November 5, 2015 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board Revises 2016 Black Sea Bass Specifications & Initiates Draft Addendum for Regional Management of 2016 Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Recreational Fisheries
October 13, 2015 - Auctions of low-digit surf-fishing tags by DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation start Oct. 15 Sales of new plates authorized by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Markell will benefit Delaware State Parks
April 16, 2015 - Delaware Office of Boating Safety and Education encourages boaters to prepare for season by taking a boating safety course NASBLA’s ‘Spring Aboard’ campaign: Great days on the water start with boating safety education
April 1, 2015 - Court Rules Navy Training in Pacific Violates Laws Meant to Protect Whales, Sea Turtles Federal Judge Says Feds Wrongly Approved Plan Allowing Whales, Dolphins, Other Wildlife to be Harmed Nearly 10 Million Times
April 1, 2015 - Wicomico Bass Club Sponsors 5th Annual Tournament to Help USMC Toys for Tots and Get More Kids Fishing; Includes Two Free Bass-Fishing Clinics, Raffle Prizes, and a Post-Tournament BBQ
February 23, 2015 - REMINDER: DE Division of Fish & Wildlife to hold Feb. 23 public hearing on options to reduce recreational striped bass harvest All Atlantic states required to reduce harvest by 25 percent
February 5, 2015 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Continues Summer Flounder Recreational Regional Management for 2015 & Approves State Plans for 2015 Recreational Black Sea Bass & Scup Fisheries
November 19, 2014 - Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife announces required reductions in 2015 striped bass recreational and commercial harvest Recreational options under review; public hearing to be scheduled in early 2015
March 13, 2013 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Schedules Conference Call for March 15 at 2 PM to Consider Approval of Northern Region Regulations for the 2013 Black Sea Bass Recreational Fishery
11.23.15 1:08 pm
by Larry Jock
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MONDAY, November 23, 2015
Sea bass fishing has been excellent. Capt. Monty on the headboat, "Morning Star" is heading out tomorrow (Tuesday), Wednesday and Friday this week. He has room on the rail, so you can give him a call at 410 520 2076 to reserve your spot on the rail.
I spoke to Joe Morris at Lewes Harbour Marina and he took his first 2 striper pictures of the Fall over the weekend when anglers came in with a pair caught between the 8's and Overfalls Shoal. Joe felt that more fish would have been caught over the weekend and this morning if the weather wasn't so bad. This morning, air temps were in the low-30's and the wind was blowing 30. Not a good combination.
I would be surprised if trollers don't catch some stripers off the coast of Delaware this Thanksgiving weekend. I will be giving it a go on Friday, weather permitting. Right now, the weather looks promising from Tuesday through Friday:
Tuesday - WSW - 5 mph
Wednesday - NE - 4 mph
Thursday - SE - 5 mph
Friday - South - 5 mph
SUNDAY, November 22, 2015
Crappy day today in Ocean City. Rainy... damp... windy.
Capt. Wes Pollitt on the "Haulin' n Ballin'" took a group up to waters off Cape May, NJ and ended up with their limit of 7 stripers up to 40 lbs. All were caught under diving birds in 25 minutes while trolling Stretch's and Mojo's.
I checked with Joe Morris up at Lewes Harbour Marina on Friday and he said that he hadn't taken a picture of a striper all fall. Striper fishing was so bad that they moved the ending date of the Lewes Harbour Marina Striper Tournament. Usually this time of year, the boys are slamming the linesiders hard at the Cape May Rips. Not this year. From what I can tell, striper fishing is 1-2 weeks behind, and probably closer to 2 weeks. Off Ocean City, we usually start getting into them good the week before Thanksgiving and it looks like we won't see them in any numbers for at least another week. Stay tuned!
Small stripers are being caught around both bridges with an occassional keeper thrown in.
When you can get out, sea bass fishing is very good right now on ocean reefs and wrecks. You can even pick-up flounder on ocean structure as close as 8 miles from shore.
Tautog are still being picked at along the rocks off Martha's Landing (West Channel, south of the opening to the Ocean City Fishing Center). I'm guessing that tog fishing off the Rt. 50 Bridge is also pretty good right now based on the number of anglers out in the crappy weather today. Has to be good for folks to be out today.
