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December 11, 2017 - Maryland Boaters Can Now Renew Their Vessels Online New Interagency Platform Enhances Renewal Process

December 11, 2017 - 2018 Recreational Black Sea Bass Fishery — Effective Jan. 1, 2018

December 11, 2017 - 2018 Summer Flounder Season, Size Limit and Creel Limit — Effective Jan. 1, 2018

December 11, 2017 - 2018 Atlantic Coast Recreational and Charter Boat Striped Bass Fishery Changes — Effective Jan. 1, 2018

November 21, 2017 - Agenda for Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Council Meeting December 2017 Council Meeting

November 16, 2017 - Correction: NOAA Fisheries Announces Final Blueline Tilefish Amendment to the Golden Tilefish Fishery Management Plan

November 16, 2017 - ASMFC Approves Interstate FMP for the Atlantic Migratory Group Cobia

October 24, 2017 - WMO pays 2017 Winners

September 22, 2017 - NEFSC Fall Research Cruises Will Continue with Some Modifications

September 2, 2017 - "Top Dog" Organizes Truckload to Benefit Hurricane Victims.

August 24, 2017 - The MidAtlantic Press Release - Day 4

August 23, 2017 - The MidAtlantic Press Release - Day 3

August 22, 2017 - The MidAtlantic Press Release - Day 2

August 21, 2017 - The MidAtlantic Press Release - Day 1

June 30, 2017 - DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announces Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament’s new youth division

June 28, 2017 - Trump Administration Delivers for Saltwater Recreational Anglers

June 28, 2017 - NOAA Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule Adding Blueline Tilefish to Golden Tilefish Management Plan

June 26, 2017 - NOAA opens public comment period on Sec. 4(b) in Executive Order 13795 focused on National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments

June 14, 2017 - Judge DQ's Heasley's 2016 White Marlin

June 2, 2017 - PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO 7 DE ADMIN CODE 3511 SUMMER FLOUNDER SIZE LIMITS; POSSESSION LIMITS; SEASONS

June 2, 2017 - Anglers invited to fish for free in Delaware waters June 3 and 4 DNREC’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police to host 31st Annual Youth Fishing Tournament June 3

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 26, 2016 - READ OFFICIAL WMO COURT DOCUMENT

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 - BIG ROCK GIVES BACK TO COMMUNITY

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 - PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMMENDMENTS TO 7 DE ADMIN CODE 3500 TIDAL FINFISH TO INCLUDE A NEW 3542 TILEFISH

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 - BIG ROCK ANNOUNCES FREE CONCERT!

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 - PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED BLUE CRAB REGULATIONS

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 6, 2015 - PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED BLUE CRAB REGULATIONS

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 29, 2015 - DE PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS TO TIDAL FINFISH REGULATION 3502, 3503, 3504, 3505 AND 3506 PERTAINING TO STRIPED BASS.

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 6, 2014 - UPDATE ON 2015 STRIPED BASS REGULATION PROCESS

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

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

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

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

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

September 11, 2014 - MD extends sea bass season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 29, 2014 - CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE APPROVES 'FLEXIBILITY'

May 5, 2014 - Bluefin Tuna Regulations Updated

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

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

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

April 14, 2014 - MSSA Reschedules Youth Fishing Program

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

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

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

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

March 31, 2014 - MSSA forms Youth Angler Club

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

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

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

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

March 18, 2014 - NMFS Releases Final 2013 Bluefin Landings

March 17, 2014 - 2014 Summer Flounder Regulations Set

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

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

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

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

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

March 10, 2014 - MD Sets 2014 Flounder Regulations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 6, 2014 - OCEAN CITY SHARK TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCES CHANGE

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

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

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

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

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

November 27, 2013 - LOOK FOR NEXT COASTAL HUNTER

November 26, 2013 - 2014 Chesapeake Bay Striper Quotas Set

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 9, 2013 - Bahia Marina Rocktoberfest Striper Tournament Rescheduled

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 14, 2013 - From the Annual OC Shark Tournament

June 7, 2013 - Delaware Adjust Minimum Size for Flounder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 16, 2013 - NMFS ADJUSTS BLUEFIN TUNA REGULATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

April 24, 2013 - NMFS Preparing Statement for Shark Management

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

April 24, 2013 - MAFMC Meeting Minutes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 1, 2013 - NMFS Adjusts Bluefin Tuna Regulations

