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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. 55 degrees...Delaware buoy 58 degrees.

November 23,2015

New Delaware State record bluefish recorded. Dr. Luis Mispireta was wreck fishing aboard the Katydid, with Captain Brent Wiest, when he landed the 24.8 pound Bluefish. Stripers have finally reached the rips off of Cape May, N.J. and a few fish were caught from the Overfalls shoal area in Delaware. Surf anglers are catching a few short stripers and bluefish on finger mullet. Maryland tautog season closes on 11/26/15.

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Coastal Fisherman Coastal
Fisherman Fishing report by Larry Jock:

SUNDAY, November 19, 2015

"Crappy day today in Ocean City. Rainy... damp... windy.

Capt. Wes Pollitt on the "Haulin' n Ballin'" took a group up to waters off Cape May, NJ and ended up with their limit of 7 stripers up to 40 lbs. All were caught under diving birds in 25 minutes while trolling Stretch's and Mojo's.

I checked with Joe Morris up at Lewes Harbour Marina on Friday and he said that he hadn't taken a picture of a striper all fall. Striper fishing was so bad that they moved the ending date of the Lewes Harbour Marina Striper Tournament. Usually this time of year, the boys are slamming the linesiders hard at the Cape May Rips. Not this year. From what I can tell, striper fishing is 1-2 weeks behind, and probably closer to 2 weeks. Off Ocean City, we usually start getting into them good the week before Thanksgiving and it looks like we won't see them in any numbers for at least another week. Stay tuned!

Small stripers are being caught around both bridges with an occassional keeper thrown in.

When you can get out, sea bass fishing is very good right now on ocean reefs and wrecks. You can even pick-up flounder on ocean structure as close as 8 miles from shore.

Tautog are still being picked at along the rocks off Martha's Landing (West Channel, south of the opening to the Ocean City Fishing Center).
I'm guessing that tog fishing off the Rt. 50 Bridge is also pretty good right now based on the number of anglers out in the crappy weather today. Has to be good for folks to be out today.

WEDNESDAY, November 18, 2015

Although most anglers have their eye to the north, waiting for the massive schools of striped bass to cruise off our coast, small stripers are being caught around the Rt. 50 and Rt. 90 Bridges, BUT there are also some keepers mixed in as well. Bucktails,

Tog are being caught along the rocks. Just like the stripers, you have to wade through the small ones to get your keepers, but they are there to be caught while fishing with crabs.

Anglers are also catching good size flounder off the coast in 70-80 feet of water by slow trolling mojo rigs with short trailer bucktails tipped with long strip baits.

TUESDAY, November 17, 2015

Yesterday, Luis Mispireta caught a new pending DE State Record bluefish, measuring a whopping 43-inches and weighing 24.8 lbs. The fish was caught on a butterfly jig at the Del-Jersey Land Reef Site while fishing on the charter boat, "Katydid". The current DE state record bluefish was caught in 1980 and weighed 212 lbs. 15 oz.

Well, the first migrating striper reported caught off our coast came in yesterday when Dustin Dukes on the "Hellbent" caught a 48-inch, 44 lb.
striper while trolling a Stretch 25 off Sea Colony in DE. Joining Dustin was Mike Johnston and John Speeze."

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 10/26/15: "We are starting to see a few keeper tautog small sea bass and a few short stripers."

Capt. Monty on the "
Morning StarFish Report 10/30/15

Fish Report 11/13/15

Fish Report 11/13/15 Sea Bass: Results May Vary Renewed Reefing Efforts Three Tools

Two New Long Cbass Trips - Weather Man PROMISES a nice calm this Monday & Tuesday, November 16th & 17th - Really does look good. I've switched those dates to the 6:30am to 3:30pm $125.00 format because I used almost all my frozen fish in that dastardly sea bass closure... Doable, but hardly calm, I also have a few spots open for Sunday, November 15th at same long-trip times.

Now Taking Sea Bass Reservations to November 30th Except Thanksgiving Day - Regular Schedule With An Occasional Longer Trip Announced.

Fishing everyday the weather's fit!

Not Looking For "All-Limits, All The Time" Sea Bass Fishing. We are seeing some 15 fish sea bass limits - working for them. If sea bass management were holding a proper course, any client able to drop & reel would be able to catch 15 sea bass with one shiny bare hook. I believe sea bass management is having a very poor result in our region & will delve into some of that again in a future report. I'll announce December trips as weather forecasts firm--like I announce tog trips. (see section in report below for an explanation of short-term trip announcements.)

