April 15, 2016 - Delaware Office of Boating Safety and Education encourages boaters to prepare for season by taking a boating safety course ‘Spring Aboard’ campaign: Great days on the water start with boating safety education
November 5, 2015 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board Revises 2016 Black Sea Bass Specifications & Initiates Draft Addendum for Regional Management of 2016 Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Recreational Fisheries
October 13, 2015 - Auctions of low-digit surf-fishing tags by DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation start Oct. 15 Sales of new plates authorized by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Markell will benefit Delaware State Parks
April 16, 2015 - Delaware Office of Boating Safety and Education encourages boaters to prepare for season by taking a boating safety course NASBLA’s ‘Spring Aboard’ campaign: Great days on the water start with boating safety education
April 1, 2015 - Court Rules Navy Training in Pacific Violates Laws Meant to Protect Whales, Sea Turtles Federal Judge Says Feds Wrongly Approved Plan Allowing Whales, Dolphins, Other Wildlife to be Harmed Nearly 10 Million Times
April 1, 2015 - Wicomico Bass Club Sponsors 5th Annual Tournament to Help USMC Toys for Tots and Get More Kids Fishing; Includes Two Free Bass-Fishing Clinics, Raffle Prizes, and a Post-Tournament BBQ
February 23, 2015 - REMINDER: DE Division of Fish & Wildlife to hold Feb. 23 public hearing on options to reduce recreational striped bass harvest All Atlantic states required to reduce harvest by 25 percent
February 5, 2015 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Continues Summer Flounder Recreational Regional Management for 2015 & Approves State Plans for 2015 Recreational Black Sea Bass & Scup Fisheries
November 19, 2014 - Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife announces required reductions in 2015 striped bass recreational and commercial harvest Recreational options under review; public hearing to be scheduled in early 2015
March 13, 2013 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Schedules Conference Call for March 15 at 2 PM to Consider Approval of Northern Region Regulations for the 2013 Black Sea Bass Recreational Fishery
5.26.16 5:44 pm
by Larry Jock
FOR YOU CRABBERS OUT THERE, IN THE "BUCKTAILS AND BALLYHOO" COLUMN IN THE MAY 25TH ISSUE, IT WAS WRITTEN THAT YOU CAN RUN 30 COLLAPSIBLE TRAPS. ALTHOUGH YOU CAN RUN 30 TRAPS IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY, CRABBERS IN THE COASTAL BAYS ARE LIMITED TO 25 COLLAPSIBLE TRAPS.
THURSDAY, May 26, 2016
10:15 PM - There are a couple of offshore boats that headed to the canyons today. I would anticipate another good day with many yellowfins and a few mahi hitting the docks.
Yesterday, the guys headed 80 miles south to the Norfolk Canyon where fish were caught from 500 fathoms in as close as 50 fathoms. Temperature break went from 62-degree to 73-degrees. "Marli" had best luck in the warmer water but I heard some fish were caught by non-Ocean City boats in the colder water as well.
3:08 PM - It was an exceptional day in the Norfolk Canyon for tuna fishermen.
The charter boat, "Marli" came back with not only 24 yellowfins, but also the first bigeye tuna of the season and a mahi. Fish were caught in 500 fathoms in the Norfolk Canyon in 72-degree water on ballyhoo and spreader bars. Bigeye weighed 76.2 lbs.
"Talkin Trash" had a great day, also in 500 fathoms in the Norfolk. They had 30 yellowfins and released approximately 20 more. All on ballyhoo and spreaderbars.
3:58 PM - Charter boat, "Restless Lady" returned to Talbot Street with 21 yellowfins and a mahi. All caught in 500-700 fathoms in the Norfolk Canyon on trolled ballyhoo. Water temperature was 74 to 77-degrees.
4:19 PM - Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" saw good sea bass fishing today. Nobody caught a 15 fish limit, but there were several in the 13 fish range.
Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" said that sea bass fishing was a little slower today, but they still had nice size knotheads up to 3 lbs. They also had their first flounder of the year, a 5 1/2 pounder caught by Thomas Jones. It was caught on a bucktail at an artificial reef.
