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Summer has made it flat … and that’s a wonderful thing.

Summer has made it flat … and that’s a wonderful thing.

It’s finally starting to get a little flat out there, and we’re not talking about the seas. If you know the deal, flounder have started to make a fantastic showing. Many of the fish are big – as Darrell Green, who was fishing with David Ansell – shows off a couple of Virginia citation-sized flatties caught last week. Sure, the…

The bay’s little, oily fish continues to be a huge issue

The bay’s little, oily fish continues to be a huge issue

Much has been written over the years about the lowliest and arguably most important fish swimming. Menhaden. For years, bunker (as these small oily fish also are known) was the only species controlled in Virginia by the General Assembly. That’s been fixed, as fisheries managers at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission now implement regulations based on federal mandates. While that…

Camden youngster is lured by making baits

Camden youngster is lured by making baits

Hard for some us us to fathom, but these days some third graders are already taking business classes. Landon Brothers is one such kid. His business of choice? Fishing lures. The notion was born from an idea his father – Josh – was tinkering with. And why not, lots of people have decided to make their own tackle as a…

VB Tuna Tournament another success

VB Tuna Tournament another success

Good things sometimes come to those who wait. Team Marlin Maniac fished its one allowed day in the 18th annual Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament and made it count – capturing the lead in the 107-team event. Led by Capt. David Nova, the team decked a 258.3-pound bigeye tuna to take the top prize – bumping Team Lulu and Loriev down…

Virginia Beach tuna fishery takes its turn in the summer tournament season

Virginia Beach tuna fishery takes its turn in the summer tournament season

The 18th annual Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament hit the ocean today, with 107 teams vying for what could be a total prize payout of more than $290,000 – both event records. Mega Byte won last year’s $270,000 event with a three fish total of 282.3 pounds and took home $28,565. Only five boats – including last week’s Big Rock Blue…

Mercenaria for the win – and most than three million bucks

Mercenaria for the win – and most than three million bucks

Team Mercenaria held onto a five-day, start-to-finish lead to capture the overall title at the 64th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. With most boats heading to port this afternoon, Big Rock officials put the official trophy stamp on the board since no big blues are heading to the scales. The 6-day event featured 266 teams and a total prize…

Final day in the Big Rock, has leading team showing nerves of steel

Final day in the Big Rock, has leading team showing nerves of steel

Somewhere off the coast of southern North Carolina, Matthew Brown and his fishing buddies are about as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. The team on the Mercenaria – a Cherrystone-based boat fishing out of Rudee Inlet – has managed to hold onto its lead in the 64th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament…

A little slice of Americana

A little slice of Americana

That’s 6-year-old Savannah Morgan holding a 27-inch gar. Harvey Caldwell is holding the toothy critter for her before releasing it back into the water. Savanah and twin sister Caroline were participating in a wonderful slice of Americana last weekend on the shoreline of a small pond off Knotts Island’s Capps Creek. The small community around the pond served as host…