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Ocean City Maryland & Assateague Island - Delaware Beaches - Ocean n Bay Fishing Report
By Sue Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle Shop, Ocean City MD - Fenwick Island DE
 July 28th 2014

Water Temp: 73.6

Fishing Report by Sue Foster

Fishing this week was pretty good on the flounder scene. There's tons of throw-backs but there's keepers too. Just got to keep working at them. 
The bay is absolutely full of croaker.  They are not big but there are some keepers out there. Baby to 14-inches seems to be the norm.  There's plenty of action for sure.  Take your light tackle!. At night underneath the lights at the Oceanic Pier anglers are catching shad, blues, short stripers and croaker. The Rt. 50 Bridge is seeing flounder and croaker by day and blues and short stripers at night. Surf is typical summertime with anglers seeing kingfish, spot, sharks, skates, snapper blues and croaker. A few puppy drum showing up around the South Jetty!  There's also some triggerfish and tautog around the rocks. Party boats offshore are catching sea bass, flounder and some triggerfish. More and more flounder are showing up offshore. Further offshore are bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, dolphin, wahoo, sharks, and marlin.

Oyster Bay Tackle is now open 6 AM to 10 PM. 410-524-3433. Fenwick Tackle is open 6:30-9.  6 AM on Saturday morning. (302-539-7766). Our  online mall is open. E-mail Sue Foster at:  Oyster Bay Tackle if you have any questions.

2014 Tide Tables available in our stores and online.

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We sell fishing licences! We do MD fishing licenses at our Oyster Bay store and DE licenses at our Fenwick Tackle location. If you get a DEL boat fishing sticker, you need your current boat registration and driver's license. Even if you have all the paperwork from last year, you still need to bring in these two things. Please bring cash. For more info call Fenwick Tackle at 302-539-7766. (We do not do MD licenses at our DE store anymore so we can better provide our paying retail customers with the service they deserve!)

For a MD boat sticker, Come to Oyster Bay Tackle. All you need is a driver's license, or last year's License and CASH! You'll get your boat sticker right away. Please come to Oyster Bay Tackle in Ocean City to get your MD boat sticker or MD Fishing Licenses. (We are not doing these at Fenwick Tackle anymore.) Plug 11615 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842 into your GPS! For more info, give us a call at Oyster Bay Tackle at 410-524-3433.

Remember, we are not paid state employees. We do fishing licenses as a curtesy to our customers. Paying retail customers come first and you may have to wait in a line during busy times.  Once you order a license, and we print it, it is yours and you are obligated to buy it!  16-year old and older need to know their social security numbers if they are not in the system. We cannot do their licenses without it.  Please have your info ready. Please bring in your drivers license (out of your wallet
please) or last year's fishing license if you have it.

2014 short sleeve White Marlin Open T-shirts in stock. Starting at 19.99.  2014 White Marlin Open T's are online. Long Sleeve 2014 are also online.

Still got some OC Sharkers T-s priced $2 off! In both our stores and also online.

We at Oyster Bay and Fenwick Tackle have decided not to rent rods and reels and clam rakes anymore. The reason being, is that a bay spinning outfit can be bought as inexpensively as 19.99 and an 8-foot all around spinning outfit that is also good for the surf can be bought as inexpensively as 29.99 complete with rod, reel and line. 3-piece clam rakes can be purchased for 34.99.  If you don't want to take them home, give them away to another angler or clammer before you leave!

Surf fishing saw the same typical summertime action of kingfish, spot, small croaker, snapper blues, rays, sand sharks, and larger sharks. One man said something grabbed his line after dark. His drag didn't work and after a short fight the line broke. What was it? Probably a big shark!
Rays have a steady heavy pull. They are very hard to turn around.  
Sharks and other fish pull and run!

"Koss" posted on Stripers Online about Saturday: "Fished Assateague surf with a good buddy and his daughter (who just happens to be one of my favorite people) yesterday. It sure was nice to drive down to the line.
Saw some big fish working the surface...most well out of casting range.
Whiting were plentiful, but they wanted meat and they were way out there. Got enough for a fish fry or 12. Also got a few toothies that were carefully released. Took me 3 hours to get back to 35th street in OC due to the drawbridge malfunction on 50. Fun."

"DaveSharkman" posted on Stripers online about surf fishing on the 23rd:
"Last night off the beach, few flounder mostly shorts, kings, croaker, southern rays, butterfly rays, toothies and 20" blues."

