Fish News: Pop-up satellite Tags

Fish News
Pop-up satellite Tags

Pop-up satellite tags have been placed in striped bass along Virginia's coast. This particular study is looking at the hook-and-release mortality of large striped bass caught on live eels. This technique has become very popular during Virginia's striped bass fishery.
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/
Feb. 5, Chris and Dave Boyce joined Capt. Craig Paige for some catch and release striped bass fishing at the CBBT. They caught about 35 fish up to 30 inches long at the 3rd island. They were entertained by a group of seals that have taken up residence there.
Feb. 3, Kim Rideout fished the 50-fathom curve. They caught tilefish to 11 pounds, sea bass to over 6 pounds, and a 22 pound snowy grouper.
Feb. 3, the Honeycutts ran out to the 50-fathom curve. They caught dogfish, a lot of dogfish. They also caught sea bass to 4 plus pounds and a few tiles. One was a big one. Brandon caught one that weighed in at 16 pounds.
Feb. 3, Mike Avery headed out to the 50-fathom curve. They caught a lot of dogfish. They also came home with sea bass to 4 pounds and tilefish to 10 pounds.
Feb. 2, Brandon Bartlett fished at Smith Island. They caught a ton of rockfish including a 44-inch release citation and another that weighed-in at 42 pounds.
Feb. 2, Barclay Shepard drifted eels at Smith Island. When I spoke with him, they had boated a 38-pound fish and a few dog sharks.
Feb. 2, we ran up the coast and drifted some eels for Dr. Graves' study. Fishing was not epic for us but anglers using fish type lures were doing well. They were zoned in on bunker. We did catch some spiny dogs, which was OK due to that is another study we were working on. Clipped a DNA sample from each shark. After we managed to get the last tag out, we found some active fish and the guys did a little catching with some spinning rods and Andrij broke out his fly rod and hand-tied fly and caught one. We did catch a fish with a green belly tag in it. We clipped that off prior to the release. It turns out our reward for that one is $125.

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