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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
 Oct 27th 2014

Water Temp: 64

Fishing Report by Sue Foster

Tautog are picking up. Sea bass fishing offshore is good. Stripers are picking up at the Bridges and Inlets. Some flounder still about...
Surf's been rough but there's snapper blues when anglers can hold bottom.

Oyster Bay Tackle is now open 8 AM to 4 or 5 PM  weather permitting. We close at 3 PM on Sundays  410-524-3433. Fenwick Tackle is open 9-4 during the week.  Saturday 8-4. Sun 8-2. (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.

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. Please bring cash. For more info call Fenwick Tackle at 302-539-7766.

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!

Relentless wind kept surf fishermen at bay. A few nice days brought us some snapper blues. Time for stripers for sure. "Hunter123" posted on Stripers Online on the 22nd: "Had a great day at 3 R's beach in Dewey Delaware on Monday. Got 6 taylor blues. Weather was great, didn't need the waders i brought with me. Had the blue's last night for dinner , great meal.I alternate each week between the IRI and a beach, next week is the inlet for Tog."

Saw some other reports on Stripers Online of whiting the day we had all the lightning. Saw some posts about rays, sharks, short flounder, and blowfish.

My husband, Bob Foster got reports at Oyster Bay Tackle on Sunday that snapper blues were biting good in the surf and that lots of "short"
stripers were biting on the Rt. 50 Bridge on Saturday night. After the stripers quit biting, the bluefish started in!

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!

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

The Rt. 50 Bridge and area still held a few flounder. I saw the boats working just north of the Rt. 50 Bridge almost every day on the low outgoing tide. They were also catching some stripers casting lures towards the pilings and for anglers working close to the piling near the draw, tautog were biting.

Tautog picked up on the at all their usual haunts. I fished the bulkhead a couple times this week. No keepers for me but I saw several caught. I also caught a big fat blowfish! There were "shorts" for sure and lots of sea bass. I heard some nice flounder were also caught at the southern end of the bulkhead.

Steve Ditoto from Bowie Maryland caught his 2.6 pound Tog on Green Crabs during Incoming Tide around the Bulkhead at 2nd through 4th street.

Fred Kacher from Oakton, VA fished the outgoing tide at the Bulkhead on 2nd Street using Live Sand Fleas and caught his limit with a nice 16 and
18 inch Tautog.

These pictures are in our  Inshore Photo Gallery.

We also heard there has been some action on stripers from around the South Jetty on live eels. Tautog on sand fleas or green crabs. There's also some bluefish out there.

Richard from the  Oceanic Pier
(410-289-2602) reports some flounder, nice tautog, and slightly bigger blues this week.  At night, the fish are biting on lures. Use Gotcha Plugs, Spec Rigs, and Rattletraps.

The Ocean Pier reports blues, flounder, rays, skates and sharks. The pier is now open so you can go up there without paying. I noticed the beach parking lot is not charging anymore either. That's nice!

Capt. Monty on the "
Morning Star reports this week:Fish Report 10/23/14 Xtra-Long Sea Bass Trip In An Upcoming Calm: Monday, October 27th - $150.00 - 5AM to 5PM..

Now Have Reservation Book Open Thru November 16th For Sea Bass On Our Regular Schedule.

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..

The OC Reef Foundation Aims To Build Its Single Largest & Most Expensive Concrete Reef Deployment Ever This Fall. (early this winter??) The Capt Bob Gowar Reef Will Become A Cornerstone Of Our Nearshore Reef Restoration Efforts.

10,583 Reef Blocks by the rail – 3,000 at Jimmy Jackson's – 2,136 at Doug Ake's – 1,125 at Saint Ann's – 558 at Eagle Scout Reef - 537 at Lindsey's Isle of Wight Reef and, just begun, 62 at the Brian Sauerzopf Memorial Reef..

Greetings All, Sea bass reopened in heavy weather. Got out Saturday but laid inshore awhile to make sure NW winds weren't going to howl.
Hurricane swell & NW winds made for a crossed up, messed up sea that laid out fairly decent in late morning. Got into sea bass and small blues of a couple pounds. High hook had 13 sea bass with many decent fish around.

With the forecast remaining firm at 25 to 30 NW, clients & crew slept in Sunday. Two clients showed up anyway, their phones having gone missing.

