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5.29.15 5:36 pm
by Larry Jock
FRIDAY, May 29, 2015
4:18 PM - Derek Damon caught and released the first blue marlin of the season while fishing in 100 fathoms, 10 miles north of the Washington Canyon. Derek was fishing on the "Sea Box" with Paul Ordakowski.
5:01 PM - The "Fin Chaser" returned with a nice catch of blueline tilefish with the heaviest weighing 19 lbs.
"No Shop Talk" had a 107 lb. mako shark, caught outside the Fingers.
5:31 PM - Lamont Hilbert was by himself, fishing at the African Queen today when he caught and released a thresher shark, estimated at around 300 lbs.
THURSDAY, May 28, 2015
After a great weekend of fishing, Mother Nature just won't give us a break with windy weather this week. Today was no exception. Wind kept everyone at the dock.
MONDAY, May 25, 2015
Happy Memorial Day! Another windy day in Ocean City but the sun is shining. Reports from offshore anglers was that the seas were nice.
12:56 PM - Hugh Cropper stopped by the office to have a picture taken with the 1st sheepshead of the season caught on a peeler crab by the South Jetty. Hugh also caught a 42-inch striper as well.
6:00 PM - Charter boat, "Moore Bills" had 14 yellowfins in 90-120 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon.
"Reel Fantasy" had 14 yellowfins in the Baltimore.
"Grande Pez" had 15 yellowfins at the Rockpile.
Charter boat, "Boss Hogg" had 17 yellowfins in 90 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon. Water temp was 64-degrees.
SUNDAY, May 24, 2015
2:00 PM - Very windy day inshore. Not sure right now how far it carries offshore. Heard once you get 5 miles off, it flattens right out. Will have to get offshore reports later.
Charter boat, "Reel Attitude" returned with a 275 lb. thresher shark caught south of the Fingers on a mackerel fillet. Keegan Klauke from Houston, TX reeled in the big shark while fishing with Abby Crockett.
2:43 PM - The "Over Billin'" came in with the first bigeye tuna of the year, a 190 pounder caught in the Baltimore Canyon. They also had 3 yellowfins. All were caught in 200 fathoms this morning.
3:12 PM - The headboat, "Angler" reported better fishing today while fishing on a natural reef. They had a mix of sea bass up to 3 lbs., tog up to 6 lbs. and some cod. All were caught on squid.
7:03 PM - It was a bad day to be a yellowfin tuna and a great day to be a tuna fisherman. Loads of yellowfins showed up at the dock from anglers trolling from the Baltimore to the Poor Man's Canyons. Here is what we saw:
Charter boat, "White Lightning" had 15 yellowfins and a dolphin from 70 fathoms in the Baltimore.
"Absolut Pleasure" had 7 yellowfins, a dolphin and a release of a tiger shark estimated at 600 lbs. All were hooked in 100 fathoms in the Baltimore.
"Triggerfish" pounded the yellowfins in 70 fathoms between the Baltimore and Poor Man's Canyons. They ended up with 14 yellowfins and released some skippies. Water was 71-degrees.
Jack Derfler stopped by the Coastal Fisherman office to have his picture taken with a pair of flounder caught at the mouth of the Commercial Harbor. Fish measured 17 and 22-inches. Caught on pink and white Gulp!
Michele Pfeiffer caught a 4.05 lb. sea bass during a trip aboard the headboat, "Morning Star". Fish was caught on clams at a natural reef.
"Stretchin Lips" weighed a 275 lb. thresher shark caught at the Fingers on a bluefish fillet.
Charter boat, "Spring Mix II" had 3 yellowfins caught in 68.5-degree water in the Baltimore.
Pete Renzi caught a 19-inch flounder in the East Channel, south of the Rt. 50 Bridge while fishing with Chuck Wenzel on the "Martini Time".
"Double Trouble" had 6 yellowfin in 80 fathoms just north of the Poor Man's.
John Johnson caught a 6 lb. flounder just outside the East Channel on a squid and minnow combination.
