November 5, 2015 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board Revises 2016 Black Sea Bass Specifications & Initiates Draft Addendum for Regional Management of 2016 Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Recreational Fisheries
October 13, 2015 - Auctions of low-digit surf-fishing tags by DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation start Oct. 15 Sales of new plates authorized by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Markell will benefit Delaware State Parks
April 16, 2015 - Delaware Office of Boating Safety and Education encourages boaters to prepare for season by taking a boating safety course NASBLA’s ‘Spring Aboard’ campaign: Great days on the water start with boating safety education
April 1, 2015 - Court Rules Navy Training in Pacific Violates Laws Meant to Protect Whales, Sea Turtles Federal Judge Says Feds Wrongly Approved Plan Allowing Whales, Dolphins, Other Wildlife to be Harmed Nearly 10 Million Times
April 1, 2015 - Wicomico Bass Club Sponsors 5th Annual Tournament to Help USMC Toys for Tots and Get More Kids Fishing; Includes Two Free Bass-Fishing Clinics, Raffle Prizes, and a Post-Tournament BBQ
February 23, 2015 - REMINDER: DE Division of Fish & Wildlife to hold Feb. 23 public hearing on options to reduce recreational striped bass harvest All Atlantic states required to reduce harvest by 25 percent
February 5, 2015 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Continues Summer Flounder Recreational Regional Management for 2015 & Approves State Plans for 2015 Recreational Black Sea Bass & Scup Fisheries
November 19, 2014 - Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife announces required reductions in 2015 striped bass recreational and commercial harvest Recreational options under review; public hearing to be scheduled in early 2015
March 13, 2013 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Schedules Conference Call for March 15 at 2 PM to Consider Approval of Northern Region Regulations for the 2013 Black Sea Bass Recreational Fishery
2.8.16 1:38 pm
by Larry Jock
*** Still looking to get your hands on a Winter Issue. If you are going to the Great Outdoor Show in Harrisburg (Feb 6th - 14th) you can pick one up at the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce booth (#4714) located in the Main Hall with all the hunting guides.
SATURDAY, February 6, 2015
Reports came in last night about good numbers of birds working off the Ocean City beach. Unfortunately, nobody is fishing, but with water temperatures back up to the 41-42 degree mark, it is possible fish are still lingering in the area.
It looks like the feds have approved Maryland's motion to change Maryland's striped bass regulations so they mirror Delaware's. I need to find out when the change goes into effect, but Maryland will then have 1 fish 28-38 inches and 1 at 44 inches or larger.
Black sea bass regulations were set for 2016 for the Southern Region, which included DE, MD & VA). The season will run from May 15th to September 21st and October 22nd to December 31st. The minimum size limit will be 12.5 inches and anglers will be allowed to keep 15 fish per trip.
Capt. Monty Hawins on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported a good day of tautog fishing with blackfish up to 17 lbs..
FRIDAY, January, 29, 2016
Received a report the other day from an angler who ventured outside the Inlet and found nothing. Unfortunately, the ocean temp has dropped considerably and was hovering around the 38-degree mark, typically too cold for stripers off our coast.
Speaking of stripers, it looks like Maryland will be soon adopting the same striped bass regulations as Delaware with 2 fish per day, with 1 at 28"-38" and 1 at 44" or greater. It has to be voted on by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, but I'm sure it will pass. The change isn't ideal, but at least it gets us back to 2 fish an it makes a lot of sense for DE and MD to have the same regulations since a lot of the time we are fishing the same waters.
THURSDAY, January 21, 2016
I ventured outside the OC Inlet today with reports coming in on birds working off North Ocean City this morning. Water temperature was in the mid-40's and it was a little snotty heading north into the sea. I worked my way up to just past the highrises and didn't find any working birds on the way. I marked a lot of bait around the Pyramids, but no fish marks underneath.
A friend launched out of Indian River and worked south, meeting me at the highrises. He said that they saw a few working birds off Sea Colony and a load of them on just sitting on the water.
