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April 19, 2017 - Mid-Atlantic Council to Hold Public Hearings for Chub Mackerel Amendment

April 19, 2017 - Joint Council Meeting with ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board in Alexandria, VA: May 10, 2017

April 19, 2017 - Survey Finds Resilient Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Population Number of Spawning-Age Female Crabs up 31 Percent to Historic High

April 18, 2017 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board Conference Call

April 13, 2017 - Additional closure needed to assist beachnesters at the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park

April 11, 2017 - Retention Limit of Commercial Aggregated Large Coastal Shark and Hammerhead Shark Management Groups: Atlantic Region Reduced to 3 Sharks per Trip

April 7, 2017 - NOAA Fisheries Announces an Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel Meeting May 9-11, 2017

April 6, 2017 - U.S. Reps. Graves, Green, Webster, Wittman Champion Federal Saltwater Fisheries Reform

April 5, 2017 - Ocean City Beach Replenishment Scheduled for Fall

April 3, 2017 - Mid-Atlantic Council to Hold Public Hearings for Squid Amendment

April 3, 2017 - Feds mandate circle hooks for shark fishing in 2018

March 29, 2017 - Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General (Commercial) Category Fishery Closing Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March 16, 2017 - Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Fishery: Southern Area Trophy Fishery Closing March 20, 2017

March 15, 2017 - Delaware’s recreational summer flounder size limit to increase to 17 inches effective April 1 Possession limit and season dates unchanged

March 15, 2017 - Applications now being accepted for Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police’s second annual summer Youth Academy Support sought for program for ages 12-15

March 7, 2017 - Coastal Recreational Fisheries Fourm Rescheduled

March 1, 2017 - The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park to close for 2017 beachnesting season

March 1, 2017 - MD sets 2017 flounder regulations

February 28, 2017 - 2017 Black Sea Bass Regulations Finalized

February 28, 2017 - South Jersey Yacht Sales Sold

February 27, 2017 - Big Fish Classics Rules Changes for 2017

February 27, 2017 - Comment period open for proposed changes in cobia regulations

February 7, 2017 - Red Drum Stock Assessment Indicates Overfishing Not Occurring

February 3, 2017 - ASMFC Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board Initiates Development of Draft Addendum V to Consider Liberalizing Management Measures

February 3, 2017 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Approves Regional Management for 2017 Recreational Summer Flounder Fisheries

January 25, 2017 - Atlantic Cobia (Georgia to New York) Recreational Fishing Season is Closed in Federal Waters

December 29, 2016 - Flounder Meeting Scheduled for January 3rd

December 20, 2016 - MD Announces 2017 Striped Bass Regulations

December 20, 2016 - MD Announces 2017 Flounder Regulations

December 20, 2016 - Maryland Closes Sea Bass Fishery January through February 2017

December 6, 2016 - Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to hold Dec. 8 public hearings on changes to interstate management plans for Atlantic menhaden and Jonah crab

November 10, 2016 - States Schedule Hearings on Atlantic Menhaden Draft Amendment 3 Public Information Document

November 2, 2016 - ASMFC South Atlantic Board Releases Cobia PID for Public Comment

October 18, 2016 - Coastal Recreational Fisheries Forum set for Friday, Oct 21st

October 17, 2016 - Sampson Column - Proposed Shark Regulations

September 1, 2016 - Indian River Marina basin maintenance dredging project scheduled to begin Thursday, Sept. 15

August 26, 2016 - READ OFFICIAL WMO COURT DOCUMENT

August 23, 2016 - WMO withholds prize money for 1st place white marlin

August 18, 2016 - Mid-Atlantic Council and ASMFC Maintain Multi-Year Specifications for Black Sea Bass, Bluefish, and Scup and Modify Summer Flounder Specifications

August 18, 2016 - Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partners Initiate Black Sea Bass Habitat Research Project in the Mid-Atlantic

August 18, 2016 - ASMFC Initiates Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Cobia

August 18, 2016 - ASMFC Coastal Sharks Board Approves Addendum IV to the FMP

August 18, 2016 - ASMFC Atlantic Menhaden Board Approves Addendum I

August 18, 2016 - ASMFC Tautog Board Accepts Regional Assessments for Long Island Sound and New Jersey/New York Bight Management Use

August 11, 2016 - Press Release from The MidAtlantic

June 24, 2016 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report

June 11, 2016 - Stretch of beach at Gordons Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park will close starting Monday, June 13 to safeguard first nest of piping plovers found there this season

