Club News

Weekend #1 of the Bonus rockfish Tournament Canceled

The NWS issued SCAs for Saturday and Sunday morning for all or some of the tournament zones. The SCA issued Saturday continued into Sunday morning causing the tournament for both days to be canceled.

Click here to view the Northern Zones SCA for Sunday.

Click here to view the Southern Zones SCA for Sunday.

Bonus rockfish Tournament Status

Small Craft Advisories were issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) in one or all of the tournament fishing zones for Saturday 12/03/2022 and was in effect after sunrise.  As of 6:32 AM, the SCAs are forecast to last through Sunday 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 canceled. 

Therefore, Saturday 12/03/2022 is canceled as a tournament day.

Click here to view the Northern Zones SCA for Sunday.

Click here to view the Southern Zones SCA for Sunday.

If the SCAs remain in effect through Sunday morning as forecast, Sunday will also need to be canceled.

Tournament Update

No entries were submitted for the Leroy Bussels Memorial Tournament. 5 out of the 6 possible tournament days were canceled due to Small Craft Advisories. The next and final tournament begins Saturday 12/3/2022. The target species is Rockfish only. Remember that Rockfish season in Maryland closes on 12/10 however, Potomac River and Vriginia seasons remain open until 12/31.

Leroy Bussels Tournament Results

(after weekend 3)
Rockfish
PlaceAnglerDateWeightWeigh Station
1
Speckled Trout
PlaceAnglerDateWeightWeigh Station
1
Red Drum
PlaceAnglerDateWeightWeigh Station
1

Tales and Scales

Weekend #2 of Leroy Bussels Tournament Canceled

Small Craft Advisories have been issued for both Saturday (11/12/2022) and Sunday (11/13/2022) canceling the tournament weekend. So far the Leroy Bussels Memorial Tournament as been plaque with adverse fishing conditions. Three of the four available tournament days so far have been canceled due to Small Craft Advisories. Please check with your local weather authorities for marine weather conditions before ever leaving the dock. If at all possible practice safe fishing and do not go out fishing alone. Be smart, be safe!

Sunday 11/13/2022 is canceled as a tournament day.

Click here to view the Northern Zones SCA for Sunday.

Click here to view the Southern Zones SCA for Sunday.

Leroy Bussels Memorial Tournament Status

Small Craft Advisories were issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) in one or all of the tournament fishing zones for Saturday 11/12/2022 and was in effect after sunrise.  As of 6:12 AM, the most current SCAs are in effect until Saturday 10:00 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 canceled. 

Therefore, Saturday 11/12/2022 is canceled as a tournament day.

Click here to view the Northern Zones SCA for Saturday.

Click here to view the Southern Zones SCA for Saturday.

Leroy Bussels Memorial Tournament

A SCA was put into effect by the National Weather Service on Saturday @ 10:33 for the northern tournament zones which canceled the first torunament day. Sunday was an official tournament day. The tournament species include Rockfish, Speckled Trout and Red Drum. There has been an upswing in red drum and trout catches using MirrOlures and live bait. The rockfish catches continue to be in the juvenile range with some tournament size in the 24″ to 30″ range fish are being caught. Live spot is the preferred bait for rockfish. Some bird action have been spotted but not real active at this point. Warmer water tempaeratures may have an impact on the lack of fish activity.


Earl Pierotti takes Rockfish Division

Congratulations to Earl Pierotti for taking the Rockfish division of the Octoberfest Tournament. Earl won the division uncontested. The winning fish was 8lbs. 2ozs. There were no fish entrerd for Trout or Puppy Drum (Red Drum) divisions. Although the fishing is not bad for under sized fish, it had been tough to find those tournament class fish.


Octoberfest Tournament Results

(after weekend 3)
Rockfish
PlaceAnglerDateWeightWeigh Station
1Earl Pierotti10/22/20228 lb 2 ozSmith Point Marina
Speckled Trout
(after weekend 3)
PlaceAnglerDateWeightWeigh Station
1No Entries
Red Drum
(after weekend 3)
PlaceAnglerDateWeightWeigh Station
1No Entries

Tales and Scales


Octoberfest Tournament Rescheduled

A motion was made and approved by the board at the Saturday board meeting to reschedule the start date of the Octoberfest Tournament from October 1 to October 8. The tournament will remain 3 weekends long. The reason was that Virginia Rockfish season does not open until October 4 which would have prevented fishing for rockfish in Virginia waters during the first weekend in October.


