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Ocean City Maryland & Assateague Island - Delaware Beaches - Ocean and Bay Fishing Report
By Bob Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle Shop, Ocean City MD
Ocean City Inlet water temp. 59 degrees...Delaware buoy 65 degrees.

May 30, 2016

Happy Memorial day!

Six year old Tyler Ferenschak of Perry Hall, MD. caught his first keeper flounder South of the Route 50 bridge on a speck rig. Check out Tyler's picture on the Oyster Bay Tackle Inshore gallery: 

The crew at Oyster Bay Tackle weighed in a number of keeper stripers caught by surfcasters fishing the Ocean city beach. Check out the pictures on the surf gallery: 

Michael Cenci and Michael P Troy Sr fished the North Ocean City beach during low tide and landed a 38 inch and a 40 inch striper. The pair of keeper stripers were caught on cut bunker.

Mike Murray from Burtonsville, Md. landed a 38 inch striper while fishing the Ocean City beach.

Less Schott from Kingsville, Md. caught a 39 inch striper from the North Ocean City beach during the incoming tide.

Ron Taylor here from Salisbury, Md. caught a nice keeper striper from the Ocean City beach.

Tom Rawcliffe from Rockville, Md fished the dead low tide from the mid town Ocean City beach and landed a 40 inch striper.

Steve Roberts caught a keeper striper from the 76th street beach using cut bunker.

Bluefish up to 36 inches are being caught by anglers tossing Gotcha plugs, speck rigs and spoons from the North jetty, the Route 50 bridge and from boats drifting the inlet. Colby and Ashley from Pa. fished the Route 50 bridge and caught a 31 inch chopper bluefish along with smaller blues and short stripers. Check out their picture on the Oyster Bay Tackle Inshore gallery: 

Oyster Bay Tackle's  hours are: Monday-Thursday 7am-7pm-Friday-Sunday 7am-8pm. Call 410-524-3433.

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2016 Tide Tables are in stock and ready for pick up.

We sell Maryland 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 and scroll down the Main Menu and click on the appropriate State link.

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Coastal Fisherman Coastal
Fisherman Fishing report by Larry Jock:

SUNDAY, May 29, 2016

"9:41 AM - Beautiful day in OC. Very, very foggy this morning, but it has burnt off.

Here's a late report. On Friday, Pat McCloskey and Jason Stokes went to the Norfolk Canyon and caught a limit of yellowfin and a sailfish.

The beach on Assateague from 22.9 and south is closed. Birds nesting.

5:57 PM - Bryan Fisher caught a 25-inch 5 lb. flounder on a white Gulp!
on the north side of the Rt. 90 Bridge this morning.

Charter boat, "Restless Lady" had a 174 lb. bigeye tuna, a 125 lb. mako,
9 yellowfins, a pair of mahi and some skippies during an overnight trip between the Washington and Norfolk Canyon (500 f)

"Playin' Catch" returned with a 323.8 lb. thresher shark caught by Greg Measley on the northwest side of the Fingers in 63.5-degree water.

"Buckshot" had 12 yellowfins and 4 mahi in 500 fathoms between the Washington and the Norfolk Canyons. Capt. Gary Stamm reported water temps betweeen 68 adn 74-degrees with the best bites coming in 70-degree water.

"Bella" had 8 yellowfins, 3 mahi and a white marlin release in 500 fathoms between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons. They went 1 for 3 on white marlin.

6:25 PM - The "Talkin Trash" had 7 yellowfins, 8 mahi and went 1 for 2 on white marlin, all in 500 fathoms between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons.

Charter boat, "Jade II" had 10 yellowfins and 4 mahi, the largest of which weighed 21 lbs.

SATURDAY, May 28, 2016

10:15 AM - An absolutely beautiful day in Ocean City today. The offshore forecast for today got better than when I looked at it mid-day yesterday. They are now calling for S to SE Winds at 5-15 with seas at 3 to 5. Tomorrow is fairly similar right now, at 3-6 foot. That low off North Carolina should wreak some havoc for our boats early in the week.

10:55 AM - Dave Neumayer and Gary German caught 8 short stripers at the South Jetty this morning during the outgoing tide.