5:43 PM - Brandon Manley from Vestel, NY boated a 193 lb. mako shark at the Twin Wrecks. He caught it on a bluefish fillet during a trip with Jeff Bogert.
WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016
The news is so good that I am going to repeat it! The MDDNR Fisheries Service just announced that effective June 1st, anglers can keep 2 striped bass between 28 and 38 inches or greater than or equal to 44 inches. Special thanks to Mike Luisi at the Maryland DNR Fisheries Service for getting this change accomplished!
10:51 AM - Just had a trio of anglers stop by the office with fish they caught while surfcasting off the state side of Assateague. All of the fish were caught on sand fleas around the bottom of the outgoing tide.
Michael Venarchick caught a 41-inch striper, a 28-inch black drum and a 21-inch flounder.
Mike Venarchick caught a 45-inch striper that weighed 27 lbs. 13 oz.
Mikael Malkasian caught a 38-inch striper that weighed 15 lbs. 13 oz.
11:00 AM - Heard there was a good yellowfin bite in the Norfolk Canyon this morning. Should be a great weekend for the offshore guys.
2:04 PM - The charter boat, "Marli" just returned to the dock after crushing the yellowfin tuna in 500 fathoms in the Norfolk Canyon. Robert Harris, Donnie Scrivener, Chuck and Joe Crockett and Mike Yowell caught their limit of 24 yellowfins on ballyhoo and spreader bars.
3:29 PM - Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported good sea bass fishing today with fish up to 3.5 lbs. All were caught on squid at an artificial reef.
6:06 PM - The charter boat, "Boss Hogg" returned with 21 yellowfins and a mahi from 500 fathoms in the Norfolk Canyon.
TUESDAY, May 24, 2016
4:23 PM - Here's some good news for you. The MDDNR Fisheries Service just announced that effective June 1st, anglers can keep 2 striped bass between 28 and 38 inches or greater than or equal to 44 inches. Special thanks to Mike Luisi at the Maryland DNR Fisheries Service for getting this change accomplished!
Tara Wojciechowski and John Lindsay caught a pair of stripers while fishing from the beach on 137th Street. Tara's measured 37 1/2-inches and John's was 36 inches.
Last night, Jimmy Coffiey caught a 46-inch, 30.6 lb. striper in the Indian River Inlet.
4:36 PM - Anglers on the headboat, "Angler" had good sea bass fishing with some limits around the rail. Largest sea bass was Charlie Donohue's 3.5 pounder caught on clams at an artificial reef.
8:49 PM - Hugh Cropper caught a 46.5-inch striper that weighed 33 lbs. 10 oz. Caught on a peeler crab while surfcasting off Assateague.
Lamont Hilbert caught a 36-inch striper this morning in the OC Inlet on a bucktail.
Capt. Kane Bounds on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" reported fantastic sea bass fishing today. His party of 4 caught a boat limit of 90 sea bass and a boat limit of 12 tautog. Joe McNeal released a 9 lb. female tautog. All of he fish were caught on squid and crabs at the subway cars.
The headboat, "Judy V" out of the Indian River Marina had a good day sea bass fishing at "B" Buoy. Anglers were using salted clams and sand fleas for bait.
Mike Jones, Gary Cederbert, Joe Hersh and Cliff Hummer took their 20th Annual Ocean City Fishing Trip and ended up with 3 good size stripers at the South Jetty. Fish were caught at the start of the outgoing tide. Two of the stripers measured 35-inches and one was 37.5 inches.
While on their way to ocean wrecks to fish for sea bass, Jeff Kauffman and Matt Marsiglia stopped in the OC Inlet to do some casting around the Jetty and Matt caught and released a 42-inch striper on a 6-inch Storm lure. Incoming tide.
SUNDAY, May 22, 2016
It was a great week of fishing for surfcasters on Assateague Island. A mix of big stripers with black drum and bluefish created a lot of activity for anglers soaking fresh bunker, peeler crabs or sand fleas. Dave Swenson had a great week, landing 37 stripers with most over 40-inches. His largest measured 49-inches. He also caught a 40-inch black drum. Dave said that the best bites were at first light and at the end of the low tide. Dave and I were taling at Buck's Place and he said that he was amazed at the number of bites he got on sand fleas. Probably half his fish!