"Fshin2" posted on Stripers Online about surf fishing on Sat: " Saturday in the surf- 8 kings, a 19" flounder, small blues, baby stargazer, big sharks and rays"

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!

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Oyster Bay had lots of pictures this week to prove the fish were biting!

Danny Hyman from Westminster, Maryland caught a 23.5 inch Flounder using a Sabiki Rig with Shiners during the Slack Tide near the Coast Guard Station.

Shawn Handy from Maryland caught a 20 inch Flounder at the Oceanic Pier using Live Minnows during the Incoming Tide

Garrett German from Ocean City, MD caught a 4 pound Flounder using Squid during the Incoming Tide around the South Jetty.

8 year old Mikey Niemkiewicz from Chadds Ford, PA caught a 25 inch Bluefish using Live Spot as bait during the outgoing tide at the RT 50 Bridge

Jim Gale e-mailed in his picture and told us about the fun he and his family and friends had in the bay: "Most fun day of bay fishing in years. Chuck Raderstorf, Dawn Kolakoski, Rieann Spence-Gale and Jim Gale thoroughly enjoyed catching over 120 croakers some up to about 8 inches.
Chuck also got his first keeper flounder ever, just barely over 16 inches, near the East Channel. Also got numerous throwback flounder, two small sharks, sea bass, Rieann got a nice bluefish as well as other species. Biting on anything that moved. Fish sizes weren't great, but size of smiles was immense."

These pictures are in our  Inshore Photo Gallery.

My brother Dave Mumford texted me to say he another nice flounder come up from the sea wall near the Totem Pole at the Inlet this past week.

The Rt. 50 Bridge has been good on flounder by day. There's also been lots of croaker. Justin Mills of Oyster Bay Tackle says there are still short stripers and blues on the bridge at night. 5-Inch Swim Shads are working well, along with 1 and 3/4 ounce lead heads with soft bodies.
Come into Oyster Bay Tackle on the 2-10 shift and Justin will help you out with your Bridge fishing needs.  There's also a few tautog around the pilings of the Bridge near the draw.  You need sand fleas or green crabs for them.

Jeffrey Grimes of Helbent Charters e-mailed in his report: "Fishing continues to be good in OC this past week. The Flounder are in the usual places but the best bite seems to be the west channel. The Rt, 50 bridge on both sides during the tide changes also produced a lot of Flounder but the bad news keepers are hard to come by! Lots of small fish to wade thru to find a keeper. The bite we had was split between white Gulp and live minnows. My customer today said that when the Croakers come in it gets harder to catch Flounder. We'll he may be right since we have small Croakers all thru-out the bay which is good and bad news. Good because they are fun to catch even though they are small but bad because it was hard finding Flounder on the incoming tide because the Croakers were hitting live minnows and white Gulp all afternoon everywhere we fished this afternoon. I know this is not a real bad problem to have so I guess we should enjoy the issue while we have it because we know the Croakers can go as fast as them come. Now is a great time to get the kids out fishing while we have have this Croakers in such large numbers. Give me a call at 717-574-4010 or email me at Check out my website at See you on the water.  "

Larry Jock of the  Coastal Fisherman reports from on Sat: "Ten year old, Haley Betz caught a 27-inch, 7 lb. 8 oz. flounder in the West Channel by Hoopers during the incoming tide. His group had 5 keepers during their trip.

On Friday Larry reports: "Andrew Jobes and Thomas and Connor Gorham had
2 keeper flounder in the West Channel near Hooper's this morning. The anglers released over 30 short flatties. Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" experienced some excellent flounder fishing on an artificial reef today. Many flatties were caught weighing up to over 4 lbs. The "Jezebel" were on the 1st Lump of the Bass Grounds and couldn't get away from the Spanish mackerel, landing 40 of them. Maryland regulations for Spanish mackerel (in case you need it) are 14-inch minimum and 15 per angler. Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler"
reported good sea bass and flounder fishing. They had anglers catch sea bass up to 5 lbs. and flounder up to 4 lbs.

Thanks Larry!!!!

J.J. from the  Oceanic Pier
(410-289-2602) reports lots of flounder were lots of them being throwbacks. Some keepers are caught here and there like the one we weighed in at Oyster Bay. You just got to work for them! There were a lot of croaker in the 8-inch to 14-inch size range, Norfolk spot, little sea bass and sea robins for the kids to catch. At night the action was good on blues, short stripers and shad on either lures or bait. The croaker will also bite at night. (Use bait for croaker.) Lures that work for other fish at night are Gotcha Plugs, Spec Rigs, and Rattletraps.

