2019 Annual Awards


DR. JAMES C. WRIGHT CONSERVATION HONORARY AWARD

Purpose: Presented to an individual, who in the opinion of the VBAC, contributed substantially to the conservation of freshwater or saltwater fish. Although not a firm requirement, this award normally focuses on conservation efforts within the State of Virginia.

Format: Candidates are proposed by the Board of Directors at the November Board meeting and tabled for thirty days. The slate is reviewed at the December Board meeting. Other candidates can be added at this time. The merits of each candidate are discussed in open forum and the final selection made by a raising of hand vote. The name of the recipient is held secret until the Annual Awards Banquet. The name of the recipient is coordinated with Dr. Wright by the VBAC President.

Award: The recipient’s name and year of the award is engraved on the perpetual trophy. The recipient also receives a replica trophy for permanent retention.




VIRGINIA BEACH ANGLER’S CLUB MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Purpose: This award recognizes an outstanding VBAC member who has given much time and effort to improving the quality of the VBAC. This award is not based on angling efforts and excludes from consideration those duties performed in conjunction with an elected office.

Format: The President appoints a Committee Chairperson on or about the October time frame. The Committee Chairperson will select the remaining committee members (normally 2-3 persons). The President is an ex-officio member of this committee. At the December Board meeting, the Committee Chairperson proposes to the Board a list of candidates for the award. The Board can propose other candidates. Selection of the recipient is by ballot vote. The recipient must receive a majority vote of the Board. The Chairperson keeps the name of the winner secret. This award can be won more than once by any member.

Award: The award is a plaque. The plaque is sponsored and presented each year by the Virginia Beach Angler’s Club at the annual awards banquet.




Dr. James C. Wright Conservation Award

           

CBF Boat Jenny S.
Capt. Jimmy Sollner, Yancey Powell



  
            

ANGLER'S OF THE YEAR!



Jay Smith Memorial Male Surf Angler of the Year Award

Kelly Hoggard

Gene Farrar Memorial Female Surf Angler of the Year Award
Patty Searby

Female Angler of the Year, Saltwater
Sue Smith

Release Angler of the Year, Saltwater:
Kelly Hoggard

Male Angler of the Year, Saltwater:
David Smith

Female Angler of the Year, Freshwater:
Melanie Bayford

Release Angler of the Year, Freshwater:
Melanie Bayford

Male Angler of the Year, Freshwater:
Russell Willoughby

Lifetime Membership Award
Ronnie Nixon



EXPERT ANGLER AWARDS

The following anglers have caught and/or released at least six club minimum sized fish of the same species. This earns them the title of “Expert Angler” for that species.

Kelly Hoggard -- Roundhead
Russell Willoughby -- Crappie
Melanie Bayford -- Crappie, Bluegill, White Perch
James 'Ike' Eisenhower -- Crappie, Speckled Trout
David Smith -- Speckled Trout
John Germanos -- Roundhead


MASTER ANGLER AWARDS

The following anglers have caught and/or released at least one club minimum sized fish of six or more different species. This earns the title “Master Angler.”

Kelly Hoggard
Spadefish, White Marlin, Flounder, Roundhead, Pompano, Spot & Speckled Trout.

Melanie Bayford
Crappie, Bluegill, White Perch, Largemouth Bass, Longnose Gar, Yellow Pewrch & Chain Pickerel.

David Smith
Cobia, Black Sea Bass, Shark, Grey Triggerfish, Speckled Trout, Spanish Mackerel & King Mackerel.

Russell Willoughby
Crappie, Cobia, Blue Catfish, Spot, Longnose Gar & Spanish Mackerel.

Most Outstanding Saltwater Catch: Mike Anderson: 39 lb Dolphin
Most Outstanding Freshwater Catch: Steve Harding: 2 lb 10 oz Crappie


VBAC MEMBER OF THE YEAR:
Patty Searby




2019 Top Fish Saltwater Catch

Species Place Name Weight
Blackbelly Rosefish 1st Kevin Synowiec 3 lb 14 oz
Blackfin Tuna 1st George Gabriel 36 lb
Black Sea Bass 1st David Smith 6 lb 1 oz
Blueline Tilefish 1st David Anderson 7 lb 11 oz
Dolphin 1st Michael Anderson 39 lb
Flounder 1st James Eisenhower 5 lb 4 oz
Golden Tilefish 1st Beth Synowiec 26 lb
Grey Triggerfish 1st David Smith 3 lb 13 oz
King Mackerel 1st David Smith 37 lb
Oyster Toad 1st Kelly Hoggard 2 lb 14 oz
Pinfish 1st Patty Searby 14 oz
Roundhead 1st Kelly Hoggard 1 lb 9 oz
Sea Robin 1st Jerry Mariano 1 lb 1 oz
Spanish Mackerel 1st David Smith 5 lb
Speckled Trout 1st David Thomas 4 lb 14 oz
Spotted Hake 1st David Smith 6 lb 9 oz
Swallowtail Bass 1st Beth Synowiec 1 lb 2 oz

