Budget woes could silence bay’s talking buoys

  It's hard to believe that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is so broke that it might mothball the nine Chesapeake Bay "smart buoys" that mark the nation's first all-water national park. But apparently, that might happen while the "adults" in Congress continue their sandbox squabbling over the budget. With the boating and fishing…

Yamaha announces production schedules at Japan plants

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Angler says it wasn’t hard to document illegal rockfish charters

Jim Price saw first hand how charter boats out of Virginia Beach and North Carolina illegally fish for striped bass in federal waters each winter. Price, a former charter captain and waterman, told law enforcement officers this week that he was a paying customer aboard two such boats just last month. One of his trips…

Extreme How-To Skills – How to Catch a 1,000 Pound Fish

  Charlie Levine, former Senior Editor of Marlin Magazine, has chased all sorts of big-game fish up and down the East Coast, Mexico, Caribbean and beyond. "Anyone can do it," Levine says. "You don't need to be a huge dude to catch a giant fish. I've seen 90-pound girls do it and elderly people, too.…

Let ’em eat cake, says CCA

  Dare County Board of Commissioners voted on Monday to adopt a resolution opposing a bill now in the General Assembly that, if passed and signed into law, will give striped bass - aka rockfish, Red Drum and spotted seatrout gamefish status and thus will make it illegal for commercial fishermen to land and sell…

Throw back gamefish bill, Commissioners Say

  State legislation to classify striped bass, red drum and speckled trout as gamefish was denounced Monday by Dare County commissioners, who said it would be another blow to the commercial industry and take the popular fish off consumers’ dinner tables. The Board of Commissioners passed a resolution opposing the House bill, which was introduced…

Dredging Today – USA: Great Egg Harbor Inlet Needs Dredging

Everyone was under the impression the Coast Guard was going to do something about it,” said Perry, the owner of the Harbour Cove Marine Services in Somers Point. “Nothing has been done and it’s almost impossible to get through.” Many boaters use the inlet, which connects the Great Egg Harbor Bay with the Atlantic Ocean.…

Menhaden restrictions crucial to Chesapeake ecosystem

    The small, oily menhaden is known as "the most important fish in the sea" because it forms the basis of the Atlantic marine food chain. You will not see menhaden at your grocery store, but it is present in the flesh of dozens of fish species that we catch and eat. Many highly…

Possible New VA Record Catfish

  Virginia game officials say the state may have a new record blue catfish: a monster weighing in at 109 pounds and 53 inches in length. The big cat was caught by Tony Milam in Buggs Island Lake near the confluence of the Dan and Roanoke rivers. The previous record blue cat weighed in at…

Yamaha closes four factories until next week

  Yamaha Motor Co. announced that its outboard motor factories (Fukuroi South, Arai and Kuramatsu) and PWC factory (Kuramatsu) in Japan will be closed today through next Wednesday. See Related Articles Tohatsu says its Japanese facilities avoided harm Engine builders team up for EPA tests Si-Tex factory in Tokyo avoids damage Tsunami costs cripple West…

South Jersey Report

  The first keeper bass made it to the scales at Scott's Bait and Tackle, Mystic Island. Scott Albertson, owner, and his store always get the juices flowing for bass anglers as the Graveling Point area usually sees the first good numbers of bass moving in. Tom McGeary broke the barrier with his 9.9-pound 29-inch…

Missouri boatbuilder up for sale

  The owner of Black Thunder Powerboats is selling the company and hoping that some "young blood" can come in and keep the nearly 25-year-old manufacturer going. "It's just age, more than anything. It's going to take a fight to get it going again," Don Jenkins, 78, told Soundings Trade Only. "I was at the…

NC Fishing Report

  Oregon Inlet News of Saturday's pending state record bluefin tuna catch has enticed more fishermen to the Gulf Stream, where some bluefins continue to exceed 200 pounds. Plenty of smaller yellowfin tuna are around, too. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www. oregon-inlet.com . Buxton/Hatteras Only dogfish have been biting, and fishermen eagerly await…

Fishing Report – Anglers finding some success in NC

  Sea mullet continue to be caught in the surf and off the piers with some spots and croakers mixed in. Red drum are still being caught in the creeks and around the docks. Gulf Stream fishing is producing catches of wahoo, blackfin tuna, big eye tuna and yellowfin tuna. Related Links: Fishing Report -…

Bill would end commercial fishing for striped bass

  In the wake of this winter’s uproar over striped bass kills off the Outer Banks, state lawmakers have introduced a bill that would designate the species a gamefish and prohibit commercial catches in North Carolina waters. The House bill also would add red drum and speckled trout to the list of gamefish, putting all…

Anglers lose court ruling on $900,000 prize

  A superior court judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the owners of the fishing vessel "Citation" challenging the team's disqualification from the 2010 Big Rock Tournament. WNCT-TV reports the judge concluded that tournament officials were right to disqualify the boat after discovering one of the crew members did not have a state fishing…

CCA North Carolina seeks game fish status for redfish, trout and stripers

  House Bill 353, which seeks game fish status for Red Drum, Speckled Trout, and Striped Bass, was filed in the North Carolina House today (March 15, 2011) on behalf of CCA NC.  A game fish designation prohibits the taking of any species by means other than hook and line and also the sale of…

Delaware fishing report

  Local wreck and reef reports were off a bit this week, with a slow bite reported on tautog and very few cod landed by charters running out of Ocean City. But with temperatures on the rise, the action should be improving. Anglers targeting blackfish have had good luck on a mix of green crabs,…

