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Next Club Member Meeting is scheduled for July 24

Our next Club member meeting will be held July 24th @ 7:00 PM at the Wicomico Parish Church.

Jan Jamrog will be one of the guest speakers. Jan is a 4-time NNAC Angler of the Year, all-time NNAC Angler of the Year points leader and angling extraordinaire. Jan will provide a presentation with tips and techniques focusing on fishing for Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish.

Susanna Musick will be the other guest speaker. Susanna is a VIMS Marine Recreation Specialist. Topics include Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program, Chesapeake Bay Environmental Forecast and other related topics. This will be an online discussion and Susanna will appear using Zoom technology. Susanna has appeared at past club meetings and we are delighted to have her speak again.

Hope everyone can attend.

Another Beautiful morning on the bay
Small Craft Advisories plague Flounder Bash tournament

Small Craft Advisories wiped out 5 of the 6 scheduled tournament days for July. The only official tournament day for the Flounder Bash Tournament was July 4. The majority of the advisories were posted for the northern tournament zones. As we move further into the hurricane season, hopefully, there will be better weather for fishing. The next tournament is Spanish Lessons. Target species are Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish and Cobia.

Despite the SCAs, the Bay never fails to produce beautiful sunrises day after day.

Flounder Bash Leaderboard Through Weekend #3
Cobia
PlaceNameDateTimeWeightWeigh Station
1Tom Hedgpeth7/4/202112:3534 lb. 13 oz.Smith Point Marina
Final results will be posted by Thursday 7/22. Any omissions should be emailed to the club email address. Email should include angler name, weigh station, species, date/time weighed in and weight.
Flounder Bash tournament update

A Small Craft Advisory was posted for today 7/18/2021 in 1 or more of the tournament northern fishing zones effective between sunrise through 11:00am by the National Weather Service.

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 7/18/2021 is canceled as a tournament day.

Flounder Bash tournament update

A Small Craft Advisory have been posted for today 7/17/2021 in 1 or more of the tournament northern fishing zones effective at 10:37 am by the National Weather Service and runs through Sunday morning. The SCA was posted between sunrise 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 7/17/2021 is canceled as a tournament day.

If the current SCA holds true through tomorrow morning as forecasted, tomorrow will be canceled as well. Please check with the local weather authority before heading out to fish.

Flounder Bash tournament update

Tomorrow, Saturday July 17, begins the 3rd and final weekend for the Flounder Bash Tournament. Target species include Flounder and Cobia.

Striped Bass Season Closure

This is a reminder that Striped Bass season is Potomac River is closed between July 7 – August 20 and in Maryland Bay waters July 16 – July 31. No direct targeting of Striped Bass during these times. Virginia Striped Bass season remains closed during the summer months.

Flounder Bash tournament Weekend #2 update

Not much to report regarding Flounder Bash Tournament activity. Both weekend days were canceled due to Small Craft Advisories posted between sunrise and noon. SCAs were issue in the northern tournament zones for both days. However a few members ventured out to try out their luck. Brian McMenamin and son Ian battled and beat a 46″ cobia that took a live eel. Earl Pierotti and crew bagged a 50″ cobia.

flounder bash tournament Day status

A Small Craft Advisory have been issued for today 7/11/2021 in 1 or more of the tournament northern fishing zones between sunrise and 12 PM by the National Weather Service. The SCA was posted as of 5:53 AM (sunrise 5:53 AM, Kilmarnock VA 7/11/2021).

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 7/11/2021 is canceled as a tournament day.

flounder bash tournament Day status

A Small Craft Advisory have been issued for today 7/10/2021 in 1 or more of the tournament northern fishing zones between sunrise and 12 PM by the National Weather Service. The SCA was posted as of 5:53 AM (sunrise 5:53 AM, Kilmarnock VA 7/10/2021).

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 7/10/2021 is canceled as a tournament day.