March 26, 2013 - Menhaden Management Update

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

March 25, 2013 - Maryland Sets 2013 Flounder Regulations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 21, 2013 - MARYLAND PROPOSES 2013 FLOUNDER REGULATIONS

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

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

February 20, 2013 - NMFS RECONSIDERING PROPOSED DUSKY SHARK MEASURES

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

VIDEO CATEGORY
Fishing Report

12.12.17 1:30 pm

by Larry Jock

** We are accepting pictures for the big Winter Issue. If you would like to submit a picture of a catch, just email it to coastalfisherman@comcast.net. Send it at "Actual Size" and include all the information in the body of the email.

TUESDAY, December 12, 2017

Yesterday, on Day 3 of the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament there were 9 boats fishing. Two boats returned to the scale with fish to weigh. Unfortunately, both had to travel a long way to the coast of South Jersey to catch their fish.

The "Nontypical" returned with 4 keeper striped bass. Their 3 heaviest tipped the scale at 36.8 lbs. 20.4 lbs. and 18.8 lbs. All were caught trolling mojos around 2.5 miles off the Jersey coast.

The "Hellbent" was a little further north than the "Nontypical" and it looks like they got into a better bite north of Avalon, NJ. They had 8 keepers with their 3 heaviest weighing 32.2 lbs., 31.2 lbs. and 16.0 lbs. All were caught on trolled mojos.

Boats that fished south of the Delaware Bay didn't have any fish.

These catches put the "Nontypical" in 1st place and the "Hellbent" in 2nd and 3rd place for heaviest striper. "Hellbent" holds 1st place for Heaviest Stringer.

1:26 PM - There is one boat fishing in the OCMC Rockfish Tournament today (Wazzup). No word yet on how they are doing.


MONDAY, December 11, 2017

It was not the prettiest of weekends for fishing. Snow... wind... miserable. Saturday was opening day of the 9-day Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament. This year, 13 boats signed up for the tournament. On Saturday, nobody fished. On Sunday, only one boat ventured out (Flat Calm) but they didn't find any stripers. Today, there are at least 5 boats fishing in the tournament. Anglers can fish 5 of the 9 days.


FRIDAY, December 8, 2017

Right now, striper fishing off the Delmarva coast is nothing short of dismal. Not much bird action. Not much bait. No whales. No stripers. Not even bluefish. Today, we searched high and low, north and south. No fish. Water temperature was around 53-degrees, so it isn't budging.

We didn't see many other boats out there today. The only other boat we spoke with couldn't find stripers either. They ended up picking up a couple of nice flounder on an offshore wreck. Forecast of 2-3 every 11 seconds was off by about 8 seconds and 1 foot. Not easy to scurry around.


THURSDAY, December 7, 2017

I took a ride this morning and glassed the ocean at 8th Street, 71st Street and 120th Street. Ocean was flat out to a couple of miles and then it looked sporty. Didn't see much bird action. Only a couple of boats fishing.


WEDNESDAY, December 6, 2017

Migrating stripers have hit the rips off Cape May, so they keep getting closer. Water temperature up there in South Jersey is in the 50-degree range, a couple of degrees colder than what we have inside 3-miles. Continue to hear about the quality of fish being caught. Good news for the 9-day (fish 5) Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament that starts on Saturday. Registration is at the Marlin Club at 7pm on Friday night.

Capt. Christopher Adams at Hook'em & Cook'em in the Indian River Marina told me that he saw some stripers hit his cleaning table on Monday from a boat that slammed the stripers off Rehoboth, but nothing from right outside Indian River.

2:00 PM - A report just came in that there are a lot of gannets busting the water on the 3-mile line inshore of the Fenwick Shoal Buoy.


TUESDAY, December 5, 2017

9:27 AM - The Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament IS ON! The tournmament is a fish 5 of 9 days event, starting on Saturday. Weigh-ins are at Atlantic Tackle each day from 3pm to 5 pm. Captains meeting is on Friday at the Marlin Club.

There were some stripers caught off Rehoboth, DE yesterday and a couple outside the Indian River Inlet. I heard some of the fish caught off Rehoboth were slobs. Also, the bite just off the beach of Cape May, NJ was very strong. This cold snap coming through should push some fish our way. Look for that water temp to hit 50-degrees and life should be good!

Right now, Friday is looking very fishable. Gets a little dicey for the weekend.