May 25, 2016 - DNREC reopens Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier after major repairs

May 25, 2016 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report - May 25, 2016

May 18, 2016 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report - 5-18-16

May 17, 2016 - Grants Available to Aid Maritime Municipalities and Counties Maryland to Preserve and Revitalize Working Waterfronts

May 15, 2016 - Capt. Monty Hawkins report - May 15, 2016

May 6, 2016 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report - 5/6/16

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

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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

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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

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VIDEO CATEGORY
Fishing Report

5.25.17 4:48 pm

by Larry Jock

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THURSDAY, May 25, 2017

The weigh-in times for the OC Marlin Club Memorial Day Tournament have been changed to 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.


WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017

Nasty day today in OC.

Yesterday, Jeff Lemire was fishing off Assateague when he caught and released a 38-inch bluefish while fishing with cut bunker.

Yesterday, Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported better sea bass fishing. Largest was 3 lbs. All caught on clams at an artificial reef.

Brian Brouse caught a 14 lb. tautog at the Great Eastern Reef. Brian and his buddies also caught 30 black sea bass up to 4 lbs. All on clams.

Lamont Hilbert caught a pair of 19-inch flounder in the bay behind Assateague. Both caught on Gulp! artificial baits. He also caught a few throwbacks and some bluefish between 24 adn 36-inches.


MONDAY, May 22, 2017

It was a tough weekend. Wind just doesn't want to stop. Temperatures really cooled off. Offshore, the forecast doesn't look good all week.

I know anglers are pecking away at flounder in the Thorofare, but the windy conditions are making it really difficult. Slow trolling works better in these conditions since it give you more control.

The striper bite off Assateague continues to be slow. Steve McGlannan did come by the office with a picture of the 43-incher he caught and released the other day. Hooked it on bunker.

The bluefish bite is definitely slowing up, but good size fish are still being caught in waves along the coast. When it is on... it is on. Otherwise, you may have to put some time in.

Up in Delaware, Hunter Shelby caught some speckled trout on soft shell crabs in the bay behind Burton's Island.

Eamonn Carey caught a 14.2 lb. bluefish in the surf off Bethany Beach on Sunday.

Mike Johnston continues to have good days catching flounder in the Thorofare. Today, he took on the windy conditions and ended up with 4 flatties in the box, measuring up to 22-inches. All caught while trolling meat.

5:35 PM - Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported a slow sea bass bite today. Larry Grimm led the way with a 2 lb. 14 oz. sea bass caught on clams at an offshore wreck.


SATURDAY, May 20, 2017

The wind is really puffing in Ocean City today. Definitely cooler temperatures as the cold front moves through. Offshore forecast looks rough. Seas 4-7 today and 5-8 tomorrow. Winds out of the east.

3:04 PM - Before the water got dirty this morning, Frank Lanigan managed to catch a 23-inch flounder in the East Channel. Fish weighed just under 5 lbs.


FRIDAY, May 19, 2017

9:25 AM - Updated yesterdays report.

Last night, Buddy and Cody Martin caught 12 bluefish and some hickory shad while fishing from the Rt. 50 Bridge. They were tossing bucktails during the outgoing tide on the south side of the bridge near the East Channel.

Ellen Doctor caught a 3 lb. sea bass during a trip aboard the headboat, "Angler" with her son, Steve Doctor. Caught on clams at an artificial reef.


THURSDAY, May 18, 2017

9:41 AM - Updated yesterdays report.

The charter boat, "Marli" returned with 18 gaffer dolphin from the Norfolk Canyon. Water was closer in the Norfolk than yesterday since it was pushing northwest. No tunas.

Sarah McGovern caught a 45-inch, 24 lb. striper on finger mullet while fishing from the beach on Assateague Island.

On the charter boat, "Fish Bound", Mark Levinrad released an 11 lb. female tautog that was loaded with eggs. He also caught his limit of sea bass. All were caught on clams on natural bottom.


WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017

12:02 PM - Looks like there is a tuna and dolphin bite in the Norfolk Canyon again today. The "Marli" just reported having 7 yellowfins and 8 gaffer mahi in the box.

4:57 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" have had a couple of good days of sea bass fishing. Both days, anglers caught their limit of knotheads. Today, the fish ate clams in 50-feet of water. Sunny Kim led the way with a 3 pounder.

