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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 - 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 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 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 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 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 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 26, 2013 - 2014 Chesapeake Bay Striper Quotas Set

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


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



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 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







Fishing Report

5.3.15 12:21 pm

by Larry Jock


SUNDAY, May 3, 2015

10:14 - Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" returned this morning with their limit of 32 tautog caught on ocean structure while using spider and white crabs for bait. Fish were between 5 and 7 lbs.

11:30 AM - Wayne Martin just stopped by to have another picture taken, this time with a nice 31-inch, 8 lb. 10 oz. bluefish that he caught on cut bunker while surfcasting off Assateague. Wayne said that he didn't see any stripers or drum being caught this morning. He was 2-3 miles from the beach entrance.

12:15 PM - The headboat, "Morning Star" returned from Doug Ake's Reef with 25 tautog caught by the Burley Oak Lacrosse Team. All of the fish were caught on green crabs.

SATURDAY, May 2, 2015

9:59 AM - Looks like we have some nicer weather heading this way. It is nice this morning in OC.

Off the beach, anglers have been catching nice size bluefish and a load of skates. A few keeper stripers and black drum are mixed in. Bluefish action has definitely been better off the Delaware beaches than off Assateague.

12:53 PM - Wayne Martin just stopped by to have his picture taken with the 30-inch bluefish he caught on cut bunker while fishing off Assateague. Wayne said that the anglers around him were catching bluefish pretty good this morning. He didn't see any stripers or skates being caught.

Wally Havren caught a 20-inch, 2.8 lb. flounder during the outgoing tide, north of the Rt. 90 Bridge. He was fishing in 57-degree water and used a white Gulp! Swimming Mullet for bait.

FRIDAY, May 1, 2015

Cloudy, windy day today in OC. Have been getting reports of flounder being caught north of the Rt. 90 Bridge and south behind Assateague Island near the Assateague Bridge.

Off the beach, anglers are still catching nice size bluefish and a load of skates. A few keeper stripers and black drum are mixed in. Bluefish action has definitely been better off the Delaware beaches than off Assateague.

THURSDAY, April 30, 2015

3:20 PM - Received a report from TV star Big Bird Cropper. Big Bird said that there were schools of striped bass and bluefish right off the North Jetty late yesterday afternoon and early evening.

WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2015

12:07 PM - John Wooldridge reported in that he was trolling plugs around the bridge pilings at the Rt. 90 Bridge yesterday afternoon and his son, Grayson reeled in his first bluefish. He also reeling in a short striper.

Capt. Monty Hawkins reported that a nice school of bluefish were seen right in front of his slip in the Ocean City Fishing Center. Said they looked in the 6 lb. range. If they are there then I'm sure you will find them around the Rt. 50 Bridge in good numbers.

5:00 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" returned with 32 keeper tautog, all caught by 9:30 AM near the Jackspot.

7:00 PM - The "Nontypical" crew was at it again, catching another mako shark while fishing in 60 fathoms in the Poor Man's Canyon. The mako weighed around 170 lbs. and was caught on a bonita filet that Capt. Terry Layton had leftover from last season. Angler Andy Smelter fought the fish for 1 hour and 15 minutes. They also caught a couple of blue sharks. Capt. Terry found a water temp break that went from 51-degrees to 63-degrees. Terry said that inshore water temps are still frigid with 48-degrees on the 20-fathom line.

TUESDAY, April 28, 2015

12:07 PM - Received a report from Gary German this morning. He fished the outgoing tide this morning over the flats, north of the Thorofare. He caught 1 throwback flounder in 3-feet of water on a white Gulp! Swimming Mullet. Warmest water he could find was 53-degrees.

SUNDAY, April 26, 2015

Bluefish are still being caught in good numbers from the beach. Seems like the better bite is up off the Delaware beaches. Reports of black drum catches are also coming in from anglers fishng off Assateague Island.

Received a report today of John Hinkle landing a 15 lb. 4 oz. bluefish on a finger mullet while fishing off the beach at Fenwick State Park.

