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Ocean City Maryland & Assateague Island - Delaware Beaches - Ocean n Bay Fishing Report
By Bob Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle Shop, Ocean City MD - Fenwick Island DE

April 20, 2015

Ocean City Inlet Water Temp. 55 Delaware Buoy 44009 Water Temp 47

Larry Jock reported the first flounder was caught North of the Route 90 bridge on Saturday. Paul Coughlin of Oyster Bay Tackle caught a keeper flounder and a throwback just North of the Thorofare on Saturday.
Several short stripers were caught from the Assateague and Ocean City surf. A few keeper Tautog were caught from the 2nd-4th street bulkhead.

We had reports of some good flounder fishing in the Indian River Inlet.

I heard of a few catches of flounder from the Seaside inlets of Va. A few warm and sunny days and it should be "Game On." down there. I did hear of a couple of Red Drum and Black Drum being caught from the Va.
Barrier Island surf.

Please stop by Oyster Bay Tackle or Fenwick Tackle and check out our recently stocked selection of St. Croix rods.

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Fenwick Tackle is now open Thursday-Sunday 9 AM-5 PM. (302-539-7766).
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We have set up a internet kiosk at Fenwick Tackle for your convience to purchase a De. License. . If you get a DEL boat fishing sticker, you need your current boat registration number. Please bring a credit card for your Delaware license. For more info call Fenwick Tackle at 302-539-7766.

 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.

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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SATURDAY, April 18, 2015 Larry Jock reports:

"The first flounder was caught behind Ocean City today when Rosanna Nicoletos landed a 22-incher while drifting minnows and white Gulp north of the Rt. 90 Bridge in 6-feet of water.

James Hajek and Chris Peeples caught a couple of tog at the South Jetty yesterday. Guys used crabs left over from last year as bait. Inlet water was clear and 58-degrees.

Capt. Chris Mizurak on the charter boat, "Reef Chief" reported a picky tog bite today on ocean structure. His anglers pecked away at them and ended up one tog short of their limit. Largest was caught by Joe McNeal with an 11 lb. 10 oz Gomer. Fish was caught on white crabs."

FRIDAY, April 17, 2015

"Charter boat, "Fish Bound" had a good day with a limit of 28 tog for a group of 5 anglers plus the captain and mate. Fish weighed up to 8 lbs.
The group was done by noon. Water temp warmed up to 49 degrees.

The first black drum of the season was caught today when Tom Nelson landed a 30-incher that weighed 20 lbs. Tom was surfcasting off Assateague Island."

Richard from the  Oceanic Pier
(410-289-2602) "Catching a few skates and there were several Tog's caught off the bulkhead next to the pier"

The Ocean Pier No report available.

Capt. Monty on the "
Morning Star report from Capt. Monty on 03/21/15 reads:

Some More Toggin Prediction Proved True & Another Made Red Snapper Revolt Writing Letters

"Think it's just us with MRIP catch-estimate troubles? Now ALL of the Gulf States have banded together to eject MRIP from their red snapper management. Far from a slam dunk, its a dern-site more than one partyboat skipper's clients punching the keyboard.. Here's a cut from a Louisiana State Fisheries press release: Federal managers set fishing seasons using imprecise estimates of recreational red snapper landings from the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP). Using these faulty data, they inaccurately estimate fishing quotas and are forced to set overly restrictive seasons. These are STATES! Not just anglers..

Boy do those red snapper woes have a familiar feel.. There are 435 members in the House of Representatives & 100 Senators. The more of them that say, "Oh Yeah, I heard about MRIP from some angry constituents,"
the more likely we are to slay this beast.. It's bigger than ever. Boats are in trouble from Maine to Texas--not because of fish, but because of bad data. The only way to kill MRIP is death by 20,000 letters..


Skunks are always possible while tog fishing. Really. It's a frequent occurrence, even with a good bite. Not an easy fishery; the very best toggers sometimes get their head handed to them despite folks all around having done well. Then too, sometimes the whole boat can do very poorly.
If you can't take the heat, and there ain't much of that either, stay out of the kitchen.

But If That Sounds Like Your Kind Of Fishing, Good! Cause We're Going Toggin Anyway! Tog Only, Sea Bass Closed.

