Virginia fish management bill dies in committee

  A bill to shift management of a small but important Chesapeake Bay fish from the Virginia General Assembly to a state regulatory agency died in committee on Monday. The legislation was the final of several proposals to regulate a menhaden fishery that once operated from Maine to Florida but is now reduced to one…

New fishing restrictions spawn lawsuit

  A new restriction on catching nine fish species went into effect Monday. It's called Amendment 17B, and it sets annual catch limits on nine species of fish, including several grouper species. It also closes an ocean area to fishing for six additional species in water deeper than 240 feet to protect the Warsaw grouper…

Virginia Hunting, fishing license hikes proposed

  The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), facing decreasing license sales and a budget shortfall forecast for fiscal year 2014, has proposed an increase in hunting and fishing license fees that could take affect in July. The proposals include an increase of up to $5 per license for in-state residents and as…

Va. oyster legislation creating waves

  Tim McCulloch wants you to know that this story isn't just about two rich neighbors feuding. It's about a clash that launched a bill that, if passed as proposed in Richmond, could affect a whole lot of waterfront property -- which, frankly, could lead to a bunch of rich neighbors feuding. The bill is…

Biologists to return seal to the Chesapeake Bay

  Friday morning, local biologists returned a rehabilitated harbor seal to the Chesapeake Bay. The seal, named "Puddy," was underweight and had shark bites on the left side of his body. Someone found him stranded south of the Little Island Fishing Pier in Sandbridge last month. Biologists took him to the Virginia Aquarium's Marine Animal…

Reggie Fountain Announces RF Powerboats

  o follow up on the announcement from Reggie Fountain—the founder and recently resigned chief operating officer of Fountain Powerboats in Washington, N.C.—that he was starting RF Powerboats, Powerboat’s Editor at Large Matt Trulio contacted Fountain by phone on Wednesday. He agreed to speak with Trulio, who writes a blog on http://www.speedonthewater.com, with the understanding…

Ric Burnley – Kayak Angler Cold Water Outerwear Test

 For years, kayak anglers have asked the question, "If I fall out of a kayak wearing waders, will I die?"  Well, the Fishcrazy kayak team decided to answer that question and film the results.  In the name of kayak safety, I suited up first in a drysuit, then in waders and a dry top, and…

Delaware fishing report

  Despite frigid air and water temperatures, there are still a few fishermen trying their luck along the Indian River Inlet and Ocean City Inlet jetties. While the primary target has been the smaller rockfish that winter over in the local inlets, there haven't been many reports of success. There also have been a few…

N.C. watermen welcome new rule on rockfish catch limits

    By Erin JamesThe Virginian-Pilot© January 22, 2011 It was a sight that appalled Outer Banks anglers. // Bobbing in the waves were hundreds, maybe thousands, of dead striped bass, a catch prized for its fight and sold on restaurant menus as "rockfish." They'd been cut loose from a commercial vessel's nets. Video of…

Lawmakers drop bills on menhaden fishing –

  Four Republican delegates have dropped their bills to restrict menhaden fishing after Sen. Richard Stuart promised to request a study on the fishery from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Stuart, R-Stafford, has recently been appointed as Virginia's legislative representative to the ASMFC. Menhaden fishing has long been a contentious issue in Richmond, as…

Commercial trawlers slaughtering thousands of striped bass off the Outer Banks

  Commercial fishermen trawling off of the Outer Banks of North Carolina are slaughtering thousands of striped bass in “culling” operations and tossing them overboard trying to keep larger stripers and remain under their 50 fish limit. Both recreational anglers and smaller operation commercial fishermen have been aghast at the actions of the trawlers who…

Outer Banks, North Carolina, Buddy Davis Boatbuilding, Buddy Davis

  by Kip Tabb on January 17, 2011 Buddy Davis Buddy Davis died last night at age 62. With him, a small piece of Outer Banks tradition passed away as well. Buddy built boats. He, of course, was successful at other things—raised two children and two stepchildren, at one time probably had 200 people employed—but…

