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November 24, 2014 - DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife to hold public workshops on proposed increases to hunting and trapping license fees

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November 18, 2014 - MD DNR to hold public input meeting on striped bass regulation chenges

November 6, 2014 - UPDATE ON 2015 STRIPED BASS REGULATION PROCESS

November 5, 2014 - Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body Seeks Public Input from Marylanders via Open Session in Ocean City, Maryland

November 3, 2014 - NMFS Requests Applications for Participation in the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species 2015 Shark Research Fishery

October 31, 2014 - ASMFC Atlantic Striped Bass Board Approves Addendum IV for Implementation in 2015

October 1, 2014 - Public hearing on summer flounder management set for Oct. 6

September 27, 2014 - ASMFC to hold meeting on summer flounder

September 11, 2014 - MD extends sea bass season

September 9, 2014 - MD Meeting set for striped bass regulation changes

August 29, 2014 - Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to hold public hearing in Delaware on interstate striped bass management plan

August 25, 2014 - NMFS Maintains 4 fish General Category (Commercial) Daily Retention Limit for September through December 2014

August 23, 2014 - Public Hearings set on Striped Bass Changes

August 19, 2014 - Atlantic Coastal States Schedule Public Hearings on Striped Bass Draft Addendum IV

August 18, 2014 - ASMFC & MAFMC Maintain Specifications for 2015 Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass Fisheries & Approve 2015 Bluefish Specifications

August 14, 2014 - Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel Meeting September 10-11, 2014

August 8, 2014 - ASMFC South Atlantic Board Approves Traffic Light Approach to Assess Stock Trends and Initiate Management Response for Spot & Atlantic Croaker

August 7, 2014 - ASMFC Atlantic Striped Bass Board Approves Draft Addendum IV for Public Comment

August 7, 2014 - ASMFC Spiny Dogfish Board Approves Draft Addendum V for Public Comment

June 4, 2014 - States Schedule Public Hearings on Spot & Atlantic Croaker Draft Addendum

May 29, 2014 - CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE APPROVES 'FLEXIBILITY'

May 5, 2014 - Bluefin Tuna Regulations Updated

May 2, 2014 - Delaware changes summer flounder and sea bass regulations

April 22, 2014 - Ocean City Reef Foundation Dinner Set for May 4th at Marlin Club

April 16, 2014 - Council Adopts Golden Tilefish Management Measures for 2015 – 2017

April 14, 2014 - MSSA Reschedules Youth Fishing Program

April 8, 2014 - Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Fishery: Southern Area Trophy Fishery Closing April 11, 2014

April 3, 2014 - Salisbury University Fishing Club looking for Relay for Life donations and sponsors

April 3, 2014 - NOAA Fisheries Commits to Develop a National Recreational Fishing Policy

April 2, 2014 - NMFS Announces Proposed 2014 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quotas

March 31, 2014 - MSSA forms Youth Angler Club

March 26, 2014 - Recreational Fishing and Boating Community Calls on Congress to Revamp Marine Fisheries Management Leaders map out path for federal marine fisheries conservation

March 26, 2014 - Mid-Atlantic Council Hosts Workshop on East Coast Fisheries and Climate Change

March 25, 2014 - 3 Rod Limit in MD Waived for 180 days

March 24, 2014 - Notice of Initiation of 5-year Essential Fish Habitat Review for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species and Request for Information

March 18, 2014 - NMFS Releases Final 2013 Bluefin Landings

March 17, 2014 - 2014 Summer Flounder Regulations Set

March 13, 2014 - Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel Meeting Set for April 3-4

March 11, 2014 - Entries Now Open for the REACTOR Watch & Bill Boyce Western Outdoor News Los Cabos 2014 Tuna Jackpot Sweepstakes

March 10, 2014 - Delaware to hold public hearings on summer flounder and sea bass

March 10, 2014 - Fish Habitat Legislation Introduced In U.S. Senate

March 10, 2014 - DNREC reminds anglers to purchase 2014 fishing licenses

March 10, 2014 - MD Sets 2014 Flounder Regulations

February 26, 2014 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Schedules Conference Call for March 13 (10 AM) to Consider Approval of State and Regional Management Proposals

