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 program…

Water too cold for fishing tournament

http://www.wavy.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=6994 Cold water for fishing tournament: wavy.com   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 got…

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 Ashton…

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 requested…

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 meeting…

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.The…