Flounder Bash tournament Weekend #1 update

The following are the preliminary results from the Flounder Bash Tournament through weekend #1. Targeted species include flounder and cobia. Saturday 7/3 was canceled due to Small Craft Advisories however, no advisories were posted on Sunday 7/4 so it was an official tournament day. No flounder were recorded and only 1 cobia was entered by Tom Hedgpeth. The cobia bite has been very active over the past couple weeks. It seems like the cobia cannot resist a live eel. However, neither can the bluefish. If you find yourself fighting rays using live eels, more than likely bluefish are shredding your eel and the rays finish what the bluefish left behind. Remember to check your bait regularly. If you do manage to get out and cobia fish, remember it is mandatory to report your trip with VMRC. Hopefully, the weather conditions will cooperate a little more over the next two tournament weekends.

Recent catches
flounder bash tournament status

A Small Craft Advisory have been issued for today 7/3/2021 in 1 or more of the tournament northern fishing zones between sunrise and 12 PM by the National Weather Service. The SCA was posted as of 5:49 AM (sunrise 5:49 AM, Kilmarnock VA 7/3/2021).

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 7/3/2021 is canceled as a tournament day.

cobia classic tournament update

The following are the results reported by the weigh stations. No cobia were reported for the tournament.

Cobia Classic Tournament Final Results
White Perch
PlaceNameDateTimeWeightWeigh Station
1Earl Pierotti6/27/20214:100 lb. 14 oz.Smith Point Marina
2Stuart McKenzie6/27/20214:000 lb. 13 oz.Lewisetta Marina
3Robin Cunningham6/27/20214:110 lb. 11 oz.Smith Point Marina

Final results will be determined by Thursday 7/1. Any omissions should be emailed to the club email address. Email should include angler name, weigh station, species, date/time weighed in and weight.

Club Member Meeting Review

The 2nd club meeting was held Saturday June 26 at Chesapeake Boat Basin Sales Office in Kilmarnock. On hand at the meeting was Zane Oliver of Northern Neck Sportfishing to share his into how to successfully catch a variety of fish from Cobia to Spanish Mackerel. He answered numerous questions from the attendees. Clay Holcomb, president of Chesapeake Boat Basin offered a presentation on boat maintenance that can help keep your vessel in tip top shape for years of problem free fishing. The meeting was hosted at Chesapeake Boat Basin Sales Office. A lot of extremely useful information was provide by both guest speakers. The next meeting will be July 24 at Wicomico Church.

Capt. Zane Oliver of Northern Neck Sportfishing sharing his fishing techniques and secrets.
Clay Holcomb, president of Chesapeake Boat Basin addresses the attendees. The meeting was hosted at Chesapeake Boat Basin Sales Office. Chesapeake Boat Basin has been a long time supporter and tournament weigh station for the NNAC.

Cobia Classic Tournament catch entry form update

White Perch has only been added recently to the Cobia Classic tournament. Unfortunately, the current tournament catch entry form does not have White Perch category. If weighing in a White Perch, just cross out Croaker and write in White Perch on the form. The form will be updated next season to correctly reflect White Perch.

Cobia Classic Tournament Status update june 26

A Small Craft Advisory have been issued for today 6/26/2021 in 1 or more of the tournament northern fishing zones between sunrise and 12 PM by the National Weather Service. The SCA was posted as of 5:45 AM (sunrise 5:45 AM, Kilmarnock VA 6/26/2021).

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 6/26/2021 is canceled as a tournament day.


Cobia Classic Tournament Status update june 25

Tomorrow begins the final weekend for the Cobia Classic Tournament. The 1st weekend was canceled due to Small Craft Advisories. Hopefully, this weekend conditions will cooperate. There are lots of cobia out there to be caught. Always check with the local weather authorities before venturing out. Good luck to everyone!


Next Club Member Meeting is scheduled for June 26

Our next Club member meeting will be held June 26th @ 7:00 PM at the Chesapeake Boat Basin Sales Center on 405 N. Main Street in Kilmarnock. Chesapeake Boat Basin is family-owned and operated and conveniently located in Kilmarnock, VA. Chesapeake Boat Basin can provide you with the latest and best in marine products to make your outdoor living more enjoyable. They specialize in offering the latest innovations in boating technology. They combine a wide variety of products with a friendly and knowledgeable staff to meet all of your boating needs. Their goal is to make Chesapeake Boat Basin your one-stop dealership for sales, service, and fun! Chesapeake Boat Basin has been a long time supporter of the NNAC and for years has been a dedicated weigh station for the club’s tournaments. There will be no chairs available so please bring your own chair.

