Saltwater anglers still need to register with state ID program

From Virginia Marine Resouces CommissionWith the summer fishing season ramping up, state officials are reminding saltwater anglers to register with the Virginia Fisherman Identification Program if they are required to do so.The new program went into effect on Jan. 1, and requires everyone who fishes in Virginia’s saltwaters, or for saltwater species in tidal freshwater,…

2 boats collide in the Gulf of Mexico, 3 missing

  (AP) – 1 hour ago   GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The Coast Guard is searching for three people Thursday after two boats collided in the Gulf of Mexico off the Mississippi coast. Lt. Junior Grade Israel Parker said the Eurus London, a 660-foot commercial cargo boat, and the Sandy Point, a 163-foot fishing boat,…

Ex-Va. Beach man gets 1st blue marlin catch, release on Reel Escape Charters

Ed Gresham always has high hopes when he comes to Virginia Beach or the Outer Banks. As a former Beach resident, he knows what kind of fishing area waters have to offer. He just didn't think this early in the season could be the time one of his trips would result in his first blue…

Tiffany Yachts Loses Founder

  Tiffany Randolph Cockrell, founder of Tiffany Yachts, Inc., caring husband and father who was a friend to all especially his children, died peacefully at his home on May 13, 2011. His storytelling and sense of humor will be greatly missed.A memorial service will be held at Faulkner Funeral Home in Burgess, Virginia at 3:00…

Midnight Sun W.W. Enroughty Trip

When we cleared Smith Point Jetties this morning with Berkley and Tommy Mitchell and their crew of anglers, I was looking out at a calm bay, and I knew an already great day was just going to get better; it doesn't hurt when you catch a limit of fish before you get all of your…

Massive Great White Shark seen off Martha’s Vineyard

Buddies out mackerel fishing today came upon a giant great white shark like they’ve never seen before “bumping” and “nudging” a dead whale and then circling their boat off Martha’s Vineyard. The line from the seminal shark flick "Jaws" quickly came to mind for the crew --"We’re gonna need a bigger boat." The monster of…

Big Friday on Midnight Sun Charter!!

We've had springs where we've caught more fish, but I don't remember a spring where caught as big of fish as we've seen this spring.  Forty inch plus fish everyday, it's been unbelievable. I'm telling you, they're all pretty fish. Here's Brian Branson with the toby of the day, and forty-six inch plus Hawg. Three…

Heritage Fishing with Captain David Fisher

Kemp Lear and the family came aboard the "HERITAGE" on Sunday and as always this brought top notch fishing with them.  Beautiful weather and fishing conditions for some of the nicest people I carry fishing.  Mrs. Lear is in her mid 80's and still the first person down the hill and on the boat....Amazing.  We…

Feds, states concerned about striped bass poaching, mortality

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission remains concerned about striped bass poaching in both Maryland and federal waters, and is working on a comprehensive plan to combat fishing mortality in general, according to officials. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources discovered illegal drift nets and seized more than 12 tons of illegally caught striped bass…

Oregon Inlet, 2011: How we got here

DURHAM -- Within the next few years, Oregon Inlet will likely be permanently closed except to the smallest of recreational boats. Trawlers will have to use Hatteras or Ocracoke inlets or perhaps move to Norfolk, Va. In any event, a way of life must change on the Outer Banks and it's all due to a…

Virginia Fishing Forecast: Week of May 5 – 11

Hampton Roads While red drum numbers will increase in the coming week, other species also are on the menu. One area favorite - tautog - now is in a closed season, though. Flounder catches should be improving as waters around the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay warm. Look for some of the best action to…

Mile Long Illegal Net Filled With 3 Tons of Fish

Maryland environmental authorities said poachers laid out a mile-long net in the Chesapeake Bay that snagged 3.3 tons of striped bass, commonly known as rockfish. Officers from the Maryland Natural Resources Police took several hours to reel the illegal net out of the water off of Tilghman Island on Tuesday. The net had likely been…

