June 12, 2012
Ken Neill holds a tautog that was retagged after a record 2,826 days. ©VGFTP

Tagger Ken Neill Sets Record for Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program

In April of 2004, Ken Neill tagged an 11.5 inch tautog off Cape Henry. Neill didn’t think about that fish again for a long time, until it was recaptured on January 5, 2012 by Joe Stagnato, close to the location where it was tagged.
April 3, 2012
Fish tagger training

Welcoming a New ‘Class’ of Volunteer Taggers

The Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program (VGFTP) trained 16 new volunteer taggers on Tuesday March 27 at VIMS. The new “class” of volunteers came from as close as Gloucester and as far away as the Elizabeth City, N.C.
March 7, 2012
Taggers show off their plaques at the 2011 Tagger Awards.

2011’s Top Volunteer Fish Taggers Recognized

Volunteers in Virginia’s Game Fish Tagging Program tagged more than 19,000 fish in 2011, and on February 24, volunteer anglers who out-tagged their colleagues in any of 12 categories, including most tagged fish overall, most recaptured fish, and most tagged fish of a single species were recognized for their efforts. First place taggers in each category received a plaque, and runners-up received a tackle bucket with fishing gear provided by the Bass Pro Shop.
August 2, 2011
"Kayak" Kevin Whitley holds up a Tautog he tagged as a volunteer with the Virginia Game Fish Tagger Program. ©Kayak Kevin Whitely

Volunteer Tagger First Kayak-Dedicated Angler to Achieve Master

"Kayak" Kevin Whitley recently became the first kayak-dedicated angler to achieve Master Angler status in Virginia. Whitley is also notable for his major contributions to the Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program.

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