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5.25.18 5:09 pm

by Larry Jock

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FRIDAY, May 25, 2018

A beautiful day in Ocean City.

Chad, jason and Mason Barrick caught over 20 flounder, with 5 keepers, while fishing in the Thorofare. Their keepers ranged in sie from 17 to 20 inches and were caught on Gulp.

Anglers on the "Canyon Hunter" went to 600 fathoms in the Poor Man's and had all the "under" and throwback bluefins they wanted. Also had a few dolphin bites as well. They worked their way out to 1,500 fathoms and found only dolphin. Harrison Schline and Cooper White were fishing with Capt. Mike Vaughan and Mike Schline.

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018

8:45 AM - Looks like the first tuna of the year was caught this morning by an angler on the charter boat, "Marli". Caught an "under" bluefin tuna.

Updated yesterdays report

9:37 AM - Report just came in that the anglers aboard the charter boat, "Marli" now have their 3 "under" bluefins in the box. These fish will measure 27-inches to less than 47-inches.

10:33 AM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Marli" have just put 3 yellowfins in the box to go with the 3 bluefins caught earlier.

3:17 PM - Anglers on the "Jezebel" returned from an ocean wreck, 27 miles off the beach, with 65 black sea bass in the box. All of the fish were caught on clams and squid. Capt. Chester Sadowski said that the sea bass were loaded with sand fleas. Water temperature was 62-degrees.

Capt. Chester Sadowski on the "Jezebel" also reported coming across schools of false albacore tuna busting the surface, 10 miles off the beach. Some were caught down near Winter Quarter Shoal yesterday.

4:04 PM - Heard that the anglers on the "Marli" caught a gaffer dolphin to go with their 3 bluefins and 3 yellowfins.

4:21 PM - Susan Krepshaw caught a 44.5-inch, 31.6 lb. striper while fishing on the south side of the Indian River Inlet with a 6-inch Tsunami Swim Shad in a red trout color.

Capt. Deanna at Hook'em & Cook'em reported that they are starting to see some nice size stripers on the early morning tides for anglers tossing Daiwa Salt Pro Minnows.

5:11 PM - Capt. Jon Yost was running the "Just Fold" today and returned with 2 bluefin tuna in the box. Fish measured 41 and 42-inches. Caught on spreader bars and Squidnation Flippy Floppy's deep in the Baltimore Canyon (600 f). They also released 3 other bluefins during the trip. Anglers were Vaughn Charlton, Colin Rodgers and Dan Parncutt. Capt. Jon said that they left them snapping!!!

5:39 PM - Capt. Pat Hurley on the "Slack Grabber" reported that they caught their limit of black sea bass today in 120 feet of water. Water temp was 63-degrees. Capt. Pat also said that they ran across schools of large bluefish in 20 fathoms south of the Jackspot.

6:24 PM - It's official. Anglers on the charter boat, "Marli" caught the first bluefin tuna of the year, the first yellowfin tuna of the year and the first mahi of the year. All the action was deep outside the Poor Man's Canyon in 1,200 fathoms. The bluefins were caught in 65-degree water while the yellowfins were hooked in 68-degree water. The heaviest bluefin weighed 20 lbs. The heaviest yellowfin weighed 41 lbs. and the heaviest mahi weighed 9 lbs. Fishing on the "Marli" were Mike Curran, Steve Cumor, Dan Reilly, Joe Pfeiffer, Arch Noha and Donna Gutridge.

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018

1:00 PM - Updated yesterdays report

1:44 PM - Not much good happened this morning for guys drifting in the bay. Water is still very dirty.

3:30 PM - The charter boat, "Marli" is returning with a 93-inch mako. Caught south of the Marine Electric.

3:50 PM - Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" had a good catch of black sea bass today while fishing on natural ocean bottom. Cathy Creel led the way with the 2 largest fish of the day. Cathy had 14 fish total. A few of the anglers had their limit of 15 fish.

4:45 PM - Fred Weinhold on the charter boat, "Marli" caught a 93-inch mako shark that weighed 291 lbs. The fish was hooked in 30 fathoms on a whole mackerel. Water temp was 62.5-degrees. It took less than 10 minutes to get the shark to the boat.