I did get a report from an angler who said that he caught a 17-inch tautog while fishing off the 2nd Street Bulkhead yesterday. Used crabs for bait.
WEDNESDAY, November 18, 2015
Although most anglers have their eye to the north, waiting for the massive schools of striped bass to cruise off our coast, small stripers are being caught around the Rt. 50 and Rt. 90 Bridges, BUT there are also some keepers mixed in as well. Bucktails,
Tog are being caught along the rocks. Just like the stripers, you have to wade through the small ones to get your keepers, but they are there to be caught while fishing with crabs.
Anglers are also catching good size flounder off the coast in 70-80 feet of water by slow trolling mojo rigs with short trailer bucktails tipped with long strip baits.
TUESDAY, November 17, 2015
Yesterday, Luis Mispireta caught a new pending DE State Record bluefish, measuring a whopping 43-inches and weighing 24.8 lbs. The fish was caught on a butterfly jig at the Del-Jersey Land Reef Site while fishing on the charter boat, "Katydid". The current DE state record bluefish was caught in 1980 and weighed 212 lbs. 15 oz.
Well, the first migrating striper reported caught off our coast came in yesterday when Dustin Dukes on the "Hellbent" caught a 48-inch, 44 lb. striper while trolling a Stretch 25 off Sea Colony in DE. Joining Dustin was Mike Johnston and John Speeze.
MONDAY, November 16, 2015
Ocean was flat as a lake today. Water temp is hovering around 58-degrees. Stripers are still in mid-Jersey. We usually have them off our coast this week, but maybe things are running a little behind due to the warm weather.
Small tautog are being caught in the bay around the South Jetty and along the rocks off Martha's Landing (between Ocean City Fishing Center and the Commercial Harbor). A few keepers are mixed in, but scarce.
Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported everyone catching their limit of sea bass today with fish up to 4 lbs. Ken Yuen caught his limit of flounder up to 30-inches and 10 lbs. 1 oz. Fish were caught on an ocean wreck.
SUNDAY, November 15, 2015
Harry Leininger caught a 50-inch, 48.4 lb. striper today while trolling a Stretch 25 off Bethany Beach. Harry was fishing with Eric Ludwig on the "Hook & Cook".
SATURDAY, November 14, 2015
Looks like stripers are being found from Monmouth County, NJ down to the north end of Ocean City, NJ. Could be 1-2 weeks away from us... less for those fishing the mouth of the DE Bay.
FRIDAY, November 13, 2015
John Ragowitz on the "Hellbent" caught a 32-inch striper at the South Jetty on a live eel.
TUESDAY, November 10, 2015
At least one striper was caught in the Inlet this morning by an angler tossing bucktails.
MONDAY, November 9, 2015
Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported good sea bass fishing on ocean structure made even better by excellent bluefish action with fish up to 16 lbs.
FRIDAY, November 6, 2015
Carl Kylen caught and releaed a 45-inch, 42 lb. striped bass while fishing with live bait at Hen and Chickens Shoals oin the Delaware side at the mouth of the Delaware Bay.
THURSDAY, November 5, 2015
Head boat "Morning Star" had good sea bass fishing today with several limits around the rail. The also decked a couple big flounder during the trip. Largest measured 28 inches.
Charter boat, "Fish Bound" had 90 sea bass and 20 tog while fishing on ocean structure.
Reports came in today that stripers sre being caught in Ocean City, New Jersey. Rumor has it that it is a large group of fish. One was caught on the NJ side of the DE Bay that weighed 55 lbs.
WEDNESDAY, November 4, 2015
Capt. Monty Hawkins reported that yesterday the spent part of their day dropping 110 lb. concrete blocks at an artificial reef. The blocks, totalling 5,000 lbs., were dropped at "Mr. G's Parkside Reef", part of the Kelly's Reef group. In addition to the concrete blocks, units created by the Parkside High School welding class were also dropped. Special thanks to Capt. Monty and his crew for this voluteer effort. A great way to thank Capt. Monty Hawkins and his crew would be through a membershop to the Ocean City Reef Foundation. The work this group is quietly doing is creating the future of inshore fishing off the Ocean City coast. Coast is only $50 and you get a copy of their reef charts for the entire system. For more info, go to their website at ocreeffoundation.com.