SATURDAY, April 25, 2015

9:16 AM - Capt. Mark Hoos on the charter boat, "Marli" reported that they caught their limit of striped bass while trolling tandem parachutes off Cove Point in 70 to 100-feet of water. The "Marli is sailing out of Solomon's Island.

Stripers and bluefish are being caught off the beach outside of the Indian River Inlet. A lot of bunker in the area.

Black drum are being caught off the beach on Assateague Island. Stripers are also being hooked, but most have been under the legal limit. A few keepers have been mixed in. Bluefish have also been hitting on fresh bunker.

2:40 PM - The charter boat, "Fish Bound" returned with a boat limit of 32 tautog and a few cod after fishing on ocean structure in 49-degree water with white crabs. Largest tog weighed 9 lbs.

4:53 PM - Outside of a few boats mugging up the tautog on ocean structure, there wasn't a whole lot going on today. The charter boat, "Get Sum" ventured down to the bay behind Assateague Island and released a short striper. Capt. Nick reported water temperatures between 48 and 53-degrees. He did say that he spoke to one angler who ended up with 2 keepers.

I would check out around the Rt. 90 Bridge, even if it is casting for smaller stripers around the pilings. This is the time of year when the stripers are typically in that area and throwing bucktails or lures can be a lot of fun.

FRIDAY, April 24, 2015

9:00 AM - I received an email from Capt. Mark Hoos who is running striper fishing trips in the Chesapeake Bay. Capt. Mark reported that the fish are starting to exit the rivers and dumping into the bay. They had 17 bites yesterday and landed 13 fish while trolling around Hi Buoy in the Chesapeake Bay in front of the Patuxent River.

Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported that the toggers who fished inshore yesterday really slammed them. There was too much wind to get out further. Capt. Monty and his team put a boatload and a quarter of rubble on Kelly's reef yesterday and a 3/4 load at Purnell's Reef. Today they will put two more loads at Purnell's and on Saturday they will go back to the Bass Grounds for some more work. A big thank you to Capt. Monty and his team. If you are interested in getting the reef charts of the entire Ocean City Reef Foundation artificial reef system, it is the best $50 you will ever spend. Just log onto www.ocreeffoundation.com.

THURSDAY, April 23, 2015

Big bluefish, 10+ lbs., were being caught from the beach outside the Indian River Inlet today. No stripers.

WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015

10:14 AM - Gary German reported that he was fishing this morning over the flats north of the Thorofare. He caught a 19-inch flounder in 3-feet of water. Water temperature was 60-degrees and it was at the bottom of the tide. Gary caught the flattie on a white Gulp! and shiner combination.

Ryan Nys landed an 11.9 lb. striper and a 9.45 lb. bluefish in the Indian River Inlet. Both on bucktails.

3:20 PM - I just spoke to Capt. Bill Baker at Bill's Sport Shop in Lewes, DE. Bill said they just weighed in a 16 lb. bluefish caught by a kayaker around the Cape Henlopen Pier. He also said that some stripers are being caught in the Indian River Inlet and off the beach at 3R's Road. Black drum are being landed off Broadkill Beach. Capt. Bill said he is loaded with new products, so swing on in!!!

TUESDAY, April 21, 2015

Charter boat, "Fish Bound" returned with 18 tog in the box after fishing an artificial reef with green crabs. Mike Murray had the largest tog of the day, weighing 10 lbs. 2 oz.

SUNDAY, April 19, 2015

It was a windy day in Ocean City today with winds in the 15-20 range. I didn't see anyone out on the water.

I did hear that some flounder are being caught in the Indian Rive Bay. Will get more details tomorrow.

SATURDAY, April 18, 2015

The first flounder was caught behind Ocean City today when Rosanna Nicoletos landed a 22-incher while drifting minnows and white Gulp north of the Rt. 90 Bridge in 6-feet of water.

James Hajek and Chris Peeples caught a couple of tog at the South Jetty yesterday. Guys used crabs left over from last year as bait. Inlet water was clear and 58-degrees.

Capt. Chris Mizurak on the charter boat, "Reef Chief" reported a picky tog bite today on ocean structure. His anglers pecked away at them and ended up one tog short of their limit. Largest was caught by Joe McNeal with an 11 lb. 10 oz Gomer. Fish was caught on white crabs.

