“Boating Has Been a Favorite American Pastime”

National Marine Manufacturers Association president Frank Hugelmeyer took to Fox Business with an opinion piece on why boating is the ideal summer activity during the Covid-19 pandemic. Echoing the disappointment that many are feeling with canceled vacations, closed community pools and shuttered summer camps — as well as the stress that Covid-19 has had on…

With Passage Blocked, Coast Guard Closes Oregon Inlet: Outerbanksvoice.com

   Oregon Inlet is closed to vessels drawing more than 2 feet, essentially shutting down the charter fishing fleet with four days left in the bluefin tuna season and as Easter week approaches. Petty Officer Kathryn Bruner with the Coast Guard in Wilmington said Saturday that the closing was prompted by the latest U.S. Army Corps…

Anglers Reel In over 5000 Citations in 2014

By Posted by Lynn Burke, Community Contributor Fishing Anglers registered 5,040 trophy-size fish for Citation awards during the 57th Annual Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament that ran from January 1st through December 31st 2014. This was slightly below the 10-year average (2004-2013) of 5,219 Citations and represents an 18% reduction in Citation number from 2013. As…

Outdoors groups join on youth fishing outreach

Two natural resources organizations joined forces to get kids fishing in an effort to connect a generation — increasingly growing disconnected from the outdoors — to nature. The National Professional Anglers Association and the The National Professional Anglers Association recently linked forces to “reach out to a whole generation of kids with no connection to the outdoors,”Wildlife Federation…

NCDMF tags more than 1,000 ocean stripers to study migration

CRFL money funds study of declining population of rockfish - See more at: http://www.northcarolinasportsman.com/details.php?id=4824#sthash.TJBIMs3R.dpuf Rob Alderman 19 hours ago I recently had the opportunity to go on a couple of the 10 fishing trips that are part of a program funded by sales of North Carolina’s Coastal Recreational Fishing License to catch and tag coastal…

N.C. man nabs two massive bluefin tuna two days in a row

By Will Doran, The News & Observer Tribune News Service © January 21, 2015FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. There’s a reason bluefin tuna is expensive. The massive fish are strong, fast and difficult to catch. When Jason Davis set out on his first tuna fishing trip earlier this month, he knew he’d be fighting an uphill battle. That’s…

More Menhaden Than Expected

By PAMELA D'ANGELO Atlantic Menhaden, the tiny fish that, two years ago, created big trouble between Chesapeake Bay environmentalists and commercial fishermen, is surfacing once more. Scientists have found new data that may prove there's more of the fish than once thought. Atlantic Menhaden. Photo by Flickr user Brian Gratwicke. Credit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ Menhaden is eaten…

Anglers face new rockfish regulations starting in 2015

< By Lee Tolliver The Virginian-Pilot © December 31, 2014 VIRGINIA BEACH Willie Zimmerman sauntered down the Virginia Beach Fishing Center docks toward a small tent that was doing little to keep its occupants dry or warm. He dragged with him a fat striped bass that was drawing considerable attention - especially because it was…

Striped bass quota could be cut by 25 percent

Fishery managers are proposing to cut the striped bass quotas for commercial and recreational fishermen by as much as 25 percent because they fear bass are being caught faster than adult fish can replicate. The adult bass population has been declining for seven years and the goal is to reverse the trend within three years.…

Potential World Record Mako Shark Caught on Gulf Coast Beach

By Ben Romans Here’s a bit of advice to any angler who catches a potential record-breaking fish and wants to keep it hush-hush: don’t leave the fish draped out in the back of a pickup truck while making a pit stop for gas in broad daylight. Florida anglers Earnie and Joey Polk learned that lesson…

A mixed season for saltwater anglers; what next? – Outdoors – The News & Advance

  It was the best of times and the worst of times for saltwater anglers casting and trolling for trophy fish along the coast of Virginia the past season. Fishermen who targeted speckled trout, white marlin and red drum enjoyed record-breaking success, according to a recent tally of the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament. Bigeye tuna,…

74 Pound Rockfish Tagged and Released Aboard The Midnight Sun with N.C, Department of Game and INland Fisheries

Congrats to Charlton Godwin and the guys from N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries for catching this HAWG...... The fish was 56" and the certified scale was bouncing between 74 and 75 pounds potential state record, but the coolest part is she was tagged and released to fight another day, I'm sure she was loaded with…

Marlin Magazine: The Biggest Marlin Ever Caught

While there have been bigger marlin landed commercially and by recreational anglers not in accordance with IGFA rules, pictured below are the leading big fish, officially speaking. These are the certified all-tackle world records for black, Atlantic and Pacific blue, striped and white marlin. They represent the ultimate benchmarks for anglers chasing the world's biggest…

Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament Leaderboard

    species weight angler address caught method captures releases AMBERJACK - - - - - - 33 BLACK DRUM 85 lbs Otis Ricks Jr. Virginia Beach Inner Middle Grounds Bait fishing 2 75 BLUE MARLIN - - - - - - 105 BLUEFISH - - - - - - 10 BLUELINE TILEFISH 20 lbs…

Beach-driving may be easier at Cape Hatteras very soon

Bill in Congress would force NPS to roll The famous "Point" at Buxton on Hatteras island may see more anglers fishing if Congress passes legislation sponsored by Rep. Walter Jones Jr., Sen. Richard Burr and Sen. Kay Hagan. Outer Banks anglers and beach visitors could see a relaxation of the National Park Service’s beach-access rules…

Coast Guard rescues man after Ahi capsizes boat

Anthony Wichman of Kauai has quite a fishing tale to tell! The 54-year-old Koloa resident was rescued Friday after a huge Ahi capsized his boat about 10 miles southwest of Port Allen. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a distress call at 7:41 a.m., from Wichman's spouse notifying watchstanders that her husband's 14-foot Livingston boat was…

Coast Guard rescues man after Ahi capsizes boat

Anthony Wichman of Kauai has quite a fishing tale to tell! The 54-year-old Koloa resident was rescued Friday after a huge Ahi capsized his boat about 10 miles southwest of Port Allen. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a distress call at 7:41 a.m., from Wichman's spouse notifying watchstanders that her husband's 14-foot Livingston boat was…

Taking the Long View The Fall & Rise & Fall of Stripers & a Lot of Less-famous Fish

DON'T CALL HIM ISHMAEL. You'd never find Bob Wood in a Herman Melville novel. There's no damp, drizzly November of the soul that would send him out to sea in search of a Moby Dick or even a menhaden. Wood did his boat time during graduate school: day-long cruises on the Chesapeake Bay, dragging fish…

Historic Menhaden Battle Nearing Conclusion in Virginia? | Hatch Magazine – Fly Fishing, etc.

fter the ASMFC (Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission) passed a historic vote in December, quantifying the first ever limits on the commercial harvest of Atlantic Menhaden, the battle to finally recognize the resounding importance of the tiny Menhaden may finally be coming to a positive end in Virginia, the epicenter of the debate. Virginia's fishery…

Coast Guard Strives to Preserve Striped Bass

The pre-dawn January morning was chilled with a light breeze while wisps of fog clung to the distant skylines of Portsmouth and Norfolk.  Slowly, a golden-red sun climbed the horizon, painting the white hull of the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater with a soft light as the crew pulled the ship away from the pier.…

Bluefin Tuna Sells For Record $1.76M In Tokyo

TOKYO (AP) — A bluefin tuna sold for a record $1.76 million at a Tokyo auction Saturday, nearly three times the previous high set last year. In the year’s first auction at Tokyo’s sprawling Tsukiji fish market, a 489-pound tuna caught off northeastern Japan sold for 155.4 million yen, said Ryoji Yagi, a market official.…

NC To Open Short Black Sea Bass Season

December 20, 2012 MOREHEAD CITY – A two-month recreational black sea bass fishing season will open Jan. 1 in both federal and North Carolina waters north of Cape Hatteras. During this open season, the minimum size limit will remain at 12.5 inches, but the bag limit will decrease from 25 fish to 15 fish per…

Commission Votes to Reduce Menhaden Harvest by 20 Percent

  Enlarge Commission Votes to Reduce Menhaden Harvest by 20 Percent The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission on Friday approved an amendment that will reduce the total allowable catch of Atlantic menhaden by 20 percent beginning in 2013. The commission also adopted new biological reference points for biomass based on maximum spawning potential. According to…

More Zebra Mussels Found in Upper Chesapeake Bay

Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists found young zebra mussels attached to buoys off Havre de Grace on December 3. DNR is asking boaters and anglers to be on the lookout for this harmful, invasive mussel. The biologists collected 20 live zebra mussels attached to the concrete anchor blocks for three channel marker buoys.…

Fishing industry suffers setbacks in New Jersey

This is about the big one that got away. Not a fish, but fishing, a sport and an economic engine in decline. In recent years, the sport of saltwater fishing in New Jersey has lost more than one of every 10 jobs lost industry-wide, nearly $200 million in sales and $109 million in contributions to…

Memorial service set for famed fishing-show host

Those whose lives were touched by Capt. Jose Wejebe are invited to attend a Celebration of Life at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the International Game Fish Association Museum in Dania Beach, Fla. See Related Articles Mercury Marine mourns death of fishing show host Wejebe, 54, of Summerland Key, died April 6 after the single-engine plane…

Fishing show host Jose Wejebe likely killed in small plane crash in southwest Florida