For those looking to fish over on the Chesapeake, Eric Mihaly reported in that he, along with John Thibodeau, fished near Buoy 83A, 5 miles below the Bay Bridge and hooked a load of stripers on light tackle. Three largest measured 24, 28 and 30 inches.
Charter boat, "Fish Bound" returned with a boat limit of 120 sea bass and a couple of dozen bluefish (4-5 lbs.) after fishing this morning around the Delaware Lightship with squid and Gulp!.
J.L. Cropper showed Hugh Cropper and Jimbo Farlow how it is done by capturing a 27-inch, 7 lb. 10 oz. flounder while fishing on the "Myra HT" at the San Gil wreck. J.L. caught the flatty on a Gulp! and strip bait combination.
On Monday night, the "Reel Chaos" took an overnight trip to the Washington Canyon and returned with sea bass, blueline tilefish, mahi and a yellowfin tuna.
TUESDAY, November 3, 2015
I heard back from Bob Pino who got into bluefish on Fenwick Shoal on Saturday (see report below). He said that they were in the 3 to 4 lb. range and they caught them while jigging bucktails.
Capt. Monty Hawkins called in yesterday to report several sea bass limits around the rail (15 per person) and even a few flounder caught on ocean structure.
Keith Fraser from AllTackle.com ventured out to the Baltimore Canyon on Sunday and the anglers caught a nice size wahoo that measured 65-inches and weighed 78 lbs. The fish ate a pink Bluewater Candy Jag in front of a horse ballyhoo and was caught by Kurt Fraser.
SUNDAY, November 1, 2015
Looks like we may be at the start of the next phase of fishing. Tautog have been being caught around the South Jetty and in the West Channal along the rocks just south of Gudelsky Park.
Today, Bob and Chris Pino took a trip out to Fenwick Shoal yesterday and had a blast catching bluefish. Not sure what size they were or what they caught them on. I will contact them to get the info. If these are the nice choppers we saw in the spring, then not only will it be exciting to fish for them, but it means that the striped bass are not too far behind. Off the Delaware and Marland coast, the striper action usually heats up around the week before Thanksgiving. Time to get the mojo's rigged up!
Brandon Steinheis went out for an overnight trip to the Baltimore Canyon and caught a night time swordfish on the "Bonnie Lynn".
The Lewes Harbour Marina Tautog Tournament ended and here are top 3:
1st - Charlie Breitenbach - 10.42 lbs. - caught on Asian crab at The Wall
2nd - Randy Jensen - 9.9 lbs. - Outer Wall
3rd - Robert Faries - 8.7 lbs. - The Wall
TUESDAY, October 28, 2015
Small stripers are still being caught around the bridges. Tautog are being caught (vast majority are too small) around the rocks off Martha's Landing, just south of Gudelsky Park. You can also find some around the South Jetty.
SATURDAY, October 24, 2015
Charter boat, "Fish Bound" had a group of 6 anglers on board and they ended up with 90 sea bass, 12 keeper flounder and some bluefish. Fish were caught on squid, Gulp! and bunker at a wreck in 70 feet of water. Largest flounder measured 25 1/4 and 25 3/4 inches.
Mike Orchulli reported that they had a good day drifting in the Fish Bowl. They caught 24 short flounder and a pair of keepers measuring 16 1/2 and 22-inches. The largest weighed 4.5 lbs. All caught on frozen shiners and squid strips.
"Jezebel" ventured out to the San Gil and ended up with 120 sea bass.
FRIDAY, October 23, 2015
Well I have some bad news. I contacted the MD DNR to see what the status of the 1 striped bass per person regulation was going to be, since the 1 year anniversary is January 1st. The reduction WILL continue and according to the ASMFC, who I also contacted to verify the MD DNR claim, the reduction "will continue indefinitely". Ugh!
Remember, this is the regulation that was put into place because, according to their surveys (and we know how accurate they are), the population of the striped bass spawning stock is low. All the other indices are fine,including the 2015 Junenile Index which was the 8th best in history, but this one is low so they cut the quotas in half.
