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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
 Nov 17th 2014

Water Temp: 58.5

Fishing Report by Sue Foster

Tautog were really biting this week though getting keepers was tough.
Anglers that toughed it out got some keepers.  Sea bass fishing offshore has been especially good when the boats got out and the weather co- operated. Stripers are picking up at the Bridges and Inlets. We are selling lots of live eels at Oyster Bay. Surf's seen some snapper blues, rays, sharks, one drum that we've heard off and a few stripers. We received several reports of schools of small stripers in the ocean just off the beach.  Look for terns working the schools of fish.

We received several reports of good tog fishing around the rocks at Martha's Landing. A lot of short fish with a few keepers mixed in. Green crabs and sandfleas are working well.

Oyster Bay Tackle is now open 8 AM to 4 PM Monday thru Saturday weather permitting. We close at 2 PM on Sundays  410-524-3433. Fenwick Tackle is now open Friday 8-4 (weather permitting),  Saturday 8-4. Sun 8-2.
Fenwick Tackle will close for the season on Sunday Nov. 23.  We would like to Thank our customers for a Great season.(302-539-7766) Oyster Bay Tackle will stay open 7 says a week until Dec. 21.(410-524-3433) 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 sell MD fishing licenses at our Oyster Bay store and DE licenses at our Fenwick Tackle location. If you get a DE.
boat fishing sticker, you need your current boat registration (blue
card) 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!

Surf fishing this week saw some short stripers, a couple keeper stripers, especially in the Assateague area. Still a few kingfish around, but not many.  No much mention of red drum or speckled trout, even from the VA beaches. There's sharks, skates, snapper blues, a couple larger blues and the promise of a few stripers. For blues or stripers your best bait is cut bunker or mullet.

 "We at Fenwick Tackle weighed in a nice puppy drum last week.Brendan  Wallace fished Fenwick Beach last week and caught a nice 26 inch Red  Drum using Finger Mullet as Bait."

 His picture is in our  Surf  Fishing Photo Gallery.

"GoatDelux" reports on Nov. 15th on Stripers on Line "My father (Vietnam
Veteran) and I fished Fenwick Island surf this past Monday and Tuesday with not much luck. I caught 2 tiny Blues, 2 very tiny Kings, 1 Dogfish, and way too many Skates! All in all it was a great trip and we got to continue our 10 year tradition of fishing Veterans Day."

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! 

Bob Thompson of Ellington, Connecticut reports in: "Hi Sue, Thought I'd check in and let you know how things are going on the Rte 50 bridge lately. I didn't get back for the last year since I lost Arlene, my beloved wife of 50 years in March of 2013. I'm going to sell the CT house and move to our condo in OC permanently as soon as possible after the sale. The fishing is good therapy for me to help cope with her loss..

Fishing the night tides on the bridge has been very productive although not providing any keepers - yet. Using a 5" Riptide Mullet on a 2oz jighead, since the first of the month until today(11/12) I've managed to get 61 Stripers with 8 over 27"s and 13 from 24" to 27"s - not a keeper in the bunch but a lot of fun.  (The most productive night was 11/10 incoming when I landed 19 Schoolies and 11/12 with another 11). These fish are all healthy young specimens full of fight. I've seen a few keepers up there but not very many at all and there doesn't appear to be the quantity of baitfish in the bay as other years. (I've foul hooked a couple of Shad and Herring so they're out there but maybe not in the quantity to draw in the mass of Stripers?)

I've also been fishing Tog at the bulkhead and although the bite has tapered off a bit (for me, anyway!), there are a lot of keepers being caught there  every day/every tide change on both Sand Fleas and Green Crabs. I've managed to get 13 keepers since mid-October with the largest at 18.5"s with a 16.5"er to limit me for the day.

I hope all is well with you and your family and wish only tight lines to you. Got to get as much wet line time in as possible before the cold weather sets in! It's already pretty cold and with a little wind chill added to the mix, you quickly find out where your arthritic areas are - or will be."

