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Leroy bussels memorial Tournament leaderboards

Results

rockfish

PlaceAnglerDateTimeLBsOZsWeigh Station
1Earl Pierotti11/08/20201:0058Smith Point
2Stuart McKenzie11/08/20203:3756Lewisetta
3Troy Durvin11/21/202012:3550Smith Point
4James Morgan11/21/20201:40414Smith Point
5Tom Hedgpeth11/21/20201:4047Smith Point
6Jan Jamrog11/21/202043Buzzards Point
7Ben Ames11/21/202032Buzzards Point

Speckled Trout

PlaceAnglerDateTimeLBsOZsWeigh Station
1Earl Pierotti11/07/20201:0037Smith Point
2Troy Durvin11/07/20201:00112Lewisetta
3

Puppy Drum

PlaceAnglerDateTimeLBsOZsWeigh Station
1
2
3
No puppy drum entries were recorded.

Preliminary Results
Results will be posted by Wednesday following a tournament weekend after all weigh stations are open and entries are obtained.
You must have a signed Membership/Liability Waiver on file and dues paid in order to participate in a NNAC tournament.


Final weekend for the Leroy Bussells Memorial Tournament

This weekend is the final 2 days for the Leroy Bussells Memorial tournament. Leroy was laid to rest a week ago Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery with great military dignity. Leroy was a retired Sergeant Major, US Army and an avid fisherman. He was originally from the Northern Neck area and growing up in a waterman’s family. Leroy’s wife and family expressed their appreciation to the club for naming this tournament in his honor.

So far the weather conditions look ideal for fishing. Temperature is expected to be in the 60s, north winds are forecasted to be 5 knots and waves 1 foot or less in most of the tournament zones. As we know weather forecasts can change in a minute. Please always check your local weather authorities before venturing out on the water. Looks like lots of keeper-size rockfish are being caught however, the puppy drum and speckled trout catches have dropped off. Fish are being caught live lining spot, trolling and jigging in schools of rockfish. Only 4 fish have been entered so far so its anyone’s tournament at this point. Good luck to all and stay safe.


Leroy Bussells Memorial Tournament Sunday update

The National Weather Service has Small Craft Advisories in effect for all of the tournament zones through at least through noon today, Sunday 11/15/2020. The NNAC tournament rules state:

If there is a National Weather Service Small Craft Advisory (SCA) or higher level warning in effect, or predicted to take effect, within the listed zones between sunrise and 12:00 noon, that fishing day will be automatically cancelled.

Therefore, today, Sunday 11/15/2020 is canceled as a tournament day.


Leroy Bussells Memorial Tournament Saturday update

This weekend is the 2nd weekend for the tournament. The National Weather Service has posted Small Craft Advisories for the southern tournament zones through Saturday 7 AM. The NNAC tournament rules state:

If there is a National Weather Service Small Craft Advisory (SCA) or higher level warning in effect, or predicted to take effect, within the listed zones between sunrise and 12:00 noon, that fishing day will be automatically cancelled.

Since the SCA was in effect between sunrise (6:45 AM, Kilmarnock VA) and noon, Saturday 11/14/2020 is canceled as a tournament day.

The NWS has posted SCAs for Sunday morning 11/15/2020 in some or all of the tournament zones. If this remains in effect between sunrise (6:46 AM, Kilmarnock VA) and noon on Sunday 11/15/2020, Sunday will also be canceled as a tournament day.

Please check with the local weather authorities or the National Weather Service before leaving the dock. Links are available on the Fishing Links page under Weather Links.


Leroy Bussells Memorial Tournament

This weekend is the first of three weekends for the club’s Leroy Bussells Memorial tournament. The weather forecast looks great for both Saturday and Sunday. Tournament starting times are 6:38 AM Saturday and 6:39 AM Sunday. The targeted species include Rockfish, Speckled Trout and Puppy Drum. Please pay attention to the appropriate regulations for the zone(s) you will be fishing in. On your way out to those fishing grounds, please take a minute to remember our friend Leroy. Stay safe and good luck to all participants!

John Elkin was surprised when he pulled up this big Catfish on a Mann’s Stretch while trolling.

