Category: Angling News

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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Permanent link to this article: https://vbsf.net/2019/09/09/public-comment-process-and-proposed-timeline-live-stream/

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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Permanent link to this article: https://vbsf.net/2019/08/29/late-summer-fishing-action-hot-changing-regs-for-striper-season-on-the-way/

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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VMRC Meeting Update, Striped Bass, Sea Bass News

  By Dr. Ken Neill, III At yesterday’s VMRC meeting there were a couple of actions directly affecting recreational anglers. The one that will get all of the attention is the closure through emergency action of Virginia’s Spring Trophy Striped Bass seasons. There actually are 3 though we think of them as one: bay, coastal, …

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Permanent link to this article: https://vbsf.net/2019/04/24/vmrc-meeting-update-stripers-sea-bass-news/

Black Sea Bass Season A Success

News, Sea Bass Update – We’ve just wrapped up a very successful February Black Sea Bass Recreational season. The success is due in large part to your cooperation with VMRC staff in gathering information on this popular fishery. This information is vital since the Marine Recreational Intercept Program (MRIP) which typically gathers recreational catch and …

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Black Sea Bass Season Established

By Dr. Ken Neill, III – At this month’s VMRC meeting a February recreational sea bass season was established. It will run the entire month and will be very similar to the February season we had last year: “It shall be unlawful for any person fishing recreationally to take, catch, or possess any black sea …

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NOAA Request for Comments: Proposed Changes to Golden Tilefish Regulations

Noaa Southeast Regional Office Fishery Bulletin;  Request for Comments: Proposed Changes to Golden Tilefish Regulations in Federal Waters of the South Atlantic Region NOAA Fisheries requests your comments on a proposed rule for golden tilefish.  The proposed actions would reduce golden tilefish catch limits based on the most recent population assessment.  The purpose of the action is …

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NOAA Bluefin Tuna Season News

NOAA Fisheries transfers 55 metric tons of Atlantic bluefin tuna quota to the General category for the October through November 2018 subquota period and closes the fishery as of Friday, October 5, 2018. NOAA Fisheries transferred 40 metric tons (mt) from the Harpoon category and 15 mt from the Reserve category and will close the General category …

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