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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
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4.26.15 3:45 pm
by Larry Jock
SUNDAY, April 26, 2015
Bluefish are still being caught in good numbers from the beach. Seems like the better bite is up off the Delaware beaches. Reports of black drum catches are also coming in from anglers fishng off Assateague Island.
Received a report today of John Hinkle landing a 15 lb. 4 oz. bluefish on a finger mullet while fishing off the beach at Fenwick State Park.
SATURDAY, April 25, 2015
9:16 AM - Capt. Mark Hoos on the charter boat, "Marli" reported that they caught their limit of striped bass while trolling tandem parachutes off Cove Point in 70 to 100-feet of water. The "Marli is sailing out of Solomon's Island.
Stripers and bluefish are being caught off the beach outside of the Indian River Inlet. A lot of bunker in the area.
Black drum are being caught off the beach on Assateague Island. Stripers are also being hooked, but most have been under the legal limit. A few keepers have been mixed in. Bluefish have also been hitting on fresh bunker.
2:40 PM - The charter boat, "Fish Bound" returned with a boat limit of 32 tautog and a few cod after fishing on ocean structure in 49-degree water with white crabs. Largest tog weighed 9 lbs.
4:53 PM - Outside of a few boats mugging up the tautog on ocean structure, there wasn't a whole lot going on today. The charter boat, "Get Sum" ventured down to the bay behind Assateague Island and released a short striper. Capt. Nick reported water temperatures between 48 and 53-degrees. He did say that he spoke to one angler who ended up with 2 keepers.
I would check out around the Rt. 90 Bridge, even if it is casting for smaller stripers around the pilings. This is the time of year when the stripers are typically in that area and throwing bucktails or lures can be a lot of fun.
FRIDAY, April 24, 2015
9:00 AM - I received an email from Capt. Mark Hoos who is running striper fishing trips in the Chesapeake Bay. Capt. Mark reported that the fish are starting to exit the rivers and dumping into the bay. They had 17 bites yesterday and landed 13 fish while trolling around Hi Buoy in the Chesapeake Bay in front of the Patuxent River.
Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported that the toggers who fished inshore yesterday really slammed them. There was too much wind to get out further. Capt. Monty and his team put a boatload and a quarter of rubble on Kelly's reef yesterday and a 3/4 load at Purnell's Reef. Today they will put two more loads at Purnell's and on Saturday they will go back to the Bass Grounds for some more work. A big thank you to Capt. Monty and his team. If you are interested in getting the reef charts of the entire Ocean City Reef Foundation artificial reef system, it is the best $50 you will ever spend. Just log onto www.ocreeffoundation.com.
THURSDAY, April 23, 2015
Big bluefish, 10+ lbs., were being caught from the beach outside the Indian River Inlet today. No stripers.
WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015
10:14 AM - Gary German reported that he was fishing this morning over the flats north of the Thorofare. He caught a 19-inch flounder in 3-feet of water. Water temperature was 60-degrees and it was at the bottom of the tide. Gary caught the flattie on a white Gulp! and shiner combination.
Ryan Nys landed an 11.9 lb. striper and a 9.45 lb. bluefish in the Indian River Inlet. Both on bucktails.
3:20 PM - I just spoke to Capt. Bill Baker at Bill's Sport Shop in Lewes, DE. Bill said they just weighed in a 16 lb. bluefish caught by a kayaker around the Cape Henlopen Pier. He also said that some stripers are being caught in the Indian River Inlet and off the beach at 3R's Road. Black drum are being landed off Broadkill Beach. Capt. Bill said he is loaded with new products, so swing on in!!!
TUESDAY, April 21, 2015
Charter boat, "Fish Bound" returned with 18 tog in the box after fishing an artificial reef with green crabs. Mike Murray had the largest tog of the day, weighing 10 lbs. 2 oz.
SUNDAY, April 19, 2015
It was a windy day in Ocean City today with winds in the 15-20 range. I didn't see anyone out on the water.
I did hear that some flounder are being caught in the Indian Rive Bay. Will get more details tomorrow.
