Fishing

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.…

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“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.…

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Well … at least it ain’t ice

Well … at least it ain’t ice

I’ve jokingly been telling folks that there is no need for me to own a boat or to go down to the shore to wet a line. All I have to do lately is stand on the back deck and cast a lure into the backyard. It’s that wet. And living close to the edge of the Pasquotank River, I…

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There is nothing crappy about winter crappie

There is nothing crappy about winter crappie

Jet airliners roared nearby, either screeching to a halt or powering up for takeoff – seemingly just a few feet away. They didn’t scare a juvenile eagle or a majestic red tailed hawk as they floated effortlessly nearby, searching the surface of Lake Whitehurst’s frigid waters for an easy meal. It was late February and it was cold, just like…

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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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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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