(still) Have (some) live White Crabs For Sale AT THE DOCK for the low, low price of just $5.00 per generous exact dozen. (they're small & most have died) There Is No Guarantee We'll Have Whites For Any Trip.
Sometimes they all die. That shrinkage is why I prefer greens. We will not be bringing whites with us in the ocean. Green Crabs Remain Provided As Boat Bait And Are Included.

A tad warmer now despite recent snow; the ocean, however, has only grown colder as ice melts in our bays & estuaries. To catch a tog right now I must take a very long ride - very. Even that may not work! In three more weeks we'll see nearshore waters warm & the traditional tog bite begin.
This trip is not that - not at all. In fact, this particular trip is as opposite as possible. Here I intend to make a CRAZY long run..

Going Toggin - Wednesday, March 25th - 4am to near-dark pm - Calm Before The Storm - Tog Only - Sea Bass Closed - $200.00 - 16 Anglers Sells Out.
Expect A Very, Very, Very Long Ride. (No Really, A Very Long Ride) This Trip Is Extremely Weather Sensitive. (BYO Crying Tissues - NO SEA BASS

Reservations Required for All Trips. Reservations at 410 - 520 - 2076 — They Answer 24/7. 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..

We provide green crabs. You're welcome to bring any kind of crab you like – even lobster, even plastic.


No Live Tog Leave The Boat - Dead & Bled - Period. (I Believe The Live Tog Black Market Has Hurt This Fishery ..But Nowhere Near As Much As Bad Sea Bass Regulations) Agreed With Or Not, All Regulations Observed –
Maryland: 4 Tog @ 16 Inches – Sea Bass Closed On Jan 1st Because Of Rotten MRIP Catch Estimates. 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!

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

Dramamine Is Cheap Insurance! Crystalized Ginger Works Great Too. It's Simple To Prevent Motion Sickness, Difficult To Cure.

Bring A (not terribly big) Fish Cooler With ICE (or fresh snow) For Your Party.. A 48 QT Cooler Is Good For 2 Guys. Even Now You Should ICE Fresh Fish.. Be A Half Hour Early - We Like To Leave Early. Clients Arriving Late Will See The West End Of An East Bound Boat..

Please believe Sue Foster's contribution to our fishing community will be remembered in a memorial reef. Help Make That Happen.

Very Good Things Are Happening With OCRF Reef Building. Our Largest Concrete Project Ever Has Begun. We're rolling trucks - stockpiling precast concrete for April deployments. Here's the first three loads. We have funding for approximately 80.. Know anyone with a BIG forklift to lend?

Now 10,994 Reef Blocks by the stern rail – 2,146 at Doug Ake's – 1,218 at Saint Ann's – 558 at Eagle Scout Reef - 557 at Lindsey's Isle of Wight Reef and 322 at the Brian Sauerzopf Memorial Reef.. Our Reef Block pile was reloaded with monster 90 pound blocks courtesy of Potomac Valley Brick, Inc. of Salisbury.

New 2015 OCRF Reef Raffle for a bronze Turner Sculpture of a pair of spadefish. About 16 inches high, it's an awesome piece. Maybe I'll keep it in my office this summer for safe-keeping.. Nearly $3,000.00 value, only $10.00 a ticket! Turner's work is, quite literally, around the world. It's true sculpture.. Send an email w/your address and I'll snail-mail you some tickets. Just return the stubs & money. We'll pull a winner Thanksgiving week.

Greetings All, Oh man it felt good to be at sea again. Been taking care of a family issue, it's now resolved quite well. Will try to fish more as conditions allow in this very brutal winter somehow rumored to have already become spring. Only had a tiny handful of guys last Wednesday.
Tied her loose at 5am in slick-calm conditions. At about 7am I saw something floating on the surface. Didn't look normal. Was not a tree trunk or piling, not a piece of trash. Slowed to have a look; the huge seal lifted it's head and snorted. I could plainly see its exhalation ripple across the water before it departed for the deep. Last time I saw a seal at sea was back in the late 1990s. A favorite client shouted, "Look! There's a dog!" Well, their head does look sort of dog-like. That particular one was about 12 miles out. Wednesday's sighting occurred before we were halfway out. Later we saw an enormous fin whale. It all serves to remind us that our obligations in fisheries restoration run far deeper than filling our dinner plates...

