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April 19, 2017 - Mid-Atlantic Council to Hold Public Hearings for Chub Mackerel Amendment

April 19, 2017 - Joint Council Meeting with ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board in Alexandria, VA: May 10, 2017

April 19, 2017 - Survey Finds Resilient Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Population Number of Spawning-Age Female Crabs up 31 Percent to Historic High

April 18, 2017 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board Conference Call

April 13, 2017 - Additional closure needed to assist beachnesters at the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park

April 11, 2017 - Retention Limit of Commercial Aggregated Large Coastal Shark and Hammerhead Shark Management Groups: Atlantic Region Reduced to 3 Sharks per Trip

April 7, 2017 - NOAA Fisheries Announces an Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel Meeting May 9-11, 2017

April 6, 2017 - U.S. Reps. Graves, Green, Webster, Wittman Champion Federal Saltwater Fisheries Reform

April 5, 2017 - Ocean City Beach Replenishment Scheduled for Fall

April 3, 2017 - Mid-Atlantic Council to Hold Public Hearings for Squid Amendment

April 3, 2017 - Feds mandate circle hooks for shark fishing in 2018

March 29, 2017 - Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General (Commercial) Category Fishery Closing Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March 16, 2017 - Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Fishery: Southern Area Trophy Fishery Closing March 20, 2017

March 15, 2017 - Delaware’s recreational summer flounder size limit to increase to 17 inches effective April 1 Possession limit and season dates unchanged

March 15, 2017 - Applications now being accepted for Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police’s second annual summer Youth Academy Support sought for program for ages 12-15

March 7, 2017 - Coastal Recreational Fisheries Fourm Rescheduled

March 1, 2017 - The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park to close for 2017 beachnesting season

March 1, 2017 - MD sets 2017 flounder regulations

February 28, 2017 - 2017 Black Sea Bass Regulations Finalized

February 28, 2017 - South Jersey Yacht Sales Sold

February 27, 2017 - Big Fish Classics Rules Changes for 2017

February 27, 2017 - Comment period open for proposed changes in cobia regulations

February 7, 2017 - Red Drum Stock Assessment Indicates Overfishing Not Occurring

February 3, 2017 - ASMFC Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board Initiates Development of Draft Addendum V to Consider Liberalizing Management Measures

February 3, 2017 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Approves Regional Management for 2017 Recreational Summer Flounder Fisheries

January 25, 2017 - Atlantic Cobia (Georgia to New York) Recreational Fishing Season is Closed in Federal Waters

December 29, 2016 - Flounder Meeting Scheduled for January 3rd

December 20, 2016 - MD Announces 2017 Striped Bass Regulations

December 20, 2016 - MD Announces 2017 Flounder Regulations

December 20, 2016 - Maryland Closes Sea Bass Fishery January through February 2017

December 6, 2016 - Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to hold Dec. 8 public hearings on changes to interstate management plans for Atlantic menhaden and Jonah crab

November 10, 2016 - States Schedule Hearings on Atlantic Menhaden Draft Amendment 3 Public Information Document

November 2, 2016 - ASMFC South Atlantic Board Releases Cobia PID for Public Comment

October 18, 2016 - Coastal Recreational Fisheries Forum set for Friday, Oct 21st

October 17, 2016 - Sampson Column - Proposed Shark Regulations

September 1, 2016 - Indian River Marina basin maintenance dredging project scheduled to begin Thursday, Sept. 15


August 23, 2016 - WMO withholds prize money for 1st place white marlin

August 18, 2016 - Mid-Atlantic Council and ASMFC Maintain Multi-Year Specifications for Black Sea Bass, Bluefish, and Scup and Modify Summer Flounder Specifications

August 18, 2016 - Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partners Initiate Black Sea Bass Habitat Research Project in the Mid-Atlantic

August 18, 2016 - ASMFC Initiates Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Cobia

August 18, 2016 - ASMFC Coastal Sharks Board Approves Addendum IV to the FMP

August 18, 2016 - ASMFC Atlantic Menhaden Board Approves Addendum I

August 18, 2016 - ASMFC Tautog Board Accepts Regional Assessments for Long Island Sound and New Jersey/New York Bight Management Use

August 11, 2016 - Press Release from The MidAtlantic

June 24, 2016 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report

June 11, 2016 - Stretch of beach at Gordons Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park will close starting Monday, June 13 to safeguard first nest of piping plovers found there this season

May 25, 2016 - DNREC reopens Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier after major repairs

May 25, 2016 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report - May 25, 2016

May 18, 2016 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report - 5-18-16

May 17, 2016 - Grants Available to Aid Maritime Municipalities and Counties Maryland to Preserve and Revitalize Working Waterfronts

May 15, 2016 - Capt. Monty Hawkins report - May 15, 2016

May 6, 2016 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report - 5/6/16

April 25, 2016 - Federal Fishery Management Measures Approved for Blueline Tilefish in the Mid-Atlantic

April 25, 2016 - Pacific bluefin tuna population has dropped 97 percent, new report says

April 25, 2016 - Capt. Monty "Morning Star" Report - 4-25-16

April 25, 2016 - Governor Larry Hogan Announces New Partnership during National Park Week Visit to Assateague. Maryland Park Service to Honor “Every Kid in a Park” Pass

April 20, 2016 - Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Fishery: Recreational Daily Retention Limit Adjustment

April 15, 2016 - Delaware Office of Boating Safety and Education encourages boaters to prepare for season by taking a boating safety course ‘Spring Aboard’ campaign: Great days on the water start with boating safety education

April 12, 2016 - Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Population Shows Improvement Spawning-Age Female Number Nearly Doubles

April 11, 2016 - Monty Hawkins Letter to Secretary of Commerce

April 11, 2016 - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service 2016 Commercial Horseshoe Crab Fishery

April 7, 2016 - Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Fishery: Southern Area Trophy Fishery Closing April 10, 2016

April 7, 2016 - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service Corrected 2016 Commercial Shark Size Limits

April 4, 2016 - Coastal Recreational Fisheries Forum set for April 8th

April 1, 2016 - Hearns Pond dam and boat ramp will close in May for up to a year while replacement structures are built

March 31, 2016 - 12-Month Finding on Petitions to List the Common Thresher Shark and Bigeye Thresher Shark as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act

March 17, 2016 - DNREC Secretary’s Order, following new FDA guidance, halts shellfish harvest in seasonal area on Rehoboth Bay

March 15, 2016 - Mid-Atlantic Coast Taken Off Oil & Gas Development List

March 10, 2016 - Mid-Atlantic Council Solicits Public Input on Blueline Tilefish Management Mid-Atlantic Council Solicits Public Input on Blueline Tilefish Management

March 7, 2016 - Applications now being accepted for DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police’s new summer youth academy

March 4, 2016 - OC Inlet Dredging scheduled for March 4th

February 24, 2016 - MD Sets 2016 Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass Regs

February 24, 2016 - MD Sets 2016 Black Sea Bass Season & Regs

February 22, 2016 - DNREC seeking volunteers for Saturday, March 19 beach grass planting along Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean coastlines

February 17, 2016 - DE Tidal Finfish Advisory Council Meeting Rescheduled for March 16th.