Final NNAC member meeting September 24

The final member meeting of the year is scheduled for Saturday, September 24 7 PM at the Wicomico Parrish Church. Our guest speaker will be Wayne Young. There will also be a Board meeting before the member meeting scheduled for 5:30.

Wayne Young is an author and authority on many fishing subjects in the Chesapeake but one of his best and favorite talks are on the wrecks and reefs of the Chesapeake Bay. He has tailored a talk just for us focusing on our Northern Neck area of the Chesapeake Bay. You will learn a ton and bring your notebook.

Grab Bag Tournament Results

(after weekend 3)
Spanish Mackerel
PlaceAnglerDateWeightWeigh Station
1Earl Pierotti9/3/20223 lb 0 ozSmith Point Marina
2Robin Cunningham9/3/20222 lb 14 ozSmith Point Marina
3Stuart McKenzie9/3/20222 lb 6 ozLewisetta Marina
4Tom Smith9/3/20221 lb 9 ozBuzzards Point Marina
5Jan Jamrog9/3/20221 lb 9ozBuzzards Point Marina
6Carl Brown9/4/20221 lb 7 ozBuzzards Point Marina
7Tom Hedgpeth9/4/20221 lb 6 ozBuzzards Point Marina
Bluefish
PlaceAnglerDateTimeWeightWeigh Station
1Earl Pierotti9/03/20223 lb 0 ozSmith Point Marina
2Robin Cunningham9/03/20222 lb 3 ozSmith Point Marina
3Tom Smith9/3/20221 lb 13 ozBuzzards Point Marina
4Carl Brown9/4/20221 lb 10 ozBuzzards Point Marina
5Stuart McKenzie9/3/20221 lb 7 ozLewisetta Marina
6Jan Jamrog9/3/20221 lb 6 ozBuzzards Point Marina
7Tom Hedgpeth9/4/20221lb 3 ozBuzzards Point Marina
Please send any errors or ommissions to the club email address. Final results will be posted after COB Thursday.

Tales & Scales

Grab Bag Tournament Status

Small Craft Advisories were issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) in one or all of the tournament fishing zones for Sunday 9/11/2022 and was in effect after sunrise (6:42 AM Kilmarnock, VA).  As of 7:40 AM, the most current SCAs are in effect through Sunday evening.

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 canceled. 

Therefore, Sunday 9/11/2022 is canceled as a tournament day.

Click here to view the SCAs.


Spanish Lessons final Tournament Results

(after weekend 3)
Spanish Mackerel
PlaceAnglerDateWeightWeigh Station
1Earl Pierotti8/20/20224 lb 6 ozSmith Point Marina
2Robin Cunningham8/20/20222 lb 6 ozSmith Point Marina
3Jan Jamrog8/20/20222 lb 1 ozBuzzards Point Marina
4Stuart McKenzie8/14/20221 lb 4 ozLewisetta Marina
Bluefish
PlaceAnglerDateTimeWeightWeigh Station
1Earl Pierotti8/20/20221 lb 13 ozSmith Point Marina
*2Jan Jamrog8/20/20223:271 lb 8 ozBuzzards Point Marina
*3Robin Cunningham8/20/20224:061 lb 8 ozSmith Point Marina
4Tom Smith8/21/20221 lb 6 ozHorn’s Ace Hardware
5Kevin Walsh8/14/20220 lb 8 ozLewisetta Marina
6Stuart McKenzie8/14/20220 lb 7 ozLewisetta Marina
* A tie goes to the angler that weighed in the earliest fish.
Cobia
PlaceAnglerDateWeightWeigh Station
1Earl Pierotti8/6/202223 lb 0 ozSmith Point Marina
2
3
All entries will be made final Thursday 8/25. Please email any omissions/errors prior to Thursday 8/25.

Tails & Scales


NNAC Spanish Lessons Tournament Status

Small Craft Advisories were issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) in one or all of the tournament fishing zones for Saturday 8/13/2022 and was in effect after sunrise (6:18 AM Kilmarnock, VA).  As of 6:18 AM, the most current SCAs are in effect through 10 AM 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 canceled. 

