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:The Virginian-Pilot; :Mar 4, 2007; :Sports; :51

O U T D O O R S R E P O R T

Plenty of fishing action as waters warm

BY LEE TOLLIVER THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT • Reach Lee Tolliver at 757-222-5844 or [email protected]

The recent taste of spring weather has many anglers gearing up for an influx of species to target. Meanwhile, plenty of action is available.

Striped bass appear to be on the move toward spring spawning grounds. Many anglers working the mouths of rivers and the middle Chesapeake Bay are reporting lots of fish as heavy as 20 pounds. Bay waters remain off-limits for keeping striped bass, but exciting catch-and-release action can be found.

Lots of big striped bass remain available along the Virginia and North Carolina coasts, but catches could start to wane as inshore waters warm.

Tautog are making excellent showings around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, inshore wrecks and at some wrecks near the Chesapeake Light Tower.

Julie Ball of Virginia Beach scored a pending International Game Fish Association world 8-pound-test record with a 15-pound, 10-ounce tog caught last week.

Big sea bass are plentiful around deep-water wrecks off the coast. Anglers targeting the tasty species also are collecting a few blueline tilefish and grouper.

Speckled trout and puppy drum remain in the Hot Ditch area of the Elizabeth River near the I-64 high-rise bridge. Leroy Schorr of Norfolk landed a 7-4 speckled trout there last week.

On the freshwater side, blooming flowers and budding trees signal a start to crappie fishing on river systems and lakes. Bigger fish likely are starting to stage around structure in water 8 to 15 feet deep. A run of sunny, warm days will push many speckled perch toward shallow spawning locations, where they are easy targets.

Yellow and white perch action also can be excellent. Some of the biggest yellow perch are caught this time of year around Indian Town Creek in Northeastern North Carolina.

Largemouth bass also will be more active as waters warm and fish migrate to shallows while chasing bait schools.

A promise to fish: More than 1,500 people made a fishing promise last weekend while attending events at the Bassmaster Classic in Birmingham, Ala.

They signed up to "Take the Pledge," promising to introduce at least one person to fishing each year.

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation started the program a year ago to encourage the country's estimated 7.5 million anglers to get more people fishing.

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• The Great Bridge Fisherman's Association will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Great Bridge Baptist Church, 640 S. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake. Mike Firestone will talk about fishing for tautog in the Chesapeake Bay. For more information, call Debbie Hurst at 855-4833.

• The Region 7 bass fishing tournament is Saturday out of Munden Point Park in Virginia Beach. Registration is $75 and begins at 6 a.m. Fishing is from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call John Tankersley at 757-513-9555 or Craig Owens at 757-651-4681.

• A Kingsboro Bowmen 3-D archery shoot is Saturday at the Lone Star Lakes in Suffolk. The competition features 11 classes and 30 targets. Registration is 9 to 11 a.m., and is $12 for competitive divisions and $10 for fun divisions. For more information, see this Web site: www.kingsboro.bizland.com

• The Norfolk Anglers Club's monthly meeting will be held at 7 p.m. March 12 at Martin's Family Restaurant, 331 E. Bayview Blvd., Norfolk. Otis Ricks will talk about fishing for tautog. For more information, see this Web site:

www.norfolkanglersclub.com

• The Tidewater Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its annual auction fund-raiser at 5:30 p.m. March 23 at the Chesapeake Conference Center, 900 Greenbrier Circle. Tickets range from $55 for singles to $500 for a corporate-sponsored table. Youth tickets are $25. Ticket sales end March 14. For more information, call Cecil Flora at 427-1923.

• The ninth annual Virginia Beach Billfish Foundation Tux and Tails Gala fund-raiser will be at 7 p.m. March 24 at the Surfside Inn, 1211 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach. The event benefits the foundation's Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs campaign. Tickets are $100 per person. For more information, call Linda Nolasco at 757-481-7231.

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Virginia Beach Billfish Foundation - See what it is all about!

Well if you all do not know there is a great organization called the Virginia Beach Billfish Foundation WWW.VBBF.ORG. This organization does a lot for the Members and for getting kids involved in fishing. Some of the best Virginia fisherman are part of this organization and have been for years. The membership does a lot events through out the year like:

Hook on Fishing not on Drugs (HOFNOD): we take out 150 Kids out on the head boats out of Ruddee for a day of fishing. They go to different stations and learn Safety, Rigging, How to use a fishing rod and Fish Idenfication and Regulations on them. Also each kid leaves with a Fishing Rod, Lures and Tackle Box so they can take this experiance and get their parents to continue on with them.

Tournaments
Striper Tournament with Party
Marlin Tournament with Party
Overnighter Tournament with Party

Parties
3 "Free" Dock Parties at Rudee a year with food and drink
"Free" Christmas Party
Oyster Roast
Tux & Tails Galla

You receive a Membership Directory to help you keep in touch with others in the Club.

We also have a Banquet at the end of each year which gives you a chance to win Gorgeous Trophy for different catagories from Marlin to Striper and each catagory is for children as well. These trophies are awesome!!! (See catagories on our site) http://www.vbbf.org/fishing_frenzy/leaders.asp

If you would like more please visit our Website or contact me. WWW.VBBF.ORG

Your membership includes your entire family for $100! To join you can download an application at http://www.vbbf.org/membership/

Look forward to seeing you all at our next get together.
 

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