Only our democratic, tree hugging government would pull off this type of irresponsible fisheries management. Hopefully, we will see some change in 2016 (hey, I can hope at least).
THURSDAY, October 22, 2015
Steve Tratner reported good bluefish action in the Inlet this afternoon.
Charter boat "Fish Bound" had 118 sea bass, 1 flounder and 4 triggerfish, all on squid.
Headboat "Angler" had some sea bass limits around the rail today with knotheads up to 4 lbs. one angler also caught his limit of 3 flounder.
WEDNESDAY, October 21, 2015
Eric Sexton fished in the East Channel and in the Fishbowl today and hooked 10 flounder but none large enough to keep. Water temp was 56-60 degrees during the incoming tide.
TUESDAY, October 20, 2015
Jim Thompson was fishing from the beach in Delaware when he caught a 7 lb. false albacore tuna on a MirrOlure.
SUNDAY, October 18, 2015
Yesterday was a better day for flounder fishing in the bay. Keepers were caught in the East Channel and down behind Assateague Island.
Short stripers, with an occasional keeper mixed in, are being caught around the bridges.
Haven't heard much about a bite off the beach.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Charter boat, "Marli" went to the Norfolk Canyon and ended up with 4 yellowfins and a pair of wahoo. All on the troll. Capt. Mark reported water temps at 67-degrees when he broke the Inlet and found water up to 77-degrees in the canyon.
THURSDAY, October 15, 2015
John Wooldridge reported that he and his grandson, Grayson, have been fishing during the evening at the Rt. 90 Bridge on the St. Martin River and have been catching small bluefish and short stripers. Largest striper measured 23-inches. Bite was around 5pm. All were caught on trolled plugs.
TUESDAY, October 13, 2015
I just realized I never posted the final results of the Bahia Marina Rocktoberfest Tournament. Unfortunately, no rockfish were caught. Here are the final results:
Open - Rob Tobias - 7 lb. 4 oz. eel - $1,451.08
Flounder - Casey Martin - 1 lb. 2 oz. - $1,451.08
Bluefish - Chris Hall - 3 lbs. 9 oz. - $1,451.08
Tautog - Eamon Gallagher - 3 lbs. 2 oz. - $892.75
MONDAY, October 12, 2015
Doug Coats caught a 31-inch striper on a bucktail yesterday at the Rt. 50 Bridge.
Yellowfins were caught in the Washington Canyon today. Sounds like there were some larger fish, in the 75-80 llb. range.
SUNDAY, October 11, 2015
The 24-hour Bahia Marina Rocktoberfest Tournament comes to a close this afternoon. This year, 62 anglers participated. Stay tuned for the complete results.
Looks like there are a lot of small stripers around the Rt. 50 Bridge and South Jetty. Fish are 18 to 26-inches. Anglers are catching them on live spot, Roy Rigs and bucktails tipped with Gulp!. There are also a few small bluefish mixed in as well as a few keeper size stripers. The incoming tide has been the best.
"Reel Fun" trolled at the Rockpile where they found 73-degree water. Jason Goldberg caught and released his first white marlin after hooking it on a Bluewater Candy. They also caught a small mahi.
FRIDAY, October 9, 2015
There hasn't been much to report lately due to bad weather. A lot of boats took the opportunity to do some boat work while their boat was out of the water.
A couple of days ago, a few boats went to the Washington Canyon. One boat came back with a yellowfin and some small dolphin.
This weekend is the Bahia Marina Rocktoberfest Tournament. Fishing starts tomorrow afternoon and runs until late Sunday afternoon.
THURSDAY, October 8, 2015
"Over Billin" went out to the Washington Canyon and returned with 6 yellowfins totalling 350 lbs. On the troll, they caught 3 small YFT and lost 3 others. While chunking, they caught 3 fish between 75 and 85 obs. and broke off 8 to 12 more. Water temp was 71.5 degrees.
WEDNESDAY, September 30, 2015
Capt. Chris Little called in to report the "Talkin' Trash" caught 10 yellowfins, 1 bigeye, 2 dolphin and a white marlin release. This is probably the last white marlin release of the "official" season that ends October 1st. Congrat's to the "Talkin' Trash" crew!
