2020 Fishing Activities

Member Hunting and Fishing Stories

 

Cape Hatteras Trip:

 

After several rescheduling efforts of the fishing trip due to boat mechanical problems followed by small craft warnings, several of our members finally went offshore fishing in Cape Hatteras on the TUNADUCK and scored some big fish. The long fish is a large wahoo caught by Ed Fortunato, Jr. and a robust amberjack was caught by Kenney Concepcion after the fish took off with lots of line before Ken could turn it around. Club member Bill Brewer also caught a nice barracuda on the Cape Hatteras trip. There was a lot of discussion on whether they are edible or not and the answer is "it depends” as there are differing opinions on the websites.

 

Chesapeake Beach Maryland Trip

 

The Vande Hei’s enjoyed success on their July Striped Bass trip to the Chesapeake. The participants enjoyed success using live lining techniques. Makayla caught the biggest fish, but fun and action was enjoyed by the Vande Hei family on a beautiful day on the bay.

 

FISHING FOR SALMON

 

Several members made their first trip to Oswego, NY and Lake Ontario for a king (Chinook) fishing trip. It is about a 7-hour drive from DC on a pleasant and scenic drive. It was different from the Chesapeake Bay trip in that we fished by trolling lures very deep, often 150' or more using electronically controlled downriggers. We caught five king salmon (20-25 lbs.), a brown trout and a small mouth bass. This was the most advanced electronic set up I ever seen. All the downriggers had computer screens indicating water temperature, depth, line out etc. Weather was great and club members did their usual harassing each other. Covid virus handling was the same as here. We wore masks in restaurants and masks were optional on the boat. The boat was trolling so there was outdoor air movement. It is a lot cheaper than going to Alaska!

 

 

 

Two Good Days - Submitted by Dave Burpee

Anybody who has ever fished knows what it means to wish for “a good day.”  Unfortunately, those wishes are infrequently granted by the fish Gods.  So, when you and your buddies have TWO good days in the span of three weeks…, well, the Gods must have really been in good moods.

 

DIA members Dave Burpee, Bob Seltzer and Dan Van Gundy hired Tony Smith of Lake Anna Guide Service for two striper trips – June 4 and 25.  Tony is the same guide the DIA Club uses when it contracts for striper fishing on Lake Anna.

 

The first trip was truly magical.  A total of 2.5 hours on the water – including some time looking for fish – and we were back at the dock with a 16-fish limit that included many NICE ones.  In addition, we had fun with some hookups that resulted in smaller stripers and a few catfish being released.

 

The second trip took a little longer (5.5 hours) but was also VERY satisfying.  We boated 13 keepers and again had fun catching then releasing some stripers and catfish.  

 

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this article is expanded by two thousand words with the accompanying photos.  A good time was had by all!

Striped Bass Trip Enjoys Success - (submitted by Ed Fortunato)

 

May 27 was the Club's first fishing trip of the season and was another rounding success. Using our favorite 53' Bay boat the "Heritage" sailing from Lewisetta VA, we caught over 20 striped bass and our limit of 10 keeper size. The biggest was a huge 31 1/2" striper caught by young Kevin Concepcion on his first fishing trip. Talk about beginner's luck. But the

day was capped off by a highly unusual catch while trolling, and that was a large 15-20 lb catfish caught by long time member Ned O'Keefe. With the movement of the boat, the size of the fish and its large head spinning all the time, Ned had a real fight to bring it in, handed the rod to the captain, then to Kenny Concepcion, back to the captain and then back to Ned who finally got the beast in. All in all another fun trip with a lot of kidding aboard the boat. The captain/boat are careful of the virus and there are Clorox and soap buckets and lots of space to spread out.

NOTE FOR ALL TRIPS: If Corona virus is still an issue when these trips occur, State and boat captain’s rules will be followed. Details will be provided to participants for each trip in advance

 

BAY FISHING IN VIRGINIA:

 

27 May, Wednesday - striped bass from Lewisetta, fully booked, taking standby names

 

23 July, Thursday- Spanish mackerel and bluefish from Reedville, have 2-3 remaining openings

 

21 August Friday - Spanish mackerel and bluefish from Reedville, have 2-3 remaining openings

 

30 Nov  Monday  (Changed from 4 Dec)  - striped bass from Reedville, have 1-2 remaining openings

 

All gear and fish cleaning is provided. Just bring your food/drinks. 53' boat with cabin and head (Heritage). Cost is approx. $103 after Club discount, plus $25 cash tip for the mate. It is a great family outing. Check it out on

www.Fishersbaycharter.com

 

If you have interest in other dates or another charter let me know.

 

Call or email QUICKLY to reserve a spot, they fill up rapidly.

ed.fort.translog@comcast.net  703-622-9323

 

 

 

BAY FISHING IN MARYLAND:

 

23 May, Saturday – trolling for striped bass from Chesapeake Beach, MD. 5 remaining openings for this trip.

 

11 July, Saturday – live lining with light tackle for striped bass and bonus possibility for Spanish mackerel trolling from Chesapeake Beach, MD. 3 remaining openings for this trip.

 

21 November, Saturday – trolling for trophy striped bass from either Chesapeake Beach or Point Lookout, MD. 5 remaining openings for this trip.

 

Two fish limit for striped bass limit just enacted for Maryland this season!  All gear and fish cleaning is provided.  Just bring your food/drinks.  Aboard a 46’ boat with cabin and head (Tricia Ann II).  Cost is $90 after club discount, plus $25 cash tip for the mate.  Check it out on triciaanncharterfishing.com

 

If you have interest in a special Cobia trophy fishing trip on this boat in late summer, also please let me know. Contact MD Fishing Chair Lew Roach to book a rod

Lew.roach@gmail.com or 202-417-0714.

 

 

2019 Fishing Activities

Club Fishing Trip Announcements

 

  1. Virginia & Cape Hatteras Fishing:

Friday 6 December – From Reedville for large striped bass, cost after club discount $98 per person plus $25 cash tip for mate, fish cleaning and gear provided. Trip is full but Ed is taking stand-bys for any cancellations.

           

  1. Maryland Striper Charter:

Sunday September 6th. Lew Roach is scheduling a fishing charter with Captain Wayne Schuhart out of Chesapeake Beach, MD (Rod ‘n Reel Marina) on Sunday, September 8th at 6:00 AM.  This will be either live-lining small bait fish for stripers, or trolling for a combination of Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and stripers.  Captain supplies rods; mate cleans the fish back at the dock.   We’re seeking 7 anglers, and cost will be ONLY $90 per club member (after $10 club discount is applied).  Suggested tip to the mate is $20-25.  To book a rod, or for more information please contact Lew at lew.roach@gmail.com or cell (202) 417-0714. This trip is full, but Lew is planning a trophy striper trip for some time in December, so standby for details as early as our Fall Club Meeting. 

 

 

 

Results from the 31 July Lake Anna Trip

Four club fishermen went fishing for Rockfish on Lake Anna with our guide on July 31.   According to the guide, there were plenty of Rockfish caught all week before we came, even though the daytime temperatures were up in the mid-90’s.   Normally in the summer (particularly earlier in the summer), live bait is used over schooling fish.  But for the past week, most of the fish were caught on artificial lures (trolling).    On July 31, a cool front came through, and as usual, impacted fishing.  The day was absolutely delightful.  Cool in the morning; comfortable throughout.   But fishing was slow using live bait.  We switched to artificial lures, and still had light action.   We ended the day with three keeper rockfish, one large-mouth bass, and some catfish.   A number of smaller fish were thrown back.   The lesson here is that weather fronts do impact lake fishing.   It was still a fun and beautiful day to fish.

 

 

I still have openings for two of the planned rockfish trips to Lake Anna.   The trips were discussed in the last club newsletter and the recent dinner meeting.  We are allowed to keep up to four fish over 20 inches, and we clean our own fish.

 

There is only room for four fishermen on the pontoon boat.

 

Tuesday, July 2:    I only have one fisherman signed up so far.   Need three more.   I can only hold this reservation for about another week.

 

Wednesday, July 31:    Three fishermen have signed up.  We have room for one more.

 

Please respond soonest if you want to go out on one of these trips.   I’ll be sending more details soon to those who have signed up.

