September 2014 Newsletter

In this issue:

· Virginia Upland Hunt Planned

· Two Maryland Fishing Charters

· Offshore Fishing from Cape Hatteras, NC

· Fort AP Hill Annual Deer Hunt

· Float Fishing the Shenandoah

· Potomac River NWR Complex Deer Hunts

· Fairfax County Deer Management Hunts

· Skeet at the Fall Membership Meeting

· The Bottom Line

· Rochester Fishing

· Calendar of Events

 

1. Virginia Upland Hunt Planned.

Join VA Hunt Coordinator Rick Mrstik on Saturday, 18 October for a guided upland hunt at Shady Grove preserve (http://www.shadygrove.com/Preserve.htm) in Remington, VA. You'll have your choice of 5 pheasant, 6 chukkar, or 12 quail. Cost for Club members will be $162 per hunter. Recommend a $20 tip for per hunter for the guide.  You can clean your own birds or have Shady Grove handle the chore for a modest charge. Check in is at 7:30, hunt will start by 8:00 and conclude before noon. Contact Rick by e-mail at stikmann@aol.com or call (703) 380-7992 to sign up.

 

2. Two Maryland Fishing Charters.

Lew Roach has scheduled trips on the lower Potomac River out of Cobb Island, Maryland aboard Captain Wayne Schuhart’s TRICIA Ann II.

· First, a chumming trip for Stripers on Sunday, 26 October. This is light tackle fishing for smaller

fish in the 2 to 8 lb range, plus some bluefish, potentially. Limit is two stripers, both must be over

18 inches; one can be above 28 inches. Maximum of 8 fishermen.

· Second, a trophy striper trolling trip near the end of the 2014 season on Sunday, 14 December.

This is trolling with large lures (big lure; big fish!). Same size limits as above.

Cost will be $100 per member plus $20 a tip for the mate. After the event the Club Treasurer will contact you with any subsidy due to you. Max subsidy for event participation this year is $40.00.

For more information and to hold your place, please call Lew at cell (202) 417-4185 or email: lewis.s.roach@cbp.dhs.gov.

 

3. Offshore Fishing from Cape Hatteras, NC

Due to two highly successful offshore trips for tuna, mahi-mahi and amberjack (plus two 300 lb bull sharks and one white marlin!!) last May, members have expressed an interest in going this fall, possibly late Sept or Oct. Boat price, including tip, is approx. $240-310 per person

depending on the boat. Please contact Ed if interested (no check yet) and he will coordinate a date with members before requesting a check from anyone. Contact Ed Fortunato to make a reservation or declare interest in a Cape Hatteras trip. Call his cell 703-622-9323 or Home 540-

548-2489 or ed.fort.translog@comcast.net

 

4. Fort AP Hill Annual Deer Hunt.

We have two lakeside first class cabins reserved for three nights starting on Friday 14 Nov for opening of shotgun deer season on 15 Nov. Sunday, 16 Nov will be a scouting day and fishing. Monday will be a hunt day. We have three nights of first class billeting that should cost no more than $65 total per member for the entire three nights. $50 by 1 Nov holds your reservation.  Check made out to Dick Vande Hei and sent to 4535 Nebraska Ave N.W,. Washington, DC 20016. Many of you have already been certified to hunt in the controlled areas. Others interested in this certification contact Dick Vande Hei at (202) 230-8658 c or (207) 655-4338 up to 3 Oct then (202) 966-7307 after 7 Oct.

 

5. Float Fishing the Shenandoah.

Come fish for smallmouth bass on the Shenandoah River, South Fork, by canoe/kayak on Sunday, September 28, hosted by Down River Canoe

Company (DRCC) in Bentonville VA, approximately 90 minutes from the Beltway via I-66.  DRCC is 15 min south of Front Royal, VA. We'll meet on the DRCC Deck at 8:00 am, and cast off by 8:15 am and bait the hooks! This is an excellent fishing section that flows through the

scenic Shenandoah River valley and past deep pools for waiting small mouth bass. This section between Jeremy’s Run and Compton Railroad trestle is well known nation-wide for smallmouth bass and other smaller species.