Charter boat, "Marli" had 19 yellowfins in the Washington Canyon today. Fish were caught on the troll and while chunking.
TUESDAY, September 29, 2015
Looks like tuna fishing in the Washington canyon is alive and well!
Charter boat, "Marli" returned with 18 yellowfins and 9 mahi.
SUNDAY, September 27, 2015
Still windy today.
There was a good bluefish bite at the Rt. 50 Bridge right at sun up this morning. Choppers up to 32-inches.
SATURDAY, September 26, 2015
The wind just won't stop. Today it was blowing exceptionally hard keeping any sane person at the dock.
WEDNESDAY, September 23, 2015
Another windy day on Delmarva. This is supposed to last through the weekend. Should be interesting to see what affect it has on fishing… especially billfishing.
Black sea bass season is closed until October 22nd.
TUESDAY, September 22, 2015
Another windy day on Delmarva.
Reminder… black sea bass season closes today and reopens on October 22nd in federal waters.
SUNDAY, September 20, 2015
Rod Hog Bo and Pat Hurley caught their limit of flounder while fishing just outside Fenwick Shoal. Largest were a pair of 24-inches.
The final results came in for the 75th Annual International Light Tackle Tournament Association tournament in Manteo, NC and Ocean City's Jim Motsko ended the event in 2nd place with a blue marlin, a sailfish and 7 white marlin. Jim tied for 1st place but lost out on the tie-breaker. The team of Jim Motsko, Wayne Six and Tim McGuire came in 2nd place in the Team Division, missing 1st place by only 200 points.
BJ Pietryak, Russ Garufi and Brad Clark caught 3 nice size yellowfins, averaging 70 lbs., while chunking in the Wilmington Canyon.
Rob Eisman and Ian Miles eached released a white marlin while trolling in the Washington Canyon.
Bill Steward released his first white marlin while trolling ballyhoo in 100 fathoms in the Poor Man's Canyon.
Charter boat, "Marli" ventured out to the Washington Canyon and caught 14 yellowfin tuna and released a white marlin.
SATURDAY, September 19, 2015
Looks like the yellowfin bite in the Washington Canyon is producing some large fish on the chunk.
Anglers fishing around the Rt. 50 Bridge are hooking into nice size bluefish (over 10 lbs.) along with short stripers and a lot of lizardfish.
Charter boat, "Marli" had 11 yellowfins in the Washington, all caught on the chunk.
"Muff Diver" went on an overnighter to the Washington Canyon and caught 3 yellowfin and a 260 lb. bigeye tuna.
"Game On" had 6 yellowfins in the Washington Canyon.
"Husevo" had 2 yellowfins and a pair of dolphin in the Washington.
"Game Changer" had 4 yellowfins in the Washington.
Charter boat, "Spring Mix II" caught a couple of 35 lb. yellowfins in the Washington.
Charter boat, "Moore Bills" caught 7 ywllowfins in the Washington.
"Wrecker" had 7 yellowfins in the Washington.
Charter boat, "Last Call" caught dolphin in the Washington.
"Jade II" had dolphin, bluefish, bonita and false albacore.
"Out-Rae-Geous" returned with an 820 lb. blue marlin that expired 90 minutes into the fight. Fish was caught in the Washington Canyon.
Charter boat, "Get Sum" had 11 keeper flounder during their trip to the Bass Grounds.
Charter boat, "Spring Mix II" had a pair of yellowfins, weighing 68 and 70 lbs., caught in the Washington Canyon while chunking.
FRIDAY, September 18, 2015
Slow day for marlin fisherman in the Washington. Looked like the better action was down the road in the Norfolk.
There was a good yellowfin bite for chunkers near the Bigeye Hole in the Washington Canyon. Charter boat, "Marli" had 13 yellowfins on the chunk.
Charter boat, "Boss Hogg" had a bigeye that weighed over 180 lbs.
Tim Romberger caught and released his first white malrin while fishing in the Washington Canyon on the "My Turn" with Doug Jacobs. They also boated a few yellowfins.