 

Marty Lockard

571-529-6433

twistruff@cox.net

 

 

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NCC-TU Presents
 
The 2019
Shad Report
No. 6
More Shad: Mum's the Word
May 21, 2019
 
There was trouble again just two days after our last report. Potomac shad fishing was suspended for two weeks by a double-whammy slug of water that arrived just as the run peaked. However, unlike last year, this season will not end before late schools of American shad reach Fletcher’s Cove. Shad catches resumed on Sunday and improved nicely all day on Monday. It has been suggested that spreading this news will only bring more rain and runoff; there's a Shad Report jinx, perhaps. I am unaware of such a phenomenon, but as a precaution, please burn after reading this email.
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Alex Binsted landed the American shad pictured above on Sunday morning, after he reluctantly restarted boat rentals with the river still above the caution stage at Little Falls. Given the long delay, it was necessary for him to perform some fieldwork on behalf of the Fletcher’s Boathouse customers itching to catch shad again. Alas, the summer-like weather and fading shad memories spoiled this well reasoned excuse to go fishing. Few anglers showed up.
A notable exception was the picnic party led by Tidal Slam champion Connor Donovan and his wife Emily, along with Tim Shadyac and Anne Stewart Milligan. The foursome pointed their rowboats downriver to soak up some rays, enjoy some good food and catch shad. All told, they landed over a dozen Americans and one hickory, and their pioneering excursion set an example for the rest of us. On Monday, the same area produced well for Sandy Burk in the morning, and Tom Akins and Lois Boland in the afternoon. Binsted came back out at the end of the day to show off and rang up thirty American shad in short order. He will deny this ever happened.
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By color and condition, it appears that most of the latest shad are newly arrived fish, either pre-spawn or spawning. There are many feisty bucks in the mix, like the one shown here from Monday morning, which begs the question: Are more large roes on the way? With beautiful weather set to arrive for the middle of the week, it will be an excellent time to find out. If you come, expect stubbornly strong currents and murky water. The recent thunderstorms upstream have caused the river to rise slightly as this report goes out. Staying closer to shore will likely be a good strategy, as discussed last time.
Except for a few strays, the hickory shad migration has probably run its course. Action was hot upstream before the high water, so it might be worth checking out that area one more time. Hickories are always gone by the end of May, while river herring and American shad continue their runs into June.
I hope to see you on the river but will deny any knowledge of this outstanding late season fishing.
 
Mark Binsted
VP, NCC-TU
 
NPS has extended the deadline for comments on the traffic upgrade alternatives proposed for Fletcher’s Cove to May 29. Please read the FFC email to supporters​ regarding this effort, with links to the full presentation and comments page.

Club Fishing Trip Announcements

A. Virginia & Cape Hatteras Fishing:

ALL VIRGINA TRIPS BELOW ARE CURRENTLY FILLED ALREADY. However, Ed is taking names for the standby list. This early in the year it is likely that there will be a few openings.

Chesapeake Bay from Virginia:

Tuesday 28 May – for striped bass, cost after club discount is $98 per person plus $25 cash tip for mate. Fish cleaning and gear provided. Trip is full but taking stand-bys for any cancellations. Note: The recent announcement of the closure of the Virginia TROPHY striped bass season does not affect us. Our Virginia charter is after 15 May when the allowance is 2 fish per person between 20“- 28”.

Due to interest, an additional Virginia striped bass charter can be arranged 16 May- 15 June, call or email if interested, no obligation at this time. Based on responses, a date will be coordinated with interested parties.

Friday 16 August – Spanish mackerel and blue fish, cost $90 per person plus $25 cash tip for mate. Fish cleaning and gear provided. This trip is designated as

the “Leroy Bussells Memorial Trip” to honor the passing of Leroy. Trip is full but taking stand-bys for any cancellations.

Friday 23 August – Not a memorial trip, but same details as 16 August trip above. Trip is full but taking stand-bys for any cancellations.

Friday 6 December – large striped bass, cost after club discount $98 per person plus $25 cash tip for mate, fish cleaning and gear provided. Trip is full but taking stand-bys for any cancellations.

Cape Hatteras:

Monday 20 May – for yellowfin and blackfin tuna, mahi mahi, possible white marlin, sailfish and whatever is in the ocean! Cost is $257 per person after club discount, plus $50 cash tip for the mate. Fish cleaning extra cost. Gear provided. Trip is full but taking stand-bys for any cancellations.

For any of the above trips contact Ed Fortunato, ed.fort.translog@comcast.net or (703) 622-9323.

B. Lake Anna Rockfish:

Monday, June 17; Tuesday, July 2; and Wed, July 31. In the past, we’ve tried to fish at various times of the year, but the trips outside the warmer months yielded mixed results. This year, we are concentrating on the warmer months when the rockfish are schooling. It seems to be more productive than when they are scattered. The limit for rockfish is a generous 4 fish over 20 inches. Live bait and all equipment is provided by the guide. Four fishermen per trip. Cost is $127.50 each for member including the $10/member discount. Tip of $20 is extra. We clean our own fish. Please contact Marty Lockard at twistruff@cox.net if you want to fish this summer. Let Marty know which day you prefer. I will add you to the lists in the order I receive the responses. Follow-up email will provide all of the details.

C. Shenandoah River Float Trip:

Saturday, May 18 2019. Come to the South Fork of the Shenandoah River at Bentonville, Virginia for a day of fishing on the best small bass portion of South Fork. Bring your own lunch and beverages for the day. Arrive by 7:30 am and we’ll start fishing at 8 am at Downriver Canoe Company in Bentonville, Va which is approximately 90 minutes from the DC area Beltway via Front Roya, Va on I-66 West (go past Cabela’s in Gainesville, Va) to Linden, Va Exit 13. Follow signs to Shenandoah National Park and continue South on US 340 to Bentonville, Va and turn right after the Post Office and Canoe sign that’s on the left. Turn Right onto Indian Hollow Rd. Details and directions furnished after

signup. POC: Maston Gray, 703-408-8020 maston.gray@cox.net. The trip is approximately $40 per person kayak or canoe, paid to Down River CC on day of trip. Appropriate subsidy discount follows after trip. Bring your own lunch and beverages for the day, with hat, sunscreen, shades, bait, lures, rod, etc. There will be no rain date. A weather call will be announced 48 hrs before the trip in case of inclement weather or high water. Come fish!

 

 

Club Fishing Trip Announcements

 

A. Maryland Fishing: Lew Roach is scheduling a fishing charter with Captain Wayne Schuhart out of Chesapeake Beach, MD (Rod ‘n Reel Marina) on Sunday April 21st at 6:00 AM. This is opening week 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 7 anglers, and cost will be ONLY $90 per club member (after $10 club discount is applied). Suggested tip to the mate is $20-25. To book a rod, or for more information please contact Lew at lew.roach@gmail.com or cell (202) 417-4185. This trip is full but Lew is taking names for the stand-bys.

 

B. Virginia & Cape Hatteras Fishing:

 

ALL VIRGINA TRIPS BELOW ARE CURRENTLY FILLED ALREADY. However, Ed is taking names for the standby list. This early in the year it is likely that there will be a few openings.

 

Chesapeake Bay from Virginia:

Tuesday 28 May – for striped bass, cost after club discount is $98 per person plus 25 cash tip for mate. Fish cleaning and gear provided. Trip is full but taking stand-bys for any cancellations.

Friday 16 August – Spanish mackerel and blue fish, cost $90 per person plus 25 cash tip for mate. Fish cleaning and gear provided. This trip is designated as the “Leroy Bussells Memorial Trip” to honor the passing of Leroy. Trip is full but taking stand-bys for any cancellations.

Friday 23 August – Not a memorial trip, but same details as 16 August trip above. Trip is full but taking stand-bys for any cancellations.

Friday 6 December – large striped bass, cost after club discount $98 per person plus $25 cash tip for mate, fish cleaning and gear provided. Trip is full but taking stand-bys for any cancellations.

Cape Hatteras:

Monday 20 May – for yellowfin and blackfin tuna, mahi mahi, possible white marlin, sailfish and whatever is in the ocean! Cost is $257 per person after club discount, plus $50 cash tip for the mate. Fish cleaning extra cost. Gear provided. Trip is full but taking stand-bys for any cancellations.

For any of the above trips contact Ed Fortunato, ed.fort.translog@comcast.net or (703) 622-9323.