Saturdays 6:30 to 3:30 - $125.00 – Sundays At Weekday Rates: 7 to 3 at $110.00. - Other Longer Trips Announced When Winds Look Good.
Reservations Required at 410 520 2076 - On My Rig You Can Reserve What Spot You're In. Please See For How The Rail's Laid Out.. LEAVE YOUR BEST POSSIBLE CONTACT NUMBER - Weather Cancelations Happen - 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. 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! (Meclizine's Better!) 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.) For Anglers With Known Issues Dramamine & Meclizine Work Best If Treatment Begins The Night Before.. Honestly - If you get to go on the ocean once month, once a year, or even less; why risk chumming all day? Similarly, if you howl at the moon all night, chances are good you'll howl into a bucket all day.

Bring A Cooler With Ice For Your Fish – A 48 Quart Cooler Is Fine For A Few People. Do Not Bring A Very Large Cooler. We DO have a few loaners - you'll still need ice. No Galley! Bring Food & Beverages To Suit. A few beers in cans is fine for the ride home.

In Congress: Ask your Representative to support HR 3094, The Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act, which gives allows the States bordering the Gulf of Mexico control over their red snapper--a species supremely responsive to increased habitat via oil wells & artificial reef. At issue's core are recreational catch estimates.. Despite incredibly detailed analysis showing red snapper populations at all time historical highs; and, also owing to habitat increases, even large snapper populations in areas where they had never been caught before, Federal regulators (NOAA/NMFS) use catch estimates to hold the season under two weeks. It is also true federal red snapper population estimates are done by trawl survey. NOAA uses fish population estimates created from a method unable to go where the fish live (no one can trawl an oil rig or artificial reef) & then uses recreational catch estimates no one believes for calculating whether anglers have gone over quota. In a system run-amuck, here is a fishery fix that sends a clear message to
NOAA: Stop Using "Science" No One Believes! It's never been easier to write your Congressional Representative. Every time a Congressional member hears about bad catch estimate data's effect on fisheries it helps push management toward a better outcome.

Small-scale reef building that adds up over time: We've received another load of 90 pound landscaping blocks. All our free/very cheap reef blocks are thanks to the special help of Capt. Jeff Bauer, and donated by Potomac Valley Brick and York Building Products from their Thomasville, PA plant. Now 12,394 Reef Blocks Deployed at numerous sites. Active presently are Doug Ake's Reef with 2,358 - St. Ann's 1,447 - Al Giles Barge 550 - Eagle Scout Reef 720 - Sue's Drifting Easy Reef 147 - Nichols' Concrete 528 - Upside Down Tank 132 Working at Elaine's Concrete too, a reef we built in the mid-1990s to about 18 inches thick.
After 3 years of wonderful colonization & crazy-good fishing, it scoured in--just disappeared. Using the old buried-in reef as a foundation, we have begun restoring production to this lost artificial reef with 24 reef blocks. A couple thousand will see it done. Have to start somewhere!

First New Truckloads Of Concrete Pipe Saturday 11/14 - Our largest pre-cast concrete project ever was this past March & April. The Reef Foundation Has Secured The Services Of The 105 x 30 Foot "Iron Lady"
Again For Several More Months. We're going to build more great reef with this rig beginning this week.. In town to demolish a sunken trawler, the long-abandoned "New Hope," the Iron Lady already took all that vessel's steel superstructure & rigging to Capt. Bob Gowar's Reef about 8 miles offshore.
dropped-on-reef-site/ There's one more load of steel from the wreck headed to Capt. Bob's Reef. When that project's complete we'll start loading the Iron Lady with truckloads of pre-cast concrete in pipe units. Looking forward to a busy winter!

Please Support the Ocean City Reef Foundation! HELP!!! We're Nowhere Near Reef Building's True Potential. Thank You!

Greetings All, "Last two trips - two completely different days. Saturday last, November 7th, I was concerned with a front passing mid-day. It came late and with strong winds, but we were already safely in the lee of Ocean City. Some clients broke through into double digits with sea bass, many did not. It was a day of mixed luck when even rookies might outfish the regulars! Monday.. I have no idea where those fellows got the strength to crank fish all day. Drop & reel cbassing with large to xtra-large blues mixed in. Lot of limits and, owing to saucy conditions in a 15 knot east wind, a few who, ah, retired from the angling early.

