April 15, 2016 - Delaware Office of Boating Safety and Education encourages boaters to prepare for season by taking a boating safety course ‘Spring Aboard’ campaign: Great days on the water start with boating safety education
November 5, 2015 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board Revises 2016 Black Sea Bass Specifications & Initiates Draft Addendum for Regional Management of 2016 Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Recreational Fisheries
October 13, 2015 - Auctions of low-digit surf-fishing tags by DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation start Oct. 15 Sales of new plates authorized by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Markell will benefit Delaware State Parks
April 16, 2015 - Delaware Office of Boating Safety and Education encourages boaters to prepare for season by taking a boating safety course NASBLA’s ‘Spring Aboard’ campaign: Great days on the water start with boating safety education
April 1, 2015 - Court Rules Navy Training in Pacific Violates Laws Meant to Protect Whales, Sea Turtles Federal Judge Says Feds Wrongly Approved Plan Allowing Whales, Dolphins, Other Wildlife to be Harmed Nearly 10 Million Times
April 1, 2015 - Wicomico Bass Club Sponsors 5th Annual Tournament to Help USMC Toys for Tots and Get More Kids Fishing; Includes Two Free Bass-Fishing Clinics, Raffle Prizes, and a Post-Tournament BBQ
February 23, 2015 - REMINDER: DE Division of Fish & Wildlife to hold Feb. 23 public hearing on options to reduce recreational striped bass harvest All Atlantic states required to reduce harvest by 25 percent
February 5, 2015 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Continues Summer Flounder Recreational Regional Management for 2015 & Approves State Plans for 2015 Recreational Black Sea Bass & Scup Fisheries
November 19, 2014 - Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife announces required reductions in 2015 striped bass recreational and commercial harvest Recreational options under review; public hearing to be scheduled in early 2015
March 13, 2013 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Schedules Conference Call for March 15 at 2 PM to Consider Approval of Northern Region Regulations for the 2013 Black Sea Bass Recreational Fishery
12.8.16 4:45 pm
by Larry Jock
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THURSDAY, December 8, 2016
2:00 PM - Looks like it may be our last decent day until Sunday. Today the seas were nice but stripers were uncooperative. In the Marlin Club tournament, 11 of 15 boats fished but it sounds like no fish, or very very few fish were caught. Boats are fishing as far north as the Indian River Inlet and south to the Sliver.
My foreign correspondent said that there are still a load of fish north of Ocean City, NJ with a good bite off Corson's Inlet.
4:36 PM - Striper fishing was pathetic today. No fish were caught in the Marlin Club Tournament and boats fished from way up north down to the VA line. Nada!
Anglers on the headboat, "Angler" had good sea bass fishing today along with bluefish weighing up to 12 lbs. Ken Yuen even had a 6 lb. 10 oz. flounder, on December 8th. Crazy! All were caught while jigging on an offshore wreck.
WEDNESDAY, December 7, 2016
Today, 3 of 15 boats fished in the OC Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament.
TUESDAY, December 6, 2016
Snotty seas today. No boats are fishing in the OC Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament.
MONDAY, December 5, 2016
It was a good day for most who fished straight off Indian River Inlet today. Most of the stripers boated with in the slot (38-44 inches) and were caught on mojos, Stretch lures and even while casting to them. The casting was primarily early in the morning and late in the afternoon, right before dark. Boats that went up to the Jersey coast didn't fare as well.
The 3rd day of the 9-day Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament saw the following fish come to the scale:
"Nontypical" weighed 4 stripers (18.6, 21.6, 21.8 and 22.4 lbs.). Fish were caught on white mojos, most in 50-60 feet of water off Indian River.
"Bad Oyster" weighed 3 stripers caught off Indian River (16.6, 17.4 and 22.2 lbs.). Caught on trolled mojos.
The "Wrecker" also had a good day, but didn't weigh anything, instead staying late off Indian River where they had a blast casting to big fish rolling on the surface.