The Ocean Pier reports some kingfish, lots of croaker, snapper bluefish, sharks, rays and skates.

Anglers are catching crabs in North Ocean City and areas. North side Park is back open and anglers are catching crabs on the higher tide.
There have also been some Norfolk spot and small croaker around for anglers using little hooks and bloodworms or Fishbite Bloodworms. You can also crab at the Isle of Wight off Route 90 or behind Convention Hall at 40th Street, Assateague, or the bulkhead along Jamestown Road.
You don't need a license to crab in Ocean City. We sell chicken necks for crabbing at our stores!  And bunker! And all the crabbing supplies you will need.

Capt. Monty on the "
Morning Star reports on the 16th:

"Taking Reservations for July & August "Whatever's Biting On The Reef Trips" - We're Catching Sea Bass & Flounder. There's No Possible Way To Know Which Species Will Bite Better. Both Delicious: if you only want cbass or only want flounder you can watch the swallop-barrel to see which day you wanted to go ..but that won't mean that same species will bite better again next trip!!

Sailing Daily For Sea Bass & Flounder. Saturday's 6:00 to 3:30 - $125.00 – Otherwise 7 to 3 at $110.00.. 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. Clients arriving late will see the west end of an east bound boat.

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!

Bring A Cooler With Ice For Your Fish – A 48 Quart Cooler Is Fine For A Few People. Bring Lunch & Your Refreshment – No Galley. Bring A Fish Towel Too..

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Greetings All, Although we've had a few more limits of sea bass; George was even over-limit & forced to cheerfully give some away; sea bass fishing has been less productive recently as summer-flounder begin their now-annual takeover of our reefs. It started right after the hurricane, the flounder catching. When I am absolutely positive the reef I'm going to will have abundant sea bass – but we catch flounder; Or I'm 100% geared & baited for fluke – but catch sea bass: That's the new summer reef fishing in our time. Only one guy has caught a 4 fish limit of summer flounder on my boat so far. They sure were tasty. Clients have had a few 3s.. This is the beginning. Clients will need a cooler & ice for their cbass and/or flounder. They will not need a very large cooler.
Sending folks home with a fish-fry or better. I cannot predict which species will bite better, if at all.."

Go to Morning Star Fishing Report to read Capt Monty's entire newsletter...
( Join his newsletter if you want to get e-mails about upcoming trips.  He'll be doing some more tautog trips soon as the weather and water temps improve.

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Capt Chris Mizurak of the Angler party boat writes in on the 6th:
"Fishing has picked up since our last report. We are seeing a mixture of seabass and flounder.  Flounder fishing has been ok on most days, with some folks catching their limit of flatties. Our largest of the week tipped the scales at 6.5lbs. The seabass bite has been mediocre, but most folks are going home with enough for dinner.  We are sailing daily from 730am to 2pm. The cost is $65, which includes rod, reel, and bait.
For more information and reservations please call 410-289-7424.  Thanks and hope to see you soon!"

Capt Chris Mizurak also runs the Reef Chief. For more information on chartering the Reef Chief you may call 410-458-8343.Thanks and hope to see you soon! Reef Chief  410-458-8343 For more information on chartering the Reef Chief you may call 410-458-8343. For info on the Reef Chief go to: .