NOVEMBER’S LEROY BUSSELLS MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT preview

As we approach the next tournament, anglers will target rockfish, speckled trout and puppy drum once again. There are loads of each species throughout the tournament zones. You will have to weed through all the juveniles to be rewarded with keeper and even trophy size fish as demonstrated by Ben Ames with his 6lb 1oz citation speckled trout and Jan Jamrog with a large bull red drum. Another 6lb 2oz citation size speckled trout was recently caught in the waters of the Great Wicomico. Although puppy drum are plentiful, there are not too many within the mandatory slot limit or they are not as active as the specks but Ivor Van Heerden was able to bag one. Rockfish can be caught either using live spot or chucking artificial baits such as Hyper Stripers or bounce silver jigs over structure. Puppy Drum and Specks are being caught near shore using MirroLures and single/tandem jigs matched with Z-Man Trout Trick plastics. Live minnows are always a good choice too. Be sure to check the regulations for the zone you will be fishing. Virginia, Maryland and the Potomac River have different regulations for these species.


Octoberfest Tournament Wrapped Up Sunday

Sunday 10/18/2020 was the final day for the Octoberfest Tournament. 3 of the 6 tournament days were canceled due to Small Craft Advisories. Some anglers were able to get out and catch some nice fish during the official tournament days.  Especially Ben Ames who landed a 6lb 1 oz speckled trout. The fish placed Ben Ames in 1st place in the Speckled Trout division. The fish also put Ben in the lead in the Best of Species contest in the Speckled Trout category and 2nd in all time Club Record for speckled trout. Earl Pierotti pulled out a last day 5lb 15 oz rockfish to put him atop the leaderboard in the Rockfish division and stretches his lead in the Angler of the Year. Only 2 of the 3 divisions had fish scored speckled trout and rockfish.  Although several puppy drum were caught, none made the minimum size limit. The leaderboards have been updated to reflect preliminary results based on the tournament entries provided by the weigh stations. Please send an email if you discover any omissions, errors, or discrepancies by COB Thursday. Congratulations to all members that participated in the tournament.


NNAC Octoberfest Tournament status

There are currently no adverse weather advisories forecasted for today Sunday 10/18/2020. Therefore unless an advisory is issued before noon, today is an official tournament day as scheduled. Lines in @ 7:17. Good luck to all members and be safe!


NNAC Octoberfest Tournament status

The National Weather Service has issued a Small Craft Advisory for all of the NNAC tournament fishing zones effective through Saturday morning 10/17/2020 . As of 7:16 AM EST, the SCA remains in effect between sunrise (7:16 AM, Kilmarnock VA 10/17/2020) and noon. The NNAC tournament rules state:

If there is a National Weather Service Small Craft Advisory (SCA) or higher level warning in effect, or predicted to take effect, within the listed zones between sunrise and 12:00 noon, that fishing day will be automatically cancelled.

Therefore, today 10/17/2020 is canceled as a tournament day.


NNAC Octoberfest Tournament status

There are no advisories forecasted for today 10/04/2020 by the National Weather Service. Therefore today is an official tournament day. Good luck and fish safe!

Trout are Out

Trout are out there in good numbers and sizes and they are hungry as Earl Pierotti demonstrates here!


NNAC Octoberfest Tournament status

The National Weather Service has issued a Small Craft Advisory for several of the northern NNAC tournament fishing zones effective Saturday morning 10/03/2020 until 11:00. As of 7:10 AM EST, the SCA remains in effect between sunrise (7:03 AM, Kilmarnock VA 10/03/2020) and 11:00 AM. The NNAC tournament rules state:

If there is a National Weather Service Small Craft Advisory (SCA) or higher level warning in effect, or predicted to take effect, within the listed zones between sunrise and 12:00 noon, that fishing day will be automatically cancelled.

Therefore, today is canceled as a tournament day. Click here to view the Advisory in effect.