WEDNESDAY, January 20, 2016
Reports came in today about a good number of birds bombing the waters of 45th Street, about 2 miles out.
TUESDAY, January 19, 2016
The bad weather has just been relentless, but we finally got some good news. A very reliable source called in yesterday to say that he was looking at an enormouse flock of gannets bombing the water off 145th Street on the 3-mile line. Looks like stripers are still rolling through, which doesn't surprise me since the water temperature is still above the 40-degree mark, but is dropping fast with the cold weather we are having. Now, we just need to be able to get out to them. Keep your boat in the water!
SATURDAY, January 16, 2016
Too rough (again!) to fish today. Looks like we may have a shot at it tomorrow.
Late yesterday, I ventured out to Little Gull Shoal, but unfortunately the 3-4 foot waves, 12-seconds apart (according to NOAA) turned into 3-4-foot waves 2 seconds apart, making it very unpleasent. Ended up turning around after seeing no life, either in the air or on my fishfinder screen. Water temperature was an incredible 50-degrees and I hear that anglers are still pounding stripers off South Jersey. I know the fish are here, we just need to be able to get to them!
FRIDAY, January 15, 2016
Reports came in about birds working just outside Great Gull over a load of bait. .
12:34 PM - Capt. Monty Hawkins reported a great day aboard the headboat, "Morning Star" with a limit of tog for all his anglers.
THURSDAY, January 14, 2016
Seas have been rough over the past week. Been warm… but very windy. There was a break today where the "Morning Star" was able to stay inshore and had a very good tog trip with quite a few limits around the rail and a lot of female fish released.
FRIDAY, January 8, 2016
I wish I had fishing reports, but right now, there isn't much to report. The ocean temperature off our coast is still between 50 and 52-degrees. No fish have been caught, or even seen, inside of 3 miles and seas seem to be a constant 3-5 feet or worse everyday.
Capt. Monty reported a very slow tog bite yesterday morning, but it turned on in the afternoon and they ended up with a good day. Chan Park took the fish pool with a 10 lb. tog.
SUNDAY, January 3, 2016
Seas were nice inside of 2-miles, but got too bumpy to fish comfortably east of there. No stripers were caught off the Delmarva coast. Fish are still being crushed off New Jersey between Atlantic City & Wildwood. Our water temps are in the 50-52 degree range. Plenty of dogfish.
Capt. Monty on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported decent tautog fishing. Weather kept them closer to shore than desired.
SATURDAY , January 2, 2016
Tautog season reopened on Jan 1st in MD and local headboats are returning with nice catches from ocean structure.
Striper fishing is still horrible. Even the commercial guys are seeing goose eggs. Seas have been too rough to fish a short distance from the beach (2 miles). Fish are passing by 8-10 miles off the coast. Jersey anglers are still pounding them hard and our water temp is still right around 50 degrees so we should have plenty of striper fishing this winter.
Small stripers are plentiful around the Rt 90 Bridge.
Tomorrows weather looks fishable.
WEDNESDAY, December, 30, 2015
Another pretty rough day on the seas keeping almost all recreational fishermen at the docks (I'm sure some brave souls tried to get out). Commercial guys are still struggling with another day of goose eggs. I have a feeling all the fish are outside 3-miles right now.
3:43 PM - Those that could stand the seas while fishing on the headboat, "Angler" were rewarded with their limit of black sea bass up to 4 lbs.
4:49 PM - Anglers on the "Morning Star" returned with a nice catch of sea bass, a few chopper bluefish and a flounder. Mike Zeigler's 27-inch flounder weighed 6 lbs. Bluefish weighed up to 10 lbs. and the sea bass were up to 4 lbs. All caught on squid and clams. One angler caught a bluefish that was colored like a mahi. Darndest thing I have seen!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2015
What have we done to upset the striper Gods? First, our government gives us 1 lousy fish. Then, the striped bass finally arrive, 3 WEEKS LATE, and now Mother Nature refuses to let us get outside the Inlet. Today, like all week, saw rough seas and unfortunately, they are forecasted for the vast majority of next week. I did hear a few boats bravely ventured out yesterday, but no successful reports came in.
