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If you’re going to sneeze because of all the pollen, you might as well do it on the water

If you’re going to sneeze because of all the pollen, you might as well do it on the water

All that yellow stuff that’s coating anything and everything outside means it’s high time you got fishing. With every passing day and temperatures rising slowly but surely, more and more species are providing opportunities to get in on some great Virginia and North Carolina action. For reference, the picture is of my with a nice king mackerel caught on light…

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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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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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I just wanna go fishing

I just wanna go fishing

He stood on the end of a small floating dock, watching a bobber dance and move as the minnow underneath is pulled and tugged. With one eye on his live bait, he cast an artificial bait into different parts of a small pond in northeastern North Carolina, hoping with every cast of the lure that a strike would result. He…

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Ah, fall … what a great time to enjoy some fishing

Ah, fall … what a great time to enjoy some fishing

Isn’t this a great close-up of a dolphin (Mahi Mahi)? It was sent to us by Capt. Bill Pappas Jr. of Playin Hookey Charters. It’s nice to see people trying different approaches other than the standard “hold your fish up in front of you” photograph. Fish such as dolphin, speckled trout, puppy drum and others all offer creative opportunities. And…

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CARES Act money approved for Virginia fisheries.

CARES Act money approved for Virginia fisheries.

The announcement came last week that the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission had approved Virginia’s plan on how to disperse allocated CARES Act funds among the state’s fishermen and women. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act set aside about $4.5 million to three segments of Virginia’s fishing industry – Commercial Fishing and Aquaculture, Deal or Processor, and Charter-for-Hire.…

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VBBT coming to a close

VBBT coming to a close

Day 1 leader Sea Toy maintained its first day lead after the second day of fishing in the 17th annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament, making it extremely difficult for the rest of the fleet to catch them during today’s final day of fishing. Sea Toy, captained by Bull Tolson, leads the field with 13 billfish – one blue marlin and…

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