 

 

C. Lake Anna Rockfish:

 

Monday, June 17; Tuesday, July 2; and Wed, July 31. In the past, we’ve tried to fish at various times of the year, but the trips outside the warmer months yielded mixed results. This year, I’m concentrating on the warmer months when the rockfish are schooling. It seems to be more productive than when they are scattered. The limit for rockfish is a generous 4 fish over 20 inches. Live bait and all equipment is provided by the guide. Four fishermen per trip. Cost is $127.50 each for member including the $10 member discount. Tip of $20 is extra. We clean our own fish. Please contact Marty Lockard at twistruff@cox.net if you want to fish this summer. Let me know which day you prefer. I will add you to the lists in the order I receive the responses. Follow-up will include providing all of the details.

 

D. Shenandoah River Float Trip:

 

Saturday, May 18 2019. Come to the South Fork of the Shenandoah River at Bentonville Virginia for a day of fishing on the best small bass portion of South Fork. Bring your own lunch and beverages for the day. We’ll start fishing at 8 am at Downriver Canoe Company in Bentonville Va, off Indian Hollow Rd which is approximately 90 minutes from the DC area Beltway via Front Royal Va on I-66 West (go past Cabela’s in Gainesville Va) to Exit 13. Follow signs to Shenandoah National Park and continue South on US 340 to Bentonville Va and turn right after the Post Office and Canoe sign that’s on the left. Details and directions furnished after signup. POC: Maston Gray, 703-408-8020, maston.gray@cox.net. The trip is approximately $40 per person kayak or canoe, paid to Down River CC on day of trip. Bring your own lunch and beverages for the day, with hat, sunscreen, shades, bait, lures, rod, etc. There will be no rain date. A weather call will be announced 48 hrs before the trip in case of inclement weather or high water. Come fish!

 

 

 

2018 Fishing Activities

Lake Anna Rockfish - On October 9, four club members tried their hand at catching rockfish at Lake Anna, southwest of Fredericksburg.   It was a beautiful, calm day -- not too chilly and not too hot.  The guide had plenty of large live bait.  Everything looked perfect!   We started out very quickly with a nice-sized keeper rockfish.   For the rest of the day, the guide looked and looked and looked.  He would spot some here and there and start fishing again.   The larger rockfish just weren’t interested.   We still caught some rockfish under 20 inches that were thrown back.   We also caught a number of catfish.   Just as we were reeling in the lines and calling it a day, something big hit one of the last lines in the water.    The result was a 10.5 pound channel catfish (12 pounds is reportedly a citation in Virginia).  

We are finished with trips to Lake Anna this year.  Subject to Board approval, two trips are planned for June and one in July in 2019.   Because of problematic boat traffic on weekends during the warmer months, they will be set up for the middle of the week.   Some club members have expressed a desire to only fish on the weekends.   Several weekend trips have been set up in the past few years, but the sign-up responses were poor and the trips were cancelled.   If still interested in weekends only, please let Marty Lockard know.  If he can get at least four fishermen lined up for a weekend, he has agreed to coordinate with you to set a mutually agreeable date.  You can contact Marty at 571-529-6433 (H) or twistruff@cox.net

 

 

Shenandoah River Float Fishing Trip – May 5, 2018

 

Eight members and guests of the DIA R&G club met Saturday May 5th at the Downriver Canoe Company in Bentonville Virginia for a 7.5 mile float fishing experience from Burner’s Bottom to the Bentonville Bridge where Downriver is located.

 

Participants pictured above included Greg Fernandez and wife Evie, Mike (friend of Louis), Maston Gray, Louis Cappucci, Jamie (friend of Louis), Dave Eoff and son Chris. We used 3 canoes and 2 kayaks and each boat caught about 5 plus fish each, most were Small Mouth Bass, but also included some Bluegill and Carp. Total fish caught were 21 small mouth, 2 bluegill, and 2 carp. We saved the carp to bbq for dinner. Mike and Jamie had the most catch and will win a free used Minnow Bucket and Fishing Net!

Most of the action came in the relatively rocky areas (bigger rocks) using a brown 3” grub body with black speckles on a 1/8 oz jig head. I think they were holding on the back side of those rocks, out of the current. The first fish we caught hit a 4” green pumpkin Senko, wacky rigged on a 1/0 hook that had just unsnagged from the bottom, so it was probably low, too. We used very small split shot above the Senkos to get them down in the current. Other small mouths were caught in the lee of sandbars or creeks entering the river. The protected water seemed to be where they were feeding most. The largest small mouth was caught just a quarter mile up river from the pull out bridge in mid river with slower moving deep water; he no doubt was feeding deeper in the lee of a shelf or larger rock.

 

The weather was perfect, with cool temps and some overcast to keep the shadows to a minimum. It was preceded by several days of 90 plus temps. We caught fish starting 15 min after launch and right up until 3:30 pm before we pulled out at the Bentonville Bridge. The river was running a good clip, but was dropping as the day went along, and good clear water. Some of us used anchors from canoes to better position in the ‘sweet spots’. Kayaks tied off onto low hanging trees. A variety of bait was successful, artificial lures, spinners and mini shad. Several of us had worms from the local grocery but never really needed them as the fish took to the artificial baits quite well.

 

A good and safe time was had by all and the Downriver Canoe Company (www.downriver.com) is an excellent float fishing outfitter with 40 yrs of knowledge of the river by John the owner. All agreed it was a great trip and planned to return next time with more and better fish tales!

 

 

WHAT A DAY ON THE BAY - DIA Club members filled their fish buckets AGAIN. Monday May 21 charter aboard the “Heritage” saw our members catch their quota of striped bass in just 1 1⁄2 hours, a new Club record. It was a great weather day squeezed in between days of incessant rain. The captain decided to chum rather than to troll and he called it right. Fish started hitting immediately, numerous smaller ones were released and the legal size of 20” was quickly filled. Everyone was thrilled by the action

and glad to return by noon with fresh fillets. Fishing is a great family event too, try it some time.

 

 

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN HERE YESTERDAY - Have you ever heard that when going fishing? Well, we 6 DIA Club members were there “yesterday” at Cape Hatteras and we caught approximately 50 fish totaling 380 lbs. It was a fantastic day of action. At one time all 6 fishermen had fish on and were moving about fighting fish and trying to avoid tangles, while the captain and mate were trying to direct the pandemonium. It was a blast. Dolphin (mahi-mahi), yellowfin tuna and black fin tuna were the catch of the day. Also a surprising king mackerel and a salt water gar (didn’t know there was such a fish). Capt. Dan Rooks was our skipper on the TUNADUCK. We have been chartering with him for 5 years and he has always come through for us. Dave Rogel who joined last year was aboard as were two Board members, Lew Roach and Leroy Bussells. Also on board was Rufus Brinn, the fishing chairman Ed Fortunato and his son Ed Jr. All in all another great DIA Club fishing experience and lots of fresh fillets to enjoy all year. Keep your eyes open and sign up early for fishing charters, they are a barrel of fun.

 

 

2018 Recreational Black Sea Bass Fishery - The secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, in response to the action taken for black sea bass by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, pursuant to the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 08.02.05.21A and F, announces the season, catch limit, and minimum size for the recreational black sea bass fishery for the remainder of 2018.

 

Effective 12:01 a.m. May 15, 2018:

  • The season is open May 15, 2018 through December 31, 2018.
  • Anglers may keep up to 15 black sea bass per person per day.
  • The minimum size is 12.5 inches.

 

This notice supersedes previous public notices issued in 2018 for the recreational black sea bass fishery.

 

Mark J. Belton

Secretary of Natural Resources

 

 

Coast Guard Honors Smith Point Sea Rescue - Smith Point Sea Rescue (SPSR), an all-volunteer sea rescue organization based in Burgess, VA, recently received the highest civilian honor awarded by the United States Coast Guard (USCG). USCG Rear Admiral Meredith Austin presents the Distinguished Public Service award to Smith Point Sea Rescue.

 

SPSR, the only all-volunteer sea rescue service on the Chesapeake, responds to boaters in distress in the middle Chesapeake Bay area between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers as well as on the Potomac River from Ragged Point to the Bay. The unit offers assistance to boaters 24/7, free of charge. USCG Rear Admiral Meredith Austin and USCG Captain Rick Webster, Sector Hampton Roads Commander, presented SPSR with the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest award the Coast Guard can give to a civilian organization.