Next Tournament Octoberfest

The next club tournament, Octoberfest, runs for the first 3 weekends in October beginning on 10/03/2020. The targeted species are rockfish, puppy drum and speckled trout. There are a few key things to remember:

  • When weighing in a rockfish caught in Maryland waters, in addition to the weight, you must also include the length of the fish (to the closest 1/4 inch) on the tournament entry form. This only applies to rockfish caught in Maryland waters. It does not apply to any other targeted species. NNAC must report this information to MD DNR in order to hold a fishing tournament in MD waters. NNAC has the appropriate permits to hold all our tournaments in MD waters.
  • Virginia rockfish season does not start until 10/04/2020. Therefore, if you tournament fish on Saturday 10/03 you cannot keep a rockfish caught in Virginia waters.
  • Virginia, Maryland and Potomac river size and creel limits are different for each targeted species. Please be sure to check the regulations for the waters you plan to fish.
  • If you plan to live-line or chum for rockfish using bait, live or dead, you must use non-offset circle hooks. This applies to Virginia, Maryland and Potomac River waters of the bay. Note Potomac River does not require this in 2020 but it will be mandatory in 2021.

You can click here for a quick guide to regulations for each species. Although this is a quick guide, it is not a substitute for any regulation published by VMRC, MD DNR or PRFC. Good luck to all anglers and practice safe boating while on the water.

If you own a 2020 Cobia Permit, be sure to submit your Cobia catch report to VMRC by the October 21, 2020 deadline. You must submit a report even if you didn’t fish for cobia. Failure to submit a report by the deadline will make you ineligible for a 2021 Cobia permit.


NNAC Final Club Meeting for 2020

The Northern Neck Anglers Club held our last scheduled meeting of 2020 on September 26. Because of the COVID-19 situation in 2020, regular meetings had been challenging. We were able to secure an appropriate location at the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum outdoor pavilion and again, held our September meeting there pursuant to all expected social distancing protocols. We had an solid turnout of almost 30 members, new members, interested parties and participants. Many awards spanning the past two tournaments were handed out. As an adjunct to the slate of outstanding speakers, we discussed current and upcoming fall fishing regulations, tournament plans for the fall, fisheries management and boating safety.

As far as the invited slate of speakers, we started with Buddy Sylvia, Senior Boat Captain with Smith Point Sea Rescue operation who dedicate themselves to boating safety and rescue in the Northern Neck area. We were proud to have Buddy speak to our group and offer not only operational knowledge of their rescue procedures but also some poignant rescue stories. Those certainly outlined dangerous boating practices occasionally evident in the Bay Area. Buddy and his staff do lifesaving work, and of course, need to be supported as they are mostly donation and grant funded. The next two speakers addressed fishing techniques and tips for the upcoming fall rockfish seasons in Virginia, Maryland, and the Potomac River. Doug Gray, owner of Killer Bee bait company and the deck boss on the charter vessel Midnight Sun gave a rundown as to why their fishing operation is one of the best on the bay. Doug had samples of his fall baits to pass around as well as examples of his fine custom rods which have become so popular in and around the Northern neck and other Eastern locations. Doug does exceptional work, is extremely knowledgeable and it was a real treat to have him speak to our group. The third speaker was our own Earl Pierotti, NNAC member and long time sport fisherman in our area. Earl fishes his 25 foot Parker, mostly out of Smith Point, VA. year-round. Earl has landed almost 20 citation fish either himself or on one of his vessels while fishing in the Northern Neck area. His discussion included techniques, visual cues measuring boat speed, water depths for fishing rockfish, bird activity, lure selections, and more. Earl also passed around examples of his baits and tackle. Earl is a big proponent of Doug Gray’s methods and Killer Bee Baits as well. We look forward to a full slate of meetings and a spring fishing extravaganza sponsored by the club in April. There will be more details as we move into the new year.


Next Club Meeting, September 26, 2020
Pavilion @ Reedville Fisherman’s Museum

We are happy to announce we will be having our regularly scheduled September 26 NNAC club meeting. Because of COVID limited facilities options, and because our July meeting was an attendance success, we will again meet on Saturday night 9/26/20 in the outdoor pavilion at the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. As we required in July, we will set seating for proper social distancing and will require masks, just as we did then.

We have an excellent slate of speakers lined up for the event, featuring fishing extraordinaire Doug Grey owner of Killer Bee Baits and custom fishing rods and is the deck boss for Midnight Sun Charters, Buddy Sylvia from Smith Point Sea Rescue (SPSR) will discuss boating safety and services offered by SPSR and Earl Peirotti, current NNAC angler of the year leader, will discuss targeting fall trophy rockfish. Door prizes/raffle and 50/50 giveaway are also on the menu. Make sure you bring your checkbook just in case Doug brings along a few magic Killer Bee baits with him.


