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
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
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TUESDAY, May 3, 2016
Reports have come in that flounder are being caught by anglers fishing from the Rt. 50 Bridge.
MONDAY, May 2, 2016
Bill Pino was over in the Chesapeake Bay near the Target Ship and caught a 59 lb. rockfish on a trolled tandem rig on the Eastern edge of the channel.
Ran into an angler today who told me he was catching flounder in the Thorofare. I would think along the houses at Captains Hill and over the flats should start producing some flounder.
SUNDAY, May 1, 2016
Looks like the striper bite is turning on. On Sunday, Timothy and Tyler Tribbitt caught some stripers from the VA surf on surf clams. They landed 2 fish on 6 bites.
Other surfcasters had good luck fishing for stripers off Assateague Island and also from the beach in North Ocean City. The best bite today was in the late morning.
There were also some black drum caught off Assateague today.
Doug Coats reported that there was a good tog bite yesterday and this morning at the rocks that line Martha's Landing. All on green crabs during the outgoing tide.
Flounder catches have been few and far between, but Chuck Hazel cuaght a 24 1/2-inch, 6 lb. 6 oz. flattie in Baker's Channel off the Indian River.
I also heard of some flounder being caught by anglers in the Thorofare and on the flats north of the Thorofare.
Big bluefish are being caught off the beach at 3R's Road in Delaware and also off Assateague Island.
Andrew Rase caught a 19 lb. striper while fishing from the beach in OC. He used fresh bunker for bait.
Site 10 has been producing good catches of tautog.
SATURDAY, April 30, 2016
William Bourque caught and released some chopper bluefish from the beach on Assateague Island.
THURSDAY, April 28, 2016
6:42 PM - A group of 6 anglers battled some rough seas today while fishing on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" but they made out well, catching their limit of tautog while fishing with green crabs in 90-feet of water on some natural rock bottom. Jimm Brooks Lee led the way wih a 16.1 oz. tog and he released an 11.8 pounder and a 10 pounder as well. Tom Handlan released a 14.8 lb. tog. Capt. Kane Bounds said that the fish were really chewing today!
TUESDAY, April 26, 2016
1:49 PM - Looks like some keeper striped bass are finally showing up in the surf. Anglers caught some nice size fish this morning while casting off Assateague Island. In between battling skates, surfcasters are also seeing some nice size bluefish (although the better bite is up north in NJ) and a few black drum.
Pat Hurley reported a slow day of fishing in the bay behind Assateague Island during the outgoing tide. A lot of slime grass and murky water. Pat and Collin ("The Sleeper") fished from from just south of the airport down to the Assateague Bridge with minnows and Gulp! and never got a bite. Water temperature was 62-64 degrees. Thanks for the report, Pat!
MONDAY, April 25, 2016
10:31 AM - There was a good tautog bite in the OC Inlet this morning. Sounds like a lot of short ones caught. Karen Hocker did manage a pair of keepers, caught on sand fleas. Her fish measured 16 1/2 and 17-inches.
SUNDAY, April 24, 2016
There are big schools of chopper bluefish right off the Ocean City Inlet. You will also find small stripers around the Rt. 50 Bridge.
Big Bird Cropper and Dapper Dave Leizear boated 4 keeper bluefish, ranging in size from 30 to 33-inches, while fishing just outside the Ocean City Inlet. All were caught while tossing Roy Rigs with their heaviest weighing 9 lbs. 12 oz. They also released a dozen striped bass around the Rt. 50 Bridge.
SATURDAY, April 23, 2016
The first tuna caught out of Ocean City was boated by Josh Ensor and Jeff Rosenkilde when they ventured 80 miles to between the Baltimore and Wilmington Canyon where they found a temperature break that went from 57 to 64-degrees. They captured a 133 lb. bluefin tuna on a skirted ballyhoo. Seas were started to get snotty, so the guys got the fish in the "Mate Trix" and headed home.
John and Matthew Papthakis caught 5 keeper tautog at the South Jetty while fishing with green crabs. Largest tog measured 19-inches.