 

Nominees for the award must have demonstrated at least one of the following: "extraordinary heroism in advancing the Coast Guard's mission; exceptional coordination and/or cooperation in matters pertaining to the Coast Guard's responsibilities; personal and direct contribution to the Coast Guard that had a direct bearing on the accomplishment of the Coast Guard's responsibilities to its citizens."

 

A portion of the presented award reads: "their (SPSR's) vigilant crews and well-equipped response boats have conducted over 2,500 missions, often at night and in foul weather, and have saved or assisted hundreds of mariners throughout their 44-year history."

 

SPSR Vice President Jim Bullard says the group, which conducts 65 to 70 rescues each year and is supported through donations and fundraisers, maintains four rescue boats, two on the lower Potomac and two in Reedville. The fleet will be there to help when the unexpected occurs, Bullard says: "we are boaters ourselves, and understand that sinking feeling when an engine won't start, a cable breaks, or a sandbar chases us down. When the inevitable happens, hail us on (VHF) Channel 16 or dial 911, we'll be on our way."

 

 

Maryland Light Tackle Fishing Charter - Lew Roach is scheduling a charter with Captain Wayne Schuhart out of Chesapeake Beach, MD (Rod ‘n Reel Marina) on Sunday September 9th at 6:30 AM. This will be a chumming or live-lining trip, depending on recent success. We could also switch to some trolling for Spanish mackerel, as they are usually running then, too. Captain supplies rods; mate cleans the fish back at the dock. We’re seeking 7 anglers, and cost should be approximately $100 ($15 less if you have not used up your annual discount). Suggested tip to the mate is $20-25. To book a rod, or for more information, please contact Lew at lew.roach@gmail.com or cell (202) 417-4185.

 

 

Oyster Gardening Seminars Offered in VA - The Chesapeake Oyster Alliance is hoping to boost the Bay’s oyster population by 10 billion by 2025, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) wants you to lend a hand-and a dock-in the effort. In June, CBF will hold oyster gardening seminars throughout Virginia in Hampton Roads, on the Eastern Shore, on the Middle Peninsula, and on the Northern Neck.

 

Seminars teach prospective gardeners how to care for baby oysters (spat) as they grow into adults over the course of a year. Those who attend a workshop and are ready to garden will be given baby oysters on recycled shells (called “spat-on-shell”) and two cages for a fee to offset program costs. Attendees aren’t obligated to move forward as gardeners and only pay if they want to participate in the program.

 

Oysters are grown in cages suspended in the water from a residential dock or marina. After a year, gardeners return the oysters to CBF. The Foundation then places the bivalves on a Virginia sanctuary reef near their “hometown,” so to speak. Returning gardeners can turn in their full-grown oysters and receive new spat during “round-ups,” which the CBF will hold on the same day as scheduled seminars.

 

CBF’s Virginia Oyster Restoration Outreach Coordinator Kelly Davis says that growing oysters, which filter water and provide much needed habitat for other species, is quite the experience. "You are helping restore an iconic species,” she says. “These oysters will help create protected reefs that bring back crucial habitat in local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay."

 

 

 

 

Maryland Department of Natural Resources 

Fishing and Boating Services 

New Emergency Regulations for Hooks, Bait, Striped Bass — May 16 through Oct. 12


The Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review Committee has approved emergency regulations pertaining to hooks, bait and striped bass. The committee has approved these regulations on a temporary basis through Oct. 12, 2018.

Effective May 16, in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries:

1.     Anglers must use circle hooks when live-lining or chumming;

2.     Anglers must use circle hooks or "J" hooks when using fish, crabs or worms as bait, or when using processed baits; and

3.     The minimum size for striped bass is 19 inches.

Additionally, the department is moving forward with the normal regulation process, which would keep these temporary regulations effective through the 2018 and 2019 fishing seasons.

The department is accepting public comment on these regulatory changes through May 29, 2018, and has also scheduled a hearing, which will be held at 6 p.m. May 17, 2018, at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House located at 351 Dubois Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. Appropriate accommodations will be provided upon request. 

Please visit our Changes to Fishing Regulations page and click on HOOKS, BAIT, STRIPED BASS for detailed information about the hearing and to submit comments.

 

 

 

Saturday, May 5 2018 Shenandoah River Float Fishing Trip.  Come to the South Fork of the Shenandoah River at Bentonville Va for a day of fishing on the best small bass portion of South Fork. Bring your own lunch and beverages for the day. We’ll start fishing at 8 am at Downriver Canoe Company Bentonville Va which is approximately 90 minutes from the DC area Beltway via Front Royal Va on I-66 West (go past Cabela’s in Gainesville Va) to Exit 13. Follow signs to Shenandoah National Park and continue South on US 340 to Bentonville  Va and turn right after the Post Office and Canoe sign on the left onto Indian Hollow, go straight to the river and canoe company.  Details and directions furnished after signup. POC: Maston Gray, 703-408-8020, maston.gray@cox.net. The trip is approximately $35 per person kayak or canoe, but bring your own lunch and beverages for the day, with hat, sunscreen, shades, bait, etc.  There will be no rain date. A weather call will be announced 48 hrs before the trip in case of inclement weather or high water. Come fish!   For more info, see www.downriver.com
 

 

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It is now 10 days since the DIA Rod & Gun Club Newsletter came out.  Today is the first cut-off date mentioned in the newsletter.  The trip is now set for Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14.   The guide has confirmed those dates.   The months of March and April are the most likely months to catch “trophy” rockfish at Lake Anna.

 

The following have signed up in response to the article in the newsletter.

 

Friday, April 13:                Alternates

Dave Burpee                      None to date

Dan Van Gundy

Bob Seltzer

Marty Lockard

 

Saturday, April 14:           Alternates

Ken Haglan                         Haglan (Ken’s son)

Haglan (Ken’s Dad)

Greg Hernandez

Ralph Young

 

If you would like to be included as an alternate or hot back-up, please let me know.   We always have cases where a confirmed fisherman has to drop out.  The next cut-off date for members is 10 days from now or March 14.  After March 14, I will accept non-members.  Remember that members get first priority until March 14, the charge for non-members is $10 more, and non-members don’t get a club subsidy.  If you haven’t paid your club dues yet, please do so to retain your membership standing.

 

Attached is a recently updated document that provides all of the details you will need to know.

 

If you no longer want to receive Lake Anna fishing information, please let me know and I’ll remove you from my email group.

 

Marty Lockard

571-529-6433 (H)

twistruff@cox.net    or   lock7-mar2@cox.net

Lake Anna Rockfish Trip

The Board has approved three freshwater fishing events this year at Lake Anna,

which is a large, beautiful, and very clean fresh water lake southwest of

Fredericksburg (about 1 hr., 20 min from Springfield). The first event will occur

between mid-March and late April (exact dates TBD). The intent is to book two

consecutive days, Friday and Saturday (4 fishermen each day). Saturdays are

problematic in the late spring and summer because of heavy boat traffic. We use

a guide and a fully equipped pontoon boat. The guide provides all of the fishing

gear and live bait and/or lures. There is less schooling in March and April, and that

usually translates into trolling with up to 13 poles and locating the fish with a

sophisticated fish finder. We target freshwater rockfish that look and taste the

same as salt water rockfish. We also catch nice-sized largemouth bass and channel

catfish. Each fisherman is allowed to keep four rockfish 20 inches or longer. If you

want to commit to fish one of those two days, send me an email stating that and

I’ll put you down on the list in the order that I receive your email. The deadline for

signing up from the newsletter will be 10 days after it is sent. After that deadline,

my active list of members interested in Lake Anna fishing will receive priority. If

you would like to try it but aren’t sure about committing yet, send me an email

stating that. I’ll add you to my active list and you will receive additional emails

about available openings as they occur. You’ll also receive a recently updated

document that provides all of the details. Last year, the cost was $137.50. This

year, the Board has again authorized member subsidies ($15 per club sponsored

event for a maximum of two events). A Virginia freshwater fishing license is

required.  Marty Lockard twistruff@cox.net or lock7-mar2@cox.net

571-529-6433 (H)

 

Maryland Trophy Striper Charter

Lew Roach is scheduling a fishing charter with Captain Wayne Schuhart out of

Chesapeake Beach, MD (Rod ‘n Reel Marina) on Monday April 23th at 6:00 AM.

This is opening week 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

7 anglers, and cost will be ONLY $85 per club member (after $15 club subsidy is

applied). Suggested tip to the mate is $20-25. To book a rod, or for more

information please contact Lew at lew.roach@gmail.com or cell (202) 417-4185.)