The "Stress-Reelief" returned from an overnight trip to the Washington Canyon with a nice catch of 9 yellowfins up to 76 lbs. All were caught on the chunk
THURSDAY, September 17, 2015
"Espadon" released 2 white marlin, 2 blue marlin and caught 2 yellowfin and 12 dolphin in the Washington.
"No Quarter" had 20 yellowfins while chunking in the Washington Canyon.
Charter boat, "Fin Razr" had 9 dolphin in the Washington.
Red drum are being caught at Little Gull Shoal.
Gag grouper continue to be caught around the Rt. 50 Bridge.
"Slack Grabber" got into the sea bass today on the Attwater wreck.
WEDNESDAY, September 16, 2015
The last issue of the season hit the streets today. Keep looking online for our daily fishing reports.
It looks like some larger than average flounder are staging up around the rocks off Martha's Landing. Today, Paul Vreeland boated a 27.5-inch, 8 lb. 15 oz. flattie after hooking it on a live minnow during the incoming tide.
Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported "decent" flounder fishing in the ocean today with some limits around the rail. Fish were caught on squid on natural bottom with the largest weighing 3 lbs. 8 oz.
Charter boat, "Marli" had another great day of mahi fishing, returning with 60 from the Poor Man's Canyon. They also boated a couple or large yellowfins (82 & 86 lbs.) and released 2 white marlin.
Carl Kylen was fishing from the beach in Delaware and landed a false albacore tuna.
Representatives from teh Ocean City Light Tackle Club are down in Manteo, NC for the 75th Annual International Light Tackle Tournament Association tournament and it looks like our anglers are making us proud. Here is where they stand afer the 2nd day of the tournament:
OCLTC Taam #1 - 2nd place - 900 points
OCLTC Team #6 - 5th place - 500 points
OCLTC Team #5 - (tie) 6th place - 400 points
OCLTC Team #4 - (tie) 6th place - 400 points
OCLTC Team #2 - 200 points
OCLTC Team #3 - 200 points
OCLTC Team #7 - 200 points
Angler Jim Motsko caught his first ever grand slam in the tournament. Congratulations, Jim!
SUNDAY, September 13, 2015
Group of spearfishermen took some tautog, sea bass and flounder up to 23 1/2-inches from the Bass Grounds and Great Eastern reefs.
The Bahia Marina Flounder Pounder was held today. Jesse Donahue took 3rd place with a 2 lb. 4 oz. flounder caught in the bay behind 14th Street.
Matt Hanson won 2nd place with a 2 lb. 9 oz. flounder caught in the West Channel by Martha's Landing.
Josh Fallon won 1st place with a 2 lb. 15 oz. flounder caught in the East Channel.
SATURDAY, September 12, 2015
Dave Beach stopped by the office with a 22-inch flounder he caught off the 2nd Street Bulkhead during the incoming tide.
Charter boat, "Marli" continued their assault on mahi in the Poor Man's Canyon, today returning with 32 caught on trolled ballyhoo.
FRIDAY, September 11, 2015
Charter boat "Marli" brought back a load of mahi from between the Poor Man's and Baltimore Canyons. All caught on the troll.
Mike Birmingham stopped by the office to have his picture taken with his limit of 4 flounder caught in the Thorofare on Gulp! and minnows.
"Espadon" releaed a pair of whites and caught 5 dolphin in the Baltimore.
"My Cin" released a white marlin and caught dolphin in the Poor Man's,
THURSDAY, September 10, 2015
Ran into a fellow at Starbucks this morning who said that he was catching sea bass on every catch yesterday while fishing off the North Jetty.
"Seaflame" went 5 for 5 on whitem alrin today in the Baltimore. They also had a box full of dolphin.
Charter boat, "Fish Bound" had a boat limit of 28 flounder, up to 25-inches, while fishing ocean structure.
WEDNESDAY, September 9, 2015
Headboat, "Happy Hooker" returned with 3 keeper flounder after their morning trip. Largest measured 21-inches. Caught at the north end of the East Channel.
Parker Marshall and Tyler Green took a quick trip to Russell's Reef and returned with 4 keeper flounder upt to 22-inches.