9:56 AM - Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported good fishing over the last couple of days highlighted by Phil Watt's 4 lb. 12 oz. flounder, Bob Gunkel's 4 lb. 8 oz. flattie and Bob Jones with sea bass weighing up to 3 lbs. Fish were caught on squid at wrecks 20+miles offshore.

10:59 AM - Jeff Waxman, Roger Meekins, Pat Petrera and Rodney Evans left Indian River and took the trip to just north of Cape May, NJ yesterday. Jeff caught a 48-inch striper. In total, they caught 14 stripers, keeping 5 between 44 and 48-inches. Fish were in 40-feet of water, 2 1/2 miles off the beach and were caught on trolled mojos. They had humpback whales feeding on bunker and the stripers were circling picking up the scraps. Bite was pretty steady throughout the trip.


MONDAY, December 4, 2017

Hat's off to the Captain and crew on the "Primary Search". They just told me that during a 35 day stretch in November/December, they caught 22 mahi, a 170 lb. bigeye tuna, went 4 for 7 on swordfish up to 110 lbs. and caught 2 opahs. Their 2nd opah weighed in at 159.8 lbs. Nice work, guys!

4:28 PM - Yesterday, Al Restaneo reported that he ventured up the coast to Stone Harbor, NJ and caught a 45-incher striper.

I did hear that the striper bite was excellent just a mile off the beach in Cape May, NJ... so they are getting closer.

A report came in today that there was a lot of bird action between 13 and 16 miles off Ocean City. At 15 miles, bluefins were seen on the surface and were mixed in with either bluefish or stripers.

Larger bluefish are further offshore, give or take 15 miles.

Terry Layton called in to report that he was hitting the lumps off the north end of Ocean City. Marked some nice bait (sand eels he thought) but didn't get any pulls. Pretty day on the water. Water temperature ranged from 52.5 to 53.5 degrees.

Capt. Chester Sadowski on the "Jezebel" reported that they had a good day at the San Gil yesterday, with a limit of sea bass, 9 triggers and 3 flounder up to 22-inches.


SUNDAY, December 3, 2017

It turned out to be a dud of a weekend for anglers looking for stripers and bluefish along our coast. Water temperature dropped a degree down to 52-degrees and the conditions looked right. The only bird action, inside of 3-miles, was up off Fenwick Island. Some boats tried that location, but no fish were hooked up. The migrating striper bite right now is going on off the Coast of Stone Harbor, NJ.

Dave Spencer took the trip out of Lewes, DE up to Stone Harbor, NJ and caught a 45-inch, 39 lb. striper while trolling a spoon.

Anglers fishing the San Gill wreck found good catches of sea bass.

Colin Campbell and Mike Johnston had a really nice limit of flounder measuring up to 26 1/2-inches. Fish were caught a long way offshore on ocean structure.

There are still plenty of stripers in the 18 to 21-inch range in our bay around Rt. 50 Bridge and Inlet.


SATURDAY! December 2, 2017

Anglers on the "Primary Search" boated another Opah, this one weighed 159.8 lbs.

Not much to report on striped bass. Plenty of small 20-inchers are in the bay but the bulk of those migrating down the coast are still off South Jersey. I took a look for them yesterday in some crappy seas. Went all the way to Sea Colony in Bethany. Didn't see any working birds. Didn't mark any bait. No fish. Water temp was still around 53 degrees.


FRIDAY, December 1, 2017

My crack foreign correspondent in New Jersey received a report that anglers fishing off Ocean City, NJ yesterday got into the stripers good.

There have been reports of small groups of stripers seen by boats coming in from offshore. Fish are hanging in the 11-mile range.

There haven't been any stripers showing up at cleaning tables in Lewes, DE yet, so the fish haven't made the hook around Cape May so far.

Remember the striper regulations this season are: 2 fish per person per day. Must be between 28 inches and 38 inches, inclusive, or greater than or equal to 44 inches.

Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported decent fishing YESTERDAY with a mix of sea bass, flounder and bluefish. Flounder were up to 4.5 lbs. and the heaviest sea bass tipped the scale at 3.5 lbs. All caught on wrecks while using squid for bait.

Unfortunately, most of the bluefish anglers have been coming across at ocean locations have been smaller fish in the 4 lb. range. There were reports of Cape May headboats getting into bluefish yesterday, but at this time we are unsure of the size.