"Matetrix II" went on an overnight trip and released 4 makos and 2 blue sharks. They also killed a 105 lb. mako and had 4 keeper yellowfins. All the action took place in 100 to 300 fathoms in the Baltimore.
Sara Yuman caught a 20-inch flounder by the Rt. 90 Bridge.
The charter boat, "Playtime" returned with a 302 lb. thresher shark caught in 20 fathoms.
Anglers on the "Flatty Caddy" ended their trip with 4 keeper flounder in the box and over a dozen throwbacks during their 2 hour trip. Fish were caught in the East Channel, south of the Rt. 50 Bridge.
Anglers on the "Drippin Wet" went 5 for 9 on yellowfins and lost a big mako at the boat in the Poor Man's. they released a thresher shark at the Fingers that was estimated at 350 lbs.
On the second and final day of the Ocean City Marlin Club Memorial Day Tournament…
"Reel Estate" weighed 3 yellowfins caught in 120 fathoms in the notch of the Baltimore. Fish weighed 31.2, 38.2 and 40.8 lbs.
"Reel Fantasy" caught 4 yellowfins in 70 fathoms in the Baltimore. Three heaviest weighed 29.6, 34.2 and 36.4 lbs.
"Got Fish Too" weighed a 30.2 lb. yellowfin caught in 70 fathoms in the Baltimore.
"Gret's Three J's" weighed a 120.6 lb. mako shark caught on a whole mackerel in the Baltimore.
"Odinspear" had 6 yellowfins from 80 fathoms in the Baltimore. Three heaviest weighed 30.8, 37.0 and 37.8 lbs.
"Grande Pez" had 5 yellowfins from between the Baltimore and Poor Man's Canyons. Three heaviest weighed 30.2, 32.2 and 34.4 lbs.
"Reel Intents" had 3 yellowfins from 80 fathoms in the Poor Man's. Heaviest weighed 41.0 lbs.
"Linda Lee" weighed a 97 lb. mako that did not qualify.
"A Salt Weapon" had 6 yellowfins from 80 fathoms in the Baltimore. Three heaviest weighed 32.6, 38.4 and 48.8 lbs.
"Big Billin" weighed a 37.2 lb. yellowfin caught in 100 fathoms in the Baltimore.
Here are the final results:
Bluefish Division - no fish weighed
Tuna Division -
1st place - "A Salt Weapon" - 48.8 lb. YFT - $855
2nd place - "Magic Moment" - 42.6 lb. YFT - $3,528
3rd place - "Reel Intents" - 41.0 lb. YFT - $1,017
Mako Division -
1st place - "Gret's Three J's" - 120.8 lbs. - $5,850
8:26 PM - Just got done taking a picture of the crew on the "Got-R-Done" who recorded the first white marlin release of the season. Fish was hooked on a skirted ballyhoo on the east side of the tip of the Baltimore Canyon (300 fathoms). Dale Downey was the angler. Crew is a member of the OC Marlin Club so they win $10,000 for their release. Congratulations!
SATURDAY, May 23, 2015
Beautiful day in Ocean City. Inshore forecast has northeast winds at 10 to 15 but decreasing to 5 to 10 late today. All day tomorrow and Monday morning looks really nice with 2 foot seas. Offshore forecast isn't as hateful as it had been with 3-5 foot seas today. Tomorrow has winds less than 10 kts and seas at only 2-4. Monday is even better.
The 1st day of the Ocean City Marlin Club Memorial Day Tournament is today. This year, 21 boats entered, which is 2 more than last year. Only 1 boat is scheduled to fish today so tomorrow should be exciting. Weigh-ins are at Sunset Marina.
1:30 PM - Chuck Wenzel, Pete Renzi and Capt. Nick Clemente on the charter boat, "Get Sum" returned with 9 flounder in the box including Pete's 23-inch, 4 lb. 11 oz. flattie. All were caught on Gulp! at the South Jetty.
6:09 PM - Only 1 boat fished today on Day 1 of the Ocean City Marlin Club Memorial Day Tournament. The "Magic Moment" had 4 yellowfins, but only 1 met the 30 lb. minimum, coming in at 42.6 lbs. The fish was caught by Mark Hutchison.