Big Bird Cropper and Dave Hrycyk ended their day with 20 bluefish in the box. Five were caught along Martha's Landing and the other 15 were hooked on both sides of the Rt. 50 Bridge. They also caught around 6 short stripers around the Rt. 50 Bridge. Everything was on Roy Rigs at the end of the incoming and throughout the outgoing.

5:36 PM - The charter boat, "Marli" ended up with 8 gaffer dolphin and 7 yellowfins from the Norfolk Canyon. The bite must have died off in the afternoon since they had those fish in the box by 11:00 AM. All of the action was in 500 fathoms in the Norfolk Canyon. Capt. Mark said that the water was pushing hard to the southwest, so it should be in even closer tomorrow.

"Big Billin'" also went to the Norfolk Canyon and returned iwth 6 gaffer dolphin. Heaviest weighed 46 lbs.

Charter boat, "Last Call" went to the Norfolk and had a pair of yellowfins and 5 dolphin. Trip was 81 miles where Capt. Frank found a temp break from 62-72 degrees. Yellowfins weighed 27 and 35 lbs.

"Bonnie Lynn" went to the Norfolk Canyon and boated a mako (released 3 others), a yellowfin, 6 mahi and their limit of blueline tilefish.

Yancey Carapico and Dave Scoole fished with live minnows in the Thorofae and caught 1 keeper flounder (17 1/2-inches) and 9 shorts. Fished from 1-4 in the afternoon.

Matt Garrison caught a 55 lb. black drum on clams at the Coral Beds in the Delaware Bay.


TUESDAY, May 16, 2017

Since black sea bass season opened yesterday, and we finally had a nice day in the ocean boats headed to ocean structure in search of knotheads.

Chef Vaughan landed the first one of the season while fishing on the headboat, "Morning Star". Looks like there was a nice bite for everyone around the rail.

Anglers on the headboat, "Angler" also had a good day with several 15-fish limits around the rail. All of the fish were caught on squid and clams at an artificial reef. Travis Heilser and Larry Collier shared heaviest fish honors with 2 lb. 12 oz. sea bass.

The "Jezebel" returned with 83 sea bass, all caught on squid and clams in 108-feet of water. Largest fish was caught by Mike Johnston with a 21 1/4-incher that weighed 3 lbs. 14 oz.

Anglers on the "High Seas" had 60 sea bass and 28 blueline tilefish. Sea Bass were caught in 108-feet of water before they headed to the Baltimore Canyon for tilefish. All were caught on squid.

Big Bird Cropper and John Wittmyer had a great day tossing Roy Rigs all around the bay, Inlet and ocean. The duo caught a load of bluefish and released a ton of short stripers. Stripers were around the Ocean Pier and in the Inlet.

5:11 PM - Right now, anglers on the Rt. 50 Bridge are tearing up the stripers, although 99.9% of them are too short to keep. A ton of fun, though!

"Bill$ 4 Bills" just returned with a nice catch of tilefish.

5:39 PM - Anglers on "Bill$ 4 Bills" ended up with 8 golden tilefish (up to 45 lbs), 2 blackbelly rosefish, 13 blueline tilefish (up to 18 lbs.) and 6 sea bass. Tilefish were caught in 770-feet of water. Everything was on clams and squid.

Some yellowfin tuna and some mahi were caught in the Norfolk Canyon where boats found a 10-degree water temperature break.


SUNDAY, May 14, 2017

Finally, a sunny day in Ocean City. The wind really died down early in the morning but picked up mid-morning and it is puffing pretty good.

Bluefish are still being caught. Today there was a bite around the Rt. 50 Bridge. Fish are still a nice size. 30-38 inches. There has been a good bite in the evenings in the bay. Anglers have been having a blast catching 28-30 inch blues on topwater plugs.

Flounder are in the Thorofare. Rebecca Haskell boated an 18 1/2-incher on a pearl white Gulp! Swimming Mullet.

In the Delaware surf, anglers are finding a ton of bunker over big bluefish.

Chuck Wills caught 6 bluefish, ranging from 19 to 22-inches while fishing with bunker off the beach in Cape Henlopen at high tide.


SATURDAY, May 13, 2017

A nasty day in Ocean City. Rainy & windy.

If you are looking to get in on some good red drum action and catch some big striped bass, head on down to the surf off Hog Island, VA. The surfcasters down there are getting into them good. If you have never been down there, you really should give it a try. Get a bunch of your buddies and head on down there, especially this time of year. Good action!