FRIDAY, April 22, 2016
10:30 AM - The first tuna of the year were caught yesterday on the 28-foot private boat "Reel Life" out of Delaware. Anglers ventured to just outside 500 fathoms, halfway between the Baltimore and the Poor Man's Canyons where they a 64 lb. bluefin and released 2 small yellowfins and some skippies in 64-degree water. Capt. Joe said that they had whales and birds where they found the 5-degree temperature break.
Spoke to Bear at the Oceanic Pier this morning. He said that tog fishing has been great with fish being caught on bloodworms, crab, shrimp and sandfleas. The largest tog caught yesterday measured 18-inches. Anglers have also caught a few small black drum and a lot of short stripers (around 23").
It looks like the big bluefish bite has calmed down in the bay but anglers fishing from the beach are getting into them. Surfcasters are also catching black drum and short stripers.
THURSDAY, April 21, 2016
9:11 AM - I spoke to a representative from the MDDNR Police this morning and I was told that the 6 mph zone will now run from the inlet all the way up to Harbor Island. The zone was extended from around 2nd Street up to Harbor Island because the wake from boats is disturbing the birds on Bird Island. No really! That is the reason. Cards and letters can go to Mark J. Belton, Secretary of the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources, 580 Taylor Avenue, Tawes State Office Building, Annapolis, MD 21401
Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" had a great day tog fishing on ocean structure. Limits all around the rail. John Rosser caught a 24 1/4-incher that weighed 10.7 lbs.
Anglers on the charterboat, "Fish Bound" caught their limit of tautog and released a bunch more while fishing on an ocean wreck in 45-feet of water. Mike Hernandez caught a 12 pounder while using white crab for bait.
WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016
9:53 AM - National Marine Fisheries Service just adjusted bluefin tuna regulations effective April 23rd. The new, adjusted regs will be:
Recreational (Angling) Category - 2 bluefin tuna measuring 27 inches to less than 47 inches AND 1 bluefin tuna measuring 47 inches to less than 73 inches.
Charter/Headboat Category - 3 bluefin tuna measuring 27 inches to less than 47 inches AND 1 bluefin tuna measuring 47 inches to less than 73 inches.
2:29 PM - Well, the National Marine Fisheries Service just released their Status of Stock Report for 2015 and here are some changes:
* 8 stocks came off the overfishing list and 10 were added
* 2 stocks are no longer considered overfished and 1 was added
* Summer flounder was added to the "Overfishing List"
* Yellowtail flounder was added to the "Overfishing List"
* Bigeye tuna was added to the "Overfishing List"
* Blueline tilefish was removed from the "Overfished List" for the South Atlantic
TUESDAY, April 19, 2016
10:01 AM - Yesterday, 5 anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught their limit of tautog while fishing with green crabs on an artificial reef in 40-feet of water. Their largest fish weighed 12.4 lbs. and was caught by Dennis Gidalgo from New York.
8:00 PM - Capt. Monty on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported an awesome tautog bite today. Could have easily limited out for all anglers but they decided to do more tagging then keeping. Largest were pushing 10 lbs. All on an artificial reef. "Morning Star" will be heading out on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
MONDAY, April 18, 2016
9:00 AM - On Friday, Danny Cox and Greg Volpitta ventured down to Wachapreague, VA and caught 5 flounder, measuring between 16 1/2 and 19 1/2-inches.
5:03 PM - The flounder must be snapping in Wachapreague, VA because a report just came in from Nancy Cox who caught 6 flatties while drifting minnows. The fish measured between 16 1/2 and 18 1/2-inches. The largest weighed 2 lbs. 8 oz.
Nick Palese caughta 23-inch, 9 lb. tautog while fishing with green crabs on Russell's Reef. Nick's group caught 13 tautog during their trip aboard the charter boat, "Lucky Break".
