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Ocean City Maryland & Assateague Island - Delaware Beaches - Ocean n Bay Fishing Report
By Bob Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle Shop, Ocean City MD - Fenwick Island DE
Ocean City Inlet water temp. 61 degrees  Delaware buoy 61 degrees

May 25th,2015

Happy Memorial Day! We owe our freedoms to those that gave all.

Big bluefish continue to provide lots of action from the Route 50 bridge, the inlet jetty's and piers. Anglers are tossing bucktails,spoons,speck rigs and rattletraps to the chopper blues.
Anglers fishing from boats in the O.C. inlet were jigging stingsilvers and bucktails and catching stripers and bluefish. Striper fishing improved this week with lots of shorts and some keepers being caught from the O.C. inlet and the route 50 bridge. Several keeper stripers and lots of blues were caught by surf casters fishing the Ocean City beach.
A few kingfish and croakers showed up in the surf with lots of big rays and skates. Indian river inlet provided jetty anglers with great bluefish action and some keeper stripers. Flounder fishing was good for those that found clear water. A pretty good yellowfin tuna bite up in the Baltimore Canyon this weekend.

Oyster Bay Tackle is looking to hire a responsible adult (retirees
welcome) to work in our stores for the Summer season. The person would be required to work day's and evenings.  We operate two shifts during the Summer season 6am-2pm and 2pm to 10pm. Please email bob@oysterbaytackle.com. or call the store at 410-524-3433 and leave your name and a return phone number.

Libby Kelly from Oyster Bay Tackle reports: "Adam Hall of Frankford, Delaware fished the Fenwick Island Surf using Sand Fleas and Fishbite Bloodworms during the incoming tide and came up with a 28 inch Black Drum for his efforts.  The Drum weighed in at 10.5 pounds

"Anthony Wright from Middletown, VA fished Indian River Inlet using Bucktails and caught 3 nice Bluefish during the icoming tide.  Anthony's Blue fish ranged from 26 inches up to 28.5 inches."

"14 year old Pierce from Monhton, Maryland caught a 29 inch Bluefish on the surf in Delaware at 3R's using a Mullet rig during the outgoing tide." Check out their pictures on the Oyster Bay Tackle Delaware
gallery: http://gallery.oysterbaytackle.com/main.php?g2_itemId=2227

Mike Murray from Burtonsville, Maryland caught a 32 inch Rockfish using cut Bunker during the outgoing tide in North Ocean City, Maryland on 5/22/15.

Local Richard Bell fished North Ocean City, Maryland on Tuesday and caught a variety of species.  Rich caught a 33 inch Striper, 3 Chopper Bluefish up to 31 inches, 6 toothy Sharks, 3 Kingfish and a Croaker using a Bunker as bait.

Mike Griffiths from Cherry Tree, Pa.I caught three bluefish from the O.C. surf the smallest at 28 inches and the biggest one at 32 inches." .
Check out their pictures on the Oyster Bay Tackle Surf Gallery; http://gallery.oysterbaytackle.com/main.php?g2_itemid=58

 Capt. Jeff from Hellbent charters reports: "Well Memorial Day weekend  started out cold and windy as predicated on Saturday. We waited to hit  the out gong tide to go along with the Northeast wind which really  turned out to out off the East all afternoon and kept the air and water  temps colder than normal. The warmest water we found in the inlet was
 59 degrees. The action was all south of the route 50 bridge which got a  little crowded at times with everyone biding for the same area to drop  their lines. We picked up a nice a 18.5" Flounder about a 100 yards  south of the Rt.50 bridge on a minnow and we lost a real nice Blue Fish
  and a few short Flounders about in the same area a little later in the  afternoon. There were many short Flounder showing up which is good to  see them moving into the bay. We did catch a nice size Bull Nose Ray at  slack tide which always makes for a little fun. As usual the Ray hit a  white Gulp. My charter for today was cancel do to a sick child so I was  not out in the wind today but man what a Tuna bite off shore today!
 Let's hope it continues. Give ma a call at 717-574-4010 or email me at  helbentcharters.com to book your trip this summer. Check out my website  for all the latest information Hellbent Charters See you on the  water."


 Coastal Fisherman 5.24.15 3:10 pm by Larry Jock:

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.


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."

Delaware 2015 Coastal and Delaware Bay Striped Bass slot limit regulations go into effect today May 11th. 2 fish per day. Length: 28"
to 37" or greater than than 44".

