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April 25, 2016 - Federal Fishery Management Measures Approved for Blueline Tilefish in the Mid-Atlantic

April 25, 2016 - Pacific bluefin tuna population has dropped 97 percent, new report says

April 25, 2016 - Capt. Monty "Morning Star" Report - 4-25-16

April 25, 2016 - Governor Larry Hogan Announces New Partnership during National Park Week Visit to Assateague. Maryland Park Service to Honor “Every Kid in a Park” Pass

April 20, 2016 - Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Fishery: Recreational Daily Retention Limit Adjustment

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

April 12, 2016 - Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Population Shows Improvement Spawning-Age Female Number Nearly Doubles

April 11, 2016 - Monty Hawkins Letter to Secretary of Commerce

April 11, 2016 - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service 2016 Commercial Horseshoe Crab Fishery

April 7, 2016 - Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Fishery: Southern Area Trophy Fishery Closing April 10, 2016

April 7, 2016 - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service Corrected 2016 Commercial Shark Size Limits

April 4, 2016 - Coastal Recreational Fisheries Forum set for April 8th

April 1, 2016 - Hearns Pond dam and boat ramp will close in May for up to a year while replacement structures are built

March 31, 2016 - 12-Month Finding on Petitions to List the Common Thresher Shark and Bigeye Thresher Shark as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act

March 17, 2016 - DNREC Secretary’s Order, following new FDA guidance, halts shellfish harvest in seasonal area on Rehoboth Bay

March 15, 2016 - Mid-Atlantic Coast Taken Off Oil & Gas Development List

March 10, 2016 - Mid-Atlantic Council Solicits Public Input on Blueline Tilefish Management Mid-Atlantic Council Solicits Public Input on Blueline Tilefish Management

March 7, 2016 - Applications now being accepted for DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police’s new summer youth academy

March 4, 2016 - OC Inlet Dredging scheduled for March 4th

February 24, 2016 - MD Sets 2016 Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass Regs

February 24, 2016 - MD Sets 2016 Black Sea Bass Season & Regs

February 22, 2016 - DNREC seeking volunteers for Saturday, March 19 beach grass planting along Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean coastlines

February 17, 2016 - DE Tidal Finfish Advisory Council Meeting Rescheduled for March 16th.

February 16, 2016 - Maryland Offers Fishing License Discount for 16-Year-Olds

February 16, 2016 - Shearwater’s sinking as Delaware artificial reef addition debuts on DNREC YouTube Channel

February 16, 2016 - Newly-signed Delaware law changes size, possession limits for American eel

February 8, 2016 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Approves Regional Management for 2016 Recreational Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Fisheries

February 3, 2016 - Monty Hawkins "Morning Star" Report 2/3/16

February 1, 2016 - Mark Sampson Column on HMS Permits

February 1, 2016 - MD seeks applicant for Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council

February 1, 2016 - Data to Inform Regional Ocean Planning Process Shared with Public

February 1, 2016 - MD DNR Schedules Coastal Recrational Fisheries Forum for April 8th

February 1, 2016 - Public Hearing on Proposed Blue Crab Regulations

February 1, 2016 - SAFMC Solicits Public Input on Proposed Electronic Reporting Requirements for Charterboats and Other Fisheries Issues

February 1, 2016 - MD Proposes Changes to Striped Bass Regulations

January 21, 2016 - DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife launches new ‘Delaware Fish Facts for the Recreational Angler’ website

January 15, 2016 - Changes made to Big Fish Classic

January 11, 2016 - DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife announces amended tilefish regulation to take effect Jan. 11

January 11, 2016 - Governor Markell seeks nominees for Delaware’s seat on Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council

January 8, 2016 - MD DNR to hold meetings to review data on coastal fish

December 28, 2015 - Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: Dec. 14-20

December 28, 2015 - DE Shellfish Advisory Counclil Meeting Slated for 1/6

December 22, 2015 - States Schedule Public Hearings on Draft Addendum XXVII Addendum Seeks Input on Regional Management Options for 2016 Summer Flounder and Black Sea Recreational Fisheries

December 18, 2015 - MD Sets 2016 Flounder Regulations

December 18, 2015 - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service 2016 Recreational Black Sea Bass Fishery

December 11, 2015 - "Morning Star" report - 12-10-15

December 11, 2015 - Five DNREC satellite offices now centralized at new Dover location

December 11, 2015 - Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass Season Extended

December 7, 2015 - 2016 Atlantic Tunas, Swordfish General Commercial, and Atlantic HMS Vessel Permits Now Available

December 7, 2015 - ACFHP Releases Request for Proposals to Study and/or Restore Black Sea Bass Habitat along the Mid-Atlantic

December 2, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins "Morning Star" Report

November 23, 2015 - All Delaware State Parks free on Black Friday

November 19, 2015 - DNREC extends public comment period through Dec. 7 on proposed amendments to Regulations Governing Beach Protection and Use of Beaches

November 18, 2015 - New state record 24.8-pound bluefish bests previous high Delaware catch for species by almost 3 pounds

November 12, 2015 - Striped Bass Enforcement Ramped Up

November 10, 2015 - DE Recreational Fishing Funding Advisory Council meeting on 11-17

November 5, 2015 - Lewes Public Boat Ramp parking lot to partially close for pavement re-striping Nov. 11-12

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

November 4, 2015 - BIG ROCK GIVES BACK TO COMMUNITY

November 4, 2015 - NOAA Fisheries Requests Comments on the Issuance of Exempted Fishing Permits and Related Permits for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species During 2016

November 2, 2015 - Delaware boat registration website to shut down

October 13, 2015 - Coastal Recreational Forum on 10/16

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

October 13, 2015 - Maryland Striped Bass Juvenile Index is Eighth Highest on Record

