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Fish News: Meetings, Tournaments, and Banquets

Fish News
Meetings, Tournaments, and Banquets

As I road to work today, I noticed that the dogwoods were starting to bloom. That is supposed to be when black drum arrive, typically in April. Both red and black drum will appear on the Eastern Shore seaside sometime in April. Fishing inside the bay will usually start in May.
A new tournament has been planned in anticipation of this, the Black Drum World Championship. It will be held on May 19 and 20. Top prize is $3000 and if you catch a new world record, you win a new truck.
For more information, call 757-787-2460.
Our next club meeting is on April 17. Ric Burnley will speaking on red drum and on outdoor photography. Ric is a professional writer and photographer. He is also a regional editor for SaltWater Sportsman Magazine. Come on out and learn how to catch a drum and how to get the next cover shot.
The Peninsula Chapter of the CCA is holding their annual banquet and auction on April 25. Tickets are $50 for individuals, $75 for a couple. Contact Nelson Ortiz for more information at 757-826-0562.
March 26, Tricia and I made a very brief trip to the Cape Henry Wreck. We were actually heading out to a movie but the flags were not blowing along the way so we made a detour to the boat. We had to be back for when the kids got out of school. Tricia caught 1 tautog. I managed to feed a few without getting a hook in one and we headed back in.
March 24, Barclay Shepard and Matt Rinck fished the Tower Reef for tautog. Using crab and clam, they caught 9 nice tautog. They said that the clam worked better than the crab.
March 24, we had a beautiful day to run offshore and do some bottom fishing. Calm rides out and back, I love it when that happens. We caught fish until my anglers ran out of steam and the coolers ran out of space. We ended up with about 125 blueline tilefish and 50 sea bass. Seven of the tilefish were large enough to register for citations. Steve Martin caught our largest at 15 pounds. It was one of 3 of his over 10 pounds. Phillip Neill also registered 3 citations. Jorj Head registered one.
March 23, Mac McCormick and a merry band of kayak anglers fished the HRBT. The caught striped bass to 31 inches and speckled trout to 22 inches long.

Dr. Ken Neill, III writes a weekly column for The Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman's Association (

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