Anglers fishing at the mouth of the DE Bay had a brief window of opportunity and saw a late day bite pop up a couple of days ago but they are battling the weather also.
My brother was in town, visiting from Ocean City, NJ and he said that they are still clobbering stripers in their rivers and off the NJ coastline. Sounds like our fellow striper fishermen of the Garden State have discovered trolling mojos off the coast and are finding much success. The word in South Jersey is that there is still a large body of fish to their north, which they are anticipating with much excitement.
There is not doubt in my mind that, because we are not seeing the numbers of fish inside the 3-mile line this season, that they are passing us, by 8-10 miles off the coast, just like they do every year. You could probably find a few bluefish mixed in as well.
As soon as the weather breaks, and we can get out into the Atlantic, I will keep you up-to-date on the bite. Fortunately, water temperature is hovering around 50-degrees, the magical mark when fish show up in good numbers, so we may have fishing right through the end of January and hopefully into February.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2015
I didn't hear from any recreational anglers out there fishing for striped bass, but I did hear that it was a very dismal day for commercial striped bass fishermen.
Earl Stoner called in to give a report that, for the 2nd day in a row, they unfortunately didn't have a pull. Earl said that they trolled all day from the OC Inlet up to the DE line. They marked no bait and saw no whales (although they saw one off the high rises yesterday). They then went south to the Sliver and found a little bait but had no pulls. They trolled back to the Inlet where they ended their day. Thanks Earl for the report.
SUNDAY, December 20, 2015
Heard they are still slamming striped bass off Wildwood, NJ.
Seas calmed down today, but it sounds like the bite was horrible. Even had a friend out of Chincoteague troll all day today and never got a pull. Said he had bait and birds... but no fish.
Looks like water temperatures have just reached the magical 50-degree mark.
SATURDAY, December 19, 2015
Even though the gale force winds that were predicted never materialized, the ocean was incredibly rough, but not too rough for striper fanatic Pete Renzi to head north of the high rises and catch a 46-inch, 36 lb. striper. The lineside hit a black headed mojo with a white shad fished deep.
Outside of Pete's catch above, we didn't hear of too many reports of catches today.
WEDNESDAY, December 16, 2015
It sounds like it was hit or miss today with most anglers getting the ole Pepe le Pew.
One report came in about a couple being caught off Seacrets, but most reports came in sporting goose eggs.
Capt. Monty Hawkins reported incredible sea bass fishing today with a limit of sea bass for all his anglers. The fishing was so good that the "Morning Star" returned 2 hours before their scheduled time.
TUESDAY, December 15, 2015
The final results of the Striped Bass Regulations survey are in. We had 137 anglers submit votes on changing the striper regulations to allow us 2 fish per person. Here are the results:
B1 - 11 votes - 8.0% 1 @28"
B3 - 15 votes - 10.9% 2 @ 33"
B4 - 14 votes - 10.2% 2 @ 28-34
B5 - 46 votes - 33.6% 1 @ 28-34 & 1 @ 36
B6 - 38 votes - 27.7% 1 @ 28-36 & 1 @ 38
B7 - 13 votes - 9.5% 1 @ 28-37 & 1 @ 40
I have passed along the survey results to the folks at the MD DNR. Hopefully, we can get a change pushed through. It probably won't be done soon enough to affect this season, but definitely for next season. I think it would make a lot of sense for Maryland and Delaware to have the same striper regulations since we both fish each others waters. Right now, Delaware regulations are any combination of 1 fish (28" to 37") and 1 fish (44" and larger). If I hear any news, I will certainly let everyone know. Thanks to all who participated.
MONDAY, December 14, 2015
The only report I heard from today was Jeff Greenwood headed out and found birds busting 1.5 miles off the beach at the Carousel and ended up hooking a 37-inch striper and a 43-incher as well, keeping 1 for dinner.