SATURDAY, April 16, 2016
The first confirmed flounder catch of the year was made on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" this afternoon when Hannah Johnson of Berlin, MD landed a 21-incher while fishing south of the Assateague Bridge in 9-feet of water at the top of the tide. The fish was hooked on a white Gulp Swimming Mullet. They also released numerous striped bass after hooking them on lures. Hannah was fishing with the famous Chris Lynch, Sierra Payne, Stacey Payne, Capt. Jason Mumord and mate Hugh Cropper.
Doug Coats hooked some tog along the rocks at the mouth of the Commercial Harbor today.
WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016
Another windy day in Ocean City.
Reports have come in about good size bluefish being caught in the surf off Delaware Beaches.
Surfcasters off Assateague Island are hooking into nice size black drum. Further north, short stripers are being caught off the beaches in Delaware with a few larger fish mixed in.
SUNDAY, April 10, 2016
Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught their limit of 24 tautog while fishing with green crabs on an artificial reef. Capt. Kane Bounds reported snotty seas in the morning but it ended up being a nice day.
Reports came in about large bluefish still roaming the bay behind Ocean City and Assateague Island.
WEDNESDAY, April 6,2016
Sounds like the small striper bite around the Rt. 90 Bridge has petered out, at least temporarily. Boats casting bucktails around the pilings and trolling along the span haven't had good luck recently.
1:57 PM - Capt. Jason Mumford from "Lucky Break Charters called in to report big bluefish have entered the bay. He found big ones in the bay behind Assateague Island. Fish weighed between 10 lbs. and 15 lbs.
4:00 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Morning Star" hit the artificial reefs, using green crabs to catch their tautog. Mike Amrhein caught his limit of 4 tog including the largest that was in the 10 lb. range.
Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" ventured out to some ocean structure and the party of 6 caught their boat limit of 32 diah, only keeping the males and releasing the femaies. Largest tog weighed just over 10 lbs. Water temperature was 48-degrees.
SUNDAY, April 3, 2016
Blowing hard today. Time to tie some tackle.
Capt. Monty on the headboat, "Morning Star" had an interesting note in his fishing report. He had a tog caught in January that had a tag in it. It was a female tog tagged in March 2012. At that time, it measured 17 inches. Almost 4 years later, it measured 22.5-inches and was caught on the same artificial reef. Very interesting!
SATURDAY, April 2, 2016
Weather was all over the map today. Rainy in the morning and turned nice for a lot of the afternoon. Bay was flat but ocean was sporty. Didn't see anyone fishing in the bay. Tomorrow it is supposed to blow a gale.
The charter boat, "Fish Bound" braved the snotty seas and returned with 28 keeper tautog for their 5 anglers. The largest weighed 11.9 lbs. They also released a bunch more. All were caught on green crabs in 75' of water outside the 1st Lump. This was the first trip for Capt. Kane's new vessel.
Congratulations to Captain Jon Duffie and anglers on the local boat, "Agitator". The team took first place in the Los Suenos Signature Triple Crown Series, a 3-leg tournament that is fished by all the top guns in the world. The "Agitator" went into Day #3 on the final leg of the tournament sitting in 1st place and really turned it on, catching 30 sailfish on the final day to pull away from the field to win Leg #3 and the entire series. For the tournament, the team scored 24,600 points with 246 sailfish releases, giving them a comfortable winning margin over the 2nd place finisher, "Pelese" with 21,100 points. The "Agitator" performed consistently throughout the tournament, coming in 2nd place in Leg #1 and winning Legs 2 and 3.
Also congratulations to another local boat, "Real Joy" who finished the Tournament Series in 14th place with 17,400 points. The team overcame a slow start on opening day of Leg #3, sitting in 22nd place, but came back strong on Day 2 (11th place) and Day 3 (10th place) to win 12th place in Leg #3.
THURSDAY, March 31, 2016
Billy Powell caught the first black drum of the season while surfcasting off Assateague Island this morning. His first one was 24-inches and weighed 7lbs. 10 oz. He released his second black drum, estimated at around 40 lbs.