SATURDAY, April 18, 2015
The first flounder was caught behind Ocean City today when Rosanna Nicoletos landed a 22-incher while drifting minnows and white Gulp north of the Rt. 90 Bridge in 6-feet of water.
James Hajek and Chris Peeples caught a couple of tog at the South Jetty yesterday. Guys used crabs left over from last year as bait. Inlet water was clear and 58-degrees.
Capt. Chris Mizurak on the charter boat, "Reef Chief" reported a picky tog bite today on ocean structure. His anglers pecked away at them and ended up one tog short of their limit. Largest was caught by Joe McNeal with an 11 lb. 10 oz Gomer. Fish was caught on white crabs.
FRIDAY, April 17, 2015
Charter boat, "Fish Bound" had a good day with a limit of 28 tog for a group of 5 anglers plus the captain and mate. Fish weighed up to 8 lbs. The group was done by noon. Water temp warmed up to 49 degrees.
The first black drum of the season was caught today when Tom Nelson landed a 30-incher that weighed 20 lbs. Tom was surfcasting off Assateague Island.
We FINALLY saw the first flounder of the season!!! Jeff Purdy caught 4 keepers while fishing with minnows in the Lewes Canal. Fish measured up to 19.5 inches. Could they also be in the waters behind Ocean City????
TUESDAY, April 14, 2015
Looks like the season is officially late!
I spoke to an angler today who was one of a group of 18 that fished all weekend from Oyster to Wachapreague. He said that out of 18 anglers, not one even got a bite! They had water temperatures from the mid-50's up to 61-degrees.
Bob Foster from Oyster Bay Tackle did call in to report that he knows of a couple of flounder caught in Oyster. One fellow had 3 keepers out of 6 fish.
I also heard some anglers tried drifting in the Thorofare this past weekend and they didn't get any bites either.
At least one striper was caught from the beach on Assateague Island. Not a keeper.
MONDAY, April 13, 2015
Capt. Kane Bounds on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" took 6 anglers to ocean wrecks where they caught 31 keeper tautog and 3 keeper cod. Water temperature on the surface was 47-degrees.
The "Reef Chief" reported a slower tautog bite today, with 4 anglers catching 12 keeper tautog and throwing back a mess of others while fishing on an ocean wreck. Fish were caught on whiteleggers.
SUNDAY, April 12, 2015
Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" ended their day with 11 keeper tautog and a lot of short fish while dropping on ocean structure.
The charter boat, "Reef Chief" had 4 anglers catch their limit of 16 tautog plus the captain and mate each caught their limit of 4 tog a piece while fishing on an ocean wreck. Largest fish weighed 9 lbs.
SATURDAY, April 11, 2015
The charter boat, "Fish Bound" hit some ocean structure and caught 11 tautog and 2 cod.
WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2015
Tony Smyth emailed me that birds were circling over a whale that was 1/2 mile off the beach in Bethany yesterday morning.
TUESDAY, April 7, 2015
I spoke to Zac Smith, owner of the new Red Right Return tackle shop in Selbyville, DE and he reported gannets working the waters hard on Sunday and again yesterday. The birds were diving between the Fishing Pier and 1-mile off the beach. He trolled through them on Sunday but didn't have any marks. Bluefish? Stripers?
MONDAY, April 6, 2015
Jeff Griffin sent me an email saying that they are catching stripers in the Delaware River (Cherry Flats) on bloodworms. Water temp is 46-degrees. Jeff and his buddies released a pair of 24-inchers and had a 30-incher during a morning trip.
FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2015
A break in the weather allowed the charter boat, "Fish Bound" to head to ocean structure where the 3 anglers ended up with 8 nice tautog and 15 cod caught in 42-degree water. The largest tog was landed by and angler from Smyrna, DE with a 10.9 pounder. Fish ranged from 22 to 24-inches. White crabs and clams were used for bait.
WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015
Nothing to report fishing-wise, but at least we are seeing water temperatures moving higher. In the OC Inlet today, temps ranged between 41 and 45-degrees. Stripers anyone???
WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015
6:55 PM - The first mako of the season was caught today on the "Nontypical" by angler Andy Smelter. Capt. Terry Layton and his gang caught the mako in 200 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon where they found 65-degree water. They then ventured out to 1,000 fathoms outside the Baltimore Canyon where they found 71.5-degree water and some good life (whales, porpoises, weedlines, flying fish) Terry said that he had ice on his boat when they left the dock and had water tempertures in the upper-30's when the busted the OC Inlet out to 20 fathoms. The 67.5-inch male mako was estimated at around 100 lbs. and was caught on a trolled horse ballyhoo dressed up with a pink and white Joe Shute lure. Congratulations to the "Nontypical" crew (Capt. Terry Layton, Jim Hughes, Dave Peterson, Andy Smelter and Kevin McCabe).
TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2015
Well, I went for what turned out to be a very long boat ride in search of striped bass and bluefish. Started at Little Gull… out to Great Gull… out to the Jackspot… back in to the Bass Grounds… over to Isle of Wight Shoal... up to Fenwick Shoal and back inside along the beach. Saw very few birds and almost no bait and no fish. Water temperature was just shy of 40 degrees when I left the Ocean City Inlet and got up to 44 degrees at the Jackspot, but it is much colder on the bottom. The little bird activity that I did see was around Isle of Wight Shoal.
I do know of one other boat that ventured 15 miles south and saw nothing.
I did hear of some bluefish at the Fingers.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2015
There haven't been too many anglers chasing striped bass lately, but that doesn't mean they aren't out there. Water temperatures close to the beach continue to hover around 38-degrees, too cold for stripers. However, warmer water can be found not too far away, either east or south, and it is just a matter of going far enough to find 42-degree water and you will find the birds and the fish.. and they are thick! So, keep your eyes open when you are outside the 3-mile line trolling for bluefish. You may run across a big school of linesiders!
TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2015
It was a nice day in the ocean... for a boat ride. There weren't a lot of boats out today, and most got skunked (including me). I headed south, 15 miles from the Ocean City Inlet. Water temp was 42.5-degrees outside the inlet and progressively got warmer the further south I went. Warmest was 45-degrees. I found some birds and bait a few miles south of the Sliver (around 10 miles south), but nothing the further I went. Activity was around 2-2.5 miles off the beach. Most of the birds I saw were heading east.
Other anglers trolled during the morning between Little Gull and the Sliver and came up with nothing.
Some anglers found birds, bait and fish north of the Ocean City Inlet off the high rise hotels in the afternoon.
Tomorrow morning looks like it might be fishable. After that, gale warnings.
MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2015
Reports came in from multiple anglers about good bird activity from north of the OC Inlet down to Little Gull. Seas were rough.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2014
The big news today was the 28.8 lb. tautog caught by Ken Westerfeld while fishing on the charter boat, "Fish Bound". Ken's jumbo tog set a new world record. the fish measured 35-inches and had a girth of 25 1/4-inches.
If you want to catch large tog, NOW is the time to do it. Historically, the headboats and charter boats running this time of year can really bring back some bruisers.
The feds released the public notice we told everyone about on Wednesday. It set the striped bass creel reduction to 1 fish per person effective at 12:01 AM on Monday.
Striper fishing was slow again today (same as yesterday). Boats were teased with good marks of bait, especially south of the OC Inlet and past the Assateague Bridge, inside the 3 mile line. Birds were continually working the water along with heading towards the south. The boats that did get them only picked at them, but most boats got skunked. There was a rumor of a group of fish caught just outside the Indian River Inlet, but I found nobody to validate the rumor with catches.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2014
Well, here's a late Christmas present from the government. The public notice that was supposed to go out before the end of the year to change the striper fishery to a 1 fish per person creel limit effective January 1st won't go out until Friday. This means that we will be able to keep 2 fish per person for at least Thursday (Jan 1st) and Friday (Jan 2nd). According to Tom O'Connell, who heads up Marylands Fisheries Service, the effective date will either be Saturday or Sunday, so we may even luck out and be able to keep 2 fish per person on Saturday also, but don't expect to be able to on Sunday.
