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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
Dec. 15 2014

O.C. Inlet Water Temp: 46.0

All of us at Oyster Bay Tackle and Fenwick Tackle want to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

This weeks fishing report will be the last report of 2014. We will start up again in the Spring.

Tautog fishing is currently Closed in Maryland waters until Jan.1,2015

 Our  online mall is open  thru Dec. 18th and will reopen April 1st 2015. E-mail Sue Foster at:  Oyster Bay Tackle if you  have any questions.

2014 Tide Tables available in our stores and online.

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 and Tire Buddy II Tire Deflators, our most popular kind.

We have 
surf rigs! 

As we get pictures, we will post them. These pictures are in our  Inshore Photo Gallery.

Larry Jock from the Coastal
Fisherman On Dec.14 Larry Jock Reports:


"The seas were beautiful today. The striper bite north of the inlet was much more quiet today with the better bite happening 10.5 miles south of the Ocean City Inlet from 2.5 to 3.0 miles off the beach. A lot of fish in the 37 to 41-inch class caught on trolled mojos. Chartreuse was a hot color today.

Those trolling Little Gull Shoal today found a lot of bait and solid marks of fish, but they just weren't snapping. In addition to the hot bite 10.5 miles down the beach, anglers also found some fish at the Sliver.

Today was the final day of the Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament.

"Fish Frenzi" put another 6 stripers in the cooler with their 2 largest weighing 25.8 and 26.6 lbs. Fish were caught 10.5 miles down the beach on trolled mojos.

Lynda Talbot caught a 37-inch striper north of the OC Inlet on an umbrella rig.

"Wrecker" returned with another load of stripers after trolling 10 miles down the beach. Largest fish weighed 27.2 lbs.

Tara McDonald weighed a 38-inch striper that tipped the scale at 23 lbs.
Tara hooked the striper off Seacrets."

Here's the final standings:

Heaviest Rockfish "Fish Frenzi' 28.6 lbs. $2,295 "Aubree Lynn" 28.4 lbs.
$1,134 "Wrecker" 28.2 lbs. $999

Heaviest Bluefish "Fish Frenzi" 7.6 lbs. $450


"Although the seas were rough, striper fishing was excellent. The best bite was north of the Ocean City Inlet, off the Seacrets radio tower, right on the 3 mile line. Mostly all of the fish caught today were hooked on the troll, with white mojos being the hot ticket.

There was also a good bite at Little Gull in 50 feet of water.

The scale at the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament was very busy with numerous boats returning with their limit of stripers. Here is what we saw:

"Fish Frenzi" brought back 6 stripers with the heaviest weighing 28.6 lbs. All were caught between the Inlet and Seacrets on mojos.

"Wrecker" had a cast of thousands on the boat and returned with 14 stripers in the box. Heaviest weighed 28.2 lbs. and measured 41-inches.
All were caught between the OC Inlet and Secrets.

"Hell Bent" caught 8 stripers. Largest weighed 27.2 lbs. and measured 40-inches. Caught on umbrellas and mojos north of the Inlet off Seacrets radio tower.

"Sell Fish" had 6 stripers caught along the 3-mile line off Seacrets.
Largest was 38-inches.

Wes Pollitt caught a 25 lb. striper on a trolled mojo off Seacrets."


"Today was a great day for striper fishing. Seas were much nicer than predicted. The NOAA Coastal Forecast called for 30 mph winds but the OC Report was more accurate with west winds early in the 10 mph range but increasing as the day went on.

Trollers got into nice size fish along the 3-mile line from straight out from the Inlet up to the lumps inshore of Fenwick Shoal. Fish were deep with most bites coming on heavy weighted mojos. White was the hot color."

Capt. Monty on the "
Morning Star Fish Report 12/03/14 Dagnabed Forecast Changes.. Adding Friday Recent Letters Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Fish Report 12/10/14

Fish Report 12/10/14 Outstanding Bite Toggin For Science & A Cbass Trip The Meeting Lily Tomlin Lays It On The Line

"Going Tog Fishing Monday, Dec 15th & Tuesday, Dec 16th - $110.00 - Ten Anglers Sells Out (There will be more biologists aboard as well.) These are special permit trips for research. Anglers will be allowed at least a 4 fish MD limit (if they can catch them!)

Sea Bass Fishing Wednesday, 12/17/14 - 6AM to 3:30 - $125.00 - Will Close For The Holidays Afterward. May do another sea bass trip before tog season opens January 1st ..and cbass close until mid-May because the Grady-White monster ate the entire recreational quota again.

All Winter Trips Announced Via Email Only. Times, Prices & Species Will Vary.

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..

It's Winter! Wear Boots, Not Sneakers! Fingerless Wool Or Thin Fleece-Lined Waterproof Gloves With Handwarmers Tucked Into The Palms Make For A Comfortable Day..

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..

If You Will Not Count & Measure Your Fish, The State Will Provide A Man With A Gun To Do It For You. We Fish By The Rules - No Exceptions!!