FRIDAY, April 17, 2015

Charter boat, "Fish Bound" had a good day with a limit of 28 tog for a group of 5 anglers plus the captain and mate. Fish weighed up to 8 lbs. The group was done by noon. Water temp warmed up to 49 degrees.

The first black drum of the season was caught today when Tom Nelson landed a 30-incher that weighed 20 lbs. Tom was surfcasting off Assateague Island.

We FINALLY saw the first flounder of the season!!! Jeff Purdy caught 4 keepers while fishing with minnows in the Lewes Canal. Fish measured up to 19.5 inches. Could they also be in the waters behind Ocean City????

TUESDAY, April 14, 2015

Looks like the season is officially late!

I spoke to an angler today who was one of a group of 18 that fished all weekend from Oyster to Wachapreague. He said that out of 18 anglers, not one even got a bite! They had water temperatures from the mid-50's up to 61-degrees.

Bob Foster from Oyster Bay Tackle did call in to report that he knows of a couple of flounder caught in Oyster. One fellow had 3 keepers out of 6 fish.

I also heard some anglers tried drifting in the Thorofare this past weekend and they didn't get any bites either.

At least one striper was caught from the beach on Assateague Island. Not a keeper.

MONDAY, April 13, 2015

Capt. Kane Bounds on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" took 6 anglers to ocean wrecks where they caught 31 keeper tautog and 3 keeper cod. Water temperature on the surface was 47-degrees.

The "Reef Chief" reported a slower tautog bite today, with 4 anglers catching 12 keeper tautog and throwing back a mess of others while fishing on an ocean wreck. Fish were caught on whiteleggers.

SUNDAY, April 12, 2015

Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" ended their day with 11 keeper tautog and a lot of short fish while dropping on ocean structure.

The charter boat, "Reef Chief" had 4 anglers catch their limit of 16 tautog plus the captain and mate each caught their limit of 4 tog a piece while fishing on an ocean wreck. Largest fish weighed 9 lbs.

SATURDAY, April 11, 2015

The charter boat, "Fish Bound" hit some ocean structure and caught 11 tautog and 2 cod.

WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2015

Tony Smyth emailed me that birds were circling over a whale that was 1/2 mile off the beach in Bethany yesterday morning.

TUESDAY, April 7, 2015

I spoke to Zac Smith, owner of the new Red Right Return tackle shop in Selbyville, DE and he reported gannets working the waters hard on Sunday and again yesterday. The birds were diving between the Fishing Pier and 1-mile off the beach. He trolled through them on Sunday but didn't have any marks. Bluefish? Stripers?

MONDAY, April 6, 2015

Jeff Griffin sent me an email saying that they are catching stripers in the Delaware River (Cherry Flats) on bloodworms. Water temp is 46-degrees. Jeff and his buddies released a pair of 24-inchers and had a 30-incher during a morning trip.


A break in the weather allowed the charter boat, "Fish Bound" to head to ocean structure where the 3 anglers ended up with 8 nice tautog and 15 cod caught in 42-degree water. The largest tog was landed by and angler from Smyrna, DE with a 10.9 pounder. Fish ranged from 22 to 24-inches. White crabs and clams were used for bait.

WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015

Nothing to report fishing-wise, but at least we are seeing water temperatures moving higher. In the OC Inlet today, temps ranged between 41 and 45-degrees. Stripers anyone???

WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015

6:55 PM - The first mako of the season was caught today on the "Nontypical" by angler Andy Smelter. Capt. Terry Layton and his gang caught the mako in 200 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon where they found 65-degree water. They then ventured out to 1,000 fathoms outside the Baltimore Canyon where they found 71.5-degree water and some good life (whales, porpoises, weedlines, flying fish) Terry said that he had ice on his boat when they left the dock and had water tempertures in the upper-30's when the busted the OC Inlet out to 20 fathoms. The 67.5-inch male mako was estimated at around 100 lbs. and was caught on a trolled horse ballyhoo dressed up with a pink and white Joe Shute lure. Congratulations to the "Nontypical" crew (Capt. Terry Layton, Jim Hughes, Dave Peterson, Andy Smelter and Kevin McCabe).