Tomorrow, seas are forecasted to be flat, so we should see the remaining 21 boats searching for bluefish, tuna or mako sharks.
The charter boat, "Spring Mix II" had 5 yellowfins in the Baltimore Canyon.
FRIDAY, May 22, 2015
Cool, breezy morning today in Ocean City.
11:14 PM - The charter boat, "Get Sum" had another good trip this morning, this time returning with 11 keepers caught on Gulp! and minnows at the South Jetty. Largest flounder weighed 4 lbs. 2 oz.
3:56 PM - The charter boat, "Restless Lady" went out in snotty seas and returned with a 110 lb. mako from the Sausages. They also released 5 blue sharks.
5:20 PM - The charter boat, "Get Sum" returned from their afternoon trip with 4 keeper flounder in the cooler. Fish were caught at the South Jetty and in the West Channel, south of the Rt. 50 Bridge. Baits were minnows and Gulp!. Largest fish measured 21 1/2-inches and weighed 3 lbs. 9 oz.
THURSDAY, May 21, 2015
3:43 PM - The headboat, "Morning Star" returned after a day spent sea bass fishing on inshore structure. High hook today had 5 sea bass. Nick Marcantonio did catch an 11 lb. tautog on a chunk of clam. Customers looked pleased to get out on the water. Forecast was not too good.
"Reel Fantasy" went out to 90 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon and had 12 yellowfins. Most were in the 40 lb. class.
WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015
3:19 PM - The "Restless Lady" returned with a 270 lb. thresher shark from the Fingers. They also released 3 mako sharks and 4 blue sharks.
In the bay, small rockfish were plentiful at the mouth of the Inlet. Big bluefish were around the Rt. 50 Bridge. Shad are also being caught. The incoming tide was excellent for bluefish around the bridge and the outgoing was better for stripers.
3:58 PM - Big Bird Cropper and David McWilliams caught 7 nice size bluefish, up to 10 lbs., around the Rt. 50 Bridge and released 23 small stripers at the mouth of the OC Inlet. All on Roy Rigs which are short-shanked jig heads tipped with salt & pepper rubber paddletails.
7:04 PM - Anglers on the "Jimbo" went to the Fingers and caught a 337 lb. thresher shark on a bluefish fillet. Fight lasted 2 hours.
TUESDAY, May 19, 2015
The"Hellbent" went out to the Baltimore Canyon in the same location as yesterday's boats, 90 fathoms, and caught their limit of 9 yellowfins. They also swung by the Hambone on the way home and captured a 100 lb. mako. They reported foggy conditions at 30 fathoms.
The "MateTrix II" went to 100 fathoms in the Baltimore and went 4 for 6 on yellowfins and had to weed through skippies.
MONDAY, May 18, 2015
4:00 PM - It looks like the yellowfin tuna were snapping in the Baltimore Canyon again today.
The charter boat, "Boss Hogg" ended up with 17 yellowfins from 90 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon where they found 64-degree water.
5:12 PM - Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported a slow day for sea bass fishing but angler Len Smith did boat the largest one we have seen so far this year. Len's knothead weighed 4 lbs. 9 oz. and was caught on clams at an ocean wreck.
9:43 PM - The "Nontypical" went to the Baltimore Canyon today and they ended up with 12 yellowfins, a boat limit. Capt. Terry reported a lot of life out there today.
SUNDAY, May 17, 2015
A couple of boats went to the Wilmington Canyon yesterday but nobody caught any tuna.
Chuck Wenzel landed a beautiful 48-inch striper today while flounder fishing in the East Channel, south of the Rt. 50 Bridge. The 38 pounder ate an 1/2 oz. jig head tipped with a Gulp! Alive Swimming Mullet. Congrat's to Chuck on an unbelievable catch.
"Sea Prowler" had 4 yellowfins caught north of the Wilmington Canyon yesterday in 300 fathoms. Water temp was 68-70 degrees.