February 16, 2016 - Maryland Offers Fishing License Discount for 16-Year-Olds

February 16, 2016 - Shearwater’s sinking as Delaware artificial reef addition debuts on DNREC YouTube Channel

February 16, 2016 - Newly-signed Delaware law changes size, possession limits for American eel

February 8, 2016 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Approves Regional Management for 2016 Recreational Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Fisheries

February 3, 2016 - Monty Hawkins "Morning Star" Report 2/3/16

February 1, 2016 - Mark Sampson Column on HMS Permits

February 1, 2016 - MD seeks applicant for Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council

February 1, 2016 - Data to Inform Regional Ocean Planning Process Shared with Public

February 1, 2016 - MD DNR Schedules Coastal Recrational Fisheries Forum for April 8th

February 1, 2016 - Public Hearing on Proposed Blue Crab Regulations

February 1, 2016 - SAFMC Solicits Public Input on Proposed Electronic Reporting Requirements for Charterboats and Other Fisheries Issues

February 1, 2016 - MD Proposes Changes to Striped Bass Regulations

January 21, 2016 - DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife launches new ‘Delaware Fish Facts for the Recreational Angler’ website

January 15, 2016 - Changes made to Big Fish Classic

January 11, 2016 - DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife announces amended tilefish regulation to take effect Jan. 11

January 11, 2016 - Governor Markell seeks nominees for Delaware’s seat on Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council

January 8, 2016 - MD DNR to hold meetings to review data on coastal fish

December 28, 2015 - Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: Dec. 14-20

December 28, 2015 - DE Shellfish Advisory Counclil Meeting Slated for 1/6

December 22, 2015 - States Schedule Public Hearings on Draft Addendum XXVII Addendum Seeks Input on Regional Management Options for 2016 Summer Flounder and Black Sea Recreational Fisheries

December 18, 2015 - MD Sets 2016 Flounder Regulations

December 18, 2015 - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service 2016 Recreational Black Sea Bass Fishery

December 11, 2015 - "Morning Star" report - 12-10-15

December 11, 2015 - Five DNREC satellite offices now centralized at new Dover location

December 11, 2015 - Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass Season Extended

December 7, 2015 - 2016 Atlantic Tunas, Swordfish General Commercial, and Atlantic HMS Vessel Permits Now Available

December 7, 2015 - ACFHP Releases Request for Proposals to Study and/or Restore Black Sea Bass Habitat along the Mid-Atlantic

December 2, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins "Morning Star" Report

November 23, 2015 - All Delaware State Parks free on Black Friday

November 19, 2015 - DNREC extends public comment period through Dec. 7 on proposed amendments to Regulations Governing Beach Protection and Use of Beaches

November 18, 2015 - New state record 24.8-pound bluefish bests previous high Delaware catch for species by almost 3 pounds

November 12, 2015 - Striped Bass Enforcement Ramped Up

November 10, 2015 - DE Recreational Fishing Funding Advisory Council meeting on 11-17

November 5, 2015 - Lewes Public Boat Ramp parking lot to partially close for pavement re-striping Nov. 11-12

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


November 4, 2015 - NOAA Fisheries Requests Comments on the Issuance of Exempted Fishing Permits and Related Permits for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species During 2016

November 2, 2015 - Delaware boat registration website to shut down

October 13, 2015 - Coastal Recreational Forum on 10/16

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

October 13, 2015 - Maryland Striped Bass Juvenile Index is Eighth Highest on Record

October 9, 2015 - MD Fishing Licenses Now Good for 365 days

September 4, 2015 - DNREC’s Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier to reopen ahead of schedule, in time for Labor Day weekend

August 28, 2015 - Council to Hold Scoping Hearings for Action on Unmanaged Forage Species

August 27, 2015 - MD DNR Considering Making East Channel a 6 mph Zone

August 21, 2015 - ASMFC Releases Tautog Public Information Document for Public Comment States Schedule Public Hearings for late September/early October

August 13, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins take on Wind Area Survey

July 17, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report

July 15, 2015 - DNREC’s DuPont Nature Center to host Fish-n-Fun Day for families on July 19 in Slaughter Beach

July 14, 2015 - MD DNR Fisheries Services Adjusts Recreational Sea Bass Dates

June 28, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report - 6/28/15

June 25, 2015 - NOAA Fisheries Announces the Re-opening of the Commercial Sector for Atlantic Dolphin

June 24, 2015 - Indian River Marina Catch-All Kid's Tournament Cancelled

June 24, 2015 - Division of Fish & Wildlife upgrades continue at Rosedale Beach boat ramp to install floating dock; intermittent closures expected

June 24, 2015 - ASMFC Atlantic Herring Section June 29 Days Out Conference Call Cancelled

June 16, 2015 - REMINDER: Blueline Tilefish Scoping Hearing set for June 18th in Ocean City, MD

June 10, 2015 - DE Tidal Finfish Advisory Council Meeting cancelled

June 9, 2015 - DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife to offer ‘Take a Kid Fishing!’ program on June 14, 17 and 24

June 9, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: May 25-31

June 4, 2015 - Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Fishery: Southern Area Trophy Fishery Closing June 7, 2015

June 3, 2015 - Permits Now Required for Bluefline Tilefish

June 2, 2015 - White Marlin Open adds new Heaviest White Marlin Winnter Take All Calcutta

June 1, 2015 - Blueline Tilefish Scoping Hearings June 1–18, 2015

June 1, 2015 - Anglers invited to fish for free in Delaware waters June 6 and 7


June 1, 2015 - Commercial Striped Bass Meeting on June 3rd

June 1, 2015 - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service 2015 Commercial Horseshoe Crab Fishery

May 29, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report

May 26, 2015 - DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife to host 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament on June 6