11:47 AM - There was an incredible bluefish blitz for anglers fishing off the Cape Henlopen Pier yesterday. Brittany Trombetta and Jason Craig stopped by the office this morning with 13 choppers they caught while fishing with mullet and squid. Their largest measured 35-inches and weighed 8 lbs. 11 oz. The bite started around 5pm and the duo said that they left them biting. They said that over 100 fish were caught between 5 and 7.

Yesterday, the blues were snapping all over the Thorofare flats. Fish were slightly smaller than what we have been seeing, but still nice fish up to 29-inches.

Surf anglers are still getting into mostly bluefish in the 30+-inch range. Not much on stripers. Spring run has been disappointing so far.

5:05 PM - updated Wednesday's report.


FRIDAY, May 12, 2017

Brian Brannan and Derek Crossley got into bluefish on light tackle while fishing around Harbour Island. Their largest measured 30-inches and 3 others were over 20-inches.


THURSDAY, May 11, 2017

With reports coming in yesterday afternoon about schoolie stripers being caught around the Ocean Pier (the one that sticks out into the ocean, just north of the Inlet), I figured it might be a good night toss a swim shad along the beach between the Inlet and the Ocean Pier. Unfortunately, I didn't get any bites and the tide was roaring in. I fished for a while on the North Jetty, but no action. One angler did have a 30-inch striper and a couple of bluefish, but that was it. I ventured over to the 3rd Street Bulkhead and tossed a popper into the East Channel. Had a great time and there is nothing like seeing a popper work the surface and anticipating a big striper or bluefish coming up and smashing it. Unfortunately, for me and the other 1/2 dozen anglers fishing off the Bulkhead, it was all quiet. A nice fellow did have a couple of big (9-10 lb.) bluefish in his cooler. He said a school roamed through the East Channel around 5pm.

Zach Nagler caught a beautiful, 43-inch, 40 lb. black drum while fishing with peeler crabs off Assateague Island yesterday. Caught during the outgoing tide.

Up in the Thorofare, Yancey Carapico caught a 22-inch flounder on a live minnow around 3:30 PM. Nice fish!

Up in Delaware, Rick's Bait & Tackle checked in their first flounder of the season when Donna Markle arrived arrived with a 24 3/4-incher caught on squid in the Indian River Inlet.

Bob Knight caught an 11.2 lb. bluefish from the beach at 3R's Road.

Dan Eagan caught a 7 lb. bluefish on cut mullet at Massey's Landing.

Francis Zaborowsky caught some nice bluefish (8-10 lbs.) from the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park.


WEDNESDAY, May 10, 2017

Finally, a beautiful day in Ocean City. Ocean looked very nice. Wind has died down considerably.

On the charter boat, "Fish Bound", anglers had a quick boat limit of 32 tautog while fishing iwth green crabs in 75-feet of water. Victor Feleccio released a 16 pounder.

Kevin Briddell caught a 44-inch striper in the surf off Assateague. It weighed 33 lbs. and was caught on cut bunker. It is the heaviest striper caught in OC so far this season.

3:34 PM - Big Bird Cropper just reported in that it was all the schoolie size stripers you wanted around the Ocean Pier today, outside the inlet. Bird said that there was a very clear patch of water around the Pier and there were hundreds of small stripers. He also had 2 big bluefish during his trip. Water temperature was 61-degrees.

A few boats ventured offshore today and got into yellowfin tuna and mahi, east of the Washington Canyon in 1,000 to 1,500 fathoms. The trip was 88 miles from the OC Inlet.

The "Nontypical" headed out to 1,200 fathoms, east of the Washington and caught a pair of yellowfins (up to 30 lbs.) and released a mako they estimated at around 100 lbs. Capt. Terry Latyon said that the temperature gradually increased from 59 to 65-degrees but they jumped to 73-degrees at the hard break. They stayed on the warm side of the break, where they caught the tuna. There was not a lot of bait, but Terry said from 30 fathoms out, the water was very clean. He also said that when he crossed the Bigeye Hole, there were pilot whales in the area where the water tempearture was 58-degrees.


SUNDAY, May 7, 2017

9:34 AM - FINALLY, a nice day. Sun is shining. Not much wind.

Don't forget, the Annual Ocean City Reef Foundation Dinner is this afternoon, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at SEACRETS on 49th Street and the Bay. Good food and some great auctions! Only $20 per person.

I'm expecting to see some bluefish caught today along with flounder up in the Thorofare. At this time of year, you can get them on the drift but trolling in the channels on the flats really produces some nice catches. Working the edges, going side-to-side across the channel is the way to do it. If you have any kind of bellies, you are in good shape. If you catch a flounder, but off their dorsal or anal fins. They are a quick cut and work great!


