Norfolk man’s 68-pound catch sets world record


A 68-pound snowy grouper caught by Norfolk’s Jere Humphries has been certified as the International Game Fish Association all-tackle world record.

The huge bottom dweller was caught in August from deep waters near the Norfolk Canyon. Humphries was fishing on the Bone Daddy with Capt. Jimmy Collier.

“This definitely is my most memorable fish,” said Humphries, a 51-year-old dental laboratory technician.

Humphries said the grouper fight took about 30 minutes.

“When that fish hit, I could not move it,” he said. “Finally, a couple of cranks got him off the bottom and the fight was on.

“It was one intense pull and fight, and I was totally exhausted when I got it in the boat. “

Humphries’ fish eclipsed the previous world record of 66 pounds, caught in December 2007 by Hampton’s Chris Boyce.


Wave Riding Vehicles’ annual Outer Banks Pro surfing competition will take place Monday on the beach on the northern-most portion of Rodanthe.

The event has an invitation-only format and is being billed as the “Battle of the Banks.” It will feature a 12-man team from Virginia Beach against a 12-man team from the Outer Banks.

Tournament director Wes Laine chose Monday because of a forecast for good swells.

Competition will run from 8 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m.


With Virginia’s deer-hunting gun season less than two weeks away, the state game department has announced that it will continue its annual chronic wasting disease sampling effort on Nov. 1.

Muzzle-loading season begins Nov. 1, with general firearms season following on Nov. 15.

State wildlife biologists have kept an eye on chronic wasting disease since it was discovered in 2002 just past the state line in West Virginia. Nearly 40 West Virginia deer have been diagnosed with the neurological disease since 2007.

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Most of the state’s efforts are concentrated west of Interstate 81. Hunter-harvested deer, as well as road kill provided by the Department of Transportation, have helped in past samplings.

A mandatory sampling area in southwestern Frederick County also has been established.

Biologists ask that hunters keep a close eye on deer they see. Deer suffering from CWD often look sickly and have trouble keeping their balance.

Hunters who think they have encountered a deer with CWD should call the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at (804) 367-1258.


Al Bunnell said he’s so happy with the inaugural Puppy Drum Series fishing tournament that he has already started planning for expansion for next year’s events.

The inaugural series featured two events, culminating in last weekend’s 10-team championship. Keep reading for the results.

“We’re going to start it in May next year and we’re shooting for five qualifiers,” Bunnell said. “There is some interest on having an event on the Eastern Shore and another one around Poquoson. We’re still planning things, but we’re definitely expanding next year.”


– An archery turkey shoot will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at Nansemond River Baptist Church, 28 96 Bridge Road, in Suffolk.

Archers will see who gets closest to the target to win turkeys and hams. Each round of shots is $2. Proceeds will benefit several Suffolk area charities.

For more information, call J.R. Ruggiero at (757) 582-8077, Jason Jeffries at (757) 237-5856 or Rob Zepp at (757) 650-1147.

– The sixth annual Culpepper’s Rockfish Tournament will be held from 8 p.m. on Oct. 31 to noon on Nov. 2. There are no fishing boundries. Registration is $100 per team. Awards also will be given for the largest puppy drum and speckled trout.

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For information, call (757) 397-4215.


– From the inaugural Puppy Drum Series championship held last weekend out of Lynnhaven Inlet in Virginia Beach. Each team was allowed two fish that met state slot limit guidelines of 18 to 28 inches. The 10 teams competing qualified through 1 of 2 series events:

1. Kevin and Jeff Dutcher, 13 pounds, 6 ounces; 2. Paul MacWilliams, 10-14; 3. Al Bunnell and Dale Kelso, (1 fish) 6-12.

– From the 58th annual Nags Head Surf Fishing Club Invitational tournament held last weekend along the Outer Banks:

Overall – 1. Rising Tides (Pat Preston, Greg Cremin, Ted Moseley, Budd McLendon, Donnie Ross, Rob Crawford) of Nags Head, 69 fish for 159 points; 2. Kitty Hawk Surf Fishing Team (Casey Copeland, Don Godwin, Lynnette Godwin, John Fenelli, Brad Harrel, Michael Sweezy) of Virginia Beach, 47 fish for 156 points; 3. Ridge Anglers (Mike Luhouse, Bob Burgess, Bill Jones, Howard Olds, Dusty Roades) of Kitty Hawk, 47 fish for 146 points.

Top all-female team: Outcasters (Sheryl Graham, Jean Flanigan, Pat Kohlman, Audrey Whitlock, Sharon Newbold, Ginger Wojciechowski) of Chesapeake, 22 fish for 70 points.

Individual awards – Most scoring fish: women, Sue Garrett of Hatteraskals, 11 fish; men, tie between Pat Preston of Rising Tides and Mark Nelson of Ridge Anglers, 20 fish. Most points: women, Lynnette Godwin of Kitty Hawk Surf Fishing Team, 37 points; men, Mark Nelson of Ridge Anglers, 71 points. Largest scoring fish: women, Lynnette Godwin, of Kitty Hawk Surf Fishing Team, 251/2-inch puppy drum; men, Wade Plucker of Stop-N-Shop Hot Liners, 26-inch puppy drum.

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– From the Ivan Fowler Memorial Individual Surf Fishing Tournament held last weekend along the Outer Banks:

Adult – Largest bluefish, Abby Midgette, 14-1/4 inches; largest puppy drum, Gale Johnson, 24 inches.

Youth – Largest bluefish, Nicholas Midgette, 9, 14-1/4 inches.

– Lee Tolliver

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