11:45 AM - I did receive a report of birds busting the water, a mile off the beach, off the high rises.


THURSDAY, November 30, 2017

Anglers are still catching plenty of short stripers in the Inlet and around the Rt. 50 Bridge.

Still seeing tautog caught around the pilings of the Rt. 50 Bridge and along the rocks at Martha's Landing in the West Channel (big houses).

The bulk of migrating fish are still up in Jersey, around the Ocean City/Sea Isle City vicinity. Wouldn't be surprised if anglers off our coast find a few leading the pack this weekend. Forecast looks nice!

Surfcasters have been catching slot red drum and an ocassional striper.


WEDNESDAY, November 29, 2017

Our crack foreign correspondent in Ocean City, NJ reported that the striper bite finally reached their area 2 days ago. Fish are nice size. Many over 40-inches being caught.

No stripers have been brought to the table yet in Lewes.

The big news yesterday was Benjamin Rich on the charter boat, "No Limit" caught an 18.5 lb. tautog. The current DE State Record is 21 lbs. 4 oz. caught back in 2005.


MONDAY, November 27, 2017

Received a report from Brad Martin. He said that the offshore swell made it fairly tough to fish around the South Jetty. They still managed 50 tautogs hooked on Friday morning, but only 2 keepers. Most of the keepers were on the deep side of the tip. They moved to the rocks along Martha's Landing and caught 4-5 there (no keepers) before moving back to the South Jetty. They did get into a small school of black drum (12") near the hump, where they caught and released 4. They also released a small sheepshead (3-4 lbs.).


SATURDAY, November 25, 2017

Ocean was flat as a lake. I took a trip up the coast looking for stripers, but found none. Hit the lumps off Seacrets. Hit the lumps off the Pyramid. Ventured out to Fenwick Shoal looking for bluefish for my buddy, Gabby. Had some decent marks around the can, but nothing hit my trolled baits. Came back in and ran tight along the beach, but had no marks. I did hear a few keeper stripers were caught by trollers up off Fenwick. Not much life out there right now. Water temperature was between 53 and 54-degrees. Didn't mark much bait except under some chick birds that were pecking away.

DAve Neumayer and his group caught 14 short tautog and a 16 1/4-inch keeper. All around the South Jetty on green crabs.

On the headboat, "Angler", Ben Semiatin from Ocean City caught the largest flounder of the year. It measured 29-inches and weighed 10 lbs. 14 oz. Caught it on a strip of squid on an ocean wreck.

Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" also reported good sea bass and flounder fishing. In addition to Bens 10 lb. 14 oz. flattie, 2 more nice ones were caught. Mairi Donohue had a 5 pounder and a 7 lb. 2 oz. flounder.


FRIDAY, November 24, 2017

The ocean was a sheet of glass today. Water temp close to the beach was between 53 and 54-degrees. Warmer as you got further from land. Heard there were a few stripers caught by trollers along the 3-mile line, but haven't confirmed.

Tautog bite was good along Martha's Landing. Anglers are still having to weed through a lot of small fish to get their keeper.

Fishing near the Bass Grounds was slow with only a few sea bass and tautog caught.

Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported decent ocean fishing today with a mix of sea bass, bluefish, flounder and triggerfish for his fishermen. Largest flounder weighed 5 lbs. Mike Farr caught a trigger. Most of the action was on squid over an artificial reef.

Capt. Monty Hawking on the headboat, "Morning Star" had his anglers fishing with clams, squid and cut bait and had sea bass up to 17-inches and flounder up to 23-inches.


WEDNESDAY, November 22, 2017

Tog fishing around the Rt. 50 Bridge has been hot with big fish in the mix. Crabs and sand fleas are doing the trick.

Also seeing small stripers around the pilings with an occassional keeper.

My foreign correspondent in South Jersey said that the bulk of the migrating stripers are still up off Barneget, NJ. A lot of small stripers are being caught from the beach off Stone Harbor in South Jersey.

My foreign correspondent in Central New Jersey said that the bite in Brielle was hot up until last weekend and it has died off. Bunker seem to have left the area. Hopefully moving south. Best reports have said that fish were thick around Beach Haven which is about an hour north of Atlantic City. Inshore temp is 52 degrees

3:56 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" had a great day tautog fishing around the rocks at the South Jetty and along Martha's Landing. They had 7 keepers, measuring up to 19-inches, and over 80 throwbacks. All on crabs.