There's still some shad in the OC Inlet and it looks like there are stripers and bluefish chasing them around. The bite in the Inlet has been excellent when weather permits.
SATURDAY, May 21, 2016
11:55 AM - Not a pretty day in Ocean City, but nowhere near as bad as predicted.
Last night, around 2:00 AM, Joe Bieberich caught a 40 1/2-inch striper while fishing with bunker from the beach on Assateague Island.
8:40 PM - I take back my 11:55 comment. Today was horrible!! This nasty weather just won't stop, but when it does I predict a good fishing season!
FRIDAY, May 20, 2016
9:34 PM - Rusty Daub at Annapolis Boat Sales reported big schools of chopper bluefish right outside the OC Inlet last night around 6pm. That backs up reports we received about schools of bluefish pushing baitfish right up onto Assateague Island.
Capt. Kane Bounds took a group of 6 anglers to the African Queen reefsite yesterday and they had their boat limit of 120 sea bass by noon. Seas were really snotty early in the day, but Kane said they got nicer as the day went on. Fish were caught on squid and clams.
11:02 AM - Sounds like the bite off Assateague this morning was in full force. Stripers over 40-inches were caught. Sand fleas have been a hot bait so far.
1:43 PM - The "Reel Nauti" brought in the first thresher shark of the year, a 411 pounder caught near the Jackspot on a whole bluefish. Water temperature was between 54.6 and 56-degrees. Caught by Chris Stafford from Cherry Hill, NJ.
2:44 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught their limit of 120 black sea bass and 1 tog while fishing on natural bottom with Gulp! and squid combos. Their largest sea bass weighed 3 lbs. 13 oz. The big one was caught on shrimp.
Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" said that the sea bass bite was tougher today, but his anglers did manage to captured sea bass up to 3 lbs. 8 oz.
Anglers on the "Get Reel" caught 35 sea bass up to 3 lbs. 12 oz. during a trip to the Great Eastern Reef. Fish were caught on clams and squid.
7:46 PM - Capt. Brian Porter took his anglers out to 1,200 fathoms between the Poor Man's and Washington Canyons where they found 63-degree water. They ended their day with 5 yellowfins in the box. Fish were 30-35 lb. class.
Anglers on the Talkin Trash" went to 1,700 fathoms between the Poor Man's and Washington Canyons, worked their way west and ended up with 2 yellowfins and a pair of mahi. Yellowfins weighed 35 and 45 lbs. Mahi weighed 8 and 15 lbs. Fish were caught in 68 degree water.
Anglers on the "Double Trouble" were fishing at the Jackspot subway cars and caught their limit of 75 sea bass while jigging and also using squid and clams for bait. Largest was 4.2 lbs.
Robert Hartman and his sons Jeff and Jon caught 14 sea bass, up to 17.5-inches, with squid at the Great Eastern Reef.
THURSDAY, May 19, 2016
9:32 AM - Reports have come in about large schools of bluefish pushing the bait right up onto the beach on Assateague Island.
10:28 AM - James Coats reported a lot of throwback stripers at the South Jetty this morning starting at sunrise. Fish were in the 20 to 26-inch range and were hitting bucktails tipped with Bass Assasins or curly tails. They did have 1 keeper that measured 30-inches. James said that they couldn't get anything to hit on eels.
There were also a lot of snapper bluefish just north of the Rt. 50 Bridge.
2:51 PM - Gary German was drifting minnows across the flats north of the Thorofare and picked up and 18-inch flounder in 55-degree water during the outgoing tide.
3:28 PM - The headboat, "Morning Star" returned with several boat limits (15) of sea bassaround the rail in addition to some tog. Capt. Monty said the conditions were rough. Tog were caught on clams and while jigging. Sea bass were hooked mainly on clams.