6:13 PM - Anglers on the headboat, "Judith M" had a good day sea bass 10 miles off the coast of OC. Kathy and Bernie Miller ended up with 6 sea bass up to 2 lbs.

UPDATE: Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught their limit of 120 sea bass while fishing with squid on an artificial reef. The largest fish was caught by Jim Paladeno and weighed 3 lbs. 11 oz.

Travis Gosnell caught and released his very first bluefish after hooking it on a minnow off the 2nd St. Bulkhead.

TUESDAY, May 22, 2018

10:45 AM - Updated yesterdays report.

1:05 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" had a boat limit of 120 black sea bass today at the DelJerseyLand reef. Limit was caught by 9:30 in the morning. Mike Harrison had the largest of the day... a 3 1/2 pounder.

1:49 PM - I just received a picture of Brooks and Brennan Holloway with 7 chopper bluefish they caught on finger mullet last Saturday while surf fishing off Assateague. Their largest measured 29-inches.

UPDATE: Anglers on the charter boat, "Helbent" caught 12 stripers measuring between 12 and 18-inches in addition to a 15-inch bluefish. All caught during the incoming tide in clean water. Water temperature was 62.5-degrees. Fish were hooked on 3/4 oz. bucktails on the north side of the rt. 50 Bridge.

Big Bird Cropper had a 28-inch bluefish, caught on a Roy Rig around the South Jetty.

MONDAY, May 21, 2018

What a miserable weekend. The only folks who had a good weekend were the police who were writing tickets to the cruisers.

Torrential rain on Friday with only a slight improvement on Saturday. Never saw the sun until mid-day yesterday. All this rain has made water clarity in the bay horrible.

Looks like those who braved the conditions on Assateague picked up a few chopper bluefish, a few stripers and some black drum. Most reported slow fishing.

UPDATE: Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat "Angler" reported good size sea bass caught today by his anglers fishing with squid near "B" Buoy. Largest was a 3 3/4 pounder caught by Russell Williams.

FRIDAY, May 18, 2018

Yesterday was as miserable as it can get. For those of you who are out of town, Ocean City was in bad shape with wind and rain all day causing flooding in places I have never seen flooded before. I went down to the beach last evening and the ocean was angry. Unfortunately, all of this bad weather has made the bay look like chocolate milk, so I would be surprised if we see any good flounder fishing in the next few days.

On Thursday, Zach Rhoad caught and released a mako shark at the Sausages.

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018

9:57 AM - Updated yesterdays report.

Earlier this week, Forest, Susan, Autumn and Colton Otto had good luck fishing north of the Rt. 90 Bridge. they caught flounder up to 22-inches and a 23-inch black drum.

2:33 PM - There was a good striper bite for surfcasters fishing in the suds north of the Indian River Inlet. Keeper fish mixed in with shorties for anglers tossing plugs. Bite was from 8:30 PM to 3:00 in the morning.

Yesterday, Roger Wilson was fishing from the beach on Fenwick Island when he caught and released a 39 1/2-inch striper while fishing with cut bunker.

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018

Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported better sea bass fishing today with fish up to 3.5 lbs. The biggest was caught by Sam Lancaster on squid at an artificial reef. He also had a doubleheader of a 2.5 and 3 pounder.

Ivy Clemente caught some good size bluefish while fishing spec rigs around the Rt. 50 Bridge. She was fishing on the "Ivy Sea" with her dad, Capt. Nick Clemente.

Looks like anglers fishing off Assatague have been getting into some bluefish and a few stripers. Still nothing great.

TUESDAY, May 15, 2018

I guess it was feast or famine on opening day of the Maryland sea bass season. I heard from a couple of captains that it was tough fishing, but some boat did well.

The "Jezebel" ventured 30 miles offshore to an ocean wreck and reported tough fishing. They ended up with 30 sea bass caught on squid and clams.

The charter boat, "All In" had a boat limit of 105 sea bass that were caught on squid at the San Gil and the Marine Electric. Their largest sea bass weighed 3 lbs. 8 oz. and takes the early lead for Heaviest Sea Bass in Maryland.

Danny Cox caught a 22-inch, 4 lb. 9 oz. flounder in the Thorofare.