SATURDAY, May 6, 2017

The wind this week has been ridiculous! I went down to the beach last night and the ocean was ANGRY! Has certainly made fishing tough, but some anglers have gone looking for bluefish in the bay. They are still here. Haven't heard much about flounder though.

2:27 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Get Sum" battled the nasty wind all day but ended up having a good day with 2 flounder measuring 19 3/4-inches, 1 flounder that was 20 1/4-inches and a pair of chopper bluefish. They also had 7 throwback flounder. All were hooked in the Thorofare on white and pink Gulp! artificial baits.

Bluefish are being caught all over the bay. I have reports of fish caught down by the OC Airport and in the East Channel.

Over on the Chesapeake, anglers on the charter boat, "Marli" continue to get some nice fish. Suzanna Martin caught herself a 36-incher out of Solomons Island.


FRIDAY, May 5, 2017

Unfortunately, the weatherman got it right. In Ocean City, it is raining and very windy. The wind has literally blown ALL week. The bluefish bite has been so hot that a lot of anglers just went anyway. Anglers fishing off the Oceanic Pier have been having some great nights with bluefish lined up on the pier.

Those venturing over to Solomons Island to rockfish on the charter boat, "Marli" had braved windy conditions also, but have put some great fish on the dock. Yesterday, the anglers caught their limit of trophy stripers ranging from 36 to 39-inches. All caught in 40-feet of water north of the Gas Dock. Back on April 30th, Barb Firestone and Rachelle Bair caught 4 rockfish including a 53-incher that weighed 55 lbs.


THURSDAY, May 4, 2017

The wind has been howling for 4 days now which has put a damper on fishing. The bluefish bite is still so good that some anglers are throwing caution to the wind and heading out into the bay. Big choppers continue to be caught in the Inlet, around the Bridges, in the East Channel, in the bay behind Assateague. Basically everywhere!

The other day, Buddy and Cody Martin caught 7 bluefish on cut bait, between 34 and 36-inches, fishing off the 4th Street Bulkhead at the end of the outgoing tide.

Pasquale and Patrick Petrera caught big blues in the surf off Fenwick Island. and in the bay behind Frontier Town.

Yesterday, Emma Matarese caught a 15 3/4 lb. bluefish on cut bunker in the East Channel. She was fishing on the Ocean City Guide Service.

Vinnie Locascio caught a bluefish on cut bunker from the 9th Street Pier. Looked like it was in the 12 lb. range.


MONDAY, May 1, 2017

The wind really howled today, but that didn't stop Mike Johnston and Courtney Ritter from continuing their assault on flounder in the Thorofare. Today, they trolled Gulp! and bellies and ended their day with 5 keepers up to 22-inches. Mike said conditions were not fun, but the water wasn't too dirty.

Big bluefish continued to be caught in the East Channel by anglers fishing off the 3rd Street Bulkhead and in the Inlet.


SUNDAY, April 30, 2017

Yesterday was another good day for anglers chasing chopper bluefish. There was a good bite in the surf, in the Inlet and all over the bay, particularly in the bay behind Assateague.

Sarah Russell caught a 38-inch bluefish on cut bunker behind Frontier Town.

Darrin Holland caught a 36-inch bluefish on cut bunker behind Frontier Town.

Mugen Nickerson caught a 34-inch bluefish on cut bunker behind Frontier Town.

Jake and Katie Betz each caught a bluefish while torlling behind Assateague Island last night around 6pm. Jakes was a 33-incher and Katie's measured 28-inches.

Up in Delaware, flounder are showing up in the Lewes Canal and Roosevelt Inlet. Tautog were caught at the Outer Wall by Ryland Weiler.

Big bluefish were found in the surf at Herring Point. Suizanne Martin caught an 8.53 pounder.

Ethan Thomas caught an 18-inch flounder in the Roosevelt Inlet on minnows.

6:26 PM - Well folks, it looked like a fishing season today. Boats that went offshore came back with some early catches and the bluefish are still mugging everything in the bay and in the surf.

Anglers on the "Hellbent" had a great day flounder fishing in the Thorofare. They trolled Gulp! and flounder belly, returning with 7 keeper flounder up to 22 1/4-inches and weighing 3 lbs. 11 oz.

