July 2015 Update

1.  Fishing from Reedville, VA.

Fall trophy striped bass trip.

Friday, 4 Dec.

Cost $100 per person plus $20 cash tip for mate. Everything provided but food/drinks. Remember it is also deer season.

Contact Ed Fortunato 703-622-9323, Ed.fort.translog@comcast.net

 

2.  Mason Neck and Occoquan Bay Deer Hunts.

Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex staff are currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 season Mason Neck and Occoquan Bay Deer Hunts. Please visit the deer hunt web pages for application forms, hunt program related dates, and updated information. All applications must be postmarked by Sep. 19. Links to the Mason Neck and Occoquan Bay websites are below.

 

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

 

Occoquan Bay Hunt:

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

May 2015 Newsletter

In this issue:

.              Help Wanted

.              Float Fishing Trip on the Shenandoah

.              Maryland Live-Lining Striper Fishing Charter

.              Fort A.P. Hill Controlled Area Certification Testing

.              Newsletter Editor

.              VDGIF Proposed Changes to Hunting License

.              Calendar of Events

.              Points of Contact

 

1. Help Wanted. We still need a few more volunteers to assist at the annual youth fishing day, May 16, at the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Woodbridge, VA. Feel free to bring non-Club members as well to assist the youngsters with baiting hooks, unhooking fish and other angling tasks that will help the boys and girls grow into successful anglers. The event will run from 9 am to 2 pm again this year. All equipment is provided and pre-packaged snacks will be available around noontime. To volunteer, reply to this email or call Bernie at (703) 425-1494 before Saturday. Show time for volunteers is 8:30. Please help us help the kids!

 

2. Float Fishing Trip on the Shenandoah. Save the date of Sunday, June 7th for a float fishing trip on the South Fork of the Shenandoah. We'll start about 0800 at Down River Canoe Company (DRCC) in Bentonville, VA for an all-day float of the Burner's Bottom section, one of the best fishing sections on the river--it's about 7.5 miles long. Canoes will be $65 each or $32.50 per person double occupancy. Kayaks will be $44 each (single-person kayaks), and DRCC has 10 brand new fishing kayaks this year. If you want to use your own canoe or kayak, DRCC will shuttle for $12. To sign up contact Rick Mrstik by e-mail stikmann@aol.com or by phone 703-380-7992.

 

3. Maryland Live-Lining Striper Fishing Charter. Lew Roach is scheduling a striper fishing charter with Captain Wayne Schuhart out of Chesapeake Beach, MD (Rod 'n Reel Marina) on Sunday, June 28th, at 6:00 AM. FYI "live-lining" is a light tackle technique whereby we spend an hour or so bottom fishing for bait fish, then rig the little critters to catch medium-sized stripers. This year's limit remains at two stripers, however both must be at least 20 inches, with just one above 28 inches.

We could also get into some blue fish.

Logistics: Captain supplies rods; mate cleans the fish back at the dock.

We're seeking 8 anglers, and cost should be at or below $100 per angler (depending on final head count), plus a suggested tip to the mate of at least $20. For more information please call Lew at cell (202) 417-4185 or email @ lew.roach@gmail.com. (Note: a few folks signed up at the DIA Rod & Gun Spring Meeting, so get your druthers known promptly).

 

4. Fort A.P. Hill Controlled Area Certification Testing. The Club has set up a special controlled area access testing group test at Fort A.P. Hill on 26 May at 9AM. The director of AP Hill Fish and Wildlife has been a proven friend of the Club in the past and has presented us with a special opportunity to do this group test. The certification should take about 90 minutes and we can be back to work by noon. Passing this exam gives you access to the controlled areas of the reservation during hunting seasons. Interested members should contact Dick Vande Hei at rvande2924@verizon.net or (202) 966-7307 (h) or (202) 230-8658 (c).