The big news of the day was a new pending Delaware State Record Striped Bass caught yesterday by Paul Santa Barbara. Paul's fish weighed 62 lbs. and measured 50-inches with a 30-inch girth. Paul caught the big striper at Overfalls Shoal.
SUNDAY, December 4, 2016
Seas were better today and most boats headed to the Jersey coast where there were rumors of an "epic" bite off Atlantic City yesterday. Didn't happen today.
On the second day of the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament, 11 boats ventured out but only a few fish were weighed.
Always a contender in the Rockfish Tournament, the "Fish Frenzi" went all the way up to the coast off Avalon, NJ and ended up with a 25.4 lb. rockfish, caught on a trolled white tandem rig in 47-degree water (35-feet). Chuck Wenzel was the angler.
"Bad Oyster" jumped to the lead with a 33 lb. rockfish and an 11.8 lb. bluefish, both caught on the troll off the coast of Brigantine, NJ (north of Atlantic City). Water temp was 47.9-degrees. Mike Johnston caught the striper and John Rogowitz boated the chopper bluefish.
"Wrecker" caught 1 rockfish off the coast of Sea Isle City, NJ and ended up boating 2 more off Indian River during their trip home in the late afternoon. Their rockfish weighed 18.0, 19.6 and 20.0 lbs. All caught on white and chartreuse tandem rigs. The fish off Indian River were in 49-feet of water with 49-degree water temperature.
SATURDAY, December 3, 2016
The seas were very snotty today. With the west wind, it was doable inside of a 1/2 mile but outside of that you were looking at steady 4 footers every 3 seconds with an occassional 6 footer rolling through.
I did venture out (temporary insanity) and headed north to the high rises. Saw some birds but not the waterfall some folks saw while glassing from shore.
On the first day of the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament (9-day event), 6 boats fished and no rockfish were weighed.
THURSDAY, December 1, 2016
Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught their limit of tautog by 9:30 AM and released around 100 after that. All of the action took place with green crabs at Site 9 off the Delaware Coast. Alex Corteza released one that weighed 10.9 lbs.
TUESDAY, November 29, 2016
I was talking to some commercial fishermen this morning and they told me that they ran across decent size schools of striped bass 7-miles off the coast of OC. Big fish!
I also heard that the Coast Guard already has their Cutter and helicopters patrolling the coast in search of anglers fishing for and keeping striped bass outside the 3-mile line. Pretty expense endeavor. Last I checked, our country was almost $20,000,000,000 in debt. Just makes even more sense to get rid of that ridiculous 3-mile line! Fishery was closed based on science BUT hasn't been reopened based on science. Makes no sense.
DON'T FORGET - This Friday is registration for the 9-day Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament. Anglers can fish up to 5-days.
MONDAY, November 28, 2016
Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught their boat limit of 40 tautog while fishing with green crabs at Site 9. Ki Ju Park led the way with an 11.2 pounder.
A few stripers were caught inside of the 3-mile line, just north of the high rises. Water temperature was reported at 52-degrees.
I spoke to our foreign correspondent in New Jersey and he said that the boats fishing off the Ocean City, NJ coast didn't do much this weekend, but they definitely had ocean fish in the rivers behind OC, NJ.
Anglers on the headboat, "Angler" returned early with a boat limit of sea bass weighing up to 3 lbs. 8 oz. Fish were caught on a wreck on jigs and clams.
SUNDAY, November 27, 2016
I went searching over the weekend for stripers and bluefish. Really thought I would find both, and really expected to run across some good size bluefish which was my primary goal. Started at Little Gull... Headed out to the Bass Grounds... Headed north to Isle of Wight Shoal.... Up to Fenwick Shoal... Shot inside and returned down the beach. Found birds and whales around 7 miles off the beach, straight out from the OC Inlet. Nothing underneath and no bites on the troll. Best marks I had the entire trip was between Isle of Wight and Fenwick Shoal. Big bait balls of small bait (not bunker). Birds pcking away at the surface, but no fish marks underneath or around. Tossed some rubber shads, but no luck. The good news is that the water temperature is beween 55 and 57.5-degrees, so we haven't hit the magical 50-degree mark for stripers yet but you would think that big schools of chopper bluefish would be out there. I did hear from commercial guys that stripers were found rolling on top about 17-miles off the beach. Not big schools though.
