Virginia and feds clash over oyster restoration

  Joe Fudge, Daily Press file photo State and federal officials are at loggerheads over how to restore oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. In one corner is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which favors building large-scale oyster reefs that are off-limits to the commercial fishing industry. In the other is the Virginia Marine ResourcesContinue reading “Virginia and feds clash over oyster restoration”

1 medivaced from boat that ran aground at Oregon Inlet

One person was medivaced from the charter vessel Carolinian after it ran aground Sunday morning near the Oregon Inlet Bridge. At around 6 a.m. Sunday Coast Guard watchstanders received a call from a a crewmember aboard the Carolinian saying that the vessel had run aground and one person suffered an injury, according to a pressContinue reading “1 medivaced from boat that ran aground at Oregon Inlet”

Yamaha updates production schedule in Japan

Yamaha Motor Co. today announced its updated operating plans for May in Japan. The company said its outboard motors and personal watercraft plants will operate May 9 and beyond. Operational levels will depend on supply conditions for parts, according to Yamaha. The factories will be closed during the “golden week” holidays, which run April 29Continue reading “Yamaha updates production schedule in Japan”

Virginia Fishing Forecast: Week of April 21 to 27

  Hampton Roads The tautog bite has been outstanding as of late. Anglers wanting to get in on the action need to hurry, however, as the season closes on May 1 for nearly two months. Inshore and near-shore wrecks – and portions of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel – all are producing quality fish. Flounder actionContinue reading “Virginia Fishing Forecast: Week of April 21 to 27”

Tautog fishing improves in Delaware

Capt. Rick Yakimowicz, off the all-day headboat out of Fisherman’s Wharf in Lewes, reports some improving tautog action with catches pushing the 9-pound mark. The fish are starting to show in both the ocean and bay in all of the usual rocky nooks and crannies. Capt. Rick said the fish are really snapping at times,Continue reading “Tautog fishing improves in Delaware”

Marines warn anglers to avoid waters off Quantico

Recreational anglers, tournament participants and fishing guides are being warned to stay away from restricted areas on a Potomac River tributary near the Quantico Marine Base. The Virginia military facility recently closed a portion of Chopawamsic Creek, citing security and changes to airfield infrastructure. Maryland and Virginia fisheries managers met with base officers last WednesdayContinue reading “Marines warn anglers to avoid waters off Quantico”

Whale caught in net off Va. Beach frees itself

A young humpback whale that was tangled in a fishing net late last week off Little Island Fishing Pier in the Sandbridge area is believed to have freed itself. The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team, disentanglement experts from the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service wereContinue reading “Whale caught in net off Va. Beach frees itself”

Wounded Warriors spend a day fishing on Chesapeake Bay

The 46-foot bay-built fishing boat had only just picked up speed on its way out of Annapolis harbor yesterday morning. But Sgt. James Nickelson had long shed his crutches and stood watching the buildings of the city shrink into the distance. Rachel Woolf — For The Capital Sgt. Jesse Bowser examines the 33-inch rockfish heContinue reading “Wounded Warriors spend a day fishing on Chesapeake Bay”

Carolina Skiff fined for safety and health violations

Carolina Skiff was cited for 19 safety and health violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The citations, carrying fines of $95,240, were issued after OSHA conducted a follow-up inspection to evaluate the abatement of violations found during a 2008 site-specific targeting program inspection.

Bigger dredge to help keep Oregon Inlet open

The Army Corps of Engineers agreed Friday to move a larger dredge to Oregon Inlet to keep the channel open for commercial fishing vessels, Gov. Beverly Perdue said Friday. The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday threatened to declare Oregon Inlet impassable for commercial vessels, and Perdue vowed to take all necessary steps to keep theContinue reading “Bigger dredge to help keep Oregon Inlet open”

Dover Man Arrested for Commercial Fishing Violations

DOVER, Del.– Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents have arrested a commercial fisherman on charges related to illegally taken striped bass. Paul A. Satterfield, 36, of Dover, was arrested and charged on April 7 with 53 counts of attempting to sell striped bass prior to having the fish lawfully weighed and tagged byContinue reading “Dover Man Arrested for Commercial Fishing Violations”

9 Charged With Rockfish Poaching in Choptank River

PRESTON, Md.- Maryland Natural Resources Police have charged nine recreational anglers from Delaware and Texas for illegally fishing in a designated striped bass spawning area in the Choptank River. The charges come just days before the opening of trophy striped bass season on April 16. On April 9, NRP officers set up surveillance in theContinue reading “9 Charged With Rockfish Poaching in Choptank River”

Tourney names three locations: Cape Charles, Norfolk, Hampton to host this year’s Black Drum Classic May 20-22 2011

  From left are J.E. Smith, Fred Smith, Mark Smith and Jimmy Smith, who were previous winners in the Black Drum World Champion-ship. Now called the Lower Chesapeake Bay Black Drum Classic, it will be held May 20-22. CAPE CHARLES — The Northampton County Chamber of Commerce presents the inaugural Lower Chesapeake Bay Black DrumContinue reading “Tourney names three locations: Cape Charles, Norfolk, Hampton to host this year’s Black Drum Classic May 20-22 2011”

Richmond man missing after boat hit by swell in Oregon Inlet

A 28-year-old Richmond man is missing after a boat was hit by a swell in Oregon Inlet this morning, Coast Guard Cmdr. Billy Mitchell said. Rescue crews, including a helicopter, have been searching since about 8:30 a.m. for Christopher Panchyshyn. He and two other passengers were ejected from the 26-foot boat when it was struckContinue reading “Richmond man missing after boat hit by swell in Oregon Inlet”

N.C. loses commercial fishing biz to Virginia

Fishermen are bypassing North Carolina processing centers for Virginia because of shifting sands, aging bridge and the depth of the Oregon Inlet. This story states N.C. has lost some 971,000 pounds of flounder because the Outer Banks channel weren’t dredged deep enough. Read more: N.C. loses fishing biz to Virginia | Triangle Business Journal

Coast Guard: Reports of illegal fishing charters up over last 2 years

The Coast Guard is warning people who pay to go fishing on the Chesapeake Bay to avoid illegal charter boats. Coast Guard investigators have seen an increase in reports of vessels illegally charging to carry people over the last two years. They say the practice is most common around Kent and Tilghman islands, Rock Hall,Continue reading “Coast Guard: Reports of illegal fishing charters up over last 2 years”

PETA interested in sponsoring ‘Fishing Hurts’ rest stop in Virginia

As a way to boost revenue to help pay for the state’s 42 rest stops, the Virginia Department of Transportation has designed a new program that would allow companies and organizations to pay for sponsorship opportunities at the sites.  The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, is headquartered in Norfolk, VA. TheContinue reading “PETA interested in sponsoring ‘Fishing Hurts’ rest stop in Virginia”

Ethanol and Your Boat On the Dock with Rick Smith

In previous articles we have discussed ethanol blended gasoline (E10) and some of the issues it is creating for the boating community. Unlike your car, typically your boat will sit for weeks at a time between uses (unless you are a commercial fisherman or pro bass angler). This gives ethanol a chance to work havocContinue reading “Ethanol and Your Boat On the Dock with Rick Smith”

Coastal Properties wins pier contract in Virginia

Coastal Properties Management was awarded its second consecutive contract to manage the marina piers at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown, Va. Coastal was awarded the first management contract in 2005 as Yorktown was developing the new facility for use by transient recreational boaters cruising Chesapeake Bay, as well as a base of operations for a localContinue reading “Coastal Properties wins pier contract in Virginia”