 

5. Newsletter Editor.

We need your help.  Bernie Gately has produced our newsletter for MANY years and has done a wonderful job. He will continue to be our Membership Chairman and very active with our volunteer activities, but he has decided it is now time to pass the newsletter responsibilities to another willing volunteer.  Are you that person? I have to believe that with the quality and experience of our membership there is someone who can do the job and who wants to contribute to the Club. Don't worry, you won't be alone - our duty is to make sure you succeed. The new newsletter person will have all members of the Board ready to assist for as long as necessary.  Interested?  Please contact Bernie directly to discuss the position and the time involved. We need this to happen quickly so please be in touch in the next few days.     Dave Burpee

 

6. VDGIF Proposed Changes to Hunting License. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Board of Directors are proposing significant new regulations. The VDGIF staff and biologists did not recommend these changes but they are being proposed anyway by the Board. There is no reference to how these changes are related to the VDGIF Black Bear Management Plan.

These regulations are:

4VAC15-40-22 establishes a separate bear tag for $25, without reducing the cost of the deer and turkey tags.

4VAC15-50-12 moves the youth and apprentice hunter bear hunt day from September to the middle of the special deer archery season (mid-October) and allows the use of dogs.

4VAC15-50-70 allows use of firearms on the youth bear hunt day.

4VAC15-50-110 allows for bear hounds to be used during the youth and apprentice bear hunting.

 

Taken in combination these changes move dogs to the middle of the archery season, allow firearms in the middle of the archery season, require a new tag to hunt bear and remove bear from the regular hunting license without reducing the cost of that license.

Regardless of whether you are for or against these changes, please let the VDGIF know what you think. The regulations are planned to take effect in July. Comment period ends May 22. You will need to click on each of the proposed changes and voice your opinion. It does not need to be long and impassioned; numbers count. You can simply say you support/oppose or you can add your own comments.

https://www3.dgif.virginia.gov/web/comment-2015/display.asp

Please feel free to distribute this information to anyone who would be interested in providing comments to the VDGIF.

 

7. Calendar of Events.

16 May - Youth Fishing Event at OBNWR

22 May - VA striper charter

29 May - VA striper charter

01 Jun - Cape Hatteras fishing charter

07 Jun - Float Fishing Trip on the Shenandoah

12 Jun - VA striper charter

28 Jun - MD striper charter

21 Aug - VA Spanish mackerel charter

20 Sep - Fall Membership Meeting

Apr 2015 Newsletter

In this issue:

•             Spring Membership Meeting and Dinner

•             Guest Speaker

•             Float Fishing Trip on the Shenandoah

•             Youth Fishing Event at OBNWR

•             Trophy Striped Bass Permit

•             2015 Potomac River Rockfish Regulations

•             Blanchard Outdoors

•             Calendar of Events

•             Points of Contact

 

1. Spring 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 3d of May. We are confirmed once again for the Isaak Walton League Facility in Centreville, VA from 1:00 to 7:00 PM to enjoy skeet, trap, camaraderie and our traditional barbecue dinner. More details and RSVP information will be in a separate invitation published in the next few days.

 

2. Guest Speaker. Mr. Martin L. Gary, Executive Secretary of the Potomac River Fisheries Commission [PFRC] has accepted our invitation to speak at our spring membership meeting. His commission sets the yearly fishing limits for the tidal Potomac River, which is managed separately from both Maryland and Virginia fish and game authorities. Mr Gary will be joining us early for some clay shooting. Please make him feel welcome if you see him on the range.

 

3. Float Fishing Trip on the Shenandoah. Save the date of Sunday, June 7th for a float fishing trip on the South Fork of the Shenandoah. We'll start about 0800 at Down River Canoe Company (DRCC) in Bentonville, VA for an all-day float of the Burner's Bottom section, one of the best fishing sections on the river--it's about 7.5 miles long. Canoes will be $65 each or $32.50 per person double occupancy. Kayaks will be $44 each (single-person kayaks), and DRCC has 10 brand new fishing kayaks this year. If you want to use your own canoe or kayak, DRCC will shuttle for $12. To sign up contact Rick Mrstik by e-mail stikmann@aol.com or by phone 703-380-7992.

