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Special one-month sea bass season in February

Special one-month sea bass season in February

A winter coastal storm sure isn’t the way to start off the special sea bass season, especially when opportuntites for hooking up are becoming more limited. Blame Mother Nature. Blame fisheries managers. A black sea bass season this time of year – when there are only 28 days in the month – doesn’t bode well for lots of action. Weather…

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Whew! Glad that’s over

Whew! Glad that’s over

Looking back on 2020, I figured it was time to paws – those are Oliver Tolliver’s paws in the picture and those of you who follow my social media know I use them as a play on words. I post some of his paw pictures when it’s time for some reflection. And there is no better time as we near…

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Wicked tuna for sure

Wicked tuna for sure

When Chase Robinson passed away, fishing buddy and charter captain Jake Hiles decided that if anyone was going to break his friend’s bluefin tuna record, it would be him. So last February, with bluefin starting to show off the coast, Hiles and Jeff Landis left Rudee Inlet on a voyage to see if they could hook up with a bluefin…

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Rest In Peace, Footer

Rest In Peace, Footer

If you knew Bruce Barefoot, you were lucky enough to know one of Virginia Beach’s true characters. After years of working at the grain elevators in Norfolk after graduating from Bayside High, he finally realized a lifelong dream and opened Footer’s Sports Pub. Over 30-some years, the business grew and along with it his reputation as a serious sports fan,…

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She’s waited a long time for this wall-hanger

She’s waited a long time for this wall-hanger

Layla Knighton sat in the truck with her cousin as minutes that seemed like hours passed. Suddenly, the call on the radio startled the boredom. “They jumped one,” her father, Chris, said. “Get ready, they’re heading your way.” The 15-year-old from Bumpass, headed up a small hill and passed a creek when her cousin shouted: “deer to your right.” “I…

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Gobble, Gobble, Gobble

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble

Driving north on Backwoods Road, just south of the Virginia-NC border, something in the field to the left caught my eye. With no one behind me, I slowed to a crawl and took in the view. At least four dozen turkey working through a recently cut down soy bean field with no care in the world. Hey, it’s deer season…

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Fall blew in for real early Friday morning

Fall blew in for real early Friday morning

Fall, at least in this mind, means fish with spots all over them. You know, speckled trout and crappie. Got a chance last week to join a few long-time buddies on Knotts Island to fish a small pond off one of the creeks that extend from where Back Bay and Currituck Sound trade waters. The target was crappie, or as…

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First responder challenge

First responder challenge

Camden County Sheriff Kevin Jones held up the cake for a picture, then jokingly commented on slipping away to his office with it. Deputies and other staff members laughed, but were having none of such nonsense. That cake was going to be a nice finisher after a meal of barbecue, slaw, beans and fried chicken. The idea of feeding the…

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