 

Reserve your spot now; cost is $35 per person per Canoe (double occupancy). Kayaks are $48 each. You may bring your own kayak to use for a $10 shuttle charge. To reserve a spot, call, text, or email Maston Gray at 703-408-8020 or maston.gray@cox.net and send your check payment made out to DIA Rod & Gun Club, per the charges, to Maston Gray, 8718 Higdon Dr, Vienna VA 22182.

 

So mark your calendars and get the OK from your "boss". By chance if the river is too low for canoes, there is optional wading and bank fishing available, so your ‘pass’ is still good! Slots are filling fast so RSVP today to reserve a spot. Bring spouse if you like, or son/daughter. And

weather conditions should be excellent too.

 

6. Potomac River NWR Complex Deer Hunts.

Most members should have long since received the hunt application message from the PRNWRC staff to hunt at Mason Neck NWR and Occoquan Bay NWR this year. If you did not receive it, go to:

Mason Neck NWR Deer Hunts:

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Mason_Neck/Visit/deerhunt.html

Occoquan Bay NWR Deer Hunts:

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Occoquan_Bay/Visit/DeerHunt.html

Application deadline is this Saturday, Sep. 20.

 

7. Fairfax County Deer Management Hunts.

Fairfax County has announced the details on this year’s shotgun hunts. They will occur on 19 November and 8 January at Sully Woodlands, a FCPA property of 1,821 acres. All information on applying, qualifying and participating in the hunts has been emailed to all who were in the

county data base from previous shotgun hunts. If you did not receive the information packet and want to apply, the information you need is in the separate zip file. If you are volunteering to join our team of volunteers (we hunt till 9:00 and drive deer after that till noon or thereabouts), let

Bernie Gately know of your intent, withhold your check from your application, and in the on-line application form enter “DIA Vol” in the Associates box at the end of the form. You may also volunteer without hunting. Remember to schedule your weapons qualification for either the 5th or 12th of October. Qualifications are good for three years. You must have qualified on the Fairfax County Police Range to hunt. All applications must be in by 17 October.

 

8. Skeet at the Fall Membership Meeting.

Sixty members and two guests attended our semi-annual membership meeting on Sunday, 14 September. More than half of the attendees also enjoyed skeet and trap shooting with perfect weather.

 

9. The Bottom Line. A group of six on the latest DIA Rod & Gun Club sponsored fishing trip caught more Spanish Mackerel in one day than the boat captain usually catches in a year. It was a GOOD day! Five Club members and one guest sailed out of Buzzard's Point marina near Reedville on board the large and comfortable "Heritage" with captain David Fisher and mate Mark. Putting 72 Spanish Mackerel and 40 Bluefish in the boat in less than five hours kept them both busy, especially the mate who cleaned them all. The weather was terrific, the fishing super and the catching even better. Not all trips are like this, of course, but you can't have a day-of-a lifetime unless you get on the boat and go.  Watch the Club newsletters for additional fishing opportunities. If you want to link up with captain Fisher, visit his web site at

http://fishersbaycharters.com.

 

10. Rochester Fishing. Club member JP Sherkus caught a 25 lb Chinook and a 14 lb Laker in the first week of August out of Charlotte, NY (Rochester) on Lake Ontario. JP’s fishing party had their limit in five hours including the ride out and back. Another great day fishing!!!

 

11. Calendar of Events.

20 Sep – Mason Neck and OB hunt applications due

28 Sep - Float fishing the Shenandoah

05 Oct – Fx Co Range Qualif. #1

10 Oct – Virginia Rockfish charter

12 Oct - Fx Co Range Qualif. #2

17 Oct – Fx Co deer hunt application due

26 Oct – Chumming for Stripers on the Lower Potomac

02 Nov – Mason Neck scouting day

14-17 Nov – Fort AP Hill Annual Deer Hunt

19 Nov – Fx Co Hunt #1 at Sully Woodlands (FCPA)

20 Nov – Mason Neck hunt #1

21 Nov – Mason Neck hunt #2

05 Dec – Virginia trophy striper charter

06 Dec – VDGIF Youth hunt at OBNWR

08 Dec – OB lottery hunt #1

10 Dec – OB lottery hunt #2

12 Dec - Mason Neck hunt #3

14 Dec – Trophy Striper charter, Lower Potomac

08 Jan - Fx Co Hunt #2 at Sully Woodlands (FCPA)

09 Jan – Possible OB lottery hunt #3

August 2014 Newsletter

In this issue:

