NC Tournament changes take effect for 2011

  Two changes take effect Saturday for fishermen participating in the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Saltwater Fishing Tournament. The tournament is not a competition but a longstanding certification program that recognizes outstanding saltwater catches. The tournament year runs from Saturday to Dec. 31. For 2011, the division will remove red snapper from the programContinue reading “NC Tournament changes take effect for 2011”

Water too cold for fishing tournament Cold water for fishing tournament:   A high-stakes fishing challenge is now underway in the waters off Virginia and North Carolina. The tournament was supposed to begin over the weekend, but the storm delayed its start. Registration began in Virginia Beach Wednesday for the Million Dollar Rockfish Fish Challenge, and the tournament gotContinue reading “Water too cold for fishing tournament”

Rockfish Challenge….Day One

Here’s the lowdown on the first day of the inaugural Million Dollar Rockfish Challenge taking place out of Marina Shores: Team Handyman sits in first place with a two-fish total of 73.85 pounds, followed closely by Team Right Hook – featuring professional largemouth bass fisherman Roland Martin – in second, a pound back. Team AshtonContinue reading “Rockfish Challenge….Day One”

Popular tourney sticks to standards in 2011

The 54th annual Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament, which opens Jan. 1, 2011 and runs throughout the year, will see no modifications in its popular citation program. “The Tournament Committee felt the current citation standards were at appropriate levels, but did discuss lowering the citation weight minimum for spadefish. After a careful discussion, the committee requestedContinue reading “Popular tourney sticks to standards in 2011”

Rockfish Tournament Date Change Update: Million Dollar Rockfish Challenge – Virginia Beach

  Please pay close attention to the schedule update and the tournament payout rules updated below. Due the severe weather received here in Virginia Beach yesterday, the Million Dollar Rockfish Challenge Registration and Captain’s Meeting will be moved to Wednesday, December 29th at Marina Shores Marina. Registration will begin at 3pm with the rules meetingContinue reading “Rockfish Tournament Date Change Update: Million Dollar Rockfish Challenge – Virginia Beach”

Coast Guard establishes striped bass hotline to reel in poachers

  The Coast Guard has established an Atlantic striped bass hotline to reel in poachers.As striped bass move offshore, the guard cautions anglers that the fish cannot be caught, harvested or possessed beyond 3 nautical miles. A person caught fishing for stripers in those federal waters is subject to fines starting at $100 per fish.TheContinue reading “Coast Guard establishes striped bass hotline to reel in poachers”

HRL TV Show Covers – Million Dollar Rockfish Challenge December 26th–December 30th 2010

    Hampton Roads LIVE Host Chance Wilson took viewers on a behind the scenes look at the Million Dollar Rockfish Challenge. As he spoke to challenge founder Gale Higgs and the tournament organizers, viewers were truly given an understanding of what it takes to put together such a huge tournament. The Tournament will beContinue reading “HRL TV Show Covers – Million Dollar Rockfish Challenge December 26th–December 30th 2010”

Top 5 gulp lures for striped bass fishing

  Gulp lures have revolutionized the soft bait lure market, and can be deadly when used to target game fish like striped bass. Although many people know about the effectiveness of Gulp baits on speckled trout and redfish, anglers are just now learning how deadly they can be when used where stripers prowl. Here areContinue reading “Top 5 gulp lures for striped bass fishing”

New Fountain CEO strives for excellence

  Fountain Powerboats has a newly appointed president and chief executive officer that looks forward to the future of the direction he wants the company to go in.John E. Walker is the new president and CEO of Fountain and three other boat companies — Pro-Line, Donzi and Baja.However, Walker said he knows he will neverContinue reading “New Fountain CEO strives for excellence”

Shep on Fishing: Chilly weather and the presence of dog sharks is making fishing a tough chore

  Bob Cummings took his crew offshore Saturday, according to a report from Brennan Marine in Somers Point. They fished over a rock pile and limited out on large sea bass. Matt Slobodjian reported from Jim’s Bait and Tackle that a few anglers had what he described as “limited” success Friday at The Rips offContinue reading “Shep on Fishing: Chilly weather and the presence of dog sharks is making fishing a tough chore”

