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted, 11-3, to maintain the status quo. Maryland, which had voted earlier this year to get public opinion on increasing the commercial harvest, voted in favor of the motion. The shrinking commercial industry hasn't had an adjustment in quota since 2003.…

Boat-towing gator sets record for Fla.`s longest

  A man who trapped and killed an alligator so big it pulled his boat around a lake has snared what authorities say is Florida's longest gator on record, exceeding 14 feet. Wildlife officials say the gator caught by Robert Ammerman, a nurse who traps gators as a hobby, weighed 654 pounds and measured 14…

Big striped bass in Delaware Bay

  Delaware Bay seems to have striped bass from The Rips to the Maurice River cove. Some of them top the 50-pound mark with one even hitting 60 pounds. They are biting on fresh or frozen bunker, live eels and spot. Troll for them away from the crowds on the Rips off Cape May. Brennan…

Coast Guard boats damaged in high seas

  It's called the "last light bar check," and the Coast Guard unit at the Chatham station does it every day's end. But this time a routine exercise would end with Chatham's two $1.2 million rescue boats damaged and a Coast Guard jet, helicopter, 110-foot cutter and two patrol boats from Provincetown and Nantucket scrambling…

Daily Shep on Fishing report: Surfcasters, boat captains looking for striper

  It looks better today than Monday, when it was blowing a gale. Surfcasters are on the beach and captains headed out into the ocean. They are looking for striped bass. Fred Hynes reported from Riptide Bait and Tackle in Brigantine that one nice bass was caught Monday on the front beach at Brigantine. It…

Cleaning up our rivers and bay is Virginia’s responsibility

  Some are concerned about the cost to clean up our rivers and the Bay, and in some cases have conflated spending on current or already planned projects with those needed for Bay cleanup, perhaps intentionally exaggerating the expense. Regardless, Congress has acknowledged cost concerns and is now considering the Chesapeake Clean Water Act, which…

Vineland teen humble about possibly catching world record striped bass

Merighi did that Oct. 24, when she pulled in a striped bass weighing more than 58 pounds from Delaware Bay waters. The International Game Fish Association, or IGFA, is now checking to see whether that fish — which was also 54 inches long and had a 32-inch girth — is a junior female world record.…

Live Webcast and Leaderboard | National Championship | Southern Kingfish Association | Fort Pierce/Jensen Beach, Florida | November 2-7, 2010

  Live Webcast and Leaderboard | National Championship | Southern Kingfish Association | Fort Pierce/Jensen Beach, Florida | November 2-7, 2010

Putting the brakes on more striped bass fishing

  Unfortunately, it's getting to be the new norm. For the third consecutive year, the Chesapeake Bay has produced fewer striped bass babies than what is normal. Three years of a nursery being half full, or less. Could it be the weather--massive winter snowstorms followed by runoff? Or water temperature? Could fishing pressure be to…

The romance of fishing, island style, in N.C.

Three minutes pass quickly. The same can't be said of the next three hours, which Neil and Dolores Swartz spent working stations 25-28 as judges in the 53rd annual Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Surf Fishing Tournament. The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club claims its annual tournament is the largest surf-fishing contest in the world. The tournament…

New technique lands plenty of striped bass

  Kimbro said work commitments meant his bass fishing was done in the evening, and "you had to put a lot more action in the lures." When he moved to Kent Island and began fishing for striped bass five years ago, he also transferred his technique. "When I'm fishing on the bottom, the objective is…

Lumberton man catches 51-pound striper in Beach Haven surf

There seems to be a bunch of 50-pound striped bass around this fall. Another heavyweight was caught Thursday during a blitz of bass in the surf of Long Beach Island. There have been a half-dozen at least reported in the past few weeks from LBI to Delaware Bay. The latest weighed 51.19 pounds and took…

Analyst: Republican wins are good for boating industry

"A major issue with regard to the midterm elections will be the extension of the Bush tax cuts and the resultant impact to discretionary spending. This is especially meaningful for large-ticket discretionary purchases, such as boats over 45 feet long, as these are purchased by consumers making more than $250,000," the reports said. Analyst: Republican…

Mate who cost boat $1 million prize found guilty of fishing without a license – Charlotte Fish and Wildlife Policy | Examiner.com

  Wann failed a polygraph test about the incident and was cited by NC officials for fishing without a license. Wann pleaded not guilty but was found guilty by the judge today. Tournament directors spent three days consulting with NC’s attorney general and other state officials before deciding to withhold the money. The Big Rock…

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