Delaware Tautog season closes today May 11th. and reopens July 17th.


Oyster Bay Tackle hours for Memorial Day week we open at 7 AM to 8Pm
Monday- Thursday and 6AM to 10pm Friday-Monday. 410-524-3433. Fenwick Tackle is now open from 9 AM to 5 PM Monday- Thursday and 6am to 9pm
Friday- Sunday.  Memorial Day Monday 6am to 7pm. (302-539-7766).

 2015 Tide tables are available for pick up in the stores or you can  print them out online. Go to: www.oysterbaytackle.com scroll down the  Main Menu and click on 2015 Tide Tables.

 We sell MD fishing licenses at our Oyster Bay Tackle store.

We have set up a internet kiosk at Fenwick Tackle for your convience to purchase a De. License. . If you get a DEL boat fishing sticker, you need your current boat registration number. Please bring a credit card for your Delaware license. For more info call Fenwick Tackle at 302-539-7766.

 We have added a link on our website directly to the Maryland and  Delaware Fishing License sites to make it easy to purchase a license at  home. Go to http://oysterbaytackle.com and scroll down the Main Menu  and click on the appropriate State link.

 Our online mall is open and we have: 
 Trailhead Tire Deflators!  We now have the new JT Brooks Tire  Deflators and Tirebuddy 3.

Many anglers ask about reading the beach when surf fishing. "Poppy" a very good angler has posted another very good description with pictures on Stripers Online. Check it out:  Reading the Beach  He draws it out completely! If you're not catching fish in the surf, you need to study this!




Bear from the  Oceanic Pier
(410-289-2602) Report from the pier on 05/25: "Caught a couple of keeper flounder up to 24", some short stripers,lots of shad and bluefish"

The Ocean Pier No report available.

Capt. Monty on the "
Morning Star report from Capt. Monty on 05/21/15 reads:

"Sea Bass Getting Better Best Reef Dinner Ever A Failure Of Governance

Until Flounder Show: Sailing Daily For Sea Bass. Saturday's 6:30 to 3:30
- $125.00 – Otherwise 7 to 3 at $110.00.. Fishing Is Not Hot So Far, But Will Improve As More Cbass Meander In From Offshore. Reservations Required at 410 520 2076 - LEAVE YOUR BEST POSSIBLE CONTACT NUMBER - Weather Cancelations Are Common - I Make Every Attempt To Let Clients Sleep In If The Weather's Not Going Our Way..

Be a half hour early! We always leave early! ..except when someone shows up right on time. (or the captain forgets bait) Clients arriving late will see the west end of an east bound boat. With a limited number of reserved spots, I do not refund because you over-slept or had a flat..

Dramamine Is Cheap Insurance! Crystalized Ginger Works Great Too. It's Simple To Prevent Motion Sickness, Difficult To Cure.  If You Suffer Mal-de-Mer In A Car You Should Experiment On Shorter Half-Day Trips First! (Wockenfuss Candies sells crystalized ginger locally - Better is Nuts.Com.. Chewable Meclizine is a good pharmaceutical with Scopolamine Patches the gold standard.)

Bring A Cooler With Ice For Your Fish – A 48 Quart Is Fine For A Few People.

Small-scale reef building that adds up over time; on my last fishing trip we dropped reef-block number 11,168 over the stern rail. Now 2,188 at Doug Ake's – 1,242 at Saint Ann's - 372 at Al Giles’ Barge - 588 at Eagle Scout Reef - & 10 at an as-yet unnamed reef group on Sue Foster’s Isle of Wight Reef.. Please Sponsor Reef Building At ocreefs.org - Thanks!

Sunday’s Reef Dinner was an amazing sight. Had about 80 more people than anticipated. I have no idea how the chef made it work, but everyone who stayed was fed & fed well. Next year we’ll move to an advance ticket so we have a better idea of turnout & run the chow line faster! Lots of folks brought money & left without. Raised more money in one night than we did all year in 2012. The Ocean City Reef Foundation has come from near cardiac arrest to robust community support. Many supporters see coral in their future. I do too. Thank You All!