New Jersey anglers lose five weeks of fishing for black sea bass

Anglers will lose about five weeks of black sea bass fishing this year under a plan approved Thursday by the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council. This year, they will run from May 28 to Sept. 11 and Nov. 1 to Dec.31. The cutback was not the council’s idea. A 40 percent reduction in landings was…

Police on the trail of rockfish poachers again

They pulled and they heaved and even employed a crane, but the crew members of the M/V A.V. Sandusky couldn't haul in their bounty yesterday: a huge string of illegal fishing nets filled with rotting, stinking fish. Pamela Wood — The CapitalEngineer Ben Gillis of Kent Island, in hat, and mate Jordan Melvin of Grasonville,…

Team Right Hook makes it on the Sea Tow Board at the 2011 MSSA Championship on The Chesapeake

Congratulations to Captain Sammy Fisher and Team Right Hook for their 4th & 6th place Rockfish for the Sea Tow award this weekend. The fish were 31.90 lbs on Friday and 30.60 on Sunday. They accomplished over 60 plus releases which gives them a great shot on winning the Catch & Release Division! 

NRP finds hundreds of pounds of dead striped bass caught in illegal net on Sunday May 1st

BOARD THE SANDUSKY —— Natural Resources Police on Monday morning began pulling more than 600 yards of illegal net filled with hundreds of pounds of dead striped bass.The netting was discovered Sunday by a recreational angler trolling off Tilghman Island.The commercial season has been closed since the end of February and isn't scheduled to reopen…

Si-Tex signs deal with Japanese manufacturer

Tokyo-based Koden Electronics Co. and New York-based Si-Tex Marine Electronics announced an agreement through which Si-Tex will handle all sales, service and customer support functions for Koden products across the United States. Koden is a leading provider of heavy-duty commercial electronics for the workboat, high seas, commercial fisheries and river transportation markets. It provides these…

2011 MSSA Championship on the Chesapeake 28th Annual Spring Tournament

  Home » 2011 Championship on the Chesapeake 28th Annual Spring Tournament Leaderboard Championship on the Chesapeake Starts: Apr 29, 2011 12:00PM Ends: May 1, 2011 4:30PM Description: 28th Annual Championship on the Chesapeake Automated text message leaderboard updates were available during this event. Weigh Station Legend: Bay Bridge Boat Show=BB, Breezy Point=BP, Calvert Marina=CM,…

2011 Rod & Reel Results

2011 Tournament Results - Unofficial     Boat names are listed after Tournament Registration Numbers.  Weights in pounds.   Friday April 29, 2011 Saturday April 30, 2011 Sunday May 1, 2011 1.   124 No Name 43.85   143 Back Draft 38.64 107 Miss Demeanor 45.18 2.   105 Semper Fidelis III 43.50   080…

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet May 11-13 at the Sheraton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront Hotel, 2717 W. Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet May 11-13 at the Sheraton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront Hotel, 2717 W. Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. The meeting is open to the public. The commission is slated to consider options to allow a commercial hook-and-line fishery for striped bass in the Atlantic Ocean. At its February meeting, the…

Boat sales remain above water in metro-east, nationwide

As some homeowners remain underwater and gas prices drown consumer's discretionary incomes, boat sales remain afloat. "There has been a resurgence," said metro-east boat retailer Ken Cope. "It's not perfect, but it's a lot better." Cope, proprietor of Cope Marine in O'Fallon, has seen a flow of customers shopping for water craft. He said his…

Preparation key to Virginia Beach angler’s success

For Beth Synowiec, catching trophy fish doesn't include dumb luck. Beth Synowiec with a trophy speckled trout from the Elizabeth River. Her 2010 success brought her first Expert Angler award from the Va. Saltwater Fishing Tournament. The Norfolk Anglers Club named her Angler of the Year. (Photo Courtesy of Beth Synowiec)   Beth Synowiec with…

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