Local anglers get psyched at annual fishing seminar
, 2015

Local anglers get psyched
at annual fishing seminar

Midnight Sun skipper Ryan Rogers predicts the upcoming saltwater fishing season will be a great one on local waters.

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Capt. Ryan Rogers previews the upcoming fishing season for local anglers at the annual fishing seminar.

Last Saturday, he previewed the drum, cobia and spadefish seasons at the annual Chesapeake Bay Fishing Seminar sponsored by the Northern Neck Anglers Club.

“There was an abundance of bait fish on the bay and rivers last fall and this spring, so we’re going to have a great season,” said Rogers. “The water is beautiful, it’s as clear as can be. I’m anticipating a good year.”

His prediction was repeated by professional and amateur anglers throughout the seminar. Some 170 enthusiasts turned out for the preseason pep talk, according to president and coordinator John O’Conner.

Capt. Billy Pipkin previewed the rockfish season, Capt. Frank Brewer and Capt. Scott Gregg previewed the flounder season, Capt. Bob Reed previewed the speckled trout and puppy drum seasons and Capt. Dave Compton previewed the Spanish mackerel and bluefish seasons. They also offered tips regarding gear, bait, tides, weather and fishing holes.

Other speakers included Dr. John Hoekstra and Russ Bertino of Smith Point Sea Rescue, Frans Kasteel of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 33, and O’Connor.

The NNAC is dedicated to educating anglers about saltwater fishing techniques and sharing information about tackle, bait selection, techniques and locations.

Annual dues are $30 and all tournaments are free to members. To join, visit northernneckanglersclub.wordpress.com; or call secretary Mark Roy at 540-550-7108.

Upcoming meetings are June 7 at the Lancaster Community Library, 235 School Street, Kilmarnock; August 9, Rice’s Hotell/Hughlett’s Tavern Transportation Building, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville; and October 4, Lancaster Community Library. The meetings begin at 7 p.m.

Upcoming tournaments are May 3-11, rockfish; June 21-22, croaker/bluefish/flounder; August 16-17, Spanish mackerel/bluefish/puppy drum; September 13-14, speckled trout/Spanish mackerel/spot/puppy drum; October 11-12, rockfish/bluefish/speckled trout; and November 29-December 7, rockfish.

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