Greetings All, Good thing clients didn’t know how to run my boat.. I forgot the bait opening day & had to drive back home. By my own rules the capt should have seen the west end of an east bound boat.. Loaded up & underway, we dropped blocks on a reef we’re building called St. Ann's.
Just twelve 90-pound blocks, you wouldn't think it would build much reef. But we go everyday; take blocks everyday.. Now at 11,168 overall - that's a lot of blocks. Trawl skippers "clean up" a tow by dumping any rocks they catch where they will never tow. Could be near a wreck or CG buoy; they push them over where they quickly scour-in & disappear completely from the habitat footprint. It is precisely as our blocks add up to increased habitat, that their rock-removals decrease our marine reef footprint. We've been dropping blocks for 3 years now. The very best flounder bite I've ever seen was on one of these 'block reefs' last summer.. They've been "cleaning up" sloughs for over 60 years..

So we dropped blocks opening day and ran a tad further to a sweet cbass spot. Uh Oh. Not much love at all. Universal in the party boat fleet, I think the ocean’s water level went up for all the tears flowing from VHF radios on opening day. Not sure I’ve ever seen sea bass behave such in mid-May. Maybe. Was as lousy a day as I’ve ever seen. Last year we had a slow May start too. Don't recall such trouble in my first 33 years. We are catching cod everyday. Look at the work on cod. Look closely. You'll see climate change enthusiasts have fully convinced themselves Gulf of Maine cod have abandoned the US for cooler Canadian waters. Goode, in 1880, surmised when GOM waters cooled to a certain point cod would come south. That's what we're still seeing on the water in 2015. Computer shows different. Computer, loaded only with "the best available science"
shows Congress how NOAA can't help it if cod management's gone bad.
"Fish have all gone north Mr. Congressman!"

You cannot believe how funding drives science & result. What NOAA wants to find is what it funds..

Is that how the new MRIP catch estimates show higher & higher & higher catches from canoes, kayaks & sailboats?

Fishing was much improved Saturday but still not where we’d want it. On Sunday the day began with a sea bass bite exactly as we would like - sweet. Yet the moment the current backed off - kaput. Monday I had VIP reef donors galore after our big dinner. Ha! Going to show these folks some FISH! Except no. Swung for the fence & struck out. Dandies - Yes.
But no numbers..

Tuesday, May 19th, high man was fairly close to double digits. Wednesday the wind blew. We sent 56 packages for the Reef Foundation. Thursday I saw what we would have had all along, at least before over-estimate poison seized the sea bass fishery. Thursday I had rods bowed all around the rail. It was just one drop, and a very light rail too, but it reminded me of back when sea bass management actually worked.

Among fishing’s troubles there is a disease of bad data that I’ve written about many times. The effect of treating perfectly ludicrous recreational catch estimates as hard science has now run deeply into all levels of marine fisheries management. Sea bass are hot on the heels of red snapper as the most screwed-up fisheries by bad recreational catch data.

Through all of history; when science has to reach for fantastic assertions to support data or conclusions: trouble. Diagrams & models of a geocentric or "earth centered" solar system, for instance, required fantastic loop-de-loops in planetary motion to be correct. The implausible versus the smooth ellipses actually created by gravity; they're only seen as impossible today because we understand gravity's affect on orbits.. (I'm using 'understand' loosely. Not conversant in
astrophysics..)

Laws of physics we take for granted with each cell phone call began with incorrect theories fully supported by data accepted in its time, yet untrue. Science moves forward by making corrections. We need fishery management to unweave a great amount of regulation based on untrue catch estimates. It's costing big money in business & tax revenue losses from Maine to Texas; and, at least in the case of sea bass, is costing us the first & best fishery restoration. True: sea bass were so responsive to early management that their populations shot to a 35 year high in less than 5 years.

Sea bass populations in the Mid-Atlantic have been in decline since 2003 because we no longer trigger spawning in young sea bass. From the highest recorded population just 5 years into management in 2003 .. to today's 2015 troubles; From a population that grew exponentially in early management despite high removals, to spawning production today that cannot replace even the lowest removals in history..

A reef species that remained a viable fishery with no regulation at all despite massive habitat loss, even in an era when US trawlers were outnumbered 20 to 1 by foreign boats: sea bass today are being driven into the dirt by complacent management glad to lean upon NOAA's acceptance of MRIP or MRFSS recreational catch estimates as pure & proven.

Responding to data that wasn't real has created this very real situation. Regulations devised solely in response to untrue recreational catch estimates have taken the same path of any regulation based on lies
- a path to failure.