Also, the Coastal Fisherman Winter Issue is on the streets. You can pick it up at many locations along the coast from Lewes, DE down to Ocean City, MD. I hope you enjoy it!!
Happy New Year to everyone!
There was good activity today up off the high rises in OC. Good bird action but more commercial dragging. Best shot was off Pyramid Hotel.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2014
What a difference a day makes. Yesterdays lake-flat seas were turned into a washing machine today. Very rough this morning, but "flattened" out somewhat in the afternoon.
Striper fishing was hit or miss with fish being found from 2.5 to 3.0 miles out between the Sea Buoy and a couple miles past Little Gull. Birds were flying but the fish are moving hard to the south. Water temperatures is hanging around 45.8 degrees so we should have plenty of fishing left.
A hot lure again this year is the TOMIC (not Atomic). These are made in Canada and are used for salmon fishing. Great as your trailing lure on Mojo's. Check with your local tackle shop who would either have them or can get them. Go big… the 6 & 7-inchers work great, especially in the pearl color. Benny Thumma turned me on to these about 7 years ago and I have had great results with them ever since. I know a bunch of other guys around town use them also. The "classic" model with rattles seem to be working the best this year! Their "tubby" model is also a good one. You can check out all their lures and colors at www.tomiclures.com. Nice people!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2014
There hasn't been a lot to report lately, and unfortunately, today is the same. Not much action inside the 3-mile line. Fish were picked at south of the Sliver, but nothing to rave about. Ocean was flat as a lake for the better part of today. Water temp was between 45 and 46 degrees, so the good news is that we have plenty of fishing left. Don't worry, the fish will move inside one of these days. We just have to make sure we are there to capitalize on it!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2104
Flat as a lake today, especially the farther you went south.
There was a decent striper bite from the Sliver to 18 mile south. Seemed like anglers mostly. just picked at the stripers all day. Not a lot of blitzs. Water ten was between 46 & 47 degrees.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2014
It sounds like there was a good striper bite a couple of miles south of the Sliver today. Boats that were there when the bite was hot obviously got them but many boats were late to the show. The bite north of the OC Inlet was dead.
The Ocean City fishing community lost another icon today. Capt. Fred Phillips, longtime captain of the "Virginia" passed away. Services will be held at Pippins Funeral Home in Wyoming, DE. The viewing is on Monday from 7 to 9 PM. The burial is on Tuesday at 11 AM.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014
Some stripers were caught straight out front of the Ocean City Inlet today.
I also received reports that there was bird activity south of the Inlet between 2 and 3 miles off the beach.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2014
9:20 AM - As I reported yesterday, the striper bite off the coast of Ocean City was slow. I have found out that there was a better bite north of us. Anglers trolling north of the Indian River Inlet, inside Reef Site 9 down to Fenwick Shoal found fish. Trolled Bomber lures worked well.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2014
It is with a very heavy heart that I report that Sue Foster, owner of Oyster Bay Tackle and Fenwick Tackle, died today after a long battle with cancer. Sue was an icon in the Ocean City fishing community. She was one of the most energetic and postive people I have ever met. There wasn't a time that she didn't bring a smile to my face, seeing her bounce around, excited to tell a story about catching fish. Sue will be sorely missed and I wish her husband, Bob and brothers Dan and Dave Mumford our condolences. If there are flounder or trout in heaven, they are in trouble! Rest in peace, Sue. I will miss you greatly.
Striper fishing today was much slower than it has been the last few days. Anglers still caught fish, but nothing in the quantity of recent days. Fish were picked at around the Sliver, Little Gull and further south. Draggers and netters were plentiful on the shoals, so it made things tough for recreational trollers.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2014
There was another great striper bite today. Same spots as yesterday with the best action south of the Inlet between 8 and 14 miles. Most were in the 10-11 mile range.
A few fish were also caught on Little Gull Shoal today.