On a side note, a couple of local boats are in Costa Rica fishing in the third leg of the Los Suenos Signature Triple Crown Series. Going into Day 1, the "Agitator" leads the 3-leg series with 16,300 points. The "Reel Joy" sits in 18th place with 11,900 points.
WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016
Reports are coming in about keeper striped bass in our bay. Check around the bridges. Casting small single bucktails do the trick and trolling tandem bucktails can also be deadly. Expect plenty of short stripers in the mix.
TUESDAY, March 29, 2016
10:25 AM - Chase Eberle reported that he fished around the South Jetty and in the West Channel off Gudelsky Park yesterday and had 2 keeper tog and over 30 throwbacks.
MONDAY, March 28, 2016
The tautog bite is picking up for anglers fishing around the South Jetty, along the rocks off Gudelsky Park in the West Channel and especially along the bulkhead that runs from 2nd Street to 4th Street. Alltackle OC has whiteleggers (jonah) crabs and sandfleas for sale. The best bite has been during the last couple of hours of the outgoing tide when the water can warm up a bit.
Short stripers, up to 24-inches, continue to be caught around the Rt. 90, in the Inlet and at the Assateague (Verrazano) Bridge. Capt. Jason Mumford on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" has already begun running charters and has kept his anglers busy with short stripers on light tackle. This fishery can be a whole lot of fun! Capt. Jason reported the best bite coming during the incoming tide.
Short stripers and dogfish sharks were caught by surfcasters off Assateague Island.
I haven't heard of any flounder caught in the Inlet or bay lately. Water is still too cold. Water temperature in the Inlet is still hovering between 47 and 50-degrees.
Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" is reporting an improving tautog bite, but the water temperature is still cold enough to make things challenging. Capt. Monty did report more bites and more throwback tautog along with more being tagged. This time of year, the "Morning Star" limits his angler count to only 12 per trip ($110) so it makes for an enjoyable day when you don't have to be elbow to elbow with other anglers. His next trip is on Wednesday.
TUESDAY, March 22, 2016
Capt. Monty took a few people out for some tautog fishing and 3 anglers caught 25 tog. Water was very cold... too cold. Water became warmer the further they traveled offshore. Chasing warmer water is the plan needed to put fish in the cooler.
Received a report that birds were diving just off the Indian River Inlet yesterday. That large school of bunker is no doubt, moving north.
MONDAY, March 21, 2016
Reports have been trickling in about anglers quietly catching flounder in the bay. Also hearing about stripers being caught in the bay but I would assume they are mainly the "short" fish we have been seeing caught by the bridges.
Water temperature in the bay is in the mid-40's.
The diving birds reported just off the OC coast were reportedly bombing large schools of bunker and dogfish. It is prime water temperature for migrating stripers, so keep a look out. If you see any bird action off the coast, please give us a call at 410-213-2200. Thanks.
Capt. Monty on the headboat, "Morning Star" is reporting cold water temperatures are making tautog very sluggish and fishing is slow. A few are getting into nice fish. He is finding some pickets of warmer water where fishing is better.
THURSDAY, March 17, 2016
I received a call yesterday from Capt. Jason Mumford on the "Lucky Break". Capt. Jason reported catching a flounder in his net while commercial fishing in the bay behind Assateague Island. First one we have heard about this year. Thanks to Capt. Jason for the report!
4:37 PM - Capt. Tony Battista just called in to report good numbers of diving gannets bombing the water only a 1/2 mile off the beach between 105th and 115th Street. Maybe the stripers that have been seen cruising 10 miles off the beach have worked their way in. Thanks to Capt. Tony for the report!
Small stripers, around 25", are being caught around the Rt. 90 Bridge.
TUESDAY, March 15, 2016
Well, it looks like the striped bass rumor from March 13th was true. I received reports confirming that striped bass were seen 10 miles off the coast, under diving gannets, off the coast of Chincoteague. I would assume they are also off the Ocean City coast as well.
SUNDAY, March 13, 2015
A couple of boats ventured out to the warm shot of water found 62 miles offshore from the Baltimore down to the Washington. No bites were reported. Good weather permitting, I anticipate others giving it a go this week and fishing the break. The water is showing a counter clockwise rotation so I hope it doesn't move too far offshore.
Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" is reporting sporadic tautog fishing. Cold water is making the tog sluggish one day but it then turns on the next. Hard to predict. I did hear the tog fishing was good today on ocean structure.
I also received reports of schools of stripers seen 8 miles off the beach. I'm doubtful on this one, but I hope it is true. If anyone has confirmed sightings, give me a call at the office (410-213-2200). Striper snipers would appreciate a good spring fishery after the HORRIBLE fall/winter season we had. It would also be great to see the commercial guys get into them because I know they really got hurt this winter due to the bad striper fishing.
Also, belated congratulations to the Capt. Jon Duffie and the crew on the Ocean City boat, "Agitator" for winning the 2nd leg of the Los Suenos Signature Triple Crown Tournament back in late February with 87 billfish releases. It was some incredible fishing with 108 anglers releasing 2,754 billfish during the 3 days of fishing. After winning 2nd place in the first leg of the tournament series, their first place finish in the 2nd leg puts the "Agitator" in 1st place overall heading into the final leg on March 30th-April 2nd.
THURSDAY, March 4, 2016
Capt. Monty Hawkins reported a slow cold water winter tautog bite. One angler had his limit but everyone went home with dinner.
WEDNESDAY, February 24, 2016
3:00 PM - Maryland set their 2016 season and regs for black sea bass today:
Regulations (COMAR) 08.02.05.21F, announces the season, catch limit, and minimum size for the recreational black sea bass fishery for 2016, effective 12:01 a.m. March 1, 2016.
The season will be open May 15, 2016 through September 21, 2016 and October 22, 2016 through December 31, 2016. The season is closed all other dates in 2016.
Anglers may keep up to 15 black sea bass per person per day.
The minimum size is 12.5 inches.
4:22 PM - Maryland set their 2016 striped bass season & regs for the Chesapeake Bay today:
Striped Bass Recreational and Charter Boat Spring Fishery Modification
The Secretary of Maryland Department of Natural Resources, pursuant to Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 08.02.15.12H, announces the modification of the recreational size limit for the striped bass spring fishery in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries. Effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday April 16, 2016, the minimum size limit for the spring fishery is 35 inches. The spring fishery is April 16, 2016 to May 15, 2016.
All other rules remain the same.
WEDNESDAY, February 17, 2016
Well, it looks like we have some good news just around the corner. Shortly, we should see our coastal striped bass regulations change to mirror Delaware's. This will take us from being allowed to keep only 1 fish to being able to keep 1 fish between 28 and 38 inches AND 1 FISH 44 inches or larger. It also eliminates all the problems associated with fishing in Delaware waters. Would we like to go back to 2 fish over 28-inches? Sure we would, but that is not on the table and I applaud the Maryland DNR for pushing for this change.
Also, if you haven't already seen it, the guys from HUK Apparel came out with a new TV Show called Money Fish. I really like it! It is very well done and entertaining. Since they run out of Ocean City, MD you get to see a lot of the local captains, boats scenery. You can check it out on the Sportsman Channel.
SATURDAY, February 6, 2016
Reports came in last night about good numbers of birds working off the Ocean City beach. Unfortunately, nobody is fishing, but with water temperatures back up to the 41-42 degree mark, it is possible fish are still lingering in the area.
It looks like the feds have approved Maryland's motion to change Maryland's striped bass regulations so they mirror Delaware's. I need to find out when the change goes into effect, but Maryland will then have 1 fish 28-38 inches and 1 at 44 inches or larger.
Black sea bass regulations were set for 2016 for the Southern Region, which included DE, MD & VA). The season will run from May 15th to September 21st and October 22nd to December 31st. The minimum size limit will be 12.5 inches and anglers will be allowed to keep 15 fish per trip.
Capt. Monty Hawins on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported a good day of tautog fishing with blackfish up to 17 lbs..