State bluefin tuna record shattered – North Carolina Sportsman

  On Saturday (March 12), Corey Shultz of Waverly, Va. hooked into what is expected to become a part of Tar Heel fishing history. The pending record fish that took a straining Shimano 80 wide to the last quarter of the spool and kept Shultz strapped to the fighting chair for about 2 1/2 hours,…

Searchers locate SUV that went off Chesapeake Bay bridge

Searchers have located a vehicle in the Chesapeake Bay after it plunged into the chilly water from the bridge-tunnel earlier this morning. The vehicle, believed to have carried two people, was located between 10:15 and 10:30 a.m. by divers using sonar, police said. Divers, helicopters and a host of personnel from several agencies had searched…

Fishing allies press case in federal court

  In converting the New England groundfishery to a virtual commodities market for members of fishing cooperatives, the federal government denied participants their right to a referendum while dispossessing small players and destabilizing fishing ports from Maine to North Carolina, industry lawyers argued in federal court Tuesday. Further invalidating the rule-making process was the influence…

Dirks: Striped bass populations could be in serious peril

  The future of striped bass fishing hangs in the balance. The struggle between commercial and recreational fishing playing out in the Northeast will determine the quality of angling for future generations. Within the last decade or so, the Hudson River has produced a bountiful harvest of spawning fish. However, fishing creel surveys conducted up…

Virginia charter outlaws: Be afraid, be very afraid

  t was surprising to read the account in the Virginian-Pilot about last week's raid by federal agents on charter fishing boats tied up on the Northern Neck and Rudee Inlet. As first reported by the Sun, special agents of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration armed with search warrants boarded at least four boats…

Startled tourists welcome 600-pound dolphin aboard –

  A Florida charter boat out to watch dolphins got a little more than it asked for when a 600-pound dolphin leaped onto the deck of the 24-foot pontoon boat, news-press.com reports. "When we pulled up … the boat was three quarters full with water and had the biggest dolphin I had ever seen," Lt.…

Coast Guard considers shutting down Oregon Inlet

  A Coast Guard captain said Friday that he is prepared to close Oregon Inlet to recreational and commercial boat traffic within weeks if sand continues to accumulate in the dynamic waterway faster than dredging can remove it.   The buildup of sand - shoaling - around the Bonner Bridge has increased exponentially, elevating the…

Fishing groups aim fire at commercial nets – Maryland parks and outdoors

  Maryland's two largest recreational fishing groups are calling on the Department of Natural Resources to reevaluate the use of commercial striped bass nets. Coastal Conservation Association Maryland Friday afternoon called on DNR to expand its study of gill nets, which were used last month by poachers to capture 12.6 tons of striped bass, to…

Va. boats raided in federal rockfish investigation

  Several Virginia fishing boat captains were confronted Thursday in what officials said is the result of a three-year undercover investigation into striped-bass fishing in federal waters known as the Exclusive Economic Zone. The zone is an area between three and 200 miles off the coast where fishing for striped bass, also known as rockfish,…

Efforts To Open Rock Fishery Off Coast

  A petition drive is underway, led by a grassroots recreational fishermen’s organization based in the resort area, to urge the government to reverse a decades-old moratorium on fishing for striped bass in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), a 200-mile swath of open ocean just outside the state’s three-mile band closest to the shoreline.Let Us…

Fishing Report CHESAPEAKE BAY/OUTER BANKS

  CHESAPEAKE BAY/OUTER BANKS Dr. Julie Ball reports larger striped bass are moving into the bay on their way to spawn. Fish weighing 40 to 50 pounds are cruising off the oceanfront and near the mouth of the bay. Jack Counsil (Norfolk) caught a 51-pounder. Large schools of rockfish pushing around 25 to 30 pounds…

Feds move against charter boats poaching striped bass

  A three-year federal undercover investigation into Virginia-based charter boats illegally fishing for striped bass more than 3 miles off the coast led to the seizure Thursday of electronics and records from a number of vessels. Special agents from the law enforcement office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration served search warrants on at…

High-tech gear helps reel in fish poachers

  A growing number of maritime agencies are waging high-tech battles with poachers illegally fishing the nation's waterways. Maryland Department of Natural Resources Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police officers cut striped bass from an anchored gillnet in Chesapeake Bay. Maryland Department of Natural Resources Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police officers cut striped bass…

Should marlin be Catch & Release only?

  THE continued slaughter of marlin by the long line fleet is creating a lot of anger and disappointment in rec fishing circles. The vast majority of Aussie sport and gamefishermen are vehemently opposed to the commercial exploitation of iconic gamefish like marlin – turning these majestic fish into sushi is not sustainable, nor does…

South Jersey Outdoors First Stripers Weighed

The first keeper striped bass of the year was officially weighed in on opening day March 1, at the Absecon Bay Sportsman, Absecon. Owner Dave Showell actually checked in three keepers that took the store's top three contest prizes for the first stripers caught for the year. Nick Nastasi waltzed into the store with an…

Delaware fishing report

  With stripers reported in the Ocean City Inlet it shouldn't be more than a week or two before jetty and boat fishermen will be catching them in Indian River Inlet. The weekly report from the crew at the Virginia Beach Fishing Center listed good fishing on big stripers, with most fishermen in agreement that…

IGFA looks to future with C&R record claims

  THE IGFA (International Game Fish Association) has caught up with the times and made over 120 salt and freshwater species eligible for record claims by being measured and released, rather than be killed and weighed. Species such as sailfish and tarpon, which are easily damaged if removed from the water, can now be safely…

Rockfish catch under quota despite poaching

  Despite all the rockfish found in illegal nets in recent weeks, the February catch came in below the harvest quota. The preliminary total for the last two days of the reopened season, Friday and Monday, was 82,567 pounds. Combined with the legal harvest early in the month and the fish from the illegal nets,…

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