October 9, 2015 - MD Fishing Licenses Now Good for 365 days

September 4, 2015 - DNREC’s Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier to reopen ahead of schedule, in time for Labor Day weekend

August 28, 2015 - Council to Hold Scoping Hearings for Action on Unmanaged Forage Species

August 27, 2015 - MD DNR Considering Making East Channel a 6 mph Zone

August 21, 2015 - ASMFC Releases Tautog Public Information Document for Public Comment States Schedule Public Hearings for late September/early October

August 13, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins take on Wind Area Survey

July 17, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report

July 15, 2015 - DNREC’s DuPont Nature Center to host Fish-n-Fun Day for families on July 19 in Slaughter Beach

July 14, 2015 - MD DNR Fisheries Services Adjusts Recreational Sea Bass Dates

June 28, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report - 6/28/15

June 25, 2015 - NOAA Fisheries Announces the Re-opening of the Commercial Sector for Atlantic Dolphin

June 24, 2015 - Indian River Marina Catch-All Kid's Tournament Cancelled

June 24, 2015 - Division of Fish & Wildlife upgrades continue at Rosedale Beach boat ramp to install floating dock; intermittent closures expected

June 24, 2015 - ASMFC Atlantic Herring Section June 29 Days Out Conference Call Cancelled

June 16, 2015 - REMINDER: Blueline Tilefish Scoping Hearing set for June 18th in Ocean City, MD

June 10, 2015 - DE Tidal Finfish Advisory Council Meeting cancelled

June 9, 2015 - DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife to offer ‘Take a Kid Fishing!’ program on June 14, 17 and 24

June 9, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: May 25-31

June 4, 2015 - Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Fishery: Southern Area Trophy Fishery Closing June 7, 2015

June 3, 2015 - Permits Now Required for Bluefline Tilefish

June 2, 2015 - White Marlin Open adds new Heaviest White Marlin Winnter Take All Calcutta

June 1, 2015 - Blueline Tilefish Scoping Hearings June 1–18, 2015

June 1, 2015 - Anglers invited to fish for free in Delaware waters June 6 and 7

June 1, 2015 - PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMMENDMENTS TO 7 DE ADMIN CODE 3500 TIDAL FINFISH TO INCLUDE A NEW 3542 TILEFISH

June 1, 2015 - Commercial Striped Bass Meeting on June 3rd

June 1, 2015 - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service 2015 Commercial Horseshoe Crab Fishery

May 29, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report

May 26, 2015 - DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife to host 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament on June 6

May 21, 2015 - ASMFC Begins Preparations for 2016 Black Sea Bass Benchmark Stock Assessment

May 21, 2015 - ‘Take a Kid Fishing!’ dates announced by DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife

May 18, 2015 - Stretch of beach at Cape Henlopen State Park closed to safeguard nesting piping plovers

May 15, 2015 - DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife seeking great shots of Delaware anglers for annual photo contest

May 14, 2015 - Ocean Pines Receives Clean Act Marina Certification

May 13, 2015 - NMFS Changes Bluefin Tuna Regulations

May 12, 2015 - BIG ROCK ANNOUNCES FREE CONCERT!

May 12, 2015 - MD will change fishing license from calendar year to 365 days effective Oct 1st

May 12, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report

May 12, 2015 - New parking restrictions in place for vehicles at Delaware State Parks’ surf-fishing beaches Effective immediately, only single-file parking to be allowed on state surf-fishing beaches

May 8, 2015 - ASMFC Tautog Board Initiates Amendment to Establish Regional Stock Areas & Associated Reference Points

May 8, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: April 27-May 3

May 7, 2015 - Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds anglers: Recreational striped bass regulation change to take effect on May 11

May 6, 2015 - ASMFC American Lobster Board Approves Addendum XXIV

May 6, 2015 - ASMFC Atlantic Menhaden Board Sets 2015 and 2016 TAC at 187,880 MT & Initiates Amendment to Establish Ecological Reference Points

May 6, 2015 - ASMFC Atlantic Herring Section Approves Draft Amendment 3 for Public Comment

May 3, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report

May 2, 2015 - CCA Holding "Anglers Night Out" at Shenanigans

April 28, 2015 - Bill Introduced to Make Striped Bass National Fish

April 23, 2015 - ASMFC Spring Meeting Agenda Available

April 22, 2015 - Public Comment Period Open for Spiny Dogfish

April 17, 2015 - As Rockfish Season Opens, Maryland Anglers Urged to Track Their Catch to Improve Fisheries Management

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 16, 2015 - DNREC to hold workshops on updates to Regulations Governing Beach Protection and Use of Beaches

April 16, 2015 - Mid-Atlantic Council Initiates Action to Manage Blueline Tilefish

April 15, 2015 - Chesapeake Bay Rockfish Season Opens April 18th

April 15, 2015 - Status of Stocks 2014 Report to Congress: Overfishing and Overfished Stocks Hit All-Time Lows

April 15, 2015 - MSSA Atlantic Chapter Meeting Slated for April 28th

April 14, 2015 - NOAA Fisheries Office of Sustainable Fisheries is now accepting applications for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) - Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP).