The charter boat, "Boss Hogg" ventured out to the Baltimore Canyon and returned with 12 yellowfins, up to 55 lbs., and an 84 lb. bluefin tuna. They also caught some bonitas on the trip. The fished in 65 fathoms where Capt. Brian Porter found a 62 to 66-degree water temperature break. The bite occurred between 10am and 2:30 PM.
SATURDAY, May 16, 2015
It was a very windy morning which created dirty water conditions in the bay. Short stripers are around the Rt. 50 Bridge, mixed in with some big bluefish. Large blues are also found in shallow water around the islands, north of the Rt. 50 Bridge. The area north of the Rt. 50 Bridge between the East and West Channels, also known as the Fish Bowl, is loaded with bluefish.
11:35 AM - Buddy and Cody Martin stopped by the office to have their picture taken with the chopper bluefish they caugh while fishing off the Rt. 50 Bridge. They said the action on the north side of the bridge this morning was fast and furious. They ended their day with 8 choppers in the cooler. Their largest weighed 8 3/4 lbs.
12:30 AM - Anglers on the flounder headboat, "Bay Bee" had another good morning, bringing back 6 keeper flounder and a chopper bluefish. Their largest flounder measured 18 3/4-inches and the bluefish was a 29 1/2-incher. All were caught on shiners on the south side of the Rt. 50 Bridge.
2:00 PM - David Leizear released 6 short stripers and caught some nice size bluefish while fishing just north of the Rt. 50 Bridge.
4:00 PM - Phillip Gray from Manassas, VA stopped by the office this afternoon to have his picture taken with the 50-inch, 42 lb. 8 oz. striped bass he caught on fresh bunker from the beach in mid-town Ocean City. Phillip caught the big linesider at 2:00 PM during the incoming tide.
4:29 PM - Steve Flohr caught a 24-inch, 5 lb. 12 oz. flounder on a live minnows while drifting over the flats, south of the Rt. 90 Bridge.
The "Relentless" out of Indian River came back with 12 yellowfins from the Wilmington Canyon. Bite was very good with them limiting out in 2 1/2-hours. Fish weighed between 45 and 70 lbs.
Anthony Rosselli caught 2 keeper flounder while drifting minnows north of the Rt. 90 Bridge. Largest measured 19-inches.
FRIDAY, May 15, 2015
12:24 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Get Sum" returned from their morning trip with 7 keeper flounder in the box. The fish were caught during the outgoing tide around the South Jetty on jigs tipped with both a Gulp! bait and a minnow. Largest flatty measured 22-inches and weighed 4 lbs. 2 oz. Capt. Nick said that water temperature was at 56-degrees
1:24 PM - Matt Rivenburg caught a thresher shark, estimated at 250 lbs., while fishing at the Sausages on cut bluefish. Water temperature was 57-degrees.
2:30 PM - J.L. Cropper landed a couple of stripers in the OC Inlet. Her largest measured 45-inches and weighed over 30 lbs. Her second fish measured 36-inches. Both were caught on peeler crabs.
3:38 PM - The "Jezebel" returned with 102 sea bass and 7 cod after fishing with squid and clams at the Great Eastern Reef.
The headboat, "Angler" had sea bass up to 4 lbs. and cod up to 7 lbs., all caught on squid and clams at a natural reef.
5:22 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Get Sum" ended their afternoon trip with 8 flounder and 1 bluefish in the box after fishing around the South Jetty and the Rt. 50 Bridge. All the fish were caught on Gulp! and minnows. The largest flounder measured 20-inches.
The flounder headboat, "Bay Bee" had a good afternoon trip with 10 flounder and some bluefish after drifting shiners in the East Channel, south of the Rt. 50 Bridge.
The charter boat, "Fish Bound" had 110 sea bass, only 10 shy of a boat limit, 6 tautog and 10 cod after fishing on an ocean wreck. Mate Kevin Twilley landed a doubleheader of 4 pounders himself. Gulp and squid.
The crew on the "MateTrix II" was at it again, going 6 for 9 on yellowfin tuna in 120 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon where they founda 64-66 temperature break. All were caught on ballyhoo and spreader bars. Heaviest weighed 41 lbs.