February 20, 2014 - Public Listening Session on Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning Framework set for Feb. 27 in Lewes

February 7, 2014 - ASMFC 2014 Winter Meeting Press Releases, Summaries and Motions

February 1, 2014 - Mid-Atlantic $500,000 makes major changes

January 24, 2014 - MD DNR Removes 3-rod limit

January 15, 2014 - MSSA - Atlantic Chapter's Next Meeting

January 8, 2014 - 5TH ANNUAL MSSA SALTWATER FISHING EXPO

January 8, 2014 - PUBLIC HEARING DATES SET FOR SUMMER FLOUNDER AND BLACK SEA BASS

January 6, 2014 - OCEAN CITY SHARK TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCES CHANGE

January 1, 2014 - Delaware anglers reminded that recreational black sea bass season

December 20, 2013 - MD Sets 2014 Sea Bass Regulations in State Waters

December 13, 2013 - Addendum Proposes Management Options for the 2014 Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Recreational Fisheries

December 5, 2013 - Highlights of 2013 International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) Meeting

December 2, 2013 - Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Category Fishery: NMFS Adjusts Daily Retention Limit for November - December 2013

November 27, 2013 - LOOK FOR NEXT COASTAL HUNTER

November 26, 2013 - 2014 Chesapeake Bay Striper Quotas Set

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

November 14, 2013 - RFA SAYS TIDE IS TURNING TOWARDS MAGNUSON REFORM

November 11, 2013 - International Assessment Shows Again North Atlantic Swordfish Stock Rebuilt

November 1, 2013 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass Board Initiates Draft Addendum XXIV to Address 2014 Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Recreational Fisheries

October 25, 2013 - Public Hearing on Proposed Blue Crab Regulations

October 25, 2013 - Reduced flounder quota could hurt recreational fishing industry

October 9, 2013 - Bahia Marina Rocktoberfest Striper Tournament Rescheduled

October 1, 2013 - Delaware Announces Special waterfowl and deer hunting days for youth, disabled hunters announced

September 30, 2013 - Indian River North Jetty repair to begin Oct. 2nd

September 25, 2013 - PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS TO 3500 TIDAL FINFISH TO INCLUDE A NEW §3588 ATLANTIC MENHADEN.

September 24, 2013 - PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS TO §3518 BLACK DRUM SIZE LIMIT; POSSESSION LIMIT; LANDING LIMIT; DEALER LIMIT.

July 31, 2013 - NOAA to hold meeting in Ocean Pines to discuss best handling practices

July 24, 2013 - Weigh-in location changed for Ocean Pines Flounder Tournament

July 3, 2013 - Changes made to shark regulations effective August 2nd

June 19, 2013 - NMFS Announces Final 2013 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quotas and Closes Longline Category

June 14, 2013 - From the Annual OC Shark Tournament

June 7, 2013 - Delaware Adjust Minimum Size for Flounder

June 7, 2013 - Delaware recreational crabbers reminded of catch regulations, including turtle excluder

May 31, 2013 - National Fishing Week starts; anglers invited to fish for free in Delaware waters June 8 & 9

May 29, 2013 - New artificial bait could reduce number of horseshoe crabs used to catch eel and whelk

May 29, 2013 - ASMFC Approves Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Black Drum

May 28, 2013 - ASMFC Winter Flounder Board Approves Addendum III

May 20, 2013 - MARYLAND WITHDRAWLS FINAL PROPOSAL TO TAKE TAUTOG TO 15-INCHES

May 19, 2013 - MD & FEDS SET BLACK SEA BASS REGULATIONS

May 16, 2013 - NMFS ADJUSTS BLUEFIN TUNA REGULATIONS

May 2, 2013 - NMFS Proposes Rule on Shark Conservation Act of 2010

May 1, 2013 - NMFS Will Host a Public Conference Call to Discuss Updating the Atlantic HMS Recreational Fishing Action Agenda

May 1, 2013 - MD DNR looking to fill vacancies on the Tidal Fisheries Advisory Commission and Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission

April 25, 2013 - MSSA and Youth Angler Club Welcome Lenny Rudow

April 24, 2013 - MD Fisheries to hold meetings on blue crab regulations

April 24, 2013 - NMFS Preparing Statement for Shark Management

April 24, 2013 - DNR Sets a May 10 Striped Bass Commercial Control Date for Quota Allocation