 

4. Youth Fishing Event. The annual youth fishing day this year is May 16 at the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Woodbridge, VA.. We need several volunteers to assist the youngsters with baiting hooks, unhooking fish and other angling tasks that will help the boys and girls grow into successful anglers. The event will run from 9 am to 1 pm again this year. All equipment is provided and pre-packaged snacks will be available around noontime. To volunteer, either reply to this email, or sign-up at the spring membership meeting on 3 May. Please help us help the kids!

 

5. Trophy Striped Bass Permit. Bass rules adopted in December 2014 require Virginia saltwater fishermen participating in the Spring Trophy Season beginning May 1, 2015 to obtain a no-cost permit. The new no-cost trophy permit can be obtained at Virginia Marine Resources Commission license agents or can also be obtained by the fisherman directly via a new online process: <New Online No-Cost Permit Process> <VMRC License Agent Locations>. However, anglers on licensed charter boats are covered by the captain’s permit.

 

6. 2015 Potomac River Rockfish Regulations. Potomac River Fisheries Commission 2015 Rockfish Regulations -

Striped Bass (Rockfish)   Spring Season                   Summer/Fall Season

Open:                                April 18 through May 15    May 16 through Dec 31

Open Area:                       Below Rt 301 Bridge          Below I-95 Bridge

Minimum/Slot Limit:           8” to 36” or over 40”          20” with 1 over 28”

Possession Limit:             1 per person                      2 per person (includes charter captain)

Bait Restrictions:                                   No live eels

 

No more than two (2) hooks or sets of hooks for each rod or line may be used. Artificial lures or plugs with multiple hooks are considered one set of hooks. (both seasons).

 

7. Blanchard Outdoors. Club member De Brown and former member Ken Blanchard have a new online radio show (Blanchard Outdoors), and invite fellow members to check it out. The program airs every Sunday from 7-8 pm. Go to BlanchardOutdoors.com for all the details.

 

8. Calendar of Events.

 

11 Apr – Spring Turkey opens in Va.

19 Apr – MD striper charter

3 May – Spring Membership Meeting

16 May - Youth Fishing Event at OBNWR

22 May – VA striper charter

29 May – VA striper charter

01 Jun – Cape Hatteras fishing charter

07 Jun - Float Fishing Trip on the Shenandoah

12 Jun – VA striper charter

21 Aug – Spanish mackerel charter

20 Sep – Fall Membership Meeting

 

 

 

Mar 2015 Newsletter

In this issue:
• Maryland Trophy Striper Fishing Charter
• Virginia Bay Fishing from Reedville
• Virginia Wildlife Magazine
• Firearms Training Courses
• Calendar of Events
 

1. Maryland Trophy Striper Fishing Charter. Lew Roach is scheduling a striper
fishing charter with Captain Wayne Schuhart out of Chesapeake Beach, MD (Rod ‘n Reel
Marina) on Sunday April 19th at 6:00 AM. This is opening weekend when the large sea-run
rockfish are running—one fish per angler. Captain supplies rods; mate cleans the fish back at the dock. We’re seeking 6 anglers, and cost should be $100 per angler, plus a suggested tip to the mate of at least $20. For more information please call Lew at cell (202) 417-4185 or email at
lew.roach@gmail.com.