The OC Reef Foundation Aims To Build Its Single Largest & Most Expensive Concrete Reef Deployment Ever. Progress Is Being Made In Getting Bids.
The Capt Bob Gowar Reef Will Become A Cornerstone Of Our Nearshore Reef Restoration Efforts. (even if it's early next year!)

10,747 Reef Blocks by the rail – 3,000 at Jimmy Jackson's – 2,136 at Doug Ake's – 1,182 at Saint Ann's – 558 at Eagle Scout Reef - 557 at Lindsey's Isle of Wight Reef and, just begun, 139 at the Brian Sauerzopf Memorial Reef..

Greetings All, Fishing for sea bass has been outrageously good. I'm serious when I tell you we've had a bare hook bite these last few trips.
Such a "coincidence;" I had MD's top-top fish numbers guy, and now-retired, MD's most knowledgable biologist on recreational release mortality aboard last Friday. We caught lots of sea bass on big silver circle-hooks - with no bait. Others were having a ball with a hammered gold jig. We caught a boat limit, which means we also had a lot of throw backs, and saw not one sea bass float away dead.

I'd invited these scientists because some managers twirl about arm-waving, "Sea bass all die when thrown back!" ..but these scientists Friday didn't observe any mortality, even while fishing in 125 feet of water. We were fishing much deeper than most of the recreational fishery is conducted."

 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.

 Help and Donate to the Ocean City Reef Foundation! It's a 501c3 tax

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) December 15, 2014 - Stripers South "The wind started blowing last weekend, and didn't let up until yesterday. Just when striped bass finally made a strong showing off the Delaware Coast, another stretch of blustery weather set in, and hardly any anglers made it out all week. A few rockfish were reported by crews trolling between Cape May and Fenwick the past couple days, but boaters to the south found plenty of bass on the Gull Banks off Ocean City, especially early and late in the day. Often, rockfish were outside the Three Mile Line, but pods of bunkers inshore of the boundary attracted stripers within the legal zone too. Maryland DNR and the Coast Guard patrolled actively to keep bassers honest. Trolling Mojos, tandem parachutes, Crippled Alewive spoons and Stretch, Bomber and Rapala plugs produced bites. Some crews utilized planer boards to get offerings away from the boat when bass proved finicky. Andrea Monetti managed a 17.3 pound linesider, and Matt Simeone scored a 19.8 pounder while trolling Mojos off Ocean City Sunday aboard Katydid. There may still be some straggler stripers passing by our shores, but it seems the bulk of migrators may have sneaked by when nobody could get to them, pushed through by stiff northerly breezes. Water temps are in the low 40s, and tautog action has been pretty good at Reef Site 10, when boats can get there. Nice blackfish were pulled from the rubble by toggers using green crab baits.
Sea bass should be available at Del Jersey Land until the season shuts down December 31st."

 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.

Inlet (302-227-7974) December 5th, 2014 "Jim Healy of Dagsboro landed a 39 pounder on the troll just north of the Inlet Wednesday. Dell Baker landed a 29 and 30 on the troll yesterday just outside the Inlet on Thursday Stretch 25's and Mojo tandems!" Dec 4 - "Picking at the stripers on the beach. No hot spot. They are spread out. But we would suggest Fenwick.Shorts and a few keepers in the Inlet.The troll on the inshore lumps has been hit and miss wioth some boats doing well. Jim Healy of Ocean View caught a 39 pounder on a Stretch 25 a couple of miles north of the Inlet. The lumps off Sea Colony have been producing too."

Bill's Sports Center (302-645-7654) November 20, 2014: FISHING REPORT Dec. 10th FISHING REPORT

 Ken Derr, Lewes, DE, caught a tournament striper and earned a citation.
 The fish weighs 30.75# and measured 40”.

 Raymond Young, Pennsburg PA., caught a 22.85#, 39” striper on a Stretch
 30 at the Jersey Rips.

Eddie Jarrell, (CJ's Brother), called to let us know he was at Gordon's Pond and was covered up in doggies and skates, but he also pulled in a clean 28.25” striper.

 ’Rehoboth Star’ reported: “Started out for our 7 1/2 mile ride to the  fishing grounds.. going to give it a try in 50' depth.. we were  rewarded with a few quick keepers and some shorts.. the bite was light  and scratchy.... we wound up with a boat limit.. high hook had 9  keepers only keeping his legal limit of 5... Robert Jones, Irvinington,  NJ was the pool winner with a 6 1/4 lb tog. Sat. started out nice with  a shot of wish when we stopped.. it was just a pick around the boat..
 the water was dirty and the current on the bottom was cold.... the fish  shut completely down towards the end of the day.. 2 limits were had..
 Pool winner was tied between Bill Kiefer, PA and Bob Murphy from  Milton, DE with a 5 5 3/5 lb tog.” to take over 1st place in the  tournament tog division." " 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. 11/11/14 Capt. Dan reports:"

 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

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!!!!!!

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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 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!  

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