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  1. I had a wonderful opportunity again this year to participate in the annual Youth Fishing Adventure held at Hampton City public piers and very well organized by the Virginia Charter Boat Association. We were able to get 215 of the Boys and Girl Scouts of America and Boys and Girls Clubs of Hampton out for a Fishing Adventure along with their 43 chaperones. We caught and released everything for this event and we managed to catch a good variety of fish for these young folks to see up close. The Scouts were all given new fishing poles for this event provided by the Sponsors. There was a essay competition and awards ceremony and lunch for everyone and guest Speakers like Jim Wilson (Director of Hampton Parks and Recreation), Susan Musick (Virginia Institute of Marine Science), Alan Alexander (Virginia Charter Boat Association), and Congressman Rob Wittman. This Event was made possible by the following Sponsors: Virginia Charter Boat Association Bass Pro Shops Hampton Parks and Recreation City of Hampton Buckroe Fishing Pier West Marine Hampton Sea Tow Hampton Roads Wilcox Bait and Tackle Virginia Institute of Marine Science Virginia Marine Resources Commission Bay Country Kayaking Fishing Tidewater Old Point Bank Vane Brothers Hampton Downtown Docks Blue Water Marina Miss Hampton II Cruises Kingsmill Sports Club Hogans Insurance Sinkerman of Yorktown Spacewalk of Yorktown and the following Charter Boats: Key Dreams Charter Boat Service His Dog House Too Cyn Lyn and We 7 of Harrison Charters Poppy G as the on water Photo Boat Lemon Twist Smok’n Gun Rudee Mariner Ocean Eagle Puppy Love Wendy Kay There were also activities and exhibits include by: Bounce House from Space Walk of Yorktown Virginia Institute of Marine Science Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Living Museum Bass Pro Shops Bay Country Kayaking Vane Brothers Marine Safety Unit, Norfolk Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center It was great to see so many Charter Boat Services get involved and hope to see more next year take a day out of the normal grind and spend a day just having fun and fishing with these kids or should I say young adults. If anyone has more pics of this event feel free to add them to this post.
  2. Saturday Morning was Blessing of the Fleet and Spring Fling from 10:00 to 13:00 (1pm) at Cove Marina on the Little Creek Amphibious Base, oops Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek/Fort Story. We paraded our boats around the harbor in formation and the Base Chaplin Blessed our boats as we passed the port control tower for safety and a prosperous fishing year. The forecast was not good at all for the whole day, but it seemed we where blessed by the weather as well since we ended up with nice weather with some sunshine, no rain and light wind till after 1300 when the event was over. Had a good time hanging with old friends. God Bless.
  3. We participated in the Young Life Fishing Tournament fund raiser with a morning and afternoon trip. The Afternoon trip we had the younger kids and focused on the Croaker. They had a lot of fun with the constant action. They got some good practice building their rod handling skills. They caught a lot of croaker and Won Two of the four Places in the Tournament for Most Fish Caught, lots of fun watching them. Looking forward to next year. The Young Life Fishing Tournament raised $23,000.00 this year.
  4. We participated in the Young Life Fishing Tournament fund raiser and had a lot of fun with these guys. The morning trip we took the older kids out and tried for some bigger fish like the Striper, but the Striper weren’t cooperating, we did have a few started but they pulled the hook. We caught some croaker to liven the trip up and everyone had a fun time. Looking forward to next year. I posted a very nice letter the Young Life staff sent me.
  5. On Saturday the 29th I was honored to participate again in the 2nd Annual VCBA Youth Fishing Adventure. We had some concerns about the weather, but Good Lord willing the winds layed down enough to show these kids a good time and teach them about the joys of fishing. We had 87 Scouts both Boys and Girls and 2 of Harrison's head boats and 10 Charter Boats that volunteered their services. The kids where all given Abu-Garcia spinning rods which where sold to us at cost and paid for by the sponsors which they used for the fishing trip. They also received nice hats from the VMRC. Part of qualifying them for their fishing badges included training so I had a list of fishing and boating related topics to cover before underway time. I had Girl Scouts on board and was quite surprised at how interested they where to learn how to fish and their enthusiasm while fishing. My wife mated for me and we had an adult female chaperon and 5 girl scouts in the cockpit having a ball. We only fished for about 2 1/2 hours because there was many other events in our program, but they caught 92 fish between the 5 of them. Most of the fish where croakers but we also caught nice spot, roundheads, trout and a lizardfish. You can only imagine how fun it was watching 7 girls working the cockpit bailing small fish. I had such a Great Time. After the fishing there was a big BBQ and an awards ceremony for the best Essay on how even one person can help Save the Bay. Just so happened one of the girl scouts that fished on KeyDreams won the essay contest with a very well written 500 word essay. Congress Woman Thelma Drake handed out the awards. The girl scouts also received their Fishing Badges.