2. Virginia Bay Fishing from Reedville VA.


Dates                 Species                    Cost
Friday 22 May   striped bass              $82 + $20 cash tip
Friday 29 May   striped bass              $100 + $20 cash tip
Friday 12 Jun    striped bass              $100 + $20 cash tip
Friday 21 Aug    Spanish mackerel     $100 + $20 cash tip


All gear and bait is provided, boats sail 6:00 AM, return 3:00 PM. Includes cleaning/filleting of
fish. Dates cannot be locked in until we fill the boat so sign up ASAP so we do not lose the
planned dates. These trips have been highly successful, a great way to meet Club members and lots of fun. Families and ladies are welcome.  Contact to sign up or for questions is Ed Fortunato, ed.fort.translog@comcast.net or cell 703-622-9323, home 540-548-2489.
To sign up, mail check made out to DIA Rod and Gun Club to below address. Do not include
the tip in your check; it is cash only on the boat for the mate.
Edward Fortunato
8803 General Couchs Court
Fredericskburg, VA 22407


3. Virginia Wildlife Magazine. The Nov/Dec 2014 edition, published by the Virginia Dept
of Game and Inland Fisheries, has an excellent article on deer disease and shows a color photo of a deer hoof indicating that the deer had survived hemorraghic fever. Additionally it had a photo
of venison that has been contaminated by a parasite and mentions handling and cooking
temperatures.


4. Firearms Training Courses. A Club member who is a Firearms Instructor at a local
training company has been authorized to offer a 10% discount to Club members who are
interested in taking their classes. These include from basic NRA classes to advanced Home
Defense Handgun and Conceal Carry classes, including the Utah Multi-State permit classes.
Coming up they are doing a Utah Multi-State permit class and are offering an $80 discount on it
using the code MULTISTATEDISC80. Go to http://www.innovativedefensivesolutions.com/ for
more details.


5. Calendar of Events.
30 Mar – Archery deer opens in No. Va.
11 Apr – Spring Turkey opens in Va.
19 Apr – MD striper charter
3 May – Spring Membership Meeting
1 Jun – Cape Hatteras Fishing Charter
20 Sep – Fall Membership Meeting

December 2014 Newsletter

Annual membership renewal for 2015 is due now. Please mail your check for $40.00, made out to DIA Rod and Gun Club, to Bernie Gately, 9121 Lake Braddock Dr., Burke, VA 22015-2136.

 

In this issue:

  •  From the President’s Treestand

  •  Cape Hatteras Fishing Charter

  •  Waterfowl Hunt Scheduled

  •  Field Goose Hunt Scheduled

  •  Remington Safety Recall

  •  Hevi-Shot Safety Recall

  •  His First Deer

  •  Fishing Feedback

  •  Hunt of a Lifetime

  •  Novice Hunters Worshop

  •  In Case You Missed It

  •  VDGIF Deer Report

  •  Calendar of Events

 

1. From My Treestand.Your club is unique in the Virginia sporting community in several ways, not the least of which are the value and variety of events offered, the price of membership, and the quality of semi-annual meetings. The Board of Directors is dedicated to continued club success while at the same time being a responsible steward of funds.

 

As you are aware, the Club has established a goal to maintain a bank balance of about $10,000 in order to have funds available should a deer lease become available. At current income and spending rates, our balance at the end of 2015 is projected to be about $7,000.  Our most popular events are the semi-annual meetings and the Board has decided not to make any changes to these two popular gatherings. They are our best opportunities to share information and experiences and we want to encourage continued high attendance. As a result, the dinner and associated shooting events will be the same as for the recent fall meeting.  Also, dues in 2015 will remain at an extremely affordable and attractive $40. 

 

To close our gap between income and expenses, the only major area left is our subsidy policy. Effective in 2015, the Club will no longer subsidize member participation in activities. The maximum subsidy in 2014 was $40 per person and our decision will close the gap by about $1,000.

 

A little history might put this decision in perspective. Years ago, when the Club was established within the Defense Intelligence Agency, the DIA recreation committee routinely established subsidies for DIA's various recreation clubs. The subsidy was enacted not because the membership wanted it but because the governing policies at the time provided for it. The money came not from membership dues but rather from non-appropriated funds available to military organizations to support recreation activities. Later, when the Club became independent, the idea of a subsidy was continued as a matter of habit, not necessity.