An 80-inch mako shark was caught by an angler in 40-fathoms at the tip of the Baltimore Canyon.
Monica Hellbaum caught a 23-inch flounder on a live minnow by the Duck Blind behind Assateague Island.
THURSDAY, May 14, 2014
It was a windy morning in OC but things calmed down in the afternoon and it was beautiful!
3:50 PM - The bluefish are really snapping by the Rt. 50 Bridge. Water temp is 57-degrees.
Big Bird Cropper returned with 5 nice size bluefish after tossing Rog Rigs on the south side of the Rt. 50 Bridge. Bird's largest weighed 10 lbs. 11 oz.
The "PittBoss Fishing" had some really nice bluefish, also after working Roy Rigs around the island, south of the Rt. 50 Bridge. Matt Peel landed a 13 lb. 9 oz. chopper and Josh Jordan caught a 6 pounder.
9:00 PM - There was an incredible striper bite in the evening tonight. Big fish rolling on the surface. The water temp is in the upper 50's and the fish were hooking around the North Jetty following schools of bunker. Bite last around an hour.
Charter boat, "Lucky Break" returned with a boat limit of 3 stripers caught in the Inlet while tossing jig heads tipped with white shads. The 2 largest fish weighed 30 lbs.
Anglers on the "Happy Hooker" fished the Inlet early last evening and ended up with 5 stripers caught on Rat-L-Traps and bucktails. Houston Phillips had the largest fish of the trip with his measuring 49 1/4-inches and weighing 41.5 lbs. Their smallest fish was 38-inches. All of the rest were over 40-inches.
WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015
It was a windy morning in OC and water temperatures have dipped down from 60-62 degrees to 55-degrees at the end of the outgoing tide.
TUESDAY, May 12, 2015
Jim Lutz stopped by to have his picture taken with his limit of 4 flounder and 8 bluefish that he caught while fishing with a pink Gulp! and shiner combination off the Rt. 50 Bridge.
SUNDAY, May 10, 2015
10:13 AM - Congrat's to local charter boat, "Foolish Pleasures". The guys caught a 200 lb. bigeye tuna yesterday while fishing at the Point out of Oregon Inlet, NC.
10:15 AM - Jessica Shoemaker of Berlin, MD stopped by with a 24 1/2-inch flounder that weighed 5 lbs. 6 oz. Jessica caught it in the bay behind Snug Harbor while drifting minnows.
12:22 PM - Scott Peters landed a 25 3/4", 7 lb. 4oz. flounder while bump trolling near the Rt. 90 Bridge.
12:56 PM - Hugh Cropper and his son, Hugh Thomas Cropper stopped by to have their picture taken with a pair of black drum and a striped bass they caught this morning on peeler crabs. The black drum each measured 27 1/2-inches and weighed 11 lbs. 8 oz. and 12 lbs. 14 oz. The striper measured 36 1/2-inches.
Mike and Debbie Brockmeyer were bump trolling north of the Rt. 90 Bridge this morning and caught a 17 1/2-inch flounder on a bucktail tipped with a minnow.
Numen Bilal released a 31-inch black drum while surf fishing with sand fleas off Fenwick Island, DE this morning.
2:27 PM - It looks like the bluefish bite is still going strong in the Indian River Inlet. Yesterday, Hunter Hepbron landed a 16 lb. 8 oz. chopper that measured 38-inches.
3:52 PM - Big Bird, Tammy and Patricia Cropper stopped by with a mess of bluefish, including a pair of choppers. Heaviest weighed 9 lbs. 5 oz. Caught on Roy Rigs by the Rt. 50 Bridge. Big Bird said that as long as the water is moving, the fish are snapping. Bay water temperature was 60-degrees.
Surfcasters had a good weekend even though the fog was thick for all 3 days. Black drum dominating the action, especially on Friday. Anglers also saw some nice size bluefish and both schoolie and keeper striped bass. Action was especially good south of the Maryland line.
