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Rudee Angler Report

Saturday and Sunday, VBSF sponsor the Rudee Angler took advantage of favorable weather and Virginia’s special February black sea bass season.

Anglers caught black sea bass, bluefish and even released a few blueline tilefish!

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Healthy Grin Report


Ken and crew on the Healthy Grin hit some wrecks yesterday.

They kept 56 nice sea bass and released lot of bluefish. They also kept a tautog and a hake and released some impressive conger eels.


Dr. Ken Neill, III
IGFA Representative
Past-President, Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association , Inc.
Associate Commissioner Virginia Marine Resources Commission
Commissioner Potomac River Fisheries Commission Contributor

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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 are those measure 73 inches or greater.

Why is this change being made?

Based on the best available landings information, NOAA Fisheries has determined that the Angling category southern area trophy bluefin tuna subquota of 1.8 mt has been reached and exceeded and, therefore, closure of the fishery is warranted.

Who is affected?

Individuals aboard vessels permitted in the Atlantic HMS Angling and Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat permits fishing recreationally in the southern area (defined above) may not retain, possess, or land large medium or giant Atlantic bluefin tuna after 11:30 p.m. on February 20, 2020.

Note that the Angling category fishery for school, large school, or small medium bluefin tuna (27 to <73 inches) remains open in all areas except for the Gulf of Mexico, where NOAA Fisheries does not allow targeted fishing for bluefin tuna because it has been designated as a spawning ground.

Fishermen may also catch and release or tag and release bluefin tuna of all sizes, subject to the requirements of HMS catch-and-release and tag-and-release programs. All bluefin tuna that are released must be handled in a manner that will maximize survivability and without removing the fish from the water.

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Healthy Grin Report

Dr. Ken Neill, III
VBSF Contributor

It was another calm day on the ocean.

The Healthy Grin crew caught sea bass to 5 pounds, but the bite was much slower for us this trip. We hit seven different wrecks and did not keep a limit.

We also caught small bluefish, a big conger eel, and spiny dogfish. Even the dogfish bite seemed slower yesterday.

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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 gaffed at 5:10 am. The fight lasted 53 minutes on a Anglers Envy custom rod paired with a Penn 130vsx. They were drifting a Stinky Tinky.

The existing record of 606 lbs is held by Chase Robinson on the Ate Up. Captain Jake was a part of Chase’s crew that landed the present record.

More details to come! Congratulation!

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