The week before I very nearly had a boat limit of sea bass. A couple regulars & myself were on the bow armed with several jigging rods. Sea bass were CHEWING. But not biting metal. At All. What the heck.. Those of us who like to jig prefer sea bass with a cooperative spirit. Me? I threw in the towel early. Switched to bait. Long winter coming. Quick limit. My other jigging friends, on the other hand, did not. Overheard:
"The bow wasn't on the fish." Yeah, um, I think the lesson here is along the lines of "know when to hold 'em - know when to fold 'em."

I see it every fall. Year round really. We want fish to do as we'd wish.
Only they ain't playing. I've been catching sea bass on a jig since 1982. They never-ever 'always' bite steel ..but I sure hope they do the next couple trips! This calm Monday & Tuesday looks really sweet.......

I was at a MD DNR fisheries meeting recently when a manager I hold in highest regard presented a powerpoint slide showing, "Management has three tools: Season, Size Limit, & Creel." I sincerely hope from among my readers you'll also see his thinking as 'painfully myopic.'

I consider these three tools I consider as one: Catch Restriction. Among management's tools Catch Restriction is the easy one. That's what we could do -did- from a kitchen table. We really did have a size limit on sea bass years before regulation began. We really did have a three tautog at 16 inches limit in 1992. It would be 6 more years before MD put it at five fish at 14 inches. Their regulation based entirely on MuRFSS catch estimates; tog slid slowly downhill and then fell sharply in our back-bays when an "emergency flounder closure" was declared in 2008, and then in the ocean with an "emergency sea bass closure" in 2009.. Regulations based on MuRFSS recreational catch estimates, there truly is --and remains-- an emergency, but it's on the readout-side of the computer, not the catching. Catch estimates used to create both "emergencies" were putrid in the extreme. "We have to" was management's refrain. As with MRIP today, MuRFSS was the 'Best Available Data"
because it's the only available data.

"Emergency!" ..effort increased 20-fold on our inshore tog during that flounder closure. There were lots of new entrants to the fishery. They raved about how much fun it was.. With fingers pointing everywhere, the nearly instantaneous decrease in our inshore/bay tautog population owed only to bad flounder estimates & the increase in tautog fishing effort they created.

My point: Although Catch Restriction is the simplest form of fisheries restoration, we hardly have it hammered into sensible regulation yet.

All our marine species require inclusion of habitat fidelity in management's thinking. With spawning production and fishing effort wildly variable in different areas, almost 2 decades of "Coastwide"
regulations have come to a bad place. Managers are trying to refine regulation with numerour 'regional' quota splits in order to make catch restriction work. Yet every time the tippy-top of NOAA can be coerced into a comment on how bad MRIP catch estimates are, they simply reply:
'the estimates are fine for what they were intended---a coastwide recreational catch estimate.' That means when NJ's shore anglers were estimated to catch more tog in March/April 2010 than the whole recreational for-hire fleet all year, that the 'shore' estimate really didn't mean those 'shore anglers' actually caught those tautog. No, NOAA always tells Congress any single aspect of the estimates is just a small part of the coastwide estimate. NOAA, you see, doesn't know WHO actually caught those 173,000 lbs of tog when NJ's jetty tog were still sound-asleep, but will bet our businesses someone did..


The biological fact of extreme habitat fidelity demands catch restriction-based restoration efforts be fed better estimates. As my gruff old friend, Capt. Bob, might have said, "Those guys had a better chance of seeing Jesus ride up and down those jetties on a unicycle than catching that much tog." NMFS: 'Yeah, but he was riding a unicycle somewhere.'

We've arrived. Management knows they need to regionalize many species'
regulations - need to do it now. Quota-based extraction demands production-based regulation. Too bad MRIP is worse than what they were using in 1981. . . . . .

I believe the Gulf Stream dams the Labrador Current creating a nutrient trap at our doorstep. Estuarine outflows that might mildly nourish nearshore marine waters are instead a huge part of the problem. Surely I have no need of selling oyster restoration to readers, but my sense of scale seems unseen in the literature. We really are turning the ocean green. Lots & lots of anglers saw green water in the canyons this year.
Among old-timers are men who can recall the first time they saw green water just 20 miles out. Among really old timers are men who caught white marlin just 5 miles out off Ocean City, MD - not 60 or 70 miles out.