 

Continuing to pay the subsidy reduced the Club treasury each year, but this was not a problem when the balance was about $19,000. A couple of years ago, the Board decided the bleeding would have to stop when the bank balance reached $10,000 and we will exceed that point in 2015.  We encourage you to continue to participate in Club events. They remain a value because of Club negotiated prices and also reflect hard work by Committee Chairs to provide interesting and diverse activities across a broad range of hunting and fishing opportunities.

 

I hope to see you at many Club events in 2015. In the meantime, thanks for a terrific 2014 and best wishes for a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a safe/healthy holiday season.

 

Dave

 

2. Cape Hatteras Fishing Charter, Monday 1 June 2015. Due to the big hit and high success of last year’s big game fishing trips out of Cape Hatteras the first in 2015 will be

Monday 1 June. Cost is $242 per person if we have 6 people. Cash tip is $50 extra. This includes all gear etc. Motel, food and drinks are not included. We can car pool as we did last year. Motel is within yards of the boat and costs approximately $120 for the room which can sleep up to 3.

 

Please let me know ASAP if you will go on this trip by sending me a check for the full $242 to the address below. The $50 tip for the mate is cash to him on the boat.

Make the check out to the DIA Rod and Gun Club and mail to me below. When the checks are received I can lock in the date. Ed Fortunato home-540-548-2489, cell 703-622-9323, ed.fort.translog@comcast.net Edward Fortunato, 8803 General Couchs Court, Fredericksburg, VA 22407

 

3. Waterfowl Hunt Scheduled. E-mail Rick Mrstik (stikmann@aol.com) to get in on some late-season duck hunting with Widewater Waterfowl on the Potomac River near Quantico, VA on Saturday, 24 January. Cost for this guided hunt is $180 per hunter. We'll meet up with the guides around 0500 and go by boat to comfortable, fixed blinds where we'll hunt until midday.  You will need a VA hunting license and VA waterfowl stamp as well as a Federal waterfowl stamp (all can be purchased online). Non-toxic shot (steel, tungsten, bismuth etc.) is required for all waterfowl hunting, and #1 or #2 shot is recommended. Chest waders are not necessary, but if you own a set they're not a bad idea. Full camouflage is a must, duck blind or marsh type pattern is recommended if you have it. Contact Rick if you have further questions.

 

4. Field Goose Hunt Scheduled. E-mail Rick Mrstik (stikmann@aol.com) to get in on a

field goose hunt arranged through Widewater Waterfowl. The hunt will take place near

Middleburg, VA on Saturday, 7 February. Exact meeting location will be provided prior to the hunt. Cost for this guided hunt is $180 per hunter. We'll meet up with the guide around 0500 and set up to hunt until midday. You will need a VA hunting license and VA waterfowl stamp as well as a Federal waterfowl stamp (all can be purchased online). Non-toxic shot is required for all waterfowl hunting, and BBs or #1 shot is recommended. Full camouflage is a must, duck blind or marsh type pattern is recommended if you have it. Contact Rick if you have further questions.

 

5. Safety Recall. Remington has agreed to replace millions of triggers in its most popular product, the Model 700 rifle. The new recall covers all Model 700s made since 1962. For more details go to the website <http://xmprecall.remington.com>, or call the toll-free hotline, 1-800- 243-9700 (Prompt #3 then Prompt #1) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. The website and hotline provide guidance on returning recalled rifles free of charge.

 

6. Hevi Shot Recall. At temperatures below freezing, Hevi-Shot 12;gauge, 3;inch

HEVI;Metal and HEVI;Steel shotshell wads may crack on ignition. This may cause a “squib load”, with an off sound and reduced power. While this squib load will not damage your gun in any way, it can result in a wad stuck in your barrel, because the force of some of these shells may not be strong enough to push the wad all the way out of the muzzle. The danger comes if you fire again without clearing a stuck wad from your barrel. This can cause barrel damage or injury.