May 21, 2015 - ASMFC Begins Preparations for 2016 Black Sea Bass Benchmark Stock Assessment

May 21, 2015 - ‘Take a Kid Fishing!’ dates announced by DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife

May 18, 2015 - Stretch of beach at Cape Henlopen State Park closed to safeguard nesting piping plovers

May 15, 2015 - DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife seeking great shots of Delaware anglers for annual photo contest

May 14, 2015 - Ocean Pines Receives Clean Act Marina Certification

May 13, 2015 - NMFS Changes Bluefin Tuna Regulations


May 12, 2015 - MD will change fishing license from calendar year to 365 days effective Oct 1st

May 12, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report

May 12, 2015 - New parking restrictions in place for vehicles at Delaware State Parks’ surf-fishing beaches Effective immediately, only single-file parking to be allowed on state surf-fishing beaches

May 8, 2015 - ASMFC Tautog Board Initiates Amendment to Establish Regional Stock Areas & Associated Reference Points

May 8, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: April 27-May 3

May 7, 2015 - Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds anglers: Recreational striped bass regulation change to take effect on May 11

May 6, 2015 - ASMFC American Lobster Board Approves Addendum XXIV

May 6, 2015 - ASMFC Atlantic Menhaden Board Sets 2015 and 2016 TAC at 187,880 MT & Initiates Amendment to Establish Ecological Reference Points

May 6, 2015 - ASMFC Atlantic Herring Section Approves Draft Amendment 3 for Public Comment

May 3, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report

May 2, 2015 - CCA Holding "Anglers Night Out" at Shenanigans

April 28, 2015 - Bill Introduced to Make Striped Bass National Fish

April 23, 2015 - ASMFC Spring Meeting Agenda Available

April 22, 2015 - Public Comment Period Open for Spiny Dogfish

April 17, 2015 - As Rockfish Season Opens, Maryland Anglers Urged to Track Their Catch to Improve Fisheries Management

April 16, 2015 - Delaware Office of Boating Safety and Education encourages boaters to prepare for season by taking a boating safety course NASBLA’s ‘Spring Aboard’ campaign: Great days on the water start with boating safety education

April 16, 2015 - DNREC to hold workshops on updates to Regulations Governing Beach Protection and Use of Beaches

April 16, 2015 - Mid-Atlantic Council Initiates Action to Manage Blueline Tilefish

April 15, 2015 - Chesapeake Bay Rockfish Season Opens April 18th

April 15, 2015 - Status of Stocks 2014 Report to Congress: Overfishing and Overfished Stocks Hit All-Time Lows

April 15, 2015 - MSSA Atlantic Chapter Meeting Slated for April 28th

April 14, 2015 - NOAA Fisheries Office of Sustainable Fisheries is now accepting applications for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) - Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP).

April 14, 2015 - National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy Implementation Plan Released

April 10, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: March 30-April 5

April 10, 2015 - Strictly Boaters Boat Show Set for May 1-3

April 9, 2015 - Mulberry Landing Boat Ramp to reopen April 18 following ramp improvements

April 9, 2015 - DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife announces new recreational striped bass regulation to take effect on May 11

April 7, 2015 - Another VA state record bluefin caught

April 6, 2015 - MD DNR looking for feedback on commercial striped bass proposal

April 6, 2015 - OC Reef Foundation Dinner Date Set

April 2, 2015 - New VA state record bluefin caught

April 2, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: March 23-29

April 2, 2015 - MD Striped Bass Angler Survey results available

April 1, 2015 - Court Rules Navy Training in Pacific Violates Laws Meant to Protect Whales, Sea Turtles Federal Judge Says Feds Wrongly Approved Plan Allowing Whales, Dolphins, Other Wildlife to be Harmed Nearly 10 Million Times

April 1, 2015 - Wicomico Bass Club Sponsors 5th Annual Tournament to Help USMC Toys for Tots and Get More Kids Fishing; Includes Two Free Bass-Fishing Clinics, Raffle Prizes, and a Post-Tournament BBQ

March 30, 2015 - 90-Day Finding on Petitions To List the Porbeagle Shark as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act

March 27, 2015 - Julie Ball Virginia Report

March 27, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: March 16-22

March 27, 2015 - New Campground opening at Indian River Inlet

March 27, 2015 - Assawoman Wildlife Area road closures announced due to boat ramp improvements

March 27, 2015 - MD Commercial Oyster Season Extended by 2 Weeks

March 25, 2015 - Volunteers sought for 24th annual Christina River Cleanup on April 18

March 23, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report

March 23, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: March 9-15

March 23, 2015 - Chesapeake Bay and Tidal Tributaries Recreational and Charter Striped Bass Fishery Modifications

March 23, 2015 - Age Determined for World Record Tautog

March 19, 2015 - Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Issues Annual Report

March 18, 2015 - Striped Bass Spring Trophy Season regulations set for Chesapeake Bay

March 17, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report

March 16, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: March 2-8

March 12, 2015 - Local MSSA Chapter Meeting on 3/24

March 11, 2015 - A New National Campaign Asks Anglers to Pledge to Pitch It Recreational fishing industry is asking anglers to properly dispose of soft plastic baits

March 9, 2015 - MD DNR Seeking Public Input on changes to commercial striped bass fishery

March 9, 2015 - Scientists fight sound blasting to protect commercial fish stock

March 5, 2015 - Draft Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Essential Fish Habitat 5-Year Review

March 3, 2015 - 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Common Thresher Shark as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act

March 2, 2015 - Fisherman Gets Prison for Illegal Harvest of Almost 200,000 Striped Bass

March 2, 2015 - Council Recommends Emergency Action for Blueline Tilefish in the Mid-Atlantic

February 27, 2015 - 2015 Commercial Individual Transferable Quota Striped Bass Season Modification

February 27, 2015 - MD Sets 2015 Sea Bass Regulations

February 23, 2015 - REMINDER: DE Division of Fish & Wildlife to hold Feb. 23 public hearing on options to reduce recreational striped bass harvest All Atlantic states required to reduce harvest by 25 percent

February 23, 2015 - Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold an emergency meeting regarding blueline tilefish

February 20, 2015 - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service Invitations for Bids

February 16, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Feb. 2-8

February 16, 2015 - NOAA Fisheries Releases National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy

February 16, 2015 - ASMFC Tautog Board Accepts Benchmark Assessment & Peer Review Results for Management Use


February 9, 2015 - Atlantic Menhaden Benchmark Assessment Finds Resource Not Overfished and Overfishing Not Occurring