SUNDAY, December 13, 2015
You would think that you would be rewarded for going to church with a good day of striper fishing, but not for me today. The striper bite was very good early this morning from the high rises up to the Banana Lump. Around late morning the bite turned off and the afternoon was absolutely horrible. There is a ton of bait off the Ocean City coast right now and enough marks to make you wonder why you are not getting bites. Water temp was around 55-degrees.
Once again, not a lot of fish were caught today but those that ended up in the fishbox were bruisers. Mojo's with dark heads and white shads were the most productive combination. I also heard that a boat did well using purple shads today.
The final day of the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament was held today and we saw some last day movement on the leaderboard.
Andy Smelter on the "Nontypical" boated a 50.4 lb. striper this morning while trolling a purple head/white shad mojo off 75th Street, 2 miles off the coast. This was the third 50+ lb. striper caught this weekend. Dave Weller caught one yesterday and a fellow caught a 51.9 pounder up in the DE Bay yesterday as well. Amazing! Andy's fish held on to win 1st place in the tournament and the "Nontypical" team took home $4,375 in award money.
The 44.2 lb. striper caught aboard the "Fish Frenzi" on Friday ended up in 2nd place, earning the team $729 in award money.
Third place went to "Kylee's World" with a 43.2 lb. linesider caught yesterday and was worth $1,386 in prize money. "Kylee's World" also won $900 for having the highest combined weight on a single day when they weighed 116.2 lbs. of stripers yesterday.
In addition to the monster caught on the "Nontypical" today, here is what else we saw from tournament boats:
"Husevo" had 4 stripers with their 3 heaviest weighing 26.6 lbs., 27.0 lbs. and 43 lbs. They caught their fish in the morning while trolling mojo's off the Pyramid. Kathy Jo Robbins was the angler on the big fish.
"Kylee's World" weighed a 44-inch, 37.4 lb. striper caught on a trolled mojo off the Pyramid this morning.
Laurie Carrigan on the "Wrecker" caught a 45-inch, 31.4 lb. striper on a chartreuse mojo at the Banana Lump.
Outside the tournament:
John Kooti on the "Don't Blink" caught a 42-inch, 25.4 lb. striper while trolling mojos 1 mile off 100th Street.
Anglers on the "Fugitive" had a banner day catching blueline tilefish and sea bass. They also contended with big bluefish all day while fishing at the Bow Mariner (45 miles from inlet). They caught a limit of 49 blueline tilefish weighing up to 9.5 lbs. and a few nice sea bass up to 4 lbs. 12 oz. The sea bass were caught at the Bow Mariner and the tilefish just outside it. Bluefish were found everywhere from 40 fathoms to 100 fathoms. Water temp fell 4 degrees this week and is came in around 62.8 degrees.
Skip and Lisa Courtney caught a 39 lb. striper and a 41 pounder while trolling white mojo and a Stretch lure off the high rises.
SATURDAY, December 12, 2015
You couldn't have asked for a nicer day in Ocean City. Temperatures in the upper 60's and flat seas.
The headline for today would be, "NOT A LOT OF FISH CAUGHT, BUT THOSE THAT DID WERE BIG!" The best bite was up by the MD/DE line and off the condos, specifically the Pyramid and the Carousel. Trolling 2.5 to 3 miles off the beach gave you your best chance. Some fish were caught in the morning but it seemed like the better bite turned on around 2:30 in the afternoon.
The 8th day of the Ocean City Marlin Club was today, and here is what we saw:
"Nontypical" weighed 3 big stripers, a 37.2 pounder by striper sniper David Peterson, a 30 pounder by Andy Smelter and a 28.2 pounder by Terry Layton. Two were caught on white mojo's (the hot color so far this season) and 1 on a white parachute.
On the "Husevo" with Capt. Mark Radcliffe at the helm, John Temas caught a 45-inch, 37.8 lb. striper, Joe Foltz caught a 45-inch, 35.4 lb. striper and Janna Davis muscled in a 41-inch, 33.4 lb. striper, all on trolled mojo's 2 miles off the high rises.