5:24 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught their limit of tog and then went sea bass fishing. They ended up with 27 tog and 99 sea bass. Fished with green crabs for the tog and squid for the sea bass.

5:50 PM - Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" headed to the Jackspot and reported a slow day of sea bass fishing. Ken Yuen did catch a 13.5 lb. tautog while using green crab for bait.

8:32 PM - Frank Steuernagle caught a 19-inch flounder in the Thorofare.

MONDAY, May 14, 2018

Chuck Wenzel caught a 16 3/4-inch flounder in the Thorofare this morning while drifting a Gulp artificial bait.

Anglers on the “Sweetie” went to the African Queen and caught 8 keeper tog on green crabs. The largest measured 28-inches and was caught by Jim Papaccio.

SATURDAY, May 12, 2018

Pretty morning in OC. Looks like it is going to cool off tomorrow though with possible rain. Should be a lot of boats on the water today.

8:41 AM - Updated yesterdays report

1:42 PM - Big Bird Cropper and "Neighbor" Dave Leizear found the bluefish again, today boating 7 on the outside of the South Jetty down towards Assateague beach. Fish were caught on Roy Rigs during the outgoing tide. The largest bluefish measured 31-inches and weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. They also released 9 short stripers. Water temp was around 58-degrees.

Keeper tautog were caught by anglers fishing off the Rt. 50 Bridge this morning and some were hooked around the South Jetty.

Flounder are being caught up in the Thorofare.

1:59 PM - A few boats drifted in the bay behind Assateague from the Duck Blinds down to the Assateague Bridge. Only throwback flounders were caught.

3:30 PM - Hugh Thomas and Mrya Cropper teamed up to land a 37 1/2-inch striper while fishing with bunker in the suds off Assateague Island.

Hugh Thomas Cropper also landed an 8 lb. 4 oz. chopper bluefish while fishign with bunker off Assateague Island.

John Dilworth was fishing on the beach a mile from the entrance to the off-road area on Assateague Island when he caught a 37-inch, 21 3/4 lb. striper. The fish was caught on a sand flea.

3:58 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "On the Run" had 3 keeper tautog and a dozen throwbacks while fishing at the South Jetty this morning.

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018

Nice day in Ocean City. When I went across the Rt. 50 Bridge around noon, the bay water looked beautiful. Very blue!

Tina Rinker from Washington state caught her very first fish, a pair of 18-inch flounder while drifting near the Rt. 90 Bridge. Used minnows for bait. Was fishing with Randy Rinker, Greg Burk and Dan Betz. They tried fishing the flats, but had no luck.

Looks like surfcasters fishing off Assateague Island are hooking into some bigger bluefish and stripers. Action hasn't been red hot. Also seeing some black drum.

3:55 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" had a good day of tog fishing, catching their limit and releasing a bunch more. Victor Felechio led the way, releasing a 17.6 pounder after hooking it on a sand flea in 75-feet of water.

UPDATE: Mike Johnston had another good day slow trolling in the Thorofare. Ended up with 4 keeper flounder on Gulp and belly meat.

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018

9:38 PM - Big Bird Cropper and Dave Hrycyk found the bluefish again today, this time on the inside of the South Jetty down the southside towards the Assateague Beach. The guys caught the bluefish on Roy Rigs and ended up with 9 in the box. They also caught around 8 small stripers also.

Bluefish were snapping around the Rt. 50 Bridge this afternoon.

John Unkart said that there was a pretty good bite today on Assateague Island. John got 6 bluefish, weighing up to 12 lbs. and a black drum.

Yesterday, Jon Grove, Damian Jorss and Ali Grove caught 3 black drum from the Fenwick Island beach. Fish ranged from 21-24 inches. They also caught a big bluefish as well.

MONDAY, May 7, 2018

9:07 AM - Updated yesterdays report.

Water temperature in the OC Inlet is ranging from 55 to 57-degrees.

5:22 PM - Mike Johnston was at it again. He caught his limit of flounder, measuring up to 21-inches, while slow trolling over the Thorofare flats. Used Aqua-Clear rigs tipped with Gulp and bellies. Water temp was 71-degrees.

SUNDAY, May 6, 2018

9:27 AM - Very gloomy, foggy day in OC this morning. Cooled off a bit. If the sun ever decides to come out, it could be nice. Flounder bite looks to be turning on in the bay. Thorofare and over the flats have produced lately but some fish have also come from the bay behind Assateague.