April 14, 2015 - National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy Implementation Plan Released

April 10, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: March 30-April 5

April 10, 2015 - Strictly Boaters Boat Show Set for May 1-3

April 9, 2015 - Mulberry Landing Boat Ramp to reopen April 18 following ramp improvements

April 9, 2015 - DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife announces new recreational striped bass regulation to take effect on May 11

April 7, 2015 - Another VA state record bluefin caught

April 6, 2015 - MD DNR looking for feedback on commercial striped bass proposal

April 6, 2015 - OC Reef Foundation Dinner Date Set

April 2, 2015 - New VA state record bluefin caught

April 2, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: March 23-29

April 2, 2015 - MD Striped Bass Angler Survey results available

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

March 30, 2015 - 90-Day Finding on Petitions To List the Porbeagle Shark as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act

March 27, 2015 - Julie Ball Virginia Report

March 27, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: March 16-22

March 27, 2015 - New Campground opening at Indian River Inlet

March 27, 2015 - Assawoman Wildlife Area road closures announced due to boat ramp improvements

March 27, 2015 - MD Commercial Oyster Season Extended by 2 Weeks

March 25, 2015 - Volunteers sought for 24th annual Christina River Cleanup on April 18

March 23, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report

March 23, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: March 9-15

March 23, 2015 - Chesapeake Bay and Tidal Tributaries Recreational and Charter Striped Bass Fishery Modifications

March 23, 2015 - Age Determined for World Record Tautog

March 19, 2015 - Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Issues Annual Report

March 18, 2015 - Striped Bass Spring Trophy Season regulations set for Chesapeake Bay

March 17, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report

March 16, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: March 2-8

March 12, 2015 - Local MSSA Chapter Meeting on 3/24

March 11, 2015 - A New National Campaign Asks Anglers to Pledge to Pitch It Recreational fishing industry is asking anglers to properly dispose of soft plastic baits

March 9, 2015 - MD DNR Seeking Public Input on changes to commercial striped bass fishery

March 9, 2015 - Scientists fight sound blasting to protect commercial fish stock

March 5, 2015 - Draft Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Essential Fish Habitat 5-Year Review

March 3, 2015 - 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Common Thresher Shark as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act

March 2, 2015 - Fisherman Gets Prison for Illegal Harvest of Almost 200,000 Striped Bass

March 2, 2015 - Council Recommends Emergency Action for Blueline Tilefish in the Mid-Atlantic

February 27, 2015 - 2015 Commercial Individual Transferable Quota Striped Bass Season Modification

February 27, 2015 - MD Sets 2015 Sea Bass Regulations

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 23, 2015 - Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold an emergency meeting regarding blueline tilefish

February 20, 2015 - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service Invitations for Bids

February 16, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Feb. 2-8

February 16, 2015 - NOAA Fisheries Releases National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy

February 16, 2015 - ASMFC Tautog Board Accepts Benchmark Assessment & Peer Review Results for Management Use

February 9, 2015 - PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED BLUE CRAB REGULATIONS

February 9, 2015 - Atlantic Menhaden Benchmark Assessment Finds Resource Not Overfished and Overfishing Not Occurring

February 6, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Jan. 26-Feb. 1

February 6, 2015 - 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide is now available statewide and online

February 6, 2015 - ASMFC Atlantic Striped Bass Board Approves State Implementation Plans to Reduce Harvest

February 6, 2015 - PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED BLUE CRAB REGULATIONS

February 5, 2015 - Division of Fish & Wildlife seeks volunteers for 2015 frog monitoring Orientation set for Feb. 21 at Aquatic Resources Education Center

February 5, 2015 - Black Drum Benchmark Assessment Finds Resource Not Overfished and Overfishing Not Occurring

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

February 4, 2015 - ASMFC Northern Shrimp Section Releases the Public Information Document for Draft Amendment 3 for Public Comment

February 4, 2015 - ASMFC American Lobster Board Approves Draft Addendum XXIV for Public Comment

January 29, 2015 - DE PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS TO TIDAL FINFISH REGULATION 3502, 3503, 3504, 3505 AND 3506 PERTAINING TO STRIPED BASS.

January 28, 2015 - Mid-Atlantic Council Accepting Applications for Advisory Panel Members

January 23, 2015 - ASMFC 2015 Winter Meeting Final Agenda and Meeting Materials Now Available

January 21, 2015 - MSSA Atlantic Coast Chapter Meeting on January 27th

January 5, 2015 - Mid-Atlantic Council to Hold Hearings on Deep Sea Corals Amendment

January 3, 2015 - Striped Bass Creel Reduced to 1 per person

December 23, 2014 - MD closes sea bass fishery from January 1st to February 28th

December 23, 2014 - MD sets 2015 flounder regs

December 22, 2014 - MD Offers Discounts on Fishing Licenses

November 24, 2014 - DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife to hold public workshops on proposed increases to hunting and trapping license fees

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

November 18, 2014 - MD DNR to hold public input meeting on striped bass regulation chenges

November 6, 2014 - UPDATE ON 2015 STRIPED BASS REGULATION PROCESS

November 5, 2014 - Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body Seeks Public Input from Marylanders via Open Session in Ocean City, Maryland

November 3, 2014 - NMFS Requests Applications for Participation in the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species 2015 Shark Research Fishery

October 31, 2014 - ASMFC Atlantic Striped Bass Board Approves Addendum IV for Implementation in 2015

October 1, 2014 - Public hearing on summer flounder management set for Oct. 6

September 27, 2014 - ASMFC to hold meeting on summer flounder

September 11, 2014 - MD extends sea bass season

September 9, 2014 - MD Meeting set for striped bass regulation changes

August 29, 2014 - Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to hold public hearing in Delaware on interstate striped bass management plan

August 25, 2014 - NMFS Maintains 4 fish General Category (Commercial) Daily Retention Limit for September through December 2014

August 23, 2014 - Public Hearings set on Striped Bass Changes

August 19, 2014 - Atlantic Coastal States Schedule Public Hearings on Striped Bass Draft Addendum IV

