Virginia and feds clash over oyster restoration

 

Joe Fudge, Daily Press file photo

State and federal officials are at loggerheads over how to restore oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.

In one corner is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which favors building large-scale oyster reefs that are off-limits to the commercial fishing industry.

In the other is the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, whose scientists prefer smaller reefs that are partly accessible to commercial harvesting.

Also in the mix is the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, which has high-profile professors backing each agency.

In the balance is $2 million that could be used to help revive the beleaguered bivalve, which accounted for $3.8 million in dockside sales in 2009.

The corps, with the backing of VIMS professor Rom Lipcius, wants to continue building a large sanctuary in the Great Wicomico River.

Virginia and feds clash over oyster restoration

1 medivaced from boat that ran aground at Oregon Inlet

One person was medivaced from the charter vessel Carolinian after it ran aground Sunday morning near the Oregon Inlet Bridge.

At around 6 a.m. Sunday Coast Guard watchstanders received a call from a a crewmember aboard the Carolinian saying that the vessel had run aground and one person suffered an injury, according to a press release from the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard station at Oregon Inlet launched a rescue-boat crew and were able to take the boater on board. The boater was taken to shore and transported to the Outer Banks General Hospital.

There is no word on the seriousness of the person’s injury.

A good samaritan was able to help refloat the Carolinian, which was able to make it to port at Wancheese under its own power the release said.

 

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Yamaha updates production schedule in Japan

Yamaha Motor Co. today announced its updated operating plans for May in Japan. The company said its outboard motors and personal watercraft plants will operate May 9 and beyond. Operational levels will depend on supply conditions for parts, according to Yamaha. The factories will be closed during the “golden week” holidays, which run April 29 through May 8.

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Virginia Fishing Forecast: Week of April 21 to 27

 

Hampton Roads

The tautog bite has been outstanding as of late. Anglers wanting to get in on the action need to hurry, however, as the season closes on May 1 for nearly two months. Inshore and near-shore wrecks – and portions of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel – all are producing quality fish.

Flounder action along the CBBT isn’t hot and heavy yet, but some fish are available – especially along the stretch between the second and third islands.

Area bridge-tunnel spans also are holding good numbers of striped bass for catch-and-release action. The Virginia Trophy Season opens May 1 in the Chesapeake Bay and coastal waters.

Eastern Shore

While flounder is the most talked about species this time of year, there is news that red and black drum have started to show.

Action is far from its best, but the run has to start somewhere.

Red drum have been caught in the breakers along the shores of the southern-most barrier islands. Black drum have shown in the backwaters of the same islands.

Anglers anchoring to catch drum need to be extremely aware of the surrounding conditions, as tides and swells can be dangerous in many drum-holding areas.

Flounder catches should be improving rapidly in backwater areas of the eastern side of the Shore, with fish available around Oyster, Wachapreague and Chincoteague.

Near-shore wrecks are holding plenty of tog.

Outer Banks

Catches of yellowfin and blackfin tuna have been outstanding the last couple of days and there’s no reason to think things will change soon.

Many blackfin have topped the 20-pound citation minimum for one of tunas’ tastiest subspecies.

Some dolphin and wahoo have been caught. Catches of both should improve.

There even have been a few sailfish and blue marlin.

Closer to shore, sight casting for big red drum has been good.

Pier and surf

Catches are improving along the lower Chesapeake Bay, where anglers are catching croaker, sea mullet and scattered spot. Most are small, and action has been best at night. Catches have been decent at the Ocean View Fishing Pier. Croaker catches this time of year are best at the James River Pier on the Peninsula.

Along the Outer Banks, flounder catches have been outstanding from the Buxton jetties to Frisco, and in the Hook. Sea mullet and blowtoads are cooperating all along the beach. Bluefish and red drum are hit or miss.

Freshwater

While it’s time to concentrate on largemouth bass, don’t give up on crappie.

Many of these beautifully speckled fish can be found around shoreline cover – especially old fallen timber. Work the deep-side edges with live minnows or jigs for bigger fish.

Bluegill and other bream also are finding their way to the shallows.

Chain pickerel and white perch also have been cooperating on many waters.

Big blue catfish continue to bite in deeper holes of the Chickahominy and James rivers.

Tautog fishing improves in Delaware

Capt. Rick Yakimowicz, off the all-day headboat out of Fisherman’s Wharf in Lewes, reports some improving tautog action with catches pushing the 9-pound mark.

The fish are starting to show in both the ocean and bay in all of the usual rocky nooks and crannies.

Capt. Rick said the fish are really snapping at times, grabbing practically any bait offered.

This is sure a change from their normal finicky patterns.

Of course, the fish can really be tide specific as with many salt and tidal water fish.

The ebb tide can produce the best bite — the water is a taste warmer than the flood — but if we’ve had a lot of rain, that can go out the window fast.

Striped bass are also in the fishing news with good catches coming from the Jersey side of the bay. Anglers using fresh surf clams have had some big trips on nice rockfish as the fish swarm the shallow bays and coves.

It’s a pretty good haul from our side of the bay to the Egg Island Flats where the bulk of the catching has been.

Striper sharpies can probably get a line on the linesiders on the Delaware side from Bowers up, as the fish appear to have pushed northward on the last cold snap.

Bloodworms will also fool stripers, but you sure can’t be squeamish putting them on.

While it’s relatively easy to get fresh clams on the Jersey side, you really have to order ahead over here. Call Lewes Harbor Bait and Tackle or Bill’s Sport shop to secure your bait.

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