Haven't heard that much from surfcasters on Assateague. Looks like they are still battling skates with some black drum being caught more towards the VA end.

2:22 PM - Haley Vest just returned from drifting the Thorofare with a 22 1/2-inch, 4 lb. 3 oz. flounder she caught on a white Gulp artificial bait. Haley was fishing with her dad, Reese Vest.

It looks like a quiet day on the bay. It was a little foggy in the Inlet and I didn't see any boats out there fishing when I was taking a picture at Atlantic Tackle. There also weren't any boats fishing along the rocks in the West Channel.

6:45 PM - John and Matthew Papathakis caught a couple of tautog in the OC Inlet today on sand fleas. Fish measured 17 and 18-inches.

Also heard that anglers caught nice size bluefish pretty good last night around 9pm while fishing off the Oceanic Pier.

Kurt Howell on the "Reel Vibrations" reported that they went out to the San Gil wreck and hooked a 150-175 lb. mako shark. They had it on the circle hook for 15 minutes before it shook free. They also caught tautog measuring up to 22-inches and released an Atlantic cod. Water temperature was 54-degrees.

This morning, black drum were caught by anglers fishing from the beach at Herring Point.

UPDATE: There were some nice size tog caught by anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound". Alex Cortezio released an 18 lb. female tog Ate a green crab in 45-feet of water. Bill Pissaro released a 16 pounder in 75-feet of water off the coast of DE.

Hunter Walsh caught a 21-inch flounder in the Lewes Canal while drifting bucktails tipped with Gulp.

SATURDAY, May 5, 2018

8:50 AM - It looks like there was a good bite over the flats in the Thorofare and in the channel as well. Slow trollers picked up some nice fish on the flats and as you saw in yesterdays report, the charter boat, "Get Sum" had 6 nice fish while drifting in the Thorofare channel. I didn't hear of anyone doing well around the Jetty, but I would imagine anglers would find bluefish and small stripers there for the taking. I am surprised here aren't more chopper bluefish in the surf.

1:15 PM - The charter boat, "Get Sum" returned from their morning trip with 4 flounder and a bluefish in the box. Largest flounder was 20 1/4-inches. Bluefish looked to be around 12-inches. One flattie was caught in the Thorofare, one by the Rt. 50 Bridge and two in the bay behind Assateague Island. All on white gulp at the end of the incoming tide and beginning of the outgoing tide. Water temp was between 64 and 68-degrees.

During a trip aboard the headboat, "Judith M", Lou Collins caught a 23-inch tautog on a squid bait at the Jackspot.

FRIDAY, May 4, 2018

10:07 AM - Capt. Nick Clemente on the charter boat, "Get Sum" just reported in that he has 5 flounder in the box while fishing in the Thorofare using Gulp for bait.

11:09 AM - Anglers fishing off Assateague Island continue to catch numerous skates and blowtoads.

Denny Raber caught 3 keeper flounder, measuring up to 21 1/2-inches, while fishing with minnows in the Indian River Bay.

2:06 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Get Sum" returned with 6 flounder in the box, measuring up to 23-inches and weighing 4 lbs. 11 oz. Anglers included Kevin, Randy and Jeff Garner and Rick and Kevin Hess. All of the fish were caught while drifting in the Thorofare with Gulp Swimming Mullets.

THURSDAY, May 3, 2018

1:17 PM - Finally some good news on recreational fishing regulations. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission revised ther 2018 black sea bass regulations for DE, MD, VA & NC to the following:

12.5" minimum size
Season open from May 15 to December 31

This eliminates the closure originally set for September 22nd to October 21st.

4:24 PM - I received a report today from Capt. Mark Hoos on the charter boat, "Marli". He took out a group from Pasadena, MD and they caught 3 big stripers while trolling parachute rigs in front of the Gas Dock.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Get Sum" ended up with 3 keeper flounder in the box after fishing the flats with white Gulp artificial baits. Their fish measured 16 3/4, 16 3/4 and 17-inches.

WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018

The first issue is on the street. If you live in the Salisbury/Fruitland area, you can now pick papers up at DIY Marine in Fruitland (319 S Division St). We also drop papers off at Pittsville Ford if that is close to you.

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018

** The first issue of the Coastal Fisherman hits the streets tomorrow. Enjoy!

5:04 PM - Big Bird Cropper and Dave Hrycyk returned with a 33-inch, 9 lb. 1 oz. bluefish in the box, the heaviest one caught so far this season. They found bluefish on the top with small stripers underneath while tossing Roy Rigs on the outside of the South Jetty down towards Assateague beach.

MONDAY, April 30, 2018

Am glad to see April come and go. Not one of the greatest starts to the fishing season.

Surfcasters fishing off Assateague Island this past weekend tangled with a lot of skates in addition to small stripers (15"-20") and some black drum. The small schoolies were right in the wash and were hooked on a variety of baits including sand fleas, bunker and artificial soft baits. I really hope the striper bite turns on for anglers fishing from the beach because they really put in their time and deserve a good spring striper run.

5:30 PM - Mike Johnston, Brett Oliver and Dan Lewis caught 6 flounder, up to 20-inches, while slow trolling over the Thorofare flats. Used Aqua Clear rigs tipped with Gulp.

SUNDAY, April 29, 2018

It looks like it is trying to be a nice day in OC. Overcast and rainy early this morning but the sun is trying to poke it's head out. Kinda of cool. Small craft advisory today. Winds 16 mph.

I received reports from anglers yesterday that the wind was really honking up on the Thorofare flats. Drifting was tough but slow trollers were able to catch a few.

Lamont Hilbert caught a 19-inch flounder in the bay behind Assateague Island on a Gulp artificial bait.

Mike and David Burt took Wendy and Collin Beall down to Onancock, VA and trolled the flats. Wendy and Collin each caught and released a 40-inch red drum, both citation fish.

On a side note, I'm not known for keeping a very clean truck, but I got it detailed by Wax on Wheels in West Ocean City and it looks absolutely amazing!!!! Man they do nice work over there and were very reasonable. Just had to let folks know. Nice to see people take pride in their work!!!

3:56 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" hit 6-7 wrecks and had 11 tautog in the 6 to 7 lb. range. Windy conditions made it challenging. Water temp is up into the 50's. Conditions made bait presentation tough.

SATURDAY, April 28, 2018

Anglers picked at flounder today, mainly over the Thorofare flats. Slow trolling was definitely the ticket.

Mike Johnston boated 4 keeper flounder on the troll.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Get Sum" had 1 short flounder in the South Bay near Frontier Town and 3 short tautog along the rocks in the West Channel (Martha's Landing).

Capt. Monty on the headboat, "Morning Star" said that they took a reef building trip and dropped 6.5 tons of block on the Bass Grounds, creating more reefsites for local anglers and a good spot for divers. On the way home they caught a bunch of short tautog and a couple of keepers.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" had a good day, with 12 tautog weighing over 10 lbs.. Their largest weighed 19 lbs. With most being females, the anglers only kept a couple. Fish were caught at 3 different wrecks.

FRIDAY, April 27, 2018

Vicki Welsh was drifting a chunk of cut spot in the Lewes Canal and caught a 21-incher flounder.

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018

The Ocean City Fishing Community lost a legend with the passing of Tom "Kingbone" Jones on Tuesday. Tom was owner of the "Kingfisher", a long-time Ocean City angler and tournament participant. Great guy! You can find his obituary in the "Breaking News" section on this website.

9:09 AM - Getting multiple reports of plenty of small stripers being caught around both the Rt. 50 and Rt. 90 Bridges. None large enough to keep, but fun to catch on light tackle.

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018

We are pulling together the first issue of the season, so if you have any pictures to submit, please send them at the largest size possible to coastalfisherman@comcast.net

11:38 AM - Looks like Capt. Mark Hoos on the charter boat "Marli" has put his anglers on some nice size Chesapeake Bay rockfish. Gregory Martin of Sykesville, MD hooked a 51-incher on an Old Man Parachute Rig in 45-feet of water. Helen Pantoulus caught a 50-incher during the trip. Both were caught south of Hooper's Island.

Received reports of bluefish in the surf and a lot of skates.