This problem is insurmountable with only '3 tools.' We cannot repair water quality with catch restriction.

Time & again we see sea-grass resurgence near shellfish aquaculture grow-outs. Clean water promotes grass. Enough oysters & grass would turn the ocean blue again. We need to reverse the multi-century cascade caused by oyster depletion..

A far more difficult sale: nearly everyone who has studied population dynamics, even briefly, can recall text-book instances of accelerated population growth. Reproductive fluctuation & variation are inherent in biology/ecology and have been hard studied. Although alone at present, I am certain management can harness a simple spawning accelerant for sea bass restoration. I am equally certain what I have seen in sea bass can be found in other species, especially other reef species. Yet somehow, convinced perhaps MRIP guides regulation with veracity, this astoundingly powerful tool I see sitting high-atop managers' tool kit remains completely unknown. I promise - exponential population growth can be managed for. We already did it.

When the sea bass population shot from historical lows in the mid-1990s to historical highs just a few years later - it wasn't luck. Size-limit management was forcing sea bass to spawn young (as they had for as long as we'd studied them.) We were catching better & better every year - and STILL the population grew. That's production. Today we are using the same spawning triggers--but on the other end of the scale--to hamper restoration's progress & destroy the recreational sea bass fishery in the Mid-Atlantic Bight. Instead of spawning at age zero or age one, our region's sea bass spawn at age three or four..

I believe sea bass production in our region has never been lower since sea bass first colonized 10s of thousands of years ago. Sea bass were more productive (had greater spawning success) with fully unregulated fishing than today.

Regardless the explosion of sea bass along Florida's west Coast since a simple 10 inch limit was created 4 years ago, management thinks "global warming is pushing sea bass further north, away from the lower Mid-Atlantic toward Southern New England.

Gosh. What a coincidence. Regulated to new historical highs just 12 years ago, suddenly warming comes into play and completely unseats regulation's effect. "Spawning what? Who?" "What would that matter?"
(why look at facts when a funding lever has been created..) "Oh, we only have MRIP estimates. With one tool split 3 ways (Catch Restriction's tools of Season, Size Limit, & Creel) we don't need habitat science or population biology." "By the way, youse guys seen anyone on a unicycle over those schools of sea bass?" . . . . .

Management is quite sure a big part of the reason flounder are not growing into legal size is because of hooking mortality - because recreational discards kill more than we take home to eat.. (Yes, that's really what they think.) Man. I thought this stuff was put to bed over a decade ago. I should have known-not when two really good men from Gloucester's main NMFS office presented the single worst collection of misinformation I've yet seen in fisheries. NOAA has no idea about kahle, or "wide gap" hooks & circle hooks. I suppose that's because they spent
(wasted) all their money creating the repair to MuRFSS - MRIP.

Management is something I begged for in the 1990s. As management began we witnessed astounding increases in fish. Now fishers are in trouble-deep because management is so utterly reliant on the worst possible representation of restoration's path. Three tools with one primary guide - recreational catch estimates.

Did I mention marine reef habitat? NOAA has me painted as a unicycle witness here. Been sending Congress & NOAA video since 2001. But dot-guv's really good at sticking to their science. Especially when their 'best science' is their only science. MAFMC was actually considering my work on seafloor habitat in the early 2000s. When it came before Council trap/pot fishers testified their gear became overgrown in less than one year---that their (then wooden) traps were well-covered in growth in under a year; that, by-golly, if they didn't haul them for winter no fish could get in - this is if the worms didn't destroy the traps.. Well, that was science enough to demonstrate trawl impacts are only temporary and in no way in need of further consideration for fisheries restoration or production..

Three-quarters of a century of marine seafloor habitat loss owing to massive industrial gears. So far it hasn't grown back in a couple months.

A new artificial reef off MD takes about 15 years to start showing some hard coral growth. On Delaware's Site-Eleven I understand sea whip, a soft coral, can be well-colonized in just 4 years. Amazingly fast; that's because of that reef's robust spawning population.

Three tools really are all some see. With marine seafloor habitat & regulation's effects on fisheries spawning production--even simple hook mortality work--completely absent from restoration policy, fisheries restoration is stuck in a dark place.

Everytime you write a letter you help with the lighting. I'm coming to believe everyone should know at least a few Congressional staffers."