2:25 PM - The first blue marlin of the season was hooked by an angler on the charter boat, "Boss Hogg" down between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons. Stay tuned for details.

3:36 PM - Chris Pino caught his first thresher shark, a 247 pounder while fishing at the Fingers with Dominic Gilbert. Shark ate a whole squid.

7:30 PM - The scales closed at 7pm on the first day of the Marlin Club Memorial Day Tournament. This year, 14 boats are entered with 11 fishing today. Here is what we saw:

"Barbara Rose" weighed 3 bluefish (11.4, 12.6 and 13.0 lbs.)

"Grande Pez" had 13 yellowfins and 5 mahi. Their 3 heaviest yellowfins weighed 41.2, 43.0 and 46.2 lbs.) They also released 12 additional yellowfins.

"A Salt Weapon III" had 6 yellowfins and 3 mahi. They also released a mako that was around 100 lbs. Their yellowfins weighed 36.0, 37.0 and
42.2 lbs..

"Haulin' N Ballin'" weighed 3 yellowfins (34.0, 35.0 and 40.0 lbs.).
They also weighed 2 mahi (13.8 and 20.8 lbs.). In addition, they released 10 hammerhead sharks.

Outside the tournament, the big news was that the first blue marlin was released by Bo Appel, III who hooked the blue marlin on a ballyhoo dressed up with a green lantern sea witch. They also caught 12 keeper yellowfins and released another dozen during the trip. All in the Norfolk Canyon. Fishing with Capt. Brian Porter and mates Rick Tshudy and Chris Irelan were bo Appel, Mike and Lynn Runk, Helena and Katie Porter and Howard and Marge Berger.

Anglers on the "Marli" returned with 21 yellowfins and a mako from 600 fathoms between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons. Capt. Mark reported water temps between 68 and 74-degrees. He said that the bite was good all day.

Bill Hardy caught a 20-inch flounder in the East Channel on a white Gulp! and minnow combination.

"Teaser" had 5 yellowfins and released another 7 during a trip to between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons.

"Reel Tight" had a 130 lb. bigeye tuna and 7 yellowfin in 500 fathoms between the Norfolk and Washington Canyons.

Surfcasters found a lot of kingfish and skates in the suds today. Black drum were also caught off Assateague.

FRIDAY, May 27, 2016

10:31 AM - Had a fellow stop in the office this morning to pick-up a t-shirt and he reported a slow bite this morning at the Rt. 50 Bridge.
They were going to fish the South Jetty, but he said that it was too rough so they headed to the Bridge. He ended up catching a few snapper bluefish and a short striper. Tide was outgoing.

2:06 PM - I heard the first white marlin of the year may have been hooked today. Stay tuned!

3:37 PM - Les Schott caught a 39-ionch striper this morning on fresh bunker during the incoming tide in North Ocean City. Les said there were plenty of skates in the mix.

Sounds like the tuna bite was good again down between the Norfolk and Washington Canyons.

5:10 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Boss Hogg" had another good day, returning to Sunset Marina with 17 yellowfins from 600 fathoms between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons. They released another 20 yellowfins and a 100 lb. mako shark. Water temp ranged from 58-74 degrees. Most of their yellowfins were caught on the warm side. Capt. Brian Porter said that they picked at them all morning, but at 1PM the bite really turned on. Anglers who got there very early also saw a good bite.

5:49 PM - The charter boat, "Marli" just returned with 15 yellowfins in the box after fishing in 600 fathoms between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons. They also released another 6 yellowfins and snapped off a bigeye.

The charter boat, "Reel Chaos" had a great day, catching 21 yellowfins and 7 mahi in 600 fathoms between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons.

"Don't Tread on Me" had 15 yellowfins and a pair of mahi between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons.

7:07 - The first white marlin of the year was caught and released by Andy Urban on the "In the Black". The fish was hooked between the Norfolk and Washington Canyons in 800 fathoms where they found 73-degree water. Fish hit on a green machine. They also had a mako and a pair of mahi.