I think our long standing 'spring run' was a race inshore of spawning sea bass to again seize their specific spawning sites. That's what used to happen. Sea bass would come in as soon as the possibly could to hold their territory. Now, with the spawning stock at an all time low - and I do mean All Time low - sea bass have no urgent drive to seize spawning territory. No longer a spring run; they just wander in.

Spawning site fidelity & habitat fidelity could be management's greatest tool. Ignorant of 'age at maturity' shift, the ability to manipulate (or
"manage") when cbass begin spawning is instead management's greatest weakness.

We'll see more sea bass. They just won't be in a hurry. Sort of like managers watching a regional population of fish, once so easily rebuilt to grand new heights, plummet to their lowest population in history & take no action - no hurry.

Experiments with sea bass aquaculture from:
http://www.unh.edu/news/news_releases/2006/april/kw_060411bass.html
Berlinsky’s team found that females were more likely to change sex when no males were present in the tank. Additionally, the fish were more likely to turn into males when kept in crowded tanks. By turning off estrogen production, Berlinsky says, he can turn a female fish into a male within a week. Giving 11-ketotestosterone to a female converts it into a male. “We’re studying the ways to control the enzymes that control sex reversal,” he explains. “We’re coming at the problem both behaviorally and biochemically.”

That's What's Important!!! Yes - Habitat IS VITAL. But more so is management's need of ACTIVELY regulating for production ..or at least not regulating to minimize production. Our 12.5 inch size limit has triggered a "slow down, the habitat's full" response in sea bass since 2002. Now our once-famous 'spring run' of sea bass is, yawn, a slow swim to the beach. We used to see hundreds of under-9 inch male sea bass DAILY. Now we see 3 to 6 under nine inch males a year. I do not mean 3 to 6 hundred, just three to six - usually counted on one hand..

Management's proclamation at each MRIP/MRFSS based assertion of our having gone over-quota is profoundly similar to Spanish conquistadors reading "The Requirement" aloud. From within a complex ceremony, "The Requirement" was read aloud in Spanish to natives of Central & South America before they'd ever even heard of a language called Spanish..
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Requirement_of_1513 Here is the conclusion of that text; a real & true part of history ..among the saddest of history: But if you do not do this, and maliciously make delay in it, I certify to you that, with the help of God, we shall powerfully enter into your country, and shall make war against you in all ways and manners that we can, and shall subject you to the yoke and obedience of the Church and of their highnesses; we shall take you, and your wives, and your children, and shall make slaves of them, and as such shall sell and dispose of them as their highnesses may command; and we shall take away your goods, and shall do you all the mischief and damage that we can, as to vassals who do not obey, and refuse to receive their lord, and resist and contradict him: and we protest that the deaths and losses which shall accrue from this are your fault, and not that of their highnesses, or ours, nor of these cavaliers who come with us .

Management Today: "Losses to the commercial & recreational for-hire fisheries & private boat recreational supply industry Are Your Fault and not the regulators who innocently responded to perfect data handed them by perfect statisticians in a perfect NOAA."

Because NOAA demands management treat MRIP's catch estimates as perfect, I truly fear for my boat & business.

Ignorant of history, ecology & biology; unwilling to see patently obvious & enormous errors in recreational catch estimates: what a grand waste of a fishery. See small snip below.." Regards, Monty

Watch the  weather.


Capt Chris Mizurak Capt. of the Angler Party Boat also runs the Reef Chief. For more information on chartering the Reef Chief you may contact me at 410-458-8343." Capt. Chris reports on 05/21/15: Greetings,

"We had some beautiful weather for the first weekend of our sea bass season. Fishing was decent on the 10hr trip on Friday, but it was a tough bite for the rest of the weekend. Some folks had close to their limit of seabass on Friday, along with a few nice codfish and even a couple short flounders. The largest sea bass of the weekend tipped the scales at 4lbs. Hopefully the sea bass fishing improves as the water warms. We are sailing daily from 730am to about 230pm. For more information and reservations please call 410-289-7424.  Thanks and hope to see you soon!"

Capt Chris Mizurak Angler OCMD 410-458-8343

 For info on the Reef
 Chief go to: https://www.facebook.com/ocreefchief . Fishing Report
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Joe at  Lewes Harbour Marina (302-645-6227)  For more info check out Joe's entire report.