THURSDAY, November 16, 2017

10:26 AM - Tilefish regulations have been set. For more details see our Breaking News Section. In summary:

The recreational season will run from May 1-October 31, 2017 and will close as of December 15, 2017, when this rule becomes effective. When the fishery re-opens in May, recreational fishermen will have limits of:

7 fish per person on Coast Guard inspected for-hire vessels (party boats)
5 fish per person on uninspected for-hire vessels (charter boats), and
3 fish per person on private recreational vessels.

Amendment 6 also calls for new permitting and reporting requirements for private recreational vessels. These measures are not being implemented at this time. Because they require additional development and outreach, they will be implemented later through a separate rule, and will not be in effect for the 2018 fishing season that starts on May 1, 2018.

12:00 PM - Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" limited out on black sea bass during this mornings trip so they headed back early to beat the gale force wind warnings for this afternoon.

3:08 PM - Sheepshead are still snapping around the South Jetty with fish caught there this morning.

Mostly undersize stripers are being caught around the Rt. 50 Bridge, but there are a good number of them to keep you busy with light tackle. A few keepers have been caught.

The tautog bite around the bridge is good.


WEDNESDAY, November 15, 2017

I spoke to my foreign correspondent in New Jersey and he said that they are hitting the stripers pretty hard off Asbury Park and Brielle. Nice size fish. Water temp up there in the ocean (inside 3-miles) is around 53 degrees. I just checked the water temp in the OC Inlet and it is registering around 54-55 degrees. Getting close to game time!

Rt. 50 Bridge was packed again this morning. The tautog bite is good off the bridge during the day and anglers are catching small stripers at night.


TUESDAY, November 14, 2017

The Rt. 50 Bridge is packed with anglers so that can only mean that the stripers and the tautog are snapping!


MONDAY, November 13, 2017

Looks like big stripers are being caught off Sandy Hook, NJ (240 miles from OC). Big fish. Over 50 pounders.

Anglers are catching short stripers (and a few keepers) while casting bucktails from the Rt. 50 Bridge. Interestingly, some of the small ones are covered in lice. Migrating fish.

I got a call yesterday asking if I could head on over to Sunset Marina to take a picture of a swordfish and an Opah caught on the "Primary Search". Unfortunately, I was in New Jersey at the time, but the guys did arrive with a nice size swordfish and an Opah, the first I have ever heard of caught in Ocean City. The Opah weighed 105 lbs. and ate a strip of bonita in 59-degree water in the Poor Man's Canyon. Fishing on the "Primary Search" was James Doerzbach, Tommy Clark, Brian Stewart and Capt. Austin Ensor. According to info found on the internet, Opah's are also known as moonfish or sunfish and are large, colorful (orange), deep-bodied pelagic fish typicaly found in deep water tropical to temperate ocean waters. They are rarely caught by recreational anglers It is a warm blooded fish that retains heat with insulating layers of fat. They are known to school with tuna. Congrat's to the crew on the "Primary Search".


SUNDAY, November 12, 2017

There is a good tautog bite around the South Jetty, Rt. 50 Bridge and along the rocks at Martha's Landing.

Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported good sea bass and flounder fishing today. Pete and Mairi Donohue caught flatties up to 4.5 lbs. Richard Wright had a flounder and a 2 lb. sea bass. Jerry Fox had flounder up to 3.5 lbs. All caught on squid at an offshore wreck.

Doug Coats caught a 21.5-inch tautog on a green crab at the Rt. 50 Bridge. Fi

Anglers on the headboat, "Judith M" fished just outside the Jackspot and had non-stop action on sea bass, bluefish, bonito and mackerel.

Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" saw limits of sea bass for about 1/3 of those onboard. They also got into some triggerfish, bluefish and bonita along with the odd flounder and sheepshead.


SUNDAY, November 5, 2017

We are back at it starting work on the big Winter Issue that comes out on January 1st. If you have any pictures of catches you can email them to coastalfisherman@comcast.net. If you want to report your catches for the online fishing report, either email me or just call the office at 410-213-2200.

Anglers are banging away on small stripers around the Rt. 90 Bridge. Casting paddletails on light tackle has worked well.

Those fishing on local headboats are finding good sea bass fishing and even some nice flounder still snapping on ocean structure.