February 6, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Jan. 26-Feb. 1

February 6, 2015 - 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide is now available statewide and online

February 6, 2015 - ASMFC Atlantic Striped Bass Board Approves State Implementation Plans to Reduce Harvest


February 5, 2015 - Division of Fish & Wildlife seeks volunteers for 2015 frog monitoring Orientation set for Feb. 21 at Aquatic Resources Education Center

February 5, 2015 - Black Drum Benchmark Assessment Finds Resource Not Overfished and Overfishing Not Occurring

February 5, 2015 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Continues Summer Flounder Recreational Regional Management for 2015 & Approves State Plans for 2015 Recreational Black Sea Bass & Scup Fisheries

February 4, 2015 - ASMFC Northern Shrimp Section Releases the Public Information Document for Draft Amendment 3 for Public Comment

February 4, 2015 - ASMFC American Lobster Board Approves Draft Addendum XXIV for Public Comment


January 28, 2015 - Mid-Atlantic Council Accepting Applications for Advisory Panel Members

January 23, 2015 - ASMFC 2015 Winter Meeting Final Agenda and Meeting Materials Now Available

January 21, 2015 - MSSA Atlantic Coast Chapter Meeting on January 27th

January 5, 2015 - Mid-Atlantic Council to Hold Hearings on Deep Sea Corals Amendment

January 3, 2015 - Striped Bass Creel Reduced to 1 per person

December 23, 2014 - MD closes sea bass fishery from January 1st to February 28th

December 23, 2014 - MD sets 2015 flounder regs

December 22, 2014 - MD Offers Discounts on Fishing Licenses

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

November 19, 2014 - Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife announces required reductions in 2015 striped bass recreational and commercial harvest Recreational options under review; public hearing to be scheduled in early 2015

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


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

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

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

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

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

September 11, 2014 - MD extends sea bass season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


May 5, 2014 - Bluefin Tuna Regulations Updated

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

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

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

April 14, 2014 - MSSA Reschedules Youth Fishing Program

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

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

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

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

March 31, 2014 - MSSA forms Youth Angler Club

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

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

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

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

March 18, 2014 - NMFS Releases Final 2013 Bluefin Landings

March 17, 2014 - 2014 Summer Flounder Regulations Set

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

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

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

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

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

March 10, 2014 - MD Sets 2014 Flounder Regulations

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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


November 26, 2013 - 2014 Chesapeake Bay Striper Quotas Set

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


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

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

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

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

October 9, 2013 - Bahia Marina Rocktoberfest Striper Tournament Rescheduled

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

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



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

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

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

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

June 14, 2013 - From the Annual OC Shark Tournament

June 7, 2013 - Delaware Adjust Minimum Size for Flounder

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

April 24, 2013 - NMFS Preparing Statement for Shark Management

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

April 24, 2013 - MAFMC Meeting Minutes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 1, 2013 - NMFS Adjusts Bluefin Tuna Regulations

March 26, 2013 - Menhaden Management Update

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

March 25, 2013 - Maryland Sets 2013 Flounder Regulations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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







January 1, 1900 - MD Black Bass Roundtable set for Feb 4th

Fishing Report

4.30.17 5:10 pm

by Larry Jock

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SUNDAY, April 30, 2017

Yesterday was another good day for anglers chasing chopper bluefish. There was a good bite in the surf, in the Inlet and all over the bay, particularly in the bay behind Assateague.

Sarah Russell caught a 38-inch bluefish on cut bunker behind Frontier Town.

Darrin Holland caught a 36-inch bluefish on cut bunker behind Frontier Town.

Mugen Nickerson caught a 34-inch bluefish on cut bunker behind Frontier Town.

Jake and Katie Betz each caught a bluefish while torlling behind Assateague Island last night around 6pm. Jakes was a 33-incher and Katie's measured 28-inches.

Up in Delaware, flounder are showing up in the Lewes Canal and Roosevelt Inlet. Tautog were caught at the Outer Wall by Ryland Weiler.

Big bluefish were found in the surf at Herring Point. Suizanne Martin caught an 8.53 pounder.

Ethan Thomas caught an 18-inch flounder in the Roosevelt Inlet on minnows.

6:26 PM - Well folks, it looked like a fishing season today. Boats that went offshore came back with some early catches and the bluefish are still mugging everything in the bay and in the surf.

Anglers on the "Hellbent" had a great day flounder fishing in the Thorofare. They trolled Gulp! and flounder belly, returning with 7 keeper flounder up to 22 1/4-inches and weighing 3 lbs. 11 oz.

"Tunafowl" returned to Sunset Marina with 3 yellowfin tuna, including the first of the season caught at 9:30 this morning. They were caught while trolling ballyhoo (1) and spreaderbars (2) in 130 fathoms near the 000's where they found a 9-degree temperature break with 67-degrees on the warm side. Fishing on the "Tunafowl" were Josh Ensor, Corbin Ensor and Jeff Rosenkilde.

The charter boat, "Wrecker" had a heckuva day, coming back with a 147 lb. mako, along with a bluefin tuna, 3 mahi and 3 yellowfins. The bluefin and the mahi are the first of the year. The mako was caught while sharking with a bluefish fillet while the yellowfins, bluefin and mahi were caught on trolled ballyhoo. Capt. Jeremy Blunt said that they were anywhere from 80 to 120 fathoms near the 000's where they found the 9-degree break (58 to 67 degrees). Fishing on the "Wrecker" were Brendan McDermond, Dale Christensen, Megan and Steve Humphrey and Tony Caiazzo.

Mark Malamphy, Jim Conway and Rob Griggs had a 249 lb. mako shark in 400 fathoms in the Poor Man's Canyon.

Scott Chatterton caught a pair of bluefish off the beach in Fenwick Island today.

Up in Delaware, Mike Haas caught a 9.8 lb. tautog at Site 10 on green crabs and white leggers. Mike and his buddy John Ibach each caught their limit of tog.

Mike Lewis and Dick Hamilton caught their limit of tog at Site 10 while using green crabs for bait.

Courtney Lee caught an 8.4 lb. bluefish in the Indian River Inlet during the incoming tide.

Over on the Chesapeake Bay, the charter boat, "Marli" is fishing out of Solomons Island and tearing up the rockfish. Barb Firestone and Rachelle Biar caught 4 rockfish on tandem lures in 45-60 feet of water around HI Buoy. Their largest fish weighed 55 lbs. with a length of 53-inches and a 30 1/2=inch girth. Laurel Lokhaiser caught her first Chesapeake Bay Spring Trophy Rockfish. It was a real fatty!