Charter Vessel Runs Aground in Nags Head

  The Coast Guard says two people were injured when a charter vessel ran aground Sunday afternoon along the Outer Banks near Nags Head. The 55-foot charter vessel named Outer Limits went aground near theWalter Slough Channel. The Coast Guard received the call at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Officials say a good Samaritan was the first…

Huge Rockfish Within Reach, Well sort of

  Starting around the time of the Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout, reports began pouring in about the great striped bass bite in North Carolina waters. These fish are no joke, last week two rockfish weighing over 60-pounds challenged the current North Carolina State Record of 62-pounds after holding for five years. The first contender was 63-pounds,…

Rising waters threaten the coast of North Carolina

  By Bruce Hendersonbhenderson@charlotteobserver.com You're in a part of the world where too much water is just as much a problem as too little water," said Rodney Woolard of the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service. After decades of battling floods and saltwater creeping up its network of drainage ditches, Swan Quarter won a $5.2 million…

Fredericksburg.com – Panel says no oyster farming – page 1 FLS

  Much to his dismay, Michael Wardman of Colonial Beach recently discovered that oyster gardening is illegal in the Potomac River. "I can't believe it. I've talked about it with a lot of people in Maryland and Virginia and they can't believe it either," Wardman said. Both states encourage oyster gardening in their Chesapeake Bay…

Coast guard cracks down on illegal striped bass fishing

  The Coast Guard cited several fishing boats off the North Carolina coast Friday for violating laws concerning striped bass, including one vessel that was in possession of 58 illegal stripers. The Norfolk, Virginia based Coast Guard cutter Beluga stopped and boarded the fishing boats during its patrol of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Fishing…

Our Bay: Anglers Sport Center celebrates 50 years • Environment (www.HometownAnnapolis.com – The Capital)

  From its auspicious beginning as a combination gas station, general store, post office and tackle shop to a renowned sporting goods store, Anglers Sport Center has been a long-time fixture to the local community and for travelers on their way to Sandy Point State Park and the Eastern Shore. I recently sat down with…

Money hasn’t changed humble Bass Pro founder

  Bill Dance stood in a sea of well-wishers at one of last week’s weigh-ins for the eighth annual Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout – his celebrity punctuated by his signature white hat with the orange “T” of his home state of Tennessee. Johnny Morris stood on the outside, unassumingly shaking a few hands and talking to…

Fishing Expo expects to be a sporting good time

  Before the bottom fell out of the economy, the owner of the Richmond Fishing Expo could expect the event to draw upwards of 11,000 people to the Richmond International Raceway Complex every year. When the crash hit, that number fell to 10,000, then 9,800, then about 9,700 last year — not an unexpected drop…

Cold leads NC to halt harvest of speckled trout

  North Carolina is halting the commercial and recreational harvesting of speckled trout to protect stocks of the fish. The state Division of Marine Fisheries will institute an indefinite halt to fishing for the trout starting at noon on Friday. Marine Fisheries Commission Chairman Rob Bizzell says the decision comes after "cold stun" events in…

Crisfield closer to building new dock

  Officials are getting closer to building a new city dock using federal funds once designated for a Chesapeake Bay ferry terminal. After months of discussion with the Maryland Department of Transportation, the city has finally received a draft memorandum of understanding, said Mayor Percy Purnell. The city has an $800,000 earmark from the 2005…

Virginia Fishing Report

  A few reports indicate that tautog catches are scattered on inshore and offshore wrecks. Wrecks and hangs beyond the Light Tower are beginning to draw interest for tog. Other than the weather, finding tog bait is becoming a challenge. Big bluefish are circling some of these structures, and jumbo seabass will take your offering.…

IGFA introduces new catch-and-release length record category for 127 species

  The International Game Fish Assn. has added a new category to its world records section beginning in 2011 for catch-and-release anglers. Based on length rather than weight, the new IGFA all-tackle length record category will make 60 freshwater and 67 saltwater species eligible for new world records while requiring the fish to be returned…