"Tunafowl" returned to Sunset Marina with 3 yellowfin tuna, including the first of the season caught at 9:30 this morning. They were caught while trolling ballyhoo (1) and spreaderbars (2) in 130 fathoms near the 000's where they found a 9-degree temperature break with 67-degrees on the warm side. Fishing on the "Tunafowl" were Josh Ensor, Corbin Ensor and Jeff Rosenkilde.

The charter boat, "Wrecker" had a heckuva day, coming back with a 147 lb. mako, along with a bluefin tuna, 3 mahi and 3 yellowfins. The bluefin and the mahi are the first of the year. The mako was caught while sharking with a bluefish fillet while the yellowfins, bluefin and mahi were caught on trolled ballyhoo. Capt. Jeremy Blunt said that they were anywhere from 80 to 120 fathoms near the 000's where they found the 9-degree break (58 to 67 degrees). Fishing on the "Wrecker" were Brendan McDermond, Dale Christensen, Megan and Steve Humphrey and Tony Caiazzo.

Mark Malamphy, Jim Conway and Rob Griggs had a 249 lb. mako shark in 400 fathoms in the Poor Man's Canyon.

Scott Chatterton caught a pair of bluefish off the beach in Fenwick Island today.

Up in Delaware, Mike Haas caught a 9.8 lb. tautog at Site 10 on green crabs and white leggers. Mike and his buddy John Ibach each caught their limit of tog.

Mike Lewis and Dick Hamilton caught their limit of tog at Site 10 while using green crabs for bait.

Courtney Lee caught an 8.4 lb. bluefish in the Indian River Inlet during the incoming tide.

Over on the Chesapeake Bay, the charter boat, "Marli" is fishing out of Solomons Island and tearing up the rockfish. Barb Firestone and Rachelle Biar caught 4 rockfish on tandem lures in 45-60 feet of water around HI Buoy. Their largest fish weighed 55 lbs. with a length of 53-inches and a 30 1/2=inch girth. Laurel Lokhaiser caught her first Chesapeake Bay Spring Trophy Rockfish. It was a real fatty!


SATURDAY, April 29, 2017

9:16 AM - The bluefish bite in the Ocean City Inlet last night was awesome.. and they were BIG fish! James Coates called in to report that his group caught 30 during the outgoing tide with the smallest measuring 32-inches. I ran into another angler this morning who also reported unbelievable action in the Inlet last night. They said every cast got banged.

Mike Orchulli sent in a picture yesterday of the 21-inch flounder he caught on a white Gulp and minnow in the Thorofare during the outgoing tide. Mike and his buddies also had 4 short flounder during their trip.

Yesterday, Jack Autin caught a 25 1/2 lb. striper on a chunk of bunker while fishing from the surf off Cape Henlopen.

Bobby Zakrzewski and his dad fished in the Broadkill River and caught 5 black drum between 12 and 15 lbs. All on clam.

10:08 AM - Craig Hocker caught a 34-inch bluefish in the OC Inlet this morning on fresh cut bunker at slack tide.

4:28 PM - The bluefish bite is absolutely nuts right now in the waters all around Ocean City and up the coast to Cape Henlopen.

Today, anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" had a great day catching 7 huge bluefish, up to 41-inches, along with 3 throwback stripers and a throwback (16") flounder. All of the action was in the bay behind Assateague Island where Capt. Jason Mumford found 72-degree water. The bluefish are hitting anything, but the "Lucky Break" anglers had success casting and FAST retrieving swim shads along with trolling Rat-L-Traps. Capt. Jason said that you had to reel the swim shads as fast as possible to get the hits. The bite was so furocious that at one point an angler was fighting a chopper after it ate a trolled Rat-L-Trap. Another big bluefish came up and hit the same lure, snapping it from the line in the process. Both 10 lb. bluefish were thrashing on top of the water, joined only by the Rat-L-Trap. Amazing action for the "Lucky Break" anglers!


FRIDAY, April 28, 2017

The bluefish are still snapping. Tim Heim fished early this morning off 9th Street in the bay and caught 12 nice choppers. His largest measured 35-inches and weighed 10 lbs. 2 oz.

Still hearing mostly about short stripers in the bay and off the beach. Larger stripers may be a little off the beach. Probably worth folks heading out by boat this weekend to check it out.

1:17 PM - Kim Zimmerman caught a 35-inch bluefish in the surf off Assateague Island. Hooked on finger mullet.

2:32 - An incredible story. A small swordfish, still alive, just washed up on Assateague. Guys are trying to revive it.