Sea bass fishing is still good on ocean structure. The "Angler" and the "Morning Star" are returning with some nice catches and even an occassional flounder.
Tautog fishing is good. Rocks along Martha's Landing (West Channel) continues to produce good numbers of fish, but keepers are 1 in 50, so you gotta be patient.
Even saw a few triggerfish caught around the South Jetty. Interesting!
My brother John in OC, NJ reported good striper fishing in the rivers behind OC, NJ but the big schools are still north.
Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" had their boat limit of 35 tog while fishing at Reef Site 9 off Delaware. Their largest fish weighed 12.2 lbs. and 16.4 lbs. All caught on green crabs. They also released 7 tog between 10 and 16 lbs.
TUESDAY, November 22, 2016
Received word from Capt. Kane Bounds on the "Fish Bound" that he had water temperature of 47.8-degrees only 2 miles outside the OC Inlet. Water temp is dropping fast!
SUNDAY, November 20, 2016
Windy day on the beach. Too windy to fish.
The bulk of migrating stripers are still off central Jersey, but my brother got into a good bite in the rivers behind Ocean City, NJ. All caught on eels. Cold nights and the water temp is dropping fast. Maybe too fast!
Note Friday's report about Richard Crosariol hooking a 33-inch striper while fishing about 500 yards off the North Jetty. When I took the "Paperboy" out for a spin yesterday, I did have some good marks off 5th Street, not frar off the beach. Nice size boomarangs!
SATURDAY, November 19, 2016
Tog fishing has been very good along the rocks off Martha's Landing (West channel). Not many keepers, but a lot of action on smaller fish.
Ed and Brayden Taylor hooked 25 tautog, with 3 keepers, along with a pair of black drum, all while fishing on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" in the OC Inlet.
FRIDAY, November 18, 2016
I received a report from our foreign correspondent in New Jersey (my brother) who said that the large schools of migrating stripers are still to the north (central Jersey and above) but they are starting to see some show up in the rivers.
Capt. Kane Bounds on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" reported that the last few days of fishing have been red hot. Yesterday, they had a boat limit of 28 tautog by 9:30 AM. They ended up staying and catching and releasing another 100 tog. On Wednesday, they had a boat limit of 120 sea bass, 50 bluefish and some triggerfish. Both trips were on natural structure with squid and green crabs being the baits of choice.
3:31 PM - Just received a report from a reader that he saw diving gannetts off 20th Street, a quarter mile off the beach around 7 this morning. Getting interesting!
4:01 PM - Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported that sea bass fishing was good today with big fish in the mix. His anglers also caught some "enormous" bluefish.
Richard Crosariol caughta 33-inch, 13 lb. striper about 500 yards off the North Jetty on a live spot. Water temperature was 55.6-degrees.
anglers on the headboat "Morning Star" caught a load of black sea bass, along with some triggerfish, flounder and bluefish. All were caught on a wreck with clams, squid and Gulp!.
WEDNESDAY, November 16, 2016
I'm starting to wonder if we have some stripers off our coast. Sounds like the bulk of migrating fish are still off central Jersey (Asbury Park down to Atlantic City), but our water temperature is down around 54-55 degrees, whales have been spotted just off the beach around 5th Street and a few straglers have been caught off Assateague. Might be worth some exploratory missions.
If anyone sees or hears of anything, let us know (410-213-2200 or email@example.com). Thanks! Hope we have a much, much better season than last year
I saw where a new state record triggerfish was caught in Jersey. Weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz. Maryland's record is 5 lbs. 2 oz. and Delaware's is 6 lbs. 5 oz.
