Fish News: A New Year for Fishing

Fish News
A New Year for Fishing

It took a big fish to place in the Bishop Bait and Tackle Rockfish Tournament. Robert Blackwell took first place with a huge, 64 pound 2 ounce fish. Scott Elford came in second with a 47-pound fish. Phil Greasley's 44 lb 15 oz fish earned him third place. All three winning fish were caught by drifting live eels in the Plantation Light area. Congratulations on some impressive fish!
It is simply amazing the number of boats out there fishing in January. Those striped fish have done wonders for our local economy. Striped bass are being caught all along the coast.
It is time to pay your dues for your 2008 membership. Dues will remain at $30 for your family membership.
Reserve February 29 on your calendar. That is when we will be having our annual awards banquet. It is always a fun night. You won't want to miss it! Check out the current edition of the Chum Line at: www.pswsfa.com for a registration form for the banquet. You will need to get us your menu selections in advance. Cost will be $25 per person. There is a child's meal available for kids 10 years old and younger. The club will cover the cost for those but we still need your children registered in advanced also. Chose your meal selections, make out your check to PSWSFA and mail to Dennis Lane at 506 Plantation Lane, Smithfield, VA 23430.
You may also wish to mark April 25th and 26th on your calendar. Dr. Guy Harvey is coming to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science for a benefit Art Show and Auction. For details, visit: www.vims.edu/events/.
Jan. 8, Capt. Max King caught striped bass drifting eels along the oceanfront. They caught a monster, 64.5 pounds, near the 4A buoy.
Jan. 7, Capt. Craig Paige and Dave Boyce fished the Hot Ditch. They caught three citation-sized speckled trout. The had a really large fish break their leader.
Jan.7, Jeff Elmore fished the James River Bridge. They had an awesome evening of catch and release fishing. Casting jigs, they released about 70, fat rockfish up to 32 inches long.
Jan. 7, Dr. Bob Allen took his nephew for his first wire-line trip to the CBBT. They tagged and released 13 rockfish near the 4th island.
Jan. 6, we licked our wounds from the day before. We changed the oil and did other maintenance stuff. In the afternoon, we puttered out of Rudee Inlet and saw a huge fleet of boats. We never got on plane, just put the baits out and trolled up rockfish to 40 inches long.
Jan. 6, Kim Rideout went to the 44 Fathom Wreck and caught all of the sea bass they wanted. They then went looking for tilefish and caught a limit of fish up to 16 pounds.
Jan. 6, Steve Williams fished the 44 Fathom Wreck. They came back with a limit of nice sea bass.

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