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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

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

VIDEO CATEGORY
Fishing Report

5.26.16 5:44 pm

by Larry Jock

FOR YOU CRABBERS OUT THERE, IN THE "BUCKTAILS AND BALLYHOO" COLUMN IN THE MAY 25TH ISSUE, IT WAS WRITTEN THAT YOU CAN RUN 30 COLLAPSIBLE TRAPS. ALTHOUGH YOU CAN RUN 30 TRAPS IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY, CRABBERS IN THE COASTAL BAYS ARE LIMITED TO 25 COLLAPSIBLE TRAPS.

THURSDAY, May 26, 2016

10:15 PM - There are a couple of offshore boats that headed to the canyons today. I would anticipate another good day with many yellowfins and a few mahi hitting the docks.

Yesterday, the guys headed 80 miles south to the Norfolk Canyon where fish were caught from 500 fathoms in as close as 50 fathoms. Temperature break went from 62-degree to 73-degrees. "Marli" had best luck in the warmer water but I heard some fish were caught by non-Ocean City boats in the colder water as well.

3:08 PM - It was an exceptional day in the Norfolk Canyon for tuna fishermen.

The charter boat, "Marli" came back with not only 24 yellowfins, but also the first bigeye tuna of the season and a mahi. Fish were caught in 500 fathoms in the Norfolk Canyon in 72-degree water on ballyhoo and spreader bars. Bigeye weighed 76.2 lbs.

"Talkin Trash" had a great day, also in 500 fathoms in the Norfolk. They had 30 yellowfins and released approximately 20 more. All on ballyhoo and spreaderbars.

3:58 PM - Charter boat, "Restless Lady" returned to Talbot Street with 21 yellowfins and a mahi. All caught in 500-700 fathoms in the Norfolk Canyon on trolled ballyhoo. Water temperature was 74 to 77-degrees.

4:19 PM - Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" saw good sea bass fishing today. Nobody caught a 15 fish limit, but there were several in the 13 fish range.

Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" said that sea bass fishing was a little slower today, but they still had nice size knotheads up to 3 lbs. They also had their first flounder of the year, a 5 1/2 pounder caught by Thomas Jones. It was caught on a bucktail at an artificial reef.

5:43 PM - Brandon Manley from Vestel, NY boated a 193 lb. mako shark at the Twin Wrecks. He caught it on a bluefish fillet during a trip with Jeff Bogert.


WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016

The news is so good that I am going to repeat it! The MDDNR Fisheries Service just announced that effective June 1st, anglers can keep 2 striped bass between 28 and 38 inches or greater than or equal to 44 inches. Special thanks to Mike Luisi at the Maryland DNR Fisheries Service for getting this change accomplished!

10:51 AM - Just had a trio of anglers stop by the office with fish they caught while surfcasting off the state side of Assateague. All of the fish were caught on sand fleas around the bottom of the outgoing tide.

Michael Venarchick caught a 41-inch striper, a 28-inch black drum and a 21-inch flounder.

Mike Venarchick caught a 45-inch striper that weighed 27 lbs. 13 oz.

Mikael Malkasian caught a 38-inch striper that weighed 15 lbs. 13 oz.

11:00 AM - Heard there was a good yellowfin bite in the Norfolk Canyon this morning. Should be a great weekend for the offshore guys.

2:04 PM - The charter boat, "Marli" just returned to the dock after crushing the yellowfin tuna in 500 fathoms in the Norfolk Canyon. Robert Harris, Donnie Scrivener, Chuck and Joe Crockett and Mike Yowell caught their limit of 24 yellowfins on ballyhoo and spreader bars.

3:29 PM - Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported good sea bass fishing today with fish up to 3.5 lbs. All were caught on squid at an artificial reef.

6:06 PM - The charter boat, "Boss Hogg" returned with 21 yellowfins and a mahi from 500 fathoms in the Norfolk Canyon.


TUESDAY, May 24, 2016

4:23 PM - Here's some good news for you. The MDDNR Fisheries Service just announced that effective June 1st, anglers can keep 2 striped bass between 28 and 38 inches or greater than or equal to 44 inches. Special thanks to Mike Luisi at the Maryland DNR Fisheries Service for getting this change accomplished!

Tara Wojciechowski and John Lindsay caught a pair of stripers while fishing from the beach on 137th Street. Tara's measured 37 1/2-inches and John's was 36 inches.