Joe at  Lewes Harbour Marina (302-645-6227) reports on July 26th: 
  • Croakers have been plentiful on Delaware reef sites in recent days. Most of the hardheads are in the 9 to 11 inch range, but larger specimens were taken by boats that anchored right on reef rubble piles early and late in the day. Clams, bloodworms and Fishbites were best baits. Kingfish, puffers, spot and spike trout hung out in the same spots as croakers. Some of the biggest croakers and spot seen this week came from Lewes Canal. Hardheads to 13 inches and spot to nearly a foot long were pulled from the Canal and Broadkill River as far up as Oyster Rocks Road. Slot striper action was also good on the Canal. Boaters drifting pencil eels around the drawbridge during the last of incoming tide caught bass within the 20 to 26 inch limit, and also released larger fish. Casting artificials along the marsh banks and around bulkheads and docks also produced rock. Gulp! Swimming Mullets, Storm Shads, Bass Assassins, RatLTraps, Zara Spooks and Chug Bugs all got bit. An occasional decent sized weakfish and even a few speckled trout were hooked by casters working the same assortment of lures along the Roosevelt Jetty. Even though water temps have risen, some flounder still were found in the Canal and other shallow areas. Dan Bramble bested a 5.55 pound flounder from the Canal. Richard Roberts reeled in a 5.26 pound fluke while fishing with Gulp! from the Port Lewes Pier. Flounder were caught around Delaware Bay artificial reefs during the week, but Ocean fluking seemed more reliable. Mike and Drew Ambler checked in with their limit from the Old Grounds Tuesday. "Flip" Flipping fished the Old Grounds for his limit of flounder up to 4.32 pounds. Larry and Joe Coyle and Dillon Holdren had a limit of flatties on Site 10 Tuesday. Andrea Monetti managed a 5 pound fluke on her trip to the Old Grounds. Lou Pennella put a 6.3 pound flatfish in the box as part of a 20 keeper catch from Site 10 aboard katydid on Wednesday. Joe Walker, Tony and Diana Vansant, Barry Gerhard and Pete Riberio rounded up a limit of fine flatties Wednesday at Site 10. Shane Townsend and his buddies drifted the Old Grounds Friday on Katydid to take home 19 flounder and 5 triggerfish. Nate Townsend had big fish honors with his 5.46 pounder. Offshore tuna catches were spotty. Bluefins were located at Massey's Canyon, and trollers there early and late in the day found mostly under 47 inch fish by pulling spreader bars, Green Machines and cedar plugs. " For more info check out Joe's entire report. 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. Capt. Rick Yakimowicz of the "Thelma Dale V" fishes out of Fisherman's Wharf. Here's his report from the 15th: "May have been a little laxed in my updates recently but we certainly haven't been to relaxed on the fishing scene here at the Wharf. Thanks to Hurricane Arthur this is the first day that I have been on land in well over three weeks. In those three weeks I have seen some good days and some not so good days out on the water. Fortunately over just the past couple of weeks I have started to witness exactly what I had been anticipating since earlier this spring; some really- really decent Flounder fishing! If flounder trips your trigger this is the time to try and catch them. Back in June when we first started we would land twenty or thirty keepers in a day and be giving high fives all around. The fishing has gotten so much better now than back then, now it seem that even in some less than favorable conditions we can still rack up some impressive numbers by the end of the day. In just the past seven days we have landed nearly 400 keeper flatties which includes only seeing 15 fish keep on yesterday's trip I think due to the swell and the way the fish were biting. The Flounder fishing recently has not only been good but it's been a lot of fun. There have been days where on some drifts the action gets absolutely nuts with multiple hook ups and fish literally flipping in all around the boat. While many of the fish have been just measurable or short we still continue to see some true quality fish popping up a lot of the time keeping the dip nets busy and tied up. There has only been a couple of trips where the pool fish would weigh in at less than four to six pounds. Limits around the rail have been very common and we have landed several citation sized fish over 7 pounds so far. The best news for the Flounder however is that in all honesty we are really just getting started with them! The flatties are seemingly everywhere right now from the back bays and cricks to both sides of the Delaware Bay and down on the old grounds in the ocean. Typically speaking July, August, and into September is traditionally the best time to catch them and I don't think that this summer or even this fall is going to disappoint. As long as we can have decent weather and drift conditions we should continue to be able to stack them up. We do have a major advantage in Delaware this year with a minimum size requirement of only 16 inches allowing for a lot more Flounder dinners but the vast majority of what we have been landing continues to be much bigger than that. Our neighboring state of New Jersey has a size limit of 18 inches this year and a reduced number of days to try and catch them. We will be allowed to land Flounder until the end of the year here in Delaware! I will continue to run Flounder trips daily departing the docks at 7:00 a.m. we rarely return before 4:00. So far all of my fishing effort on these Flounder has been fishing in the Ocean on the rocky coral edges of the old grounds however it is