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VB Fishing Pier gets a refresh

VB Fishing Pier gets a refresh

A chilly fog rolled in from the Atlantic, making it impossible to see the end of the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier from the Boardwalk. All around, work crews hammered and sawed – busting up the relative quiet of an early spring morning at the Oceanfront. Inside Pier House Bait and Tackle shop, Minnow didn’t seem to notice, much less care.…

“It was the perfect ending”

“It was the perfect ending”

Sandra Scherman sat in silence at a table set up on the edge of an Eastern Shore patch of woods. Her husband, Mike Scherman, sat next to her. Behind them was a handful of close friends – waiting, watching for a deer to come into range of Mike’s rifle. Finally a big buck showed itself and Mike took a shot.…

Pandemic’s silver lining is boating

Pandemic’s silver lining is boating

Lock downs, toilet paper shortages, closed businesses, unemployment – it’s been more than a little difficult to find many silver linings during the year of Covid-19. There are a few and one of the ones we especially can appreciate in our world surrounded by water is fishing and boating. Boat sales and the industries that support the boating and fishing…

It’s time to spring into fishing

It’s time to spring into fishing

Even though spring doesn’t officially begin until Saturday, the region’s angling season decided to jump the gun weeks ago. Fishing opportunities on all fronts have been fantastic when the weather has permitted. We all know how freaking crazy the weather can be this time of year around these parts. Spring’s first day might not invite a lot of trips, with…

A lover of music and people, the angels now sing for him

A lover of music and people, the angels now sing for him

Typing on a tear-soaked keyboard is becoming more of a regular thing than I’d like. But as my group of friends and myself get older, more and more of us are leaving this world. Writing about any of them passing has never been easy. This time around, though, is more difficult than most. Early this morning I heard the news…

If it’s burnt in your memory, why not burn it in wood

If it’s burnt in your memory, why not burn it in wood

Justin Willams wasn’t too fond of school growing up on Hatteras Island. He preferred to surf and fish. But he did like art. So when he moved with his wife to Raphine, Va., and eventually left the custom cabinet business, his mind took him back to those days of drawing and painting. And fishing. “At first I was going to…