 

Virginia Fishing Charters for 2018

Monday 21 May – Striped Bass

Saturday 18 Aug – Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish

Friday 24 Aug – Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish

Friday 30 Nov – Striped Bass

 

Cost for the striped bass trips is only 108 per person and the mackerel/bluefish trip

is 105, plus 25 cash tip for the mate. Non-members add 10 but members come first.

All fishing gear, bait and fish cleaning is INCLUDED in this price. Just bring your

food/drinks. Club subsidy of $15 per for up to 2 events in 2018 after the event.

Sailings will be from Northern Neck area; Lewisetta in May and Reedville for the

others. The boat is the 53’ Heritage (possibly the largest on the Bay) and has been

one of the best skippers on the Bay that we have used for years. Check it out on

www.fishersbaycharters.com . These are fist come, sign up early because the slots

go quickly. If you have dates/desires let me know and I will see if I can arrange other

dates.

 

I am considering adding a striped bass trip out of Reedville area the first or second

week of June since the Virginia striper season normally ends mid-June and does not

re- open until October... If anyone is interested in that time frame please let me

know. There is NO obligation now. Based on the responses I will coordinate a date

with the members before any commitment is made. However, the sooner you

respond, the sooner we have a chance of getting a date while the boat still has

openings.

 

Contact me to lock in a spot 703-622-9323 or ed.fort.translog@comcast.net

Send your checks for the amounts shown made out to DIA Rod and Gun Club (not

to me) and mail to: Edward Fortunato 8803 General Couchs Court Fredericksburg,

VA 22407

 

Virginia Float Fishing Trips on the South Fork of the Shenandoah

River –

 

May 5, Saturday Bentonville VA, Downriver Canoe Company

June 9, Saturday, Rileyville VA, Wade or Float (bring your own

kayak/canoe)

 

POC: Maston Gray – 703-408-8020

Club Fishing Trip Results

2 December

It was a beautiful day on the Chesapeake with calm winds as opposed to the day before. We started out slow and did not have a keeper in the boat till almost noon. Nonetheless when it got right, it was game on - landing a limit of pretty Bass up to 36 inches! Thanks to Ed for organizing these trips. You are missing a fun day and great comradeship if you don’t get in on one of these trips.

 

9 December:

Captain Wayne Schuhart moved his boat, Tricia Ann II, from Chesapeake Beach, MD to Ridge, MD (near Pt. Lookout) to be closer to the striper action where the Potomac River enters Chesapeake Bay. Everything was fine until we learned that the area was in the bull’s eye of a major snow storm on the day we were supposed to fish. The weather forecast was monitored closely the night before. It began snowing heavily in Southern Maryland around 3PM. The forecast called for 100% chance of snow with an accumulation of 4-8 inches in the area. Interestingly, the forecast also predicted very light winds (4 mph in the morning). After discussing the situation with the Captain, we made the decision to fish. Early in the morning, the roads were well salted and generally passable. Snow accumulation was limited to grassy areas and trees. A short time after leaving the dock, it was evident that the forecast was very wrong. It was mostly raining, the wind speed was more like 15mph, and the sea state was fairly rough. We arrived at the ‘hot’ fishing area where a number of other boats were already fishing. The lines went into the water, and we immediately began catching fish. One early hit appeared to be “Jurassic Park” as it was pulling hard and was extremely difficult to reel in. It turned out to be a double header, both nice-sized stripers. We continued to catch stripers, most of which were well above 20 inches. We limited out and returned to the marina by about 1PM. Everyone went home with a nice batch of fillets. A very successful day despite the weatherman!

2017 Fishing Activities

Remaining Fishing Trips for 2017

 

As of November:

 

Maryland Striper Fishing Charters:

Lew Roach has one remaining charter with Captain Wayne Schuhart out of Chesapeake Beach, MD (Rod ‘n Reel Marina).

Saturday December 9th- trolling trip targeting large sea-run rockfish as they enter the Chesapeake- Currently all slots are filled. Call Lew if you want to be on a stand-by list. This trip has a TWO striper limit as above, but much higher chance for trophy stripers. Captain supplies rods; mate cleans the fish back at the dock. For more information please contact Lew Roach at lew.roach@gmail.com or cell (202) 417-4185.) 

 

Fishing from Virginia Bay:

  • Friday 1 Dec - Striped Bass: Currently all slots are filled, taking names for standby list. Trolling out of Reedville for Trophies, 2 fish per person.

 

  • Saturday 2 Dec - Striped Bass: Currently all slots are filled. The cost of the trip is approximately $108 and club members can deduct any remaining 15% club subsidy amount from this amount. Call if you would like to be on a stand-by list in case someone cancels at the last minute.  The boat license covers all persons aboard, no need to buy a VA or MD fishing license. All fishing gear is provided, just bring food/drinks. Costs above do NOT include a $25 cash tip for mate. Fish cleaning is free on Bay trip.

 

  • 30 September Cape Hatteras Trip: Currently all slots are filled Cost approximately $258, plus $50 mate tip, prior to Club discount if you are still authorized one. Please contact Ed below if interested in being placed on a stand-by list.

 

  • Contact Ed Fortunato if interested in any of the Bay Trips or Cape Hatteras Trip. Payment will be coordinated upon filling a trip. Ed Fortunato, 703-622-9323, Ed.fort.translog@comcast.net

 

Lake Anna Freshwater Rockfish Trips:

  • No other trips for the rest of the year are planned, but a trip later in the Fall may be possible, depending on interest. This trip would have to be approved by the board, so if interested please contact Martin Lockard soon at 571-529-6433, or twistruff@cox.net.

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As of September:

 

Maryland Striper Fishing Charters:

 

Lew Roach is scheduling TWO fishing charters with Captain Wayne Schuhart out of Chesapeake Beach, MD (Rod ‘n Reel Marina). 

  • Saturday, September 9th at 6:00 AM for 6 to 8 anglers. Light tackle trip.  Currently all slots are filled. Call Lew if you want to be on a stand-by list. This will be a chumming or live-lining trip targeting TWO stripers per angler minimum of 20 inches; just one over 28 inches. Cost will be approximately $100. Bluefish will likely be in the mix, as well. The most recent report is that fishing is RED HOT, so this ought to be a good trip.

 

  • Saturday December 9th- trolling trip targeting large sea-run rockfish as they enter the Chesapeake- Currently all slots are filled. Call Lew if you want to be on a stand-by list. This trip has the same TWO striper limit as above, but much higher chance for trophy stripers. Captain supplies rods; mate cleans the fish back at the dock. Same cost as above. To book a rod on either trip, or for more information please contact Lew Roach at lew.roach@gmail.com or cell (202) 417-4185.

Results of the Lake Anna Trip!

On June 8 & 9, there was a 2-day striper fishing event at Lake Anna southwest of Fredericksburg. We had four club members signed up each day to go after rockfish on a pontoon boat with a guide. The first day was beautiful but quite chilly, cloudy, and windy. Plus, there were engine problems that limited us to the electric motor. The catch:  Six keeper rockfish, one nice largemouth bass, and a bunch of channel catfish. The second day was much warmer and sunny, and a different boat was used. The catch: Eight keeper rockfish and some channel catfish. Everyone enjoyed the outings in this peaceful, beautiful setting. A good number of fish were caught on both days and released. Most of the released rockfish ironically measured a half inch less than the minimum. We probably fished a little too early in June as the rockfish

were not schooling as expected. See pictures of this trip in the photos section.

 

 

Another Successful Fishing Trip!

Club members enjoyed success during Maryland’s Rockfish opening weekend. Herb Cully’s 42 inch trophy Striper was one of five lunkers caught with Capt.  Wayne and Mate Doug aboard the TRICIA ANN II.  See photo in the Photos section.

 

Fishing from Virginia Bay Schedule:

Friday 19 May – Striped Bass. Out of Lottsburg, VA. Trolling, 2-fish limit. Currently filled but taking standbys in case of cancellations.

 

Friday 18 Aug- Spanish Mackerel. Out of Reedville, VA. 15 fish limit per person.  Currently filled.

 

Friday 25 Aug - Spanish Mackerel. Same as above. Two openings remain, the cost of the trip is approximately $100 and club members can deduct any remaining 15% club subsidy from this amount. These are high success trips. Currently filled.   

 

Friday 1 Dec - Striped Bass. Currently filled, taking names for standby list. Trolling for Trophies, One trophy sized fish per person.