"Talkin Trash" had another great day, returning with 27 yellowfins, 6 mahi and a mako (around 100 lbs.). Fish were caught on ballyhoo and spreader bars in 600 fathoms between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons.
Capt. Chris Little reported a good bite right away, early this morning.

The "Remedy II" returned to the Ocean City Fishing Center with a yellowfin caught in 50 fathoms inside the Norfolk and a pair of mahi caught in 75.6-degree water in 1,000 fathoms.

The "Myra HT" returned from 600 fathoms between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons with 10 yellowfins in the box.

Anglers on the "Game Over" had 12 yellowfins, a gaffer dolphin and an 86 lb. bigeye tuna after trolling in 400 fathoms between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons. They also released 6 other yellowfins.

THURSDAY, May 26, 2016

10:15 PM - There are a couple of offshore boats that headed to the canyons today. I would anticipate another good day with many yellowfins and a few mahi hitting the docks.

Yesterday, the guys headed 80 miles south to between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons where fish were caught from 500 fathoms in as close as
50 fathoms. Temperature break went from 62-degree to 73-degrees. "Marli"
had best luck in the warmer water but I heard some fish were caught by non-Ocean City boats in the colder water as well.

3:08 PM - It was an exceptional day between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons for tuna fishermen.

The charter boat, "Marli" came back with not only 24 yellowfins, but also the first bigeye tuna of the season and a mahi. Fish were caught in
500 fathoms between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons in 72-degree water on ballyhoo and spreader bars. Bigeye weighed 76.2 lbs.

"Talkin Trash" had a great day, also in 500 fathoms between the Washington and Norfolk. They had 30 yellowfins and released approximately 20 more. All on ballyhoo and spreaderbars.

3:58 PM - Charter boat, "Restless Lady" returned to Talbot Street with
21 yellowfins and a mahi. All caught in 500-700 fathoms between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons on trolled ballyhoo. Water temperature was 74 to 77-degrees.

4:19 PM - Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" saw good sea bass fishing today. Nobody caught a 15 fish limit, but there were several in the 13 fish range.

Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" said that sea bass fishing was a little slower today, but they still had nice size knotheads up to
3 lbs. They also had their first flounder of the year, a 5 1/2 pounder caught by Thomas Jones. It was caught on a bucktail at an artificial reef.

5:43 PM - Brandon Manley from Vestel, NY boated a 193 lb. mako shark at the Twin Wrecks. He caught it on a bluefish fillet during a trip with Jeff Bogert.

WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016

The news is so good that I am going to repeat it! The MDDNR Fisheries Service just announced that effective June 1st, anglers can keep 2 striped bass between 28 and 38 inches or greater than or equal to 44 inches. Special thanks to Mike Luisi at the Maryland DNR Fisheries Service for getting this change accomplished!

10:51 AM - Just had a trio of anglers stop by the office with fish they caught while surfcasting off the state side of Assateague. All of the fish were caught on sand fleas around the bottom of the outgoing tide.

Michael Venarchick caught a 41-inch striper, a 28-inch black drum and a 21-inch flounder.

Mike Venarchick caught a 45-inch striper that weighed 27 lbs. 13 oz.

Mikael Malkasian caught a 38-inch striper that weighed 15 lbs. 13 oz.

11:00 AM - Heard there was a good yellowfin bite between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons this morning. Should be a great weekend for the offshore guys.

2:04 PM - The charter boat, "Marli" just returned to the dock after crushing the yellowfin tuna in 500 fathoms between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons. Robert Harris, Donnie Scrivener, Chuck and Joe Crockett and Mike Yowell caught their limit of 24 yellowfins on ballyhoo and spreader bars.

3:29 PM - Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported good sea bass fishing today with fish up to 3.5 lbs. All were caught on squid at an artificial reef.

6:06 PM - The charter boat, "Boss Hogg" returned with 21 yellowfins and a mahi from 500 fathoms between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons.

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016

4:23 PM - Here's some good news for you. The MDDNR Fisheries Service just announced that effective June 1st, anglers can keep 2 striped bass between 28 and 38 inches or greater than or equal to 44 inches. Special thanks to Mike Luisi at the Maryland DNR Fisheries Service for getting this change accomplished!