3:50 PM - The headboat, "Angler" had a good day sea bassing with some limits around the rail. Largest fish weighed 3.5 lbs. Caught on squid at an ocean wreck.
4:01 PM - Gary Avery caught a 21-inch flounder trolling a skirted minnow near the Assateague Bridge. Fish was caught in 60-degree water at the end of the incoming tide.
4:19 PM - Big Bird Cropper just stopped by the Coastal Fisherman office to have his picture taken with the 5 chopper bluefish he caught while tossing a Roy Rig just north of the Rt. 50 Bridge. The largest bluefish weighed 10 lbs. 8 oz. and was caught during the outgoing tide. Bird said that he tried to fish around the South Jetty but it was too rough, so he headed to the bridge.
There was a 47-inch striped bass caught late last night by an angler tossing lures from the Rt. 50 Bridge.
Anglers on charter boats out of Indian River are having good success catching sea bass at Sites 10 & 11.
WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016
12:38 PM - They are absolutely smoking the striped bass off Assateague Island today. Fresh bunker and sand fleas are the hot tickets. Fish are big with several over 40-inches.
TUESDAY, May 17, 2016
The striper bite (with an occasional black drum) has really gotten good for surfcasters off Assatateague. Fresh bunker is always good, but anglers are also finding good results from sand fleas.
Hunter Buffington caught a big shad and some bluefish at the Rt. 50 Bridge last night just as the sun was setting. Hunter said that his hot lure was a 1 oz. lead head with a 5-inch Bubble Gum Zoom Fluke.
Capt. Monty on the headboat, "Morning Star" told me that sea bass fishing right now is very good and MUCH better than it was at this time last year.
Bluefish, clost to 10 lbs., are being caught in the Inlet by anglers tossing lures.
Rich Bell has been burning up the stripers from the beach in North Ocean City. On Friday evening he got a 38-inch, 20 pounder. He followed that up with a 39-incher on Saturday and a 41-incher on Monday.
Clark Haller caught a 39-incher striper on a chunk of bunker while surfcasting off Assateague. Fish was caught at the top of the incoming tide.
12:35 PM - Ron Taylor reported a good shad, bluefish and striper bite around the Rt. 50 Bridge last night. He said that the blues were running hard during the outgoing tide.
12:43 PM - James Coats reported a busy morning at the South Jetty. He said that they had at least 40 throwback stripers and 1 keeper, all during the incoming tide. Once the tide shifted, the bite died off. The throwbacks were in the 20-26 inch range. The best action was 1/2 hour to 1 hour after sunrise. Fish were caught on eels and bucktails tipped with Bass Assassins and. They also caught shad and bluefish.
3:56 PM - Surfcasters off Assateague Island had another outstanding day catching stripers. Fish big with a lot of them in the 40-45 inch range. Fish are hitting on bunker but anglers are also having great results with sand fleas.
On Sunday, Kirby Short caught and released a red drum while surf fishing off Assateague. Fish was caught on the Maryland side.
The headboat, "Angler" had a good day sea bass fishing with some limits around the rail. They also caught some tautog as well. Largest sea bass weighed 3 lbs. 8 oz. but they also had some 3 pounders as well. All were caught on an ocean wreck on clams and while jigging.
SUNDAY, May 15, 2016
10:06 PM - That big orange thing in the sky made an appearance this morning. It must not have gotten the memo!
The "Bonnie Lynn" ventured out to between the Poor Man's and Washington Canyons where they found 58.6-degree water. They caught and released 15 blue sharks and a mako. They had another good size mako at the boat but couldn't get it to bite.
James Coats called in this morning to report big bluefish in the 30 to 35-inch range roaming the waters by the Rt. 90 Bridge yesterday. James said that the water was very clean and they were snapping at lures at low tide.
Yesterday, Preston Walls on the "One More Drift" caught 3 flounder in the morning while fishing the outgoing tide in the Thorofare. Two were caught on Gulp! and one on minnows. Largest measured 19 1/2-inches.
