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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. 54 degrees...Delaware buoy 57 degrees.

November 30,2015

This will be our final report of the year. We will start reporting again in the Spring of 2016. All of us at Oyster Bay Tackle want to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We would like to Thank all of our friends that purchased a "I helped build Sue's Reef" shirt or a "Sue's Reef" cap. We gave a $2,750.00 donation to the Ocean City Reef Foundation from the proceeds. Sue Foster's Reef has been officially recorded and will be a living tribute to Sue's contribution to the Ocean City fishing community.

The Maryland Tautog season is closed. We had reports of quite a few short stripers caught in the Ocean City surf on lures and finger mullet.
The winter migration of big stripers has not reached us yet. The stripers action off Cape May is red hot. The sea bass fishing around the wrecks and artificial reefs has been very good when the weather permits.

Gone Fishing...

Oyster Bay Tackle December hours... Friday and Saturday 9-3 Sunday 9-2 (Weather Permitting) Call 410-524-3433.

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

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.

Coastal Fisherman Coastal
Fisherman Fishing report by Larry Jock:

SUNDAY, November 29, 2015

"The "Fugitive" went to the Baltimore Canyon today and returned with 9 yellowfins up to 30 lbs.

Another boat also went to the Baltimore and ended up with 3 yellowfins and some mahi.

The striper bite off Cape May has really heated up so it shouldn't be much longer until good numbers are off our coast. Stragglers are being hooked up towards the MD/DE line, but nothing to get excited about.

Don't forget to sign-up for the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament. Registration is this Friday, December 4th. Fishing days are December 5th to the 13th.


FRIDAY, November 27, 2015

Capt. Chris on the headboard Angler reported limits of sea bass around the rail for his anglers today. Even had flounder up to 8 lbs. Chris said that he had no sightings of stripers but albacores are all over outside 15 miles.

THURSDAY, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Yesterday, yellowfin tuna and gaffer dolphin were caught in the Baltimore Canyon. Some boats had up to 7 yellowfins during their trip. A couple days prior, an anglers caught and released a white marlin in the Baltimore.

A few striped bass were caught today by anglers trolling off Sea Colony in Delaware.

Yesterday, anglers on the headboat "Angler" had excellent sea bass fishing with most catching their limit. Dutch Workman caught a 4 lb.
flounder during the trip. Fish were caught on squid on an ocean wreck.


WEDNESDAY, November 25, 2015

2:55 PM - I haven't seen any stripers hit the dock today but reports from boats up on the MD/DE line are that there are birds working the water and bait is being marked, but no knockdowns yet. Coast Guard is out checking boats.

Joe Morris said he hasn't had any stripers show up today. He had a couple yesterday. One caught at Overfalls Shoal and a couple from anglers who went up the beach in Jersey.

Sea bass fishing today was excellent on ocean structure. Like yesterday, Capt. Monty on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported many limits around the rail.

The OC Reef Foundation dropped about 5 truckloads of concrete on Russell's Reef today."

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 11/23/15 Fish Report 11/23/15 Calm's A-Coming Sea Bass Catching Reef Building

"Calm's a-coming. Tuesday & Wednesday, November 24th & 25th, Sea Bass!
Friday looks good too...

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. We've even had an occasional boat limit.. 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.

I'll announce December trips as weather forecasts firm--like I announce tog trips.

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 http://morningstarfishing.com 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!
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr3094 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.

Now 12,418 Reef Blocks Deployed at numerous sites. Active presently are Doug Ake's Reef with 2,358 - St. Ann's 1,447 - Al Giles Barge 562 - Eagle Scout Reef 732 - Sue's Drifting Easy Reef 147 - Nichols' Concrete
528 - Upside Down Tank 132

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. This week we hope to deploy two loads at Russell's Reef. One at Nanna & Barry Daub's, the other at Big Joe & Tony's Barges..

Please Support the Ocean City Reef Foundation!

http://www.ocreefs.org We're Nowhere Near Reef Building's True Potential. Thank You!

Greetings All, Got two days of fishing in since my last report. Pretty tough weather this November.. On one of the trips we had about a third of clients limited, on the other we were in an hour early with a boat limit. Nice when it happens.

Weather suddenly looks great for Tuesday & Wednesday's sea bass trips.
Both days have a very light rail but I switched them to the 6:30 format anyway. We almost always leave around 6 for a scheduled 6:30 trip.
Thanksgiving & Christmas are the only two days I won't fish. Calm said to remain, we're back at it for Black (sea bass) Friday. Saturday isn't looking too swell right now; err, the swell's looking too big?