Therefore, Saturday 8/13/2022 is canceled as a tournament day.

Click here for the Northern Zones SCA


Recent member catches – July

Club member meeting held July 23

The club held its July member meeting on July 23. Guess Speakers included Dr. Ivor Van Heerden and Mark Roy. Dr. Heerden discuss weather patterns on the bay, the best weather apps and tools, and weather safety related info to prepare yourself for your next fishing trip. Mark Roy discussed Trolling for Spanish Mackerel and the occasional bull Red Drum or Cobia while trolling. Mark had a variety of tackle he recommends when trolling for macs.


Flounder Bash Tournament Results

Flounder
PlaceAnglerDateWeightWeigh Station
1
2
3
No entries reported.
Cobia
PlaceAnglerDateWeightWeigh Station
1Earl Pierotti7/17/202224 lb 8 ozSmith Point Marina
2
3

Recent june catches

Pierotti takes cobia division; McKenzie Takes White Perch division

Earl Pierotti was the only angler to enter a cobia in the Cobia Classic Tournament to take the Cobia Division. Stuart McKenzie was the only angler to enter a White Perch in the tournament for the White Perch Division. The tournament was hampered by Small Craft Advisiories. There was only one official tournament day out of 4 scheduled days.

Cobia Classic Tournament Results

Cobia
PlaceAnglerDateWeightWeigh Station
1Earl Pierotti6/25/202222 lbs. 6 ozs.Smith Point Marina
White perch
PlaceAnglerDateWeightWeigh Station
1Stuart McKenzie6/25/20228 ozs.Lewisetta Marina

NNAC Flounder Bash Tournament Status

A Small Craft Advisories was issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) in one or all of the tournament fishing zones for Sunday 7/10/2022 and was in effect after sunrise (5:51 AM Kilmarnock, VA).  As of 6:00 AM, the most current SCAs are effective through Sunday evening.

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 canceled. 

Therefore, Sunday 7/10/2022 is canceled as a tournament day.

Click here for the Northern Zones SCA

Click here for the Southern Zones SCA

NNAC Flounder Bash Tournament Status

A Small Craft Advisories was issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) in one or all of the tournament fishing zones for Saturday 7/9/2022 and was in effect after sunrise (5:50 AM Kilmarnock, VA).  The most current SCA was posted at 4:38 effective for the northern zones effective through Saturday evening.

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 canceled. 

Therefore, Saturday 7/9/2022 is canceled as a tournament day.

Click here for the Northern Zones SCA

NNAC Flounder Bash Tournament Status

A Small Craft Advisories was issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) in one or all of the tournament fishing zones for Saturday 7/2/2022 and was in effect after sunrise (5:46 AM Kilmarnock, VA).  The most current SCA was posted at 7:35 effective for the northern zones effective through Saturday evening.

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 canceled. 

Therefore, Sunday 7/2/2022 is canceled as a tournament day.

Click here for the Northern Zones SCA

NNAC Cobia Classic Tournament Status

A Small Craft Advisories was issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) in one or all of the tournament fishing zones for Sunday 6/26/2022 and was in effect after sunrise (5:44 AM Kilmarnock, VA).  The SCA was effective for the zone between Drum Point and Smith Point and was effective until 6:00 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 canceled. 

Therefore, Sunday 6/26/2022 is canceled as a tournament day.

Click here for the Northern Zones SCA

NNAC Cobia Classic Tournament Status

Small Craft Advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) in one or all of the tournament fishing zones for Sunday 6/19/2022 effective between sunrise (5:42 AM Kilmarnock, VA) and noon.  As of 6:00 AM, the most current SCA was posted at 4:31 AM effective through Saturday afternoon.

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 canceled. 

Therefore, Sunday 6/19/2022 is canceled as a tournament day.

Click here for the Northern Zones SCA

Click here for the Southern Zones SCA

NNAC Cobia Classic Tournament Status

Small Craft Advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) in one or all of the tournament fishing zones for Saturday 6/18/2022 effective between sunrise (5:42 AM Kilmarnock, VA) and noon.  As of 6:20 AM, the most current SCA was posted at 6:18 AM effective through Saturday afternoon.

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 canceled. 

Therefore, Saturday 6/18/2022 is canceled as a tournament day.