August 18, 2014 - ASMFC & MAFMC Maintain Specifications for 2015 Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass Fisheries & Approve 2015 Bluefish Specifications

August 14, 2014 - Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel Meeting September 10-11, 2014

August 8, 2014 - ASMFC South Atlantic Board Approves Traffic Light Approach to Assess Stock Trends and Initiate Management Response for Spot & Atlantic Croaker

August 7, 2014 - ASMFC Atlantic Striped Bass Board Approves Draft Addendum IV for Public Comment

August 7, 2014 - ASMFC Spiny Dogfish Board Approves Draft Addendum V for Public Comment

June 4, 2014 - States Schedule Public Hearings on Spot & Atlantic Croaker Draft Addendum

May 29, 2014 - CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE APPROVES 'FLEXIBILITY'

May 5, 2014 - Bluefin Tuna Regulations Updated

May 2, 2014 - Delaware changes summer flounder and sea bass regulations

April 22, 2014 - Ocean City Reef Foundation Dinner Set for May 4th at Marlin Club

April 16, 2014 - Council Adopts Golden Tilefish Management Measures for 2015 – 2017

April 14, 2014 - MSSA Reschedules Youth Fishing Program

April 8, 2014 - Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Fishery: Southern Area Trophy Fishery Closing April 11, 2014

April 3, 2014 - Salisbury University Fishing Club looking for Relay for Life donations and sponsors

April 3, 2014 - NOAA Fisheries Commits to Develop a National Recreational Fishing Policy

April 2, 2014 - NMFS Announces Proposed 2014 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quotas

March 31, 2014 - MSSA forms Youth Angler Club

March 26, 2014 - Recreational Fishing and Boating Community Calls on Congress to Revamp Marine Fisheries Management Leaders map out path for federal marine fisheries conservation

March 26, 2014 - Mid-Atlantic Council Hosts Workshop on East Coast Fisheries and Climate Change

March 25, 2014 - 3 Rod Limit in MD Waived for 180 days

March 24, 2014 - Notice of Initiation of 5-year Essential Fish Habitat Review for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species and Request for Information

March 18, 2014 - NMFS Releases Final 2013 Bluefin Landings

March 17, 2014 - 2014 Summer Flounder Regulations Set

March 13, 2014 - Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel Meeting Set for April 3-4

March 11, 2014 - Entries Now Open for the REACTOR Watch & Bill Boyce Western Outdoor News Los Cabos 2014 Tuna Jackpot Sweepstakes

March 10, 2014 - Delaware to hold public hearings on summer flounder and sea bass

March 10, 2014 - Fish Habitat Legislation Introduced In U.S. Senate

March 10, 2014 - DNREC reminds anglers to purchase 2014 fishing licenses

March 10, 2014 - MD Sets 2014 Flounder Regulations

February 26, 2014 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Schedules Conference Call for March 13 (10 AM) to Consider Approval of State and Regional Management Proposals

February 20, 2014 - Public Listening Session on Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning Framework set for Feb. 27 in Lewes

February 7, 2014 - ASMFC 2014 Winter Meeting Press Releases, Summaries and Motions

February 1, 2014 - Mid-Atlantic $500,000 makes major changes

January 24, 2014 - MD DNR Removes 3-rod limit

January 15, 2014 - MSSA - Atlantic Chapter's Next Meeting

January 8, 2014 - 5TH ANNUAL MSSA SALTWATER FISHING EXPO

January 8, 2014 - PUBLIC HEARING DATES SET FOR SUMMER FLOUNDER AND BLACK SEA BASS

January 6, 2014 - OCEAN CITY SHARK TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCES CHANGE

January 1, 2014 - Delaware anglers reminded that recreational black sea bass season

December 20, 2013 - MD Sets 2014 Sea Bass Regulations in State Waters

December 13, 2013 - Addendum Proposes Management Options for the 2014 Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Recreational Fisheries

December 5, 2013 - Highlights of 2013 International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) Meeting

December 2, 2013 - Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Category Fishery: NMFS Adjusts Daily Retention Limit for November - December 2013

November 27, 2013 - LOOK FOR NEXT COASTAL HUNTER

November 26, 2013 - 2014 Chesapeake Bay Striper Quotas Set

November 21, 2013 - Maryland looking for public comment on changes in speckled trout regulations

November 14, 2013 - RFA SAYS TIDE IS TURNING TOWARDS MAGNUSON REFORM

November 11, 2013 - International Assessment Shows Again North Atlantic Swordfish Stock Rebuilt

November 1, 2013 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass Board Initiates Draft Addendum XXIV to Address 2014 Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Recreational Fisheries

October 25, 2013 - Public Hearing on Proposed Blue Crab Regulations

October 25, 2013 - Reduced flounder quota could hurt recreational fishing industry

October 9, 2013 - Bahia Marina Rocktoberfest Striper Tournament Rescheduled

October 1, 2013 - Delaware Announces Special waterfowl and deer hunting days for youth, disabled hunters announced

September 30, 2013 - Indian River North Jetty repair to begin Oct. 2nd

September 25, 2013 - PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS TO 3500 TIDAL FINFISH TO INCLUDE A NEW §3588 ATLANTIC MENHADEN.

September 24, 2013 - PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS TO §3518 BLACK DRUM SIZE LIMIT; POSSESSION LIMIT; LANDING LIMIT; DEALER LIMIT.