Fishing from Virginia

Offshore Fishing from Cape Hatteras, NC

Fort AP Hill Annual Deer Hunt

Potomac River NWR Complex Deer Hunts

Fairfax County Deer Management Program

Fall Membership Meeting and Dinner

Volunteers Needed

Calendar of Events

Points of Contact

 

1. Fishing from Virginia.

Friday- 10 Oct – Bay trip from Reedville, VA for stripers (rockfish) and bluefish. Fishing will be

done by chumming. All gear, bait and fish cleaning is provided. Just bring your food/drinks. Cost

is $100 per person plus $25 tip for the mate. Make checks out to the DIA Rod and Gun Club. We

always do well on this type of trip. Send check to address below by 15 Sept.

Friday – 5 Dec - Bay trip from Reedville, VA for trophy size striped bass (rockfish). The big

ones return to the Bay around Thanksgiving and they run 10-30 lbs. Last year we maxed out with

huge fish. Cost is $100 per person plus $25 for the mate. All trolling gear is provided, just bring

your food and drinks. (Remember this is deer season so double check your calendar). Make the

checks out to DIA Rod and Gun Club. Send check to address below by 30 Sept.

 

2. Offshore Fishing from Cape Hatteras, NC

Due to two highly successful offshore trips for tuna, mahi-mahi and amberjack (plus two 300 lb

bull sharks and one white marlin!!) last May, members have expressed an interest in going this

fall, possibly late Sept or Oct. Boat price, including tip, is aprox $240-310 per person

depending on the boat. Please contact Ed if interested (no check yet) and he will coordinate a

date with members before requesting a check from anyone.

Mailing address for checks is: (made out to DIA Rod and Gun Club)

Edward Fortunato

8803 General Couchs Court

Fredericksburg, VA 22407

 

3. Fort AP Hill Annual Deer Hunt.

We have two lakeside first class cabins reserved for three nights starting on Friday 14 Nov for

opening of shotgun deer season on 15 Nov. Sunday, 16 Nov will be a scouting day and fishing.

Monday will be a hunt day. We have three nights of first class billeting that should cost no more

than $65 total per member for the entire three nights. $50 by 1 Nov holds your reservation.

Check made out to Dick Vande Hei and sent to 4535 Nebraska Ave N.W,. Washington, DC

20016. Many of you have alreadybeen certified to hunt in the controlled areas. Others interested

in this certification contact Dick Vande Hei at (202) 230-8658 c or (207) 655-4338 up to 3 Oct

then (202) 966-7307 after 7 Oct.

 

4. Potomac River NWR Complex Deer Hunts.

Most members should have long since received the hunt application message from the PRNWRC

staff to hunt at Mason Neck NWR and Occoquan Bay NWR this year. If you did not receive it,

go to:

Mason Neck NWR Deer Hunts:

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Mason_Neck/Visit/deerhunt.html

Occoquan Bay NWR Deer Hunts:

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Occoquan_Bay/Visit/DeerHunt.html

Application deadline is Sep. 20.

 

5. Fairfax County Deer Management Program.

Fairfax County has not published the details on this year’s shotgun hunts. We expect to have the

information at the membership meeting on the 14th of September.

 

6. Fall Membership Meeting and Dinner.

Our Club’s semiannual membership meeting and dinner is fast approaching. Doublecheck your

calendar to be sure you’ve blocked out Sunday, the 14 of September. We are confirmed for the

Isaak Walton Facility in Centreville, VA from 1:00 to 7:00 PM to enjoy skeet, trap, camaraderie, several

great door prizes and our traditional barbeque dinner.  More details and RSVP information will be in a

separate invitation published in the next few days.