Regards, Monty

Capt. Monty Hawkins Partyboat Morning Star Ocean City, MD

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. For info on the Reef Chief go to: Capt Chris Mizurak Angler OCMD
410-458-8343  Report 11/22/15


"The tog bite has been pretty consistent over the last couple weeks. The weather looks good for this upcoming Tuesday the 24th. We are looking for a couple more people to sail. The trip sails from 7am to 3pm and is $100pp. Green crabs will be provided.  Tog does close in Maryland from Thanksgiving until January 1st.  For more information on chartering the Reef Chief you may call 410-458-8343. Thanks and hope to see you soon!"

Capt Chris Mizurak Reef Chief 410-458-8343

Joe at  Lewes Harbour Marina (302-645-6227)  For more info check out Joe's entire report

November 22, 2015 - State Record Bluefish, First Stripers-FINALLY! "Big news of the week was a new State Record Bluefish. Dr. Luis Mispireta was wreck fishing in Del-Jersey Land aboard Katydid, with Captain Brent Wiest, when he landed the 24.8 pound alligator. Luis had been winding in a sea bass caught on a butterfly jig when the 43 inch slammer grabbed the bass and became hooked itself. The previous record blue weighed 21 pounds 15 ounces, and was taken by Bill Thoroughgood in 1980.
Congratulations to Dr. Luis and the crew of Katydid. Sea bass action has been good on twenty fathom structure, when boats could get there. Monday was the only fishable day for most. Bassers aboard Katydid that day kept a boat limit of 150, plus blues, porgies and triggerfish. Area anglers have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of migratory striped bass, after hearing reports of good bites along the New Jersey coast, as fish slowly worked their way down the beach. Rockfish are way behind schedule due to warm temperatures and the abundance of bait up north, but we were encouraged to finally have the first stripers hit the dock this weekend.
Chip Graves and Matt Baker trolled in gnarly sea conditions with northeast wind Saturday, but did manage a pair of keeper rock weighing
16.7 and 15.1 pounds, and one short while pulling white Mojos between the Eights and Overfalls during flood tide. Hopefully those linesiders were within the leading edge of a body of bass moving into Delaware Bay.
Surfcasters working the suds between Cape Henlopen and the Navy Jetties told of some throwback stripers while soaking bunker and clams Saturday.
Legal sized fish will likely come from the surf soon. The Lewes Harbour Marina Striper Tournament has been extended through December 6th, due to the lack of fish earlier, so you still have time to sign up. Bay tog catches were okay when conditions were decent. The supply of blackfish seems to have thinned out along the Outer Wall, but catching has picked up over the artificial reefs. Toggers on Pirate King II took home some nice fish while working sites 6 and 7 Saturday."

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.


"Just had a report of shorty stripers (14-23 inches) in the rough surf across from the store. Taking 8 ounces to hold but letting 4 ounces bounce down the beach was more effective. Cut mullet. Nov 17 - Pending New Delaware State Record Bluefish caught yesterday- 24.8 pounds. Taken on the Katydid out of Lewes on the Del-Mar-Jersey land reef.

Reports of good action on small blues and short stripers on the incoming tide in the Inlet this morning."

Bill's Sports Center (302-645-7654) Check out his fishing report: report. FISHING FISHING REPORT 11/17/15
>> Synopsis of Fishing Report
 "Walls in bay still producing good tog bite.