July 31, 2013 - NOAA to hold meeting in Ocean Pines to discuss best handling practices

July 24, 2013 - Weigh-in location changed for Ocean Pines Flounder Tournament

July 3, 2013 - Changes made to shark regulations effective August 2nd

June 19, 2013 - NMFS Announces Final 2013 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quotas and Closes Longline Category

June 14, 2013 - From the Annual OC Shark Tournament

June 7, 2013 - Delaware Adjust Minimum Size for Flounder

June 7, 2013 - Delaware recreational crabbers reminded of catch regulations, including turtle excluder

May 31, 2013 - National Fishing Week starts; anglers invited to fish for free in Delaware waters June 8 & 9

May 29, 2013 - New artificial bait could reduce number of horseshoe crabs used to catch eel and whelk

May 29, 2013 - ASMFC Approves Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Black Drum

May 28, 2013 - ASMFC Winter Flounder Board Approves Addendum III

May 20, 2013 - MARYLAND WITHDRAWLS FINAL PROPOSAL TO TAKE TAUTOG TO 15-INCHES

May 19, 2013 - MD & FEDS SET BLACK SEA BASS REGULATIONS

May 16, 2013 - NMFS ADJUSTS BLUEFIN TUNA REGULATIONS

May 2, 2013 - NMFS Proposes Rule on Shark Conservation Act of 2010

May 1, 2013 - NMFS Will Host a Public Conference Call to Discuss Updating the Atlantic HMS Recreational Fishing Action Agenda

May 1, 2013 - MD DNR looking to fill vacancies on the Tidal Fisheries Advisory Commission and Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission

April 25, 2013 - MSSA and Youth Angler Club Welcome Lenny Rudow

April 24, 2013 - MD Fisheries to hold meetings on blue crab regulations

April 24, 2013 - NMFS Preparing Statement for Shark Management

April 24, 2013 - DNR Sets a May 10 Striped Bass Commercial Control Date for Quota Allocation

April 24, 2013 - MAFMC Meeting Minutes

April 24, 2013 - 30th Annual Championship on the Bay

April 24, 2013 - Annual Reef Foundation Dinner - May 15th

April 24, 2013 - Atlantic Highly Migratory Species News - Sharks

April 18, 2013 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Approves Addendum XXIV New York & New Jersey May Modify Regulations to Access Additional Fish

April 10, 2013 - Strictly Boaters Boat Show, May 3rd, 4th & 5th

April 10, 2013 - NMFS Announces Proposed 2013 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quotas

April 8, 2013 - No Striped Bass in Nanticoke River during Spawning Season

April 4, 2013 - NOAA seeks comments on Billfish Conservation Act

April 4, 2013 - DE Anglers reminded that harvesting river herring is prohibited

April 4, 2013 - NOAA seeks public input on placing scalloped hammerheads on Endangered Species list

April 3, 2013 - Public invited to listen in on meeting about Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP)

April 1, 2013 - NMFS Adjusts Bluefin Tuna Regulations

March 26, 2013 - Menhaden Management Update

March 25, 2013 - NOAA looking at alternatives to enhance swordfish fishery

March 25, 2013 - Maryland Sets 2013 Flounder Regulations

March 22, 2013 - Ocean City Fishing Community Mourns the Loss of a Legend

March 22, 2013 - States to Hold Hearings on Draft Black Drum FMP

March 20, 2013 - Delaware Schedules Hearing on Draft of Black Drum Fishery Management Plan

March 20, 2013 - Delaware Advisory Council on Tidal Finfisheries Agenda

March 15, 2013 - DNREC to hold March 21 public hearing on proposed summer flounder regulation changes; public comment period is open until April 5

March 15, 2013 - DNREC to hold public hearing March 21 on proposed invasive finfish regulations; public comment period open until April 5

March 14, 2013 - ASMFC Releases Summer Flounder Draft Addendum XXIV for Public Comment

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

March 1, 2013 - LOOKING FOR A COPY OF THE COASTAL FISHERMAN WINTER EDITION?

February 23, 2013 - GOOD NEWS FOR SEA BASS FISHING IN DELAWARE, MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA!!!

February 21, 2013 - MARYLAND PROPOSES 2013 FLOUNDER REGULATIONS

February 21, 2013 - DELAWARE TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS ON PROPOSED FLOUNDER REGULATIONS

February 21, 2013 - BILL TO BE VOTED ON TO INCREASE MARYLAND FISHING LICENSE FEES BY $10

February 20, 2013 - NMFS RECONSIDERING PROPOSED DUSKY SHARK MEASURES

January 1, 1900 - MD Black Bass Roundtable set for Feb 4th

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4.28.16 6:45 pm

by Larry Jock

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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 ocean wreck in 45-feet of water. Mike Hernandez caught a 12 pounder while using white crab for bait.


WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016

9:53 AM - National Marine Fisheries Service just adjusted bluefin tuna regulations effective April 23rd. The new, adjusted regs will be:

Recreational (Angling) Category - 2 bluefin tuna measuring 27 inches to less than 47 inches AND 1 bluefin tuna measuring 47 inches to less than 73 inches.

Charter/Headboat Category - 3 bluefin tuna measuring 27 inches to less than 47 inches AND 1 bluefin tuna measuring 47 inches to less than 73 inches.


2:29 PM - Well, the National Marine Fisheries Service just released their Status of Stock Report for 2015 and here are some changes:

* 8 stocks came off the overfishing list and 10 were added
* 2 stocks are no longer considered overfished and 1 was added
* Summer flounder was added to the "Overfishing List"
* Yellowtail flounder was added to the "Overfishing List"
* Bigeye tuna was added to the "Overfishing List"
* Blueline tilefish was removed from the "Overfished List" for the South Atlantic


TUESDAY, April 19, 2016

10:01 AM - Yesterday, 5 anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught their limit of tautog while fishing with green crabs on an artificial reef in 40-feet of water. Their largest fish weighed 12.4 lbs. and was caught by Dennis Gidalgo from New York.