SATURDAY, May 14, 2016
12:57 - The charter boat, "Get Sum" returned from their morning trip with 3 flounder in the box ranging from 16 to 18 1/2-inches. All caught on white Gulp! Swimming Mullets. One fish came from the Thorofare, one from the East Channel and 1 from the channel south of the Rt. 50 Bridge.
The charter boat, "Ivy Sea" returned with 2 flounder, both caught on white Gulp! Swimming Mullets. One came from the Thorofare and one from around the South Jetty. Fish measured 18 and 20-inches.
Mason McIntosh caught a 21 1/2-inch flounder during a trip aboard the flounder headboat, "Bay Bee". Fish bit on a shiner in the East Channel, north of the Rt. 50 Bridge.
I heard rumors that some yellowfins were caught today. Stand by!
2:04 PM - Big Bird Cropper and Dave Leizear just called in to report big schools of shad and snapper blues coming through the Ocean City Inlet. Every cast you hook one of them on a spec rig.
4:55 PM - Bob Miller and Mike Brockmeyer caught 5 flounder, measuring 17 to 19-inches, while bump trolling Gulp! and minnow combinations on the flats north of the Thorofare.
Some flounder were also caught by anglers bump trolling by the Assateague Bridge.
5:04 PM - Capt. Jason Mumford on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" reported that his anglers had a blast catching snapper bluefish in the Inlet this afternoon. Shad were on top and bluefish in the 1-3 lb. range were underneath. Capt. Jason that they easily caught 20 snappers. Earlier in the day, they were drifting between the Duck Blinds and the Assateague Bridge but the grassy conditions made it unbearable.
10:32 PM - It was an exciting end of the day today. Capt. Chris Little and his "Talkin Trash" crew brought back 12 yellowfins from 1,100 fathoms outside the Baltimore. Capt. Chris went over 80 miles where he found 61-degree water. The lines went in and they trolled ballyhoos and plastics. Fish bit in 64-degree water. The scale wasn't available at the Fishing Center, but I would say that the fish were in the 25-35 range. They went 3 for 3 one time and 2 for 2 twice. The rest were single bites.
Right after, the "Keep Er' Wet" crew returned to Sunset Marina with the 1st mako shark of the season, caught by Brian Leader in 1,000 fathoms outside the Poor Mans Canyon. Fish was caught on a whole mackerel and weighed around 120 lbs.
FRIDAY, May 13, 2016
Paul on the "Rod Father" called in to report that they went out to 600 fathoms in the Washington Canyon on Wednesday (78 miles) and found 64-degree water. Paul said there were tunas being chased by sharks so they stopped to troll for some sharks. They ended up releasing 8 blue sharks and a mako shark (est at 100 lbs.). Water temperature went from 51 to 61-degrees around 400 fathoms and worked its way up to 64-degrees at 600 fathoms.
12:27 PM - Brett Glatfelter reported in that he went just north of Sea Colony this morning where he found birds working a 1/2 mile off the coast. He trolled around from 7:00 to 9:00 until the bird activity died down. He had marks on his machine but no bites. He did see a nice size striper caught off the rocks at the Indian River Inlet.
Nazz Rapone caught a 40-inch striper from the surf off Fenwick Island. Fish was caught at night on fresh bunker.
WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016
Dick Miller caught a 25-inch, 6 lb. 2 oz. flounder on a white Gulp and minnow combination down by the Assateague Bridge.
A few stripers were caught off Assateague yesterday afternoon and in the evening.
Chris Zwiebel caught a 41-inch, 28 lb. striper on a sand flea while casting off Assateague Island.
TUESDAY, May 10, 2016
4:33 PM - There were a few stripers caught around the South Jetty yesterday afternoon. Anglers caught them on peeler crabs.
Rick Findley caught a 35 lb. striper on fresh bunker during the outgoing tide while fishing from the beach in Ocean City.
Anglers fishing off Assateague have been landing some quality stripers up to the low 40-inches. Sand fleas have been very productive. Fresh bunker is always good.
MONDAY, May 9, 2016
11:16 AM - The memorial service for Joe Morris will be held on May 22nd from 4-7 pm at Irish Eyes Restaurant in Lewes, DE.