Jose Wejebe, the host of a popular TV fishing show, was killed in the Everglades City plane crash Friday, according to the Collier County Sheriff's Office. Crews on scene say the plane's tail number is N548SF. And according to the FAA, the aircraft with that number is registered to Wejebe. Officials we spoke to say…

Fishermen’s rally set for today in D.C

Thousands of coastal recreational fishermen, business owners, commercial fishermen, charterboat and party boat owners and others are expected to descend today on Washington, D.C., for a rally calling for efforts to "Keep Fishermen Fishing."   Set for noon at Upper Senate Park, not far from the U.S. Capitol, “the unified efforts of America's fishermen will…

One Angler Lands Record Black Marlin and Pacific Bluefin Tuna in New Zealand

I'm not sure there has ever been a trip like this in the history of big game fishing. Nathan Adams and his friends were out on his boat in the New Zealand waters when the hauled in two record-sized fish, and several other prize fish. The first confirmed record is a nearly 790-pound black marlin…

NOAA using new method to estimate saltwater recreational fishing

NOAA has begun to use an improved method to estimate the amount of fish caught by saltwater anglers, which will allow rules that fishermen follow to be based on more accurate information, the agency announced this week.   See Related Articles NOAA unveils saltwater fishing agenda NOAA details 2011 hurricane season NOAA seeks comments on…

Manassas angler reels in huge rockfish, state record

During a winter that has witnessed huge inshore bluefin tuna catches and some of the best striped bass fishing in several years, nobody was surprised Friday when word spread that a potential state-record rockfish had been caught. Fishing off Cape Henry with Capt. Tim Cannon on the Bada Bing, Prince William County angler Cary Wolfe…

New limits for Hatteras beach driving in February

Off-road vehicles will be allowed year-round on 28 miles of the seashore and on 13 additional miles between mid-September and mid-March. The remaining 26 miles will be off limits to vehicles. Permit fees haven't been announced yet, but a year-round driving permit will likely cost between $90 and $150. A seven-day permit is expected to…

N.C. commissions to distribute $1.99 million

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries and Wildlife Resources commissions have announced how they will hand out $1.99 million in grants this year. The money comes from the state's Marine Resources Fund, which receives revenue from the sale of saltwater fishing licenses. The grants will be divided into three categories: - "People" will receive $857,369 -…

Mid Atlantic Rockfish Shootout Day 2 Results

Leaders at the end of day 2: Artificial: Fishing Fever 1: 128.30, Fish Bomb II: 125.20, Finfinder II: 124.55, Nearwater: 122.95, Hot Rod 2: 122.85, Legacy I: 122.65, Instigator 1: 122.40 Live: YMurphy’s Irish Pub II: 106.50, Pit Crew II: 106.15, Max King’s Marine I: 100.65, Lady S: 97.55, Coastal Builders: 97.20, Atlas Lucky stripes…

Prominent local developer F. Wayne McLeskey dies

F. Wayne McLeskey Jr., one of the most influential developers in the region, especially in Virginia Beach, died from complications of surgery Friday evening. He was 88. Among his many holdings was the Virginia Beach Fishing Center at Rudee Inlet, and he leased out many shopping centers. In the Beach, he was one of the…

Rockfish tourney makes a big catch – a 265-pound tuna

As striped-bass anglers shuffled their catches in wheelbarrows to the weigh-ins for the ninth annual Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout, most of the crowd descended on a boom straining to lift a huge bluefin tuna onto another set of scales about a hundred yards down the dock. J.T. Holt of Virginia Beach was on Team Pimp Fish…

Maryland Coast Dispatch – Legislators Blast DNR For Rockfish Decision

A delegation of Eastern Shore lawmakers last llegal taking of tons of rockfish around the state. Last February, Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) confiscated 10 tons, or 26,000 pounds, of striped rockfish snagged in illegal gill nets in Maryland waters, prompting Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials to reconsider its data collection and fisheries management…

Chicken Poop Power for Chesapeake Bay

The plant will utilize a process known as anaerobic digestion for breaking down the biodegradable material. The plant will also capture odor emissions, Ferguson said, which had been a concern initially of prison officials at the Eastern Correction Institution and local residents. The state prison currently houses more than 3,000 inmates. The impetus for the…

Boating DUI Crackdown Planned For This Weekend

Virginia authorities will be cracking down on drunken boaters this weekend. Conservation police officers with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will be patrolling the state's waterways, setting up checkpoints and performing breath tests over the weekend. It is part of Operation Dry Water, a national effort coordinated by the National Association of…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 Resources…

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 press…

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 Wednesday…

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 were…

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 he…

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 by…

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 the…

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 Drum…

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 struck…

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,…

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. The…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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,…

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.…

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, and…

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 previous…

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 boat…

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 to…

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 of…

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