 

2019 Top Fish Saltwater Release

Species Place Name Weight
Black Drum  1st Preston Mangum    38 in
Cobia 1st Kelly Hoggard 42 in
King Mackerel 1st John Germanos 36 in
Pompano 1st Kelly Hoggard 13.25 in
Red Drum 1st Robert Oliver 46.5 in
Roundhead 1st Kelly Hoggard 13.25 in
Shark 1st John Germanos 96 in
Southern Puffer 1st Kelly Hoggard 12.25.in
Spadefish 1st Kelly Hoggard 17.5 in
Spanish Mackerel 1st Russell Willoughby 28 in
Speckled Trout 1st Kelly Hoggard 24.38 in
Spot 1st Kelly Hoggard 9.5 in
White Marlin 1st Kelly Hoggard 1 Release

 

2019 Top Fish Surf Release

     Houndfish                     Kelly Hoggard                           42 in
     Pompano                      Kelly Hoggard                           13.25 in
     Roundhead                   Kelly Hoggard                           13.25 in
     Southern Puffer             Kelly Hoggard                           12.25 in
     Speckled Trout             Kelly Hoggard                           24.38 in
     Spot                             Kelly Hoggard                           9.5 in

2019 Top Fish Surf Catch

     Roundhead                   Kelly Hoggard                           1 lb 9 oz
     Speckled Trout             Kelly Hoggard                           4 lb 14 oz
  


2019 Top Fish Freshwater Catch
   
  

      Bowfin                            1st        Jerry Hughes               8 lb 4 oz
      Crappie                          1st        Steve Harding             2 lb 10 oz
      Snakehead                      1st        Frank James                6 lb 5 oz


2019 Top Fish Freshwater Release
    
 
      Blue Catfish                     1st        Russell Willoughby     44 in
      Bluegill                             1st        Melanie Bayford         10.5 in
      Chain Pickerel                 1st        Melanie Bayford         22.5 in
      Crappie                           1st        James Eisenhower       15.5 in
      Largemouth Bass            1st        Melanie Bayford         19.5 in
      Longnose Gar                 1st        Russell Willoughby     33 in
      White Perch                    1st        Melanie Bayford         13 in
      Yellow Perch                  1st        Melanie Bayford         12 in


 

 



PRIZE and RAFFLE Donors:

BUSINESSES

COASTAL BREEZE CAR WASH
PRINCESS ANNE DISTRIBUTERS
SEA TOW HAMPTON ROADS
LONG BAY POINT BAIT & TACKLE
RUDEE TOURS
5.11 TACTICAL
WALMART
OCEAN’S EAST BAIT & TACKLE
FIRST WATCH
WHISKEY KITCHEN
JIMMY DA GREEK’S
USA FUEL SERVICE / DAVE TROSIEN
MURPHY’S IRISH PUB
CHILI’S
COLD STONE CREAMERY
LUCKY OYSTER
THE EGG BISTRO
HAIR OF THE DOG EATERY
FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES
MOD PIZZA
58TH STREET DELI

INDIVIDUALS

MELANIE BAYFORD
BOB BURSTEIN
CHRIS SCHNEIDER
KELLY HOGGARD
JERRY HUGHES
MARK LOZIER
PRESTON MANGUM
RONNIE NIXON
BILL SEARBY
PATTY SEARBY



and

THE VIRGINIA BEACH ANGLER'S CLUB


MASTER OF CEREMONIES
George Gabriel

We would like to welcome our special guests:


VMRC     LEWIS GILLINGHAM
CBF          CHRIS MOORE
CBF       CAPTAIN JIMMY SOLLNER
CBF       YANCEY POWELL
SETON     TOM GROCE
VA HR       DELEGATE BARRY KNIGHT
VA HR   LEGAL ASSISTANT ANDREW DAMON
GBFA     JOE STEVENSON
NAC        WILL BRANSOM
PAC      DENNY DOBBINS
TAC             STEVE JONES


CONGRATULATIONS
TO ALL THE CLUB MEMBERS
WHO FISHED HARD, ENTERED FISH
AND GAVE US THIS OPPORTUNITY
TO RECOGNIZE THEM



SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO
WORKED DILIGENTLY BEHIND THE SCENES
TO MAKE TODAY A SUCCESS

HEAD CHEF: JERRY MARIANO
PRIZE FISH: KELLY HOGGARD
MEMBERS:  MARK WRAY, SUE SMITH, RON ANOIA
MAUREEN GABRIEL, PATTY SEARBY, PRESTON MANGUM
BUTCH EASON… AND ANYONE ELSE WHO CONTRIBUTED


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P.O. Box 8602 Virginia Beach, VA 23450
Email: vbanglersclub@gmail.com