Capt. Chris on the headboat, "Angler" reported good sea bass fishing with a lot of limits around the rail and fish up to 4 lbs.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2014
The seas were beautiful today. The striper bite north of the inlet was much more quiet today with the better bite happening 10.5 miles south of the Ocean City Inlet from 2.5 to 3.0 miles off the beach. A lot of fish in the 37 to 41-inch class caught on trolled mojos. Chartreuse was a hot color today.
Those trolling Little Gull Shoal today found a lot of bait and solid marks of fish, but they just weren't snapping. In addition to the hot bite 10.5 miles down the beach, anglers also found some fish at the Sliver.
Today was the final day of the Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament.
"Fish Frenzi" put another 6 stripers in the cooler with their 2 largest weighing 25.8 and 26.6 lbs. Fish were caught 10.5 miles down the beach on trolled mojos.
Lynda Talbot caught a 37-inch striper north of the OC Inlet on an umbrella rig.
"Wrecker" returned with another load of stripers after trolling 10 miles down the beach. Largest fish weighed 27.2 lbs.
Tara McDonald weighed a 38-inch striper that tipped the scale at 23 lbs. Tara hooked the striper off Seacrets.
Here's the final standings:
"Fish Frenzi' 28.6 lbs. $2,295
"Aubree Lynn" 28.4 lbs. $1,134
"Wrecker" 28.2 lbs. $999
"Fish Frenzi" 7.6 lbs. $450
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2014
Although the seas were rough, striper fishing was excellent. The best bite was north of the Ocean City Inlet, off the Seacrets radio tower, right on the 3 mile line. Mostly all of the fish caught today were hooked on the troll, with white mojos being the hot ticket.
There was also a good bite at Little Gull in 50 feet of water.
The scale at the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament was very busy with numerous boats returning with their limit of stripers. Here is what we saw:
"Fish Frenzi" brought back 6 stripers with the heaviest weighing 28.6 lbs. All were caught between the Inlet and Seacrets on mojos.
"Wrecker" had a cast of thousands on the boat and returned with 14 stripers in the box. Heaviest weighed 28.2 lbs. and measured 41-inches. All were caught between the OC Inlet and Secrets.
"Hell Bent" caught 8 stripers. Largest weighed 27.2 lbs. and measured 40-inches. Caught on umbrellas and mojos north of the Inlet off Seacrets radio tower.
"Sell Fish" had 6 stripers caught along the 3-mile line off Seacrets. Largest was 38-inches.
Wes Pollitt caught a 25 lb. striper on a trolled mojo off Seacrets.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2014
Today was a great day for striper fishing. Seas were much nicer than predicted. The NOAA Coastal Forecast called for 30 mph winds but the Weather.com OC Report was more accurate with west winds early in the 10 mph range but increasing as the day went on.
Trollers got into nice size fish along the 3-mile line from straight out from the Inlet up to the lumps inshore of Fenwick Shoal. Fish were deep with most bites coming on heavy weighted mojos. White was the hot color.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2014
Anglers who ventured outside of the Inlet today were met with snotty seas and the further you headed east, the snotty they were. There was some good bird action north of the Inlet, but for most of the day they were just over the 3-mile line. Mid-afternoon they had worked themselves to inside the 3-mile line and anglers found fish. Water temperatures are anywhere between 46 and 49-degrees.
A few boats fished today in the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament and there were some leaderboard changes.
"Hell Bent" was the first to arrive at the scales and they weighed a 23.2 lb. linesider.
"Fish Frenzi" took over 1st place with a 40-incher that tipped the scale at 25.6 lbs. The fish was caught by Pete Renzi.
"Canyon Pearl" was the next and final boat to arrive at the scale and they had a nice catch of 8 stripers. Their heaviest also weighed 25.6 lbs., so we have a tie for 1st place heading into the final 3 days of the tournament.
