The Flounder Bowl is back!

The “Flounder Bowl” is back. This year’s tournament is scheduled for June 27 with a captains meeting June 26. The tournament will be capped at 120 boats again this year. Online registration is available and encouraged at www.flounderbowl.com . Both anglers and sponsors can join at the Flounder Bowl website. This event is a two-day …

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Weekly Virginia Fishing Report

We endured yet another harsh winter, and now Spring fever is rampant. But with water temperatures still lagging in the low forties, expect a late start to the much anticipated arrival of the first species of the season such as croaker, flounder, bluefish, red drum and black drum. Tautog is still pretty much the only …

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Fish News

      Striped bass regulations have been set. The coastal regulations remain at 1 fish, 28 inches. The bay seasons stay the same with the minimum increased from 18 to 20 inches. The Spring Trophy Season now has a permit required. The minimum has been increased to 36 inches; any fish kept must still …

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Weekly Sportfishing Rundown

Now that spring is officially here, anglers are hopeful that the arrival of new species will jump-start a good early season. The weather is cooperating more lately, so the water temperatures will continue to warm, and flounder and croaker will debut soon. But with water temperatures still lagging, anglers may just have to be patient. …

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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Releases Annual Report

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is pleased to provide you with our 2014 Annual Report. LINK It describes the Commission’s activities and progress in carrying out our public trust responsibilities for the valuable marine fisheries under Commission stewardship. Included in this report are figures displaying the historical trends in stock status or landings for …

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Use your smartphone to find regulations, citation sizes, and state records

The VMRC has recently updated their mobile-friendly website to make it a very useful tool for anglers. Time after time on the water the vhf radio is filled with anglers asking about what they can keep or what a citation for this or that fish is. Now, in one easy location, you can use your …

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Fish News

This is the time of year that I should be reminding you to make sure your fishing licenses are up to date before heading out on your first trip of the season. If you have not purchased your Virginia Saltwater license you may want to wait. License fees are changing again and this time in …

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Virginia Anglers Reel-in over 5000 Citations in 2014

Anglers registered 5,040 trophy-size fish for Citation awards during the 57th Annual Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament that ran from January 1st through December 31st 2014. This was slightly below the 10-year average (2004-2013) of 5,219 Citations and represents an 18% reduction in Citation number from 2013. As they did in the record setting year of …

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Rising Temperatures And Warmer Water

Finally some reasonable weather! With the recent rise in daytime temperatures, anglers are hopeful that the warming trend will break winter’s hold, and jump starting an upward movement in water temperatures. A rise in water temperatures and the arrival of spring will help encourage the striped bass to move into local waters again. As for …

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Good Numbers of Bluefin Tuna Showing

Recreational striped bass regulations will be decided at the March VMRC meeting. The regulations for the bay are pretty set. The minimum size will rise from 18 to 20 inches. Everything else will stay the same except for the spring trophy season. That minimum will rise from 32 to 36 inches and there will be …

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