New Jersey Anglers keeping at it in the cold

  Cold, windy and snowy — that has been a big part of the story so far this winter fishing season. Still, hardy anglers have been making offshore trips to brave the ocean elements. Capt. Ryan Bogan of the Jamaica II out of Brielle reported a fairly decent pick of ling and cod on their…

PA Fishing workshop Feb. 26 features popular speakers

  The seventh annual fishing workshop featuring in-depth and informative striped bass, flounder, tautog and cobia seminars will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hoffman Community Building on Park Avenue in Memorial Park in Quarryville, Pa. The workshop will feature an impressive lineup of popular speakers and fishing…

Delaware fishing report

  The primary focus for boaters running out of Lewes, Indian River and Ocean City continues to be tautog, with wrecks and reefs between the 15- and 20-Fathom Lines providing the best catches. Captain Monty Hawkins reported a trip last weekend aboard the Morning Star that produced fair action on blackfish. According to the Ocean…

Cleanup continues after fire destroys 26 boats in Washington, NC

  Coast Guard personnel remained at McCotters Marina in Washington, N.C., through the weekend to supervise the cleanup of petroleum products that leaked into Broad Creek after a fire there Friday morning. Officials said 26 vessels burned to the waterline, releasing diesel fuel, gasoline and lubrication fluids into the water. As of Sunday night, 63…

Investor buys stake in fishing TV network WFN

  posted on January 11, 2011 Altitude Sports & Entertainment acquired a 50 percent interest in WFN: World Fishing Network, North America's only 24/7 fishing network. As part of the transaction, WFN will consolidate its U.S. operations in Entertainment, in a statement. "WFN is a first Denver - including technical operations at Altitude's Network Operations…

2011 Rockfish Shootout .. money totals are in

  And they are pretty impressive for a striped bass fishing tournament. Eighth-annual Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout overall winner Daddy's Dream 3, which edged Wave Runner by less than a pound, banked $73,453. Wave Runner's runner-up take of $34,833 wasn't too shabby either. Third place Bay Custom 3 walked away with $20,596. The total payout for…

Point No Point Boat Launch Put on Hold After Sport Fishermen Object »

  An agreement to build a boat launch in Hansville is on hold after Kitsap sports fisherman objected to a change in its design. The fishermen were upset because the change — made without public input or notification — would prevent most of them from launching their boats there. As a result of their concerns,…

N.C. striper record lasts only 48 hours

  On Wednesday 12-year-old Stephen Furlough boated a N.C. record striped bass weighing 63 pounds while fishing outside Oregon Inlet. Stephen Furlough, 12, and skipper/guide Charles Haywood with the 63-pound striper that Furlough boated Wednesday off Oregon Inlet on the Outer Banks. OREGON INLET FISHING CENTER This fine, fun, feel-good story of a boy and…

Poacher Sportfishing Pending North Carolina Striped Bass State Record

Technorati Tags: North Carolina State Record Poacher Sportfishing **PENDING NC STATE RECORD** 1/7: Poacher lands a 64lb striped bass which is now a pending state record!!! The bass was 53-3/4" long and had a girth of 33-1/2"!!! Poacher Sportfishing - Inshore Sportfishing from North Carolina's Outer Banks

Virginia Beach angler qualifies for new record

  Imagine Kevin Wong's excitement when told he had caught a potential world record fish. Imagine his dismay when told what he had caught was a different fish altogether. Now imagine his feelings when told last week the fish he had caught still would become an International Game Fish Association record, but now it would…

MD Natural Resource Police Blotter

  On January 5, 2011 at 11:30 a.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged Daniel Leroy Dierker, 32 of Rock Hall, Md. with engaging in the striped bass gill net fisheries while his commercial license was suspended. Dierker was operating a commercial fishing vessel that was gill netting for striped bass in the area…

2011 Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout Final Results

  Daddy's Dream 3 111.70 Waverunner 110.75 Bay Custom 3 100.35 Rodbender 3 98.75 Gannet 3 96.00 Game On 95.55 Stoney's Kingfisher 2 93.75 Payout To The First Seven Places. Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout - Fishing Tournament Virginia Beach, VA

