Fish News: TV, Books, and Fishin'
TV, Books, and Fishin'
George Poveromo came to Virginia this summer to record two episodes for his ESPN2 series, George Poveromo's World of Saltwater Fishing. Each show features a member of the PSWSFA. I am in the first show, which will first air on January 10 at 7:30am. It will be shown again on January 16 at 6:30am. Capt. Jorj Head is the local expert in the second show. His show will first air on February 14 at 7:30am and be shown again on February 20 at 6:30am.
There is a new book to add to your fish library, Fishes of the Open Ocean: A Natural History and Illustrated Guide. It is written by Dr. Julian Pepperell and illustrated by Dr. Guy Harvey. I was sent a copy because they used one of my photographs in the book. It is beautifully illustrated and is full of information about pelagic fish throughout the world. It will be a good addition to any angler's library.
Our club's awards banquet will be held on February 26. Cost will be $15 for members. Children eating the kids meal will be free. Everyone must be preregistered so we can give the restaurant our order. Look in the latest issue of the Chum Line for details: www.pswsfa.com/chum.pdf.
It is time to start paying our club dues for 2010. Annual membership is still only $30.
The club's Bishop Bait and Tackle Rockfish Tournament runs the entire month of December. Entree fees are only $10 for club members and $15 for guest fishing with a member. Fish anytime you want, just enter the tournament before fishing.
Dec. 15, Dr. Bob Allen wire-lined the CBBT. They caught a bunch of rockfish to 38 inches long from the high rise to the 3rd island.
Dec. 15, Martin Freed and Ruta Vaskys did a little trolling out of Occohonnock. Within minutes, they were hooked up with a very fat, 48-inch rockfish.
Dec. 14, I ran out of Rudee Inlet with Phillip Neill. We found diving gannets and rockfish about 2 miles off of the beach. We did not keep any rockfish as my goal was to hunt for bluefish while looking for any signs of bluefin tuna in the coastal waters. We left the diving gannets and headed offshore. About 20 miles out, we ran into working gulls. It looked like we had found the bluefish and we had. We caught bluefish in the 32-36 inch range. We also caught rockfish. They liked our bluefish lures just fine. We kept a couple of bluefish and released everything else. Out there, the fish were feeding on little 1.5-inch fish. We never saw any surface bluefin tuna activity but we never got out as far as we had planned.
Dec. 13 was a miserable day weather wise. Capt. Jorj Head was back out there eeling again and had a great day catching multiple large fish. My cousin, Phillip Neill was also out there fishing. It was too rough for him to get out in the bay so he fished for small rockfish inside the York River. He found large rockfish. One was large enough to place 2nd in the Northside Christian Church Striper Tournament. He was not able to repeat as champion because of a 45.12-pound striped bass caught by Scott Coby. Scott was also fishing in the York River out of his kayak.
Dr. Ken Neill, III writes a weekly column for The Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman's Association (www.pswsfa.com).