 

If you hear an off sound with no power, please stop shooting! First, unload your gun – and then check your barrel for obstructions before you fire again! Full details are in the enclosed Hevi-Shot public announcement

 

7. His First Deer. Club member Artur Vande Hei harvested a very respectable buck on Dec 3 not too far from Richmond, VA.  See photo section.  Congrats Artur!

 

8. Fishing Feedback.  See the photo section for the results from the 5 Dec fishing charter out of Reedville, VA.

 

9. Hunt of a Lifetime. Luck. Skill. Right place/right time. They all play a part in hunting

and for me they were all in alignment on Dec 1 when I encountered the animal in the photo section.  I was in a tree early morning and about 15 minutes after shooting light saw movement to my left front. It was a doe moving slowing along, feeding and relaxed. And, after a couple of minutes I noticed a buck behind her but could not get a good view of his antlers.  This exact scenario had played out the week prior, and in my mind as they approached was the thought that these were the same animals and I would

not make the same mistake again. 

 

The mistake The previous week I got greedy and let the doe come to the base of the stand hoping she would drag the buck within shooting range.  She did, but as I drew back she alerted on the movement and that was the end of that adventure. I did not get a good look at the buck antlers, but it seemed like a nice 6 point, maybe 8.

 

Now, as the animals approached in exactly the same sequence and path, I determined to shoot the doe. I am not a trophy hunter and since I was hunting in a Fairfax County Park the goal is to remove animals (and not get greedy). The doe continued to close, but did so in a way that she was always head-on, quartering toward or behind cover. I focused on her all the way, only seeing the buck out of the corner of my eye. Eventually, she again got to the bottom of the tree and stopped, facing straight away from me.

I chanced a glance at the buck and saw he had moved to a position about 20 yards away where his vitals could be seen but not his head or rump (a perfect setup on a 3D range!). I debated whether to shoot -- would the doe see me draw; was the shot clear enough to be ethical. After a few seconds I decided to draw because the doe was facing away and would likely not see me and if the wind shifted I was going to be busted again.

 

I was also confident about the shot placement.  I slipped the arrow right through the double-lung area of the buck and he ran off about 20 yards and dropped -- naturally at the bottom of a creek, which was at the base of a 15 foot hill and after reaching the top it was still going to be about 300 yards uphill to the truck.  I knew my work was cut out for me but did not realize how much until I actually laid a hand on the buck and notched the big game tag. I thought it was the nice 6 point I had seen before but it grew 5 points in the ditch and turned out to be an exceptional 11 point (I could see where a 12th point had been knocked off in a fight).

 

As you can tell from my story, it truly was luck, skill, right place/right time, alignment of the moon and stars as well as any other "good fortune" traits you can think of. But, I am not complaining -- this was the hunt of a lifetime.

- Dave

 

10. Novice Hunters Workshop. Loudoun County, VA Parks and Recreation is offering a VDGIF sponsored novice hunters workshop and hunt at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve during the late antlerless deer season. The Workshop Novice Hunt lottery will open Jan 15th for 2 weeks. Workshop is Feb 28 & Mar 1, Sat/Sun. Hunts are March 2, 3, 4, Mon thru Wed, all day.  There will be 10 slots for Novice Hunters. The County announcement follows:

 

267503 - BRNP Novice Hunt/Workshop (Ages 18 & Up) This workshop for novice hunters will consist of classroom sessions from 8:00A-5:00P on Saturday and Sunday that cover hunter safety, deer habitat, and hunting technique. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be shotgun or archery hunt with an assigned mentor (Monday hunt mandatory with workshop participation). Participants chosen in the lottery must have a current VA hunting license and qualification card for appropriate weapon by start of

workshop. Contact Banshee Reeks Manager, Ron Circe at 703-669-0316 or email

ron.circe@loudoun.gov with questions.