On a good note, for the first time in many, many days the sun is shining and the winds are light in Ocean City!!!!!
With the Assateague Island OSV zone back open, we should see the surf bite heat up this week.
5:25 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught their limit of tautog including Karl Maier's 20 lb. 2 oz. fish caught on a white crab. The anglers were fishing on a wreck in 80-feet of water 18 miles southeast of the Inlet.
Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" had limits all around the rail today plus numerous fish tagged and released. Capt. Monty said that the tog are really chewing. Sea bass season opens on the 15th, so there are only a couple trips left before boats stop targeting tog and go after knotheads.
Chase Eberle caught a 31-inch, 22 lb. 3 oz. black drum from the Assateague surf on a peeler crab.
SUNDAY, May 8, 2016
10:27 AM - George Easter was fishing at Russell's Reef yesterday and caught the first sheepshead of the season. The fish was fooled with a sand flea and weighed 2 lbs. 15 oz.
11:22 AM - Josh Ensor and Jeff Rosenkilde found 64-degree water in 1,000 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon YESTERDAY. They ventured into 800 fathoms where the break went to 60-degrees and went 2 for 3 on tuna, including a 50 lb. bluefin 30 lb. yellowfin. They also broke off a pair of mako sharks on the troll and caught a blue shark.
4:31 PM - Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported limits for all of their anglers today in addition to many tog being released as well. Fish were biting on green crabs and white crabs before the winds picked up to around 30 knots around noon, forcing an early end to the day.
Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" fished in the bay today and caught a variety of shad, rays, tog, flounder and stripers. They had 1 keeper tog and 12 throwbacks at the South Jetty where they also caught 2 short stripers at the top of the tide. Their throwback flounder was hooked at the mouth of the Commercial Harbor. Capt. Jason reported good bird activity between the Inlet and the Rt. 50 Bridge. He also said that as the tide receded, the water got dirtier and the bite turned off.
Reports also came in about keeper flounder being caught down by the Ocean City Airport.
Scott Bowden caught a 31-inch striper off Assateague Island during the incoming tide.
SATURDAY, May 7, 2016
If you haven't heard, our Delmarva fishing community lost Joe Morris earlier this week after a short bout with pancreatic cancer. Joe was an icon in the Delaware fishing community, owning Lewes Harbour Marina for decades with his wife Amanda. Joe was one of the finest people I have ever met. Always smiling, an incredibly hard worker who never, ever had a bad thing to say about anybody and was always there to help someone out with his incredible fishing knowledge. He was definitely the most knowledgeable person I have ever met when it came to all aspects of fishing.
Joe has already been cremated and a memorial service will take place at Lewes Harbour Marina in a couple of weeks. As soon as arrangements are finalized, I will let everyone know. Rest in peace, Joe. You will be dearly missed!
9:22 AM - The OSV (Over Sand Vehicle) Zone is still closed on Assateague due to overwash conditions.
Reports have come in about a good striper bite off Delaware beaches from the Ocean City line up to Cape Henlopen. Surfcasters will also find good numbers of chopper bluefish as well. Fresh bunker is the bait of choice.
Reminder that Maryland and Delaware have different striper regulations right now. In Maryland, anglers are only allowed to keep 1 fish 28-inches or larger. In Delaware, you can keep 2 fish per person 28 to 37-inches or 44-inches and greater.
With the Assateague OSV still being closed, I would think that it would a good day to try and troll close to the beach off Assateague. Wind is coming out of the West at 8mph so it should be doable. I have a couple of buddies heading out this morning, so a report is coming.
9:50 AM - Reports have come in that the ocean may look really flat from shore but there is a good 4-foot swell spaced 6 seconds apart. Definitely fishable though.
1:04 PM - Reports from boats trolling along the coast have reported no striper catches so far today. One boat, the "Fish Frenzi" is trolling off Sea Colony and have only hooked a couple of rays on the troll. Skip Courtney reported in that he is trolling off Assateague in 30' of water with no pulls so far but a lot of marks on his screen though.