SATURDAY, May 9, 2015
12:21 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" caught 4 bluefish between 8 and 12 lbs. while fishing in the OC Inlet this morning.
12:43 PM - Reports have come in that a boat out of Indian River Marina got into yellowfins up in the Spencer Canyon. Am trying to track it down. Will update report when I confirm.
2:50 PM - Tom Nelson stopped by the office to have a picture taken with the 11 lb. bluefish he caught on a bucktail off 19th Street in Ocean City.
2:57 PM - Big Bird Cropper said that the bluefish were thick on the south side of the Rt. 50 Bridge today where he ended his day with 3 keepers in the box and a load of throwbacks. His largest measured 33-inches and weighed 10 lbs. All were caught on Roy Rigs. He also released 5 short stripers during the trip. Big Bird also said that the Inlet was loaded with snapper bluefish.
3:00 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught their limit of 32 tautog and a few cod while fishing with green crabs in 60 feet of water at an inshore wreck.
4:44 PM - Jack Kaeufer landed a 24-inch, 5 lb. flounder on a pink Gulp! Swimming Mullet in the channel off Gudelsky Park.
Dan Bartnick released a thresher shark after hooking it on a trolling plug at Isle of Wight Shoal this morning.
9:00 PM - The first yellowfin tunas of the season. They came in on boats out of the Indian River Marina.
Drew Holladay and Brad Cave fished in the Wilmington Canyon and returned with a 7 lb. 8 oz. mahi and a 31 lb. yellowfin, both caught on the troll in 65-degree water.
Anglers on the "Knock on Wood" went on an overnight trip and returned Saturday morning with 5 yellowfins with 4 in the 35-40 lb. class. The last one was a football. The yellowfins were caught on Friday in the Spencer Canyon.
Joe Snyder landed a pair of 16-inch flounder at the Rt. 50 Bridge on white Gulp! Swimming Mullets.
The Indian River Inlet produced another good day of bluefish bites and some flounder up to 4 lbs.
"Talk n Trash" had 3 mako releases and 2 blue shark releases in 500 fathoms in the Poor Man's Canyon. Water temp was 70-degrees.
Oaul Light caught a 20-inch flounder in the Thorofare on a minnow and squid combination.
FRIDAY, May 8, 2015
Incredibly foggy all day today.
The first bluefin tuna of the season was caught today by Austin Ensor in 600 fathoms in the Wilmington Canyon. Fish weighed 25 lbs.
The "Restless Lady" ventured out to 49 fathoms inside the Washington Canyon and ended their day with a small mako shark and over 20 blue sharks. Water temperature was around 59-degrees.
There are reports of bluefins in 100 fathoms in the Spencer Canyon and yellowfins in 100 fathoms in the Lydenkohl Canyon. Giant bluefins can also be found with the yellowfins.
Striped bass and black drum were caught by surfcasters off Assateague.
Jenny Shustrick caught an 11 lb. black drum while surfcasting off Assateague. Used clams for bait.
THURSDAY, May 7, 2015
3:56 PM - Capt. Mark Hoos reported a limit of stripers for his anglers today while fishing in the Chesapeake Bay below Calvert Cliffs. All of the stripers measured 40-inches and more. They caught their limit by 9:00 AM.
There was an excellent bluefish bite in the Indian River Inlet today.
Some striped bass and black drum were caught on the Virginia end of Assateague Island today.
WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015
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2:59 PM - Capt. Kane Bounds on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" had an angler today catch a 16.4 lb. tautog on a green crab in 50 feet of water on an inshore wreck. Fish was released. Water temp is up to 54-degrees.
4:15 PM - It's official! The I.G.F.A has approved Ken Westerfeld's 28.8 lb. tautog as a new All Tackle World Record. The fish was caught on January 2nd aboard the local charter boat, "Fish Bound".
8:00 PM - Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported a slow day for tautog fishing but his boat load of anglers ended up with 15 cod on 19 bites.
TUESDAY, May 5, 2015
12:09 PM - Capt. Kane Bounds on the "Fish Bound" reported that they have 25 tog in the box and a bunch of throwbacks since his anglers are releasing the females. The fish are current spawning so the femaies are loaded with eggs. Green and white crabs are the bait and they are on ocean structure inside the Bass Grounds.