8:00 PM - Capt. Monty on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported an awesome tautog bite today. Could have easily limited out for all anglers but they decided to do more tagging then keeping. Largest were pushing 10 lbs. All on an artificial reef. "Morning Star" will be heading out on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.


MONDAY, April 18, 2016

9:00 AM - On Friday, Danny Cox and Greg Volpitta ventured down to Wachapreague, VA and caught 5 flounder, measuring between 16 1/2 and 19 1/2-inches.

5:03 PM - The flounder must be snapping in Wachapreague, VA because a report just came in from Nancy Cox who caught 6 flatties while drifting minnows. The fish measured between 16 1/2 and 18 1/2-inches. The largest weighed 2 lbs. 8 oz.

Nick Palese caughta 23-inch, 9 lb. tautog while fishing with green crabs on Russell's Reef. Nick's group caught 13 tautog during their trip aboard the charter boat, "Lucky Break".


SATURDAY, April 16, 2016

The first confirmed flounder catch of the year was made on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" this afternoon when Hannah Johnson of Berlin, MD landed a 21-incher while fishing south of the Assateague Bridge in 9-feet of water at the top of the tide. The fish was hooked on a white Gulp Swimming Mullet. They also released numerous striped bass after hooking them on lures. Hannah was fishing with the famous Chris Lynch, Sierra Payne, Stacey Payne, Capt. Jason Mumord and mate Hugh Cropper.

Doug Coats hooked some tog along the rocks at the mouth of the Commercial Harbor today.


WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016

Another windy day in Ocean City.

Reports have come in about good size bluefish being caught in the surf off Delaware Beaches.

Surfcasters off Assateague Island are hooking into nice size black drum. Further north, short stripers are being caught off the beaches in Delaware with a few larger fish mixed in.


SUNDAY, April 10, 2016

Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught their limit of 24 tautog while fishing with green crabs on an artificial reef. Capt. Kane Bounds reported snotty seas in the morning but it ended up being a nice day.

Reports came in about large bluefish still roaming the bay behind Ocean City and Assateague Island.


WEDNESDAY, April 6,2016

Sounds like the small striper bite around the Rt. 90 Bridge has petered out, at least temporarily. Boats casting bucktails around the pilings and trolling along the span haven't had good luck recently.

1:57 PM - Capt. Jason Mumford from "Lucky Break Charters called in to report big bluefish have entered the bay. He found big ones in the bay behind Assateague Island. Fish weighed between 10 lbs. and 15 lbs.

4:00 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Morning Star" hit the artificial reefs, using green crabs to catch their tautog. Mike Amrhein caught his limit of 4 tog including the largest that was in the 10 lb. range.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" ventured out to some ocean structure and the party of 6 caught their boat limit of 32 diah, only keeping the males and releasing the femaies. Largest tog weighed just over 10 lbs. Water temperature was 48-degrees.


SUNDAY, April 3, 2016

Blowing hard today. Time to tie some tackle.

Capt. Monty on the headboat, "Morning Star" had an interesting note in his fishing report. He had a tog caught in January that had a tag in it. It was a female tog tagged in March 2012. At that time, it measured 17 inches. Almost 4 years later, it measured 22.5-inches and was caught on the same artificial reef. Very interesting!


SATURDAY, April 2, 2016

Weather was all over the map today. Rainy in the morning and turned nice for a lot of the afternoon. Bay was flat but ocean was sporty. Didn't see anyone fishing in the bay. Tomorrow it is supposed to blow a gale.

The charter boat, "Fish Bound" braved the snotty seas and returned with 28 keeper tautog for their 5 anglers. The largest weighed 11.9 lbs. They also released a bunch more. All were caught on green crabs in 75' of water outside the 1st Lump. This was the first trip for Capt. Kane's new vessel.

Big congratulations to the Captain and anglers on the local boat, "Agitator". The team took first place in the Los Suenos Signature Triple Crown Series, a 3-leg tournament that is fished by all the top guns in the world.

The "Agitator" went into Day 3 on the final leg of the tournament sitting in 1place and really turned it on, catching 30 sailfish on the final day to pull away from the crowd and win Leg #3 and he entire enchilada. For the tournament, the team scored 24,600 points with 246 sailfish releases, giving them a comfortable winning margin over the 2nd place finish, "Pelese" with 21,100 points. The "Agitator" were consistent for the tournament, coming in 2nd place in Leg #1 and winning Leg #2 and #3.

Also congratulations to another local boat, "Real Joy" who finished the Tournament Series in 14th place with 17,400 points. The team overcame a slow start on opening day of Leg #3, sitting in 22nd place, but came back strong on Day 2 (11th place) and Day 3 (10th place) to win 12th place in Leg #3.

THURSDAY, March 31, 2016

Billy Powell caught the first black drum of the season while surfcasting off Assateague Island this morning. His first one was 24-inches and weighed 7lbs. 10 oz. He released his second black drum, estimated at around 40 lbs.

On a side note, a couple of local boats are in Costa Rica fishing in the third leg of the Los Suenos Signature Triple Crown Series. Going into Day 1, the "Agitator" leads the 3-leg series with 16,300 points. The "Reel Joy" sits in 18th place with 11,900 points.


WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016

Reports are coming in about keeper striped bass in our bay. Check around the bridges. Casting small single bucktails do the trick and trolling tandem bucktails can also be deadly. Expect plenty of short stripers in the mix.


TUESDAY, March 29, 2016

10:25 AM - Chase Eberle reported that he fished around the South Jetty and in the West Channel off Gudelsky Park yesterday and had 2 keeper tog and over 30 throwbacks.