April 24, 2013 - MAFMC Meeting Minutes

April 24, 2013 - 30th Annual Championship on the Bay

April 24, 2013 - Annual Reef Foundation Dinner - May 15th

April 24, 2013 - Atlantic Highly Migratory Species News - Sharks

April 18, 2013 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Approves Addendum XXIV New York & New Jersey May Modify Regulations to Access Additional Fish

April 10, 2013 - Strictly Boaters Boat Show, May 3rd, 4th & 5th

April 10, 2013 - NMFS Announces Proposed 2013 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quotas

April 8, 2013 - No Striped Bass in Nanticoke River during Spawning Season

April 4, 2013 - NOAA seeks comments on Billfish Conservation Act

April 4, 2013 - DE Anglers reminded that harvesting river herring is prohibited

April 4, 2013 - NOAA seeks public input on placing scalloped hammerheads on Endangered Species list

April 3, 2013 - Public invited to listen in on meeting about Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP)

April 1, 2013 - NMFS Adjusts Bluefin Tuna Regulations

March 26, 2013 - Menhaden Management Update

March 25, 2013 - NOAA looking at alternatives to enhance swordfish fishery

March 25, 2013 - Maryland Sets 2013 Flounder Regulations

March 22, 2013 - Ocean City Fishing Community Mourns the Loss of a Legend

March 22, 2013 - States to Hold Hearings on Draft Black Drum FMP

March 20, 2013 - Delaware Schedules Hearing on Draft of Black Drum Fishery Management Plan

March 20, 2013 - Delaware Advisory Council on Tidal Finfisheries Agenda

March 15, 2013 - DNREC to hold March 21 public hearing on proposed summer flounder regulation changes; public comment period is open until April 5

March 15, 2013 - DNREC to hold public hearing March 21 on proposed invasive finfish regulations; public comment period open until April 5

March 14, 2013 - ASMFC Releases Summer Flounder Draft Addendum XXIV for Public Comment

March 13, 2013 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Schedules Conference Call for March 15 at 2 PM to Consider Approval of Northern Region Regulations for the 2013 Black Sea Bass Recreational Fishery

March 1, 2013 - LOOKING FOR A COPY OF THE COASTAL FISHERMAN WINTER EDITION?

February 23, 2013 - GOOD NEWS FOR SEA BASS FISHING IN DELAWARE, MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA!!!

February 21, 2013 - MARYLAND PROPOSES 2013 FLOUNDER REGULATIONS

February 21, 2013 - DELAWARE TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS ON PROPOSED FLOUNDER REGULATIONS

February 21, 2013 - BILL TO BE VOTED ON TO INCREASE MARYLAND FISHING LICENSE FEES BY $10

February 20, 2013 - NMFS RECONSIDERING PROPOSED DUSKY SHARK MEASURES

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Fishing Report

12.20.14 5:22 pm

by Larry Jock

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2014

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.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014

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.


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2014

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.


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2014

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.


MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2014

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.


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2014

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


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2014

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.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2014

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.


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2014

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:

ROCKFISH
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


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2014

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:

ROCKFISH
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

BLUEFISH
*No bluefish were weighed today.


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2014

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.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014

*** 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.


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2014

11:30 AM - Anglers have been catching stripers at Overfalls Shoal, but mostly fish too short to keep.

The best bite has been in the ocean between the Indian River Inlet and Sea Colony. Nice, big fish mainly caught on the troll between 2 and 2.5 miles off the beach.

Not much going on in the Indian River Inlet.

I haven't been able to verify the drone rumor. Feds did have helicopters circling boats that were fishing outside the 3-mile line. I guess out country has more money than I thought.


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2014

10:24 AM - Capt. Brian on the "Little Angler II" reported having 7 nice stripers in the box after running across a "huge" baitball, north of Sea Colony, 2.5 miles off the beach. Their smallest fish measured 33 inches and their largest measured 47 inches. Capt. Brian is trolling mojo rigs in 50-degree water.

9:37 PM - Sounds like there was a good striper bite off Sea Colony (Bethany Beach) and points north. Nice fish caught on the troll.

