VBAC 2021 FALL OYSTER ROAST
The VBAC oyster roast was held this past Saturday, October 16th, at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s facility at Pleasure House Point. The oyster roast is free to members and their family – one of the great perks for membership in the VBAC. We had 55 members and 3 guests present that day. The weather was perfect, which I personally arranged, and I think, everyone had a great time.
Pat Searby’s 50/50 raffle took in a total of $555.00, $277.00 for the club and $278.00 to the winner – Mark Wray. Patty also had 3 other prizes: a bloody mary basket which was won by Russell’s friend Mary, a rod and reel combo won by Marshall Weathers, and a $60.00 gift certificate to Oceans East won by Sue Smith.
Russell and Mike Anderson cooked the oysters, George Gabriel made the bloody marys and under Gerry Mariano’s direction, Mark Wray, Chris Schnieder, and Lou Corigliano cooked everything else. Chicken, hot dogs, chili, and BBQ. Many members brought side dishes and desserts. All told, we had a ton of food! We hope you enjoy our pictures which show who was there and what a great time they had.
National Park Service Kids Fishing Clinic
Our first session of the Kids Fishing Clinic sponsored by the National Park Service was held on the beach south of Sandbridge on Thursday, July 1st, and was a great success. The day’s weather was perfect, we had several children and they all caught fish. The high hook was a child from Indiana, who caught 8 fish, all croakers & spots. The highlight of the day, however, was when Kelly Hoggard showed the children how to catch sand fleas to use as bait. They spent as much time catching sand fleas as they did catching fish!
The NPS provided all the equipment and the bait, VBAC & NAC members provided the time and talent necessary for the children to be successful in their first surf fishing endeavour. VBAC members present were: Bob Stulhman, Carl McCoy, Kelly Hoggard and myself. From NAC, Will Bransom joined us. Our next event is scheduled for Thursday, July 15th. We are also planning to hold fishing clinics on Thursday, July 29th and Thursday, August 12th. We start at 8am and are done around noon. If you can come out and give us and the kids a hand, please call me @ 267-994-7423. Your help will be greatly appreciated.
Virginia Beach Anglers Club
2020 Awards Banquet BBQ!
VBAC Lead Pouring Party
On Saturday May 1st club members met at Mike Anderson’s home to hold a Lead Pouring Party. Approximately 15 – 20 members poured lead from 10:00 to 2:00. The club provided a lunch spread that was set by Mike’s wife Leslie. Members poured numerous weights in various sizes and shapes. Some of the available weights were from past lead pouring parties or donations from club members.
If you are in need of lead weights, please contact Michael Anderson (757-481-1296) to make arrangements to retrieve what you actually need and can use. In addition, if you have weights that you will never use, your donations of these weights to the club cache for either distribution or remelting/pouring, would be appreciated. Please contact Michael Anderson to drop off your excess lead.
THE "HUNT FOR HARD HEADS"
CLUB CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT REPORT
The Club Challenge between local fishing clubs was held on Saturday, May 15, 2021. The tournament was based out of Portsmouth City Park. The VBAC entered three boats skippered by Russel Willoughby, Ron Anoia and Dave Steele. Weather was great, however catching the targeted species of croaker, flounder and blue fish was limited. A post tournament box lunch of fried chicken was provided by the Portsmouth Anglers Club. The Great Bridge Fishing Association won the tournament. The Virginia Beach Anglers Club took home the Bronze Trophy. Thanks to the Portsmouth Anglers Club for hosting the event and thanks to club members who stepped up and fished the tournament.
VBAC 1st Annual Fish Fry!
2021 Club photo contest!
The Board of Directors and the Prize Fish Committee have refreshed and updated a photo contest open to all club members. For 2021 and beyond, a $50 cash prize will be awarded to the club member who submits the winning photo. For the club fishing roulette and monthly prize fish submissions, a photo of the angler, with his/her catch, is desired. All other roulette rules remain unchanged. A committee, comprised of Board members, will evaluate all photo submissions and select a winning photo.