SATURDAY, April 29, 2017

9:16 AM - The bluefish bite in the Ocean City Inlet last night was awesome.. and they were BIG fish! James Coates called in to report that his group caught 30 during the outgoing tide with the smallest measuring 32-inches. I ran into another angler this morning who also reported unbelievable action in the Inlet last night. They said every cast got banged.

Mike Orchulli sent in a picture yesterday of the 21-inch flounder he caught on a white Gulp and minnow in the Thorofare during the outgoing tide. Mike and his buddies also had 4 short flounder during their trip.

Yesterday, Jack Autin caught a 25 1/2 lb. striper on a chunk of bunker while fishing from the surf off Cape Henlopen.

Bobby Zakrzewski and his dad fished in the Broadkill River and caught 5 black drum between 12 and 15 lbs. All on clam.

10:08 AM - Craig Hocker caught a 34-inch bluefish in the OC Inlet this morning on fresh cut bunker at slack tide.

4:28 PM - The bluefish bite is absolutely nuts right now in the waters all around Ocean City and up the coast to Cape Henlopen.

Today, anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" had a great day catching 7 huge bluefish, up to 41-inches, along with 3 throwback stripers and a throwback (16") flounder. All of the action was in the bay behind Assateague Island where Capt. Jason Mumford found 72-degree water. The bluefish are hitting anything, but the "Lucky Break" anglers had success casting and FAST retrieving swim shads along with trolling Rat-L-Traps. Capt. Jason said that you had to reel the swim shads as fast as possible to get the hits. The bite was so furocious that at one point an angler was fighting a chopper after it ate a trolled Rat-L-Trap. Another big bluefish came up and hit the same lure, snapping it from the line in the process. Both 10 lb. bluefish were thrashing on top of the water, joined only by the Rat-L-Trap. Amazing action for the "Lucky Break" anglers!

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017

The bluefish are still snapping. Tim Heim fished early this morning off 9th Street in the bay and caught 12 nice choppers. His largest measured 35-inches and weighed 10 lbs. 2 oz.

Still hearing mostly about short stripers in the bay and off the beach. Larger stripers may be a little off the beach. Probably worth folks heading out by boat this weekend to check it out.

1:17 PM - Kim Zimmerman caught a 35-inch bluefish in the surf off Assateague Island. Hooked on finger mullet.

2:32 - An incredible story. A small swordfish, still alive, just washed up on Assateague. Guys are trying to revive it.

8:14 PM - The first mako shark of the year was caught today by the crew on the "Nontypical". Angler Andy Smelter muscled in the 147 pounder after hooking it on a false albacore fillet in 55 fathoms northeast of the Rockpile. Andy was fishing with David Peterson and Capt. Terry Layton. They also released 12 blue sharks and lost another mako estimated at 250 lbs. during their trip. The action took place where Capt. Terry found a 16-degree temperature break (52-68 degrees). Congratulations guys!!!!

There were some keeper size flounder caught in the Thorofare yesterday and today.

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017

First Coastal Fisherman is less than a week away! If you are catching big blues, make sure you weigh them. Who will be the early leader for Heaviest Fish?

Big bluefish are dominating the action. Nick Ager caught 10 last week. Largest was 39-inches. Second largest was a 38-incher which was caught yesterday around 6:00 PM off the beach at 120th Street in OC.

Not seeing many legal stripers. All too small.

MONDAY, April 24, 2017

Nasty day on Delmarva.

Yesterday, Deb Trotter and Terry Harford caught a load of bluefish while fishing with cut bait off Assateague Island. Their largest measured 37-inches.

SUNDAY, April 23, 2017

Eddy McCrae tagged and releaed a 15 lb. female tautog during a trip on the headboat, "Morning Star". The 28-incher ate a green crab on ocean structure.

Yesterday, "Fish Bound" angler Jimmy Lee released a 15.8 lb. tautog after hooking it on a white crab in 70 feet of water. He also released an 11 pounder during the trip. All 6 anglers caught their limit of tog.

Bryan Rosensteel was casting off his balcony on 32nd Street in OC when he hooked into a bluefish that looked to be over 10 lbs.

The last couple of days have been good for catching bluefish from the beach. The beaches around the DE/MD line have produced big bluefish, but they also have been hooked up and down the line. Some black drum mixed in. Unfortunately, stripers have been too small.

Ron Rodimak caught a 37-inch bluefish on fresh bunker while fishing off the beach at 3R's Road in Delaware.

SATURDAY, April 22, 2017

9:08 AM - We are still seeing good numbers of small stripers being caught around all 3 bridges, in the OC Inlet and in the surf. Big bluefish are mixed in with several hitting the 10 lb. mark.

Mike and Dave Burt took their kayaks down to the flats off of Onancock, VA and hooked into a pair of 45-inch red drum on the troll. Absolutely beautiful fish!

Yesterday, angles fishing on the charter boat "Fish Bound" got into some nice size tautog while dropping white crabs on ocean structure in 65 feet of water. Mike Hernandez released a 10 lb. male and Victor Feleccio released an 11 lb. female. Capt. Kane said that he can tell that the tog are starting to spawn as their bellies are beginning to swell. The group of 6 anglers caught their limit of tog and released a bunch more. White crabs and green crabs were the ticket, all in 65-feet of water.

Up in Delaware, Robby Baxley caught 4 chopper bluefish from the Cape Henlopen surft. All ranged between 12 and 13 lbs. and were caught while tossing a popper.

Jason Schuster caught a whopper 15 lb. bluefish after it hit a popper he was tossing into the Cape Henlopen surf. Measured 37-inches.

Alex Neiss looks like he might have an early lock on the Heaviest Bluefish of the Year honor with an 18.5 pounder caught in the Cape Henlopen surf on a popper. The chopper measured 38 inches and had a 20-inch girth. Wow!

Debbie and Joe Viscuglia caught a pair of bluefish weighing 10.5 and 12.8 lbs. in the Cape Henlopen surf.

FRIDAY, April 21, 2017

10:42 AM - Mike Cenci and Mike Troy just swung by the office with a pair of chopper bluefish they caught while fishing with cut bunker from the beach at 88th Street. Cenci's bluefish measured 34-inches and Troy's was a 31-incher.

It looks like the big bluefish are roaming the waters all along the coast. I am received reports of fish being caught from Assateague Island all the way up to Cape Henlopen.