SATURDAY, November 4, 2017

Yesterday, the anglers on the "Primary Search" ended up with a bunch of mahi, a 190 lb. bigeye tuna, a swordfish and another swordfish that they released. All in the Baltimore.

Anglers fishing on ocean structure have been finding good sea bass band flounder fishing. The flounder action in the bay has also been good, but the throwback ratio is incredibly high right now. East Channel and Thorofare top spots.


FRIDAY, November 3, 2017

10:11 AM - Just got a report that the "Primary Search" has 30 mahi in the box and a nice swordfish in the box. They are on an overnighter in the Baltimore.

Jake Dahlberg captured his first red drum while fishing from the surf off Bethany Beach. The 26 1/2-incher was released.

Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported good sea bass and flounder action with knotheads up to 4.5 lbs. and flounder up to 5 lbs.


THURSDAY, November 2, 2017

John Thomas and his wife got into a good flounder bite during the afternoon and ended up with 6 keepers and over 30 throwbacks. All were hooked by the Rt. 50 Bridge on squid, whines and Gulp.

On the charter boat, "Fish Bound", Mike Hinton caught a 10.3 lb. flounder on a teaser/Gulp combo. He also had an 8.4 pounder. Their charter had a boat limit of sea bas plus 18 flounder.

Anglers on the headboat, "Angler" had good sea bass and flounder ishing today on an artificial reef. Carmelo Montoya caught a 6.75 lb. flounder on a bucktail.


WEDNESDAY, November 1, 2017

There is still a flounder bite going on, particularly in the Thorofare and the East Channel. Water temp is down into the low-to-mid 60's.

A couple of days ago, John McFalls caught a 24-incher on a peanut bunker in the East Channel.

SUNDAY, October 29, 2017

On the headboat, "Angler", Brent Hill caught 5 keeper sea bass, 2 bluefish and a 23-inch flounder that weighed 3 lbs. 14 oz. Caught on a white bucktail tipped with a chartreause 5-inch Gulp Swimming Mullet.


SATURDAY, October 28, 2017

Anglers fishing on the headboat, "Judith M" had a good day at the Jackspot, returning with several near limits on sea bass weighing up to 3 lbs. along with many good sized bluefish

Anglers fishing on the charter boat “Lucky Break” had a very active day hooking over 75 tog in the West Channel off Martha’s Landing. They ended up keeping 9. All on sand fleas.


OCTOBER, October 27, 2017

On the headboat, "Angler", Tom Adkins caught a 6 lb. 8 oz. flounder on a strip bait. Charlie Kricher caught a pair of flatties weighing 4.0 and 4.5 lbs., both on a bucktail at an artificial reef site.


TUESDAY, October 24, 2017

The White Marlin Open has decided to pay out all the winners of the 2017 tournament. You can read the press release in our Breaking News section.

On Sunday anglers fishing on the headboat, "Judith M" had a good day at the Great Eastern Reef, returning with good numbers of sea bass weighing up to 3 lbs. along with bluefish, flounder and a bonito.

On Sunday anglers fishing on the headboat, "Judith M" had a good day at the Great Eastern Reef, returning with good numbers of sea bass weighing up to 3 lbs. along with bluefish, flounder and a bonito.

Also on Sunday, anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" hit the Del-Jersey-Land Reef and had 120 keeper sea bass and 32 flounder, both boat limits. They also caught some triggerfish and bluefish.

Yesterday, Marc Turner caught some snapper bluefish at low tide while casting off 123rd Street. They were cauht on fresh finger mullet.

Yesterday, Trent Myers caught a 54 lb. swordfish during a trip aboard the "G-FORCE". The fish was hooked immediately after dropping a strip bait in 1,800 feet of water in the Washington Canyon.

Over the weekend, Scott Clasing, Chris Clasing and Morgan McGovern caught 3 keeper flounder while fishing in the East and West Channels. The largest measured 25-inches and weighed 7 lbs. All were caught on live peanut bunker at the end of the incoming tide.

Today, anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" had several limits of sea bass around the rail in addition to a few flounder.

On Sunday, anglers on the "Lucky Dog II" drifted the East Channel and caught 7 keeper flounder up to 19 3/4-inches. All were hooked on squid & shiner combos or live minnows.


SUNDAY, October 22, 2017

1:20 PM - Sea bass season opened today and it looks like the bite was pretty good. Anglers on the “Jezebel” returned with their limit of 100+ sea bass along with some skippies, triggers, bluefish and jacks. All from outside the Great Eastern Reef on squid and clams.