Monday we sealed the deal for a couple anglers - limited out at our modern 15 fish limit. I think everyone was in double digits. Tuesday I had three lady anglers aboard - they limited out first. Another fellow claimed to have limited first, but when I checked his fish he got a stern lecture on measuring instead. I remained in pursuit of a hot bite & soon almost everyone was limited  ..except I had three guys who couldn't catch a minnow in a mud-puddle with a butterfly net. One fellow had mono on a conventional reel; not unlike sending a US Marine into combat with a flintlock. Gave me a backlash flashback to rental-rods of yesteryear; he wasn't thumbing the spool. Another had the clicker on and wasn't reaching bottom.. Got them catching & up into double digits. The third guy was trying all sorts of jigs & spoons with very little success, falling way behind. How in blazes a jig can be red hot some days, yet completely ineffective on other days I can't guess. I kept switching lures, looking for "the one." Even fished some bait & caught a few. Fortunately, clients with a limit helped send me home with some for the freezer.

Although few would argue I'm an expert at catching sea bass; my failing to see what was working & getting on with it prevented success. . . .

 E-mail Capt Monty at:  Capt  Monty about upcoming trips or to subscribe to his newsletter:   You can also contact Capt Monty at:

Capt. Monty Hawkins Party Boat "Morning Star"
Reservation Line 410 520 2076

Watch the  weather.

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David Konick e-mailed in his report and picture from the Morning Star:

"Morning Star -- 135 sea bass, 3 flounder (including Dave's 25-1/2" 6 lber), two triggerfish and several blues, all on an artificial reef at an undisclosed location in the Atlantic Ocean."

His picture is in our  
Offshore Photo Gallery.

Capt Chris Mizurak of the Angler party boat writes in on Oct 25th: "We have seen very good seabass fishing since it opened last Saturday. Limit catches have been common, with the largest fish just shy of 4lbs. There has also been a mixture of bluefish,flounder, and triggerfish. Our tile trip for Monday is cancelled due to high winds offshore.  We have added a regular seabass trip for Monday & Thursday leaving at 730am. We also
have plenty of space for next weekend.   For more information and
reservations please call 410-458-8343.  Thanks and hope to see you soon!

10hr Seabass 6am to 4pm October 31 November 6,7

18hr Tile/Seabass November 2"

Capt Chris Mizurak also runs the Reef Chief. For more information on chartering the Reef Chief you may contact me at 410-458-8343."

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: .

Capt Jeff from Helbent Charters e-mailed in: "I decided to call it a season yesterday and have pulled Helbent for the year. I want to thank all my customers for making it my best season yet and I have to say I am already looking forward to next season. In a few weeks I will post my winter show schedule so keep checking my Facebook page on my website ( to see when and where I will be giving seminars and greeting all my new and old customers. I want to thank Sue, Libby and the rest of the staff at Oyster Bay Tackle for all their help and support this season. If you have never stopped in at Oyster Bay you owe to yourself to stop in and see why Oyster Bay is the best tackle store in OC! It is never to early to book your fishing trip for next year.
Give me a call at 717-574-4010 or email me at to lock in your date. Have a great holiday season and I will see you on the water in the Spring. Capt. Jeff"