 

Saturday 2 Dec,- Striped Bass. 1 opening remainig – This is a NEW TRIP due to member request. Out of Reedville due to member request. The cost of the trip is approximately $108 and club members can deduct any remaining 15% club subsidy amount from this amount. Call now to book a spot.  The boat license covers all persons aboard, no need to buy a VA or MD fishing license.  All fishing gear is provided, just bring food/drinks. Costs above do NOT include a $25 cash tip for mate. Fish cleaning is free on Bay trips. Cost for non-club members would be approximately $125.

 

Cape Hatteras offshore Trip:

Saturday 29 April – currently filled. This time of year the target species are normally Mahi, Yellow fin and Black fin tuna, but White Marlin, Sailfish are always possible and have been caught in the past as well. You just never know what to expect. Approximate cost is $250 before club discount depending on your earlier subsidies. Cost does not include a $50 cash tip for mate nor any fish cleaning fees you elect to pay.  Contact Ed Fortunato if interested in any of the Bay Trips or Cape Hatteras Trip.  Payment will be coordinated upon filling a trip. Ed Fortunato, 703-622-9323,

Ed.fort.translog@comcast.net

 

June Lake Anna Freshwater Rockfish Trips

The next Lake Anna Rockfish trips are scheduled for Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June 9. These trips are focused on straight down, “fast and furious” rockfish. As of April 24, all openings have been filled by club members, but there is still room to sign up as an alternate (in case someone has to cancel). Remember that June is the “fast and

furious” period for rockfish in the lake. We normally get over schools of fish, and it is common to have hits on multiple lines at same time. So we expect lots of action and fun. A trip later in the Fall may be possible, depending on interest. The limit remains at four rockfish per day over 20 inches. We also catch some nice sized largemouth bass and channel catfish. The trip involves a guide and a pontoon boat equipped with sophisticated fish-finding equipment. The tackle and live bait are provided by the guide.

The optimum fishing arrangement is to have four fishermen go out each day. The cost per member is approximately $134 and members can deduct any remaining 15% subsidy from this amount. Cost does not include any tips. Exact cost is subject to change. If you are interested in signing up for the June trip, please contact Martin Lockard, 571-529-6433, twistruff@cox.net.  

Saturday, May 6th 2017, Shenandoah River Float Fishing Trip.  Come to the South Fork of the Shenandoah River near Rileyville VA and Jeremey’s Run for a day of fishing on the best small bass portion of the river. Bring your own lunch and beverages for the day/dinner, and a hamburger dinner is furnished at 4 pm riverside. Sit on-top kayaks, sit -in kayaks and tubes furnished. Bring your own canoe, or arrange for one ahead of time with Maston Gray at 703-408-8020, maston.gray@cox.net.

 

We’ll start fishing 9 am at 262 River Road, Rileyville Va and conclude the day with a bbq at 4 pm. Rileyville is approximately 60 minutes from the DC area Beltway via Front Royal Va on I-66 West (go past Cabela’s in Gainesville Va).  It is about 5 miles south of Bentonville VA and about 20 min from Front Royal Va on US 340 South.  Details and directions furnished before signup.

 

POC: Maston Gray, 703-408-8020, maston.gray@cox.net. The trip is no cost, but bring your own lunch and beverages for the whole day/dinner.  Space is limited so decide and respond early. There will be no rain date. A weather call will be announced 48 hrs before the trip in case of inclement weather or high water. Come fish! 
 

 

 

Fishing from Virginia Bay Schedule:

Friday 19 May – Striped Bass. Out of Lottsburg, VA. Trolling just after the spring trophy seasons have closed. Two-fish limit will likely be in effect and size limits will depend on whether we are in VA or MD waters.

Friday 18 Aug- Spanish Mackerel. Out of Reedville, VA. Light line trolling; 15 fish limit per person.

Friday 25 Aug - Spanish Mackerel. Same as above. These are normally high action and high success trips.

Friday 1 Dec - Striped Bass. Trolling for trophies, which will have returned to the bay. One trophy sized fish per person. Size limit is usually 28-30”+ depending on VA or MD waters.  Boat leaves from Lottsburg or Reedville as noted above. The boat license covers all persons aboard, so no need to buy a VA or MD fishing license.  All fishing gear is also provided, so just bring food/drinks. Cost approximately $106 assuming you have not received earlier club subsidy, plus $25 cash tip for mate. Fish cleaning is free on Bay trips. Cost for non-club members is approximately $125.

 

Cape Hatteras offshore Trip:

Late April - May. No date until I have serious interest. We have done these successfully for three years. This time of year the target species are normally Mahi, Yellow fin and Black fin tuna, but White Marlin and Sailfish are always possible and have been caught in the past as well. You just never know what to expect.  Approximate cost is $225 after club discount depending on your earlier subsidies.  Cost does not include a $50 cash tip for mate nor any fish cleaning fees you elect to pay.  Since Hatteras is a six-hour drive south, a hotel room is probably the best option and can be shared/coordinated with other participants. The longer drive south is made up for by less hours driving in the boat and consequently more time spent fishing and cheaper total price since the captain burns less fuel to get to the fishing grounds.  Contact Ed Fortunato if interested in any of the Bay trips or Cape Hatteras trip. No obligation for money now, only interest. Monies will be coordinated upon filling a trip. Ed Fortunato, 703-622-9323, Ed.fort.translog@comcast.net

 

June Lake Anna Freshwater Rockfish Trips

The next Lake Anna Rockfish trips are scheduled for Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June 9. These trips are focused on straight down, “fast and furious” rockfish. Slots are filling quickly so you may want to decide soon. As of the1st of March there are still a few openings remaining. One opening is still available on June 9 and two alternate positions are open on both dates. Remember that June is the “fast and furious” period for rockfish in the lake. We normally get over schools of fish, and it is common to have hits on multiple lines at same time. So we expect lots of action and lots of fun. A trip later in the Fall may be possible, depending on interest. The limit remains at four rockfish per day over 20 inches. We also catch some nice sized largemouth bass and channel catfish.  The trip involves a guide and a pontoon boat equipped with sophisticated fish-finding equipment. The tackle and live bait are provided by the guide. The optimum fishing

arrangement is to have four fishermen go out each day. The cost per member is approximately $117 including a 15% subsidy but not including any tips. Exact cost is subject to change. If you are interested in signing up for the June trip, please contact

Martin Lockard, 571-529-6433, twistruff@cox.net.

 

6. Occoquan Bay NWR Youth Fishing Day – CANCELLED!

The Occoquan Bay NWR staff recently announced that the annual youth fishing event will not be held this year. Our club usually assisted by providing volunteers for the event. Don't let this news keep you from taking a kid fishing this spring.

 

 

Lake Anna Freshwater Rockfish Trips Planned

 

There are two Lake Anna events currently planned for 2017. The first event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Feb 25 and Sunday, Feb 26, and is focused on trolling for “Hawg” or trophy-size rockfish. The second event is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Jun 8 and Friday, Jun 9, and is focused on straight down, “fast and furious” rockfish. A trip in the Fall may be possible, depending on interest. The dates were chosen after carefully checking solunar tables from four fishing applications. The limit remains at 4 rockfish per day over 20 inches. We also catch some nice sized largemouth bass and channel catfish. The trip involves a guide and a pontoon boat equipped with sophisticated fish-finding equipment. The tackle and live bait are provided by the guide. The optimum fishing arrangement is to have four fishermen go out each day. The cost per member is approximately $117 including a 15% subsidy but not including any tips. Exact cost is subject to change. If you are interested in signing up for the February or June trips, please contact Martin Lockard, 571-529-6433, twistruff@cox.net.

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Fishing Activities

Float Fishing Trip on the Shenandoah – June 12.

 

Take an early Father’s Day Treat!  Save the date of Sunday, June 12th for a float fishing trip on the South Fork of the Shenandoah. We'll meet and start at 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 pm new fishing kayaks this year. If you want to use your own canoe or kayak, DRCC will shuttle for $12. To sign up contact Maston Gray by e-mail maston.gray@cox.net or by phone 703-408-8020 NLT 5 pm on Sunday June 5.  Let’s fish!

 

VA Freshwater Fishing (Lake Anna).

