2017 Annual Awards


DR. JAMES C. WRIGHT CONSERVATION HONORARY AWARD

Purpose: Presented to an individual, who in the opinion of the VBAC, contributed substantially to the conservation of freshwater or saltwater fish. Although not a firm requirement, this award normally focuses on conservation efforts within the State of Virginia.

Format: Candidates are proposed by the Board of Directors at the November Board meeting and tabled for thirty days. The slate is reviewed at the December Board meeting. Other candidates can be added at this time. The merits of each candidate are discussed in open forum and the final selection made by a raising of hand vote. The name of the recipient is held secret until the Annual Awards Banquet. The name of the recipient is coordinated with Dr. Wright by the VBAC President.

Award: The recipient’s name and year of the award is engraved on the perpetual trophy. The recipient also receives a replica trophy for permanent retention.




VIRGINIA BEACH ANGLER’S CLUB MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Purpose: This award recognizes an outstanding VBAC member who has given much time and effort to improving the quality of the VBAC. This award is not based on angling efforts and excludes from consideration those duties performed in conjunction with an elected office.

Format: The President appoints a Committee Chairperson on or about the October time frame. The Committee Chairperson will select the remaining committee members (normally 2-3 persons). The President is an ex-officio member of this committee. At the December Board meeting, the Committee Chairperson proposes to the Board a list of candidates for the award. The Board can propose other candidates. Selection of the recipient is by ballot vote. The recipient must receive a majority vote of the Board. The Chairperson keeps the name of the winner secret. This award can be won more than once by any member.

Award: The award is a plaque. The plaque is sponsored and presented each year by the Virginia Beach Angler’s Club at the annual awards banquet.




Dr. James C. Wright Conservation Award

           Chris Morre - Chesapeake Bay Foundation

  
            


Jay Smith Memorial Male Surf Angler of the Year Award

            
Butch Eason

              


Gene Farrar Memorial Female Surf Angler of the Year Award

            Patty Searby

              



EXPERT ANGLER AWARDS

The following anglers have caught and/or released at least six club minimum size fish of the same species. (State release citations also qualify.)

Melanie Bayford -- Bowfin, Channel Catfish
Butch Eason -- Roundhead
David Smith -- Speckled Trout
Beth Synowiec
-- Red Drum, Speckled Trout

MASTER ANGLER AWARDS

The following anglers have caught at least one club minimum size fish in six different species. 
(State release citations also qualify.)

Beth Synowiec
Puppy Drum, Black Seabass, Bluefish, Blueline Tilefish, Red Drum, Hammerhead Shark, Golden Tilefish, Sheepshead & Bull Shark.

Melanie Bayford
Bowfin, Channel Catfish, Crappie, White Perch, Yellow Perch & Long Nose Gar.

David Smith
Red Drum, Puppy Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Speckled Trout, Cobia, Black Drum & Bluefish.


Most Outstanding Saltwater Catch: Kevin Synowiec - 126" Thresher Shark
Most Outstanding Freshwater Catch: Robert Stuhlman - 40" 48lb Blue Catfish

Female Angler of the Year, Saltwater: Beth Synowiec
Release Angler of the Year, Saltwater: Kevin Synowiec
Male Angler of the Year, Saltwater: David Smith

Female Angler of the Year, Freshwater: Melanie Bayford
Release Angler of the Year, Freshwater: Melanie Bayford
Male Angler of the Year, Freshwater: Joshua Regula



VBAC MEMBER OF THE YEAR:
Gary Doerhoff




2017 TOP FISH CAUGHT SALTWATER

            Black Sea Bass                        Beth Synowiec                        4 lbs 12 oz
            Bluefish                                   Beth Synowiec                        15 lbs 4 oz      
            Blueline Tile                            Beth Synowiec                        11 lbs 1 oz      
            Cobia                                       David Smith                            56 lbs
            Golden Tile                             Beth Synowiec                        36 lbs 10 oz
            Puppy Drum                            Beth Synowiec                        7 lbs
            Roundhead                             Butch Eason                            1 lb 8 oz
            Sheepshead                             Beth Synowiec                        10 lbs 6 oz
            Spadefish                                James Eisenhower                   7 lb 8 oz
            Spanish Mackerel                    David Smith                            3 lbs 1 oz
            Speckled Trout                        David Smith                            4 lbs 8 oz