Well, I went for what turned out to be a very long boat ride in search of striped bass and bluefish. Started at Little Gull… out to Great Gull… out to the Jackspot… back in to the Bass Grounds… over to Isle of Wight Shoal... up to Fenwick Shoal and back inside along the beach. Saw very few birds and almost no bait and no fish. Water temperature was just shy of 40 degrees when I left the Ocean City Inlet and got up to 44 degrees at the Jackspot, but it is much colder on the bottom. The little bird activity that I did see was around Isle of Wight Shoal.

I do know of one other boat that ventured 15 miles south and saw nothing.

I did hear of some bluefish at the Fingers.


There haven't been too many anglers chasing striped bass lately, but that doesn't mean they aren't out there. Water temperatures close to the beach continue to hover around 38-degrees, too cold for stripers. However, warmer water can be found not too far away, either east or south, and it is just a matter of going far enough to find 42-degree water and you will find the birds and the fish.. and they are thick! So, keep your eyes open when you are outside the 3-mile line trolling for bluefish. You may run across a big school of linesiders!


It was a nice day in the ocean... for a boat ride. There weren't a lot of boats out today, and most got skunked (including me). I headed south, 15 miles from the Ocean City Inlet. Water temp was 42.5-degrees outside the inlet and progressively got warmer the further south I went. Warmest was 45-degrees. I found some birds and bait a few miles south of the Sliver (around 10 miles south), but nothing the further I went. Activity was around 2-2.5 miles off the beach. Most of the birds I saw were heading east.

Other anglers trolled during the morning between Little Gull and the Sliver and came up with nothing.

Some anglers found birds, bait and fish north of the Ocean City Inlet off the high rise hotels in the afternoon.

Tomorrow morning looks like it might be fishable. After that, gale warnings.


Reports came in from multiple anglers about good bird activity from north of the OC Inlet down to Little Gull. Seas were rough.


The big news today was the 28.8 lb. tautog caught by Ken Westerfeld while fishing on the charter boat, "Fish Bound". Ken's jumbo tog set a new world record. the fish measured 35-inches and had a girth of 25 1/4-inches.

If you want to catch large tog, NOW is the time to do it. Historically, the headboats and charter boats running this time of year can really bring back some bruisers.

The feds released the public notice we told everyone about on Wednesday. It set the striped bass creel reduction to 1 fish per person effective at 12:01 AM on Monday.

Striper fishing was slow again today (same as yesterday). Boats were teased with good marks of bait, especially south of the OC Inlet and past the Assateague Bridge, inside the 3 mile line. Birds were continually working the water along with heading towards the south. The boats that did get them only picked at them, but most boats got skunked. There was a rumor of a group of fish caught just outside the Indian River Inlet, but I found nobody to validate the rumor with catches.


Well, here's a late Christmas present from the government. The public notice that was supposed to go out before the end of the year to change the striper fishery to a 1 fish per person creel limit effective January 1st won't go out until Friday. This means that we will be able to keep 2 fish per person for at least Thursday (Jan 1st) and Friday (Jan 2nd). According to Tom O'Connell, who heads up Marylands Fisheries Service, the effective date will either be Saturday or Sunday, so we may even luck out and be able to keep 2 fish per person on Saturday also, but don't expect to be able to on Sunday.

Also, the Coastal Fisherman Winter Issue is on the streets. You can pick it up at many locations along the coast from Lewes, DE down to Ocean City, MD. I hope you enjoy it!!

Happy New Year to everyone!

There was good activity today up off the high rises in OC. Good bird action but more commercial dragging. Best shot was off Pyramid Hotel.


What a difference a day makes. Yesterdays lake-flat seas were turned into a washing machine today. Very rough this morning, but "flattened" out somewhat in the afternoon.

Striper fishing was hit or miss with fish being found from 2.5 to 3.0 miles out between the Sea Buoy and a couple miles past Little Gull. Birds were flying but the fish are moving hard to the south. Water temperatures is hanging around 45.8 degrees so we should have plenty of fishing left.