NNAC Grab Bag Tournament status

Small Craft Advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service for several of the club’s tournament fishing zones. The NNAC tournament rules state:

If there is a National Weather Service Small Craft Advisory (SCA) or higher level warning in effect, or predicted to take effect, within the listed zones between sunrise and 12:00 noon, that fishing day will be automatically cancelled.

Therefore today 9/20/2020 is canceled as a tournament day.

The advisories were in effect for Saturday and Sunday therefore both days have been canceled as tournament days.


NNAC Grab Bag Tournament status

Small Craft Advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service for several of the club’s tournament fishing zones. The NNAC tournament rules state:

If there is a National Weather Service Small Craft Advisory (SCA) or higher level warning in effect, or predicted to take effect, within the listed zones between sunrise and 12:00 noon, that fishing day will be automatically cancelled.

Therefore today 09/12/2020 is canceled as a tournament day.


NNAC Grab Bag Tournament Update

Small Craft Advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service for several of the club’s tournament fishing zones. The NNAC tournament rules state:

If there is a National Weather Service Small Craft Advisory (SCA) or higher level warning in effect, or predicted to take effect, within the listed zones between sunrise and 12:00 noon, that fishing day will be automatically cancelled.”

Therefore today 09/05/2020 is canceled as a tournament day.


Trophy Red Drum Added to september tournament

For the first time ever, NNAC will be adding Trophy Red Drum to the list of target species for the September tournament. The focus of this exciting new tournament opportunity is to provide a high-quality sport fisheries event while safely returning the fish to the water to fight again This will be a release tournament only. Basically, catches will be photographed with a measuring tape, the entire fish and tape with the length clearly legible and a card with identifying information.  Members should handle the fish gently, have measurement tape and date card readily available so that the fish can be photographed and returned to the water quickly. All NNAC tournament rules apply unless where exceptions for Trophy Red Drum are noted. A complete list exceptions and rules will be available on the NNAC Tournament Rules Page.


SCA wipesout 3rd weekend of the Spanish Lessons Tournament

Small Craft Advisories were in effect between sunrise and 12:00 PM Saturday (8/15) and Sunday (8/16) in 1 or more of the tournament zones. The NNAC tournament rules state, ” If there is a National Weather Service Small Craft Advisory (SCA) or higher level warning in effect, or predicted to take effect, within the listed zones between sunrise and 12:00 noon, that fishing day will be automatically cancelled.” Therefore the final results is listed below.


Spanish Lessons Tournament Update

Weekend 2 of the Spanish Lessons Tournament is in the books. Both days were official tournament days since no SCAs were posted in any of the tournament fishing zones. Target species for the tournament are Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish. There have been large catches of mackerel and bluefish. A few anglers reported hooking Bull Redfish while trolling for Mac and Blues. Don’t be surprised if you luck into hooking a big Redfish or Cobia while trolling for Mackerel or Bluefish. Next weekend is the 3rd and final weekend for the Spanish Lessons Tournament. The following leaderboards will be updated as the weekend catches are reported by the weigh stations.


NNAC Club Meeting Held July 25

It was certainly a welcome occurrence to have convened a meeting of the NNAC last Saturday night under the pavilion at the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum in Reedville. We had an excellent meeting with 25 in attendance. Covid-19 and 90 degree temperatures impacted the total attendance for sure, but those of us deciding to brave the elements and the pandemic had a fun two hours of fishing seminars, a local Boat US presentation, awards, and many questions as the membership seemed to be really plugged into the fishing presentations. Our thanks to Mark Roy, Tom Hedgpeth, Troy Durvin and yours truly for bringing knowledge, techniques, lures, rods, etc. as we discussed Spanish mackerel, blues, and speckled trout. All are active in the waters of the Northern Neck currently and if you can handle the heat, now is a great time to be fishing.


NNAC Welcomes Pride of Virginia as sponsor

Pride of Virginia at Mundy Point has joined forces with NNAC by offering club members a discount on a case of menhaden chum. Sign in to the members only site for details.


