Category: Angling News

NOAA Closes the Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Southern Area Trophy Fishery for 2020

NOAA News Release The Angling category fishery for trophy bluefin tuna in the southern area will close effective 11:30 p.m., February 20, 2020. The fishery will remain closed through December 31, 2020. The southern area is the area south of 39°18’N lat. (off Great Egg Inlet, NJ), outside the Gulf of Mexico. Trophy bluefin tuna …

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New Pending Virginia State Record Bluefin Tuna

A new pending Virginia State Record Bluefin Tuna was landed today. The fish measured 109 inches and weighed in at 708 lbs. It was caught aboard the Toro, fishing out of Rudee Inlet. Captain Jake Hiles was the angler and Jeff Landis the  mate. The hook up came at 4:17 am and the fish was …

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Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council News

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will meet next week, February 11-13, in Duck, North Carolina. The Council will begin scoping hearings for two amendments that will consider potential changes to the management of summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, and bluefish. For more information visit the link below. http://www.mafmc.org/briefing/february-2020

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SALTWATER SPORTSMAN NATIONAL FISHING SEMINAR TOUR RETURNS

The Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series makes a return to Hampton on Saturday, January 11. The 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. event will be held inside the Mary T. Christian Auditorium at Thomas Nelson Community College. George Poveromo – Host of George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing on the Discovery Channel, and Contributing Editor …

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Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament News

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Dr. Ken Neill, III The VSWSFT Committee met last night. No changes were made to minimum lengths or weights for 2020. The only change was the addition of tripletail to the program as a species eligible for a state record. The initial minimum qualifying weight will be 8 pounds. Tripletail was not added to the …

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VA State Record Albacore Tuna

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A 70-pound 11-ounce Albacore Tuna, sometimes referred to as “True” Albacore or Longfin Tuna, caught on September 22, 2019 by Wendy Brockenbrough of Virginia Beach, VA, has been certified as a Virginia State Record by the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament. Brockenbrough caught the record tuna while deep dropping for swordfish at the Washington Canyon aboard …

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VMRC FINFISH MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE PUBLIC MEETING STRIPED BASS

PUBLIC MEETING ON AN EMERGENCY AMENDMENT TO STRIPED BASS MANAGEMENT 380 FENWICK ROAD, BUILDING 96 FORT MONROE, HAMPTON, VA VMRC COMMISSION ROOM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2019, 6:00-8:00 P.M. AGENDA I. Introductions and Meeting Protocol – P. Geer II. Presentation of Emergency Measures to be Considered at the September 24th Commission Meeting – A. Aspinwall III. …

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SLAM ROD & REEF Tournament

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Virginia Beach Anglers Club and Lynnhaven River Organization are partnering on a tournament to highlight the importance of oyster restoration to healthy fisheries. Join in and fish on restored oyster reefs on the Lynnhaven and Lafayette Rivers. Winning anglers in adult …

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Striped Bass Public Comment Process – Live Stream

In May 2019, the Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board (Board) initiated the development of an addendum to Amendment 6 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass to consider changes to coastwide commercial and recreational regulations to address overfishing. This Draft Addendum presents background on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (Commission) management …

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Virginia’s new state record swordfish is now official!

A 466-pound swordfish, caught on August 16, 2019 by Tony Gower Jr. of Virginia Beach, VA, has been certified as the new Virginia State Record by the Director of Virginia’s Saltwater Fishing Tournament.  Gower’s catch surpassed the existing record of 446-pounds, caught in October 2012, by Joseph T. Harris, of Virginia Beach. Gower made the …

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Late Summer Fishing Action Hot! Changing Regs For Striper Season On The Way

Starting next month, throughout the fall and winter we will publish the fishing reports biweekly.  But be sure and check in more often, because we will post breaking news and trophy fish reports as soon as they come in. With a watchful eye on tropical developments to the southeast, local anglers continue to enjoy the …

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46th Annual White Marlin Open Winners

Ocean City, MD – For the first time in White Marlin Open history there is a two-time champion. Tommy Hinkle’s day 4 catch of 79.5 pounds earned the Ocean City resident a pay day of $1.46 million. Hinkle also won the event in 2008 with a catch of 81 pounds. Chasin’ Tail from Virginia Beach …

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Virginia Beach Invitational Marlin Tournament Results

21 boats fished the Virginia Beach Invitational Marlin Tournament. 109 billfish were released. 15 blue marlin, 87 white marlin and 7 spearfish. RESULTS 1st place tuna- 70.5 pounds caught by Luke Cromwell on Reelin N Dealin 1st place dolphin-38.0 pounds caught by Jack Lewis on TippecanoeTop Junior meat fish angler- 57.0 pound tuna caught by Reef …

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ASMFC Cobia News Release

  Arlington, VA – The Commission’s South Atlantic State/Federal Fisheries Management Board approved Draft Amendment 1 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Atlantic Migratory Group Cobia (Atlantic cobia) for public comment. Atlantic coastal states from Virginia through South Carolina have scheduled their hearings to gather public input on Draft Amendment 1. The details …

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ASMFC NEWS | Atlantic Striped Bass Stock Assessment

Arlington, VA – The 2018 Atlantic Striped Bass Benchmark Stock Assessment indicates the resource is overfished and experiencing overfishing relative to the updated reference points defined in the assessment. Female spawning stock biomass (SSB) was estimated at 151 million pounds, below the SSB threshold of 202 million pounds. Despite recent declines in SSB, the assessment …

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