12:23 PM - Chase Holden caught a 34-inch, 14 lb. bluefish on a Gulp! artificial bait while fishing from the surf at Cape Henlopen.

12:43 PM - Charles Jenkins just swung by the office to have his picture taken with the 32-inch, 9 lb. bluefish he caught on a flounder rig tipped with a shiner. Charles was fishing off the Rt. 50 Bridge during the outgoing tide.

THURSDAY, April 20, 2017

Yesterday, Tom Cox caught a 28-inch black drum that weighed 14 lbs. 10 oz. He was fishing off Assateague and using sand fleas for bait.

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017

9:43 AM - Bryan Mullins was fishing last night on the ocean side of the South Jetty and caught a nice 36-inch bluefish.

Down on Assateague, anglers are catching black drum and short stripers. Haven't heard much about bluefish, but I'm sure they are in the area.

Yesterday on the charter boat, "Fish Bound", James Peterson released a pair of female tautog weighing 11 and 14 lbs. Both were hooked on green crabs in 35-feet of water on a small ocean wreck.

On the same trip, Ed Kohlhoff released a 12 lb. female tautog that was also hooked on a green crab in 35-feet of water on an ocean wreck.

Anglers are catching big bluefish, hovering around 10 lbs., from the beach near Cape Henlopen.

Job Robertson caught a 15.8 lb. bluefish while throwing lures around the Cape Henlopen Pier. His buddy, Alex Neiss caught himself a 12.1 pounder.

2:53 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" had a couple of good days. Yesterday, they fished by the South Jetty at the end of the incoming tide and the beginning of the outgoing. They had 17 short stripers (largest measured 22-inches). Today, they fished by the Rt. 50 Bridge during the incoming tide and had 10 stripers up to 25.5-inches and some nice bluefish up to 10 lbs.

TUESDAY, April 18, 2017

4:28 PM - Opening day of turkey season was today, but some folks chose to get out on the water. Wind puffed pretty good all day, making conditions around the South Jetty challenging.

Big Bird Cropper and Dave Hrycyk caught some short stripers at the end of the Commercial Harbor, across from Atlantic Tackle first thing this morning. They then ventured out to the South jetty and caught a load of short stripers (23) along with 7 nice bluefish. The largest chopper measured 34-inches and weighed 9.5 lbs. All were hooked on Big Bird's famous Roy Rigs. Water was extremely clean with temperatures hovering around 53-degrees. All of the fish were caught during the incoming tide. The bite turned off right when the tide switched in the afternoon.

MONDAY, April 17, 2017

Yesterday, Karen and James Cathell were fishing with shrimp from the 3rd Street Bulkhead where Karen caught a 17-inch tautog within the first 5 minutes of fishing. James said that they saw around 6 tog caught in the 2 hours that they were fishing. Karen's was the only one large enough to keep.

Angler Matt King released a nice 23-inch tautog during a trip aboard the headboat, "Morning Star". The fish was hooked on a white crab over an artificial reef.

Capt. Monty Hawkins and his crew on the headboat, "Morning Star" took some trips out to the Capt. Bob Gowar Reef at the northwest corner of the Bass Grounds and dropped 283 large cinderblocks. That is turning into quite a reefsite thanks to Capt. Monty, his crew and the Ocean City Reef Foundation.

It was nice to see the Ocean City Town Council reverse their decision to eliminate their $5,000 payment to the angler who catches the first white marlin of the season. Very wise decision by them.

4:40 PM - Although bluefish have been found just off the Delmarva coast, we haven't seen many filter into the bay. A few have been caught, including a 30+ incher.

Shad have also been caught recently by anglers fishing off the North Jetty.

Small striped bass continue to be caught around the Rt. 90 and Assateague bridges.

Might be a good time to look for flounder around the Duck Blinds in the bay behind Assateague Island, past the OC Airport.

Aytron Pryor and his friend, Jacob Lewis were fishing from their kayaks in the Assawoman Bay when Ayrton caught a 13 lb. bluefin while tossing a plug.

SUNDAY, April 16, 2017

Big Bird Cropper caught his first striper of the year, a 29-incher, while tossing a Roy Rig inside the Ocean City Inlet.

SATURDAY, April 15, 2017

On his first trip of the year, George Nicoletos caught an 18-inchflounder on a white Gulp and shiner combination while drifting near the Rt. 90 Bridge during the outgoing tide.

Dean Lokey sent me a picture of a 50-inch rockfish he caught in the Nanticoke River while fishing with bloodworms from his kayak.

Anglers fishing off Assateague have caught some short stripers, but I also heard of a couple of 40-inchers being landed as well. They also have caught some black drum as well.

From what I'm seeing, the striper bite could be 2-3 weeks early this season. No doubt due to the warm water temperatures we had over the winter.

FRIDAY, April 14, 2017

Happy Good Friday everyone!

Sean Fox was fishing off the beach in Chincoteague yesterday when he caught a 32-inch black drum

I am hearing that they are catching red drum from the beaches of VA's barrier islands.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" had a good day of tautog fishing. The guys were fishing in 80-feet of water with green crabs. CJ Choi led the way wih a pair of nices ones weighing 10.4 and 11.5 lbs. Marc Levinrad had a noteworthy day, catching his limit early in the day and releasing another 25 keepers during the rest of the trip. His heaviest weighed 10.1 lbs.

Capt. Kane on the "Fish Bound" reported water temperatures of 51-degrees in 80-feet of water.

THURSDAY, April 13, 2017

Red drum are being caught by surfcasters fishing off Hog Island, located south of Exmore, VA.

WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017

Looks like there were some more flounder caught in the bay yesterday. Anglers on "Ocean City Guide Service" went home with a couple of 19.5-inchers after fishing in the bay behind Assateague Island. They also had some throwback stripers. Largest was 26-inches.

Small striped bass are being caught around all of the bridges, including the Assateague Bridge.

TUESDAY, April 11, 2017

If you want some light tackle action, it looks like small striped bass are still roaming the water around the Rt. 90 Bridge. Most are in the 20-inch range.

SUNDAY, April 9, 2017

It sounds like it was a good weekend for tautog fishing on ocean structure.

Anglers on the charter boat, "On Delivery" caught their limit of tog, plus threw back females, while fishing on a reefsite off Ocean City in 60-feet of water. Capt. Mike reported water temperature at 48-degrees.

On the charter boat, "Fish Bound", Augie Gee caught a 9.7 lb. tog on a white crab in 65-feet of water.