MONDAY, March 28, 2016

The tautog bite is picking up for anglers fishing around the South Jetty, along the rocks off Gudelsky Park in the West Channel and especially along the bulkhead that runs from 2nd Street to 4th Street. Alltackle OC has whiteleggers (jonah) crabs and sandfleas for sale. The best bite has been during the last couple of hours of the outgoing tide when the water can warm up a bit.

Short stripers, up to 24-inches, continue to be caught around the Rt. 90, in the Inlet and at the Assateague (Verrazano) Bridge. Capt. Jason Mumford on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" has already begun running charters and has kept his anglers busy with short stripers on light tackle. This fishery can be a whole lot of fun! Capt. Jason reported the best bite coming during the incoming tide.

Short stripers and dogfish sharks were caught by surfcasters off Assateague Island.

I haven't heard of any flounder caught in the Inlet or bay lately. Water is still too cold. Water temperature in the Inlet is still hovering between 47 and 50-degrees.

Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" is reporting an improving tautog bite, but the water temperature is still cold enough to make things challenging. Capt. Monty did report more bites and more throwback tautog along with more being tagged. This time of year, the "Morning Star" limits his angler count to only 12 per trip ($110) so it makes for an enjoyable day when you don't have to be elbow to elbow with other anglers. His next trip is on Wednesday.


TUESDAY, March 22, 2016

Capt. Monty took a few people out for some tautog fishing and 3 anglers caught 25 tog. Water was very cold... too cold. Water became warmer the further they traveled offshore. Chasing warmer water is the plan needed to put fish in the cooler.

Received a report that birds were diving just off the Indian River Inlet yesterday. That large school of bunker is no doubt, moving north.


MONDAY, March 21, 2016

Reports have been trickling in about anglers quietly catching flounder in the bay. Also hearing about stripers being caught in the bay but I would assume they are mainly the "short" fish we have been seeing caught by the bridges.

Water temperature in the bay is in the mid-40's.

The diving birds reported just off the OC coast were reportedly bombing large schools of bunker and dogfish. It is prime water temperature for migrating stripers, so keep a look out. If you see any bird action off the coast, please give us a call at 410-213-2200. Thanks.

Capt. Monty on the headboat, "Morning Star" is reporting cold water temperatures are making tautog very sluggish and fishing is slow. A few are getting into nice fish. He is finding some pickets of warmer water where fishing is better.


THURSDAY, March 17, 2016

I received a call yesterday from Capt. Jason Mumford on the "Lucky Break". Capt. Jason reported catching a flounder in his net while commercial fishing in the bay behind Assateague Island. First one we have heard about this year. Thanks to Capt. Jason for the report!

4:37 PM - Capt. Tony Battista just called in to report good numbers of diving gannets bombing the water only a 1/2 mile off the beach between 105th and 115th Street. Maybe the stripers that have been seen cruising 10 miles off the beach have worked their way in. Thanks to Capt. Tony for the report!

Small stripers, around 25", are being caught around the Rt. 90 Bridge.


TUESDAY, March 15, 2016

Well, it looks like the striped bass rumor from March 13th was true. I received reports confirming that striped bass were seen 10 miles off the coast, under diving gannets, off the coast of Chincoteague. I would assume they are also off the Ocean City coast as well.


SUNDAY, March 13, 2015

A couple of boats ventured out to the warm shot of water found 62 miles offshore from the Baltimore down to the Washington. No bites were reported. Good weather permitting, I anticipate others giving it a go this week and fishing the break. The water is showing a counter clockwise rotation so I hope it doesn't move too far offshore.

Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" is reporting sporadic tautog fishing. Cold water is making the tog sluggish one day but it then turns on the next. Hard to predict. I did hear the tog fishing was good today on ocean structure.

I also received reports of schools of stripers seen 8 miles off the beach. I'm doubtful on this one, but I hope it is true. If anyone has confirmed sightings, give me a call at the office (410-213-2200). Striper snipers would appreciate a good spring fishery after the HORRIBLE fall/winter season we had. It would also be great to see the commercial guys get into them because I know they really got hurt this winter due to the bad striper fishing.

Also, belated congratulations to the Capt. Jon Duffie and the crew on the Ocean City boat, "Agitator" for winning the 2nd leg of the Los Suenos Signature Triple Crown Tournament back in late February with 87 billfish releases. It was some incredible fishing with 108 anglers releasing 2,754 billfish during the 3 days of fishing. After winning 2nd place in the first leg of the tournament series, their first place finish in the 2nd leg puts the "Agitator" in 1st place overall heading into the final leg on March 30th-April 2nd.


THURSDAY, March 4, 2016

Capt. Monty Hawkins reported a slow cold water winter tautog bite. One angler had his limit but everyone went home with dinner.


WEDNESDAY, February 24, 2016

3:00 PM - Maryland set their 2016 season and regs for black sea bass today:

Regulations (COMAR) 08.02.05.21F, announces the season, catch limit, and minimum size for the recreational black sea bass fishery for 2016, effective 12:01 a.m. March 1, 2016.

The season will be open May 15, 2016 through September 21, 2016 and October 22, 2016 through December 31, 2016. The season is closed all other dates in 2016.
Anglers may keep up to 15 black sea bass per person per day.
The minimum size is 12.5 inches.


4:22 PM - Maryland set their 2016 striped bass season & regs for the Chesapeake Bay today:

Striped Bass Recreational and Charter Boat Spring Fishery Modification

The Secretary of Maryland Department of Natural Resources, pursuant to Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 08.02.15.12H, announces the modification of the recreational size limit for the striped bass spring fishery in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries. Effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday April 16, 2016, the minimum size limit for the spring fishery is 35 inches. The spring fishery is April 16, 2016 to May 15, 2016.