8:14 PM - The first mako shark of the year was caught today by the crew on the "Nontypical". Angler Andy Smelter muscled in the 147 pounder after hooking it on a false albacore fillet in 55 fathoms northeast of the Rockpile. Andy was fishing with David Peterson and Capt. Terry Layton. They also released 12 blue sharks and lost another mako estimated at 250 lbs. during their trip. The action took place where Capt. Terry found a 16-degree temperature break (52-68 degrees). Congratulations guys!!!!

There were some keeper size flounder caught in the Thorofare yesterday and today.


THURSDAY, April 27, 2017

First Coastal Fisherman is less than a week away! If you are catching big blues, make sure you weigh them. Who will be the early leader for Heaviest Fish?

Big bluefish are dominating the action. Nick Ager caught 10 last week. Largest was 39-inches. Second largest was a 38-incher which was caught yesterday around 6:00 PM off the beach at 120th Street in OC.

Not seeing many legal stripers. All too small.


MONDAY, April 24, 2017

Nasty day on Delmarva.

Yesterday, Deb Trotter and Terry Harford caught a load of bluefish while fishing with cut bait off Assateague Island. Their largest measured 37-inches.


SUNDAY, April 23, 2017

Eddy McCrae tagged and releaed a 15 lb. female tautog during a trip on the headboat, "Morning Star". The 28-incher ate a green crab on ocean structure.

Yesterday, "Fish Bound" angler Jimmy Lee released a 15.8 lb. tautog after hooking it on a white crab in 70 feet of water. He also released an 11 pounder during the trip. All 6 anglers caught their limit of tog.

Bryan Rosensteel was casting off his balcony on 32nd Street in OC when he hooked into a bluefish that looked to be over 10 lbs.

The last couple of days have been good for catching bluefish from the beach. The beaches around the DE/MD line have produced big bluefish, but they also have been hooked up and down the line. Some black drum mixed in. Unfortunately, stripers have been too small.

Ron Rodimak caught a 37-inch bluefish on fresh bunker while fishing off the beach at 3R's Road in Delaware.


SATURDAY, April 22, 2017

9:08 AM - We are still seeing good numbers of small stripers being caught around all 3 bridges, in the OC Inlet and in the surf. Big bluefish are mixed in with several hitting the 10 lb. mark.

Mike and Dave Burt took their kayaks down to the flats off of Onancock, VA and hooked into a pair of 45-inch red drum on the troll. Absolutely beautiful fish!

Yesterday, angles fishing on the charter boat "Fish Bound" got into some nice size tautog while dropping white crabs on ocean structure in 65 feet of water. Mike Hernandez released a 10 lb. male and Victor Feleccio released an 11 lb. female. Capt. Kane said that he can tell that the tog are starting to spawn as their bellies are beginning to swell. The group of 6 anglers caught their limit of tog and released a bunch more. White crabs and green crabs were the ticket, all in 65-feet of water.

Up in Delaware, Robby Baxley caught 4 chopper bluefish from the Cape Henlopen surft. All ranged between 12 and 13 lbs. and were caught while tossing a popper.

Jason Schuster caught a whopper 15 lb. bluefish after it hit a popper he was tossing into the Cape Henlopen surf. Measured 37-inches.

Alex Neiss looks like he might have an early lock on the Heaviest Bluefish of the Year honor with an 18.5 pounder caught in the Cape Henlopen surf on a popper. The chopper measured 38 inches and had a 20-inch girth. Wow!

Debbie and Joe Viscuglia caught a pair of bluefish weighing 10.5 and 12.8 lbs. in the Cape Henlopen surf.


FRIDAY, April 21, 2017

10:42 AM - Mike Cenci and Mike Troy just swung by the office with a pair of chopper bluefish they caught while fishing with cut bunker from the beach at 88th Street. Cenci's bluefish measured 34-inches and Troy's was a 31-incher.

It looks like the big bluefish are roaming the waters all along the coast. I am received reports of fish being caught from Assateague Island all the way up to Cape Henlopen.

12:23 PM - Chase Holden caught a 34-inch, 14 lb. bluefish on a Gulp! artificial bait while fishing from the surf at Cape Henlopen.

12:43 PM - Charles Jenkins just swung by the office to have his picture taken with the 32-inch, 9 lb. bluefish he caught on a flounder rig tipped with a shiner. Charles was fishing off the Rt. 50 Bridge during the outgoing tide.