The current leader of the tournament, the "Fish Frenzi" brought 2 stripers to the scale. A 33.6 pounder caught by Pete Renzi and a 19.4 pounder caught by keith Brasure. Fish were caught on white and chartreuse mojo's.
"Kylee's World" weighed 3 stripers. Their heaviest was a 45.5-incher that weighed 43.2 lbs. They also had a 36 pounder and a 37 pounder. The fish were caught on trolled mojo's and spoons off the Pyramid.
Here are the standings after Day 8 of the 9 day tournament:
1st Place - "Fish Frenzi" 44.2 lbs.
2nd Place - "Kylee's World" 43.2 lbs.
3rd Place - "Big Billin" 39.6 lbs.
No bluefish have been weighed in the tournament.
Outside the tournament:
Sea bass fishing continues to be good. Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat "Morning Star" reported a boat limit while dropping squid and clams on ocean structure.
Capt. Chester Sadowski on the "Jezebel" reported that they had 105 sea bass while dropping in 100 feet of water in the Great Eastern and Twin Wrecks area.
Tom Jock landed a 40-inch, 28 lb. striper while fishing on the "Myra HT" with Capt. Hugh Cropper. The fish hit a tomic lure trolled behind a 32 oz. mojo.
Chris Dashiell on the "Twin Spin" muscled in a 38.4 lb. striper while trolling a white mojo off the Carousel.
Mark Hill on the "Grin & Barrett" caught a 33.6 lb. striper on a white umbrella rig while trolling off the Pyramid.
Anglers on the "Get Reel" ventured down to the Marine Electric and another wreck and ended up with a pair of flounder, 6 bluefish and 40 sea bass. All caught on clams, squid and by jig heads.
The big news today was the 49-inh, 50 lb. striper caught by Dave Weller while trolling a mojo with a blue head and a white shad off 65th Street. This was their only bite of the day.
On the "Don't Blink", Greg Leiby caught a 33.2 lb. linesider and Cameron Kooti caught a 37 pounder, both while trolling mojo's off 100th Street 1.5 miles from shore.
Justin Howarth and Jamie Bradenstein caught a doubleheader of stripers measuring 30 lbs. and 32 lbs. Fish were caught on the troll off the high rises.
During a morning bite, Charlie Groom, Robert Kohut, Brian Kohut and Skip Courtney ended up with a pair of 42-inch stripers caught off Sea Colony.
Storm Ockels caught a 51.9 lb. striper while trolling a white mojo off at the mouth of the DE Bay on the Jersey side. The fish measured 48.25-inches and had a girth of 30 inches. Storm just missed the DE state record of 52 lbs. set in 2012.
Earl "Mr. Drysdale" Conley caught a pair of 42-inch stripers while trolling off the Pyramid.
Eric Huoviden on the "Stay Thirsty" boated a 49.5-inch, 49 lb. striper while trolling off Sea Colony.
FRIDAY, December 11, 2015
Reports came in that the bite on Overfalls Shoal at the mouth of the DE Bay slowed yesterday, but some big fish were caught, particularly while drifting eels. For those trolling, white was the best color.
The team on the "Hellbent" got a 45-inch, 32.9 lb. striper that put them in 2nd place in the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament. Here are the new standings through yesterday:
1st Place - "Big Billin" - 39.6 lbs.
2nd Place - Hellbent - 32.9 lbs.
3rd Place - "Temptress" - 32.4 lbs.
Outside the tournament, Danny Cox and Steve Fink caught a pair of 42-inch stripers while trolling off Sea Colony. Fish weighed 27 and 28.5 lbs.
I received a late report from an angler who had a good day fishing at the mouth of the DE Bay yesterday. They caught two fish measuring 44 and 45 inches along with a 36-incher. All while trolling and eeling.
8:30 PM - Looks like migrating stripers have finally reached the waters off Ocean City. Good size fish were caught just outside the OC Inlet up to the high rises. Thirty to forty feet of water was a good number today.