MONDAY, November 14, 2016
We had whales crusing just off shore of Ocean City this weekend. Good sign. Can usually find some stripers underneath. Bluefish are chomping on the wrecks. Not big ones... up to 3 lbs. Heard from source in NJ that they are dealing with some big choppers and they are heading our way. Jersey anglers are "complaining" that the stripers are cruising by outside of the 3-mile line. Welcome to our world, boys!
Water temperatures are hovering in the mid-50's. Getting close to the magical 50-degree mark.
5:06 PM - Looks like some good schools of bluefish are cruising by off our coast and it was a good day for sea bass fishing on ocean structure.
SUNDAY, November 13, 2016
It was incredible tautog fishing for anglers fishing on the charter boat, "Get Sum" today. The guys hooked exactly 100 tautog with 3 keepers in the mix. All the action took place along the rocks off Martha's Landing.
FRIDAY, November 11, 2016
Anglers on the charter boat "Lucky Break" hooked over 30 tautog, keepng 2, while fishing at the South Jetty
WEDNESDAY, November 9, 2016
Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" had a good day fishing for sea bass on artificial reefs. Acie Mankins led the way with a 23-inch, 4 lb. 11 oz. knothead caught on his first drop of the day.
TUESDAY, November 8, 2016
Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported very good sea bass fishing today for his anglers. Some had their limit of 15 fish. Tomorrows trip has some open spots around the rail so if you are interested you could probably just show up at his boat around 6:45 AM and get a good spot for some good fishing.
Bill Regan fished the bay behind OC today and reported catching one small flounder. He didn't see much caught by other anglers but it was a beautiful day on the water.
I did hear from my brother John who lives in Ocean City, NJ. They haven't caught much in the bay and rivers behind OC, NJ (water temp still in the mid-to-high 50's) but really nice migrating fish are being caught off Asbury Park, NJ. Heard several have been landed that weighed over 50 lbs.
MONDAY, November 7, 2016
The sign-up for the 9-day Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament is less than a month away. Sign-up is on December 2nd and the tournament runs through December 11th. There are a couple of changes to the tournament rules (no matter what it says in their brochure):
1. There is basically no northern boundry. The boundry, all ways, is 100 miles from the Sea Buoy, same as all other OCMC tournaments.
2. The guaranteed prize money for the 1st place rockfish has been increased from $1,000 to $2,000. Heaviest 3-fish stringer guarantteed a $500 gift basket filled with cool stuff.
Maximum number of anglers on the boat is 6, the same as last year. Boats can fish 5 of the 9 days. Entry fee is $250 per boat. Calcuttas will be available. Proceeds benefit the Jimmy Fund.
SATURDAY! November 5, 2016
Although they delayed the start of their trip due to weather, anglers on the headboat "Morning Star" made up for it with very good sea bass fishing and even a few flounder. Sea bass weighed up to 3 lbs. 7 oz. and flounder over 5 lbs. caught on squid. Heaviest sea bass was fooled with a sand flea. All on natural bottom.
THURSDAY, November 3, 2016
Michael Lawson caught a red drum in the West Channel around 11am this morning and a black drum off the Rt. 50 Bridge around 9:30. Both on spec rigs.
TUESDAY, November 1, 2016
"Talkin Trash" caught 22 blueline tilefish and 14 sea bass.
Headboat, "Angler" had good sea bass fishing today. Most caught their limit. Largest weighed 4 lbs. Flounder up to 5 lbs. were also caught.
SUNDAY, October 30, 2016
On the headboat, "Angler", Capt. Chris Mizurak reported good sea bass fishing today with a handful of limits around the rail. All other anglers were pretty close to their limit. Fish were caught on squid at an artificial reefsite. Tony Combs caught a 4 lb. 3 oz. triggerfish on the trip.
The Cropper family took a trip down to a VA barrier island and caught some nice size red drum. Blake Cropper caught her first redfish, a 50-incher with a 30-inch girth. Patty Cropper hooked a 49-incher. All were released.
Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported very good sea bass fishing today with several good sized knotheads mixed in. A lot of small bluefish also were caught by his anglers. Word on the street is that Hurricane Murray Adams was the high hook on the trip!