2017 TOP FISH SALTWATER RELEASE

            Bluefish                                   David Smith                            32.5 “
            Black Drum                             David Smith                            20.25”
            Bull Shark                               Beth Synowiec                        75”
            Hammerhead Shark                Beth Synowiec                        90”
            Puppy Drum                            Beth Synowiec                        28”
            Red Drum                               Kevin Synowiec                      49”       
            Sheepshead                             Beth Synowiec                        24”
            Speckled Trout                        David Smith                            20”
            Thresher Shark                        Kevin Synowiec                      126”

2017 TOP FISH SURF RELEASED

            Roundhead                             Robbie Parks                           15”

2017 TOP FISH CAUGHT FRESHWATER     

 
            American Shad                       George Gabriel                        1 lb 11 oz
            Blue Catfish                            James Eisenhower                   27 lbs 4 oz
            Chain Pickerel                         Steve Harding                         3 lbs 2 oz
            Channel Catfish                      Melanie Bayford                     16 lbs 12 oz
            Crappie                                    Joshua Regula                         2 lbs
            Hickory Shad                          Joshua Regula                         1 lb 9 oz
            Shellcracker                             Russell Willoughby                 1 lb 11 oz
            Yellow Perch                          Steve Harding                         15 oz


2017 TOP FISH RELEASE FRESHWATER
    
 
            Blue Catfish                            Robert Stuhlman                     40”
            Bluegill                                    Kris Lozier                              9.5”
            Bowfin                                    Melanie Bayford                     24”
            Chain   Pickerel                       Preston Mangum                     22.625”
            Channel Catfish                      Melanie Bayford                     31”
            Long Nose Gar                       Melanie Bayford                     39”
            White Perch                            Melanie Bayford                     10”
            Yellow Perch                          Melanie Bayford                     10.25”








PRIZES/RAFFLES DONATED BY:

1st Landing Kayak Fishing Service
Melanie Bayford
Ocean's East
Princess Anne Distributing
Ocean View Fishing Pier
West Marine
Thank Kevin Handyman
Old Dominion University
Chris & Michelle Schneider
Pete Federico
Jerry Hughes
L. B. Huntington Drone Co.
Long Bay Pointe Bait & Tackle
Ronnie Nixon
Sea Tow
Walmart Stores
Murphy's Pub
Cheeseburger in Paradise
Red Robin
Lucky Oyster
Golden Corral
Harris Teeter
Chili's
Senior Fox
Carrabbas
Egg Bistro
Waterman's
Red Lobster
Wild Wings
Coastal Breeze
Bob's Fishing Hole
Citrus
Kiln Creek Golf Course
Rudee Angler
Stan Sutliff
Bob Burstein
Marshall Weathers
Bob Stuhlman
Maureen Gabriel
Preston Mangum
Chris Schaffer

and

THE VIRGINIA BEACH ANGLER'S CLUB


MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Larry Regula

We would like to welcome our special guests:

PORTSMOUTH ANGLERS CLUB
GREAT BRIDGE FISHERMANS ASSOC.
TIDEWATER ANGLERS CLUB
NORFOLK ANGLERS CLUB


CONGRATULATIONS
TO ALL OF THE CLUB MEMBERS
WHO FISHED HARD, ENTERED FISH
AND GAVE US THIS OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE THEM


VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO
JERRY MARIANO and his CREW
FOR ORGANIZING OUR BANQUET

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST A SPECIAL THANKS
TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED IN ANY WAY TO MAKE OUR
BANQUET A GREAT SUCCESS!




P.O. Box 8602 Virginia Beach, VA 23450
Email: vbanglersclub@gmail.com