Tara Wojciechowski and John Lindsay caught a pair of stripers while fishing from the beach on 137th Street. Tara's measured 37 1/2-inches and John's was 36 inches.

Last night, Jimmy Coffiey caught a 46-inch, 30.6 lb. striper in the Indian River Inlet.

4:36 PM - Anglers on the headboat, "Angler" had good sea bass fishing with some limits around the rail. Largest sea bass was Charlie Donohue's
3.5 pounder caught on clams at an artificial reef.

8:49 PM - Hugh Cropper caught a 46.5-inch striper that weighed 33 lbs.
10 oz. Caught on a peeler crab while surfcasting off Assateague.

Lamont Hilbert caught a 36-inch striper this morning in the OC Inlet on a bucktail.

Capt. Kane Bounds on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" reported fantastic sea bass fishing today. His party of 4 caught a boat limit of 90 sea bass and a boat limit of 12 tautog. Joe McNeal released a 9 lb. female tautog. All of he fish were caught on squid and crabs at the subway cars.

The headboat, "Judy V" out of the Indian River Marina had a good day sea bass fishing at "B" Buoy. Anglers were using salted clams and sand fleas for bait.

Mike Jones, Gary Cederbert, Joe Hersh and Cliff Hummer took their 20th Annual Ocean City Fishing Trip and ended up with 3 good size stripers at the South Jetty. Fish were caught at the start of the outgoing tide. Two of the stripers measured 35-inches and one was 37.5 inches.

While on their way to ocean wrecks to fish for sea bass, Jeff Kauffman and Matt Marsiglia stopped in the OC Inlet to do some casting around the Jetty and Matt caught and released a 42-inch striper on a 6-inch Storm lure. Incoming tide."

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) May 23th: "Pier fishermen are catching lot's of shad and bluefish up to 30"; we also saw several keeper stripers."

Capt. Monty on the "
Morning Star Fish Report 5/24/16 Cbassing Better Than Last Spring Some Limits Even! Studies

Have room Thursday, 5/26/16 - regular sea bass trip. Calling west at 10 knots, partly sunny..

Sailing Daily For Sea Bass Weather Permitting - Saturday's 6:30 to 3:30
- $125.00 – Otherwise 7 to 3 at $110.00.. Lots & lots of room Thursday & Friday coming. Most weekdays & Sundays really.

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. With a limited number of reserved spots, I do not refund because you over-slept or had a flat..

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! (Wockenfuss Candies sells crystalized ginger locally - We usually have some aboard - Better is Nuts.Com.. Chewable Meclizine is a good pharmaceutical, there's also a "less drowsy" meclizine pill; Scopolamine Patches are the gold standard.)

Bring A Cooler With Ice For Your Fish – A 48 Quart Is Fine For A Few People. No Galley! BYO Sandwiches & Soft Drinks. A few beers in cans is fine. (bottles break at bad times)

If You Won't Measure & Count Your Fish, The State Will Provide A Man With A Gun To Do It For You. We Measure & Count — ALWAYS — No Exceptions!

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

Greetings All, "Have seen more limits of sea bass. One fellow reminded me he'd caught last year's first limit of sea bass on my boat --- in the second week of July!! This is much better than last year. In fact, we limited all but one client on Tuesday's trip. (5/24) Cbass fishing's OK, but not perfect. Oh no.

OC Reef Foundation mailer went out. Sent it late because I'd just sent an emergency plea back in December. As pres, secretary, and senior advisor to mail room staff, that means I'm up to my eyes in packaging charts, t-shirts, coffee mugs & such for reef donors. Lot of work..

There are studies right now: With Rutgers at lead, (I think!) researchers from several regions are trying to model a sea bass stock assessment (population estimate) with hook & line as opposed to trawl.
(One of the reasons red snapper are in such turmoil in the Gulf of Mexico is because, even after years of people screaming, and incredible quantities of video showing wonderful snapper populations on man-made reefs where no trawl can go, management's assessments are still created by trawl nets..) I think trawl's worked better for sea bass up here.
Seems like population estimates I've looked at are congruent with reality; at least they're not wildly out of proportion like catch estimates. I absolutely support refining the sea bass estimates with reef-specific hook & line sampling.