Heard a rumor today that an angler got caught by a drone, fishing outside 3 miles and the feds showed up at his door with pictures. I will try to track down the validity of the rumor tomorrow.


MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2014

Gordy Kautz and Jimmy Long caught their limit of stripers south of the OC Inlet by the Sliver. Largest fish measured 38-inches. Trolling mojo's.

Mike Hastings caught a 37-inch striper while fishing off Assateague Island.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 31, 2014

I wish I could update the report more often, but quite honestly, either there hasn't been anything to report or the wind has been too strong to even get out.

The good news is that the stripers are definitely here and water temperatures are still hovering around 50-degrees, so there is plenty of fishing time left. We usually see them stick around until the water reaches 40-degrees, and then they become scarce or gone.

Anglers were able to get out on Saturday and Sunday. Fish were caught on the troll inside the 3-miles up and down the line. Stripers are being caught north of the Inlet, up to Bethany Beach (Sea Colony), and continue to be caught south of the inlet (down by the Sliver) as well.

The Lewes Harbour Marina Striper Tournament ran from October 25th to November 25th. Joe said that not as many fish were weighed this year. The winner was a 44.8 pounder caught at Overfalls Shoal in early November.

Sea bass fishing continues to be good on offshore structure. The Radford wreck was a good spot for knotheads recently. The "Angler" had a good day on Saturday with many sea bass limits and bluefish up to 12 lbs. Fish were caught on Diamond jigs and squid.

Tautog season closes in Maryland until January 1st. Still open in Delaware.




WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014

Just a miserable day in Ocean City today. It should take a few days for the waters to settle down after this storm.

They are still slamming striped bass in South Jersey, so we should have batches of big fish moving our way. Just a matter of being able to get to them.

Tautog fishing has been a little slow around the South Jetty and along the rock off Martha's Landing. A lot of throwbacks.

The big news today was the Ocean City Shark Tournament announcing that they will no longer hold the tournament. According to the organizers, the bad weather and changes in the fishery over the last couple of years "critically hurt attendence and financial reserves". This is unfortunate, but understandable. For 34 years the organizers worked hard to put on a good tournament and it is a shame that it has to end.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014

Windy day today. Big stripers were caught over the weekend. Most of the action was south of the Ocean City Inlet. Good bird activity north, but no fish.

Looks like white is the color of choice on trolling lures right now.


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2014

Well, it looks like we are starting to see the start of our striper season off the coast of Ocean City, I think some fish have already skirted us by, probably out around 10 miles, since the first batch has arrived in Virginia.

There was a ton of bird activity north of the Inlet, especially off the Pyramid hotel and further north, but not many people found fish.

Earlier this week, some stripers were caught by anglers fishing at the mouth of the Ocean City Inlet. Fish continue to be caught around the Rt. 50 Bridge. A nice 41-incher was caught during the week.

Capt. Monty on the headboat, "Morning Star" said that sea bass fishing today was excellent with many fishermen catching their limit. They even had a junior angler catch an 8.5 lb. flounder while jigging.

Jimmy Giles, Dale Withers and Al Rittmeyer returned with 6 nice size stripers after trolling south of the Ocean City Inlet. Largest fish weighed 42 lbs.



TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2014

We haven't been ignoring the report, there just hasn't been much to write about. Stripers are still being caught around the Rt. 50 Bridge, but the stripers migrating down the coast either haven't arrived yet or are too far off the beach to chase. Looks like the season is just running late this year.

My source in New Jersey reported that those between Atlantic City and Cape May have just gotten into big stripers, so they are moving our way. I wouldn't be surprised if this weekend sees some fish being caught off the coast.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2014

Capt. Chris on the headboat "Angler" reported a good day of sea bass fishing with almost everyone catching their limit. Their largest knothead weighed just over 4 lbs. They also had bluefish up to 12 lbs.

Sounds like the striper bite around Overfalls Shoal has petered out a bit. Capt. Amanda at Lewes Harbour Marina said that they are only seeing a few come in each day.