11:55 AM - Fenwick Tackle reported that Alyson Airey caught a 26-inch, 7 lb. 8 oz. flounder while fishing around the Rt. 90 Bridge last weekend. Caught while slow trolling a bucktail tipped with a Gulp.

SUNDAY, April 22, 2018

Anglers on the charter boat "Fish Bound" returned with some nice size tog from 40 feet of water. The largest was a 16 pounder caught by Eddie Santiago in 80-feet of water near "B" Buoy. Eddie who also released a female tog estimated at over 20 lbs. There were also a couple of 14 pounders caught by Ray Muiz and Augie Gee.

Short stripers were caught by the Rt. 90 and Rt. 50 Bridges. Fish were in the 15 to 17-inch range.

A group of Ocean City anglers on the "G-FORCE" ventured over to Tangier Sound and caught 4 stripers between 43 and 48-inches.

Tim and Tyler Tribbitt heading down to a Virginia barrier island and hooked into some nice size red and black drum. Their largest were a 63 lb. black drum and a 47-inch red drum that was released. All caught on peelers and clams.

Some flounder were caught this weekend by slow trollers over the Thorofare flats.

Plenty of short tautog were found on the Purnell Reef.

Anglers on the 'Sweetie" went to the African Queen and caught tautog weighing up to 12 lbs. and a fair amount of nice size sea bass that were released.

FRIDAY, April 20, 2018

11:29 AM - Delaware just announced that they are taking minimum flounder size down to 16 1/2-inches. See Breaking News section.

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018

3:00 PM - Allen Sklar stopped by the office to have his picture taken with the 30-inch black drum he caught this morning while surfcasting off Assateague Island. Allen used a sand flea to fool the black drum.

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018

1:20 PM - Angler Mike Johnston on the "Hell Bent" was slow trolling a white Gulp artificial bait across the Thorofare flats this morning and hooked a 19 1/2-inch flounder. Mike was joined by fellow angler Jeremy Hale.

8:05 PM - It wasn’t a very pretty day in the ocean but that didn’t stop anglers on the “Fish Bound” from returning with 5 tog in the box. Largest weighed 23 lbs. 9 oz. Next heaviest was a 14 pounder. All caught in 100+ feet of water on green crabs.

MONDAY, April 16, 2018

9:51 AM - Another absolutely crappy day in Ocean City. Windy and there was a lot of rain last night into this morning.

I received an email from a reader asking me to alert everyone that the markers in the West Channel are "WAY off". They are around 100 yards east of where they are supposed to be.

10:40 AM - I am hearing that there is still a chance that we will go to 72-inches for the minimum size on mako sharks this season. Currently, it stands at 83-inches.

SATURDAY, April 14, 2018

It was another breezy day in Ocean City, but not as bad as it has been. The ocean was R-O-U-G-H. Some anglers were able to hit the Thorofare flats for some flounder fishing.

Mike Tuel caught the first flounder of the season while fishing with Chris Tilghman, north of the Thorofare flats. Used a bucktail and minnow. Fish measured 18.5-inches.

John Meyers was slow trolling on the Thorofare flats and caught a 17-inch flounder while fishing with Travis Brown. "Hoss" used a chartreuse Gulp to fool the 2nd flattie caught this season.

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018

4:42 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" just returned with 22 tautog in the box, weighing up to 19.9 lbs. They also released a bunch of other togs during the trip including another female that weighed close to 20 lbs. All were caught on green crabs in 44-degree water.

Commercial netters continue to have good results right off the Ocean City surf. Fish are good size, with averages in the 26 to 28 lb. range. Fish are tight so surfcasters should be getting into them.

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018

9:08 AM - Received a report this morning that good size stripers are right off the Ocean City coast and in the surf.

MONDAY, April 9, 2018

10:00 AM - Another beautiful day in Ocean City... NOT! It's just been a horrible spring and it certainly isn't helping with water temperatures.

I did hear that the commercial netters really got into the striped bass late last week but had to head far south to get them.

I also heard from the owner of the headboat, "Judith M". They are looking for part-time relief captains. If you are interested, call Capt. John Bunting at 410-726-8439.

3:26 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" returned with their limit of 24 tautog caught on clams and green crabs in 45-feet of water. They also released a bunch of female tog that are getting ready to spawn. The largest fish of the day weighed 14 lbs.

