Striper reels in enough votes to be state fish

  The striped bass has been named the official state fish, but it didn’t happen without a fight.   The biggest opponent to the title came from a much-debated fish that is a mainstay of the striper’s diet – menhaden. SB 940 passed easily in the Senate and was forwarded to the House. There, Del.Continue reading “Striper reels in enough votes to be state fish”

Yamaha Outboards and Volvo Penta Pair Up

Yamaha Motor Co. and AB Volvo Penta Thursday announced a strategic alliance designed to utilize each company’s strengths to make both stronger. The announcement was made at the Miami International Boat Show and builds on the announcement in December that Volvo Penta and Yamaha signed a technical agreement for the joint development of boat controlContinue reading “Yamaha Outboards and Volvo Penta Pair Up”

2011 Miami Boat Show Attendance Up!

Attendance was up 14 percent at the 2011 Miami International Boat Show, which closed Monday. The National Marine Manufacturers Association, which produces the show, reported 104,168 attendees this year, versus 91,415 in 2010. Strictly Sail Miami, however, was down 8 percent compared with 2009 -the last time it was held as a stand-alone show. AContinue reading “2011 Miami Boat Show Attendance Up!”

Coastal Fisheries Reform Group

  CFRG leadership attended the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission meeting in Pine Knoll Shores, NC yesterday and today. On the agenda were the issues of the Striped Bass harvest by Trawl, and the closure of the Speckled Trout Fishery. As you know, thousands of Stripers were publicly wasted in the last few weeks, andContinue reading “Coastal Fisheries Reform Group”

NC Marine Fisheries Commission Reopen Ocean Striped Bass Trawl Fishery

  The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has instructed the director of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries to reopen the state’s ocean striped bass trawl fishery to allow the remaining quota to be caught. The commission voted 6-2 Friday to allow the fishery to reopen, adding the requirement for 30-minute tow times, to the previousContinue reading “NC Marine Fisheries Commission Reopen Ocean Striped Bass Trawl Fishery”

Boat show is a go. It started today in Virginia Beach

The 58th annual Mid-Atlantic Sports and Boat Show started today at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. No, it’s not the show it once was, when the glory days featured anything and everything related to boating and fishing filled the old Virginia Beach Pavilion and spilled over into tents outside. But it’s a darned good boatContinue reading “Boat show is a go. It started today in Virginia Beach”

NC Division of Marine Fisheries Meeting Feb 10th and 11th: NC Striped Bass Commercial Fishing

  Who will be able to attend? I am writing in response to your e-mail regarding your concerns about North Carolina’s striped bass fishery.The ocean striped bass commercial trawl fishery is currently closed in North Carolina and will not reopen until after the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission meets this week. The commission is slated toContinue reading “NC Division of Marine Fisheries Meeting Feb 10th and 11th: NC Striped Bass Commercial Fishing”

Natural Resources Police pulled up two nets containing striped bass Monday, days after the season was closed

Natural Resources Police patrol boats found two more illegal fishing nets Monday in the waters south of Kent Island and seized another half-ton of striped bass.The first net was hauled out at 2 p.m. near Poplar Island. The 600-yard net, which officers estimated to be in the water since last year, contained “a couple ofContinue reading “Natural Resources Police pulled up two nets containing striped bass Monday, days after the season was closed”

IGFA Record Catches January 2011

    Japanese angler Hideyuki Nemoto and guide Seiichiro Tashiro were jigging off Iki Island, when Nemoto hooked into this fish. After a grueling 40-minute fight, the angler and guide had successfully boated this new potential all-tackle and men’s 30-pound line class record greater amberjack. Nemoto’s AJ weighed in at a massive 156 pounds 13Continue reading “IGFA Record Catches January 2011”

Anglers furious about commercial striper slaughters in MD and NC

  Prospects for our striped bass season have become dimmer due to illegal and irresponsible commercial fishing in Maryland and North Carolina. Maryland at least took some action after the Department of Natural Resources discovered illegal anchored gill nets killed over 10 tons of stripers last week. As a result the gill net season (floatingContinue reading “Anglers furious about commercial striper slaughters in MD and NC”

Does an MFC member have a conflict of interest in the striper trawler debate?

    The NC Marine Fisheries Committee (MFC) is meeting next weekend, and one of the issues that will be brought up for discussion is the recent striped bass kills by the trawler boats operating off the Outer Banks. I have written a series of articles about these kills, in which both legal and undersizedContinue reading “Does an MFC member have a conflict of interest in the striper trawler debate?”

More striper kills off the Outer Banks. Feds investigating

  The most recent striped bass kill off of Oregon Inlet was another one caused by North Carolina’s commercial trawl fishery. Hundreds, maybe thousands of fish were photographed from a helicopter being released from the nets after crews had boated their limit of 2,000 pounds. Keep in mind, that under NC commercial fishing rules, theseContinue reading “More striper kills off the Outer Banks. Feds investigating”

Md. Striped Bass Fishing Season Ending Early

  The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced Friday that it has shut down the February striped bass gill net season after Natural Resources Police confiscated more than 10 tons of illegally caught striped bass in two days. NRP seized the 20,016 pounds of rockfish from four illegally anchored gill nets found near Bloody PointContinue reading “Md. Striped Bass Fishing Season Ending Early”

DNR to offer reward in rockfish poaching case

  The Department of Natural Resources is expected to make an announcement this afternoon in the wake of the 10 tons of rockfish seized from illegally placed gill nets near Bloody Point Light in the Chesapeake Bay.  DNR officials are expected to speak regarding the February striped bass gill net season as well as announceContinue reading “DNR to offer reward in rockfish poaching case”

Total of 10 tons of illegally caught striped bass found over three days

For the second consecutive day, Natural Resources Police officers pulled illegal nets from the Chesapeake Bay Wednesday filled to the brim with striped bass. In total, they have seized 10 tons of illegally caught fish, the largest haul of its type since the end of the rockfish moratorium more than two decades ago. After detectingContinue reading “Total of 10 tons of illegally caught striped bass found over three days”

More dead fish spotted as ocean trawling resumes

  State officials spotted 251 dead fish off Oregon Inlet and on the beach at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Thursday as the commercial season for striped bass reopened for two days under new rules meant to reduce losses. More fish might be found in the surf and along beaches Friday morning, a spokeswoman forContinue reading “More dead fish spotted as ocean trawling resumes”

Kellam grad finds way to combine loves of teaching, sport

  Ric Burnley loves to cast out his knowledge. Whether it’s in the classroom getting high schoolers to understand English or at home with his young daughter explaining the world, Burnley is passionate about teaching. He shines the most, though, when he combines his fervor for educating with his love for fishing. “My passion isContinue reading “Kellam grad finds way to combine loves of teaching, sport”

Three tons of striped bass seized in illegal fishing net

http://www.abc2news.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=7500   Three Tons of Illegally Caught Rockfish video   Natural Resources Police made quite a catch this morning on the Eastern Shore — what they described as an illegal net filled with three tons of rock fish. And while not all crime involves guns and drugs, I couldn’t help but note the poaching stingContinue reading “Three tons of striped bass seized in illegal fishing net”

Anglers register more than 5,000 citations in 2010

  Anglers registered 5,069 trophy-size fish for citation awards during the 53rd Annual Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament, which ran from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. This was the 11th year in a row anglers registered at least 5,000 citations since the tournament began in 1958. For the second year in a row, offshore anglers registeredContinue reading “Anglers register more than 5,000 citations in 2010”