8:05 PM - The "Work Release" went on an overnight to the Norfolk Canyon, returning today with 25 mahi and a 55 lb. yellowfin tuna. The highlight of the trip was a 161 swordfish.

"Primary Search" caught a swordfish, estimated at over 100 lbs.

Boats that headed out to the African Queen had a good day catching sea bass with several returning with boat limits.

In the bay, flounder action was good all weekend but was dominated by short fish. Sheepshead continue to be caught around the South Jetty. Today a 14 pounder was hooked along the rocks.

The rocks along Martha's Landing in the West Channel are loaded with tautog, but unfortunately the vast majority are too small to keep.

With Capt. Seth at the wheel today, anglers on the bay headboat "Tortuga" had 12 keep flounder today while drifting in the East Channel.

The headboat "Angler" headed to an ocean wreck today and found good sea bass and flounder fishing with knotheads uo to 2.5 lbs. and flatties up to 3.5 lbs.


THURSDAY, October 19, 2017

8:26 AM - looks like sheepshead and tog are snapping at the South Jetty this morning. Anglers on the charter boat “Luck Break” have 3 sheepshead and 2 tog in the box. All on fleas.


WEDNESDAY, October 18, 2017

Sorry everyone. Been out of commission, but as I get reports I will continue to keep you updated.

Looks like there are some nice size yellowfins in 500 fathoms between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons. Nice size!

There are also still some good size wahoo out there also.

Swordfish are up and down the line closer to shore.

Jake Glavich caught a pair of 19 1/2 in flounder slow trolling minnow and Gulp combo in the West Channel

On the charter boat “Lucky Break , Eric Burch caught a 22- inch flounder in the Fish Bowl on a Zman


SATURDAY, October 7, 2017

Dolphin keep rolling in for offshore anglers and sheepshead continue to bite around the South Jetty. Tautog are also being caught right. Water temp is around 70 degrees. now around the South Jetty and along the rocks in the West Channel off Martha's Landing.

I also received a report of an angler fishing at Little Gull Shoal who hooked into a 50 lb. cobia that he found under a sea turtle that was on the surface.

Offshore, the charter boat, "Boss Hogg" went to the Baltimore Canyon and had 47 dolphin and 29 blueline tilefish.

Charter boat, "Marli" had 20 dolphin in the Baltimore.

Capt. Dale Lisi on the charter boat, "Foolish Pleasure" told me that he made the 70+ mile run but all they found were dolphin.

Sean Whaley caught a 27 1/4-inch flounder on a live mullet from the Rt. 50 Bridge. Fish weighed 10.44 lbs.


FRIDAY, October 6, 2017

It was a pretty good day in the bay. Flounder were snapping in the East Channel and the amazing sheepshead bite at the South Jetty keeps rolling along.

On the charter boat, "On the Run", Donna Harman caught a pair of nice size sheepshead on sand fleas at the South Jetty. Her largest measured 26-inches and weighed 11.5 lbs. Her other fish was n 8.5 pounder.

Capt. Nick Clemente on the charter boat, "Get Sum" told me that the morning bite was slot but it really turned on in the afternoon. His anglers ended up with 5 keeper flounder and some throwbacks. All caught in the East Channel, just north of the bridge.

Rhonada Daub caught a 22-inch sheepshead on a sand flea at the South Jetty.

Yesterday, Paul Mele was surfcasting off Assateague when he caught and released a 48-inch red drum. Hooked it on fresh bunker.

Offshore, the dolphinpalooza continues.

Charter boat, "Marli" ended up with 32 mahi from the Baltimore Canyon.

Charter boat, "Rhonda's osprey" had 20 mahi from the Baltimore.

Charter boat, "Boss Hogg" had 50 dolphin and 16 tilefish in the Poor Man's.


WEDNESDAY, October, 4, 2017

I received a call today about a rumor going around that the DNR put a size and lower creel limit on sheepshead. This is not true! They are working on it, but it is not in place and will need to go through the proper procedures before it goes into effect. Looks like the leading candidate is 2 per person which is reasonable.

"Sea Flame" went 1 for 2 on white malrin and caught 20 mahi in the lower Poor Man's Canyon.


TUESDAY, October 3, 2017

Sheepshead are still snapping at the South Jetty along with drum and keeper size tautog.