New Pending North Carolina State Record Caught January 5th

  According to the report on Oregon Inlet Fishing Centers site.  A Stephen Furlough of Roper, NC caught a 63 pound Striper on the Rigged Up.  The old record was 62 pounds.  They are currently filling out the paperwork.  Captain Charles Haywood was the Captain and he took this picture New Pending North Carolina State…

Conditions bode well for 2011 Mid Atlantic Rockfish Shootout

  Today's registration for the ninth annual Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout could be a busy affair. Weather forecasts and catches from previous days determine interest, with many potential competitors waiting until the last minute to register. Bad weather and no fish usually mean a small field. That shouldn't be the case for this year's event, which…

Va launches saltwater-fishing ID program

  The Virginia Marine Resources Commission is creating a registry of saltwater anglers. The Virginia Fisherman Identification Program requires anglers who are exempt from buying a saltwater fishing license to register and supply their contact information annually. Anglers who do purchase a saltwater fishing license will be registered automatically. With the creation of the state…

The Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series, the nation’s longest-running and most popular course on recreational marine angling tactics and techniques, will take place at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on Saturday, January 22, 2011.

The Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series, the nation's longest-running and most popular course on recreational marine angling tactics and techniques, will take place at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on Saturday, January 22, 2011. This is the 24th year of the seminar tour, which teaches a vast array of cutting-edge and pertinent information on…

Stripers Forever survey: Bad year for anglers, fish –

  Overall, 73 percent of anglers felt fishing had gotten worse or much worse over the last five years and 46 percent felt the average size of stripers has decreased. The complete survey results are available on the Stripers Forever website. Stripers Forever wants commercial striped bass fishing banned, arguing recreational use is more beneficial…

Massive fish kill reported in Chesapeake Bay

  Baltimore - The Maryland Department of the Environment is investigating the deaths of tens of thousands of small fish that have died in the Chesapeake Bay in the past week.   "An estimated 2 million fish have been reported dead from the Bay Bridge south to Tangier Sound, according to the Maryland Department of…

Zwirko wins ASA Angler of Year

  Capt. Ken Zwirko of Union won the 2010 American Striper Association Angler of the Year Award with his Team Bunker Down, sponsored by Atlas Reels. His six-bass total of 226.65-pounds during the year won by 27 pounds. Zwirko took the spring ASA Sandy Hook event, and was second at Cape May. Greg Nunn of…

Proposed regs will slap down recreational fish bandits –

  Bad actors among recreational anglers will soon be subject to tough penalties similar to the ones put in place by the state to punish rogue watermen. The penalty schedule, designed after consulting with the recreational and commercial fishing communities, law enforcement officers and charter boat captains, would allow the Department of Natural Resources to…

Agencies shore up efforts on poaching | striped, bass, coast – News –

  The Coast Guard and partner agencies are intensifying efforts to stop the illegal poaching of striped bass off the Atlantic coast this winter season. To help ensure the health of the striped bass population, the Coast Guard is working to raise awareness of the federal regulations governing striped bass and to increase enforcement efforts…

Chefs battle for top honors in rockfish competition

Rockfish are at the center of angler attention these days, as two of the three biggest striper tournaments of the year currently are taking place. The inaugural Million Dollar Rockfish Challenge concludes today out of Marina Shores inside Lynnhaven Inlet. The Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout starts this week out of Rudee Inlet. With all this fish…

Rockfish Challenge … final day | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

  After an opening day in the inaugural Million Dollar Rockfish Challenge saw some of the best catches in weeks, looks like the action hit a wall. All of the top teams on the day one leaderboard continue to sit where they did after the first day. The teams are back on the water for…

Jeffrey Earnhardt competes in rockfish tourney opener

  Jeffrey Earnhardt decided to take a turn north before starting his first full NASCAR season. Jeffrey Earnhardt holds a striped bass he caught on the opening day of the Million Dollar Rockfish Challenge. (Lee Tolliver | The Virginian-Pilot He ended up on a boat in Virginia Beach, spending a day on the water competing…

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