Club News

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.

Cobia Classic Tournament Starts june 19

The club’s 2nd tournament of the month starts tomorrow June 19. The target species include Cobia and White Perch. Based on feedback from the members attending the last club meeting, White Perch has replaced Croaker as a target species for the tournament. Since the Cobia season had a delayed opening, the tournament is shortened to only 2 weekend (June 19-20 and June 26-27) instead of the usual 3 weekends.

Right now, the conditions for the first day are questionable due to sea conditions. Currently, there is a Small Craft Advisory (SCA) posted for Saturday morning. 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. Please check the National Weather Service (NWS) website before heading out.

You can find links to the NWS website for the different zones on the club’s website. The links can be found in the Weather Section under the Fishing Links menu.

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 Main Street in Kilmarnock. There will be no chairs available so please bring your own chair. We will provide directions.

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.

Zane Oliver will be the 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. 

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Cobia Season is upon us!

Cobia season opens today June 15. That means the first weekend of the 2-weekend Cobia Classic tournament starts this coming Saturday June 19. This is also a reminder that White Perch replaces Croaker for the tournament. Look out for additional updates and emails coming soon.


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.

ANZ537-082300-
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.
ANZ630-082330-
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.