entirely possible with adverse conditions we could wind up in the Bay. All bait is supplied we generally have a mix of Squid, Shiners and fresh cut meat bait. Feel free to bring along the Gulp or the minnows, both have been very effective on some days. We still try to get everyone with a jigging style rig as this seems to be the best method when fishing over the rocks and the sea trees. Basically a short leader teaser over top of a jig or a chunk of lead is all you really need. Half -Day trips continue to run at 8:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. with an evening run on Friday and Saturday nights departing at 6:00 p.m. Croakers are the primary target on the Half-Day trips however Capt. Mike has reported several Kingfish, a few Flounder and some Snapper sized Blues on some of his trips recently. If you would like any more information about trips sailing out of the Wharf or you would like to book a private charter or reserve space on one of the upcoming special trips please give us a call at (302) 645-TUNA. Don't forget to "like" us on facebook from our home page at for more updates as well as all the recent pictures from our fishing trips." His full report and boat info is here. Capt. Rick Yakimowicz Thelma Dale V" Old Inlet (302-227-7974) reported on July 24th: "Tautog season reopened in Delaware waters last Thursday. 5 fish a day with a 15" minimum size. Fish with live or frozen sand fleas or green crabs. Reports of keepers coming off the rocks and railing. Flounder fishing is still good. The water is still cool. The flounder have been everywhere. In the inlet, in the bays, offshore on reef site 10. Gulp, minnows and squid are all working. The south wall west of the camp ground has been productive. Corakers there too.Small stripers around in the Inlet at night. Drifting fleas and floating eels are both working. Scattered reports of shad and blues in the inlet during the daytime on incoming tide.Kings and croakers on the beach. Live bloods for them too. Big rays and sharks around as well." Bill's Sport Shop (302-645-7654) in Lewes, DE reports on the 24th "Weighed in a 19-in flounder from Site 10 which has been a hot spot to catch flounder. It's only 4 miles outside of the inlet. Old Grounds has seen sea bass and some flounder. Check out his report. "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. ( Capt.Dan Stauffer (866-623-4746) of the Fin Chaser does wreck, inlet and trolling trips. Here's a couple of his fish reports from this past week: 07/25/14 Back to the same hill as yesterday looking for more tuna. Our late start doesn’t help matters and by the time we arrive several other boats are working the area and mentioning on the radio that their bites came first thing and nothing since. We manage a nice gaffer mahi fifteen minutes after we start but as we hit the 2 hour mark nothing else except for a big boil on our flat line. by now the other boats have moved on but I not giving up on my little spot just yet. After plowing the hill for nearly 45 minutes I finally mark the tuna about 30′ down and immediately throw the boat into a hard turn, 30 seconds later our long bait gets crushed and a few minutes later we have our first bluefin in the box. The next 90 minutes produce nothing and by the sound of the radio it’s not just our little area that’s not giving up its fish. To make matters worse today is much rougher than the forecast was calling for and our twenty year old and his father are both very sick. Out of pity I make an offer to the guys to convert this 12 hour day to 8 hours and get our to patients back to solid land. Without hesitation they jump at the offer. 07/24/14 Paddled east with a crew of six from MD looking for a couple bluefin bites. About 45 minutes after the lines hit the water we have our first under in the box. Thirty minutes later we add a second under to the box. The rest of the day found me pounding one little area that was providing fairly stead action on smallish, 25 -30 lb., bluefin. I would have loved to run somewhere else and look for an “over” or even a yellowfin but we seemed to be one of very very few boats seeing any action at all so I decided not to push my luck and leave fish to find fish. By the days end we’ve done battle with 9 bluefin, two of which are headed home with us. Wilson Cropp Charters and Guide Service. Cape Charles, VA- 1-434-531-6376) (Just a note to say to my readers that many of my fishing reports are from other anglers and party boats that come over my e-mail. When I "copy/paste" their reports I try to leave them intact. It keeps the fishing reports lively and interesting. But any comments/politics within the quotes are their comments and views, and not necessarily mine.) Need info on where, how, when to fish, crab, and clam? Go to Drifting Easy Archives and READ UP! It's all in there and it's FREE!!!!!! Need to tie a knot? Click Here. This is really cool! You can also click Here! A friend of ours has a new business! Clean Brothers Power Washing, Commercial, Residential Roofs, Decks, Docks, Boats, Walkways 215 868 5211 Ask for Ed or Phil! Their web site is: 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 now 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 For more information, log onto If you have any fish reports please e-mail Sue 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! Need a gift card? Give us a call at 410-524-3433 You can also buy them online. (Instore Only- Good at both of our locations.) Flounder and Surf, Rig and Lure Packages, Selection of Swimming Shads or Gotcha Plugs! Good fishing...

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