Fish News: And the Winners Are...

Fish News
And the Winners Are...

We just had our awards banquet for the 2005 season. This year's event was dedicated to the late Stan and Pete Wallace. Both were former presidents of the PSWSFA and both passed away in 2005, a big loss to the club. It was an honor having some of their family at the banquet.
Everyone had a good time. Matt Rinck and Milton Hudgins did their usual great job. Due to his high point total and his service to the club, Chris Boyce was the obvious choice for Angler of the Year. I expect that this will not be the last year that he wins this award.
The George Robertson Fisherman of the Year Trophy was won by Charles Southall for his past and present service to the club and to the anglers of Virginia.
My favorite award of the evening was a special, Outstanding Contribution Award. We do not give one of these every year but sometimes there is a member that does so much for the club that we just have to give special recognition. This year, we gave this award to a very surprised Di Ortiz. Her expression was priceless.
I won the Dr. Boatwright Annual Rockfish Trophy for a 50-inch rockfish that I caught on Christmas Eve because both my father and my son were too tired to crank in another fish. I won the Critter of the Year Award for catching a porpoise that I thought was a swordfish. I won the Fish of the Year Award for a swordfish that I thought was a tuna. Sometimes, it is better to be lucky than good.
We have chartered the Miss Hatteras for an all day, offshore, bottom-fishing trip. It will be a trip for Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman's Association members and their friends. We will be fishing on April 29. Cost is $90 per angler. This would qualify as a special event, which would put Matt Rinck in charge of it. Matt is very busy with our banquet so I have drafted my wife, Tricia to be in charge of collecting the money and keeping track of who is going. Get Tricia your money to reserve your spot.
If you have not paid your dues for 2006, what are you waiting for?
Our next regular club meeting will be held on March 21. It has become a tradition to have Claude Bain as our first speaker of the year. 2006 will be no different. Come and hear what Claude has in store for us this year.
Windy and cold weather pretty much put a stop to fishing for a few days. With the warm up, look for fishing action to pick back up. Striped bass are still available along the Virginia Beach oceanfront but they are heading back into the bay hard. If you want to keep some, get out there now. Look for a good catch and release fishery to develop in the York River over the next few weeks. Tautog were caught on the wrecks in the Cape Henry area. Big sea bass are plentiful offshore if you can get out between the blows. Action at the Hot Ditch has been slow. Yellowfin tuna action out of the Outer Banks has been very good.

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