Capt. Bert at Hook'em & Cook'em at the Indian River Marina reported all the short stripers you wanted to catch in the Indian River Inlet and from the beach outside the Inlet. Anglers fishing from the beach in Cape May experienced this same type of action a week ago so it looks like it may be the same batch.

Tautog are being caught along the rocks off Martha's Landing and by anglers fishing from the Indian River Jetty.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2014

Had some buddies go searching over the weekend for migrating stripers, but had no luck. Went as far north as the Pyramid.

Capt. Kane Bounds on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" reported a boat limit of sea bass, 10 nice size bluefish (up to 15 lbs.), 6 tautog up to 6 lbs. and 5 triggerfish. They were fishing with squid and green crabs near the Old Grounds.

I had pictures sent to me by anglers out of Lewes, DE and it looks like some quality linesiders were caught at Overfalls Shoal.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2014

Here we go!!! Migrating stripers showed up at the mouth of the Delaware Bay yesterday. Nice size fish. Pushing 35 lbs.

A good size 48-inch striper was caught off Assateague Island and anglers have reported schools of bluefish just off the beach.

8:00 PM - The striper bite out of Lewes was a little slow today. A few fish were caught at Overfalls Shoal, and they were big. Not much happening yet in the Indian River Inlet. Locally, the striper bite has been good around the Rt. 50 Bridge. Better at night. Just north of the bridge has produced some nice fish.

Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported in that sea bass fishing has been good with some boat limits recorded recently. They are seeing a mix of sea bass, triggerfish and even a few flounder.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2014

After taking some needed time off, we are back in action with our fishing reports, so stay tuned.

Stripers are moving in and out of the bay. The best bite is definitely at night, but you really have to be patient and pick through the shorts to get your keeper (1 out of 20). Eels are definitely the hot bait right now and the incoming tide has been the best time to go. The deeper hole just north of the Rt. 50 Bridge has been a good spot to drop your eel for a keeper.

The striper bite has been slow during the day, but the water temperature has dropped significantly in the last week, all the way down to between 51 and 56-degrees.

The tautog bite has been very good at the South Jetty for anglers dropping green crabs and sand fleas. If you have your choice, go with the green crabs.

Flounder fishing is still pretty good in the Fish Bowl. The Fish Bowl is located between the East and West Channels, north of the Rt. 50 Bridge.

Big schools of bluefish are being found by anglers trolling along the beach.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014

11:00 AM - Charter boat, "Lucky Break" had 3 stripers and a big bluefish, all caught on eels. The stripers were hooked by the South Jetty and the 13 lb. 1 oz. bluefish was caught by the Rt. 50 Bridge.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2014

The Bahia Marina Rocktoberfest tournament ended today. Lines were in at 4pm yesterday and out at 4pm today. The

Here are the final standings:

Rockfish Division:
1st - Hugh Cropper - 15 lbs. 11 oz. - $1,870 (caught at Rt. 50 Bridge on spot)
2nd - Chris Hall - 13 lbs. 14 oz. - $1,025 (caught at Rt. 50 Bridge on eel)
3rd - Mike Schirmer - 12 lbs. 5 oz. - $705 (caught at South Jetty on curltail)

Bluefish Division:
1st - Myra Cropper - 7 lbs. 4 oz. - $287 (caught at Rt. 50 Bridge on spot)

Tautog Division:
1st - Owen Collins - 3 lbs. 7 oz. - $287 (caught at South Jetty on green crab)

Flounder Division:
1st - Kevin Stoltzfus - 5 lbs. 2 oz. - $287 (caught at South Jetty on spot)

Open Division:

1st - Scott Stoltzfus - 23.1 lb. ray - $287 (caught in Inlet on sand flea)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014

Devin Wiley emailed in to report that they boated a 220 lb. bigeye tuna, a 77 lb. yellowfin and a 14 lb. mahi in the Wilmington Canyon on the troll.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

Steve and Selina Fink caught 6 keeper flounder on cut bait by the Rt. 90 Bridge.

Charter boat, "Fish Bound" was south of the Jackspot and ended up with a boat limit of 24 flounder. All were caught on Gulp! artificial baits and cut bluefish.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014

NOTICE: The Mid-Atlantic Marine Fisheries Committee will be holding public comment meetings on the managment plans for summer flounder. There are no specific recommendations for changes to the management plan. Every so often they need to go through the entire plan to see if any changes need to be made. In addition to size and creel, the allocation between recreational and commercial anglers is on the table. Also sounds like New York is looking for additional fish.