FRIDAY, April 6, 2018

10:33 AM - Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" stopped in the office today and said that he is looking for a full-time mate this season. If interested, stop by the boat at the Ocean City Fishing Center or email Capt. Monty at mhawkins@morningstarfishing.com.

3:46 PM - if you are looking for some catch and release action you can find some short stripers around the Rt. 90 Bridge.

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018

9:37 AM - I received a report this morning from an angler who was watching bluefish run bait up onto the sandbars south of the Rt. 50 Bridge. One diving bird came up with a bluefish that he said looked to be in the 16-inch range.

Hopefully, we will start to see stripers moving up the coast. It is getting around that time and I heard that the commercial netters are already starting to set their gear just off the coast.

Two days ago, anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" fished in 40-feet of water and caught some nice size tautog. David Jones caught an 11 pounder on clams. Bill Pissaro caught and released a 14 pounder that also was fooled with a chunk of clam. Water temps were in the 41-42 degree range.

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018

10:31 AM - It should be noted that there is a difference between the Maryland and Federal cobia regulations, but for those heading back to a Maryland dock, you will need to follow the Maryland regulations since that is where the fish is landed. Federal regulations right now are for a 36-inch fish (fork length) with 1 fish per person/day or up to 6 fish per day/boat, whichever is most restrictive.

TUESDAY, April 3, 2018

12:00 PM - See Breaking News section for MD Public Notice on tautog regs.

4:00 PM - See Breaking News section for 2018 cobia regulations. Looks like the feds required Maryland to enact cobia regulations and they are now the same as Virginia's.

MONDAY, April 2, 2018

For those of you who are looking forward to striper fishing in Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay an its tidal tributaries, the fishing season opens at 5:00 AM on April 21st and continues through midnight on May 15th. The catch limit is 1 fish per person/perday with a size limit of 35 inches or larger. Sizes and creels will change on May 16th and the entire MD portion of the bay and tributaries will open on June 1st with the MD Fisheries Service looking to advance emergency regulations that would decrease the minimum size from 20-inches to 19-inches. This emergency action would not affect the spring season.

THURSDAY, March 29, 2018

On Wednesday, the US Court of Special Appeals ruled in favor of the White Marlin Open, ending the appeal by Phil Heasley, angler and owner of the Kalliannasa, regarding their disqualification from the 2016 White Marlin Open. The $2,800,000 in award money will be split between other category winners with over $2,000,000 going to the crew on the "Hubris". See story in Breaking News section.

WEDNESDAY, March 28, 2018

Received a report yesterday from angler, Rich Bell who saw the birds diving just off our coast. He said that he witnessed 2 birds dive and come to the beach with fish in their mouth. One had a bluefish and the other had a large bunker. The bluefish was around 16-inches.

MONDAY, March 26, 2018

Maryland officially set the 2018 flounder regs. They liberalized the minimum size, taking it to 16.5-inches. Creel is still 4 fish per person. See "Breaking News" section for press release.

Over the weekend, I received several reports of incredibly large flocks of gannets bombing the waters just off the beach in Ocean City. Nobody was fishing underneath, so nobody is sure of what they were diving on. Bets are they were schools of bunker.

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018

A new tuna calcutta has been added to the White Marlin Open. Check out Breaking News section.

A few boats have ventured out recently in search of tog and found very cold water conditions with temps hovering aound 40-degrees.. However, some nice fish were boated. An angler on the "Fish Bound" caught a 15 pounder a couple of days ago.

Yesterday, 5 anglers on the "Fish Bound" ended their day with 14 tog in the box.

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018

See changes to tuna regulations in Breaking News section

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2017

I spoke to a representative from the MD DNR yesterday and they hadn't heard any rumblings about NOAA considering going to 72-inches on mako sharks but there is a meeting today so maybe something will come out of it today.. Stay tuned.

NOAA released their final summary for 2017 blufin tuna. Here are the recreational angler numbers:

# of bluefin tuna landings = 5,256 fish
total weight of landings = 141.8 metric tons (312,615 lbs)
2017 Quota = 195.2 metic tons (430,342 lbs)
% of 2017 quota caught = 72.6%

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018

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