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…

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…

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,…

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…

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,…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

More dead fish spotted as ocean trawling resumes

  State officials spotted 251 dead fish off Oregon Inlet and on the beach at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Thursday as the commercial season for striped bass reopened for two days under new rules meant to reduce losses. More fish might be found in the surf and along beaches Friday morning, a spokeswoman for…

Three tons of striped bass seized in illegal fishing net

http://www.abc2news.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=7500   Three Tons of Illegally Caught Rockfish video   Natural Resources Police made quite a catch this morning on the Eastern Shore -- what they described as an illegal net filled with three tons of rock fish. And while not all crime involves guns and drugs, I couldn't help but note the poaching sting…

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