I didn't get any reports but the bite must have been pretty good today because when I was traveling into OC, I saw 3 guys hooked up at once. Small striped bass... Bluefish... Maybe a flounder.
SATURDAY, October 29, 2016
Windy day in OC but we saw some folks on the water and quite a few fishing off the Rt. 50 Bridge. I did receive a report that the Coast Guard had their 47 footer out patrolling getting ready for striped bass season.
Anglers continue to catch flounder (not big) in the East Channel and tautog and black drum around the South Jetty. You can also pick up tog along the rocks off Martha's Landing.
Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" had a good day, returning with 105 sea bass, some triggerfish and a load of bluefish. All were caught at the Bass Grounds while using squid for bait.
THURSDAY, October 27, 2016
Wind was puffing today, but anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" returned with a good catch of flounder, sea bass and triggerfish.
WEDNESDAY, October 26, 2016
Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" found the seas bumpy in the morning but ended up with their boat limit of 120 sea bass, 27 bluefish and 20 triggerfish. All were caught inshore at the Bass Grounds.
SUNDAY, October 23, 2016
The 24-hour Bahia Marina Rocktoberfest Tournament ended at 4pm today with 38 anglers competing. Here are the final results:
1st - Phil Boylan - 11 lbs. 8 oz. - $2,393 (for 1st & 3rd)
2nd - Matt Stoltzfus - 10 lbs. 11 oz. - $495
3rd - Phil Boylan - 10 lbs. 6 oz.
1st - Big Bird Cropper - 4 lbs. 9 oz. - $177
1st - Ryan Obertoltz - 3 lbs. - $177
1st - Andy Tobias - 5 lb. 9 oz. eel - $177
Most of the action took place around the Rt. 50 Bridge but fish were also caught around the South Jetty as well. Live spot and bunker were the baits of choice, but Big Bird caught his winning flounder on a Gulp! artificial bait. Anglers also caught some red drum around the South Jetty along with a lot of short stripers. Flounder were caught at both the bridge and the South Jetty. Small bluefish are all over, but centered around the Rt. 50 Bridge, although they were also caught up by the Rt. 90 Bridge also. No tautog were weighed in the tournament.
SUNDAY, October 16, 2016
Rich Daiker caught his limit if flounder and red drum in the East Channel, all on bunker.
Charter boat, "Marli" had 7 yellowfins and 12 gaffer dolphin at the northeast corner of the Norfolk Canyon. Water moved around 10 miles in one day.
Tuna were also caught in the Baltimore Canyon.
SATURDAY, October 15, 2016
Lots of anglers fishing in the bay and off the Rt. 50 Bridge today. Black drum, sheepshead, some red drum and flounder are on the menu. Sand fleas for all but flounder. Gulp! for flatties.
Anglers on the charter boat, "Get Sum" had a couple of good trips today. In the morning, they had 6 keeper flounder and another 5 in the afternoon. All were caught in the Fishbowl and in the East Channel.
Charter boat Marli had 12 yellowfins south of the Washington. Fish are moving hard south.
Rich and Debbie Daiker were 1 flounder short of their limit after drifting the incoming tide in the East Channel. Fish ranged from 16.5 to 18-inches. All on bunker.
THURSDAY, October 13, 2015
The charter boat "Marli" is still at it. Today Capt. Mark Hoos took his anglers to just south of the Rockpile, in 70-120 fathoms of water and they ended up with 18 yellowfins and broke off a wahoo. Capt. Mark said that water temperature was between 69 and 71-degrees. Yellowfins were in the 25-30 lb. range. No other boats were down with them.
There was also a good bite in the Inlet today. Anglers are getting into some red drum and small stripers. They are also finding bluefish and flounder near the Rt. 50 Bridge.
TUESDAY, October 11. 2016
There has been a good flounder bite around the Rt. 50 Bridge with some bigger fish mixed in. Bridge anglers are also getting into bluefish and stripers as well.
This morning, Bob Gummer caught a 5 lb. sheepshead while fishing from the 3rd Street Bulkhead.