"Apex" caught a 41-inch striper right outside the OC Inlet on the troll.
Good numbers of big fish were the reward for those trolling off Cape May, NJ:
Collin Birl caught a 40.3 lb. striper while trolling a Bomber CD30 in the Cape May Inlet.
Matt King trolled a white Mojo off Cape May and caught a 41.2 pounder.
A couple of leaderboard changes happened today in the Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament:
Last years winners, "Fish Frenzi" weighed a 44.2 lb. striper to take over 1st Place.
The 2013 winner, "Sell Fish" weighed a 35 lb. striper to move into 3rd place behind 39.6 pounder brought in on the "Big Billin".
For those of us who really enjoy casting for bluefish, we haven't heard many reports of choppers being seen. If you have, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
THURSDAY, December 10, 2015
Here are the results of the striped bass regulations survey through December 9th:
B1 - 10 votes - 7.6% (1 @ 28")
B3 - 15 votes - 11.4% (2 @ 33")
B4 - 14 votes - 10.6% (2 @ 28-34)
B5 - 43 votes - 32.6% (1 @ 28-34 & 1 @ 36)
B6 - 38 votes - 28.8% (1 @ 28-36 & 1 @ 38)
B7 - 12 votes - 9.1% (1 @ 28-37 & 1 @ 40)
Total votes = 132
Yesterday, anglers on the "Howe's Fishing" went out to 100 fathoms in the Poor Man's Canyon and caught 2 yellowfins in addition to jumping off a mako. They also had 300 lb. bluefins airing out. No dolphin.
WEDNESDAY, December 9, 2015
5:00 PM - Striper fishing off the coast of Maryland was not good today. The bite was still strong off Cape May, NJ, but I heard Overfalls Shoal, at the mouth of the DE Bay, was not as good as it has been. Birds were seen diving off 117th Street but anglers had no luck getting bites.
I know of at least one boat that headed offshore in search of tuna and mahi, but at this time I have not heard how they did. Stay tuned!
Only 4 of the 14 boats entered in the OC Marlin Club Striper Tournament fished today and no fish were weighed.
TUESDAY, December 8, 2015
Tim Romberger reported in that they are really crushing the striped bass near Overfalls Shoal today in the Delaware Bay.
5:00 PM - The scales just closed on the 4th day of the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament. Only 2 of the 14 boats fished today and here is what we saw:
"Temptress" weighed 3 stripers (32.2 lbs., 23.0 lbs. and 22.6 lbs.)
"Hellbent" weighed 3 stripers (18.4 lbs., 17.4 lbs. and 16.6 lbs.)
There were some changes made to the leaderboard and here is how it stands after Day 4:
1st Place - "Big Billin" - 39.6 lbs.
2nd Place - "Temptress" - 32.2 lbs.
3rd Place - "Big Billin" - 28.8 lbs.
MONDAY, December 7, 2015
Because Delware and Maryland have different striped bass regulations this year, the question comes up about what happens when a Delaware angler (who is allowed 2 striped bass) fishes in Maryland waters where only 1 striped bass is allowed. After discussion with the MD DNR, here is the answer: Maryland is a POSSESSION state, meaning that striped bass regulations are based on possession, not where the fish are landed. Therefore, even though a boat leaves the dock in Delaware and will be returning to Delaware, if they are in POSSESSION of 2 striped bass in Maryland waters, they could be ticketed, fined and their fish confiscated.
Reports are still coming in about the striped bass bite turning on at the mouth of the Delaware Bay and up in South Jersey. Anglers are still tearing them up!
4:14 PM - Skip Courtney and Del Baker left the Indian River Marina this morning with the intent of fishing off the coast of Wildwood, NJ. They never made it because of a ton of bird activity spotted at the mouth of the DE Bay. They were by themselves when they caught 26 fish, all between 34" and 43". They had 2 fish break 65 lb. braid line (not the knot). Great day!!!
