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…