Saltwater anglers still need to register with state ID program

From Virginia Marine Resouces Commission
With the summer fishing season ramping up, state officials are reminding saltwater anglers to register with the Virginia Fisherman Identification Program if they are required to do so.
The new program went into effect on Jan. 1, and requires everyone who fishes in Virginia’s saltwaters, or for saltwater species in tidal freshwater, to register with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission if they are exempt from buying a saltwater fishing license. Registration is quick, easy and free.
Anglers who buy a Virginia saltwater fishing license of any type are automatically registered.


2 boats collide in the Gulf of Mexico, 3 missing


(AP) – 1 hour ago


GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The Coast Guard is searching for three people Thursday after two boats collided in the Gulf of Mexico off the Mississippi coast.

Lt. Junior Grade Israel Parker said the Eurus London, a 660-foot commercial cargo boat, and the Sandy Point, a 163-foot fishing boat, collided about eight miles south of Gulfport between Cat Island and Ship Island around 8:50 p.m. Wednesday.

Parker said the Sandy Point sank after the collision with 16 people aboard. A pilot boat safely recovered 11 people from the water and transferred them to another fishing vessel, he said. Two additional crewmembers of the Sandy Point made it on their own to the Eurus London.

Coast Guard rescue vessels and helicopters from New Orleans, Gulfport and Mobile, Ala., were participating in the search.

The Sandy Point was owned by Omega Protein Inc. and its home port was Most Point, Miss. Omega Protein operates a processing facility in Moss Point and its ships fish for menhaden, also called pogy, in the Gulf.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Ex-Va. Beach man gets 1st blue marlin catch, release on Reel Escape Charters

Ed Gresham always has high hopes when he comes to Virginia Beach or the Outer Banks.

As a former Beach resident, he knows what kind of fishing area waters have to offer.

He just didn’t think this early in the season could be the time one of his trips would result in his first blue marlin catch and release.


Former Virginia Beach resident Ed Gresham fights his first blue marlin. At left is friend Steve Davis. (Courtesy of Ed Gresham)


Now he has one heck of a story to tell his trout-fishing buddies back in Montana.

“We were all totally surprised,” said Gresham, who was fishing out of Hatteras Landing Marina on Reel Escape Charters with Capt. Rob Loftis. “We were just hoping for some tuna.”

Yellowfin and blackfin tuna were being caught in good numbers before Gresham’s visit. Wahoo were starting to show, and a few billfish had been released.

Gresham and the others on Reel Escape had caught a couple of wahoo and one yellowfin when the blue marlin struck.

“It hit, and I was next up in the (fighting) chair,” said Gresham, a Portsmouth native who taught in the Virginia Beach school system for 40 years before moving to Bozeman, Mont., in 2005. “It was just screaming off line, but it never jumped.

“We just figured by how fast it was going that it was a big wahoo.”

It wasn’t until Gresham had the fish close enough for the mate to gaff that everyone realized it was a small blue marlin of about 90 pounds.

“He went to gaff it and stopped and shouted that it was a blue,” Gresham said. “It finally jumped right there at the boat and threw the hook… gone.”

Since the mate had hold of the leader, Gresham scored a catch and release.

“My first,” said the avid snow skier who visits Virginia Beach about twice a year to see family and friends – and get in a little fishing.

The blue marlin wasn’t the only thing to get away that day.

It’s traditional for an angler catching his first billfish to get tossed into the water back at the docks.

But Gresham managed to dodge the soaking.

“They didn’t really try,” he said. “I think the mate might have wanted to. But I was bigger than him.”

Tiffany Yachts Loses Founder


Tiffany Randolph Cockrell, founder of Tiffany Yachts, Inc., caring husband and father who was a friend to all especially his children, died peacefully at his home on May 13, 2011. His storytelling and sense of humor will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held at Faulkner Funeral Home in Burgess, Virginia at 3:00 PM on Sunday May 15th.

Midnight Sun W.W. Enroughty Trip

When we cleared Smith Point Jetties this morning with Berkley and Tommy Mitchell and their crew of anglers, I was looking out at a calm bay, and I knew an already great day was just going to get better; it doesn’t hurt when you catch a limit of fish before you get all of your lines out either.  Either way it was  a great crew and the perfect day to be on the water.

Thanks again guys, always look forward to seeing and fishing with ya’ll.  Hope you have a great summer, and look forward to seeing ya’ll again this winter.


Don’t know how I was so fortunate to have two awesome groups in one day, but it just worked out that way.  There was a little chop on the bay, but the fish or Wayne Enroughty and his gang didn’t seem to mind.  Had a good jump on our limit, and then we had to wait for a smoking tide to slow down before we could get the rest of them, but it all worked out, and had some nice fish to show for it.

Thanks again Wayne, as I said on the dock, you and your guys are first class, and it was my pleasure to have ya’ll on the boat today.  We’ll see you at the beach in June, and hope ya’ll have a great summer.

Capt. Ryan

Massive Great White Shark seen off Martha’s Vineyard

Buddies out mackerel fishing today came upon a giant great white shark like they’ve never seen before “bumping” and “nudging” a dead whale and then circling their boat off Martha’s Vineyard. The line from the seminal shark flick “Jaws” quickly came to mind for the crew –“We’re gonna need a bigger boat.” The monster of the sea was “20 feet” long, said captain Jeff Lynch of Chilmark. “To see something that big was crazy. It was as big as my boat.” The shark had zeroed in on a dead minke whale that was tangled in lobster gear and died. The shark, he said, kept at the whale but never chomped down —possibly sensing it was long dead.

Big Friday on Midnight Sun Charter!!

We’ve had springs where we’ve caught more fish, but I don’t remember a spring where caught as big of fish as we’ve seen this spring.  Forty inch plus fish everyday, it’s been unbelievable.

I’m telling you, they’re all pretty fish.

Here’s Brian Branson with the toby of the day, and forty-six inch plus Hawg.

Three forty plus inch fish, now that’s some fishing.  Thanks again guys, and look forward to seeing ya’ll in December.


The afternoon was no different, the fish started out biting hard, and thank goodness we caught what we needed before the strong wind and storms came.

Had two more fortys this afternoon.  Thank you so much for coming down and seeing this afternoon Cecil.  It was so nice to see Carol, and a bunch familiar faces.


Kenny and I with Ms. Carol Wood, one of the nicest people, and toughest fishing lady I know.  You and Cecil have been fishing with us for; as hard as it is to believe, 13 years now, and I’ve enjoyed the memories and great trips we’ve shared together.  Thanks again gang!

Capt. Ryan