Fish News: 2009 Dues and Annual Awards Banquet

Fish News
2009 Dues and Annual Awards Banquet

It is time to start paying our dues for 2009. Dues will remain $30 for a family membership for another year.
Make sure to reserve the evening of February 27. That will be the night of our annual awards banquet. Cost will be $27 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under eating the child's chicken tender meal (children 4 and under are free but we still need to count them). Adult menu selections include: chicken picatta, prime roast beef, and crab cakes with country ham. The Chum Line has a reservation form: http://www.pswsfa.com/chum.pdf
Jan.4, Charles Southall did some wreck fishing up in the bay. They managed to catch a nice mess of tautog for dinner.
Jan. 4, A couple of weeks ago, I was supposed to take outdoor writer, Ken Perrotte out after some jumbo sea bass for an article he is writing. High winds caused us to postpone that trip. We went after striped bass instead. That trip resulted in fish to 57 pounds and a newspaper article:Fredericksburg.com - A monster reward for braving the cold .The predicted weather was much better for this past weekend so I gave Ken a call and told him we were going to hit the offshore wrecks. In addition to helping a writer out, I have been given a bunch of jigs by a new lure company, "Jerk That Jig" Zen Cart!, The Art of E-commerce . They want me to try out their jigs and get them some photos. They sure are some pretty things and I was anxious to give them a try. We were joined by Wes Blow, Chris Boyce, and another outdoor writer, Ric Burnley. Seas were calm and fishing was good. A pleasant surprise was the lack of spiny dogfish out there. We did catch a few dogfish but they were smooth dogs. I guess all the spiny dogs are inshore eating all those eels that the striped bass anglers are feeding them. We hit 3 wrecks and then did some dropping along the 50 fathom curve after we had a box full of bass. We registered a total of 9 citation fish (5 sea bass and 4 tilefish). We had some others which may have gone if we had weighed them. The dogfish were not around but the bluefish sure were, 30-34 inches long. We would be fishing fine, I would see them show on the bottom machine and then everyone would be hooked up. Those things tore up some sea bass and plenty of our bottom rigs. We also caught a handful of triggerfish up to 3.5 pounds. Wes Blow was the hot angler with 4 citation fish. It was Chris Boyce's birthday. He celebrated his 25th by catching his first ever citation sea bass. Everyone on board registered at least one citation (except me). I'm not sure where Ken's article is going. I think Virginia Wildlife but he writes for a number of publications.
Jan.1, Mike Avery eeled along Fisherman's Island. They had 4 bites and boated 3 striped bass. The fish weighed 47, 43, and 25 pounds.

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