New Fountain CEO named as company founder plots his future

  Reggie Fountain might have resigned from Fountain Powerboats, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s out of the industry for long. Although he has nothing set up at this time, Fountain said this morning that his phone has been ringing off the hook with possible opportunities since the news of his departure came out FridayContinue reading “New Fountain CEO named as company founder plots his future”

Fountain Powerboats names new CEO

  “Effective immediately, John E. Walker is appointed to the position of president and CEO of Fountain Powerboats. Mr. Walker’s career spans over 28 years in the boat manufacturing industry and Liberty is confident of his executive management abilities and his integrity to move Fountain forward with its strategic growth plan for the future,” LibertyContinue reading “Fountain Powerboats names new CEO”

BREAKING NEWS: Reggie Fountain Resigns

  Reggie Fountain, who founded Fountain Powerboats more than 30 years ago, today announced his resignation from the company.   “There are key differences in opinion and philosophy between the current owners and myself on how to run the company,” Fountain said in a statement. “I’ve always been one that plotted his own course andContinue reading “BREAKING NEWS: Reggie Fountain Resigns”

Chesapeake Bay’s pioneering oyster farmers

  For those who love oysters – and if we want to save the Chesapeake Bay, we should all care about these shellfish with their gooey grey insides – the Bay Journal has published a terrific series about the push to bring them back by “farming” them. Time was when folks the world over associatedContinue reading “Chesapeake Bay’s pioneering oyster farmers”

Mathews Virginia Rotary Rockfish Tournament December 11th, 2010

1st $3,0002nd $2,0003rd $1,0001 Senior (65) $4001 Lady $4001 Youth(15) $200$150 per Boat for 4 Anglers, $25 per Additional AnglerOne Fish Per Division Per BoatWeigh In by Boat or Road.Weight Station at Morningstar Marina \Gwynn’s Island .$7,000 INCASH PRIZESSchedule of Events Registration & Raffle —Friday 12/10/10, from 4-8pm at PiankatankRuritan Club on Rte 198, FoodContinue reading “Mathews Virginia Rotary Rockfish Tournament December 11th, 2010”

Chesapeake Bay Journal: Link between striped bass, weather suggests stormy times ahead for fish

  This year, the model successfully predicted a poor year even though many fishery biologists – including Martino – thought it would be good. But that predictability may contain a hint of problems on the horizon for striped bass. Although the coastwide population remains above target levels, striped bass recruitment in Maryland has been belowContinue reading “Chesapeake Bay Journal: Link between striped bass, weather suggests stormy times ahead for fish”

GA. Angler & Pals net $254,905

  Bill Donahue reeled in a massive return on his investment. Richmond Hill resident Bill Donahue (left of the marlin and behind a bucket) poses after he and his friends caught a 560-pound black marlin during the 30th annual Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on Oct. 20, 2010. DonahueContinue reading “GA. Angler & Pals net $254,905”

Delaware fishing report

  With strong winds and heavy seas reported over much of the past week, the number of reports from boat fishermen was limited. Catch reports from those willing to deal with the rough conditions indicated a bit of a slowdown in the striper action. Trollers pulling a mix of Mann’s Stretch plugs, Bombers, umbrella rigs,Continue reading “Delaware fishing report”

Daily Shep on Fishing report: LBI Surf Classic announces winners

  The 2010 Long Beach Island Surf Classic made it official Wednesday: Raymond Sullivan Jr. of Brant Beach and Richard Crosta of Beach Haven are $1,000 grand prize winners. Sullivan topped striped bass with a 56.44 entry and Crosta took bluefish with a 16.06-pounder. They both added $150 to their haul because they were theContinue reading “Daily Shep on Fishing report: LBI Surf Classic announces winners”

Virginia Beach man fights city about land under Rudee Inlet Bridge

  A Virginia Beach landowner is gearing up for a legal battle against the city over property he says is rightfully his.Wayne McLeskey bought land in 1989 near the Virginia Beach Fishing Center at Rudee Inlet.  He says he’s paid taxes on the property for the last 21 years.Now, the city wants a piece ofContinue reading “Virginia Beach man fights city about land under Rudee Inlet Bridge”