Steve Gianiotis and his party went out on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" and Steve boated an 11 lb. tog on a white crab. Steve's group caught their boat limit (anglers, Capt. & Mate) of 32 tog in addition to releasing an estimated 28 other keeper-sized fish as well.

SATURDAY, April 8, 2017

Well, I had a feeling it was going to happen any day. The first flounder was caught in the bay yesterday. Lukas Layton caught a 20-incher while trolling plastics at the Rt. 90 Bridge. Lukas was fishing with Jacob Sturgill. Congratulations!!!

THURSDAY, April 6, 2017

The big news today is the the Town of Ocean City has decided, after many decades, to stop awarding $5,000 to the angler who catches the first white marlin of the season. They are claiming economic hardship.

In response, a coalition of 5 business are each chipping in $1,000 each to keep the tradition alive. The businesses are: Coastal Fisherman, Bank of Ocean City, Bahia Marina, Ocean City Fishing Center and Sunset Marina/Atlantic Tackle.

In addition, AllTackle Ocean City is awarding the angler a $500 gift certificate for their catch.

If you are upset about the situation, now is the time to let the Mayor and Town Council in Ocean City know what you think. The phone number to the Mayor's office is 410-289-8931.

MONDAY, April 3, 2017

If you are a shark fisherman, you will want to check out the story in our Breaking News section. The Feds, in an effort to reduce mortality of dusky sharks, have mandated the use of circle hooks when shark fishing effective January 1, 2018. Recreational shark permit holders will also have to take an online course in shark identification.

MONDAY, March 27, 2017

Big congratulations go out to the crew on the local boat, "Agitator" for defending their title in the Los Suenos Signature Triple Crown Billfish Series. The team, who also fishes on the "Billfisher", ended the 3-leg tournament with 15,000 points. The 2nd place boat, the "Big Oh" 13,200 points. The "Agitator" team was made up of anglers Danny Gough, Jonathan, Judy and Jeremy Duffie, Capt. Jon Duffie and mates Chris Hornung and Jake Emche.

Local Captain Josh Ruskey and local angler Darren Helwig were part of a team on the "Fish Tank" that finished 3rd in the tournament.

Another local boat, "First Light" also did well in the tournament, coming in 3rd place in the 2nd leg of the event and 2nd place in the 3rd and final leg.

Local angler, John Gudelsky fished on the "Enjoy" and took 9th place in the tournament.

Just a reminder that the Maryland DNR Recreational Forum is tonight from 4-6 PM at the Marlin Club. All are invited.

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017

I received a report yesterday that Ayrton Pryor has been burning up the striped bass from the Rt. 90 Bridge up to the DE line while fishing in his kayak. Tuesday night he hooked over 50 fish between 18 and 24-inches and a pair that measured 27-inches. Check out his YouTube video on our homepage.

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017

I spoke to Capt. Monty on the headboat, "Morning Star" yesterday and it looks like the very quick mackerel bite was short lived. His anglers are catching some nice size tog on ocean structure.

I also heard that some netters in the bays and back creeks are catching some nice size perch along with an occassional small striper and flounder.

The mild winter we had should make the upcoming fishing season interesting? Will everything be early? Will the warm ocean temperatures affect the early yellowfin tuna bite we normally see in June. Will it prevent hard temperature breaks and cause a more blended water environment? Should be interesting.

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017

DE set their 2017 flounder regulations. Same as MD. 4 fish per person... No closure.

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017

MD set their 2017 flounder regulations. Nothing unexpected. 17-inch minimum... 4 fish per person... No closure.

TUESDAY, February 28, 2017

Maryland finalized their black sea bass regulations today. Here they are:

The season is open May 15, 2017 through September 21, 2017 and October 22, 2017 through December 31, 2017. The season is closed all other dates in 2017.

Anglers may keep up to 15 black sea bass per person per day.

The minimum size is 12.5 inches.

TUESDAY, February 21, 2017

Hard to believe that water temps just off the beach are still in the low-40's. Makes you think that stripers could still be out there roaming. Have received reports that good numbers of birds were seen diving off Indian River but not many boats are still in the water.

I did receive a report from some dedicated anglers who ventured out on Saturday looking for bluefish. They said that the gannets were thick 12 miles off the Delaware coast but no fish were under the good schools of bunker. They also said that thousands of dead bunker were floating on top. Water temp was 44.1-degrees.

MONDAY, February 13, 2017

I heard a while back from a source at the Maryland DNR that it looks like Maryland will have a change to our flounder regulations for the upcoming season. Minimum length will increase from 16-inches to 17-inches, but we will still be able to keep 4 fish per person with NO season closure. The change still needs NOAA's approval.

I was up in New Jersey this past weekend and heard that they are still catching stripers off the coast of Sea Isle City. Crazy!

A belated "Congratulations" to Capt. Jon Duffie on the "Billfisher". Jon was named 2016 Worldwide Captain of the Year by InTheBite Magazine! Another local captain, Billy Gerlach on the "Makara" took 20th place honors

In another brilliant move, the Maryland Department of Natural Services has scheduled the next Coastal Recreational Fisheries Forum for Thursday, March 23rd from 2pm to 4pm at the Marlin Club. They must not think that anybody has a job!!!

THURSDAY, February 2, 2017

As predicted, the National Aquarium in Baltimore has WITHDRAWN their proposal to turn the Baltimore Canyon into a fish sanctuary. I'd be surprised if this didn't cost them some type of funding from an environmental group, but they did the right thing and "hat's off" to the Aquarium and their CEO, John Racanelli.

On a fishing note, I'm hearing from my foreign correspondent in New Jersey that they are still catching stripers, and nice ones at that, off the cost of Sea Isle City, south of Atlantic City. Water temp off the cost up there is still in the low 40's. I would be they could still be found off our coast as well, but it looks like everyone pulled their boat (except Happy Endings) due to another frustrating striper season.

There are rumors floating around that we could be seeing a possible increase in the sea bass quota. Stay tuned!

WEDNESDAY, January 4, 2017

The meeting held at the OP Library last night to discuss options for 2017 flounder regulations went well. Basically, the crux of the meeting was that the feds are looking for a 30% reduction in this years flounder catch, primarily because the northern region, NJ, NY & CT, blew their allocation out in 2016. Luckily, the regulations put forth for our region (DE, MD & VA) gave us a 25% cushion, so theoretically, we could keep our regulations the same in 2017 and still be OK with our 2017 allocation.