Last night, Jimmy Coffiey caught a 46-inch, 30.6 lb. striper in the Indian River Inlet.

4:36 PM - Anglers on the headboat, "Angler" had good sea bass fishing with some limits around the rail. Largest sea bass was Charlie Donohue's 3.5 pounder caught on clams at an artificial reef.

8:49 PM - Hugh Cropper caught a 46.5-inch striper that weighed 33 lbs. 10 oz. Caught on a peeler crab while surfcasting off Assateague.

Lamont Hilbert caught a 36-inch striper this morning in the OC Inlet on a bucktail.

Capt. Kane Bounds on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" reported fantastic sea bass fishing today. His party of 4 caught a boat limit of 90 sea bass and a boat limit of 12 tautog. Joe McNeal released a 9 lb. female tautog. All of he fish were caught on squid and crabs at the subway cars.

The headboat, "Judy V" out of the Indian River Marina had a good day sea bass fishing at "B" Buoy. Anglers were using salted clams and sand fleas for bait.

Mike Jones, Gary Cederbert, Joe Hersh and Cliff Hummer took their 20th Annual Ocean City Fishing Trip and ended up with 3 good size stripers at the South Jetty. Fish were caught at the start of the outgoing tide. Two of the stripers measured 35-inches and one was 37.5 inches.

While on their way to ocean wrecks to fish for sea bass, Jeff Kauffman and Matt Marsiglia stopped in the OC Inlet to do some casting around the Jetty and Matt caught and released a 42-inch striper on a 6-inch Storm lure. Incoming tide.


SUNDAY, May 22, 2016

It was a great week of fishing for surfcasters on Assateague Island. A mix of big stripers with black drum and bluefish created a lot of activity for anglers soaking fresh bunker, peeler crabs or sand fleas. Dave Swenson had a great week, landing 37 stripers with most over 40-inches. His largest measured 49-inches. He also caught a 40-inch black drum. Dave said that the best bites were at first light and at the end of the low tide. Dave and I were taling at Buck's Place and he said that he was amazed at the number of bites he got on sand fleas. Probably half his fish!

There's still some shad in the OC Inlet and it looks like there are stripers and bluefish chasing them around. The bite in the Inlet has been excellent when weather permits.


SATURDAY, May 21, 2016

11:55 AM - Not a pretty day in Ocean City, but nowhere near as bad as predicted.

Last night, around 2:00 AM, Joe Bieberich caught a 40 1/2-inch striper while fishing with bunker from the beach on Assateague Island.

8:40 PM - I take back my 11:55 comment. Today was horrible!! This nasty weather just won't stop, but when it does I predict a good fishing season!


FRIDAY, May 20, 2016

9:34 PM - Rusty Daub at Annapolis Boat Sales reported big schools of chopper bluefish right outside the OC Inlet last night around 6pm. That backs up reports we received about schools of bluefish pushing baitfish right up onto Assateague Island.

Capt. Kane Bounds took a group of 6 anglers to the African Queen reefsite yesterday and they had their boat limit of 120 sea bass by noon. Seas were really snotty early in the day, but Kane said they got nicer as the day went on. Fish were caught on squid and clams.

11:02 AM - Sounds like the bite off Assateague this morning was in full force. Stripers over 40-inches were caught. Sand fleas have been a hot bait so far.

1:43 PM - The "Reel Nauti" brought in the first thresher shark of the year, a 411 pounder caught near the Jackspot on a whole bluefish. Water temperature was between 54.6 and 56-degrees. Caught by Chris Stafford from Cherry Hill, NJ.

2:44 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught their limit of 120 black sea bass and 1 tog while fishing on natural bottom with Gulp! and squid combos. Their largest sea bass weighed 3 lbs. 13 oz. The big one was caught on shrimp.

Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" said that the sea bass bite was tougher today, but his anglers did manage to captured sea bass up to 3 lbs. 8 oz.

Anglers on the "Get Reel" caught 35 sea bass up to 3 lbs. 12 oz. during a trip to the Great Eastern Reef. Fish were caught on clams and squid.

7:46 PM - Capt. Brian Porter took his anglers out to 1,200 fathoms between the Poor Man's and Washington Canyons where they found 63-degree water. They ended their day with 5 yellowfins in the box. Fish were 30-35 lb. class.