FRIDAY, January, 29, 2016
Received a report the other day from an angler who ventured outside the Inlet and found nothing. Unfortunately, the ocean temp has dropped considerably and was hovering around the 38-degree mark, typically too cold for stripers off our coast.
Speaking of stripers, it looks like Maryland will be soon adopting the same striped bass regulations as Delaware with 2 fish per day, with 1 at 28"-38" and 1 at 44" or greater. It has to be voted on by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, but I'm sure it will pass. The change isn't ideal, but at least it gets us back to 2 fish an it makes a lot of sense for DE and MD to have the same regulations since a lot of the time we are fishing the same waters.
THURSDAY, January 21, 2016
I ventured outside the OC Inlet today with reports coming in on birds working off North Ocean City this morning. Water temperature was in the mid-40's and it was a little snotty heading north into the sea. I worked my way up to just past the highrises and didn't find any working birds on the way. I marked a lot of bait around the Pyramids, but no fish marks underneath.
A friend launched out of Indian River and worked south, meeting me at the highrises. He said that they saw a few working birds off Sea Colony and a load of them on just sitting on the water.
WEDNESDAY, January 20, 2016
Reports came in today about a good number of birds bombing the waters of 45th Street, about 2 miles out.
TUESDAY, January 19, 2016
The bad weather has just been relentless, but we finally got some good news. A very reliable source called in yesterday to say that he was looking at an enormouse flock of gannets bombing the water off 145th Street on the 3-mile line. Looks like stripers are still rolling through, which doesn't surprise me since the water temperature is still above the 40-degree mark, but is dropping fast with the cold weather we are having. Now, we just need to be able to get out to them. Keep your boat in the water!
SATURDAY, January 16, 2016
Too rough (again!) to fish today. Looks like we may have a shot at it tomorrow.
Late yesterday, I ventured out to Little Gull Shoal, but unfortunately the 3-4 foot waves, 12-seconds apart (according to NOAA) turned into 3-4-foot waves 2 seconds apart, making it very unpleasent. Ended up turning around after seeing no life, either in the air or on my fishfinder screen. Water temperature was an incredible 50-degrees and I hear that anglers are still pounding stripers off South Jersey. I know the fish are here, we just need to be able to get to them!
FRIDAY, January 15, 2016
Reports came in about birds working just outside Great Gull over a load of bait. .
12:34 PM - Capt. Monty Hawkins reported a great day aboard the headboat, "Morning Star" with a limit of tog for all his anglers.
THURSDAY, January 14, 2016
Seas have been rough over the past week. Been warm… but very windy. There was a break today where the "Morning Star" was able to stay inshore and had a very good tog trip with quite a few limits around the rail and a lot of female fish released.
FRIDAY, January 8, 2016
I wish I had fishing reports, but right now, there isn't much to report. The ocean temperature off our coast is still between 50 and 52-degrees. No fish have been caught, or even seen, inside of 3 miles and seas seem to be a constant 3-5 feet or worse everyday.
Capt. Monty reported a very slow tog bite yesterday morning, but it turned on in the afternoon and they ended up with a good day. Chan Park took the fish pool with a 10 lb. tog.
SUNDAY, January 3, 2016
Seas were nice inside of 2-miles, but got too bumpy to fish comfortably east of there. No stripers were caught off the Delmarva coast. Fish are still being crushed off New Jersey between Atlantic City & Wildwood. Our water temps are in the 50-52 degree range. Plenty of dogfish.
Capt. Monty on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported decent tautog fishing. Weather kept them closer to shore than desired.
SATURDAY , January 2, 2016
Tautog season reopened on Jan 1st in MD and local headboats are returning with nice catches from ocean structure.
Striper fishing is still horrible. Even the commercial guys are seeing goose eggs. Seas have been too rough to fish a short distance from the beach (2 miles). Fish are passing by 8-10 miles off the coast. Jersey anglers are still pounding them hard and our water temp is still right around 50 degrees so we should have plenty of striper fishing this winter.
Small stripers are plentiful around the Rt 90 Bridge.
Tomorrows weather looks fishable.