MONDAY, October 10, 2016
Whew... what a weekend. We got hit harder than the forecast, but nothing like those south of us. Wind was forecasted on Saturday at around 22mph, but got up to the 30's with gusts in the 50's. Gonna be interesting to see how this storm shakes things up and whether folks put their boats back in the water to head to the canyons.
I did hear that the action around the Rt. 50 Bridge was good right before the storm. Good size bluefish, in the 5-6 lb. range, were caught in good numbers mixed in with some short stripers. Tog fishing should improve around the South Jetty and it looks like there are a good number of sheepshead there as well.
Anglers are catching red drum while surf fishing off Assateague Island.
TUESDAY , October 4, 2016
Anglers on the Charterboat "Get Sum" had an active day with 2 keeper flounder and a load of throwbacks. One keeper came from the Commercial Harbor and one from the Fish Bowl. They couldn't get out to the South Jetty for some sheepshead action because it was just too rough.
SUNDAY, October 2, 2016
4:55 PM - Finally have dome good weather and the fish are snapping.
There was an excellent sheepshead bite at the South Jetty.
Charter boat "Lucky Break" put some beautiful flounder in the box while fishing in the West Channel, south of the bridge. Capt. Jason said that all the rainwater runoff has pushed the flatties closer to the Inlet. He has open spots the next couple of days so give him a call if you want to catch some flounder.
Crazy day offshore. Wahoo were plentiful.
"Talkin Trash" went 11 for 22 on wahoo. Their heaviest weithed 77 lbs. Capt. Chris Little said that they started at the east wall of the Washington Canyon and they worked their way out to the 800/800 and back in. Water temp was between 69 and 75-degrees. They also had 9 dolphin.
Charter boat, "Spring Mix II" had 37 dolphin in the Washington.
"Turn Me Loose" had 35 dolphin in the Washington.
"Foolish Pleasures" had 2 wahoo and some dolphin in the Washington.
"PYY Marine" had 3 wahoo (52, 54 & 66 lbs.) and 26 dolphin in the Washington.
MONDAY, September 27, 2016
"Big Billin" went out to 100 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon on a half-day trip and went 3 for 5 on white marlin in addition to catching a yellowfin.
SATURDAY, September 24, 2016
Weatherwise, the day started out calm but the winds picked up throughout the day. Pretty dreary. Annoying rain off and on.
It looks like the bite in the bay continues to be improved with more action around the South Jetty.
Charter boat, "Get Sum" had a banner day with 3 sheepshead, 2 black drum and a couple of triggerfish, all on sand fleas around the South Jetty. They also had a pair of flounder at the east end of the Commercial Harbor on white Gulp! Swimming Mullet. Around the Jetty, the anglers also released short tautog and sea bass. Their largest black drum weighed 10.2 lbs.
Offshore, charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" had 2 white marlin releases and 6 dolphin in the Poor Man's Canyon.
Charter boat, "Boss Hogg" headed to the Baltimore Canyon and releases a blue marlin in addition to catching 60 dolphin and 7 yellowfin tuna.
Charter boat, "Marli" caught 8 yellowfins and released 4 white marlin in the Baltimore.
"Zipper" caught a wahoo and 14 dolphin in the Baltimore.
"Buckshot" released 7 white marlin in the Baltimore.
Hope Noone caught and released her 1st and 2nd white marlin in the Baltimore Canyon while fishing on the "A Salt Weapon II".
FRIDAY, September 23, 2016
There was a good flounder bite in the bay. Really picked up. A lot of bait.
Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" caught keeper flounder in the Fish Bowl and around the South Jetty today. Capt. Jason said flatties were on both the inside and outside of the South Jetty. Capt. Jason likes to have his angles use Z-Man artificials and minnows.
Anglers on the headboat, "Angler" had good flounder fishing today on artificial reefs. A few limits were caught around the rail with fish up to 4 lbs. Caught on bucktails.
Mike Orchulli caught a 16-inch flounder near the Commercial Harbor and a 20 1/2-incher on the outside of the South Jetty during the incoming tide on bucktails tipped with white Gulp!.