Cobia Classic Begins

The club’s Cobia Classic tournament began this past weekend and was off to a great start. Plenty of cobia were caught. The following are pictures of some of the anglers and their fish that were entered in the tournament thus far.


Rockfish Tournament update

Due to the continued Covid-19 restrictions on fishing imposed by VMRC and MD DNR, Rockfish will not be included in the Cobia Classic tournament as previously hoped. Thank you for your understanding and dedication to our club. Hopefully we will be back on the rockfish schedule with our tournaments this fall. We wish everyone best wishes as the Cobia Classic Tournament opens on June 6. Please be safe, wear lots of sunscreen, and send us some great fish pictures!


Trophy Rockfish Tournament Cancelled

Given the restrictions imposed by VMRC and MD DNR on fishing due to COVID-19 situation, the club’s Trophy Rockfish Tournament has been cancelled. However, Rockfish will be added to the target species for the Cobia Classic Tournament.


VMRC Declares Charter Boat Operations as Non-Essential Business

“Charter boat and party boat operations are hereby declared non-essential businesses. This decision has been made based on the directives contained in the Governor’s Executive orders pertaining to social distancing and limitations of the number of people that may be onboard. In addition, a person undertaking a charter or party trip is making a discretionary decision that unnecessarily exposes the customer and the employees to the potential of contamination. Therefore, charter and party operations are prohibited until the Executive Orders expire on June 10, 2020.” Visit VMRC website for more details.


Fishing Seminar and 1st club meeting Cancellation

Due to the national ongoing situation with the Corona Virus (Corvid-19), the planned April 18 fishing seminar in Kilmarnock, VA and the regularly scheduled April 25th club meeting in Wicomico Church are both canceled. We are sorry for the inconvenience but to hold either of these events would be a serious indiscretion given the circumstances. There may be a reschedule of the seminar this summer or fall. The next scheduled club meeting is on for June 27th at the Wicomico Church as planned.


Boatus cooperating group program

The BoatUS Cooperating Group Program is a special partnership program for boating and fishing organizations where BoatUS offers $15 BoatUS Membership dues and 10% off any Unlimited Water Towing Service to club members at no cost. Our club is a participating partner in this program offering our members this discount on new BoatUS memberships or renewals. Don’t forget when it is time to renew your BoatUS membership to use the discount code to receive your discount. For additional details and discount code please check out the Members Only.


Bonus Rockfish Tournament

Congratulations to Tom Smith for winning the Bonus Rockfish Tournament held during the first 3 weekends in December. The tournament was shortened by 3 days due to Small Craft Advisories (SCA). Tom weighed in an 8lb 7oz Rockfish on the final day of the tournament which not only gave him the tournament win but also propelled him from 5th into 3rd place in the Angler of the Year (AOY) contest passing Steve Hedgpeth and Stuart Mckenzie. Ben Ames finished 2nd in the tournament followed by Jan Jamrog and Earl Perotti.  Smith, Ames, Jamrog and Perotti were the only 4 anglers to post fish in the tournament.


2019 Angler of the Year

Congratulations to Jan Jamrog for capturing the 2019 Angler of the Year (AOY) award. Jan finished with 36 points only 4 points ahead of hard charging Ben Ames. Tom Smith rounded out the top three with a final tournament surge by winning the Bonus Rockfish Tournament with an 8lb 7oz Rockfish. Stuart Mckenzie and Steve Hedgpeth finished in a tie for fourth place. It is Jan Jamrog’s 4th AOY title. Jan finished in the top 3 in 5 of the 8 tournaments. A honor well deserved.


Welcome New Officers and Board Directors for 2020

The club members wish a farewell to John O’Connor who is stepping down as club president after a 6-year run. John served as club president for 6 terms. John will remain on the board for 1 year as a director. Ben Ames has taken over the reins as club president from John for 2020. Additional Board changes have been made as a result of the election held in the fall. Visit the About page for Officers and Board of Directors and related club information.


2019 Tournament Format carries into 2020

The 3-weekend tournament format established in 2019 will continue without change for 2020. Visit the Tournament Rules page for specific details. The primary reason for the format was to deal with the cancellations or reschedules due to SCAs. The new format would allow members more opportunities to participate in tournaments.