Club News

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.

They have arrived

Nice speckled trout caught in the Northern Neck waters off the Bay this week proving that the specks have arrived.

Sturgeon Caught in Net

A Chesapeake Sturgeon was caught in a bunker net this week. This was immediately release as they are protected. Senior folks say they are tremendous eating. There are many more of these in the bay than people think but not like the old days for sure. Click here to see Virginia Sturgeon regulations.

Pending Va. state record for bluefin

A potential new Virginia state record for Bluefin was caught on February 16. The fish measured 109″ and weighed in at 708 lbs. Click here to read more.

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.