Here are the current standings:
25.6 lbs. 40"L 23"G FISH FRENZI
25.6 lbs. 40"L 21"G CANYON PEARL
25.4 lbs. 40”L 22”G NONTYPICAL
24.8 lbs. 40"L 21"G CANYON PEARL
24.4 lbs. 38”L 22”G ON EDGE
23.8 lbs. 38”L 23”G ON EDGE
23.4 lbs. 39”L 22”G AUBREE LYNN
23.2 lbs. 39"L 22"G HELL BENT
22.8 lbs. 40.5”L 22”G HUSEVO
22.8 lbs. 38”L 21”G WRECKER
22.6 lbs. 39”L 21”G HELLBENT
22.6 lbs. 36.5”L 22”G HUSEVO
22.4 lbs. 38”L 22”G WRECKER
21.6 lbs. 39”L 22”G HUSEVO
20.6 lbs. 32”L 17”G WRECKER
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2014
It was another nasty, windy day on the Eastern Shore. Extreme high tides, rain and wind made it miserable.
I did speak with an angler yesterday who told me that I was a little too far north on Saturday in my search for bluefish for the smoker. It looks like there were a ton of bluefish on the Bass Grounds (2nd lump). Oh well!
Today was the 3rd day of the 2nd Annual Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tourament. Like Sunday and Monday, nobody fished today due to bad weather conditions. Here are the standings:
25.4 lbs. 40”L 22”G NONTYPICAL
24.4 lbs. 38”L 22”G ON EDGE
23.8 lbs. 38”L 23”G ON EDGE
23.4 lbs. 39”L 22”G AUBREE LYNN
22.8 lbs. 40.5”L 22”G HUSEVO
22.8 lbs. 38”L 21”G WRECKER
22.6 lbs. 39”L 21”G HELLBENT
22.6 lbs. 36.5”L 22”G HUSEVO
22.4 lbs. 38”L 22”G WRECKER
21.6 lbs. 39”L 22”G HUSEVO
20.6 lbs. 32”L 17”G WRECKER
19.8 lbs. 37”L 20”G AUBREE LYNN
19.6 lbs. 39”L 20”G AUBREE LYNN
15.8 lbs. 34”L 20”G FISH FRENZI
15.6 lbs. 34.5”L 18”G HUSEVO
14.2 lbs 34”L 18”G HELLBENT
13.8 lbs. 31”L 17”G NONTYPICAL
13.0 lbs. 34”L 19”G SOGGY DOLLAR
11.4 lbs. 32”L 17”G ON EDGE
8.4 lbs. 28”L 16”G AUBREE LYNN
*No bluefish were weighed today.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2014
It turned out to be a nicer day than expected in the ocean today. Seas had an east swell, but was nice overall.
The first day of the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament was today, the first of the 9-day event. 13 boats are entered and quite a few of them weighed fish today. Most of them fished north of the Ocean City Inlet and picked at fish the entire day. The "Nontypical" took the lead with a 25.4 lb. rockfish with a couple of other fish right on it's heels.
The bite extended from straight out from the Inlet up to Dewey Beach. It didn't sound like there was much of a bite south of the OC Inlet.
We ventured out to Isle of Wight Shoal in search of bluefish for my brother's smoker. We didn't find any bluefish but we did hook a 24-inch flounder which was stuffed with crabmeat and became part of my dad's 81st birthday dinner tonight. Happy birthday, Dad!!!
Jamie Breidenstein reported in that hime and Matt Borys caught 2 stripers measuring 38" and 40" inches while trolling off midtown OC. They also had 2 bluefish measuring 30" and 32".
Tina Siuta reported catching her limit of stripers today at the Sliver. Largest fish was 42-inches and 30 lbs. The other was 41 inches and weighed 27 lbs. Her husband Jerry caught a 36-inchers.
Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported having a good sea bass trip with a lot of limits around therail. They also caught a bunch of bluefish weighing up to 12 lbs. All were caught on an offshore wreck.
Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported that all of his anglers caught their limit of sea bass today while fishing at "Chester Sadowski's Hotspot", otherwise known as an ocean wreck.
Capt. Chester Sadowski on the "Jezebel" caught his limit of sea bass for 6 anglers on an ocean wreck.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014
*** Don't forget to register for the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament TONIGHT at 6:00 PM ***
10:45 PM - The early week striper bite at Overfalls Shoal in the Delaware Bay has petered out a bit lately. The best bite is still between the Indian River Inlet and Sea Colony in Bethany, just inside the 3-mile line at sunrise and late in the afternoon. Anglers haven't been finding a lot of bird activity. They have been finding the linesiders after cruising over large pods of bunker. Commercial boats were working the area off 128th Street this morning.
