2020 has been an unprecedented year for our Club, our community, Nation, and world. We have experienced something never seen before in our lifetimes and we all have been impacted in some way by the COVID 19 virus that has descended upon us. Everyone’s health and well-being are most important.
Due to these unprecedented circumstances and the uncertainty of our safety, the VBBFC Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel all Club functions for the remainder of 2020. This includes dock parties or gatherings and our annual Oyster Roast.
Fishing Frenzy is also being cancelled and there will not be any awards for entered fish for 2020. Fishing Frenzy awards for 2019, which we normally give out at the spring membership meeting, will be presented individually. Winners will be contacted to set up a time for the award to be presented.
Some of our members have paid dues for 2020. We will allow those member’s dues paid for 2020 to carry over a credit for their 2021 membership, or they may be left as a donation to the annual operating expenses of the club. We hope everyone understands there are annual administrative expenses that are continual, no matter what activities take place. If you decide to make this year’s dues a donation, the Club thanks you! Please let us know your preference by August 30, by contacting Linda Nolasco at the e-mail or text numbers below or we will consider your dues as a donation.
Our hope is that 2021 will be a year that everyone can begin reliving their lives without restrictions and fear and resume the type of normal that we have been accustomed to. We as Board members promise some great events for 2021 once this is all controlled. In the meantime, enjoy social distancing on the water and good luck fishing!
Thank you for your patience and understanding and please do whatever you can to stay safe and healthy!
VBBFC Board of Directors
Linda Nolasco, Secretary
Responses may be sent to Linda at Ldyanglr@aol.com or 757-636-5269 (text)
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 meetings the VBBFC has several dock parties during the fishing season which are open to members and prospective members. Members and guests also attend an Annual Oyster Roast, a Christmas Party, featured fund-raising events like the Inlet Escape Cruise, and an Annual Awards Banquet.
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 annual awards banquet.
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) and supports the D.A.R.E efforts to provide our youth with alternatives to drug involvement. 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!