NC Tournament changes take effect for 2011


Two changes take effect Saturday for fishermen participating in the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Saltwater Fishing Tournament.

The tournament is not a competition but a longstanding certification program that recognizes outstanding saltwater catches. The tournament year runs from Saturday to Dec. 31.

For 2011, the division will remove red snapper from the program due to a federal fishery closure. The closure went into effect Jan. 4, 2010, and is not expected to be lifted anytime soon, according to a DMF news release.

Additionally, requirements for a bluefin tuna citation will change to promote the release of larger fish. Currently, a fisherman may receive a citation for landing an 80-pound bluefin tuna or releasing one of any size. Beginning Jan. 1, released bluefin tuna must be at least 70 inches curved fork length to receive a citation. Landed fish must weigh at least 200 pounds, the release said.

For more information, contact Carole Willis, DMF sport fishing specialist, at 252-726-7021 or A list of 2011 requirements can be downloaded via the website at

Tournament changes take effect Saturday | changes, Saturday, effect – News – Jacksonville Daily News


Water too cold for fishing tournament


A high-stakes fishing challenge is now underway in the waters off Virginia and North Carolina. The tournament was supposed to begin over the weekend, but the storm delayed its start.

Registration began in Virginia Beach Wednesday for the Million Dollar Rockfish Fish Challenge, and the tournament got underway Thursday with lines going in the water at 7 a.m.

“It’s almost too cold for everybody,” said fisherman Billy George.

Water too cold for fishing tournament | | Virginia Beach, Va.

Rockfish Challenge….Day One

Here’s the lowdown on the first day of the inaugural Million Dollar Rockfish Challenge taking place out of Marina Shores:

Team Handyman sits in first place with a two-fish total of 73.85 pounds, followed closely by Team Right Hook – featuring professional largemouth bass fisherman Roland Martin – in second, a pound back.

Team Ashton MacKenzie is third at 71.2.

Remember, these are two-fish combined weights.

Anglers are busy looking for that one fish that weighs more than 73 pounds to top the state record and win $250,000, or one that tops 78 pounds to win a million smackers.

The field was surprised by excellent action, especially after the lack of a good bite for the last several weeks. Coastal waters have been too cold.

But teams that traveled 50 or more miles into North Carolina waters, which are deeper along the coast and thusly warmer, enjoyed almost constant action.

With increasing warm temperatures and westerly winds that tend to bring bait closer to shore, catches could improve daily. The tournament concludes Sunday.

Don’t be surprised if teams start scoring triple-digit weights

Rockfish Challenge….Day One | |

Popular tourney sticks to standards in 2011

The 54th annual Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament, which opens Jan. 1, 2011 and runs throughout the year, will see no modifications in its popular citation program.

“The Tournament Committee felt the current citation standards were at appropriate levels, but did discuss lowering the citation weight minimum for spadefish. After a careful discussion, the committee requested a more detailed review of spadefish be provided for their next annual meeting when they will again consider lowering the minimum weight for spadefish,” stated Tournament Director Lewis Gillingham.

Popular tourney sticks to standards in 2011 | | The Daily Times

Rockfish Tournament Date Change Update: Million Dollar Rockfish Challenge – Virginia Beach


Please pay close attention to the schedule update and the tournament payout rules updated below.

Due the severe weather received here in Virginia Beach yesterday, the Million Dollar Rockfish Challenge Registration and Captain’s Meeting will be moved to Wednesday, December 29th at Marina Shores Marina. Registration will begin at 3pm with the rules meeting at 6pm. Tournament fishing days will be moved to Thursday, December 30th through Sunday, January 2nd. The awards banquet will follow the tournaments final weigh-in on Sunday, January 2nd at the big tent located in the Marina Shores parking lot.

It is important to remember that Chesapeake Bay fishing will be allowed on both Thursday, December 30th and Friday, December 31st. BUT since the Bay season closes on the 31st,….. Saturday, January 1st and Sunday, January 2nd  will be coastal fishing only. We have also received permission from the insurance company to keep both the $1,000,000 World and $250,000 Virginia State record cash payouts available provided you leave from a Virginia Port and return to the weigh site in Virginia by boat without making landfall.

Three important points you must follow to qualify for that state and world record payouts are:

  1. You are not allowed to fish over the 3 mile EEZ line.
  2. You must leave from and return to a Virginia Port by boat without making landfall anywhere prior to weighing your fish at Marina Shores Marina.
  3. No payouts will be allowed for fish caught SOUTH of the Diamond Shoals Light.
  4. If you fish in North Carolina Waters, you will need a North Carolina License.

Rockfish Tournament: Million Dollar Rockfish Challenge – Virginia Beach

Coast Guard establishes striped bass hotline to reel in poachers


The Coast Guard has established an Atlantic striped bass hotline to reel in poachers.
As striped bass move offshore, the guard cautions anglers that the fish cannot be caught, harvested or possessed beyond 3 nautical miles. A person caught fishing for stripers in those federal waters is subject to fines starting at $100 per fish.
The Coast Guard is working with the National Marine Fisheries Service to enforce the regulations, which are intended to protect stripers in spawning areas.

To report suspected poaching, call 757-398-6598.

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