"Miss Annie" returned from an overnight trip south of the Norfolk Canyon with 17 white marlin releases and a blue marlin release. They released 11 whites and the blue yesterday and got another 6 white marlin today.
8:07 PM - Anglers on the "Makara" returned from an overnight trip with 1 blue marlin, 17 white marlin, 2 spearfish and a sailfish. They were south of the Norfolk Canyon.
"Little Dudes Revenge" went out to 50 fathoms inside the Baltimore Canyon and found miles of weed lines. They ended up with a 65 lb. wahoo, 15 mahi and went 0/1 on white marlin.
"G-FORCE" released a white marlin in the Baltimore.
Charter boat, "Spring Mix II" fished in the Baltimore today and caught a load of dolphin. The larger dolphin were caught while casting around the lobster balls and the smaller ones were hooked on the troll.
TUESDAY, September 8, 2015
"Slack Grabber" went to the Attwater wreck, outside of Winter Quarter Shoal and caught 28 sea bass up to 2 lbs. 4 oz.
Charter boat, "Marli" released 2 white marlin and caught a load of tilefish and dolphin in the Baltimore.
Charter boat, "Reel Chaos" had a load of dolphin after fishing just south of the Baltimore Canyon.
Scott Kulp on the "G-FORCE" caught a 141 lb. yellowfin in the Baltimore on a skirted ballyhoo.
Charter boat, "Fish Bound" ran to ocean structure and had 32 flounder and a few sea bass. Two largest measured 25-inches. and were just over 6 lbs. FAT!
Headboat "Angler" had some good catches of flounder today with limits of fish around the rail. Largest weighed 4.5 lbs.
Coastal Fisherman columnist, Lance Smith reported in that he caught a pair of flounder and a 28.5-inch striper while drifting around the Rt. 50 Bridge. Flounder measured 20 and 22-inches.
MONDAY, September 7, 2015
J.L. Cropper landed a pair of flounder at the Great Eastern Reef. Her largest weighed 4 lbs. 14 oz. and was caught on a 4-inch Gulp!
Connor Carpenter caught a 20.8 lb. dolphin in 50 fathoms in the Poor Man's.
Most of the boats looking for marlin headed to the Baltimore Canyon today based upon reports out of Cape May, NJ that a boat got 8 whites and a blue marlin there yesterday.
"Billfisher" was up in the Baltimore but headed to the 461 Lump where they released 3 white marlin.
"Reel Joy" had 3 white marlin releases in the Baltimore.
"DA Sea" released 2 white marlin in the Baltimore.
"In the Black" caught a load of dolphin and released a blue marlin in the Baltimore.
"Buckshot" released a white marlin and a blue marlin in the Baltimore.
"Poore Sport" released 4 white marlin in the Baltimore and caught 3 dolphin.
"Reel Chaos" released 5 white marlin and caught 15 dolphin in the Baltimore.
"Wigg One" released a white marlin and caught 24 dolphin in the Baltimore.
"Pumpin' Hard" released 3 white marlin and a spearfish in the Baltimore.
"Grande Pez" went to the Norfolk and released 2 white marlin.
"Boss Hogg" released a sailfish and caught 35 dolphin in the Baltimore.
SUNDAY, September 6, 2015
All quiet today. Some flounder are being caught off the 2nd Street Bulkhead. Offshore, the seas are still too rough to get out, so no boats fished today in the Marlin Club White Marlin Tournament. Final day of the tournament is tomorrow.
SATURDAY, September 5, 2015
Very windy today in Ocean City. We did have three anglers swing by the office with some flounder they caught while fishing from the 2nd Street Bulkhead with live minnows.
Other than that, it was very dead today. No boats fished in the Marlin Club Labor Day White Marlin Tournament. Final 2 days are Sunday and Monday.
FRIDAY, September 4, 2015
There are 30 boats entered in the Ocean City Marlin Club Labor Day Tournament. Last year there were 53 boats in the tourney.
10:45 AM - Nice forecast for today. Weekend forecast is looking dicey. Saturday is east winds, 15 to 25 with 4-6 foot seas. Sunday is east/northeast winds with 5 to 6 foot seas. Monday is east to southeast winds 5 to 15 with 4 to 5 foot seas.