Heavy surf off Assateague made it difficult to hold bottom.
SUNDAY, May 3, 2015
10:14 - Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" returned this morning with their limit of 32 tautog caught on ocean structure while using spider and white crabs for bait. Fish were between 5 and 7 lbs.
11:30 AM - Wayne Martin just stopped by to have another picture taken, this time with a nice 31-inch, 8 lb. 10 oz. bluefish that he caught on cut bunker while surfcasting off Assateague. Wayne said that he didn't see any stripers or drum being caught this morning. He was 2-3 miles from the beach entrance.
UPDATE: Looks like there was a good black drum bite off Assateague this morning. Bite was really good for only about 3 hours.
12:15 PM - The headboat, "Morning Star" returned from Doug Ake's Reef with 25 tautog caught by the Burley Oak Lacrosse Team. All of the fish were caught on green crabs.
4:40 PM - Hugh Cropper III, Hugh Cropper IV, Hugh Thomas Cropper and Myra Cropper caught 3 keeper stripers while fishing with fresh bunker off Assateague Island. Fish measured 34, 34 and 40-inches. Bite was at the start of the incoming tide.
SATURDAY, May 2, 2015
9:59 AM - Looks like we have some nicer weather heading this way. It is nice this morning in OC.
Off the beach, anglers have been catching nice size bluefish and a load of skates. A few keeper stripers and black drum are mixed in. Bluefish action has definitely been better off the Delaware beaches than off Assateague.
12:53 PM - Wayne Martin just stopped by to have his picture taken with the 30-inch bluefish he caught on cut bunker while fishing off Assateague. Wayne said that the anglers around him were catching bluefish pretty good this morning. He didn't see any stripers or skates being caught.
Wally Havren caught a 20-inch, 2.8 lb. flounder during the outgoing tide, north of the Rt. 90 Bridge. He was fishing in 57-degree water and used a white Gulp! Swimming Mullet for bait.
FRIDAY, May 1, 2015
Cloudy, windy day today in OC. Have been getting reports of flounder being caught north of the Rt. 90 Bridge and south behind Assateague Island near the Assateague Bridge.
Off the beach, anglers are still catching nice size bluefish and a load of skates. A few keeper stripers and black drum are mixed in. Bluefish action has definitely been better off the Delaware beaches than off Assateague.
THURSDAY, April 30, 2015
3:20 PM - Received a report from TV star Big Bird Cropper. Big Bird said that there were schools of striped bass and bluefish right off the North Jetty late yesterday afternoon and early evening.
WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2015
12:07 PM - John Wooldridge reported in that he was trolling plugs around the bridge pilings at the Rt. 90 Bridge yesterday afternoon and his son, Grayson reeled in his first bluefish. He also reeling in a short striper.
Capt. Monty Hawkins reported that a nice school of bluefish were seen right in front of his slip in the Ocean City Fishing Center. Said they looked in the 6 lb. range. If they are there then I'm sure you will find them around the Rt. 50 Bridge in good numbers.
5:00 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" returned with 32 keeper tautog, all caught by 9:30 AM near the Jackspot.
7:00 PM - The "Nontypical" crew was at it again, catching another mako shark while fishing in 60 fathoms in the Poor Man's Canyon. The mako weighed around 170 lbs. and was caught on a bonita filet that Capt. Terry Layton had leftover from last season. Angler Andy Smelter fought the fish for 1 hour and 15 minutes. They also caught a couple of blue sharks. Capt. Terry found a water temp break that went from 51-degrees to 63-degrees. Terry said that inshore water temps are still frigid with 48-degrees on the 20-fathom line.
TUESDAY, April 28, 2015
12:07 PM - Received a report from Gary German this morning. He fished the outgoing tide this morning over the flats, north of the Thorofare. He caught 1 throwback flounder in 3-feet of water on a white Gulp! Swimming Mullet. Warmest water he could find was 53-degrees.
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.
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