Our local meetings will be:

Thursday, October 2nd
Ocean Pines Library
6pm - 8pm

Monday, October 6th
DNREC Auditorium
Dover, DE
6pm - 8pm

Although there is nothing specific on the table, it is an important meeting to attend if you have any interest in summer flounder regulations.

"Three J'S" were south of the Washington Canyon when they caught 5 longfin tuna.

Charter boat, "Boss Hogg" caught 40 dolphin and 25 tile fish in the Washington Canyon.

Charter boat, "Marli" caught 60 dolphin in the Washington Canyon.

"Restless Lady" returned from the Washington Canyon with a 267 lb. bigeye tuna and a 300 lb. mako shark.

"Thrillseeker" had 23 mahi (170 lbs.) and a 45 lb. longfin in the Poor Man's Canyon.

Up in Delaware, Dave Walker caught a new Delaware state record sheepshead, weighing 17.1 lbs., while fishing on a Delaware reef site. The previous record was 15 lbs. 11 oz., caught in 2012.


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2014

Another nice day in OC.

Although the season doesn't reopen until October 18th, it sounds like sea bass bite are snapping on ocean structure right now. Anglers are having trouble getting their baits to the bottom for flounder fishing.

The area north of the Rt. 50 Bridge, between the East and West Channels is still the hot spot for catching flounder. When the fish are snapping, it's a nice there because there aren't any snags. A lot of local anglers fished that location again today.

Charter boat, "Get Sum" has had some really good trips lately and they had another one this morning. They had 9 keepers while fishing north of the Rt. 50 Bridge. All on Gulp! Swimming Mullets.

Charter boat, "No Quarter" had 29 dolphin in the Washington Canyon.

Charter boat, "Marli" caught 57 dolphin in the Washington Canyon.

Charter boat, "Boss Hogg" had a bigeye tuna and 60 dolphin in the Washington Canyon.

Charter boat, "Spring Mix II" had 33 dolphin in the Washington Canyon.

Lawson Sharp caught his first white marlin in 73-degree water north of the Poor Man's while fishing on the "Got Fish Too".

Nick Parr caught and released a 51-inch red drum while fishing off Assateague Island during the incoming tide. Fish hit a whiting head.

"Canyon Pearl" had a 69 lb. wahoo in the Washington Canyon.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2014

Beautiful day today.

Charter boat, "Get Sum" tore it up again this morning with 12 keeper flounder while fishing north of the Rt. 50 Bridge. Capt. Nick said that the fish are really snapping on Gulp! Swimming Mullets.

Jeff Kellner of Arnold MD caught a 22.5” sheepshead off the North jetty while using live sandfleas for bait.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

Water in the bay was very cloudy, but it sounds like the flounder bite was pretty good this morning. When I talked to Capt. Nick Clemente on the charter boat, "Get Sum" this morning he had 8 flatties in the boat while fishing in the Fishbowl, north of the Rt. 50 Bridge.

Randy Welsh stopped by the office this morning to have his picture taken with the 25-inch flounder he caught while fishing off the Rt. 50 Bridge. He was tossing a live spot in the West Channel. The fish weighed 6 lbs. 9 oz.

3:45 PM - Charter boat, "Get Sum" had 13 keepers in the box while fishing north of the Rt. 50 Bridge. Fish ranged between 16.5 and 19-inches.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

Charter boat, "Fish Bound" had 5 anglers on board today and the group ended up with 28 flounder and some bluefish at the Old Grounds. They used squid, bluefish and Gulp! for bait.


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014

Headboat, "Morning Star" returned with a great catch of sea bass this afternoon.

Charter boat, "Fish Bound" had 32 flounder and 28 sea bass during a trip to the Jackspot. Fish were caught on strips of mackerel, squid and Gulp!

Snapper bluefish and small striped bass are being caught in the surf. Around the South Jetty, anglers are catching tautog and some sheepshead.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

Matt Vickers sent in a picture of a large red drum he caught while kayaking 300 off the beach on Assateague Island. Matt estimated at 45-inches.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

"D.A.Sea" released 20 white marling and a blue marlin during an overnight trip to the Norfolk Canyon.

Charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" caught 43 dolphin and released a white marlin in the Poorman's Canyon.

Charter boat, "Boss Hogg" caught 40 dolphin in the Poorman's Canyon.

Charter boat, "Billfisher" released 11 white marlin and a blue marlin in the Norfolk Canyon.

Charter boat, "Marli" released 9 white marlin in the Norfolk Canyon.

Charter boat, "Espadon" released 9 white marlin in the Norfolk.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

Charter boat, "Marli" released 8 white marlin and caught 6 dolphin in the Washington Canyon
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"Reel Joy" released 12 white marlin in the Norfolk Canyon.

Charter boat, "Billfisher" continues to tear it up, releasing 20 white marlin in the Norfolk Canyon.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

Charter boat, "Get Sum" had 8 keeper flounder this morning in the East Channel.

Charter boat, "Reel Chaos" had an incredible 27 white marlin releases in the Norfolk Canyon and they left them biting!

Charter boat, "Billfisher" released an amazing 31 white marlin in the Norfolk Canyon.

Charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" had 33 dolphin in the Poor Man's Canyon.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014

Charter boat, "Fish Bound" had a great day with 38 triggerfish and a boat limit of 32 flounder with 8 flatties over 5 lbs. The largest flounder weighed 9 lbs. 6 oz. All of the fish were caught around the Jackspot on squid and mackerel.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

Headboat, "Bay Bee" had 8 keepers up to 25-inches while drifting in the East Channel.

Charter boat, "Fish Bound" had 28 flounder and some triggerfish while fishing on ocean structure in 90 feet of water.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

"Foolish Pleasures" returned from the Norfolk Canyon with 6 yellowfins and 5 mahi. All were caught on a greenstick and spreader bars.

Charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" went to the Poormans and released 2 white marlin.

Charter boat, "Marli" fished in the Washington and caught 10 dolphin in addition to releasing a white marlin.

"Reel Joy" released 2 white marlin and a blue marlin in the Washignton Canyon.

Charter boat, "No Quarter" caught 2 dolphin and released a white marlin in the Washington Canyon.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

Forecast is for rough seas. The Marlin Club cancelled the first day of the Challenge Cup which pits the Ocean City Marlin Club against the Cape May Tuna & Marlin Club. This turns the tournament into a 1 day shoot-out tomorrow.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

Maryland extended the sea bass season through September 21st. See Breaking News section for details.

Today is the Ocean City Fishing Center Spot Tournament. Lines in at 5:00 PM and lines out at 7:00 PM. All action takes place at the docks of the Ocean City Fishing Center.

Today's offshore foreceast = W TO NW WINDS 5 TO 15 KT...BECOMING W TO SW 10 TO 20 KT
LATE. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT.

Reports came in that the seas were rough as a cobb!!!!!

6:16 PM - Charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" went to the Washington Canyon and released 2 white marlin.

Charter boat, "White Lightening" fished north of the Washington Canyon and caught 15 dolphin and released 1 white marlin.

Charter boat, "Reel Chaos" also fished in the Washington Canyon and caught 9 dolphin and released a white marlin.

Charter boat, "No Quarter" fished at the Rock Pile and caught 32 dolphin and released 2 white marlin.

"Reel Joy" released 2 white marlin in the Washington Canyon.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

Bad weather

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

Bad weather

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014

Bad weather

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2014

A little windy around OC today. Bay boats are fishing. Most are probably in the Bahia Marina Flounder Pounder.

Charter boat, "Foolish Pleasures" returned from an overnight trip to the Wilmington Canyon with a couple of bigeyes weighing 160 lbs. and 180 lbs. They also had a white marlin release and 4 dolphin.

Charter boat, "Reel Chaos" caught 25 dolphin in the Baltimore Canyon.

Charter boat, "No Quarter" caught 12 dolphin and released 2 white marlin in the Poorman's.

Charter boat, "Moore Bills" had a white marlin released and caught a 42 lb. dolphin in the Poor Man's.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2014

Headboat, "Morning Star" returned with


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