A hot lure again this year is the TOMIC (not Atomic). These are made in Canada and are used for salmon fishing. Great as your trailing lure on Mojo's. Check with your local tackle shop who would either have them or can get them. Go big… the 6 & 7-inchers work great, especially in the pearl color. Benny Thumma turned me on to these about 7 years ago and I have had great results with them ever since. I know a bunch of other guys around town use them also. The "classic" model with rattles seem to be working the best this year! Their "tubby" model is also a good one. You can check out all their lures and colors at www.tomiclures.com. Nice people!


There hasn't been a lot to report lately, and unfortunately, today is the same. Not much action inside the 3-mile line. Fish were picked at south of the Sliver, but nothing to rave about. Ocean was flat as a lake for the better part of today. Water temp was between 45 and 46 degrees, so the good news is that we have plenty of fishing left. Don't worry, the fish will move inside one of these days. We just have to make sure we are there to capitalize on it!


Flat as a lake today, especially the farther you went south.

There was a decent striper bite from the Sliver to 18 mile south. Seemed like anglers mostly. just picked at the stripers all day. Not a lot of blitzs. Water ten was between 46 & 47 degrees.


It sounds like there was a good striper bite a couple of miles south of the Sliver today. Boats that were there when the bite was hot obviously got them but many boats were late to the show. The bite north of the OC Inlet was dead.

The Ocean City fishing community lost another icon today. Capt. Fred Phillips, longtime captain of the "Virginia" passed away. Services will be held at Pippins Funeral Home in Wyoming, DE. The viewing is on Monday from 7 to 9 PM. The burial is on Tuesday at 11 AM.


Some stripers were caught straight out front of the Ocean City Inlet today.

I also received reports that there was bird activity south of the Inlet between 2 and 3 miles off the beach.


9:20 AM - As I reported yesterday, the striper bite off the coast of Ocean City was slow. I have found out that there was a better bite north of us. Anglers trolling north of the Indian River Inlet, inside Reef Site 9 down to Fenwick Shoal found fish. Trolled Bomber lures worked well.


It is with a very heavy heart that I report that Sue Foster, owner of Oyster Bay Tackle and Fenwick Tackle, died today after a long battle with cancer. Sue was an icon in the Ocean City fishing community. She was one of the most energetic and postive people I have ever met. There wasn't a time that she didn't bring a smile to my face, seeing her bounce around, excited to tell a story about catching fish. Sue will be sorely missed and I wish her husband, Bob and brothers Dan and Dave Mumford our condolences. If there are flounder or trout in heaven, they are in trouble! Rest in peace, Sue. I will miss you greatly.

Striper fishing today was much slower than it has been the last few days. Anglers still caught fish, but nothing in the quantity of recent days. Fish were picked at around the Sliver, Little Gull and further south. Draggers and netters were plentiful on the shoals, so it made things tough for recreational trollers.


There was another great striper bite today. Same spots as yesterday with the best action south of the Inlet between 8 and 14 miles. Most were in the 10-11 mile range.

A few fish were also caught on Little Gull Shoal today.

Capt. Chris on the headboat, "Angler" reported good sea bass fishing with a lot of limits around the rail and fish up to 4 lbs.


The seas were beautiful today. The striper bite north of the inlet was much more quiet today with the better bite happening 10.5 miles south of the Ocean City Inlet from 2.5 to 3.0 miles off the beach. A lot of fish in the 37 to 41-inch class caught on trolled mojos. Chartreuse was a hot color today.

Those trolling Little Gull Shoal today found a lot of bait and solid marks of fish, but they just weren't snapping. In addition to the hot bite 10.5 miles down the beach, anglers also found some fish at the Sliver.

Today was the final day of the Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament.

"Fish Frenzi" put another 6 stripers in the cooler with their 2 largest weighing 25.8 and 26.6 lbs. Fish were caught 10.5 miles down the beach on trolled mojos.

Lynda Talbot caught a 37-inch striper north of the OC Inlet on an umbrella rig.