My crew & I have been hustling reef material when not fishing. Last week we cleaned up a boatload of steel reef debris from the trawler "New Hope" prior to its deployment at Capt. Bob's Reef. Since then we've already had 7 truckloads of concrete pipe & such come in. When possible I like to fashion pipe units because they'll resist scour. The ocean's incredibly powerful. If you'll simply imagine your feet sinking into the sand as a wave recedes, you can believe height is what makes a concrete reef last centuries. It's a lot more work though..

A smaller 3 pipe unit takes shape. Were these pipe reef units used for oyster restoration instead of coral, a small bag of pre-spat material could easily be attached where the cable passes through just prior to deployment. Each unit would offer a de-facto brood-stock preserve..


Two 6 pipe units stored aboard the Iron Lady & destined for deployment at Nanna & Barry Daub's Reef..

Our children's children will be able to catch fish where we build quality reef today ..if NOAA will let them!

I recently sent a long comment to NOAA about "ecosystems" approaches in fisheries management. (I'll send it to you if interested..) Headed that way, toward ecosystem-based management; the biggest roadblock is in present day management's required use of MRIP.

Take, for instance, MRIP's 2014 Private Boat tautog NY & CT. They total well over 2 million pounds of tautog in just 4 months - from two estimates. The entire For-Hire Party/Charter industry, however, is thought to have caught approximately a million pounds over 5 years - dozens & dozens & dozens of estimates. So, according to the "best available data" that our state & federal managers MUST USE - NY & CT Private Boats caught as many tautog in two months as all US Party/Charter will catch in a decade.

A hallmark of artificial intelligence is a system that learns from its mistakes. Yeah, um, MRIP's not going to qualify.

This EXACT situation is foundational in the Gulf of Mexico's red snapper woes. Management is doing backflips to try to preserve businesses with 'sector separation.'  Here quota is split-up between Party/Charter & Private Boat. Because MuRFSS & later MRIP have so inflated Private Boat catch since 2003, virtually ALL of the "overfishing" of red snapper stems from MRIP Private Boat catch-estimates. Because NOAA demands everyone in management use MRIP data - and because EVERYONE can plainly see the data's full of manure - there's a full-on feud between State & Federal fisheries management in the Gulf. That's why I think it's important you write your Congressman in support of HR 3094. The real fix isn't in who manages red snapper - but that whoever is managing them doesn't use MRIP...

Meanwhile, because management has to leap into action every single time MRIP has another psychotic moment, something as simple as building artificial reef gets no attention whatever. Seafloor habitat loss over many decades would be obvious to anyone who would go look. Ecology & population biology merit no thought whatever while every new set of MRIP catch-estimates creates an 'overfishing' fire somewhere that needs to be put out.

National standard one mandates regulators use the "best scientific information available." Apparently that applies even when the information is plainly wrong.

NOAA needs to stand down. Today catch-estimates form management's backbone. Were stock assessments (fish population estimates) used instead as management's primary guide, the endless annual battles over season, size limit, & bag limit for many species would simmer down.

Perhaps in management's new free time they might then notice sea bass like coral & tautog really respond to robust habitat with lots of nooks and crannies..

Marine fisheries restoration is a youthful endeavor. I honestly believe once we have MRIP either accurized or simply relegated to a nice padded room somewhere near Silver Spring, reef fish restoration methods can be fashioned that will take populations far higher than any now dream."

Soon would be good. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Regards, Monty

Capt. Monty Hawkins capt.montyhawkins@gmail.com Partyboat Morning Star http://morningstarfishing.com


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:
https://www.facebook.com/ocreefchief Capt Chris Mizurak Angler OCMD
410-458-8343  Report 11/29/15 Greetings,

"We were able to get out a couple days over the past week. Both trips had beautiful weather and good fishing. Most folks ended up with their limit of seabass up to about 4lbs. There was also a few flounder around.
Greg, of Pa caught a nice one on Friday that tipped the scales at 8lbs.
Friday looks like the next fishable day, and we are sailing 6am to 4pm.
Due to some issues on the dock prior to boarding, we will now be boarding by order of reservation for the rest of the fall trips. Tickets can be purchased by calling 410-289-7424 or through our online calendar.
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.

Old Inlet Bait & Tackle INDIAN RIVER INLET FISHING REPORT Fishing
Report INDIAN RIVER INLET FISHING REPORT November 18th, 2015

"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” range..green 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.
(http://delaware-surf-fishing.com)

 "If you want a good captain to take you on a trip to the Virginia  Barrier Islands for sightseeing or fishing, give Wilson a call."  Wilson Cropp Charters and Guide  Service. Cape Charles, VA- 1-434-531-6376

Check out the archive of Sue's Drifting Easy articles at:  Drifting Easy Archives and READ UP! It's all in there and it's FREE!!!!!!

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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...




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