It’s that time again! Our annual Oyster Roast is scheduled and we are really getting things rolling… We are anticipating a fantastic turnout this year and striving to raise as much as possible for Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs!
Live Music featuring Audiohum! Oysters, Clams, sausage, chicken, and more! Beer, wine, and open bar! Feel free to spread the word. Tickets are only $50 per person. Early registration is advised since we do have a limited number of tickets available.
Click here to get your tickets now!
If anyone is interested in Donating to HOFNOD in memory of Bob Stephens, whom recently passed and was a long standing member of the club, and president, and deeply devoted to HOFNOD details follow:
Please send payment by check or money order (this will ensure your entire donation is received by the organization. Checks can be made payable to HOFNOD and mailed to:
PO BOX 3826
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Thank you for any and all donations, and please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel this loss deeply along side you.
2023 Club Update
August is a month full of great fishing tournaments in our area! Many of our members participate in these tournaments and we love to hear about it. Wine Woman and Fishing is put on by the Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation and is scheduled for August 19th-20th. Following that is the Virginia Beach Bill Fish Tournament running from August 23rd through the 26th. Please feel free to post about your attendance to these events on our Facebook group!
We also have our next Dock Party scheduled for September 27th from 6-9… More details to follow! Stay tuned and please let us know if you have any questions or know anyone who might want to join the club.
Our annual Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs event was a great success! On June 21st we hosted 93 children ages 9-13 all of whom received a commemorative T-shirt. We had 76 Volunteers including 28 deputies, 26 VBBFC members and friends, 26 members of Commonwealth challenge, 9 teachers and parents, and 1 college intern.
Unfortunately, due to high winds and rain we were unable to get the kids out on the water for the fishing portion of the day, but we still taught them all of the basics. Our 6 morning sessions consisted of a presentation from the Virginia Aquarium by Mike Mizell, fish and marine life identification (which is always a hit!), knot tying, rod and reel handling, and NEW this year intro to deep sea fishing rods and lures!
Missing the fishing trips was not a total loss, as we were able to get the little ones out for a trip to the Virginia Aquarium where they got to see all kinds of marine life and even pet some rays.
Lunch was provided after the morning session by Zeros Subs with drinks from J&A Racing and we had a nice cookout dinner afterward provided in part by the Sherriff’s Canteen.
The kids had a great time as evidenced in the many photos courtesy of our very own Lauren Arcese.
Red White and Blue
Our annual Red White and Blue Youth Fishing Experience was wildly successful! We had 114 children ages 9-13 who participated and received a commemorative T-shirt. A whopping 99 people volunteered to help including 65 deputies, 21 VBBFC friends and family, 8 staff of Commonwealth challenge, 2 parents, and 3 United in Him staff.
After our morning educational sessions (mentioned above) we had lunch from Zeros Subs and then we got those kids on the road to go fishing! The kids caught a total of 1,343 fish coming to 9,350 inches. The youth were divided between 3 boats/teams. Team Whaler caught 235 fish, Team Angler caught 535 fish, and Team Mariner caught 573 fish! 21 trophies were awarded, including first, second, and third place, and most unique.
Dinner partially provided by the Sheriff”s Canteen and awards followed the fishing trip and everyone went home happy!
Thank you to our Sponsors and Volunteers!
The Fishing Frenzy is ON!!
As always, this is a members only tounament. Annual Dues will remain at $150 per member, which includes your spouse and family. Remember, in addition to billfish and the pelagic species, the Fishing Frenzy has been expanded to include inshore species cobia, flounder and striped bass giving you more chances to win a trophy or two! There are also awards for the top boat in three size divisions and the top male, female and junior anglers. We handed out some great awards at the spring membership meeting. Be sure to register your catches to be entered and win yours this year.
Phil Teague, Sr. – Top Male Angler / Linda Nolasco – VP
Board of Directors
Mike Harrison will serve as President for 2021 with Linda Nolasco as Vice-President. We have openings on the board. Think it over and let us know if you are interested in helping out.
Mike Harrison, President
Input from our Members
This club solely operates because of our members. Without you we cease to exist. We would love to hear from you about your ideas for the club. If you have fresh ideas please let us know. We want this club to be the best fishing club in VA! With your help we can be! Bring your friends and family and lets grow together!!
The purpose of the Virginia Beach Bluewater Fishing Club is to promote offshore sportfishing and the conservation of pelagic fish species. The VBBFC promotes safety, sportsmanship, education, fellowship and entertainment of its members and interested members of our community. We conduct general meetings with topics that include: fishing techniques, conservation, political interests and open forums on current issues such as species stock assessments, fisheries management and local actions effecting pelagic sportfishing. Of course our top notch member Captains, Mates and Anglers are always ready to swap stories, provide demonstrations, and share fishing advice. The Annual Membership Meetings are open to prospective members and on occasion are open to all when important topics are to be presented by guest speakers.
In addition to the membership meeting the VBBFC has several dock parties during the fishing season which are open to members and prospective members. We have eats and drinks and live music at some great locations around the water.
The VBBFC conducts an annual season long fishing tournament for the members called the Fishing Frenzy. The tournament promotes the safe release of all billfish, ethical fishing practices and the development of junior anglers. Awards are presented at the Spring Membership meeting.
VBBFC is very active in supporting local youth drug and alcohol abuse prevention. The foundation has instituted the Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs program (HOF-NOD). The foundation raises funds for the HOF-NOD program by conducting the Annual Oyster Roast. Tickets to the Oyster Roast are sold in the local community and funds are raised through ticket sales, raffles and silent auctions during this not-to-be-missed event.
If you are interested in becoming a member of VBBFC or would like more information, visit our Membership Links!