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…

Saltwater Report

Chesapeake Bay/Inland Waters Dr. Julie Ball notes that anglers taking advantage of recent breaks in the weather to get out on the open water were rewarded with good results. This effort verified that the bigger rockfish moved into the lower Bay, with catches of fish to over 45-pounds reported this week. So now the hunt is…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

N.C. watermen welcome new rule on rockfish catch limits

    By Erin JamesThe Virginian-Pilot© January 22, 2011 It was a sight that appalled Outer Banks anglers. // Bobbing in the waves were hundreds, maybe thousands, of dead striped bass, a catch prized for its fight and sold on restaurant menus as "rockfish." They'd been cut loose from a commercial vessel's nets. Video of…

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