Offshore, the seas were rough today, but several boats ventured out.
The charter boat, "Boss Hogg" went to the Washington Canyon and had 3 white marlin, a 48 lb. wahoo and 33 dolphin. Capt. Brian Porter said water temps were 75-degrees.
"Billfisher" had 4 white marlin releases in the Washington.
Charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" had 3 white marlin releases and 3 dolphin in the Poor Man's.
Charter boat, "My Cin" had a white marlin release and 14 dolphin in the Poor Man's.
Charter boat, "Marli" had a white marlin release, 30 dolphin and a yellowfin tuna in the Poor Man's.
"Buckshot" had 2 white marlin releases between the Baltimore and Poor Man's.
Charter boat, "C-Boys' released 10 white marlin and had 3 yellowfins weighing over 60 lbs. in the Baltimore Canyon.
MONDAY, September 19, 2016
Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught their limit of 32 flounder and a few sea bass during a trip near the Bass Grounds. Largest fish was caught by Adam Kellet and it weighed 6 lbs. 2 oz. Caught on bucktails tipped with strip baits.
SUNDAY, September 18, 2016
Sounds like there was a decent white marlin bite in the Norfolk.
"Talkin Trash" went down to the Washington and caught 4 yellowfins, up to 72 lbs. and went 1 for 4 on white marlin.
"PYY Marine" released 3 white marlin and caught a yellowfin and 14 mahi in the Washngton.
"Myra HT" released 7 white marlin and caught a couple of dolphin in the Norfolk.
Ashton Clark released his first white marlin after hooking it on a naked ballyhoo at the Rockpile.
On the headboat, "Angler", several had limits of flounder with fish up to 4 lbs. Caught on bucktails at an artificial reef.
Anglers on the "Cindy Sue II" returned from an overnight trip to the Poor Man's Canyon with a pair of wahoo (31.5 & 44.5 lbs), 9 mahi (largest was 22 lbs.), and a 100 lb. mako. They also hooked a false albacore and a short yellowfin while trolling at the Hot Dog.
The scales closed on the 2nd and last day of the MSSA Mid-Atlantic Flounder Tournament and here is what showed up at the scale:
Howard Todd had a 16.5-inch flounder and a 7.9 lb. Atlantic sharpnose shark from the African Queen.
Ben Becker weighed a 1.75 lb. flounder caught in the bay behind the OC Airport.
Anglers on the "Green Submarine" weighed a pair of flounder (3.55 and 4.4 lbs.) Caught in the Fish Bowl
Zach Parker weighed a 2 lb. flounder caught at the Old Grounds.
Vance Hottendorf and Jason Courtney weighed a pair of flounder (1.8 & 2.2 lbs.) caught at the Twin Wrecks and the Great Eastern Reef.
Anglers on the "Fishizzle" weighed 3 flounder (2.7, 3.3 & 4.2 lbs.) caught at the Great Eastern Reef.
Anglers on the "Adventureous" weighed 3 flounder (3.05, 3.05 & 3.4 lbs.) caught at the Radcliffe wreck.
Grady Obetz released his first spearfish and his first white marlin at the 800/800. He was fishing on the "G-FORCE".
Samantha Marshall and Craig Householder each released their first white marlin in the Baltimore Canyon. The group went 2 for 3 on whites.
SATURDAY, September 17, 2016
It was a slow day yesterday due to rough seas. Most stayed at the dock but some that tried to venture out ended up turning around.
Today is the Challenge Cup, pitting the Ocean City Marlin Club against the Cape May Tuna & Marlin Club. We haven't won in a couple of years, so hopefully this will be the year our guys will bring back the cup.
The MSSA Flounder Tournament is also today, so you should see a lot of boats in the bay. Hopefully, the dirty water that has hampered flounder fishing for the last week will clear up enough that some nice fish can be caught. Look for the areas around the South Jetty and the rocks along Martha's Landing to produce a nice one today.