Anglers on the Talkin Trash" went to 1,700 fathoms between the Poor Man's and Washington Canyons, worked their way west and ended up with 2 yellowfins and a pair of mahi. Yellowfins weighed 35 and 45 lbs. Mahi weighed 8 and 15 lbs. Fish were caught in 68 degree water.

Anglers on the "Double Trouble" were fishing at the Jackspot subway cars and caught their limit of 75 sea bass while jigging and also using squid and clams for bait. Largest was 4.2 lbs.

Robert Hartman and his sons Jeff and Jon caught 14 sea bass, up to 17.5-inches, with squid at the Great Eastern Reef.


THURSDAY, May 19, 2016

9:32 AM - Reports have come in about large schools of bluefish pushing the bait right up onto the beach on Assateague Island.

10:28 AM - James Coats reported a lot of throwback stripers at the South Jetty this morning starting at sunrise. Fish were in the 20 to 26-inch range and were hitting bucktails tipped with Bass Assasins or curly tails. They did have 1 keeper that measured 30-inches. James said that they couldn't get anything to hit on eels.

There were also a lot of snapper bluefish just north of the Rt. 50 Bridge.

2:51 PM - Gary German was drifting minnows across the flats north of the Thorofare and picked up and 18-inch flounder in 55-degree water during the outgoing tide.

3:28 PM - The headboat, "Morning Star" returned with several boat limits (15) of sea bassaround the rail in addition to some tog. Capt. Monty said the conditions were rough. Tog were caught on clams and while jigging. Sea bass were hooked mainly on clams.

3:50 PM - The headboat, "Angler" had a good day sea bassing with some limits around the rail. Largest fish weighed 3.5 lbs. Caught on squid at an ocean wreck.

4:01 PM - Gary Avery caught a 21-inch flounder trolling a skirted minnow near the Assateague Bridge. Fish was caught in 60-degree water at the end of the incoming tide.

4:19 PM - Big Bird Cropper just stopped by the Coastal Fisherman office to have his picture taken with the 5 chopper bluefish he caught while tossing a Roy Rig just north of the Rt. 50 Bridge. The largest bluefish weighed 10 lbs. 8 oz. and was caught during the outgoing tide. Bird said that he tried to fish around the South Jetty but it was too rough, so he headed to the bridge.

There was a 47-inch striped bass caught late last night by an angler tossing lures from the Rt. 50 Bridge.

Anglers on charter boats out of Indian River are having good success catching sea bass at Sites 10 & 11.


WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016

12:38 PM - They are absolutely smoking the striped bass off Assateague Island today. Fresh bunker and sand fleas are the hot tickets. Fish are big with several over 40-inches.


TUESDAY, May 17, 2016

The striper bite (with an occasional black drum) has really gotten good for surfcasters off Assatateague. Fresh bunker is always good, but anglers are also finding good results from sand fleas.

Hunter Buffington caught a big shad and some bluefish at the Rt. 50 Bridge last night just as the sun was setting. Hunter said that his hot lure was a 1 oz. lead head with a 5-inch Bubble Gum Zoom Fluke.

Capt. Monty on the headboat, "Morning Star" told me that sea bass fishing right now is very good and MUCH better than it was at this time last year.

Bluefish, clost to 10 lbs., are being caught in the Inlet by anglers tossing lures.

Rich Bell has been burning up the stripers from the beach in North Ocean City. On Friday evening he got a 38-inch, 20 pounder. He followed that up with a 39-incher on Saturday and a 41-incher on Monday.

Clark Haller caught a 39-incher striper on a chunk of bunker while surfcasting off Assateague. Fish was caught at the top of the incoming tide.

12:35 PM - Ron Taylor reported a good shad, bluefish and striper bite around the Rt. 50 Bridge last night. He said that the blues were running hard during the outgoing tide.

12:43 PM - James Coats reported a busy morning at the South Jetty. He said that they had at least 40 throwback stripers and 1 keeper, all during the incoming tide. Once the tide shifted, the bite died off. The throwbacks were in the 20-26 inch range. The best action was 1/2 hour to 1 hour after sunrise. Fish were caught on eels and bucktails tipped with Bass Assassins and. They also caught shad and bluefish.

3:56 PM - Surfcasters off Assateague Island had another outstanding day catching stripers. Fish big with a lot of them in the 40-45 inch range. Fish are hitting on bunker but anglers are also having great results with sand fleas.