May 19, 2015 - Flounder Tournament Results This year's Canal Flounder Tournament generated the largest turnout so far. More than 400 flattie aficionados fished the event. Weather was much better than last year's scheduled date, when hurricane-like conditions forced postponement until the following day. Although Canal water was murky from wind during preceeding days, flukers picked away at fish during most of the outgoing tide. The largest specimens were landed in the afternoon, near the end of the ebb. There didn't seem to be a concentration of flatfish in any single location, and catches were reported from several different spots.
Avid flounder pounder Mickey Payne was the big winner. His 6.2 pound mat inhaled a Nuclear Chicken colored grub at Roosevelt Inlet, and earned him top prize and major bragging rights. Defending Champ Chad Mitchell scored Second Place 5.29 pounder with a custom white jighead rig and shiner combo while drifting past Gordon's Pond ditch. Brian Beebe boated the Third Place 4.3 pound flounder near the drawbridge, using a chartreuse teaser with a shiner. A pink Gulp! jigged by the Town Dock was responsible for Chris Huk's Fourth Place 3.81 pounder. Matthew Mitchell drifted a custom chartreuse jig rig and shiner between the bridges to take Fifth with his 3.63 pound flattie. Bob Brullo boated his Sixth Place 3.63 pounder while working a white Gulp! near the Sea Gypsy Pirate Boat. Shane Townsend took Seventh with a twin 3.63 pound fluke that ate a minnow on an icy blue teaser, also near the Sea Gypsy. More than $2000 of entry money will be donated to Camp Awareness. We at Lewes Harbour Marina, and the Dewey Beach Lions Club extended congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to all who participated to make the day fun, and a great success. The Black Drum bite came on strong on the New Jersey side of Delaware Bay, following the new moon. There was a big fleet anchored up in Bayshore Channel, above the Canal entrance Saturday evening, where many big boomers were landed. Don Zeiset decked a 60.6 pounder, and Vernon Zeiset got one weighing 55.8 pounds there aboard Miss Kirstin. Captain Brian's crew on Lil' Angler II kept five drum, the largest was a 55.7 pound fish fought by Mike Hojda. Kevin Martzal's group on the Pirate King II brought back 11 drum, including a 53 pounder landed by Leon Martzal. Scattered reports of drum came from the Delaware side. Jack Ostroski had a 63.2 pound boomer and Mason Newsham nailed a
34.3 pounder while fishing with clams on the Coral Beds. Mike Thompson checked in a nice drum he pulled from the Broadkill Beach surf. Drum action should hold up through the full moon at the beginning of June.
The shop will be carrying surf clams, but we suggest calling ahead, early in the week, to reserve baits. The opening of Sea Bass Season resulted in good catches. Boats that ran to Twenty Fathom structure did ok with bass, but had surprising numbers of cod. Captain Carey's bassers aboard Grizzly boxed 58 blueheads and 24 keeper codfish. It actually seemed like sea bass catches were better inshore, at Site 11. Captain Brent's Saturday group on the Katydid had their limit of 120 quality bass, including Luis Mispireta's 3.71 pound knothead. Dr. Mike Junck and his gang had a nice mess of bass and cod on their wreck trip aboard Top Fin. Mike managed a 3.92 pound bass on that outing. Offshore bottom bouncers did well in deep water. Matt Baker, Jeff Drury and Chip Graves dropped in Wilmington Canyon Friday for 21 beautiful Golden Tilefish to
27 pounds. A few more stripers showed up. Harry Doherty checked in a 32 incher he beached using bunker in the surf at Faithful Steward Crossing.
Because of new slot size regulations, Dave McGirk released a 40 inch linesider he hooked using clams at Herring Point. Matt Mundok managed a
14.6 pound rockfish and a pair of shorts while tossing Bombers at the Outer Wall Sunday morning. Boaters and jetty jocks at Indian River inlet had stripers during evening incoming tides on bucktails and Storm Shads.
The bluefish run in Indian River was ridiculous this week, with slammers terrorizing schools of bunker in a feeding frenzy. Guys casting from the rocks or drifting in boats hammered the choppers with bucktails and metals. Wes Grove, Kevin Grove and Todd Macentee were drifting for flounder in the inlet when big blues attacked their minnows. After landing several choppers, they did boat a 4.64 pound flatfish. Blues thinned out inside Cape Henlopen at the end of the week. But, some remained in Broadkill River. Buzz Morrow, Brian Morrow and Jeff Weaver bucktailed a bunch of big bluefish at Oyster Rocks Saturday. D.J. Rawley caught his biggest bluefish ever while flounder fishing in the river Sunday with "Pop Pop" John Halsey, who did get a nice 3.2 pound flattie.