 

On April 22/23, we fished for freshwater Rockfish (stripers) on Lake Anna. We use pontoon boats, a guide, special fish-finding equipment, and live bait (herring/shad) that is abundant

in the lake. One boat fished on April 22, and the second boat fished on April 23. Rain threatened on both days, but it turned out not be an issue on either day. The water was still cool, and the

fish were not schooling. So we trolled using 11-13 fishing rods and planer boards. The first boat caught 12 keeper Rockfish over 20 inches, and the second boat caught 15 keepers. Each

boat caught about three times as many stripers. We watched many of them measuring 19 ¾ inches going back into the lake for another day. A number of channel catfish were also caught. Everyone enjoyed the fishing and the serenity of the lake.  Our next trip is tentatively planned for June. June is a “fast ‘n furious” month when the Rockfish begin schooling and we fish straight down with two fishing poles each. It is necessary to set up these fishing events well in advance, but it isn’t always possible to align the scheduled (and sometimes rescheduled) dates with the

newsletter. That is why it is so important to sign up in advance saying that you are definitely

interested in fishing at Lake Anna. You will be added to a special Lake Anna group email list.

You will get detailed information and notifications about each upcoming fishing event

through that email group. Contact Marty Lockard at twistruff@cox.net or 571-529-6433 (H).

 

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 26th 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 fish, 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 6-8 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: we advertised for sign-ups at the DIA Rod & Gun Spring Meeting, so get your druthers known by JUN 1st)

 

Youth Fishing Event Results.

 

We had a very successful turn-out for the kid's fishing day at Occoquan Bay NWR this year. Thanks to all the Club members who gave up a few hours to put smiles on young faces. The weather held for the event and all the youngsters caught fish. Let’s do it again next year.

 

 

 

Youth Fishing Volunteers Needed.


Kid's fishing day at Occoquan Bay NWR this year is Saturday, May 14. We're looking for some
fishing mentors again to work with the school group that will be coming. While the event runs
from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, volunteers should arrive by 8:45 AM and stay at least until 12:30 PM,
when we expect the majority of the kids to break for "lunch" (mostly snacks). If you can help
out, please contact Rozz and their new volunteer coordinator, Kimberly at the following emails:
Rosalind_Wu@fws.gov, Kimberly_Kruszewski@fws.gov


VA Saltwater Fishing Opportunities


Cape Hatteras big game fishing (tuna, mahimahi, white marlin, etc.)  There are 2 openings for a Cape Hatteras charter 12-14 June for a second boat; one is already filled with those members paid. Cost is $258 plus $50 tipfor mate. There is also a fish cleaning charge at Cape Hatteras.

 

Chesapeake Bay fishing


Already scheduled:
19 Aug - Spanish mackerel, 2 openings
2 Dec - trophy stripers, 1 opening

Cost for these Bay trips is $100 per member plus a $25 tip for the mate. We have done this the
last two years and the fishing was great. We’ll schedule additional Bay trips for you if
you contact us. Suggest late May through June scheduling.
All fishing gear, bait and fish cleaning for the Bay trips is included. Just bring food/drinks and
your cooler. Women and children are welcome.
Contact Ed Fortunato, H 540-548-2489, cell 703-622-9323, email: ed.fort.translog@comcast.net


VA Freshwater Fishing Opportunity


Lake Anna is a beautiful lake southwest of Fredericksburg and about 1 ½ hours from Springfield.
Our trips focus on rockfish (stripers), but we also catch large-mouth bass and channel catfish on live bait. The limit on rockfish is four per day over 20 inches. Information was sent out in
January to all club members who had indicated an interest in fresh water fishing. That
information included an opportunity to get on a special email list of club members who are
interested in fishing at Lake Anna. A number of club members responded.


The first event for 2016 was scheduled for April 7/8 (one boat each day). It was cancelled due to
very unfavorable weather. The event is now rescheduled for April 21/22/23 (one boat each
day). If you would like to be added to the special email list or sign up for the late April fishing
event, contact Marty Lockard at twistruff@cox.net, (571-529-6433), and provide him with your
name, address, and home/cell numbers.

 

 

VA Bay fishing from Northern Neck (Lottsburg/Reedville)

  • Friday 27 May – striped bass(rockfish)-cost $109 + $25 cash tip for mate (yes, $109, not $100 for the May trip). This is Memorial Day weekend
  • Friday 19 Aug – spanish mackerel/bluefish – cost $100 + $25 cash tip
  • Friday 2 Dec – big striped bass (rockfish) -cost $100 + $25 cash tip.

 

I can easily set up another striped bass charter which I suggest May – 15 June. Weekdays are easier. Also going for bottom fishing for croakers and spot and bluefish anytime during the summer is fun. Let me know your interested dates or days of the week.

 

Cape Hatteras big game fishing. We have done this the last two years and it was great. Suggest late May–June. Cost approx $258 each, plus $50 tip. These have been very successful for mahi-mahi, tuna, amberjack, shark, marlin etc. Let me know if you are interested and I will set up a trip. All fishing gear, bait and fish cleaning for the Bay is included . There is a fish cleaning charge at Cape Hatteras. Just bring food/drinks and your cooler. Women and children are welcome. Contact Ed Fortunato, home- 540-548-2489, cell 703-622-9323, email: ed.fort.translog@comcast.net.

 

VA Freshwater Fishing Opportunity

Lake Anna is a beautiful lake southwest of Fredericksburg and about 1 ½ hours from Springfield. The fishing there is excellent for rockfish (stripers), large-mouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, and more. The limit on rockfish is four per day over 20 inches. Information was sent out in January to all club members who had indicated an interest in fresh water fishing. That information included an opportunity to get on a special email list of club members desiring to fish for rockfish at Lake Anna. A number of club members responded. The first trip for 2016 has already been set up for April 7/8. The next trip is tentatively scheduled for late May or early June. If you would like to be added to the special email list, contact Marty Lockard at twistruff@cox.net (571-529-6433), and provide him with your name, address, and home and

cell telephone numbers.

 

MD Saltwater Trophy Fishing Opportunity

Lew Roach is scheduling a fishing charter with Captain Wayne Schuhart out of Chesapeake Beach, MD (Rod ‘n Reel Marina) on Sunday April 17th at 6:00 AM. This is opening weekend when the large (trophy) 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. To book a rod, or for more information please contact Lew at lew.roach@gmail.com or cell (202) 417-4185. (Deadline for checks will be March 31st.)

 

 

 

2015 Fishing Activities

Virginia Bay Fishing Charter

Ed Fortunato has a December 4, 2015, Virginia Bay charter, for which he will take stand by names in case of cancellations (the trip is currently full). Cost is $100 plus $20 tip for the mate. Contact Ed at: Ed.fort.translog@comcast. net. 703-622-9323

 

Maryland Trophy Striper Fishing Charter

Lew Roach is scheduling a striper fishing charter on the lower Potomac River on Captain Wayne Schuhart’s TRICIA ANN II on Sunday December 13th. This is at the end of the season and we expect the large sea-run rockfish will be running—two fish per

angler (limit includes one over 28 inches, and one 20-28 inches). 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 @ lew.roach@gmail.com.

The Bottom Line. Go to https://www.facebook.com/pag es/Fishers-Bay-Charters/113893425309910 for pics of the 21 Aug mackerel trip from Reedville.

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

 

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).

 

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

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).

 

 

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.


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

 

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

 

 

 

2014 Fishing Activities

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.

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!!!

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 703-408-8020703-408-8020 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. Alternatively, bring your check to the membership meeting on Sunday, Sep 14.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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!

 

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

 

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.

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.

 

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

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.)

 

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

 

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.

 

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. 

 

Float Fishing on the Shenandoah River!

Come fish for smallmouth bass on the ShenandoahRiver, South Fork by canoe/kayak on June 14 (Flag Day) hosted by Down River Canoe Company (DRCC) in BentonvilleVA, approximately 90 minutes from the Beltway via Interstate 66.   DRCC is 20 min South of Front Royal VA.  We'll meet on the DRCC Deck by 8:00 am, and cast off by 8:30 am and bait the hooks!  This is an excellent fishing section that flows through the scenic ShenandoahRiverState Park for 5 miles and is well known nation-wide for smallmouth bass and other smaller species.

Reserve your spot now, cost is $34.50 per person per Canoe (double occupancy). Kayaks are $47 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 to RSVP, and receive further detailed instructions and directions. So mark your calendars and get the Ok from your "boss".  There will be an Optional Happy Hour and BBQ at 5 pm, with additional bank or wade fishing, located about 15 min by car up river (south) of DRCC.