 

7. Volunteers Needed.

We need several members to help move the deer at Occoquan Bay NWR on 6, 8 & 10 Dec. The youth

hunt on the 6th is for about two hours on Saturday afternoon. For the lottery hunts on 8 & 10, we are

there from 9:00 to 3:30 (or whatever time you can contribute). There may also be a 3d hunt on Jan 9th. If

you can help out and maybe get to hunt as well, please let Bernie Gately know at 703-425-1494, or

via email at bernard.gately@verizon.net

 

8. Alaska Fishing Results.

VA fishing chairman, Ed Sr, and Jr (also a Club member) and his two other sons just returned

from a fun salmon trip to Alaska. They spent many hours to catch their limit of 3 each per day

but they did so and it was a thrill. Flew into the interior by seaplane and fished with bobbers and

bait, just like Huckleberry Finn. What a surprise that was!

 

9. Calendar of Events.

TBD Sep - Float fishing the Shenandoah

14 Sep - Fall membership meeting at IWLA

20 Sep – Mason Neck and OB NWR hunts applications due

10 Oct – Virginia Rockfish charter

02 Nov – Mason Neck scouting day

14-17 Nov – Fort AP Hill Annual Deer Hunt

20 Nov – Mason Neck hunt #1

21 Nov – Mason Neck hunt #2

05 Dec – Virginia striper charter

06 Dec – GDIF Youth hunt at OBNWR

08 Dec – OB lottery hunt #1

10 Dec – OB lottery hunt #2

12 Dec - Mason Neck hunt #3

09 Jan – Possible OB lottery hunt #3

July 2014 Newsletter

Due to the large numbers of members on travel or otherwise vacationing out of the area, this is an abbreviated newsletter. Regular format will resume in mid to late August.

Fishing from Virginia:
Wed 20 Aug – Bay trip from Reedville, VA for Spanish mackerel. Did great last year, maxed our limit in half a day and the mackerel are starting to run now. Cost is $100 per person plus $20 tip for mate.  All trolling gear is provided, just bring your food and drinks. Make checks out to DIA Rod and Gun Club. Need the checks by 31 July.to hold the boat

Friday – 5 Dec -  Bay trip from Reedville VA for trophy size striped bass (rockfish). The big ones return to the Bay around Thanksgiving and they run 10-30 lbs. Last year we maxed out with huge fish. Cost is $100 per person plus $20 for the mate. All trolling gear is provided, just bring your food and drinks. (Remember this is deer season so double check your calendar). Make the checks out to DIA Rod and Gun Club. Checks due by 31 Aug.

Mailing address for checks is: (please note the due dates above )
Edward Fortunato
8803 General Couchs Court
Fredericksburg, VA 22407

After the event the Club Treasurer will contact you with any subsidy due to you. Max subsidy for event participation this year is $40.00

Contact Ed Fortunato  ASAP to make a reservation. Call his cell 703-622-9323703-622-9323 or Home 540-548-2489540-548-2489 or  ed.fort.translog@comcast.net

Deer Hunting at PRNWR Comlex:
The Mason Neck and Occoquan Bay Hunt Application period is now open. Visit the following websites to access the 2014 applications, view the 2014 hunt rules and regulations and learn the key dates in the application process.
Mason Neck NWR Deer Hunts:Â http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Mason_Neck/Visit/deerhunt.html
Occoquan Bay NWR Deer Hunts:Â http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Occoquan_Bay/Visit/DeerHunt.html

 

 

 

June 2014 Newsletter - 2nd Addendum

1. Maryland Light Tackle Fishing Charter. Lew Roach is scheduling a  striper fishing charter with Captain Wayne Schuhart out of Solomons Island, Md on Saturday 12 July at 6:30 AM. That time of season, live-lining small live bait works well in the Chesapeake Bay for mid-sized stripers (3 to 10 lbs) and blue fish. Captain supplies rods, bait; mate cleans the fish back at the dock.   We’re seeking a minimum of six anglers. The cost for this event is $100 per angler which is due to Lew by 7 July, plus a suggested cash tip to the mate of at least $20. Make the check payable to DIA Rod & Gun Club. After the event, the Club treasurer will send a check for any subsidy amount due to you. (NOTE: the total maximum subsidy you can receive from event participation this year is $40). For more information please call Lew ASAP at cell (202) 417-4185 or email at LEWIS.S.ROACH@cbp.dhs.gov
 