1:46 PM - Sounds like there is a good billfish bite in the Norfolk Canyon, about 100 miles from the Inlet.
Charter boat, "Boss Hogg" returned from near the Rockpile with a good catch of blueline tilefish, sea bass and dolphin. All caught on cut bait.
"Haulin' N Ballin'" had 3 white marlin releases in 100 fathoms below the Norfolk.
8:00 PM - The scales closed on the first day of the 4-day Marlin Club White Marlin Tournament. It was slow, but here is what we saw:
"In the Black" weighed a pair of dolphin (14.4 and 14.8 lbs.)
"DA Sea" had 13 white marlin releases.
"Billfisher" had 7 white marlin releases, 1 spearfish release and a blue marlin release, estimated at 150 lbs.
"First Light" had 5 white marlin releases and a blue marlin release, estimated at 200 lbs.
"Grande Pez" released 6 white marlin.
THURSDAY, September 3, 2015
Yellowfins are being caught in the Washington Canyon. Fish are huge, but at least they are there. Those fishing overnight are having the best luck with the chunk bite.
"Miss Annie" returned from an overnighter in the Washington Canyon with a 170 lb. bigeye tuna, 3 white marlin releases and 8 yellowfins.
Charter boat, "Fish Bound" drifted ocean structure and ended up with 24 flounder up to 23-inches. They also caught a Spanish mackerel and 40 bluefish.
"Ramsi" released a sailfish in 300 fathoms outside the Rockpile.
WEDNESDAY, September 2, 2015
Charter boat, "Fish Bound" had 28 flounder up to 25-inches while fishing on ocean structure.
Tom Adkins caught his limit of flounder while fishing on the headboat, "Angler". Tom's largest weighed 5.25 lbs.
Madison McGinnis, Mason Farr and Parker Britt took their first offshore trip today and caught an 82 lb. wahoo and 11 mahi near the Rockpile. They were fishing on the Salty Sons.
Charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" had 3 white marlin releases and 5 dolphin in the Baltimore.
Charter boat, "Marli" had 3 white marlin releases and 42 dolphin at the Rockpile.
Charter boat, "Fin Razr" had a white marlin release and 10 dolphin in the Poor Man's.
"DA Sea" returned from an overnight trip to the Washington Canyon with 6 white marlin releases and a blue marlin release.
"Irish Ayres" released 8 white marlin in the Washington during an overnight trip.
"Makara" released 6 whites in the Washington during an overnight trip.
"Max bet released 5 whites in the Washington.
"Absolut Pleasure" released 10 white marlin in the Washington.
Congratulations go out to Patty King for releasing her first blue marlin while fishing on the "Fugitive".
TUESDAY, September 1, 2015
The flounder were really snapping on ocean structure today.
The headboat, "Morning Star" returned a little early today because everyone had caught their limit of flounder. Nice fish too. Majority caught on flounder and mahi belly.
Charter boat, "Fish Bound" had a boat limit of 32 flounder after fishing at the Old Grounds.
Headboat, "Angler" reported excellent flounder fishing with most of their customers catching their limit of flatties. Fish weighed up to 5 lbs. Caught at the Old Grounds.
"G-FORCE" returned from an overnighter with a 171 lb. bigeye and 34 dolphin.
Charter boat, "Marli" had 1 white marlin release and 40 dolphin in the Poor Man's.
Charter boat, "White Lightning" released a white marlin and caught 57 dolphin in the Poor Man's.
"Reel Fantasy" released 3 white marlin just south of the Poor Man's.
"Espadon" released 4 white marlin south of the Poor Man's.
"Max Bet" released 6 white marlin between the Poor Man's and Washington Canyons.
MONDAY, August 31, 2015
Capt. Tom Perry put his "No Limits" anglers on the meat today. Steve Zarick caught the first longfin albacore tuna today. Bryan Floyd released a blue marlin and Gene Horlbeck released a white marlin. The crew also caught 40 dolphin. All the action was in 166 fathoms in the Poor Man's.
Charter baot, "Rhonda's Osprey" had 6 white marlin released and a spearfish rele