1:43 PM - Capt. Bert at Hook'em & Cook'em said that the headboat, "Judy V" had a great day with 23 keeper tautog for their 8 anglers. He also reported a good tog bite this morning for anglers fishing off the rocks at the Indian River Coast Guard Station. There was also a good striper bite on Wednesday night for anglers casting off the rocks on the south side of the inlet. He said there were at least 11 caught.
4:45 PM - Hughie Cropper and Capt. Jason Mumford caught a pair of stripers in the Ocean City Inlet that weighed 27 lbs. 9 oz. and 28 lbs. 13 oz. They were using peeler crabs for bait and caught the fish at the bottom of the outgoing tide in 54-degree water.
9:00 PM - Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" had a great day tog fishing on ocean structure. Capt. Monty said that the fish have really been chewing lately. Noel Cook took top honors with a 27 1/2" tog that weighed 16 lbs. He caught it on a green crab.
Surfcasters couldn't drive onto Assateague because of it being closed, but a few carried their gear across the dunes. I know of at least one striper caught.
Anglers fishing from the beach complained of dirty water and grass yesterday, but a few flounder over 30 lbs. were caught off Delaware along with some chopper bluefish.
Dasha and John Lentz, Chris Trovitch and Tim Kearney caught their limit of striped bass today while surf fishing in midtown Ocean City. Fish measured between 37 and 40-inches. Caught on fresh bunker.
Clark Haller caught a 40-inch striper at the top of the incoming tide on cut bunker from the beach in Ocean City.
Rodney Boston caught a 39-inch striper on a peeler crab while surfcasting off Assateague Island.
FRIDAY, May 6, 2016
Hasn't been much to report lately. Weather has been absolutely horrible. Guys on the beach are battling winds and rough surf, making it very difficult.
On Wednesday, surfcasters off Assateague landed some nice size stripers mixed in with shorts. They also beached some black drum.
I haven't seen anybody drifting the East or West Channels. Inlet has been empty. Even the Rt. 50 Bridge has been light.
I'm sure some boaters are chomping at the bit to get out and troll close to the beach off Assateague Island this weekend. Unfortunately, the forecast for tomorrow looks dismal. No rain in the forecast on Sunday, but the winds look like they will pick-up.
1:48 PM - Anglers fishing on the charter boat, "Marli" had a great day today on the Chesapeake Bay in front of Calvert Cliffs. Most of the stripers were deep (75 to 80-feet) and the bite was great when the tide slowed down. Capt. Mark said that he is still available for a Monday trip out of Solomans Island before he brings the boat to OC.
TUESDAY, May 3, 2016
Reports have come in that flounder are being caught by anglers fishing from the Rt. 50 Bridge.
MONDAY, May 2, 2016
Bill Pino was over in the Chesapeake Bay near the Target Ship and caught a 59 lb. rockfish on a trolled tandem rig on the Eastern edge of the channel.
Ran into an angler today who told me he was catching flounder in the Thorofare. I would think along the houses at Captains Hill and over the flats should start producing some flounder.
SUNDAY, May 1, 2016
Looks like the striper bite is turning on. On Sunday, Timothy and Tyler Tribbitt caught some stripers from the VA surf on surf clams. They landed 2 fish on 6 bites.
Other surfcasters had good luck fishing for stripers off Assateague Island and also from the beach in North Ocean City. The best bite today was in the late morning.
There were also some black drum caught off Assateague today.
Doug Coats reported that there was a good tog bite yesterday and this morning at the rocks that line Martha's Landing. All on green crabs during the outgoing tide.
Flounder catches have been few and far between, but Chuck Hazel cuaght a 24 1/2-inch, 6 lb. 6 oz. flattie in Baker's Channel off the Indian River.
I also heard of some flounder being caught by anglers in the Thorofare and on the flats north of the Thorofare.
Big bluefish are being caught off the beach at 3R's Road in Delaware and also off Assateague Island.
Andrew Rase caught a 19 lb. striper while fishing from the beach in OC. He used fresh bunker for bait.
Site 10 has been producing good catches of tautog.
