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.
Judges needed at the CHAC Surf Fishing Tournament
We are on track to have the 2021 Cape Hatteras Anglers Club 63rd Annual Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament on November 3-6, 2021. The cancellation of the 2020 tournament was a big disappointment to us all. We sincerely hope you and your family have fared well during these difficult times. The 2020 Covid-19 pandemic is quickly fading in our rear view window, and we hope that you are ready to participate again in this year’s tournament.
We expect to have 120 teams fishing in tournament this year, and, once again, we need judges to score the fish. Your past participation is greatly appreciated, and we invite you to be a judge again this year.
Attached is a 2021 Judges Sign-Up Sheet. I’ve even partially completed the application for you. Just fill in the remaining blanks.
Judges do not need to be CHAC members. Judges normally serve in pairs, so if you have a friend or spouse that you want to judge with you, just have that person fill out the enclosed blank Sign-Up Sheet. Judges must be able to exit their vehicle in order to score fish. Judges are responsible for handling, measuring & scoring fish. Team Captains are responsible for verifying the measurement and points earned. In order to pair you with your selected partner, we must receive both applications.
WE CAN ALWAYS USE MORE JUDGES! Please feel free to make additional copies of the attached blank Judges Sign-Up Sheet to share with anyone you know who may be interested in being a judge, or contact the Anglers Club office for additional sign-up sheets.
Please mail or email the completed forms by September 1, 2021. Should you later encounter a conflict that prevents you from serving, please advise us as soon as possible so we can search for a replacement.
Training will be provided at the Judges meeting held at 3:00 pm, on Wednesday, November 6th. Attendance is required. Judges will be reimbursed for gas used on Thursday and Friday only. Judges will be served a free lunch at the Club on Thursday and Friday. You will also be given complimentary tickets to attend Wednesday and Friday night events. As in the past, each judges will be assigned a location for the morning and afternoon sessions on Thursday, November 4th and Friday November 5th. Judges may fish for free in the Bob Bernard Open Individual Tournament on Saturday morning, November 6th.
Please note that the National Park Service requires an Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) permit for any vehicle driven on the beach of the Seashore. ORV permits must be purchased online at: http://www.recreation.gov. Type “Cape Hatteras N.S. ORV Permit” in the search box. This will take you to the correct permit page.
Again, thanks and tight lines!!!
We look forward to seeing you.
Cape Hatteras Anglers Club
Click here for Judge Sign up sheet!
Virginia Beach Anglers Club
2020 Awards Banquet info!
As part of our farewell salute to last year’s impacts from COVID, we are pleased to inform you that we will be hosting a modified Awards Banquet to recognize our outstanding 2020 anglers, their achievements, and remarkable catches. Instead of our usual indoor dinner style event, we’ve arranged for a seaside BBQ on Friday July 30th at the Brock Center. The modified approach means all the same awards with a bit less fanfare, and a speedier delivery.
1. Location: Brock Environmental Center, 3663 Marlin Bay Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
2. Time: The event runs from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, rain or shine.
a. Dinner will be served around 6:00 pm, followed by Awards presentations.
3. Menu: Another treat from our very own Chef Jerry and his ever-capable assistants - Barbecue Chicken, Burgers, Sausage and Peppers, Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Rolls, soda selection, water and all the fixings.
4. Cost: individual member $10, member plus guest $15
a. Payment will be accepted at our July General Membership Meeting or at dinner check in (just make sure you let us know you’re coming).
· your participation no later than July 23, 2021
· tell how many you’re bringing
· RSVP by emailing the club (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at our next scheduled meeting at the Rescue Squad building.
So come join us on Friday July 30 to find out who defied COVID and spent their quarantine time on the water catching fish worthy of one of our VBAC Most Outstanding Awards, Master Angler Awards and Expert Angler Awards.
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!
2022 Calendar Photos
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.