Clay Holcomb, president Chesapeake Boat Basin, will be a guest speaker and will provide a presentation on boat and motor maintenance. Discussions will include general required maintenance for boats and motors, especially an emphasis on keeping your warranties intact, and selective annual maintenance what should be done to keep your equipment in great shape. From oil changes to water pumps, impellers, spark plugs, filters, etc., it all matters, and manufacturers vary on their recommendations.

Zane Oliver will be a guest speaker for the evening. Zane is 30 years old and has been the owner and operator of Northern Neck Sportfishing since March 2016. He grew up in Westmoreland County and have been working on the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River his entire life mostly crabbing and fishing. Since 2016, he fished around 150 days a year from May- December. He also guides sea duck hunting trips from mid-December through January with Capt. Jeff Rankins. Between chasing rockfish in May up the Potomac River to chasing schools of bull Red Drum across the bay he strives to make everyday a successful trip and learns something new every time to apply to his next trip. 


Cobia Classic Tournament Status update june 20

A Small Craft Advisory have been issued for today 6/20/2021 in 1 or more of the tournament fishing southern zones through at least 12 PM by the National Weather Service. The SCA was posted as of 5:44 AM (sunrise 5:44 AM, Kilmarnock VA 6/20/2021). Therefore, today 6/20/2021 is canceled as a tournament day.


Cobia Classic Tournament Status update

Small Craft Advisories have been issued for today 6/19/2021 in 1 or more of the tournament fishing zones through at least 11 AM this morning by the National Weather Service. The SCAs were posted as of 5:43 AM (sunrise 5:43 AM, Kilmarnock VA 6/019/2021).

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 6/19/2021 is canceled as a tournament day.


some Recent Catches

NNAC Member Meeting Update

The first NNAC club meeting of the year was held Saturday 5/22 under the pavilion at the Reedville Fisherman’s Museum. It was a full house with nearly 40 members in attendance.

Meeting Highlights included:

  • New member introductions
  • The 2020 AOY Earl Pierotti was recognized for his stellar performance during the 2020 season that allowed him to secure the AOY Award.
  • Reviewed “Ask the Pros” event.  By a show of hands, most of the members attending the meeting also attended the event.
  • Club president Ben Ames presented a discussion on fishing analysis tools offered by Salt Strong
  • Club VP Tom Hedgpeth discussed proposed changes to this year’s tournament format, schedule and regulations for Cobia.
  • There was a discussion regarding the rules and dates for the Trophy Redfish Challenge. It was determined that further clarification was needed.
  • Earl Pierotti and Tom Hedgpeth held an interactive discussion on fishing for Cobia in preparation ahead of the Cobia Classic tournament next month.
  • The evening ended with a few raffle items, including a cobia starter pak, some inshore soft plastics paks, a 50/50, and a $25 gift card door prize to RW’s Sport Shop.

The next member meeting will be held on June 26. The location is yet to be confirmed.


Spring Rockfish Tournament Results

None of the club’s official weigh locations reported any fish weighed in for the club’s first tournament of the season. Seems like unfavorable weather conditions and the low number of fish being caught may have contributed to the outcome.

Despite the results, Earl Pierotti and Robin Cunningham were able to enter eligible fish in the Best of Species contest. These are the first 2 entries for the season. You can check out the Best of Species Standings page for details.


Spring Rockfish Tournament update

Once again the weather does not seem to want to cooperate. The National Weather Service has issued Small Craft Advisories in 1 or more tournament zones for today Saturday May 8.

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 5/08/2021 is canceled as a tournament day.

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Tidal Potomac from Cobb Island to Smith Point-
439 AM EDT Sat May 8 2021

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT


REST OF THE OVERNIGHT
W winds 15 kt with gusts to 20 kt. Waves
2 ft.