2. Fairfax County Archery Deer Hunt Applications. If you are interested in the Fairfax County Archery Deer Management Hunt Program this year you must apply by 6 July (12 days from now).Use this site to fill out the application.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sYMWLAuDbDc5pGOAVp1d26Hdrfsi-V-AQJamol_3NkQ/viewform . Dave Eoff and Jay Avery are liaisons for the Clifton Cluster.

June 2014 Newsletter - 1st Addendum

1. Shenandoah River Float Trip. The Shenandoah River Float Trip started at 8 am on a cool and clear  Saturday June 14th at Down River Canoe Company in Bentonville VA, located about 12 miles up-river (south) of Front Royal. Four canoes of Aubrey Petitt and Suzanne Malone, Maston Gray and Mike Baumstark, Michael and Michaela Baumstark, Rich and Richie Capitan began at Burners Bottom and floated 7.5 miles back to the canoe company site. The cool breeze made the day very comfortable and the water level was above normal for this time of year and running clear. Other traffic on the river was light; the water was still too cool for serious tubing.

 

We fished the shadows, mostly on the eastern side of the river and caught 13 fish, mostly smallmouth bass, a perch, and a blue gill. All us had numerous bites and fish following the lures and bait up to the surface, and a few wiggled off the hooks. We used spinners, flies, worms, and artificial crayfish – fish were caught on all of them!  We were so busy fishing we didn’t get any pictures from the canoe. The next float trip will be in the Fall in late September or early October where we’ll try another stretch of the Shenandoah South Fork.

 

2. Prince William County Proposed Weapons Ordinance Changes. Prince William County, VA is considering changing their weapons ordinance. The proposed changes are in the PDF file attached. The next Weapons Control Committee meeting is scheduled for July 9 at 6:00 pm in the Occoquan Room at McCoart Building, 1 County Complex Ct, Woodbridge, VA 22192. If you live or hunt in Prince William County, this may directly impact you.

 

 

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June 2014 Newsletter

In this issue:

 

· Virginia Trophy Striper Fishing Results

· Cape Hatteras Fishing Charter

· Headboat Fishing

· Fort AP Hill Hunter Certification

· Fort AP Hill Annual Deer Hunt

· DIA Alumni Association.

· Lake Anna Striper Results

· Hunters for the Hungry Banquet

· Fairfax County Deer Management's Archery Program

· Calendar of Events

 

1. Virginia Trophy Striper Fishing Results.

On 24 May, a beautiful sunny day, eight club members enjoyed a great day on the JIMMICK JR III out of Wicomico Church, Virginia. We brought in 15 to 20 striped bass, but only these four keepers on the day (over 18 1/2 inches or larger.). Low fish activity was totally unexpected by both the skipper, Capt. Jim and mate George, who both apologized for the lack of finding fish.  Nevertheless, all anglers participating had a good time and enjoyed the camaraderie with the other club members on board (Mike and Oksana Rodzianko, Greg and Alvie Brown, Dick and son Artur Vande Hei, Ryan Sullivan and Bud Braddock.)

 

 

2. Headboat Fishing. We have identified a headboat out of Cape Hatteras (Miss Cape Hatteras) that we may want to use. The headboat goes bottom fishing for snapper, grouper etc, and always catches fish. The beauty of a headboat is that we do not need a minimum of six people as charter boats require, and it is less expensive than a charter. We can go individually at a cost of $120.00.  The headboat is also available for charter at a cost of $2,800.00 divided among the participants up to a max of 45 persons.

 

Chartering the headboat would be a barrel of fun for a large group of us to go and swap fish stories while reeling in the big ones. Please contact Ed if you are interested; no cash is needed at this time since we’re trying to determine the number interested. If enough interest is there, we

can estimate individual cost and then contact those interested for a commitment. No pain no gain.