SATURDAY, April 30, 2016
William Bourque caught and released some chopper bluefish from the beach on Assateague Island.
THURSDAY, April 28, 2016
6:42 PM - A group of 6 anglers battled some rough seas today while fishing on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" but they made out well, catching their limit of tautog while fishing with green crabs in 90-feet of water on some natural rock bottom. Jimm Brooks Lee led the way wih a 16.1 oz. tog and he released an 11.8 pounder and a 10 pounder as well. Tom Handlan released a 14.8 lb. tog. Capt. Kane Bounds said that the fish were really chewing today!
TUESDAY, April 26, 2016
1:49 PM - Looks like some keeper striped bass are finally showing up in the surf. Anglers caught some nice size fish this morning while casting off Assateague Island. In between battling skates, surfcasters are also seeing some nice size bluefish (although the better bite is up north in NJ) and a few black drum.
Pat Hurley reported a slow day of fishing in the bay behind Assateague Island during the outgoing tide. A lot of slime grass and murky water. Pat and Collin ("The Sleeper") fished from from just south of the airport down to the Assateague Bridge with minnows and Gulp! and never got a bite. Water temperature was 62-64 degrees. Thanks for the report, Pat!
MONDAY, April 25, 2016
10:31 AM - There was a good tautog bite in the OC Inlet this morning. Sounds like a lot of short ones caught. Karen Hocker did manage a pair of keepers, caught on sand fleas. Her fish measured 16 1/2 and 17-inches.
SUNDAY, April 24, 2016
There are big schools of chopper bluefish right off the Ocean City Inlet. You will also find small stripers around the Rt. 50 Bridge.
Big Bird Cropper and Dapper Dave Leizear boated 4 keeper bluefish, ranging in size from 30 to 33-inches, while fishing just outside the Ocean City Inlet. All were caught while tossing Roy Rigs with their heaviest weighing 9 lbs. 12 oz. They also released a dozen striped bass around the Rt. 50 Bridge.
SATURDAY, April 23, 2016
The first tuna caught out of Ocean City was boated by Josh Ensor and Jeff Rosenkilde when they ventured 80 miles to between the Baltimore and Wilmington Canyon where they found a temperature break that went from 57 to 64-degrees. They captured a 133 lb. bluefin tuna on a skirted ballyhoo. Seas were started to get snotty, so the guys got the fish in the "Mate Trix" and headed home.
John and Matthew Papthakis caught 5 keeper tautog at the South Jetty while fishing with green crabs. Largest tog measured 19-inches.
FRIDAY, April 22, 2016
10:30 AM - The first tuna of the year were caught yesterday on the 28-foot private boat "Reel Life" out of Delaware. Anglers ventured to just outside 500 fathoms, halfway between the Baltimore and the Poor Man's Canyons where they a 64 lb. bluefin and released 2 small yellowfins and some skippies in 64-degree water. Capt. Joe said that they had whales and birds where they found the 5-degree temperature break.
Spoke to Bear at the Oceanic Pier this morning. He said that tog fishing has been great with fish being caught on bloodworms, crab, shrimp and sandfleas. The largest tog caught yesterday measured 18-inches. Anglers have also caught a few small black drum and a lot of short stripers (around 23").
It looks like the big bluefish bite has calmed down in the bay but anglers fishing from the beach are getting into them. Surfcasters are also catching black drum and short stripers.
THURSDAY, April 21, 2016
9:11 AM - I spoke to a representative from the MDDNR Police this morning and I was told that the 6 mph zone will now run from the inlet all the way up to Harbor Island. The zone was extended from around 2nd Street up to Harbor Island because the wake from boats is disturbing the birds on Bird Island. No really! That is the reason. Cards and letters can go to Mark J. Belton, Secretary of the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources, 580 Taylor Avenue, Tawes State Office Building, Annapolis, MD 21401
Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" had a great day tog fishing on ocean structure. Limits all around the rail. John Rosser caught a 24 1/4-incher that weighed 10.7 lbs.
Anglers on the charterboat, "Fish Bound" caught their limit of tautog and released a bunch more while fishing on an oc