11:31 PM - Heard from the Coast Guard that the rumors of drones being used to catch anglers fishing for stripers outside 3 miles are untrue.
1:26 PM - Got a report from striper fanatic, Tim Romberger. Tim headed north to between Sea Colony and the Bethany Lump. Said there were 30 boats up there. No birds and no marks. A few fish were caught very early this morning, but the bite was over by 8:45 AM. Some bluefish were wreaking havoc on rubber shads. Anglers fishing north of the Indian River Bridge, just inside Reef Site 9 crushed them this morning with fish up to 30 lbs.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2014
11:30 AM - Anglers have been catching stripers at Overfalls Shoal, but mostly fish too short to keep.
The best bite has been in the ocean between the Indian River Inlet and Sea Colony. Nice, big fish mainly caught on the troll between 2 and 2.5 miles off the beach.
Not much going on in the Indian River Inlet.
I haven't been able to verify the drone rumor. Feds did have helicopters circling boats that were fishing outside the 3-mile line. I guess out country has more money than I thought.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2014
10:24 AM - Capt. Brian on the "Little Angler II" reported having 7 nice stripers in the box after running across a "huge" baitball, north of Sea Colony, 2.5 miles off the beach. Their smallest fish measured 33 inches and their largest measured 47 inches. Capt. Brian is trolling mojo rigs in 50-degree water.
9:37 PM - Sounds like there was a good striper bite off Sea Colony (Bethany Beach) and points north. Nice fish caught on the troll.
Heard a rumor today that an angler got caught by a drone, fishing outside 3 miles and the feds showed up at his door with pictures. I will try to track down the validity of the rumor tomorrow.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2014
Gordy Kautz and Jimmy Long caught their limit of stripers south of the OC Inlet by the Sliver. Largest fish measured 38-inches. Trolling mojo's.
Mike Hastings caught a 37-inch striper while fishing off Assateague Island.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 31, 2014
I wish I could update the report more often, but quite honestly, either there hasn't been anything to report or the wind has been too strong to even get out.
The good news is that the stripers are definitely here and water temperatures are still hovering around 50-degrees, so there is plenty of fishing time left. We usually see them stick around until the water reaches 40-degrees, and then they become scarce or gone.
Anglers were able to get out on Saturday and Sunday. Fish were caught on the troll inside the 3-miles up and down the line. Stripers are being caught north of the Inlet, up to Bethany Beach (Sea Colony), and continue to be caught south of the inlet (down by the Sliver) as well.
The Lewes Harbour Marina Striper Tournament ran from October 25th to November 25th. Joe said that not as many fish were weighed this year. The winner was a 44.8 pounder caught at Overfalls Shoal in early November.
Sea bass fishing continues to be good on offshore structure. The Radford wreck was a good spot for knotheads recently. The "Angler" had a good day on Saturday with many sea bass limits and bluefish up to 12 lbs. Fish were caught on Diamond jigs and squid.
Tautog season closes in Maryland until January 1st. Still open in Delaware.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014
Just a miserable day in Ocean City today. It should take a few days for the waters to settle down after this storm.
They are still slamming striped bass in South Jersey, so we should have batches of big fish moving our way. Just a matter of being able to get to them.
Tautog fishing has been a little slow around the South Jetty and along the rock off Martha's Landing. A lot of throwbacks.
The big news today was the Ocean City Shark Tournament announcing that they will no longer hold the tournament. According to the organizers, the bad weather and changes in the fishery over the last couple of years "critically hurt attendence and financial reserves". This is unfortunate, but understandable. For 34 years the organizers worked hard to put on a good tournament and it is a shame that it has to end.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
Windy day today. Big stripers were caught over the weekend. Most of the action was south of the Ocean City Inlet. Good bird activity north, but no fish.
Looks like white is the color of choice on trolling lures right no