Rutgers is also looking at release mortality. Really? We're doing that science after making anglers throw them back almost two decades now?
Personally, I put it to bed a long time ago with the help of Rudy Lukacovic (ret) - before federal regs began even. Then later, maybe 2007 or 2008? 10?, I invited federal & state fisheries personnel aboard to examine sea bass mortality. Fishing even in 125 feet of water, I could not get a fish to float away dead.. If it's hot & calm--if there's no overwash keeping their bellies cool as they drift & reacclimate their gas pressure, they die from overheating. In this instance venting does a fine job. Numerous times I've been about to vent a sea bass & have seen an old venting scar.. Release excess gas, they swim right down. Not hard to master; it works when needed. Venting is something we have to do a few times a season. A four hour boat would not have to vent sea bass in the Mid-Atlantic - too shallow to cause barotrauma worries.

There's a nation-wide artificial reef conference coming up; a true brain-trust of US reef building.. I'm just a hack compared to these guys. They know how to make fish - will NOAA listen? You can quote me on
this: "Reef restorations make fishery restorations possible." If NOAA takes a mind to turn the ocean blue & fill it with fish, they'll need to master reef building..

Weather broke. Calm & warm a while. Another nor-easter next week."
Regards, Monty

Capt. Monty Hawkins Partyboat Morning Star Ocean City, MD

Capt. Monty Hawkins Partyboat Morning Star Ocean City, MD

Capt Chris Mizurak Capt. of the Angler Party Boat also runs the Reef Chief. For more information on chartering the Reef Chief you may contact me at 410-458-8343. For info on the Reef Chief go to: Capt Chris Mizurak Angler OCMD

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  Indian River Fishing Report May 10th, 2016 Notice - Tautog season closes in Delaware waters on Tuesday May 11 at midnight and reopens July 17.

 May 24th, 2016

News Flash - Cape Henlopen Pier reopens Wednesday May 25!

"Just weighed 19 and 24 pound stripers caught in the Inlet last night

Big bluefish in the Inlet this morning. Keeper stripers caught on the northside of the inlet last night.

Chuck McKenzie of just weighed a 15 pound 8 ounce bluefish on the surf on fresh cut bunker.

May 23 -

Bluefish in the Inlet Saturday and Sunday on the morning incoming tide.
Up to 24 inches!

Report of a 43" striped bass caught in the Inlet this morning.

They caught stripers on the beach in the rain over the weekend.

Jim Ruback landed a 37 inch striped bass on the surf north of the Inlet yesterday. On live sand fleas."

Bill's Sports Center (302-645-7654) Check out his fishing report: report. Fishing Report FISHING REPORT 05/25/16 "Sea bass bite has been hot offshore the last few days on ocean wrecks. Drum bite is also good on the Coral Beds and Slaughter Beach area. There are still blues at the Lewes beach area.
Keeper stripers in the IRI at night. Blues at the IRI in the 2 to 3# range are being caught on metal bucktails. We have reports of sea trout in the Lewes Canal to 14” and off Dewey Beach on blood worms. Brian fished IRI Thurs without a nibble but saw 5 stripers caught from 34 to 42” on eels and Storm lures. Mo Hussin, Nino Mallari, and Manny caught 6 drum to 81# on clams in the De Bay. Alot of 37-44” stripers are being caught in the surf from Conquest Rd. to Fenwick on clams and bunker. Tom Poot caught 2 flounder up to 21”, some seabass and 4’' sharks at the Old Grounds on Gulp and minnows. Jon Cressler, York, PA, fished Conquest Rd.
and caught a 16.75# black drum on Fishbites.. Paul Owens, Smryna, fished Key Box Rd with a blood worm cobo and came away with a couple of nice kingfish. Ben Galang landed an 18# blue at the IRI on a bucktail white worm."

"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.

 "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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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. 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.)  Go to: 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. Also, you can stop by Oyster Bay Tackle and we will be happy to assist you in getting registered or purchasing a license.

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 2016: 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) - Boat License $50.00. For more information, log onto

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!  

Good Fishing from the crew at Oyster Bay Tackle...

Bob Foster

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