Click here for the Northern Zones SCA

Click here for the Southern Zones SCA

Cobia Season Opens June 15; NNAC Cobia Classic Tournament starts June 18

The Cobia season is finally here and so are the fish! Club members Capt. Carl and Lee M. landed two cobia over 40″. They had to fight both the adverse weather and the mighty strong fighting fish. Both fished were carefully handled for photos and quickly released unharmed. The fish couldn’t resist the offering of cut bunker.

The Club’s Cobia Classic Tournament begins Saturday June 18. The species include Cobia and White Perch. Following the first day of the tournament is the Club’s 2nd member meeting of the year is Saturday @ 7:00 at Wicomico Parrish Church.

In addition, Horn’s Northern Neck Ace Hardware is hosting their Cobia Tournament. The tournament begins June 15 and goes through June 30. Check their Facebook page for details.

recent catches

NNAC Spring Rockfish Tournament update

There were no rockfish weighed in for the Spring Trophy Rockfish tournament. Bad weather played a big part. 4 days of the 6 possible days were canceled due to SCAs. The other 2 days were hampered by dense fog advisories.

NNAC Spring Rockfish Tournament weekend Status

Small Craft Advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) in one or all of the tournament fishing zones for Saturday 5/22/2022 effective between sunrise (5:48 AM Kilmarnock, VA) and noon.  As of 6:00 AM, the most current SCA was posted at 4:37 AM effective through 10:00 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 canceled. 

Therefore, Saturday 5/22/2022 is canceled as a tournament day.

For a copy of the posted SCA, click here.

NNAC Spring Rockfish Tournament weekend Status

Small Craft Advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) in one or all of the tournament fishing zones for Saturday 5/21/2022 effective between sunrise (5:49 AM Kilmarnock, VA) and noon.  As of 5:49 AM, the most current SCA was posted at 4:37 AM effective through 6:00 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 canceled. 

Therefore, Saturday 5/21/2022 is canceled as a tournament day.

For a copy of the posted SCA, click here.

In addition, NWS states that a SCA may be needed for times during Sunday.  Please pay attention to the local weather authorities for changing weather conditions.

Final Weekdend of Spring Trophy Rockfish tournament may be a blowout

The Spring Rockfish Tournament is ending just as it started in early May with possible SCAs. Please watch the local weather forecasts before heading out on the water this weekend. Also, temperatures are going to be extremely hot so take necessary precautions to keep you cool.

Butler’s Bait & Tackle Open House Moved to Saturday 5/21

Due to inclement weather forecast, Butler’s Bait & tackle have moved their Open House to Saturday 5/21 which is the same day as the Club meeting. NNAC President Ben Ames and VP Tom Hedgpeth will still be on hand to represent NNAC at the event from 10-2 on 5/21.

NNAC Custom mirrOlures at work

Thomas L. was casting a NNAC custom Catch 5 MirrOlure when suddenly this rockfish hammered the bait and gobbled it up headfirst. Thomas along with Ben designed the lure and their effort is already paying off. Nice going Thomas.

Butler’s Bait & Tackle Open House Saturday

Butler’s Bait & tackle are having their annual open house this Saturday 5/14. There will be food, fun and games. In addition, NNAC President Ben Ames and VP Tom Hedgpeth will be representing NNAC at the event from 10-2. Ben and Tom will be on hand to answer questions about the club, hopefully sign-up new members and talk all things fishing and boating.

NNAC Spring Rockfish Tournament weekend Status

Small Craft Advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service in one or all of the tournament fishing zones for Saturday 5/7/2022 effective between sunrise (6:01 AM Kilmarnock, VA) and noon.  In addition, a Gale Warning has been issued in one or all of the tournament fishing zones for Sunday 5/8/2022.

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 canceled. 

Therefore, Saturday 5/7/2022 and Sunday 5/8/2022 are canceled as tournament days.

Click here for a copy of Northern Small Craft Advisory
Click here for a copy of Southern Small Craft Advisory

1st NNAC Tournament of the season begins this weekend

The NNAC Spring Rockfish Tournament begins 5/7. Although Virigina rockfish season does not open until 5/16, Maryland waters of the Bay and Potomac River are open. Unfortunately, the weather outlook does not look favorable for fishing this weekend. Winds and rain are predicted with elevated wave predictions. Please check with the local weather authorities before venturing out. Make sure you have all your safety equipment aboard your vessel. Remember: 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. Good luck and be safe!

