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Merry Christmas – it’s a day for faith

Merry Christmas from Ellen, Oliver and myself – sucking it up it the cold to get a little holiday shot. Yes, that’s a selfie stick. No judgement, please. And Merry Christmas from the folks  – actually the family – at Lynnhaven Marine. The crew as blessed me with the opportunity to continue my outdoors work after leaving The Pilot. It’s…

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Pops…a wonderful life and a football legacy

Scotty McGee, Percy Harvin, Bubba Jenkins and countless other South Hampton athletes all have one thing in common. “Pops.” Through nearly 60 years of coaching youth football, Sid Pearl had a way of bringing out the best in young men – both on and off the field. Most will tell you he was a father figure, especially the ones who…

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Deer hunting with dogs: another innocent pup gets shot and loses a leg

Don’t like the use of hounds when hunting deer, rabbit or bear? That’s OK. Don’t like hunting of any kind? That’s OK, too. But I’ll tell ‘ya what’s not OK – to shoot or kill of innocent dog out for a day with its buddies and owners living a centuries-old southern tradition. It’s criminal in fact, and a felony if…

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An outdoorsman by heart, it was a backyard cookout game that became a passion

(This tribute has been updated with information on visitation and funeral dates and times) Allan Rockwell grew up fishing and hunting. They were sports he excelled at and they molded him as a person. But an up-and-coming metamorphosis of bean-bag-toss became a central part of his being in the later years of his life. Nobody – OK, maybe a few…

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Call area waterways “Kayakville” Saturday

That’s Amy Angelopoulos with a nice puppy drum while kayak fishing recently. Thanks to Gus Angelopoulos for the photo. The Tidewater Kayak Anglers Association holds its 17th annual Kayak Fish for Charity tournament throughout Virginia on Saturday. You can still participate by attending tonight’s registration and angler meeting at the Lake Wright Convention Center in Norfolk. Entry is $85 and…

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Headboats, fishing and a cocktail

Just when the tradition started is anybody’s guess. But when Fred Feller returned to port after taking people fishing, mates, deckhands, fuel dock attendants and just about everybody at the Virginia Beach Fishing Center knew it was time for a vodka with Five Alive, Fresca or orange juice. That was how Feller unwound after a day on the water. Earlier…

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Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament is a wrap

After taking its lay day on the opening of the 18th annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament, Team Seven stormed onto the leaderboard on Day Two and finished off its run Saturday by jumping into first place – winning the event with 10 billfish caught and released. Team Seven banked $409,500 for the win. Seven bumped two-day leader Katherine Anne into…

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Hurricane Henri = big surf

Hurricane Henri – forecasters bumped it up from a tropical storm just now – already is bringing big surf and dangerous rip currents to the mid-Atlantic coast. Videos from the Outer Banks this morning already are showing overhead and glassy conditions. As the storm passes us on its way to New England states, surf around Hatteras and Virginia Beach could…

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Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament about to finish second of three days of angling

Teams competing in the 18th annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament’s second day of action are rapidly heading west from the Gulf Stream to report Friday’ catches. Only 29 boats out of the 81-team field fished Thursday’s first day, with the Katherine Anne – captained by Backlash Davis – leading the field with 7 white marlin, good enough for a 210-point…

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Wine and women fish for charity

The 19th annual Wine, Women and Fishing Ladies-Only Charity Billfish Tournament concluded Sunday at Southside Marina just inside the mouth of Rudee Inlet. The event is sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation. All the fish caught, trophies and cash awards aside, it’s the weigh-in that signals just what a fun time this tournament is. Organizers have a division…

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