Category: Angling News

Virginia Saltwater Fishing News

By DR Ken Neill III | Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association Virginia Saltwater Fishing News Spring has sprung and a new fishing season is upon us. There have been some changes for this year and likely, there will be more to come. Shark fishing has become even more regulated this year. Anglers fishing for …

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Council Seeks Input on Proposed Changes for Atlantic Cobia Management

Members of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council are soliciting public input on proposed management changes for Atlantic cobia as they consider revising the current management system. Public hearings will be held via webinar with public listening stations beginning January 22, 2018. Information on the proposed changes is now available from the Council’s website at: …

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Virginia State Record Gray Triggerfish Certified

A 6-pound 12-ounce gray triggerfish, caught on November 1, 2017 by Dave Walden of Yorktown, VA has been certified as the initial Virginia State Record for the species by the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament. The record-setting gray triggerfish measured 18.5 inches (TL) and the fish sported a robust 17-inch girth. Walden was bottom fishing off …

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New Virginia Golden Tilefish State Record

A 58-pound golden tilefish, caught on June 27, 2017 by Joshua Jung of Virginia Beach, has been certified as the new Virginia State Record for the species by the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament. The record-setting tilefish measured 47.5 inches (TL) and the roe-laden female sported a 32-1/4-inch girth. Jung was fishing off the Virginia Beach …

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New World Record Spinycheek Scorpionfish

Roger Burnley and a new world record. This 4 pound 6 ounce Spinycheek Scorpionfish has been approved as the All-Tackle World Record by The International Game Fish Association. Roger was fishing at the Norfolk Canyon onboard the Healthy Grin. This is the second IGFA All-Tackle World Record caught on the Healthy Grin this year. Johnny …

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World Record Carolina Hake Certified

The Carolina Hake, caught by Johnny Boyd earlier this year, has been approved as the All-Tackle World Record for the species by the International Game Fish Association. Boyd’s fish weighed 5 pounds 10 ounces when it was weighed at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. The fish was examined at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science …

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New State Record Bluefin Tuna Certified

A 606-pound bluefin tuna, caught on April 6, 2015 by Chase Robinson, of Virginia Beach, has been certified as the new Virginia State Record by the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament. Robinson’s catch surpasses the existing record of 573-pounds, caught in June of 2007 by Frederick “Bo” Haycox of Virginia Beach. Robinson hooked the record-setting catch …

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Virginia Bluefin Tuna Record Broken Again

On April 2nd, Robert Smith on the boat “Bella Donna” captained by David O’Halloran landed a bluefin tuna weighing 576 pounds, good enough to break the existing Virginia state record. Today Captain Jake Hiles running the boat “Ate Up” with crewmembers David Toombs, Phil Casone, Charles Dawson and Chase Robinson on board landed another whopper! …

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Potential VA State Record Bluefin Tuna

VSWFT Committee member, Craig Paige began the certification process for a potential record bluefin tuna that was brought into Rudee Inlet this evening. The fish had a fork length of 102 inches and weighed in at 576.5 pounds. The current record is 573 pounds. The angler was Robert Smith. Speaking with Craig, he said that …

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North Carolina certifies new skipjack tuna record

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new skipjack tuna state record. Matthew Charles Kelly of Chesapeake, Va., reeled in the 32-pound fish Aug. 31 while fishing in the Gulf Stream south of Hatteras Inlet. The previous state record skipjack tuna weighed 22 pounds, 3 ounces, and was caught off …

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New NC State Record Jack Crevalle

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record jack crevalle, a fish commonly caught on ocean reefs. Frank Dalli of Wake Forest reeled in the 49-pound, 1.6-ounce fish April 2 at the Gulf Stream ledge, 65 miles off Wrightsville Beach. It measured 43 inches fork length and had …

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New Local IGFA World Record Blueline Tilefish

Angler: David Cohn, Virginia Beach The International Game Fish Association recently approved the 20-pound, 8-ounce Blueline Tilefish submitted by David Cohen of Virginia Beach as a new All-Tackle World Record. The Blueline Tilefish was caught in July while fishing along the 50-fathom curve at the Norfolk Canyon aboard a Kencraft Challenger, skippered by Jack Reynolds. …

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VA State Record Bigeye Tuna Bested

A 311-pound bigeye tuna, caught on September 25th by Vic Gaspeny, of Tavernier, FL, has been certified as the new Virginia State Record by the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament. Gaspeny’s catch surpasses the existing record of 285 pounds and 12 ounces, caught 10 years earlier in August 2003 by Melvin Bray of Dumfries, VA. Gaspeny …

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Virginia State Record Swordfish Official

State Record Swordfish Shattered A 446-pound swordfish, caught on September 1, 2012 by Joseph T. Harris, of Virginia Beach, VA, has been certified as the new Virginia State Record by the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament. Harris’ catch surpassed the existing record of 381-1/2 pounds, caught over 30 years earlier, by James Alexander of Virginia Beach. …

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NC State Record Gag Grouper, Queen Trigger Caught

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries officially certified two state record fish catches Friday. A Jacksonville man broke the state queen trigger fish record with a 10 pound, 11 ounce fish caught July 3, and a Newport man established the state gag grouper record with a 43 pound, 8 ounce fish caught May …

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