Anglers  need a DE Fishing License to fish, crab, and clam in DEL:
Individual Delaware Fishing Licenses are now available  online You can also renew your boat registration here!

Check out the link on our web site to the local chapter of the  MSSA. They are keeping us abreast on all the Fishing Issues.  From our  Oyster Bay Website, go to "More Fishing Info" on the left hand side, and click on "MSSA Atlantic Anglers".

Check the weather before driving hours to go offshore or fish the surf.
Go to  Coastal Marine Forecast to get an idea of the weather and height of the waves.


Old Inlet Bait & Tackle (302-227-7974) Reports on 05/18:

"The bluefish run is well into its third week. How long will they stay?

Got a solid report that the school of blues is huge and extends as far south as Virginia. So there is a good chance these fish will still be here over Memorial Day weekend.

The blues have been coming in the inlet on the daytime incoming tide.
Some days on the change of the tide and other day 3-4 hours in to the tide.

They will hot anything you throw at them. Bucktails and spoons are the most popular.

There have been some nice stripers caught at night time on dark colored plugs. Not many but the bite is starting to get better."



Bill's Sports Center (302-645-7654) reports on April 28 FISHING REPORT Check out his fishing report: report. FISHING FISHING REPORT 05/19:

>> Paul Matthews and Suzi Talbot (of The Sands of Time) went to the 
>> Outer Wall for the last day of tog season and caught 3 keepers, 
>> including a double header!
>> 
>> Nils Olson: “The fish I caught Monday was 25”, 7#. I got it at the 
>> end of the jetty at the Indian River Inlet.”
>> 
>> Dominick Vavala, Newark, kept 5 of 50 blues up to 13.55# at IRI on 
>> bucktails.
>> 
>> Richard Fox, Swedesboro NJ, kept 3 of 50 blues at IRI on bucktails.
>> 
>> Ozzie and Brian Webster, Rehoboth and Melbourne Fl , managed a 15.99# 
>> linesider and 16.75# blue at IRI on bucktails.
>> 
>> Mace and son Luke Webster kept 8 of 15 blues at the IRI using white 
>> and chartreuse bucktails.
>> 
>> Dalton Zugehoer caught a 20.85#, 35.5” striper at the IRI long lining 
>> flys.
>> 
>> Tim Gola sent pictures from his adventure on the "Wreckahlic" by 
>> ‘Fish Whisperer Charters:’ “ 2 real nice drum…Gregory Roberts and 
>> Steven Williams are happy!
>> 
There's more down there! Drum fishing at its best! ~Tim”

>> ’Anglers’: “Capt Rick Knight,Rich Knight,Matt Piecara, John 
>> Gambacorta,Chris Scalia,and Rick Smith…4 of them never tuna fished 
>> before. All were aboard the FV Main event traveled to the South 
>> Wilmington canyon in 80/100 fathoms , they ate everything & anything 
>> but we used canyon runner margarita spreader bars and every color 3 
>> oz joe shutes. Limited anglers made it a tough day as far as fish 
>> caught. We lost 10 and had another 6 that never came right and boated
>> 11 nice yellowfin tuna. Nobody wanted to go because they said it was 
>> too early.”
>> 
>> Jim Hitchens caught a citation blue at IRI inlet using lures. It 
>> weighed 15.50# and measured 38”.
>> 
>> Mike Echart, Milford, caught nice bluefish at IRI inlet using lures.
>> The largest weighed 13.65#.
>> 
>> Ed Jarell, Lewes, caught bluefish at IRI inlet using lures .They 
>> average about 9#..
>> 
>> Rob Wolhar and Mike Meibaum caught blues at the Inner Wall using 
>> lures.with a total of 11 fish.
>> 
>> John (Ringo) Meade on his 1st day of retirerment was blue fishing at 
>> the IRI inlet using lures. >>Chris Clauser, Schuylkill Pa., weighed 
>> in a 33”, 13.25# blue caught at IRI on a bucktail tipped with a white 
>> worm.
>> 
>> Drum fishing tomorrow night 3 pm until ?? Fishing with Outdoors 
>> Delmarva for big black drum. The fish are here. Call Capt. Brian 
>> 320-430-3414. Last night 55.7, 44, 44, 42, 36 pounds.
>> 
>> First Mate Roberta Jones, on the ‘Crab Whisperer’ wrote: “My Captain 
>> took me trot lining today for the first time ever and we had a 
>> BLAST!! We usually do pull pots but the trot line was awesome, I'm 
>> completely hooked! Dinner should be pretty good
>> 
tonight!!”