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

Larry Jock from the Coastal
Fisherman did not have anything to report this week.

Capt. Chris on the headboat "Angler" reported a good day of sea bass fishing with almost everyone catching their limit. Their largest knothead weighed just over 4 lbs. They also had bluefish up to 12 lbs.
Our next 10hr is Friday the 21st.

Sounds like the striper bite around Overfalls Shoal has petered out a bit. Capt. Amanda at Lewes Harbour Marina said that they are only seeing a few come in each day.

Capt. Bert at Hook'em & Cook'em at the Indian River Marina reported

Richard from the  Oceanic Pier
(410-289-2602) reports some nice tautog this week. Not sure how long the pier will be open.

Capt. Monty on the "
Morning Star reports this week:Fish Report 11/6/14 Old-Time Sea Bassing Reef Raiding Bluefish Thoughts On Restoration

Going Long For Sea Bass Either Side Of Thanksgiving Too - 11/26 & 11/28
- 6 to 3:30 - $125.00 - No Fishing TG Day. Now Have Reservation Book Open Thru November 30th For Sea Bass On Our Regular Schedule. (current weather pattern should allow us to get at least 1/5th of these trips

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. (even if it's early next year!)

10,634 Reef Blocks by the rail – 3,000 at Jimmy Jackson's – 2,136 at Doug Ake's – 1,146 at Saint Ann's – 558 at Eagle Scout Reef - 547 at Lindsey's Isle of Wight Reef and, just begun, 82 at the Brian Sauerzopf Memorial Reef..

 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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Capt Chris Mizurak of the Angler party boat writes in on Nov 13th: "We continue to see good sea bass fishing along with a mixture of bluefish,trigger fish and flounder. The 10hr trip on the 8th returned early with a boat limit of seabass up to 4lbs. Our Veterans Day trip also saw some good seabass fishing with nearly everyone catching their limit. We are sailing 730am to 230pm this weekend. Our next 10hr is Friday the 21st. Check our Facebook Page for the most up to date information. For more information and reservations please call 410-458-8343.  Thanks and hope to see you soon!

10hr Seabass 6am to 4pm $85 Friday November 21st"

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: .

Joe at  Lewes Harbour Marina (302-645-6227) November 13, 2014 reports: "Stripers finally rounded the corner into Delaware Bay with last week's big moon, and although there have only been a few caught each day, most were big.
Mason Newsham was trolling a Bomber plug on Overfalls during the end of ebb current aboard Local Girl when he connected with a 35.6 pound bass.
John Joe Kabino was working that same area when he hooked a 36 pound rockfish on a Bomber. Paul Matthews pulled a Stretch 25 there for his 31 pounder. Jacob Webb jumped into the lead of this year's Lewes Harbour Striper Tournament when he trolled up a 44.8 pound lunker at Overfalls.
Fred German drifted an eel through the rips on Overfalls for his 30.6 pound striped bass. Mark Lobach landed a 37 pounder, and Chuck Meyer captured a 24 pounder while eelng aboard Lil' Angler II. J.D. Miller was on Overfalls first thing in the morning, and tempted a 26.2 pound rockfish into striking a Cabo Sunset Stretch 25 plug. John Tkacz trolled a chartreuse Stretch 25 at Overfalls for a 36.7 pounder. Dennis Jester drifted a live spot at Overfalls for his 34.6 pound linesider. Trolling a chartreuse Stretch 25 at the end of flood tide on Overfalls did the trick for Todd Conner, who had a 31 pound bass. Drew Messick, Josh Chubb and Pat Irelan pulled plugs at Overfalls and 8B Buoy for three linesiders to 26.4 pounds. Evan Falgowski fought a 40.8 pound cow to slide into Second Place of the LHM Striper Tourney. The Tournament continues until November 25th. Tautog catches have been decent when conditions are ok. Ernie Stone scored a 12.59 pound bruiser white chin along the Outer Wall. Mike Ditton muscled in a 9.21 pound tog at the Wall. Bill Marshall bested an 8.1 pounder. David Schellenger decked a
7.62 pound tautog at the Inner Wall. Joe and Dave Walker and Mike Dileo limited out with 15 chunky tog from the Wall. Tom Martone took a 7.72 pounder aboard Katydid. Cameron Boldaz boated a 6 pounder while togging on the Indian. Sea bass action has been good at Site 11 and Del Jersey Land. Spiny dogfish have gotten thick at Site 11 and most inshore areas, and have been a real nuisance for bottom bouncers. Sharks didn't seem quite as bad in twebty fathoms, and boats bassing Del Jersey Land weren't bothered as much by pesky spinys. However, chopper bluefish chewed up a lot of sea bass on anglers' hooks. Captain Brent's patrons aboard Katydid enjoyed fast catching during a recent trip to DJL. They ended up with a boat limit of 150 bass, even after sacrificing several to ravenous blues. Most bluefish were of jumbo proportions. Maggie Lingo tangled with a 14.2 pound blue, and Bill Hughes had a 16.2 pound slammer. Along with big blues in the box were bonus flounder and triggerfish."

