Category: Angling News

Virginia Beach Fishing Rundown

Speckled trout and puppy drum fishing is great just about everywhere. Some big reds continue to be caught in the Bay and along the coast. There have been good numbers of king mackerel along the Virginia Beach oceanfront the past few days. Large sheepshead continue to be caught on Bay structures. Tog fishing is picking …

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News: It’s time to report cobia info to VMRC

The recreational cobia season has ended. The VMRC reminds us that it’s time to take care of our required reports. They are due by October 21, 2020. If you have questions about how to meet your reporting requirements, you can visit the VMRC recreational cobia website at: https://www.mrc.virginia.gov/regulations/VA-recreational-cobia-fishing.shtm

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NOAA Fishery Bulletin – Billfish

Catch and Release Only For Blue Marlin, White Marlin, and Roundscale Spearfish for the Rest of 2020 in All Areas of the Atlantic Ocean Based on the best available landings information, NOAA Fisheries has determined that the Atlantic blue marlin, white marlin, and roundscale spearfish 250-landings limit has been met and exceeded for 2020. Under …

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South Atlantic Board Releases Atlantic Cobia Draft Addendum for Public Comment

Arlington, VA – The Commission’s South Atlantic States/Federal Fisheries Management Board has approved for public comment Draft Addendum I to Amendment 1 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Migratory Group Cobia. The Draft Addendum was initiated in response to the 2020 quota, which is based on the results of the 2020 Atlantic cobia …

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Mid-Atlantic Council Announces New Mobile App for Recreational Tilefish Reporting

August 24, 2020 Mid-Atlantic Council Announces New Mobile App for Recreational Tilefish Reporting eFin Logbook Provides Anglers a Simple and Convenient Reporting Tool NOAA Fisheries recently implemented new permitting and reporting requirements for recreational tilefish fishermen. All recreational vessel operators (including for-hire operators using their vessels on recreational trips) targeting or retaining golden or blueline tilefish from …

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Tilefish News: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Recreational Tilefish Anglers: Learn How to Obtain a Permit and Report Your Catch Recreational tilefish anglers may soon be subject to new permitting and reporting requirements. Under  proposed regulations published by NOAA Fisheries, private recreational vessels (including for-hire operators using their vessels for non-charter, recreational trips) would be required to obtain a federal vessel permit …

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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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