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She was almost a grander

She was almost a grander

The day starting off well. The crew on the Reelin’ ‘n’ Dealin’ had gone one-for-three on white marlin and had released a small blue marlin. Sixty-pound class tuna were wearing the crew out. So the move was made to switch to heavier tackle to get the tuna in quicker to avoid sharks and wear-and-tear on the arms and shoulders of…

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VBBT is a wrap

VBBT is a wrap

Sometimes one is good enough. The crew on the Virginia Beach-based Cuttin’ Up caught a 612.5-pound blue marlin on the first day of the 19th annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament and held on to win the event after Saturday’s final day of competition. It was the only fish the team caught during its two allotted days of angling. The fish,…

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Pirate’s Cove tournament is a wrap

Pirate’s Cove tournament is a wrap

The 39th annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament concluded Friday with another shuffling of the leaderboard. Country Girl, with Capt. Charles Foreman at the helm, vaulted from seventh placed to the winner’s spot with 800 points that were tallied from a pair of blue marlin and three sailfish. The effort put $370,000 in the team’s bank account. Country Girl edged out…

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Billfish are the ticket at the PCBT

Billfish are the ticket at the PCBT

Day one of the 39th annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament is on the boards as the 86 teams in the fleet head out to sea for today’s second round of angling. After the first day, Trophy Hunter with Capt. Kenneth Brown is atop the leaderboard with a pair of blue marlin for 500 points. Bill Collector with Capt. Stephen Draughton…

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Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament is a record-breaking wrap

Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament is a record-breaking wrap

The 38th annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament wrapped up Friday, setting payout records for the event. Billfish action moves north to Virginia Beach for the 19th annual Wine, Women and Fishing Ladies-Only Charity Billfish Tournament Sunday out of Rudee Inlet. The 18th annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament starts on the 18th, also out of Rudee. The Pirate’s Cove tournament featured…

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Beach teams fishing for gold

Beach teams fishing for gold

A pair of Virginia Beach teams fishing in the 48th annual White Marlin Open out of Ocean City, Md., are trolling the water of the mid-Atlantic and they nothing shy of nervous. Both are sitting on pots of gold during this, the final day, of the biggest and richest billfish tournament in the world. Mike Atkinson caught an 82.5-pound white…

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“This is how government is supposed to work.” Charter fishing community avoids a day in court and can get back to the business of fishing

“This is how government is supposed to work.” Charter fishing community avoids a day in court and can get back to the business of fishing

Throughout the last couple of weeks, a Norfolk-based lawyer and diehard angler has been working diligently behind the scenes on a Declatory Judgement and Injunction Action designed to get Virginia’s charter fishing industry to full operation. Alex Bell was scheduled to file that 38-page motion on behalf of Matador Sport Fishing Charters Friday morning. But on Thursday, the Virginia Marine…

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Breaking: VMRC updates its requirements for the charter fishing industry

Breaking: VMRC updates its requirements for the charter fishing industry

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission today issued clarifications and modifications to its requirements for the charter fishing industry in the state. After being declared a non-essential business at the outbreak of Covid-19, charter fishing was reopened last Friday per the governor’s orders for Phase I. Many captains complained the the state’s requirements issued May 15 were unclear, as well as…

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