2:53 PM - Capt. Kane Bounds on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" reported that the flounder bite was a little tough today, but sea bass really chewed. Their charter had a boat limit of 95 nice sea bass plus 6 flounder and a mahi while fishing with squid inside the Jackspot.
5:37 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Boss Hogg" went to the Washington Canyon and returned with 5 white marlin releases, 3 yellowfins and a pair of dolphin.
The charter boat, "Moore Bills" returned from an overnight trip to the 800/800 with 7 white marlin releases, 2 blue marlin releases, a 67 lb. mako, a 74 lb. swordfish and a bunch of dolphin.
Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported good sea bass and flounder fishing today. A few limits of flounder around the rail with fish up to 3.5 lbs. Largest sea bass was 2.5 lbs. Caught on squid at an artificial reef.
7:08 PM - Charter boat, "White Lightning" had 2 white marlin releases and 26 dolphin in the Washington Canyon.
"Primary Search" went to the Washington and got 5 yellowfins up to 72 lbs. All on the troll. They also caught some mahi and triggerfish under a floating log.
Brandon Boyer caught his first white marlin while trolling in the Poor Man's. They went 1 for 3 on whites and caught 3 blackfin tuna.
The scales closed on the first day of the MSSA Flounder Pounder and here is what we saw:
Russ Coward caught an 18.5-inche, 2.6 lb. flounder on cut bait at the Jackspot.
John Kaminaris caught a 17.5-inch, 2.1 lb. flounder on Gulp! at the Rt. 50 Bridge.
John Appleton, Brandon Vermillion and Vernon Vermillion weighed 2 flounder (1.4 lbs. & 1.65 lbs.) Caught on minnows and squid along the Inlet Wall.
Rob Mako caught a 19-inch, 2.8 lb. flounder on a minnow in the Inlet.
Anglers on the "Green Submarine" weighed 3 flounder (1.85, 2.8 & 2.95 lbs.). Caught on live mullet in the West Channel.
Bret Dean, Sam Slacum and Lewis Hardy weighed a 19-inch, 2.5 lb. flounder caught on minnows and squid at the Great Eastern Reef.
Anglers on the "Full Service" weighed 2 flounder (2.05 & 3.05 lbs.) caught on Gulp and squid at "A" Buoy.
Anglers on the "Sweetie" are sitting in 1st place after weighing 3 flounder (4.2, 4.45 & 4.95 lbs.) All were caught on Gulp at an ocean wreck, 10 miles offshore.
Angles on the "Fishizzle" weighed 3 flounder (1.7, 2.0 & 2.55 lbs.). Fish were caught on Gulp and flounder belly on an ocean reef.
Anglers on "Got R Done" weighed 3 flounder (2.55, 3.7 & 4.15 lbs.) caught on squid and minnows at the Great Eastern Reef.
Anglers on the "Bonnie Lynn" weighed 3 flounder (2.05, 2.1 & 3.25 lbs.) caught on cut bait and minnows at the Bass Grounds.
7:16 PM - Right now the winner of the Challenge Cup is too tight to call. Feeling is that the Ocean City team may have pulled it out this year. Looks like there may have been a good bite in the Norfolk. Stay tuned!
9:38 PM - After 4 years, the Challenge Cup returns to Ocean City. The 1-day shootout between the Ocean City Marlin Club and the Cape May Tuna & Marlin Club ended with a 787.5 points to 500.0 points win for the team from Ocean City. Top boat was the "Makara" with 975 points (13 white marlin releases). For the day, Cape May released 58 white marlin and 1 blue marlin and the Ocean City team released 126 white marlin and a blue marlin. All of the action was down in the Washington and Norfolk Canyons. Congratulations to the team from the Ocean City Marlin Club.
THURSDAY, September 15, 2016
Wind is blowing pretty good in Ocean City, although the offshore forecast is much better than what we are seeing on land. Only one boat, the "Reel Chaos" ventured out of Sunset Marina today. None went out from the Ocean City Fishing Center.
WEDNESDAY, September 14, 2016