TODAY
NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to 30 kt. Waves 2 to 3 ft.
A chance of showers.

TONIGHT
NW winds 15 to 20 kt. Gusts up to 30 kt... diminishing to
20 kt late. Waves 2 to 3 ft.
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Chesapeake Bay from Smith Point to Windmill Point VA-
633 AM EDT Sat May 8 2021

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING


TODAY
W winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming NW 15 to 20 kt in the late
morning and afternoon. Waves 1 to 2 ft, building to 3 to 4 ft. A
chance of showers until late afternoon.

TONIGHT
NW winds 15 to 20 kt, diminishing to 10 to 15 kt after
midnight. Waves 3 to 4 ft, subsiding to 2 ft late.

Spring Rockfish Tournament update

The weather would not cooperate for the first full weekend of the Spring Rockfish Tournament. The National Weather Service issued Small Craft Advisories (SCAs) for both days thus canceling the tournament weekend. There are reports of some big fish being caught in the Potomac River and upper reaches of the Bay but the fish are few and far between.


Spring Rockfish Tournament

The club’s first tournament of the season “Spring Rockfish” will begin this weekend and lasts for 3 weekends. The target species is Rockfish (Striped Bass). It is important to note that Virginia Rockfish season is closed until May 15th. Only Maryland waters of the Bay and the Potomac River are eligible for targeting Rockfish. Reminder that Maryland requires that you record the length of any rockfish you check in for a tournament. It must be recorded to the nearest 1/4 inch. So when you complete the weigh-in form, in addition to the weight be sure to include the length. This information is sent to MD DNR following the tournament.

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439 AM EDT Fri Apr 30 2021

SYNOPSIS FOR THE TIDAL POTOMAC AND MD PORTION OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY

A strong cold front will continue to exit the region as high
pressure builds back into the region through the weekend. Gale force
 winds are expected Friday and Friday night. Small Craft Advisories
may need to be extended for portions of the waters through
Saturday.

The weather outlook for Saturday is not ideal however Sunday looks perfect. Be sure to check the weather forecast before heading out fishing. If a Small Craft Advisory (SCA) is posted between sunrise (Kilmarnock VA Zip Code) and noon on any tournament day for any of the zones, the tournament will be canceled for that day. If you have a question, please send it to the club’s email address.

Reminder that you must have a signed 2021 Membership/Liability Form on file and membership dues paid in order to be eligible to participate in club tournaments.


club tournament season begins may 1

Seemed like a long winter but the club’s tournament season is finally upon us.. The club’s 1st tournament “Spring Rockfish” begins May 1 and goes for 3 weekends. The tournament species is Striped Bass (Rockfish). Since Virginia Striped Bass season does not open until May 15, the first 2 tournament weekends will be open only to Maryland and Potomac River tournament zones. The 3rd weekend will include those zones in Virginia. Please familiarize yourself with the latest regulations from all 3 fisheries and pay close attention to the weather before heading out. If a Small Craft Advisory (SCA) is posted between sunrise (Kilmarnock VA Zip Code) and noon on any tournament day for any of the zones, the tournament will be canceled for that day. Current Tournament standings will be posted on the website. If you have a question, please send it to the club’s email address.

Reminder that you must have a signed 2021 Membership/Liability Form on file and membership dues paid in order to be eligible to participate in club tournaments.


The Club’s “Ask the Pros” Event is “in the box

The NNAC conducted a hugely successful opening seminar on Saturday August 24th. The club’s first ever “Ask the Pro’s Day” was attended by over 50 Chesapeake Bay fishing fanatics at the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. Club experts manned tables highlighting tackle, photos, maps, gear and especially sharing fishing secrets covering fishing tactics for all sport fishing species available in the Bay and surrounding tributaries. The crowd arrived early and stayed late asking questions and viewing the displays. The membership table garnered 13 new members and several renewals to the Northern Neck Anglers Club. Thanks to all the club experts that took the time to share their knowledge of fishing the bay and for the attendees for taking their time to come out and see what the club has to offer. This event will surely be repeated from time to time because the interest was high. If you missed it this year, you won’t want to miss it again.


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.