NJ Anglers still putting together nice catches of fish

  Now that the temperatures have taken a nose dive, it is hard to believe there are anglers still putting together some nice catches of fish. Captain Steve Purul of Real Fantasea Fishing out of Barnegat reports the weather dictates when he fishes and what he fishes for, but he has been pleased with theContinue reading “NJ Anglers still putting together nice catches of fish”

405-pound tuna shatters 33-year-old world record

  Pending approval by the International Game Fish Association, Mike Livingston’s 405.2-pound yellowfin tuna caught Nov. 30 on Capt. Mike Lackey’s 80-foot sport boat, the Vagabond, will be the IGFA’s new all-tackle, world record. The previous record was the 388-pound, 12-ounce yellowfin caught April 1, 1977 by Curt Wiesenhutter aboard the Royal Polaris, owned thenContinue reading “405-pound tuna shatters 33-year-old world record”

Work on Rudee inlet bridge set for nighttime

  Most of the work scheduled for the Rudee Inlet bridge will be performed at night until the end of the ocean striped bass season. Work to the fender piles, timber wales and hardware that protect the two center channel sets of pilings will begin in mid-January. The project is supposed to be completed byContinue reading “Work on Rudee inlet bridge set for nighttime”

Less than a month remaining to make final standings

  There is less than a month for anglers to catch one of the state’s top angling awards. The Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament runs with the calendar year that will end Dec. 31. Following are the current standings of the tournament: Black Drum — James W. Johnson Jr., Gloucester (90-0), Bluefish — Ray Bryan, LowryContinue reading “Less than a month remaining to make final standings”

Boston Whaler gets new leadership – Business

  John Ward, president of boat manufacturer Boston Whaler in Southeast Volusia for the last five years, is stepping down and taking another job within the Brunswick Corp., parent company of the boat manufacturer. Ward has been name senior vice president of global sales and marketing for the Hatteras and Cabo boats division in NorthContinue reading “Boston Whaler gets new leadership – Business”

Shep on Fishing: NJ Striper fishing holding steady in late fall

    Josh Powell of Brigantine holds the 47.9-pound striped bass he caught with a live eel at the rip in Absecon Inlet.   Late fall fishing is getting a lot thrown at it: cold nights, strong winds, rain and rough surf and ocean. So far, it continues to bounce back. Striped bass are generallyContinue reading “Shep on Fishing: NJ Striper fishing holding steady in late fall”

An unusual task force sends message to poachers

  It took 8 years and several agencies to unravel a network responsible for poaching millions of dollars worth of striped bass from the Chesapeake Bay December 04, 2010|By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun For years, crooked Maryland and Virginia watermen went to local courts and paid their fines for illegalContinue reading “An unusual task force sends message to poachers”

Fountain eliminates factory-direct purchases

  Fountain Powerboats is discontinuing its factory-direct Fountain Factory Superstore, the company announced today. “The factory superstore was an effective interim selling solution prior to Fountain’s reorganization, but today retail interest is on the rise, our dealers are gaining confidence in our new management team and other dealers are taking notice,” COO John Walker saidContinue reading “Fountain eliminates factory-direct purchases”

NJ Fisherman catches not only fish, but rod

  I hear stories every once in a while about someone fishing and latching onto a fishing rod that another angler has dropped overboard. I just heard a story about a fisherman not only reeling in a rod, but a fish on the end of the line, too. Ted Moore sent me a message tellingContinue reading “NJ Fisherman catches not only fish, but rod”

Maryland’s billion-dollar recreational fishing industry–times 11

  In its barely disguised campaign to tear a chunk from the hides of watermen under the guise of conservation, the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen’s Association is asking the governor and Department of Natural Resources officials to slash the annual commercial striped bass harvest from 42.5 percent of the state’s total take to 10 percent. TheContinue reading “Maryland’s billion-dollar recreational fishing industry–times 11”

Virginia Fishing Report

  CHESAPEAKE BAY/OCEAN School-sized fish are available to casters working around structure and pilings of most of the lower bay crossings, with the first island of the CBB-T and the nearby small boat channel providing good action. Folks working the Monitor Merrimac Bridge-Tunnel are finding schoolie action casting grubs and shads along the light linesContinue reading “Virginia Fishing Report”