On Sunday, Kirby Short caught and released a red drum while surf fishing off Assateague. Fish was caught on the Maryland side.

The headboat, "Angler" had a good day sea bass fishing with some limits around the rail. They also caught some tautog as well. Largest sea bass weighed 3 lbs. 8 oz. but they also had some 3 pounders as well. All were caught on an ocean wreck on clams and while jigging.


SUNDAY, May 15, 2016

10:06 PM - That big orange thing in the sky made an appearance this morning. It must not have gotten the memo!

The "Bonnie Lynn" ventured out to between the Poor Man's and Washington Canyons where they found 58.6-degree water. They caught and released 15 blue sharks and a mako. They had another good size mako at the boat but couldn't get it to bite.

James Coats called in this morning to report big bluefish in the 30 to 35-inch range roaming the waters by the Rt. 90 Bridge yesterday. James said that the water was very clean and they were snapping at lures at low tide.

Yesterday, Preston Walls on the "One More Drift" caught 3 flounder in the morning while fishing the outgoing tide in the Thorofare. Two were caught on Gulp! and one on minnows. Largest measured 19 1/2-inches.


SATURDAY, May 14, 2016

12:57 - The charter boat, "Get Sum" returned from their morning trip with 3 flounder in the box ranging from 16 to 18 1/2-inches. All caught on white Gulp! Swimming Mullets. One fish came from the Thorofare, one from the East Channel and 1 from the channel south of the Rt. 50 Bridge.

The charter boat, "Ivy Sea" returned with 2 flounder, both caught on white Gulp! Swimming Mullets. One came from the Thorofare and one from around the South Jetty. Fish measured 18 and 20-inches.

Mason McIntosh caught a 21 1/2-inch flounder during a trip aboard the flounder headboat, "Bay Bee". Fish bit on a shiner in the East Channel, north of the Rt. 50 Bridge.

I heard rumors that some yellowfins were caught today. Stand by!

2:04 PM - Big Bird Cropper and Dave Leizear just called in to report big schools of shad and snapper blues coming through the Ocean City Inlet. Every cast you hook one of them on a spec rig.

4:55 PM - Bob Miller and Mike Brockmeyer caught 5 flounder, measuring 17 to 19-inches, while bump trolling Gulp! and minnow combinations on the flats north of the Thorofare.

Some flounder were also caught by anglers bump trolling by the Assateague Bridge.

5:04 PM - Capt. Jason Mumford on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" reported that his anglers had a blast catching snapper bluefish in the Inlet this afternoon. Shad were on top and bluefish in the 1-3 lb. range were underneath. Capt. Jason that they easily caught 20 snappers. Earlier in the day, they were drifting between the Duck Blinds and the Assateague Bridge but the grassy conditions made it unbearable.

10:32 PM - It was an exciting end of the day today. Capt. Chris Little and his "Talkin Trash" crew brought back 12 yellowfins from 1,100 fathoms outside the Baltimore. Capt. Chris went over 80 miles where he found 61-degree water. The lines went in and they trolled ballyhoos and plastics. Fish bit in 64-degree water. The scale wasn't available at the Fishing Center, but I would say that the fish were in the 25-35 range. They went 3 for 3 one time and 2 for 2 twice. The rest were single bites.

Right after, the "Keep Er' Wet" crew returned to Sunset Marina with the 1st mako shark of the season, caught by Brian Leader in 1,000 fathoms outside the Poor Mans Canyon. Fish was caught on a whole mackerel and weighed around 120 lbs.


FRIDAY, May 13, 2016

Paul on the "Rod Father" called in to report that they went out to 600 fathoms in the Washington Canyon on Wednesday (78 miles) and found 64-degree water. Paul said there were tunas being chased by sharks so they stopped to troll for some sharks. They ended up releasing 8 blue sharks and a mako shark (est at 100 lbs.). Water temperature went from 51 to 61-degrees around 400 fathoms and worked its way up to 64-degrees at 600 fathoms.

12:27 PM - Brett Glatfelter reported in that he went just north of Sea Colony this morning where he found birds working a 1/2 mile off the coast. He trolled around from 7:00 to 9:00 until the bird activity died down. He had marks on his machine but no bites. He did see a nice size striper caught off the rocks at the Indian River Inlet.

Nazz Rapone caught a 40-inch striper from the surf off Fenwick Island. Fish was caught at night on fresh bunker.


WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016

Dick Miller caught a 25-inch, 6 lb. 2 oz. flounder on a white Gulp and minnow combination down by the Assateague Bridge.

A few stripers were caught off Assateague yesterday afternoon and in the evening.

Chris Zwiebel caught a 41-inch, 28 lb. striper on a sand flea while casting off Assateague Island.


TUESDAY, May 10, 2016

4:33 PM - There were a few stripers caught around the South Jetty yesterday afternoon. Anglers caught them on peeler crabs.

Rick Findley caught a 35 lb. striper on fresh bunker during the outgoing tide while fishing from the beach in Ocean City.

Anglers fishing off Assateague have been landing some quality stripers up to the low 40-inches. Sand fleas have been very productive. Fresh bunker is always good.


MONDAY, May 9, 2016

11:16 AM - The memorial service for Joe Morris will be held on May 22nd from 4-7 pm at Irish Eyes Restaurant in Lewes, DE.

On a good note, for the first time in many, many days the sun is shining and the winds are light in Ocean City!!!!!

With the Assateague Island OSV zone back open, we should see the surf bite heat up this week.

5:25 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught their limit of tautog including Karl Maier's 20 lb. 2 oz. fish caught on a white crab. The anglers were fishing on a wreck in 80-feet of water 18 miles southeast of the Inlet.

Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" had limits all around the rail today plus numerous fish tagged and released. Capt. Monty said that the tog are really chewing. Sea bass season opens on the 15th, so there are only a couple trips left before boats stop targeting tog and go after knotheads.

Chase Eberle caught a 31-inch, 22 lb. 3 oz. black drum from the Assateague surf on a peeler crab.


SUNDAY, May 8, 2016

10:27 AM - George Easter was fishing at Russell's Reef yesterday and caught the first sheepshead of the season. The fish was fooled with a sand flea and weighed 2 lbs. 15 oz.

11:22 AM - Josh Ensor and Jeff Rosenkilde found 64-degree water in 1,000 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon YESTERDAY. They ventured into 800 fathoms where the break went to 60-degrees and went 2 for 3 on tuna, including a 50 lb. bluefin 30 lb. yellowfin. They also broke off a pair of mako sharks on the troll and caught a blue shark.

4:31 PM - Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported limits for all of their anglers today in addition to many tog being released as well. Fish were biting on green crabs and white crabs before the winds picked up to around 30 knots around noon, forcing an early end to the day.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" fished in the bay today and caught a variety of shad, rays, tog, flounder and stripers. They had 1 keeper tog and 12 throwbacks at the South Jetty where they also caught 2 short stripers at the top of the tide. Their throwback flounder was hooked at the mouth of the Commercial Harbor. Capt. Jason reported good bird activity between the Inlet and the Rt. 50 Bridge. He also said that as the tide receded, the water got dirtier and the bite turned off.

Reports also came in about keeper flounder being caught down by the Ocean City Airport.

Scott Bowden caught a 31-inch striper off Assateague Island during the incoming tide.


SATURDAY, May 7, 2016

If you haven't heard, our Delmarva fishing community lost Joe Morris earlier this week after a short bout with pancreatic cancer. Joe was an icon in the Delaware fishing community, owning Lewes Harbour Marina for decades with his wife Amanda. Joe was one of the finest people I have ever met. Always smiling, an incredibly hard worker who never, ever had a bad thing to say about anybody and was always there to help someone out with his incredible fishing knowledge. He was definitely the most knowledgeable person I have ever met when it came to all aspects of fishing.

Joe has already been cremated and a memorial service will take place at Lewes Harbour Marina in a couple of weeks. As soon as arrangements are finalized, I will let everyone know. Rest in peace, Joe. You will be dearly missed!


9:22 AM - The OSV (Over Sand Vehicle) Zone is still closed on Assateague due to overwash conditions.

Reports have come in about a good striper bite off Delaware beaches from the Ocean City line up to Cape Henlopen. Surfcasters will also find good numbers of chopper bluefish as well. Fresh bunker is the bait of choice.

Reminder that Maryland and Delaware have different striper regulations right now. In Maryland, anglers are only allowed to keep 1 fish 28-inches or larger. In Delaware, you can keep 2 fish per person 28 to 37-inches or 44-inches and greater.

