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12.12.17 1:30 pm

by Larry Jock

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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!


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