2018 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

           Delegate Barry Knight

  
            


Jay Smith Memorial Male Surf Angler of the Year Award

            
Kelly Hoggard

              


Gene Farrar Memorial Female Surf Angler of the Year Award

            Carol Wehner

              



EXPERT ANGLER AWARDS

The following anglers have caught and/or released at least six club minimum size fish of the same species. (State release citations also qualify.)

Kelly Hoggard -- Roundhead
Russell Willoughby -- Red Drum

MASTER ANGLER AWARDS

The following anglers have caught at least one club minimum size fish in six different species. 
(State release citations also qualify.)

Beth Synowiec
Barrelfish, Striped Bass, Golden Tilefish, Red Drum, Hammerhead Shark, Tautog & Sheepshead.

Melanie Bayford
Bowfin, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Sunfish, Yellow Perch & White Perch.

David Smith
Fasle Albacore, Puppy Drum, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Speckled Trout, Cobia & Spadefish.

James Eisenhower
Bowfin, Blue Catfish, Crappie, Sunfish, Chain Pickerel, Black Seabass & Largemouth Bass.

Russell Willoughby
Blue Catfish, Crappie, Chain Pickerel, Croaker, Sunfish, Red Drum & Largemouth Bass.


Most Outstanding Saltwater Catch: Raymond Ford - 19lb Bluefish
Most Outstanding Freshwater Catch: Melanie Bayford - 42lb Channel Catfish

Female Angler of the Year, Saltwater: Beth Synowiec
Release Angler of the Year, Saltwater: Sue Smith
Male Angler of the Year, Saltwater: David Smith

Female Angler of the Year, Freshwater: Melanie Bayford
Release Angler of the Year, Freshwater: James Eisenhower
Male Angler of the Year, Freshwater: James Eisenhower

Congratulations to Kevin Synowiec on his 2018 IGFA World Record!
12 lb 15 oz Spotted Codling
caught on January 27, 2018



VBAC MEMBER OF THE YEAR:
Brian Watkins




2018 TOP FISH CAUGHT SALTWATER

Species Place Name Weight
Alfonsino 1st Kevin Synowiec 8 lbs 2 oz
Barrelfish 1st Beth Synowiec 11 lbs 14 oz
Black Sea Bass 1st Jerry Mariano 4 lbs 8 oz
Bluefish 1st Raymond Ford 19 lbs
Blueline Tile 1st Kevin Synowiec 10 lbs 3 oz
Cobia 1st Wayne Couch 50 lbs
Croaker 1st R. Willoughby 15 oz
Golden Tile 1st Kevin Synowiec 37 lbs 4 oz
King Mackerel 1st David Smith 31 lbs
Pompano 1st John Germanos 2 lbs 6 oz
Puppy Drum 1st Jerry Hughes 6 lbs 12 oz
Roundhead 1st Carol Wehner 1 lb 8 oz
Sea Robin 1st Kelly Hoggard 1 lb 1 oz
Sheepshead 1st Beth Synowiec 11 lbs 4 oz
Spadefish 1st David Smith 7 lbs
Spanish Mackerel 1st David Smith 4 lb 8 oz
Speckled Trout 1st David Smith 3 lbs 12 oz
Striped Bass 1st Jerry Hughes 50 lbs 6 oz
Tautog 1st Beth Synowiec 10 lbs 8 oz
Yellowfin Tuna 1st Michelle Schneider 89 lbs

 

2018 TOP FISH SALTWATER RELEASE

            Cobia                                   David Smith                            52“
            False Albacore                     Jerry Mariano                         30”
            Hammerhead Shark              Beth Synowiec                        96”
            Puppy Drum                         Sue Smith                               29”
            Red Drum                            Wayne Couch                         46.5”       
            Roundhead                          Kelly Hoggard                         15.2"
            Sandbar Shark                     Jerry Hughes                           72"
            Tarpon                                 Doug Wehner                         48.5”

2018 TOP FISH SURF RELEASED

            Roundhead                             Kelly Hoggard                           15.5”


2018 TOP FISH CAUGHT FRESHWATER
   
  

            Chain Pickerel                         Steve Harding                         3 lbs 5 oz
            Channel Catfish                      Melanie Bayford                     42 lbs
            Crappie                                  Robert Stuhlman                       1 lbs 15oz
            Sunfish                                  James Eisenhower                      1 lbs 5oz
            Yellow Perch                          Steve Harding                          1 lb 5 oz


2018 TOP FISH RELEASE FRESHWATER
    
 
            Blue Catfish                            Russell Willoughby                   48”
            Bowfin                                    James Eisenhower                   26.5”
            Chain   Pickerel                      James Eisenhower                    21”
            Channel Catfish                      Melanie Bayford                     34”
            Crappie                                  James Eisenhower                   16”
            Largemough Bass                   Russell Willoughby                  19.5”
            White Perch                          Melanie Bayford                     10.25”       
            Yellow Perch                         Preston Mangum                     11”






PRIZES/RAFFLES DONATED BY:

Chico’s Pizza
Chili’s
Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle
Pete Feds Photography
Long Shots Billiards & Darts
Lucky Oyster
Hunt Club Farms
Sea Tow
Senor Fox
Egg Bistro
Ocean’s East Bait & Tackle
Princess Anne Distributing
Providence Grill
Coastal Breeze
Thank Kevin Handyman Services
Walmart
Whiskey Kitchen
Rudee Angler
Bill & Patty Searby
Melanie Bayford
Bob Burstein
Ronnie Nixon
Robert Stuhlman
Sue Smith
Mark & Kris Lozier
James Eisenhower
Preston Mangum
Jerry Hughes
Dave Anderson
Stan Sutliff
Chris Schaffer
Russell Willoughby

and

THE VIRGINIA BEACH ANGLER'S CLUB


MASTER OF CEREMONIES
George Gabriel

We would like to welcome our special guests:

PORTSMOUTH ANGLERS CLUB
GREAT BRIDGE FISHERMANS ASSOCIATION
TIDEWATER ANGLERS CLUB
NORFOLK ANGLERS CLUB

FARRAR FAMILY
WRIGHT FAMILY

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

A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO
JERRY MARIANO AND HIS CREW
FOR ORGANIZING TONIGHT’S
BANQUET


A BIG THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING
MEMBERS: BETH SYNOWIEC, JOHN GERMANOS,
MARK WRAY, MAUREEN GABRIEL, PRESTON MANGUM, MICHELLE SCHNEIDER AND TO
EVERYONE WHO HELPED IN ANY WAY!!!!


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Email: vbanglersclub@gmail.com