>> Capt. Bob Trowbridge of the ‘Captain's Lady’ out of Bowers called to 
>> let us know that the drum bite has really turned on, on the Cape May 
>> side of the Bay. Several boats that he knows are catching in the 
>> double digits.
>> 
>> Capt Aaron Hurd of ‘Gale Force’ charters reported” “On Fri May 15, 
>> Ron Griffin, Ron Jr, Danny Ray Yoder, his son Aaron, and John 
>> Hennessey fished with me and caught 24 bluefish averaging abt 10# .
>> On Sat May 16, Jay McCarter and his son Josh fished with Gale Force 
>> for the big Inlet blues. The guys boated 17 and filled a cooler with 
>> blues which were headed for the smoker. Ryan Nys. Caught this 34"
>> 13.75 lb striper on the tail end of the bluefish blitz Friday 
>> afternoon @ IRI. Caught on a 3 oz white bucktail with a 6" white 
>> worm. Caught and released a 28.5 inch striper on Sunday afternoon as 
>> well on the same lure. Both fish caught very deep just letting the 
>> jig slowly roll underneath the schooling fish. Friday's fish was 
>> found underneath the chopper blues (as your Facebook page reported 
>> they should be). Sunday's fish, however was deep underneath a school 
>> of large shad. It seems to me that the fact that big stripers love to 
>> eat these shad is often overlooked. The big linesiders are definitely 
>> in there but not in huge numbers yet so you have to work to find 
>> them. The schools of fish are mostly coming in on the daytime 
>> incoming tide. We know that during the day the stripers go deep and 
>> stay deep. So if you are fishing for stripers during the day, you 
>> need to be fishing deep regardless of whether the blues are there or 
>> not. Just thought I would throw that out there. I see so many anglers 
>> fishing heavy current with light lures in the middle of the day. This 
>> may seem obvious to experienced guys like the staff at Bill's, but 
>> you would probably be surprised how few casual anglers understand the 
>> importance of this concept. So, don't forget to let your customers 
>> know when purchasing those beautiful jigs you have behind the 
>> counter!”
>> 
>> Jaden Azato was fishing with his dad, Jim, off Cape Henlopen last 
>> night, also with another father/son team, and kept 2 of 30 blues to 
>> 11.9#, 33” on bucktails. The dads hooked the fish and handed the rods 
>> to the kids, for every fish! Jayden's arms were still sore this 
>> morning when taking the pictures.
>> 
>> Chuck Wilson and Trevor Nuefang weighed blues (4) in using bucktails 
>> while fishing IRI the largest a citation at 14.50#.
>> 
>> Brian Webster, Rehoboth Beach, caught his first slammer blue at IRI 
>> using lures. It weighed 11.70# measuring 34”.
>> 
>> Conway Bristow, Lewes, caught 2 blues at 3 Rs. The largest weighed 
>> 11.15# measuring 33”.
>> 
>> Quan Nguye, Laurel, weighed in a citation striper using bucktails, 
>> caught at IRI. It weighed 36# and 47”.
>> 
>> Jay Kluka, Brookhaven, PA, caught a citation blue at IRI using 
>> bucktail. It weighed 14.20#, measuring 37”.
>> 
>> Sam Sanders, Magnolia, DE, caught a blue at IRI using a bucktail. It 
>> weighed 11.65#, measuring 36” (2).
>> 
>> Tim Gola stopped in with his son, TJ, picked up some bait and 
>> bucktails and headed to the inlet. Later that day he sent us pictures 
>> of the many blues he caught! Way to go guys, and thanks for the beef 
>> jerky!!
>> 
>> One of my favorite parts of my job is setting people up with the 
>> right gear and bait, and putting them on fish. Debbie and Jim Walker, 
>> Upper Chichester, PA, sent us this: “Thanks for all the tips today 
>> guys! We had a blast catching the monster blues. We caught 4 blues 
>> ranging from 28 to32”.
>> 
>> Chris Pusey, Rehoboth Beach, caught a 34.65#, 46.5” striper at IRI 
>> south side on a bomber.
>> 
>> Congratulations to the crew of the ‘Missfit’ on their 820# mako 
>> weighed in at South Jersey Marina Saturday night, 5/16/15!
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Capt.Dan Stauffer (866-623-4746) of the  Fin Chaser does wreck, inlet and trolling trips.