"Wrecker" returned with another load of stripers after trolling 10 miles down the beach. Largest fish weighed 27.2 lbs.

Tara McDonald weighed a 38-inch striper that tipped the scale at 23 lbs. Tara hooked the striper off Seacrets.

Here's the final standings:

Heaviest Rockfish
"Fish Frenzi' 28.6 lbs. $2,295
"Aubree Lynn" 28.4 lbs. $1,134
"Wrecker" 28.2 lbs. $999

Heaviest Bluefish
"Fish Frenzi" 7.6 lbs. $450


Although the seas were rough, striper fishing was excellent. The best bite was north of the Ocean City Inlet, off the Seacrets radio tower, right on the 3 mile line. Mostly all of the fish caught today were hooked on the troll, with white mojos being the hot ticket.

There was also a good bite at Little Gull in 50 feet of water.

The scale at the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament was very busy with numerous boats returning with their limit of stripers. Here is what we saw:

"Fish Frenzi" brought back 6 stripers with the heaviest weighing 28.6 lbs. All were caught between the Inlet and Seacrets on mojos.

"Wrecker" had a cast of thousands on the boat and returned with 14 stripers in the box. Heaviest weighed 28.2 lbs. and measured 41-inches. All were caught between the OC Inlet and Secrets.

"Hell Bent" caught 8 stripers. Largest weighed 27.2 lbs. and measured 40-inches. Caught on umbrellas and mojos north of the Inlet off Seacrets radio tower.

"Sell Fish" had 6 stripers caught along the 3-mile line off Seacrets. Largest was 38-inches.

Wes Pollitt caught a 25 lb. striper on a trolled mojo off Seacrets.


Today was a great day for striper fishing. Seas were much nicer than predicted. The NOAA Coastal Forecast called for 30 mph winds but the Weather.com OC Report was more accurate with west winds early in the 10 mph range but increasing as the day went on.

Trollers got into nice size fish along the 3-mile line from straight out from the Inlet up to the lumps inshore of Fenwick Shoal. Fish were deep with most bites coming on heavy weighted mojos. White was the hot color.


Anglers who ventured outside of the Inlet today were met with snotty seas and the further you headed east, the snotty they were. There was some good bird action north of the Inlet, but for most of the day they were just over the 3-mile line. Mid-afternoon they had worked themselves to inside the 3-mile line and anglers found fish. Water temperatures are anywhere between 46 and 49-degrees.

A few boats fished today in the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament and there were some leaderboard changes.

"Hell Bent" was the first to arrive at the scales and they weighed a 23.2 lb. linesider.

"Fish Frenzi" took over 1st place with a 40-incher that tipped the scale at 25.6 lbs. The fish was caught by Pete Renzi.

"Canyon Pearl" was the next and final boat to arrive at the scale and they had a nice catch of 8 stripers. Their heaviest also weighed 25.6 lbs., so we have a tie for 1st place heading into the final 3 days of the tournament.

Here are the current standings:

25.6 lbs. 40"L 23"G FISH FRENZI
25.6 lbs. 40"L 21"G CANYON PEARL
25.4 lbs. 40”L 22”G NONTYPICAL
24.8 lbs. 40"L 21"G CANYON PEARL
24.4 lbs. 38”L 22”G ON EDGE
23.8 lbs. 38”L 23”G ON EDGE
23.4 lbs. 39”L 22”G AUBREE LYNN
23.2 lbs. 39"L 22"G HELL BENT
22.8 lbs. 40.5”L 22”G HUSEVO
22.8 lbs. 38”L 21”G WRECKER
22.6 lbs. 39”L 21”G HELLBENT
22.6 lbs. 36.5”L 22”G HUSEVO
22.4 lbs. 38”L 22”G WRECKER
21.6 lbs. 39”L 22”G HUSEVO
20.6 lbs. 32”L 17”G WRECKER


It was another nasty, windy day on the Eastern Shore. Extreme high tides, rain and wind made it miserable.

I did speak with an angler yesterday who told me that I was a little too far north on Saturday in my search for bluefish for the smoker. It looks like there were a ton of bluefish on the Bass Grounds (2nd lump). Oh well!