On the charter boat, "Lucky Break" John Harvey boated 3 sheepshead and a 20-inch tog at the South Jetty.

Mike Johnson, Jim Willey, Rick Findley and Dawn McGee combined to catch 14 sheepshead, 4 flounder, 2 red drum, 1 black drum, 2 tog and released 2 other red drum, all while fishing at the South Jetty and in the East Channel (flounder).


MONDAY, October 2, 2017

Beautiful day today in OC. Nights have definitely cooled off so water temps should be dropping pretty good.

It looks like the mahi bite was pretty good with some nice size fish showing up, a change from what we saw for most of the season.

On Saturday, the "Brown Dog" headed to the Poor Man's and a pair of mahi including a 29 pounder. They said it was a long, rough ride home.

On Saturday, anglers on the charter boat, "On the Run" had 4 nice size sheepshead that were caught on sand fleas at the South Jetty. All weighed between 5 and 10 lbs.

Also on Saturday, the "Bubblehead" went out to 100 fathoms just south of the Poor Man's and returned with 25 mahi in the box.

I spoke to our foreign correspondent in New Jersey and he caught some big bluefish and small stripers in the rivers that flow from the bay in Ocean City. His stripers all looked to be resident fish (no sea lice), but he did hear of a few caught from the beach in Central Jersey.

I also spoke to an angler today who said that their were a lot of longfins being seen off New Jersey and there are some yellowfins off our coast in 500 fathoms. Plenty of dolphin around and they are good size.


FRIDAY, September 29, 2017

Looks like sheepshead are still snapping good at the South Jetty. Because of the number being hooked, the state is looking into possible size limits on sheepshead. The fish is already under the grouper classification, so the creel limit is a ridiculous 25 fish per person/per day.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Get Sum" returned with 4 flounder in the box. Caught on Gulp. Two came from the East Channel and one each in the Fish Bowl and Middle Channel.

On the charter boat, "Lucky Break", angler Don Roberts caught a 20-inch flounder in the Fish Bow. Used a Gulp for bait.

WEDNESDAY, September 27, 2017

Special thanks to the members of MSSA's Atlantic Chapter for inviting me to speak at their meeting last night. Bunch of really nice folks and are committed to improving recreational fishing in our area. And they can get things done! They meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Lion's Club down by the OC Airport. I encourage everyone to join. Nice group!


TUESDAY, September 26, 2017

On the charter boat, "Lucky Break", Bryan Pugner caught an 18 1/2-inch flounder in the Fish Bowl while using Gulp for bait. They also had several throwbacks while fishing during the outgoing tide.


MONDAY, September 25, 2017

Charter boat, "Marli" had 5 longfins and 6 yellowfins in the Baltimore Canyon.

Charter boat, "Boss Hogg" had 6 longfins and 3 yellowfins in the Baltimore Canyon.


SUNDAY, September 24, 2017

"Remedy II" fishing in 600 fathoms behind the Poor Man's and release a blue marlin (est 250 lbs.), a white marlin and caught a a pair of 20 lb. dolphin.

Rich Daiker caught a 26-inch, 6 lb. 12 oz. flounder on a live bunker in the East Channel near the Cement Plant.

Sheepshead are still snapping around the South Jetty. Several were caught today.

Charter boat, "Osprey" had 7 dolphin in the Washington.

"G-FORCE" had 2 wahoo and 20 mahi in the Washington.

"Marli" had 25 mahi in the Washington. Their heaviest weighed 32 lbs.

"Legasea" released 2 white marlin in the Norfolk.

"Espadon" had 2 wahoo and some dolphin in the Washington.


FRIDAY, September 22, 2017

11:23 AM - Robert Martin just swung by the Coastal Fisherman office to have his picture taken with the largest sheepshead of the year and possibly a new MD State Record. The beast was close to a state record and was weighed on my hand scale (state record is 17 lbs. 8 oz.) so I sent him to a local tackle shop to have it weighed on a certified scale. Check back for results. Fish was caught at the South Jetty on a green crab. The sheepshead are really snapping at the South Jetty. Yesterday, anglers had a good day catching them there on sand fleas.

12:34 PM - Robert Martin's sheepshead is a new Maryland State Record. It weighed an even 18 lbs. on the certified scale at the Ocean City Fishing Center. Congratulations Robert!

Ri


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