All other rules remain the same.


WEDNESDAY, February 17, 2016

Well, it looks like we have some good news just around the corner. Shortly, we should see our coastal striped bass regulations change to mirror Delaware's. This will take us from being allowed to keep only 1 fish to being able to keep 1 fish between 28 and 38 inches AND 1 FISH 44 inches or larger. It also eliminates all the problems associated with fishing in Delaware waters. Would we like to go back to 2 fish over 28-inches? Sure we would, but that is not on the table and I applaud the Maryland DNR for pushing for this change.

Also, if you haven't already seen it, the guys from HUK Apparel came out with a new TV Show called Money Fish. I really like it! It is very well done and entertaining. Since they run out of Ocean City, MD you get to see a lot of the local captains, boats scenery. You can check it out on the Sportsman Channel.


SATURDAY, February 6, 2016

Reports came in last night about good numbers of birds working off the Ocean City beach. Unfortunately, nobody is fishing, but with water temperatures back up to the 41-42 degree mark, it is possible fish are still lingering in the area.

It looks like the feds have approved Maryland's motion to change Maryland's striped bass regulations so they mirror Delaware's. I need to find out when the change goes into effect, but Maryland will then have 1 fish 28-38 inches and 1 at 44 inches or larger.

Black sea bass regulations were set for 2016 for the Southern Region, which included DE, MD & VA). The season will run from May 15th to September 21st and October 22nd to December 31st. The minimum size limit will be 12.5 inches and anglers will be allowed to keep 15 fish per trip.

Capt. Monty Hawins on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported a good day of tautog fishing with blackfish up to 17 lbs..


FRIDAY, January, 29, 2016

Received a report the other day from an angler who ventured outside the Inlet and found nothing. Unfortunately, the ocean temp has dropped considerably and was hovering around the 38-degree mark, typically too cold for stripers off our coast.

Speaking of stripers, it looks like Maryland will be soon adopting the same striped bass regulations as Delaware with 2 fish per day, with 1 at 28"-38" and 1 at 44" or greater. It has to be voted on by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, but I'm sure it will pass. The change isn't ideal, but at least it gets us back to 2 fish an it makes a lot of sense for DE and MD to have the same regulations since a lot of the time we are fishing the same waters.


THURSDAY, January 21, 2016

I ventured outside the OC Inlet today with reports coming in on birds working off North Ocean City this morning. Water temperature was in the mid-40's and it was a little snotty heading north into the sea. I worked my way up to just past the highrises and didn't find any working birds on the way. I marked a lot of bait around the Pyramids, but no fish marks underneath.

A friend launched out of Indian River and worked south, meeting me at the highrises. He said that they saw a few working birds off Sea Colony and a load of them on just sitting on the water.


WEDNESDAY, January 20, 2016

Reports came in today about a good number of birds bombing the waters of 45th Street, about 2 miles out.


TUESDAY, January 19, 2016

The bad weather has just been relentless, but we finally got some good news. A very reliable source called in yesterday to say that he was looking at an enormouse flock of gannets bombing the water off 145th Street on the 3-mile line. Looks like stripers are still rolling through, which doesn't surprise me since the water temperature is still above the 40-degree mark, but is dropping fast with the cold weather we are having. Now, we just need to be able to get out to them. Keep your boat in the water!


SATURDAY, January 16, 2016

Too rough (again!) to fish today. Looks like we may have a shot at it tomorrow.

Late yesterday, I ventured out to Little Gull Shoal, but unfortunately the 3-4 foot waves, 12-seconds apart (according to NOAA) turned into 3-4-foot waves 2 seconds apart, making it very unpleasent. Ended up turning around after seeing no life, either in the air or on my fishfinder screen. Water temperature was an incredible 50-degrees and I hear that anglers are still pounding stripers off South Jersey. I know the fish are here, we just need to be able to get to them!


FRIDAY, January 15, 2016

Reports came in about birds working just outside Great Gull over a load of bait. .

12:34 PM - Capt. Monty Hawkins reported a great day aboard the headboat, "Morning Star" with a limit of tog for all his anglers.


THURSDAY, January 14, 2016

Seas have been rough over the past week. Been warm… but very windy. There was a break today where the "Morning Star" was able to stay inshore and had a very good tog trip with quite a few limits around the rail and a lot of female fish released.


FRIDAY, January 8, 2016

I wish I had fishing reports, but right now, there isn't much to report. The ocean temperature off our coast is still between 50 and 52-degrees. No fish have been caught, or even seen, inside of 3 miles and seas seem to be a constant 3-5 feet or worse everyday.

Capt. Monty reported a very slow tog bite yesterday morning, but it turned on in the afternoon and they ended up with a good day. Chan Park took the fish pool with a 10 lb. tog.


SUNDAY, January 3, 2016

Seas were nice inside of 2-miles, but got too bumpy to fish comfortably east of there. No stripers were caught off the Delmarva coast. Fish are still being crushed off New Jersey between Atlantic City & Wildwood. Our water temps are in the 50-52 degree range. Plenty of dogfish.

Capt. Monty on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported decent tautog fishing. Weather kept them closer to shore than desired.


SATURDAY , January 2, 2016

Tautog season reopened on Jan 1st in MD and local headboats are returning with nice catches from ocean structure.

Striper fishing is still horrible. Even the commercial guys are seeing goose eggs. Seas have been too rough to fish a short distance from the beach (2 miles). Fish are passing by 8-10 miles off the coast. Jersey anglers are still pounding them hard and our water temp is still right around 50 degrees so we should have plenty of striper fishing this winter.

Small stripers are plentiful around the Rt 90 Bridge.

Tomorrows weather looks fishable.


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