Don Sweigart caught a 29-inch, 9 lb. 8 oz. flounder on a strip of squid while fishing on the headboat, "Angler" at an ocean wreck.
Good numbers of striped bass were seen 7-miles off the coast of Ocean City, MD.
Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported a boat limit of sea bass today while fishing on ocean structure.
A few fish were weighed at the scales of the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament.
"Apex" arrived with 5 stripers. The 3 that they weighed came in at 26.2 lbs. (38"), 20.2 lbs. (38") and 20 lbs. (37").
"Big Billin" weighed a 28.8 lb. striper that measured 43".
Here are the standings after Day 3 of the tournament:
1st Place - "Big Billin" - 39.6 lbs.
2nd Place - "Big Billin" - 28.8 lbs.
3rd Place - "Apex" - 28 lbs.
SUNDAY, December 6, 2015
Much nicer day on the water with almost no wind and fairly flat seas.
The striper bite continues to be slow except for anglers fishing from Ocean City, NJ down to Cape May, NJ where the bite has been described as the best they have seen in many years. They have water temperatures of 46-degrees in the back bays and rivers and 50-degrees off the coast. We currently have ocean temps along the coast hovering just over 56-degrees, so we need some cold nights and northeast wind to drive fish our way.
I spent a few hours on the water today. Trolled in 40-feet of water off the Pyramid condo's in North Ocean City (100th St). Had marks of bait, or maybe horn dogs, but nothing came tight. No birds though. We then traveled south down to Little Gull Shoal and trolled in 50 feet of water between the shoal and the 3-mile line. Same story. No birds and consistent marks on the bottom. Did have one of our shads come up without a tail. Bluefish or dog shark I presume.
Most anglers ventured up to the MD/DE line, but the action was basically nonexistent. Reports came out of Lewes Harbour Marina of fish at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, near Overfalls Shoal. The bite off the coast of Cape May, NJ has really been spectacular, so the DE Bay bite should get significantly better in the coming days/weeks.
The scales on Day 2 of the Marlin Club Rockfish tournament saw 2 good size fish weighed.
Lucas Franzetti caught a 42-inch, 28 lb. striper to take over temporary possession of 1st place, but Bill Vernon came in a short time later with a tough to beat, 47.5-inch, 39.6 pounder that currently sits in the top spot in the tournament. Bill's fat linesider sported a 27-inch girth.
Outside the tournament, the "Talkin' Trash" returned from an overnight trip to the Poor Man's Canyon with a 171.8 lb. mako, a 35 lb. yellowfin, a skippie and 2 mahi. Capt. Chris found 68-degree water near an ocean wreck, which is where he found the tuna and dolphin. The anglers had 5 yellowfin bites, with a few shaking loose and a broken spreader bar, resulting in 1 getting into the boat.
Another boat (name unknown) arrived at Fisherman's Marina with 18 yellowfins from the Poor Man's Canyon.
The "Fugitive" went deep dropping today and 8 anglers boated a total of 56 blueline tilefish up to 8 lbs. They also had small mako's around the boat eating the blueline tilefish. They hooked 5 mako's on jigging rods with the largest being around 4-feet long. The anglers also boated a few mahi around floating gear in 130 fathoms in the South Poor Man's.. Water temp was 67.8-degrees. They also caught a bluefish in 55-fathoms. Tile's and makos in 55-60 fathoms.
Capt. Chris on the headboat, "Angler" reported good sea bass fishing today with fish up to 4 lbs. His anglers also boated flounder up to 6 lbs. Fish were caught on squid and clams on an ocean wreck.
The "Reel Life" out of Indian River went out to the Poor Man's Canyon yesterday where they found 64-degree water temperature. They immediately hooked 2 gaffer dolphin, getting 1 in the boat. On their 2nd pass by a lobster ball, they hooked their 1st yellowfin tuna and they had a doubleheader of yellowfin, boating both. An hour later, they got covered up with 5 bites, boating 2 more yellowfins. At dark, they got a bigeye bite that took drag for 3 minutes, pulled the hook after another hard run.