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 05/11/15: "The black drum bite is heating up out of Oyster, Va."

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Maryland Fishing License

Anglers fishing in Ocean City will need to purchase a  saltwater fishing license. This license will cover both the Chesapeake Bay and the coastal waters and surf of Ocean City and Assateague Island. Yes, this includes surf fishing. If you already have a Chesapeake Bay Saltwater license you are good to go!  Anglers will be able to purchase the license 
online or come to Oyster Bay Tackle to purchase one. Please bring cash to buy your fishing license in our store.  If you go online, Logon if you have ever had a MD fishing or hunting license in the past or Enroll if you never had. Fill in all the information and click on "Purchase License"  The license you want to choose is "Bay and Coastal Sport"  You can either choose a year-round or 7-day. If you know you are coming to Ocean City,and you want to get it done ahead of time you can also call a toll free number (1-855-855-3906) or print and mail in an  application.
Boat Licenses: $50 and everyone on your boat can go fishing without a license. You will get a personal license along with your boat license, so you can go shore fishing as well. They will send you your sticker for your boat in the mail.  If you come to Oyster Bay Tackle, we have the
2014 stickers for sale.

Mail the application to their main office:

Maryland Dept. of Natural resources Annapolis Service Center P.O. Box
1869 1804 West Street, Suite 300 Annapolis, MD 21401


If you are going to be fishing on a private boat with someone who has a Boat License, you don't have to buy a license, but you do have to   register online. This is free and is done on the same site that you would buy a license. Logon if you have ever had a MD fishing or hunting license or Enroll if you never had. Fill in all the information and click on "Obtain Registration" to print your free registration. Print out your number and keep an id with you when you go fishing. You can also call
1-855-855-3906 during daytime hours. Be sure to write down the number they give you. That will be your temporary license. (You also need to get a free registration if you fish one of the free fishing areas in Ocean City.)


Another interesting note about the license is that if you buy a VA license, it is good in MD, and vice versa. If you are fishing in MD with a VA licence you do need to register with MD online. Again, this is free. This is so each state can "try" to figure out "how many" fish are being caught in their own individual states.  (VA Free Registry)

If you want to go fishing in Ocean City without a license, your choices will be the "Oceanic Pier," the "Ocean Pier" or to go fishing on a party or charter boat. You can now go fishing in one of the "free zones." 2nd through 4th Street Bulkhead or Northside Park. (You need the free MD registry to fish in these two areas.)  Come to Oyster Bay Tackle and we can do that for you. You can also go crabbing and clamming in Ocean City without a license. Or you can fish off your own private dock.

Ocean City has two free fishing zones. The bulkhead from 2nd to 4th Street (Chicago Ave.) and the Northside Park at 125th Street. You do not need a license in these two places but you do need a "free registry." Go  here to register online. This is free and can also be done over the phone during daytime hours of 7-7 at 1-855-855-3906.

Senior citizens 65 and older. Cost is $5 if you have a MD driver's license and are a resident of MD, but if you are a non-resident there is no break. No break for boat licenses either. $50 resident or non-resident.

Contact Info If you have any questions regarding Maryland's sport fishing license requirements, you may contact Fisheries Service via e
mail: customerservice@dnr.state.md.us or by calling (410-656-9526).


Following is the fee schedule for 2012 & 2013:

Senior License (year round) - $5.00 Resident License (year round) -
$15.00 Resident License (7-day) - $6.00 Non-resident (year round) -
$22.50 Non- resident (7-day) - $12.00 Pleasure Boat Decal (covers everyone on boat - year round) - $50.00

No license is required for: Boat decal passengers Those fishing in "free fishing" areas Those fishing from their waterfront properties Anglers under 16 years old Anglers fishing on a licensed charter, party or guide boat Anglers fishing commercially under a valid license

For more information, log onto www.dnr.state.md.us


If you have any fish reports please  e-mail Bob Foster at:  Oyster Bay Tackle.  E-mail me your name and where you are from so we can put you in our weekly fish reports!  


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Good Fishing...




Bob Foster
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