Today was the 3rd day of the 2nd Annual Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tourament. Like Sunday and Monday, nobody fished today due to bad weather conditions. Here are the standings:

25.4 lbs. 40”L 22”G NONTYPICAL
24.4 lbs. 38”L 22”G ON EDGE
23.8 lbs. 38”L 23”G ON EDGE
23.4 lbs. 39”L 22”G AUBREE LYNN
22.8 lbs. 40.5”L 22”G HUSEVO
22.8 lbs. 38”L 21”G WRECKER
22.6 lbs. 39”L 21”G HELLBENT
22.6 lbs. 36.5”L 22”G HUSEVO
22.4 lbs. 38”L 22”G WRECKER
21.6 lbs. 39”L 22”G HUSEVO
20.6 lbs. 32”L 17”G WRECKER
19.8 lbs. 37”L 20”G AUBREE LYNN
19.6 lbs. 39”L 20”G AUBREE LYNN
15.8 lbs. 34”L 20”G FISH FRENZI
15.6 lbs. 34.5”L 18”G HUSEVO
14.2 lbs 34”L 18”G HELLBENT
13.8 lbs. 31”L 17”G NONTYPICAL
13.0 lbs. 34”L 19”G SOGGY DOLLAR
11.4 lbs. 32”L 17”G ON EDGE
8.4 lbs. 28”L 16”G AUBREE LYNN

*No bluefish were weighed today.


It turned out to be a nicer day than expected in the ocean today. Seas had an east swell, but was nice overall.

The first day of the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament was today, the first of the 9-day event. 13 boats are entered and quite a few of them weighed fish today. Most of them fished north of the Ocean City Inlet and picked at fish the entire day. The "Nontypical" took the lead with a 25.4 lb. rockfish with a couple of other fish right on it's heels.

The bite extended from straight out from the Inlet up to Dewey Beach. It didn't sound like there was much of a bite south of the OC Inlet.

We ventured out to Isle of Wight Shoal in search of bluefish for my brother's smoker. We didn't find any bluefish but we did hook a 24-inch flounder which was stuffed with crabmeat and became part of my dad's 81st birthday dinner tonight. Happy birthday, Dad!!!

Jamie Breidenstein reported in that hime and Matt Borys caught 2 stripers measuring 38" and 40" inches while trolling off midtown OC. They also had 2 bluefish measuring 30" and 32".

Tina Siuta reported catching her limit of stripers today at the Sliver. Largest fish was 42-inches and 30 lbs. The other was 41 inches and weighed 27 lbs. Her husband Jerry caught a 36-inchers.

Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported having a good sea bass trip with a lot of limits around therail. They also caught a bunch of bluefish weighing up to 12 lbs. All were caught on an offshore wreck.

Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported that all of his anglers caught their limit of sea bass today while fishing at "Chester Sadowski's Hotspot", otherwise known as an ocean wreck.

Capt. Chester Sadowski on the "Jezebel" caught his limit of sea bass for 6 anglers on an ocean wreck.


*** Don't forget to register for the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament TONIGHT at 6:00 PM ***

10:45 PM - The early week striper bite at Overfalls Shoal in the Delaware Bay has petered out a bit lately. The best bite is still between the Indian River Inlet and Sea Colony in Bethany, just inside the 3-mile line at sunrise and late in the afternoon. Anglers haven't been finding a lot of bird activity. They have been finding the linesiders after cruising over large pods of bunker. Commercial boats were working the area off 128th Street this morning.

11:31 PM - Heard from the Coast Guard that the rumors of drones being used to catch anglers fishing for stripers outside 3 miles are untrue.

1:26 PM - Got a report from striper fanatic, Tim Romberger. Tim headed north to between Sea Colony and the Bethany Lump. Said there were 30 boats up there. No birds and no marks. A few fish were caught very early this morning, but the bite was over by 8:45 AM. Some bluefish were wreaking havoc on rubber shads. Anglers fishing north of the Indian River Bridge, just inside Reef Site 9 crushed them this morning with fish up to 30 lbs.



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