> Surf still producing blues some up to 12” plus.
> Flounder fishing is producing at the wrecks on Fenwick Shoals.
> Sea bass has been good at Site 11 and Radford and those fishing out of 
> OC on the wrecks offshore.
> News from NJ said they are fighting big stripers, all you would want, 
> at Brigantine and Spring Lake.
> We have fresh bunker and live clams.
>> Craig Maning, York, PA, wrangled in a 6.35#, 21.5” tog from the Outer 
>> Wall using fleas. He and his buddies ended up with 7 keepers.
>> Gary Mastracche, Lewes, stopped in to let us know he had a great day 
>> on the surf using mullet and catching blues up to 13”. He was fishing 
>> the Key Box/Conquest Road areas and mentioned he couldn't even put 
>> his rod in the holder the bite was so good.
>> Norman, Ed, Rich and Bill fished Conquest using mullet and had over 
>> two dozen blues in the 12 to 16” floats seemed to be the 
>> best color.
>> Dave Vetter caught a 6.85#, 21.5” tog at the Outer Wall using green 
>> crabs.
>> F.Tackett and crew fished the Outer Wall and had their limit of tog 
>> using green crabs. They said they had to work at it but wound up with 
>> a nice group of tog.
>> John from EP Sales, caught stripers up to 43#, trolling the beach 
>> right in front of the Casinos in Atlantic City, 1 mile off the beach.
>> He also had a lot of fish in the 25# range. He reported some at 30# 
>> at Avalon just 14 miles north of Cape May.
>> John Goshert caught 16-20 blues up to 16” at Dewey Beach on squid.
>> Cliff Neal and Rich Sealy, while fishing at Savages Ditch, each 
>> caught 2 small stripers in the wash on cut mullet.
>> Bill and Chuck fished Savages Ditch and caught small stripers on cut 
>> bait In the wash.
>> Rehoboth Star Head Boat: “Tog / blackfish report. nice day. the light 
>> wind was variable and anchor adjustments were done until around 11 am 
>> then things were as normal. as with tog fishing especially, 
>> experience plays a large part.. we had a large majority of new 
>> loggers onboard today.. there were fish around. once anchored up in 
>> the morning a few fish were thrown in the boat immediately. then we 
>> picked some fish through the day. fishing was slow but not sure how 
>> slow due to the experience level.. high hook had 7 keepers only 
>> keeping legal limit and the largest tog was just shy of 6 lbs....
>> sailing Fri- sun.. 6:30 am 302-727-6601 for reservations”
>> ”Just wanted to tell u guys that on Monday morning I caught two short 
>> stripers (15”) on cut frozen mullet that I bought at your place. Was 
>> using a black fish rig and the fish hit pretty close to shore near 
>> the Atlantic View Hotel.” Elliot Hersh, DMD, MS, Phd
>> Ocean City Maryland & Assateague Island - Delaware Beaches - Ocean n 
>> Bay By Bob Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle Shop, Ocean City MD: “The Ocean 
>> City offshore head boats are doing good on sea bass when the wind 
>> lets them get out. Paul from Oyster Bay Tackle took a trip on the 
>> Morning Star last week and limited out on sea bass. There are plenty 
>> of small bluefish in the surf along with some short stripers. Tog 
>> fishing has been very good on the jetty, the route 50 bridge and the 
>> 2nd-4th street bulkhead. Oyster Bay Tackle has live sand fleas and 
>> green crabs. Route 50 bridge fishermen are catching stripers at night 
>> on swim shads and jerk baits.”
>> Talk about an awesome alligator! Dr. Luis Mispireta landed what will 
>> likely become the new Delaware State Record Bluefish while wreck 
>> fishing today in Del-Jersey Land aboard Katydid, with Captain Brent 
>> Wiest and Mate Chris Vann. Luis was winding in a sea bass caught on a 
>> butterfly jig when the 24.8 pound monster grabbed the struggling 
>> bass, and also became hooked up. After a hectic battle, the big 
>> slammer was finally brought aboard, and all on the boat realized the 
>> impressive 43 incher was not just another average blue. The fish was 
>> weighed in on Lewes Harbour Marina's certified scale, and the catch 
>> was verified by a DNREC officer, so the process is in motion for the 
>> blue to receive record status. Bill Thoroughgood captured the 
>> existing 21 pound 15 ounce State Record back in 1980. Congratulations 
>> to Dr. Luis and the crew of Katydid! Its official! The record 24.8# 
>> bluefish bests previous high Delaware catch for species by almost 3#.
>> They're here!!! Harry Leininger weighed in the 50", 48.4# striper.
>> Harry was fishing with Capt. Eric Ludwig on the "Hook & Cook". The 
>> fish hit a trolled stretch 25 off Bethany Beach. Awesome fish Harry!!
>> Paul P and Chuck Nagle fished IRI inlet and caught short stripers 
>> yesterday. Some of the stripers had sea lice indicating they are 
>> migrating fish. It’s an encouraging sign for the days ahead.
>> Despite rough (5 to 6 foot) Paul p went on a sea bass fishing trip 
>> offshore yesterday on the Thelma Dale aprox 30 miles out and the sea 
>> bass fishing was tremendous with most anglers limiting out."
"Pretty cool web site... Lots of pics, reports and descriptions and directions to get to some of those fishing places in DEL everyone talks about but you might wonder where they are! The site is  DSF Delware Surf Fishing.

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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: 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

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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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