Thursday, February 18, 2010


A national grassroots effort is currently underway to get coastal fishermen to the rally in DC on February 24th. If you or your group is organizing one of these bus trips to Washington, please let your bus company know that all buses entering DC are subject to a $50 permit fee. Visit for all required bus permit information.


The Delaware Fisherman's Alliance has chartered a bus leaving from Old Inlet Bait and Tackle in Rehoboth Beach at 9 a.m. Call 302-227-7974 for more information.


The Panama City Boatmen Association from NW Florida has received contributions from the Destin Charter Boat Association and several businesses from Mexico Beach, Panama City, and Destin for a bus leaving Panama City, FL the morning of 2-23 and returning after the RALLY IN DC. We have 50 seats available and could accommodate up to 80 on a larger bus. Except for food and sharing a hotel room outside the beltway the ride is free for those who contact us. Contact Bob Zales, II at for info.


The Frederick and Atlantic Coastal chapters of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association are currently working on an organized effort to get anglers DC for the rally. For details, contact MSSA Executive Director Dave Smith at MSSA at 410-255-5535.


Save the Summer Flounder Fishery Fund, United Boatmen, Marine Trades Association of New Jersey and the RFA-NJ chapter are helping coordinate buses in and out of DC on February 24. Tickets are $32 per person and can be purchased by visiting the following port locations.

Bogan's Deep Sea Fishing Center - Brielle, NJ

Atlantic Highlands Marina - Atlantic Highlands, NJ

Wildwood Fishing Center - Wildwood, NJ

Sportsmen's Center - Bordentown, NJ

The Chum Bucket Bait & Tackle shop at 381 Route 9 in West Creek has a bus leaving at 8 a.m. at a cost of $30 per person. Call 609 294 2500 or visit The Chum Bucket Bait & Tackle

A bus will be leaving Long Key Marina at 104 Main Street in Waretown at 6:15 a.m. sharp at a cost of $30 per person. For information CLICK HERE or call 609-693-9444.


Grumpys Tackle in Seaside, NJ is organizing a bus. The address is 906 NE Central Ave • Seaside Park, NJ 08752 • Contact Thomas Hansen (best time weekdays noon till 6 PM) • Phone 732-830-1900 • Fax 732-830-1978 Grumpys Tackle


The Viking Fleet has organized a bus departing Viking Dock at 462 West Lake Drive on Montauk Harbor at 4 a.m. at a cost of $40 per person. The bus will also stop at 395 Country Road 39A in Southampton (Hampton Jitney Main Location) at 4:30 a.m. and at 460 Country Road 111, Manorville (King Kullen Parking Lot) at 5:30 a.m. Call the Viking Office at 631-668-5700, ext 0. Montauk Harbor, Montauk, New York or CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS/TICKETS

The United Boatmen of New York have organized a pair of buses leaving from Captree Basin in Captree State Park, and from Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn. Tickets Cost $40 per person and can be purchased online through the United Boatmen of New York website.


The North Carolina Fisheries Association (NCFA) is planning a bus trip to Washington DC to participate it the “FIX Magnuson” rally on February 24. NCFA currectly has two buses filled leaving from the Outer Banks area, with a third bus now being filled. One leaving from New Bern is already sold out and the second is currently being filled. There is also a bus from Ocean Isle that is already filled. The cost for a seat on the bus will be $60 with limited seating; the buses hold 47 people. Please call Peggy at NCFA at 252-633-2288 for information.
There are a few spots left on the first bus leaving from Hampstead. Please call Randy McKinley at:
Home 910-270-4518
Cell: 910-612-5260.

Individual angler Phil Nichols has spearhead a Southeast PA effort around Montgomery County, with anglers one pick up in Pennsburg and a second in King of Prussia. Tickets are almost sold out as of February 1 – for details call 215-260-0952 or e-mail Phil at


The Virginia Beach Fishing Center is sponsoring a bus to go to Washington DC on February 24th. The bus will leave the Fishing Center at 7:00am Wednesday morning and will return some time that evening. We need your support. The bus is limited to 50 people. If you would like to go, there is a sign up sheet at the Fishing Center. Hope to see everyone there

As per the US Capitol police, “there is no parking available for private automobiles, buses, or other vehicles on Capitol Grounds. Buses may utilize Garfield Circle, at the intersection of First Street and Maryland Avenue, S.W., and Union Station, at 50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., to drop off passengers.” Bus companies and bus drivers can contact Union Station authorities for drop-off and parking information at 202-898-1950. Click here to download additional bus parking information for the DC area.

Please keep an eye on this page for additional bus pick-up locations as they are made available.

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