Virginia Fishing Charters. Ed Fortunato has three Bayfishing charters scheduled from the Reedville area of Northern Neck on Friday 23 May, Saturday 24 May (Memorial Day weekend) and Friday 6 June. If you have other preferred dates let Ed know since, most weekdays from mid May to mid June are still open. Sign up for one or more of these trips for rockfish (striped bass ) which closes in VA on 15 June. Cost is $100 per person plus $20 cash tip for the mate, which includes cleaning of your fish at no charge. The boat fee may be reduced via subsidy after the event by our Treasurer. All gear and bait is provided. Just bring your food, drinks and cooler. Youngsters and families are welcome. These have been HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL and a lot of fun in the past.

Contact Ed Fortunato at: ed.fort.translog@comcast.net (H).540-548-2489, (C) 703-622-9323. Hurry, Saturdays and Fridays get booked quickly, especially Memorial Day weekend.
 
Lake Anna Striper Fishing Charter. Jim Woodbridge is in the final stages of preparing for our maiden striper bass fishing trip on Lake Anna. There may still be a slot available for this first trip, on 26 April; so call Jim today if you’re interested. The second trip is on for 13 June and it’s not too soon to let Jim know of your interest here as well. Ask for standby status if a trip is full. If you wait till the next newsletter is published, it may be too late. The cost with five participants is $120 per member and $137.50 if only four participate. Checks must be made out to DIA Rod & Gun Club. A $20 cash tip per fisherman is recommended. The boat fee may be reduced via subsidy after the event by our Treasurer. You will need a Virginia freshwater fishing license, a filet knife and three or four one-gallon size freezer/storage bags. Don't forget a hat and sunscreen! Contact Jim at ajwoodb@aol.com, (H) 703-243-0304, (C) 202-270-2661 or Jim Woodbridge, 901 N. Monroe St., Unit 509, Arlington, VA 22201.
 
 
Youth Fishing Event. The USF&WS is again hosting the annual youth fishing event at Occoquan Bay NWR in Woodbridge on May 17th from 8 am-3 pm. We need a dozen or more volunteers to help the children have a memorable experience. Our members have volunteered every year to help the youngsters fishing there, baiting their hooks and unhooking their fish, and we plan to again this year. If you can spare a few hours of your Saturday on May 17th, please let Bernie Gately know by replying to this message or call 703-425-1494. The refuge staff also needs help with set up and take down, photographing the kids with their catches, registration desk and grilling.

Offshore Fishing from Cape Hatteras, Club Sponsored. We still have 3 openings for a yellowfin tuna and dolphin fishing trip from Cape Hatteras on Friday 2 MAY. Cost is approx $275 per member (after Club subsidy of $40) which includes the mate’s tip. All gear is provided. Please contact Ed Fortunato if you would like to go. ed.fort.translog@comcast.net, home 540-548-2489, cell 703-622-9323.

 


Maryland Fishing Charter. Lew Roach is scheduling a Trophy Striper Fishing Charter SUNDAY, 20 APRIL aboard Captain Wayne Schuhart’s TRICIA II. We will sail from Solomons Island, Md­a new location for MD Fishing Charters, which is directly on the Chesapeake Bay about 50 miles from the Beltway. Note, the prior day is the opening of the trophy striper season when the really large fish are moving down the spawning rivers. Cost will be $80 per member after allowing for the 20% club subsidy; plus a suggested total tip to the mate of around $100 split six ways. For more information and to hold your place, please call Lew at cell (202) 417-4185 or email: lewis.s.roach@cbp.dhs.gov .

 


 

Lake Anna Striper Fishing. Good news for Club members! Jim Woodbridge has arranged two striper fishing events on Lake Anna this spring. The first guided trip is April 26 (Sat) and the second is June 13 (Fri). Trips will probably be out of Anna Point Marina, last about eight hours and begin between 6AM and 7AM. The exact location and show time will be announced to participants a few days in advance. The guide uses a pontoon boat and fishes 10 to 14 rods at a time with live bait. The cost with five participants is $120 per person and $137.50 if only four participate. A $20 tip per fisherman is recommended. You will need a Virginia freshwater fishing license. Bring a filet knife and three or four one-gallon size freezer/storage bags. Don't forget a hat and sunscreen! Contact Jim at <ajwoodb@aol.com> , (home) 703-243-0304, (cell) 202-270-2661 or Jim Woodbridge, 901 N. Monroe St., Unit 509, Arlington, VA  22201. Checks must be made out to DIA Rod & Gun Club. The DIA Rod & Gun Club one-time-per year $40 subsidy rule applies and will reduce the price of the trip for participants depending on their individual subsidy situation (i.e. whether they have already used their annual event subsidy for 2014).  Also, a reminder that no reservation is final until the event Chairman has a check by thedeadline he sets. THANKS to Jim for coordinating these two new Club opportunities. 

2013 Fishing Activities

Maryland Fishing Charter. Lew Roach has scheduled a repeat of last April’s successful trophy striper fishing charter with Captain Wayne Schuhart out of Shymansky’s Marina, Cobb Island, Md for Sunday, Dec 15th. Cost will be $80 per member after allowing for the 20% club subsidy; plus a suggested total tip to the mate of $20 (or more). For more information please call Lew or contact one of the club contacts
 
Virginia Fishing Charters. Bay fishing from Reedville, VA; trolling
for the large striped bass (rockfish):

5 Dec – Thursday – Now filled. Add your name to the standby list if a
cancellation occurs.

6 Dec – Friday – Now has 2 openings due to cancellations. Cost is $80 per after Club subsidy and $20 cash for the mate. Sign up; it will be  a great trip.

January 2014, (mid to late date month, to be determined). Troll for the huge stripers 1-3 miles off VA Beach. Cost approx. $120 per after Club subsidy, plus tip of $30 for the mate. Contact Ed Fortunato or one of the club contacts.  

Fishing Feedback (from Jerry Nini). The 2 September (Labor Day)
charter out of Reedville, Virginia, set-up by Ed Fortunato, was very rewarding with great weather and calm seas. The six DIA Rod and Gun Club anglers boated 26 Spanish mackerel and 15 keeper blues.  One of the Spanish mackerels was the largest that was caught (thus far) this year by the boat's captain. Captain Dave Fisher, on the good boat "Heather," found fish when most of the other charter boats were not having any luck. It was very helpful and a fitting end to a wonderful trip to have all the fish cleaned at the dock and ready for the pan when we got home. Captain Fisher repeated the success of his 4 August charter when the club caught 27 mackerel and 7 blues.  This skipper has my vote of approval for future charters out of Reedville.

 
Virginia Fishing Charter. A fall trophy striped bass fishing trip is
planned from Reedville, VA on Friday, 6  Dec. Last year we limited out
while trolling for these large stripers, 34” – 40”. Cost is $80 per person
after Club subsidy and $20 cash tip for the mate. Contact Ed Fortunato, ASAP otherwise boat cannot be locked in.  Limited to 6 fishermen, first come, first serve.  If we get a large turnout we can select a second charter
earlier that same week.

Fishing Feedback (from Maston Grey). The 6 August charter was a
wonderful trip - excellent food, dinner at Leadbelly for crab cake dinners and oysters, super breakfast, lots of rod action, possibly two citation fish, good weather for this time of year, and a little high seas excitement when we lost rudder function about 1:30pm (due to the overloaded fish tank...[actually 27 Spanish mackerel and 7 keeper blues for keepers]). But another party boat five miles away came to our rescue and we made port less than an hour past due back time, and with all fish cleaned and bagged with ice. The Skipper, Captain Dave Fisher and Mate Luke were great handling the emergency like pros. They brought Heather to dock picture perfect, better than most can parallel park! I'd go again anytime with the same skipper and mate, and the DIA R&G Club rod holders too! Dave Fisher needed an extra rum ration, Luke a strong lemonade when we were all done. Thanks to Ed Fortunato for setting up this and the other trips I went on this and last year. If you haven't been on a Club charter fishing trip, you should sign up for the next one...watch the Newsletter!

Tuna Fishing. Calling all tuna fishermen! We currently have a pair of
diehard anglers seeking four more members to fill a charter boat next May in a quest for yellowfin tuna from the Outer Banks. If you want in, let Ed Fortunato know soon. If you delay, you may end up on the waiting list.