Joe at  Lewes Harbour Marina (302-645-6227) reports on Oct 19th: 
  • "Anglers had to deal with more wind last week, but during days when conditions allowed boaters to get out on Delaware Bay, they found better blackfishing than in past weeks. Water temperatures remained in the 60's, however, tog seemed more active, and crews recorded some decent catches. Captain Pete on Top Fin hosted Mr. Hong and his group for a trip to structure, where they put 28 tautog and a big sheepshead in the box. Mr. Jin and his toggers joined Pete Saturday for some fine togging, and retuned with a 35 fish limit, plus a 10 pound black drum. Captain Ted said there was a good tog bite at the Inner Wall when he was there Saturday morning with the Indian. Captain Vince togged Bay structure Saturday, and his gang aboard Miss Kirstin rounded up 29 tautog, 2 triggerfish and a keeper sea bass. Friday, Captain Brent's patrons on the Katydid put together a batch of 33 blackfish and one trigger. Randy Jensen, Billy Lantz, Mike Ditton and Charlie Breitenbach have become pretty proficient at working the Outer Wall, and showed their skill Friday with a limit of 20 chunky tog. Randy offered an observation that helped their take. He said when the fish didn't bite in close to the rocks, they dropped back a fair distance away from the Wall and found tautog feeding where scattered boulders off the main breakwater met the sand bottom. At this writing, Charlie was holding First and Third Places in the Lewes Harbour Tog Tournament with fish of 5.94 and 5.88 pounds. Randy had Second with his 5.89 pounder. The Tourney runs through October 31st, and offers cash prizes. Colin Boteler wished he had signed up for the Tournament before he went to the Wall Saturday morning. He boated a citation earning 7.72 pound blackfish that would have put him in the lead. Larry Hughes also missed a shot at placing since he hadn't entered before he landed his 6.4 pounder. There's still plenty of time, and last year's Contest was won on October 30th with a massive 20 pounder! In addition to blustery weather, boaters had to contend with area closures on Delaware Bay. The Coast Guard established safety zones where Naval exercises were scheduled October 16th through 24th, and the regions were closed to boat traffic from 8am until 8pm on those days. Reefs 6 and 7 fell within the zone, so fishing those sites was off limits. Sea bass season reopened over the weekend, but stiff breezes prevented most boats from getting out to the Ocean grounds. Reef Site 11, Del Jersey Land and wrecks in 90 to 120 feet should offer good bassing on days when sea conditions permit getting there. The season is set to stay open until the end of December. There still have been no reports of migratory striped bass showing up at the mouth of Delaware Bay, but resident backwater rockfish have been around. Lewes Canal, Broadkill River and creeks emptying out of the Great Marsh held good numbers of small to medium sized stripers. They could be tempted into striking 3 to 4 inch swim shads and other soft plastics, along with swimming and topwater plugs. Keepers were available too. Dave Walker and Robert Karpovich drifted eels around the Drawbridge for three legal bass between 29 and 31 inches. Greg Wagner fished near the Bridge one night during the week, and told of a 33 inch rock. Surf casters continue to encounter small blues at Cape Henlopen Point. The mullet run is about done, so fresh bait has become hard to come by, but frozen still produces. An occasional short striper, kingfish or blowfish mingled with snappers in the suds." 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 20th: "Even though the wind never really seems to stop blowing and we have been tied to the dock as much as we have been getting out we have started to see some decent action with the Tautog and some nice Triggerfish! Sea Bass season opened up this weekend and we now have another fish to add to the variety. As the water temperatures cool down the Tog fishing should only improve." "Our schedule is pretty basic right now, I am still running the Full-Day trips seven days a week sailing at 7:00 a.m. And returning to the docks around 4:00. These trips will all be anchor fishing over ship wrecks and reefs targeting primarily Tautog, Sea Bass and whatever else may want to bite our baits. Watch the weather closely and pick your best day. Capt. H.D. has several special wreck fishing trips on the schedule fishing primarily for the Sea Bass. These trips are 10 and 12 hour trips and will hands down be your best bet for the Sea Bass as these fish inevitably push further offshore. We will start fishing for Stripers as soon as the water cools down enough for these fish to show up in the rips in the mouth of the Bay." 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 check us out on facebook for the most recent updates as well as all of the pictures from recent trips." His full report and boat info is here. Then go to the Home Page and click on his FaceBook page. Capt. Rick Yakimowicz Thelma Dale V" Old Inlet (302-227-7974) reported on the 20th:"Excellent tog fish in the Inlet. Fish in 20 inch range. They eat live fleas and green crabs. Small blues on the surf and in the Inlet. Still a few croakers and short flounder around. Night time bite for stripers. A few more keepers in the mix. The migration is still north of us in upper Jersey. Live eels ate the best bait in the Inlet at night. Flounder fishing is still good on the Old Grounds and Site 10. When the wind does not blow to hard to get. Those days are rare lately." Bill's Sport Shop (302-645-7654) in Lewes, DE reports on the 21st:"Hey Bill Jr. I wanted to give you a report at the Pier: 5 throwback flounder, 1 keeper flounder at 17”, 15 snapper blues, 1 throwback rockfish, 3 sharks/dogfish. It was a very fun night. Thank you once again for the BAIT TOO!! You are the best!” Tim Han, Chantilly, VA. Had some reports of some pretty good sized tog being caught at IRI. One customer reported a 20 incher! Capt. Brian Wazlavek, “Lil Angler Charters”, caught a 33.5”, 11.35# tournament striper. First of the Tournament!!! On another recent trip, he returned with a 6.05#, 20 ” tournament tog weighed in just in time for this report." " 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 one of his fish reports from this thus week, first day of sea bass being back open!: 10/20/14 Looking at a forecast weather window found me burning up the texts & email throwing together a last minute make-up trip for some delicious sea bass. Left the slip at 7 am with a crew of five and high hopes for good numbers. Arrived at our honey hole around 8:15 and began hammering the bass. Fish after fish were going in the box at breakneck speed. Tony, the Sr. angler of the crew even managed to throw in a flounder and a triggerfish. By 11:30 arms and wrists were worn out as we hit the magic 75 fish number so we pulled the hook and headed for the barn. If you too would like to be place on my “last minute contact list for make-up trips” please email or text (717-682-1530) your info to me. 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 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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