With the Assateague OSV still being closed, I would think that it would a good day to try and troll close to the beach off Assateague. Wind is coming out of the West at 8mph so it should be doable. I have a couple of buddies heading out this morning, so a report is coming.

9:50 AM - Reports have come in that the ocean may look really flat from shore but there is a good 4-foot swell spaced 6 seconds apart. Definitely fishable though.

1:04 PM - Reports from boats trolling along the coast have reported no striper catches so far today. One boat, the "Fish Frenzi" is trolling off Sea Colony and have only hooked a couple of rays on the troll. Skip Courtney reported in that he is trolling off Assateague in 30' of water with no pulls so far but a lot of marks on his screen though.

1:43 PM - Capt. Bert at Hook'em & Cook'em said that the headboat, "Judy V" had a great day with 23 keeper tautog for their 8 anglers. He also reported a good tog bite this morning for anglers fishing off the rocks at the Indian River Coast Guard Station. There was also a good striper bite on Wednesday night for anglers casting off the rocks on the south side of the inlet. He said there were at least 11 caught.

4:45 PM - Hughie Cropper and Capt. Jason Mumford caught a pair of stripers in the Ocean City Inlet that weighed 27 lbs. 9 oz. and 28 lbs. 13 oz. They were using peeler crabs for bait and caught the fish at the bottom of the outgoing tide in 54-degree water.

9:00 PM - Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" had a great day tog fishing on ocean structure. Capt. Monty said that the fish have really been chewing lately. Noel Cook took top honors with a 27 1/2" tog that weighed 16 lbs. He caught it on a green crab.

Surfcasters couldn't drive onto Assateague because of it being closed, but a few carried their gear across the dunes. I know of at least one striper caught.

Anglers fishing from the beach complained of dirty water and grass yesterday, but a few flounder over 30 lbs. were caught off Delaware along with some chopper bluefish.

Dasha and John Lentz, Chris Trovitch and Tim Kearney caught their limit of striped bass today while surf fishing in midtown Ocean City. Fish measured between 37 and 40-inches. Caught on fresh bunker.

Clark Haller caught a 40-inch striper at the top of the incoming tide on cut bunker from the beach in Ocean City.

Rodney Boston caught a 39-inch striper on a peeler crab while surfcasting off Assateague Island.


FRIDAY, May 6, 2016

Hasn't been much to report lately. Weather has been absolutely horrible. Guys on the beach are battling winds and rough surf, making it very difficult.

On Wednesday, surfcasters off Assateague landed some nice size stripers mixed in with shorts. They also beached some black drum.

I haven't seen anybody drifting the East or West Channels. Inlet has been empty. Even the Rt. 50 Bridge has been light.

I'm sure some boaters are chomping at the bit to get out and troll close to the beach off Assateague Island this weekend. Unfortunately, the forecast for tomorrow looks dismal. No rain in the forecast on Sunday, but the winds look like they will pick-up.

1:48 PM - Anglers fishing on the charter boat, "Marli" had a great day today on the Chesapeake Bay in front of Calvert Cliffs. Most of the stripers were deep (75 to 80-feet) and the bite was great when the tide slowed down. Capt. Mark said that he is still available for a Monday trip out of Solomans Island before he brings the boat to OC.


TUESDAY, May 3, 2016

Reports have come in that flounder are being caught by anglers fishing from the Rt. 50 Bridge.


MONDAY, May 2, 2016

Bill Pino was over in the Chesapeake Bay near the Target Ship and caught a 59 lb. rockfish on a trolled tandem rig on the Eastern edge of the channel.

Ran into an angler today who told me he was catching flounder in the Thorofare. I would think along the houses at Captains Hill and over the flats should start producing some flounder.


SUNDAY, May 1, 2016

Looks like the striper bite is turning on. On Sunday, Timothy and Tyler Tribbitt caught some stripers from the VA surf on surf clams. They landed 2 fish on 6 bites.

Other surfcasters had good luck fishing for stripers off Assateague Island and also from the beach in North Ocean City. The best bite today was in the late morning.

There were also some black drum caught off Assateague today.

Doug Coats reported that there was a good tog bite yesterday and this morning at the rocks that line Martha's Landing. All on green crabs during the outgoing tide.

Flounder catches have been few and far between, but Chuck Hazel cuaght a 24 1/2-inch, 6 lb. 6 oz. flattie in Baker's Channel off the Indian River.

I also heard of some flounder being caught by anglers in the Thorofare and on the flats north of the Thorofare.

