Northern Neck Anglers Club announces upcoming activities

The Northern Neck Anglers Club (NNAC) recently posted its upcoming special events.

The NNAC will meet at 7 p.m. April 29 at the Wicomico Parish Church, 5191 Jessie duPont Memorial Highway, Wicomico Church, reported vice president and tournament director Mark Roy.

Representatives of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) will make a presentation on the new mandatory recreational reporting regulations and permits for trophy striped bass, cobia and tilefish/grouper, said Roy. This presentation will cover the purpose of the no-cost permits, how to register, the type of data required to be reported and how to submit reports.

According to VMRC, the purpose of the new reporting requirements is to provide information for species that are poorly represented in other sampling programs. The VMRC representatives also will discuss a survey of anglers who voluntarily signed up for the cobia permit in 2016, the results of which played an important role in development of the mandatory cobia recreational reporting regulations for 2017 and beyond.

Members are urged to attend, guests are welcome and the public is invited, said Roy.

Tournament

The first NNAC tournament of the year, the Trophy Rockfish Tournament, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday May 6-7, weather permitting. One fish may be weighed per member per day. The largest fish (by weight) during the tournament for each member will be entered for tournament placings and gift certificate awards for the top two entries, said Roy.

Remember to also record the length for any fish entered which was caught in Maryland waters of the Chesapeake Bay (does not include the Potomac River). Prior approval from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is required to hold a tournament in Maryland waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the club is required to file a report following the tournament reporting the weight and length of each fish entered which was caught in Maryland waters, he said.

This Trophy Rockfish Tournament is the first tournament in the club’s 2017 annual Angler of the Year competition, with four AOY points awarded for first, three for second, two for third and one point each for all other tournament entries.

Upcoming tournaments will include the Flounder Bash, June 24-25; Cobia Classic, July 15-16; Spanish Lessons, August 19-20; Grab Bag, September 9-10; Octoberfest, October 14-15; and Bonus Rockfish, November 24-25.

Regulations

The 2017 Trophy Rockfish Regulations are summarized as follows:

• Maryland, season extends from April 15 through May 15. One fish per angler per day 35 inches or larger. Maryland Saltwater Angler Registration is required for those not licensed in Maryland or through the Potomac River Fisheries Commission.

• Potomac River, below the Route 301 bridge, season extends from April 15 through May 15. One fish per angler per day 35 inches or larger.

• Virginia, season extends from May 1 through June 15. One fish per angler per day 36 inches or larger. A no cost Spring Trophy Rockfish Permit is required, available online at the VMRC website or from any VMRC license agent.

Membership in the the NNAC is $30 per year for adults. Membership for youth members, younger than age 18, is free for children or grandchildren of adult members.

For a membership application, visit northernneckanglersclub.wordpress.com.


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