 

Or we can just go individually as a small group of Club members for $120.00 each. Either way we decide, the date would be after tourist season and Labor Day (mid to end Sept-early Oct).

Contact Ed Fortunato home, 540-548-2489540-548-2489, cell 703-622-9323703-622-9323 or ed.fort.translog@comcast.net

 

3. Cape Hatteras Fishing Charter. We had another great Cape Hatteras trip on 20 May. We caught 24 fish plus another 300 lb bull shark. That is two in two outings. Andrea Lockard is proudly showing her catch in this picture on the left. The whole team is shown below. L to R:

Marty Lockard, Ed Fortunato, Andrea Lockard, Ned O’Keefe, Bob Zebell and Bud Braddock. And Ed is showing his catch below as well.

 

         

 

 

4. Fort AP Hill Hunter Certification. Congratulations to the following club members who passed the Controlled Area Certification exam at Fort A.P. Hill this month: BUD BRADDOCK, LOREN HAAG, VINCE LIVELY, ZACH LIVELY, RICK MRSTIK, RYAN SULLIVAN, and

DICK VANDE HEI. Several of these hunters maxed the exam. Now certified, they can hunt in the controlled areas, which are closed to non-certified hunters. Why is this critical? The deer herd in these closed areas is dramatically larger than in the normal training areas. Additional club members who wish to be certified this year, contact Dick Vande Hei at (202)230-8658(202)230-8658 or rvande2924@verizon.net.

 

5. Fort AP Hill Annual Deer Hunt. Two cabins have been reserved for the opening of the shotgun season Nov 15. Hunt days will be Saturday, 15 Nov and Monday, 17 Nov. Cabins have been secured for the nights of 14,15 and 16 Nov. Interested hunters contact Dick Vande Hei.  Cost is minimal. There are new and enhanced hunt area procedures that are currently being worked out by the Fort AP Hill staff, all of which will enable hunters to reserve hunt areas in advance by computer or cell phone. We will provide details when available.

 

6. DIA Alumni Association. Those of you in our membership who served with the DIA in a civilian or military capacity may not be aware there is a non-profit association (DIAA) focused on individuals previously associated with DIA. Anyone interested in finding out more about the association should contact Cal Carnes via email at callandcarnes@cs.com. He will respond with information about the DIAA and the benefits of joining.

 

7. Lake Anna Striper Results. The 13 June Lake Anna striper (rockfish) Club fishing event can only be described as “fast and furious.” Club fishermen were Andy Tirch, Mark White, Ryan White, and Marty Lockard. Due to relatively fast action within the first hour, we quickly ran out of live bait. It was necessary to look for and net additional live bait – handled adroitly by our captain, Jim Hemby. The team stumbled and missed a lot of early opportunities because the fishing style is not intuitive, but everything mostly came together and the team began hooking and pulling in fish in a coordinated fashion – a must on Captain Jim’s boat. Pictures and other information can be located on “The Daily Blog” tab of Jim’s web site at http://www.jimhemby.com/

 

By 9AM, the boat was headed back to the dock as the team had amazingly caught its limit in just a few hours (four stripers per fisherman over 20 inches). The captain donated his limit, so there were a total of 20 keepers for club members, some of them larger than 20-23 inches. An interesting note is that the team caught more than 70 fish in those few morning hours, and that doesn’t count the ones that were hooked but lost. The non-keepers were mostly smaller stripers in the 18-19 inch range.  While everyone was catching decent sized fish, it appeared that Mark White caught the largest fish shown in the photo.

 

 

8. Hunters for the Hungry Sportsman’s Banquet. The Hunters for the Hungry program will be holding its third annual Whitestone Farm / Hunters for the Hungry Sportsman's Banquet on Saturday July 26, 2014. This special event will be held at Whitestone Farm located at 22699

Whitestone Lane, Aldie, VA. Come enjoy an evening of food, fun and fellowship while helping to make a difference in the lives of many less fortunate in our community and statewide. The event includes dinner, dessert, beverages and a variety of raffles and live and silent auctions of