This angler is a real jet-setter

  Angler is a real jet-setter Sometimes, the best ideas are the simplest ones, the kind that make people slap their foreheads and lament that they didn’t think of them. Brian Lockwood gets that all the time. About 10 years ago, living on the water in Poquoson, Lockwood started using his Jet Ski to catchContinue reading “This angler is a real jet-setter”

NOAA Extends Fishing Ban for South Atlantic Red Snapper

  In order to protect the red snapper population in the South Atlantic, NOAA’s Fisheries Service will extend the ban of commercial and recreational fishing for the red snapper in federal waters off North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and the Atlantic coast of Florida. NOAA – NOAA Extends Fishing Ban for South Atlantic Red Snapper

Sport Fishing – Virginia Beach lures anglers to its waters this winter with four tournaments

  Virginia Beach, Va. – Anglers visiting Virginia Beach this winter will still find a firestorm of activity in the waters of the mighty Atlantic Ocean and food-rich Chesapeake Bay. Virginia Beach is famous for being home to enormous schools of striped bass, also known as rockfish.  About 80 percent of East Coast rockfish areContinue reading “Sport Fishing – Virginia Beach lures anglers to its waters this winter with four tournaments”

Delaware Fishing Report

  Striped bass provided the focus for ocean anglers fishing state waters inside the three-mile limit, with catch reports indicating success on natural baits and trolled artificials. The top choice among bait fishermen is live spot, with live eels, black salties, bunker and mullet also putting their share of fish on the deck. Catch reportsContinue reading “Delaware Fishing Report”

The Atlantic Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company will host the 5th Annual Rockfish Derby on Dec. 4-5

  ATLANTIC — The Atlantic Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company will host the 5th Annual Rockfish Derby on Dec. 4-5. This derby is a fundraiser for the fire company. All prizes have been doubled this year, with the top cash prize of $1,000 to be awarded for the heaviest rockfish caught in the adult division.Continue reading “The Atlantic Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company will host the 5th Annual Rockfish Derby on Dec. 4-5”

North Carolina Fishing Report

  Oregon Inlet The offshore fleet didn’t get out Tuesday, but on Monday one boat caught eight yellowfin tuna, two blackfin tuna and a nice dolphin. Blue marlin, wahoo and a mako shark also have been caught offshore. On Monday, an inshore boat reported a 35-pound striped bass, and a few stripers have been reportedContinue reading “North Carolina Fishing Report”

FIS – Worldnews – Illegal rockfish scheme investigation results in USD 1 million fines

  Illegal rockfish scheme investigation results in USD 1 million fines Ocean Pro Ltd (Profish) plus its vice-president and its fish buyer were sentenced recently in US District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland, for illegally harvesting striped bass for over a decade from the Potomac River. This has been called the largest ever commercial fish poachingContinue reading “FIS – Worldnews – Illegal rockfish scheme investigation results in USD 1 million fines”

Wake Forest company, police use Craigslist to find stolen boats ::

  A Wake Forest boat business was up the creek without a paddle when equipment was stolen from the facility in October. The company used the Internet to get back the more than $1,000 in equipment, which included six canoes, a kayak and a trailer. “More times than not, these things don’t get solved,” managerContinue reading “Wake Forest company, police use Craigslist to find stolen boats ::”

New NC regulations, pier hours have fishermen on their toes

  Take notice trout fishermen. There are now new regulations in effect for both recreational and commercial fishermen in the coastal waters of North Carolina. The recreational bag limit for spotted seatrout, as of Monday, decreased from 10 fish to six fish per person per day, and no more than two of the six fishContinue reading “New NC regulations, pier hours have fishermen on their toes”

Yamaha promotion runs through March

  Yamaha Marine Group today announced “The Four Stroke Revolution,” a new promotion designed to give consumers more of a reason to buy during the 2010 holidays and continuing during the boat show season through the end of March. “This promotion will give consumers even more for their money because it gives them the opportunityContinue reading “Yamaha promotion runs through March”