  6. Saturday the 4th, We took out some of the Wounded Vets with "Hero's on the Bay", We where underway just after Colors (0800) for a half day and tried live bait fishing for the Big striper, but there didn't seem to be much of a bite. I heard there was some big striper caught early in the morning on live bait with the outgoing tide at the 3rd/4th islands, but the bight had already stopped. In an attempt to peg the fun meter for these guys we went to the 3rd island ocean side hole near the tube and found some big croaker. They had a ball catching big croaker sometimes two at a time. Other then the big striper that where caught early in the morning, it sounded like the majority of striper caught in the late morning where schoolies caught casting around the islands. Sunday the 5th, We went out in the afternoon to catch some bait, which there was a slow but steady bight for the bait size croakers around the 1st island area. We Tried for some striper for about an hour and caught one 39" striper. There around but the bight is still on the slow side, which it usually is early in the fall season. Catch Ya Later,
  7. HRR Annual "Fishing for a Cure!" Flounder Tournament Results We had 33 Boats enter this years tournament with over 125 anglers. Congratulations Winners: 1st Place $1,000.00 (3 fish aggregate) 20.36 lbs. - Paige II Capt Craig Paige, Rick Muskovac, Harry Barr, Cheryl Paige 2nd Place $600.00 (3 fish aggregate) 17.10 lbs. - Wet Net Capt Travis Wall, Joey Harris, Chip Jones, Everet 3rd Place $400.00 (3 fish aggregate) 16.73 lbs. - Flame Capt. Martin Tice, Bucky Beacham, Kera Beacham, Phil Smith Calcutta $1,400.00 (Single Largest Fish) 9.72 lbs. - Casting Capt. Ted Pendyk, Jim Demansko, Mike Demansko, Wes Junior Angler Award Trophy 4.55 lbs. - Michael Mullen Boat Crack of Dawn Anglers Club Challenge - Paige II - GBFA Capt Craig Paige, Rick Muskovac, Harry Butt, Cheryl Paige Again, Thank You All for your support of this worthy cause. Here is a link to the tidal fish post http://www.tidalfish.com/forums/virginia-a...nt-results.html bunch of great pics. This tournament is always alot of fun. We had 70 pounds of big flounder and we missed Third place by less then 1/2 of an ounce, maby we'll have better luck next year. We almost took third two years in a row. We used live baits of all types and found for us on Saturday the big mullets where working the best. Craig has really got it going on with the flounder. I wonder how long he can hold first place in this tournamet. Congradulations to all. Catch Ya Later,
  8. FIRST ANNUAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT �HOOKED ON FISHING� ADVENTURE Sponsored by Virginia Recreational Fishing Development Fund and Members of The Virginia Charter Boat Association. Co-Sponsored by Green Tops Sporting Goods of Richmond Buzzard�s Point Marina The Hat Company Abu Garcia Rods and Reels Chesapeake Angler Magazine Jerry Smith, The Clothing Source. The Virginia Charter Boat Association (VCBA) hosted a Youth Fishing Day on Saturday May 31st 2008 all up and down the Chesapeake Bay with the largest turn-out of volunteer boats in the Upper Bay. The Southern Chapter which includes Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Hampton had 3 Volunteer Boats, Steffi Diane with Capt. Ron Bennett, His Dog House 2 with Capt. Joe Farrara, and KeyDreams With myself Capt Bill Keys. We had Boy Scout Troop 375 where we where able to get 13 very well behaved young men and their 3 chaperons out to learn a little about fishing in the Bay. We took them out for croaker around the southern shore near Little Creek Inlet. They all caught a lot of Croaker a few small Grey Trout and we even caught a couple of small Flounder. The Kids were all given new fishing poles donated by Abu Garcia and Ball Caps from Virginia Recreational Fishing Development and a free fishing trip. We all had a Great Time and I would love to see more Charter Captains in the Southern Chapter of the Virginia Charter Boat Association Volunteer next year. Catch Ya Later
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