 

 

11. In Case You Missed It.

  • A new Dick’s Sporting Goods opened Springfield Towne Center at the location of the old Springfield Mall.

  • A new Gander Mountain store opened in Woodbridge, VA,directly across from WalMart

  • and Sam's Club.

  • A new indoor shooting range, Elite Shooting Sports, has opened in Prince William

  • County, VA. Details are at their website <http://www.eliteshootingsports.com/>

  • Cabela’s, the national chain of hunting, fishing and camping gear stores, has announced plans to open a megastore in Gainesville, VA, at the intersection of Interstate 66 and Route 29. Scheduled to open in spring 2017, the store is one of three locations planned for Virginia. Outposts in Bristol and Short Pump are expected to open in fall 2015 and spring 2016, respectively.

 

12. VDGIF Deer Report. An email report from the VDGIF regional biologist for Northern

Virginia is reproduced at the end of this newsletter.

 

13. Calendar of Events.

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

09 Jan – Possible OB lottery hunt #3

24 Jan – Waterfowl Hunt, VA

07 Feb – Field Goose Hunt, VA

TBD – Spring Membership Meeting

1 Jun – Cape Hatteras Fishing Charter

October 2014 Newsletter

In this issue:
 Virginia Upland Hunt Planned
 Virginia Fishing Charter Update
 Fort AP Hill Annual Deer Hunt
 Volunteers Needed
 For Sale by Member
 Calendar of Events
 Points of Contact


1. Virginia Upland Hunt Planned. Join VA Hunt Coordinator Rick Mrstik on Saturday, 13
December for a guided upland hunt at Shady Grove preserve (http://www.shady-grove.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 (and you may still have some of your annual club subsidy available). 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. Virginia Fishing Charter Update. The October fishing trip out of Reedville, VA did it
again. Once anchored and chumming, the fish started biting. Novices caught as many as the pros and the biggest fish was caught by Steve Wesbrook on his first ever saltwater trip. They brought home 100 bluefish and 9 stripers. Many more were tossed back. It was great action, fun
and camaraderie for the 8 who fished. Everyone needs to participate in these fishing trips, and invite the family too. Skill and experience is not a requirement. Sign up when the spring trips are announced in the newsletter.  The fishing charters for striped bass from Reedville, Virginia on 15 November and 5 December are filled.

 

3. Fort AP Hill Annual Deer Hunt. We have two spaces open for the 15-17 November
hunt at Fort AP Hill. Contact Dick Vande Hei at (202) 230-8658 or (202) 966-7307 soonest to
participate.

 

4. Volunteers Needed. If you would like to help out with one or more of the managed deer
hunts here in the northern Virginia area and haven’t already signed up at the fall membership
meeting, please let Bernie Gately know at 703-425-1494 or by email to bernard.gately@verizon.net. The available dates are below. 

 

19 Nov: Fairfax County hunt at Sully Woodlands Park; 2 volunteers
08 &10 Dec: Occoquan Bay NWR; 2 volunteers each day


5. For Sale by Member. Bow only used a few times, very fast.
X-I legion magnum compound bow, 60-75 lbs adjustment weight
10 Easton XX75 2216 arrows with feather vanes
6 Thunder head broad heads
Quiver
New string on bow
Bow in excellent shape
$135.00 – Call Andy Tirch if interested (703) 670-3203.

 

6. Calendar of Events.
02 Nov – Mason Neck scouting day
14-17 Nov – Fort AP Hill Annual Deer Hunt
15 Nov - Virginia striper charter
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
13 Dec – Upland Bird Hunt, Remington, VA
14 Dec – Trophy Striper charter, Lower Potomac
08 Jan - Fx Co Hunt #2 at Sully Woodlands (FCPA)
09 Jan – Possible OB lottery hunt #3

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

WCC Draft Changes
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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.