SATURDAY, December 5, 2015
The first day of the 9-day Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament was held today and 2 fish were weighed. In first place is a 22.8 pounder followed by a 22.4 pounder.
Outside of the tournament, a few stripers were caught on the troll off 100th Street and up near the MD/DE line.
I received reports that anglers in Jersey are crushing stripers off the coast of Ocean City, NJ under birds right now. Large schools of bunker were also found by boaters not far off the coast. Large bluefish were mixed in as well.
Anglers on the "Reel Life" went to the 100 fathom line in the Poor Man's and went 3 for 5 on mahi and 5 for 7 on yellowfins.
FRIDAY, December 4, 2015
If interested, today is registration day for the Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament. This year it has a $1,000 guaranteed payout for 1st place!!! Registration is tonight at 6:00 PM at the Marlin Club.
Migrating inshore stripers still seem to be hanging off the coast of Wildwood, NJ. Rough conditions yesterday, but Joe Morris at Lewes Harbour Marina in Lewes, DE said they have some boats out today, so hopefully they will get into them in the Rips or around Overfalls Shoal. Good numbers of stripers have been seen over the last couple of weeks crusing south, 10 miles off the beach.
Big bluefish are being caught in 120 feet of water. An 18 pounder was caught at the Del-Jersey-Land Reefsite.
Early in the week, before the windy conditions, sea bass fishing was very good with headboats coming back with numerous limits around the rait.
WEDNESDAY, December 2, 2015
Still haven't seen the arrival of striped bass off the DE & MD coast. Water temperature has moved down to around 56-degrees Looks like the bulk of fish (and bait) are still up in New Jersey. They have moved south and the bite is very good off the Ferris Wheel in North Wildwood. Still nothing in the DE Bay rips, but Joe Morris at Lewes Harbour Marina said that he heard rumors that the Cape May rips may have produced some fish yesterday, but he couldn't confirm it. There have also been reports of fish cruising south, 10 miles off the coast.
Been too rough for sea bass and tautog fishing in the ocean recently.
MONDAY, November 30, 2015
Nasty day in OC.
***IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ***
As many of you know, in Maryland, we are limited to 1 striped bass per person measuring 28-inches or greater. After discussions with a high ranking representative at the MD DNR, I received several options that would get us back to 2 fish per person. (FYI - right now, Delaware's regulation is 2 stripers - any combination of 28" to 37" and 44-inches or greater).
I told the state DNR representative that I would put these options out to our readers to get feedback and report back to them with the results.
We can make it simple. Just email your choice to email@example.com. Put your favorite Option # in the Subject box of the email. Here are the choices:
Option B1 - 1 fish per person; 28-inches or better (CURRENT)
Option B3 - 2 fish per person, 33-inches or greater
Option B4 - 2 fish per person, 28" to 34"
Option B5 - 1 fish per person 28"-34" AND 1 fish 36" or greater
Option B6 - 1 fish per person 28"-36" AND 1 fish 38" or greater
Option B7 - 1 fish per person 28"-37" AND 1 fish 40" or greater
I am looking to get back to the MD DNR by December 15th, so please email in your choice and let all of your fishing buddies know about the survey as well. The more responses we get, the better chance we have of getting back to 2 striped bass per person.
SUNDAY, November 29, 2015
The "Fugitive" went to the Baltimore Canyon today and returned with 9 yellowfins up to 30 lbs.
Another boat also went to the Baltimore and ended up with 3 yellowfins and some mahi.
The striper bite off Cape May has really heated up so it shouldn't be much longer until good numbers are off our coast. Stragglers are being hooked up towards the MD/DE line, but nothing to get excited about.
Don't forget to sign-up for the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament. Registration is this Friday, December 4th. Fishing days are December 5th to the 13th.
FRIDAY, November 27, 2015
Capt. Chris on the headboard Angler reported limits of sea bass around the rail for his anglers today. Even had flounder up to 8 lbs. Chris said that he had no sightings of stripers but albacores are all over outside 15 mi