 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 is his report from Nov. 12th: "Further offshore the report couldn't be any better as far as the Sea Bass fishing goes. Deep water wrecks anywhere from 100 to 130 feet are virtually loaded with tasty Sea Bass, baitfish, and at times lots of decent sized Bluefish right now. We have primarily been running just the ten hour trips for these fish due to the travel time but the fishing in this zone has been well worth the ride. This is the type of fishing where you throw the anchor and drop back over the structure and just start pulling up fish. Each and every one of these trips so far has met with huge success with most anglers scoring an easy limit of nice sized Bass with no problem whatsoever. I have personally been on a few of these trips recently and was able to fish myself and it is undoubtedly the type of fishing that will wear you out by the end of the day. We are entering our reduced fall schedule after this week. Starting next week our regular All-Day trips will just be running on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We will continue with this schedule until December at which time we will switch to a ten hour trip for the Blackfish with reservations required. These trips will run only on weekends. There is a host of special trips on the schedule the dates and times can be viewed on our trips calendar link from the home page at also be sure to check us out on facebook for the latest updates from recent fishing trips as well as pictures taken."

If you would like any more information about trips sailing out of the Wharf or you would like to book a private charter for Stripers or reserve space on an upcoming special trip please give us a call at (302) 645-TUNA.

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"

Inlet (302-227-7974) reported on the 10th: "The good news is they are starting to troll up keepers (some 30+ pounds) on Overfalls shoals.
Stretch 25s and 30s are the ticket.Plenty of short fish around on the beach and in the Inlet. Small blues on the beach and short stripers with a slight uptick in the keepers in the Inlet.Swim shads are working during the daytime for shorties and then they are switching to live eels as night.Warm weather forecasted for Monday and Tuesday this week.
Plenty of boats out today so we will get a good indicator of where the fish are.They are out trolling for stripers and looking for tog on the nearshore wrecks and reefs.Cold front due in Wednesday. We'll keep you posted!"

Bill's Sports Center (302-645-7654) reports on the 16th: "Nice stripers up to 44 pounds reported from Overfall Shoals. Tautog are biting good from the rocks at Indian River Inlet and inshore wrecks and obstructions such as site 11. Sea bass fishing is good when the boats can get out."

" 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. 11/08/14 Capt. Dan reports: "A day of wreck fishing with a full crew of guys from VA. Unfortunately, many in the crew were bending their arms the night before and really weren’t ready for the motion of the ocean, spending the entire day in the cabin. The two who refrained the night before found good action with a reasonable keeper to throwback ratio. Back in the slip with about 35 in the box."

 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

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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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