Big bluefish are being caught off the beach at 3R's Road in Delaware and also off Assateague Island.

Andrew Rase caught a 19 lb. striper while fishing from the beach in OC. He used fresh bunker for bait.

Site 10 has been producing good catches of tautog.


SATURDAY, April 30, 2016

William Bourque caught and released some chopper bluefish from the beach on Assateague Island.



THURSDAY, April 28, 2016

6:42 PM - A group of 6 anglers battled some rough seas today while fishing on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" but they made out well, catching their limit of tautog while fishing with green crabs in 90-feet of water on some natural rock bottom. Jimm Brooks Lee led the way wih a 16.1 oz. tog and he released an 11.8 pounder and a 10 pounder as well. Tom Handlan released a 14.8 lb. tog. Capt. Kane Bounds said that the fish were really chewing today!


TUESDAY, April 26, 2016

1:49 PM - Looks like some keeper striped bass are finally showing up in the surf. Anglers caught some nice size fish this morning while casting off Assateague Island. In between battling skates, surfcasters are also seeing some nice size bluefish (although the better bite is up north in NJ) and a few black drum.

Pat Hurley reported a slow day of fishing in the bay behind Assateague Island during the outgoing tide. A lot of slime grass and murky water. Pat and Collin ("The Sleeper") fished from from just south of the airport down to the Assateague Bridge with minnows and Gulp! and never got a bite. Water temperature was 62-64 degrees. Thanks for the report, Pat!


MONDAY, April 25, 2016

10:31 AM - There was a good tautog bite in the OC Inlet this morning. Sounds like a lot of short ones caught. Karen Hocker did manage a pair of keepers, caught on sand fleas. Her fish measured 16 1/2 and 17-inches.


SUNDAY, April 24, 2016

There are big schools of chopper bluefish right off the Ocean City Inlet. You will also find small stripers around the Rt. 50 Bridge.

Big Bird Cropper and Dapper Dave Leizear boated 4 keeper bluefish, ranging in size from 30 to 33-inches, while fishing just outside the Ocean City Inlet. All were caught while tossing Roy Rigs with their heaviest weighing 9 lbs. 12 oz. They also released a dozen striped bass around the Rt. 50 Bridge.


SATURDAY, April 23, 2016

The first tuna caught out of Ocean City was boated by Josh Ensor and Jeff Rosenkilde when they ventured 80 miles to between the Baltimore and Wilmington Canyon where they found a temperature break that went from 57 to 64-degrees. They captured a 133 lb. bluefin tuna on a skirted ballyhoo. Seas were started to get snotty, so the guys got the fish in the "Mate Trix" and headed home.

John and Matthew Papthakis caught 5 keeper tautog at the South Jetty while fishing with green crabs. Largest tog measured 19-inches.


FRIDAY, April 22, 2016

10:30 AM - The first tuna of the year were caught yesterday on the 28-foot private boat "Reel Life" out of Delaware. Anglers ventured to just outside 500 fathoms, halfway between the Baltimore and the Poor Man's Canyons where they a 64 lb. bluefin and released 2 small yellowfins and some skippies in 64-degree water. Capt. Joe said that they had whales and birds where they found the 5-degree temperature break.

Spoke to Bear at the Oceanic Pier this morning. He said that tog fishing has been great with fish being caught on bloodworms, crab, shrimp and sandfleas. The largest tog caught yesterday measured 18-inches. Anglers have also caught a few small black drum and a lot of short stripers (around 23").

It looks like the big bluefish bite has calmed down in the bay but anglers fishing from the beach are getting into them. Surfcasters are also catching black drum and short stripers.


THURSDAY, April 21, 2016

9:11 AM - I spoke to a representative from the MDDNR Police this morning and I was told that the 6 mph zone will now run from the inlet all the way up to Harbor Island. The zone was extended from around 2nd Street up to Harbor Island because the wake from boats is disturbing the birds on Bird Island. No really! That is the reason. Cards and letters can go to Mark J. Belton, Secretary of the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources, 580 Taylor Avenue, Tawes State Office Building, Annapolis, MD 21401

Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" had a great day tog fishing on ocean structure. Limits all around the rail. John Rosser caught a 24 1/4-incher that weighed 10.7 lbs.

Anglers on the charterboat, "Fish Bound" caught their limit of tautog and released a bunch more while fishing on an oc


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