The fly in the ointment is that the northern regions are looking for us to make our 2017 regulations stricter than needed, thereby freeing up some fish that could be used by the northern regions to soften their needed reduction. Does this sound familiar? It should because we did the same thing back in 2013. Did we ever get those fish back? The answer is "No" but we were told that the northern region did help us out when it came time to set sea bass regulations.

In addition, we learned that the northern regions want to readdress the baseline used to determine what states get what part of the coastwide flounder harvest limits because they are catching more fish up there and need a larger allocation. Think we are going to get screwed in that process. Take it to the bank... we will!

When it came time for attendees to vote, it was a pretty even split between keeping our flounder regulations the same (16", 4-fish per person) and "Option 2" which added an inch to our minimum size, taking us to 17" but still keeping 4 fish person and no closed season.

It sounded to me that the state and fed guys want us to give up something to (again) help the northern states, but I say enough is enough. We have helped them out before and enough is enough. Additionally, flounder fishing in our area, and in DE, has really turned into one with 2 distinct segments. You have anglers who fish in the bay and those that fish on ocean structure. Going to 17" wouldn't hurt ocean flounder fishermen on bit, but adding that 1" would definitely hurt those fishing in the bay. Last year wasn't a banner flounder fishing year in the bay. Going up an inch would only make it worse.

Public comments will be accept3d until January 19th. If you want to submit a comment, you can email Kirby Rootes-Murdy at krootes-murdy@asmfc.org.

Here are the options:

#1 - stays the same. 16", 4 fish, 365 days
#2 - 17", 4 fish, 365 days
#3 - 17", 3 fish, 365 days
#4 - 17", 3 fish, 365 days (all states required to take at least a 30% reduction)
#5 - 17", 4 fish, 365 days (more even spread across other states)

TUESDAY, January 3, 2017

Although the flounder regulations looked like they were firm when they were released last week, I have been told that "they are subject to change" and it looks like there may be some changes proposed at tonights flounder meeting, held at 6:00 PM at the Ocean Pines Library. My understanding is that although our current regulations will still give us enough to cover our proposed quota, there is AGAIN some talk that NY & NJ will have drastic reductions unless other states (like MD) give them some of their quota. My recollection is that this happened a couple of years ago and MD gave up some of our flounder quota to the northern states and have yet to receive it back. Sounds like another bad deal for MD fishermen.

If this concerns you, or you want to have input into the several options we will have input on, it would be a good idea to attend this meeting.

FRIDAY, December 29, 2016

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will hold a public hearing for summer flounder on January 3rd at 6pm at the Ocean Pines Library.

There hasn't been too much to update folks about. Seas have been too snotty to get out there to find striped bass, but the good news is that water temperatures are still in the mid-40's and there is still a good body of fish to our north looking to make their way south. The next few days don't look good weather-wise, but hopefully we all can get out there soon. I did talk to a commercial fisherman yesterday and he did tell me that they saw stripers about 12 miles off the beach. Also, yesterday there looked to be some good bird action off the highrises, but they were way outside the wonderful 3-mile line.

FRIDAY, December 23, 2016

Unfortunately, there hasn't been anything to report in quite some time. Rough seas have kept most at the dock and those that did decide to head out didn't have any luck. Some stripers were seen by anglers looking for bluefish 7-10 miles off the beach, but I haven't heard any reports of fish seen or caught inside the wonderful 3-mile line.

Water temperature is still in the 44-45 degree range, and there are reports still coming in about stripers being caught off New Jersey, so I don't believe our season is over.

We just completed work on the big Winter Issue that will hit the streets on January 1st. It is packed with great articles and a lot of pictures. Hope everyone likes it!

Merry Christmas!!!

WEDNESDAY, December 14, 2016

10:23 AM - Reports are coming in about good bird activity with big stripers underneath right up on the MD/DE Line, inside of 3 miles. Seas are snotty, so you may have to hug the beach and then shoot out. Winds right now are NNW 14mph.

5:51 PM - Big Bass Bob called in to report that he headed up to the MD/DE line and really didn't see much, so he headed back to the waters just off the high rises and marked a ton of bait, had diving birds and even whales... BUT NO BITES. Seas weren't so bad later in the day. Ride home was nice. Water temperature still around 47-degrees.

Capt. Shannon Pickens reported that the striper bite off Cape Chales is spotty, but the fish being caught are BIG. Slow trolling or drifting eels is the ticket. Mostly smaller stripers are found under the diving birds.

SUNDAY, December 11, 2016

Another poor day for striper fishing off the coast. In the OC Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament, not a single fish was caught. Most boats went north to the High Rises. Others went south past the sliver. The 9-day tournament concluded today, so here are the final results:

1st Place Heaviest - 33.0 lbs. - Mike Johnston - "Bad Oyster" - $6,880 (caught 12/04)

2nd Place Heaviest - 25.4 lbs. - Chuck Wenzel - "Fish Frenzi" - $1,512 (caught 12/04)

3rd Place Heaviest - $22.4 lbs. - Andy Smelter - "Nontypical" - $1,008 (caught 12/05)

1st Place Stringer (3 fish) - 65.8 lbs. - "Nontypical" - $1,008 (caught 12/05) - $1,080

1st Place Bluefish - 11.8 lbs. - John Rogowitz - "Bad Oyster" - $540 (caught 12/04)

Water temperature still around 46, which still isn't bad. Water off New Jersey is honing in on that magical 40-degree mark, so that should be pushing fish south towards us. Don't be pulling those boats too soon!!! We'll get em!

Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported good sea bass fishing with knotheads up to 3 lbs. and flounder upt o 5 lbs. 9 oz. Bob Telford caught the big flattie on a bucktail and Darrin Small hooked the largest sea bass on a strip of squid.

SATURDAY, December 10, 2016

Unfortunately, striper fishing continues to be dismal. Again, no fish were caught in the OC Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament. At least one boat ventured as far north as Ocean City, NJ (that's right, New Jersey) and came back empty handed. They were then immediately rushed to the psychiatric ward. I checked in with Bert Adams at the Hook'em & Cook'em Tackle Shop in the Indian River Marina and he said striper fishing was "dead" today. Sounds like those constant northwest winds we had late in the week moved the fish outside the 3-mile line.

No need to panic, yet. Stripers are still being caught off Atlantic City and the water temperature off the Delmarva coast is still hovering around 46-47 degrees. I would guess that if you went 10 miles off the coastline it would be all

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