Pierotti had a successful tournament practice Day

Earl Pierotti braved the weather forecast today (Friday 5/6) to catch a stellar rockfish. The fish, weighed in at Smith Point Marina topped the scale at 35lbs. 6ozs. with a length of 45.5″. The fish moves Earl back into the top spot in the Best of Species contest. The larger fish are starting to make their move. Earl also released a 33″ fish.

Wild strikes back

Erin Wild landed this trophy aboard the Midnight Sun to take the top spot in the Best of Species contest. The beast weighed a whopping 30lbs. 8ozs. and a length of 44+ inches.

Pierotti strikes first

Earl Pierotti landed the first Best of Species entry of the year with a 44 3/4″ 28 lb. 9 oz. Striper on 5/2/2022.

Opening Striper Season has arrived

Beautiful start to the 2022 Opening Striper season in Maryland and Potomac River.

These pictures were taken aboard the Midnight Sun with Captain Ryan Rogers. NNAC Director Earl Pierotti and friends were aboard to enjoy a beautiful day and a real trophy fish.


NNAC Chesapeake Bay Fishing Seminar

The NNAC Chesapeake Bay Fishing Seminar was held Saturday April 23rd at the Lancaster Community Library. The library was an outstanding venue for the event. There were over 100 people in attendance. There were 6 speaker sessions. Tons of raffle items and door prizes were on hand including MirrOlures , Hats, tackle of all sorts, fishing rod/reel combos, boat cleaning supplies, crab pots, and coolers among others. Also, on sale at the event were the long-awaited highly coveted NNAC custom-made MirrOlures designed by NNAC President Ben Ames in collaboration with Thomas Licht. Donuts, coffee, sodas and water were free to attendees. Best of all, the guest speakers shared their fishing tips, techniques and secrets to catching trophy fish. The U.S Coast Guard was on hand to share what you need to know to keep safe on the water. The 6 sessions covered a variety of topics including trolling for big rockfish, inshore casting for trout, redfish and chumming for cobia and tackle selection. Big announcement at the event, William Clarke of the tackle shop inside Horn’s Ace Hardware will become a weigh station for the club’s tournaments and an Official VA Citation weigh station. It was a very exciting and informative day and can’t wait till next year’s event which will be bigger and better if that’s possible. Thanks to all the volunteers, guest speakers and sponsors for making this event a successful one.

There are videos recordings of 3 of the sessions. Below are the links to the sessions on Youtube.

Captain Ryan Rogers: https://youtu.be/xLuPT4bUEBs

Thomas Licht: https://youtu.be/Stmp5gx7mjU

NNAC Angler of the Year Panel Members: https://youtu.be/dNNQXndntfw

Below are a few memorable moments from event:


Some freshwater action

Earl Pierotti and Jan Jamrog gearing up for the NNAC tournament season by practicing their targeting skills on freshwater species.


Cobia are already showing up in the Bay
Phyllis Withers, of Stanley, NC, caught this cobia while sight fishing with a bucktail in the Chesapeake Bay. (Excerpt from Fisherman’s Post)

Time to Renew your NNAC membership

As we get closer to our fishing seminar, it is a great time to renew your membership. Click here membership details and for the Membership Application/Tournament Liability Statement. Print the form and mail it along with the membership dues to the NNAC mailing address identified on the form.


Holy Crappie!

Robin Cunningham keeping business during the off-season fishing for freshwater Crappie and hitting the jackpot!



New NNAC mailing address!!!

NNAC has a new mailing address. The new address is as follows:
NNAC
PO BOX 202
Burgess, VA 22432

No need to worry if you mailed anything recently. All mail is being forwarded from the White Stone box to the new Burgess box. Please use the Burgess address for any future correspondence.


New Fire Extinguisher Regulations

U.S. Coast Guard has issued a new fire extinguisher regulation effective April 20, 2022. Click here to view the regulation.


2022 Updated fishing Regulations

Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) has published their fishing regulations for 2022. Click here to view the new regulations.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) has published their new rockfish regulations for 2022. Click here to view the regulations.

Potomac River Fisheries Commission (PRFC) has published their fishing regulations for 2022. Click here to view the regulations.


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.