THURSDAY, April 20, 2017

Yesterday, Tom Cox caught a 28-inch black drum that weighed 14 lbs. 10 oz. He was fishing off Assateague and using sand fleas for bait.


WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017

9:43 AM - Bryan Mullins was fishing last night on the ocean side of the South Jetty and caught a nice 36-inch bluefish.

Down on Assateague, anglers are catching black drum and short stripers. Haven't heard much about bluefish, but I'm sure they are in the area.

Yesterday on the charter boat, "Fish Bound", James Peterson released a pair of female tautog weighing 11 and 14 lbs. Both were hooked on green crabs in 35-feet of water on a small ocean wreck.

On the same trip, Ed Kohlhoff released a 12 lb. female tautog that was also hooked on a green crab in 35-feet of water on an ocean wreck.

Anglers are catching big bluefish, hovering around 10 lbs., from the beach near Cape Henlopen.

Job Robertson caught a 15.8 lb. bluefish while throwing lures around the Cape Henlopen Pier. His buddy, Alex Neiss caught himself a 12.1 pounder.

2:53 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" had a couple of good days. Yesterday, they fished by the South Jetty at the end of the incoming tide and the beginning of the outgoing. They had 17 short stripers (largest measured 22-inches). Today, they fished by the Rt. 50 Bridge during the incoming tide and had 10 stripers up to 25.5-inches and some nice bluefish up to 10 lbs.


TUESDAY, April 18, 2017

4:28 PM - Opening day of turkey season was today, but some folks chose to get out on the water. Wind puffed pretty good all day, making conditions around the South Jetty challenging.

Big Bird Cropper and Dave Hrycyk caught some short stripers at the end of the Commercial Harbor, across from Atlantic Tackle first thing this morning. They then ventured out to the South jetty and caught a load of short stripers (23) along with 7 nice bluefish. The largest chopper measured 34-inches and weighed 9.5 lbs. All were hooked on Big Bird's famous Roy Rigs. Water was extremely clean with temperatures hovering around 53-degrees. All of the fish were caught during the incoming tide. The bite turned off right when the tide switched in the afternoon.


MONDAY, April 17, 2017

Yesterday, Karen and James Cathell were fishing with shrimp from the 3rd Street Bulkhead where Karen caught a 17-inch tautog within the first 5 minutes of fishing. James said that they saw around 6 tog caught in the 2 hours that they were fishing. Karen's was the only one large enough to keep.

Angler Matt King released a nice 23-inch tautog during a trip aboard the headboat, "Morning Star". The fish was hooked on a white crab over an artificial reef.

Capt. Monty Hawkins and his crew on the headboat, "Morning Star" took some trips out to the Capt. Bob Gowar Reef at the northwest corner of the Bass Grounds and dropped 283 large cinderblocks. That is turning into quite a reefsite thanks to Capt. Monty, his crew and the Ocean City Reef Foundation.

It was nice to see the Ocean City Town Council reverse their decision to eliminate their $5,000 payment to the angler who catches the first white marlin of the season. Very wise decision by them.

4:40 PM - Although bluefish have been found just off the Delmarva coast, we haven't seen many filter into the bay. A few have been caught, including a 30+ incher.

Shad have also been caught recently by anglers fishing off the North Jetty.

Small striped bass continue to be caught around the Rt. 90 and Assateague bridges.

Might be a good time to look for flounder around the Duck Blinds in the bay behind Assateague Island, past the OC Airport.

Aytron Pryor and his friend, Jacob Lewis were fishing from their kayaks in the Assawoman Bay when Ayrton caught a 13 lb. bluefish while tossing a plug.


SUNDAY, April 16, 2017

Big Bird Cropper caught his first striper of the year, a 29-incher, while tossing a Roy Rig inside the Ocean City Inlet.


SATURDAY, April 15, 2017

On his first trip of the year, George Nicoletos caught an 18-inchflounder on a white Gulp and shiner combination while drifting near the Rt. 90 Bridge during the outgoing tide.

Dean Lokey sent me a picture of a 50-inch rockfish he caught in the Nanticoke River while fishing with bloodworms from his kayak.

Anglers fishing off Assateague have caught some short stripers, but I also heard of a couple of 40-inchers being landed as well. They also have caught some black drum as well.

From what I'm seeing, the striper bite could be 2-3 weeks early this season. No doubt due to the warm water temperatures we had over the winter.


FRIDAY, April 14, 2017

Happy Good Friday everyone!

Sean Fox was fishing off the beach in Chincoteague yesterda


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