I opened my 2/22/15 Fish Report with, "I anticipate the next fish over my rail will be a cod." And so it was. (OK Good. I predict MRIP will be beaten to death by Congress in the next month. Let's try that prediction
too..) Although a pretty cod of maybe 25 inches was first; the next 8 or
10 were sea bass in the 2 to 4 pound range. Thanks to MRIP & "We just don't know!" arm-waving at NOAA & Council, those sea bass had to go back. Sea bass were open in winter a couple years back, in 2013. They were open year round almost the entire time as we were witnessing their greatest population growth ever recorded - and most of that w/o even a bag limit let alone any closed season. With so much "We just don't know!" expressed by management during that 2013 winter period, a couple of us put in a lot of time & effort in to deliver a near-perfect over-estimate of sea bass caught during that post-Sandy winter opening.

Yeah no. While some in management certainly believed our work, believed we had a very close approximation of sea bass landed in that Jan/Feb period, they could not officially 'accept' it.

Everywhere ignorance clouds judgement, poor result follows. The estimate we gave MAFMC was far closer to perfect than anything MRIP or MRFSS ever did. We know what we caught.. Management's comfort, however, (with paychecks hovering above a shredder) is found only on computer screens in familiar format. MRIP's the data they're allowed to use. Because MRIP does not generate a winter estimate for any species above Hatteras: "We just don't know!"

Sad, sad, sad.. Truth cast aside to embrace the impossible; many fisheries from Maine to Texas are being destroyed with estimates no one in management has confidence in - but are forced to use. (Write to Congress & the Secretary of Commerce. Complain! It's plain that no repair to our recreational catch estimates is forthcoming from NOAA.)

A few more sea bass went back & then a thumper; that head shaking bulldog fight that only comes from one species in our region, a fish Bully Bob calls "DelMarVa Grouper" --old chiseltooth himself-- a nice tog of perhaps 11 or 12 pounds. For some reason everyone on the back of the boat then shifted to the port side.. Ended the day with dinners around. Just one fellow limited; there were a few more cod too. Would have been wonderful to keep a few of those sea bass.

I'd have also been glad to keep my ocean pout eel which I instead duly released. A friend up north tells me the reason they're on the 'no take'
list, the reason they're Closed, is because they might be confused with wolffish. Oh, OK. Fair enough. I think a lot our regulatory troubles today are because 'Closed' is confused with 'Fishery Management.' No less an authority than Dr. Gary Shepherd recently confused a bergall with a tautog in a demonstration at an educational seminar. Then too perhaps a narwhale might be confused with a swordfish, or a black bellied rosefish confused with a red snapper. Shoot, MRIP estimates get confused with facts all the time. Confusion abounds in our fisheries!

Truthfully, I have never-ever heard of a wolffish in this part of the world. Perhaps management's grave concern over our confusion is misplaced..

Apparently ocean pout have been closed for a few years now. I follow along pretty close, yet I was never offered the chance to participate in a public meeting nor invited to comment on the fishery management plan for ocean pout nor was any catch data - right or wrong - ever shown.
Let's see if we can back up the clock here. I'll ask MAFMC why we're denied access to this itty-bitty bycatch fishery. Old Capt. Harry would roll-over in his grave if he knew his "Piled High Fish Sandwich" was banned. He used to buy pout cheap from trap fishers and deep fry 'em - very tasty - and profitable..

A handful of people out on a beautiful day; the fishing was taking care of itself. I thought about the structure we were over. It's pretty close to 10 miles from anything else that I'm aware of and not very big at all. I was on this piece a few years ago, also on a tog trip, and couldn't find the wreckage. There were so many sea bass around I couldn't paint the structure. Close is never good enough for tog.
Finally the swarm of cbass parted and I was able to throw a pair of anchors so my tog fishers could drop precisely into the structure.

I've also seen sea bass on this piece in the heart of summer. Any tog are certainly resident. Who could guess how these reef fish find structure in the middle of such vastness. You can bet your last dollar there are awesome lobster there and, of course, ocean pout as well.
Three of four species mentioned here are managed. One's just closed w/o managerial process because NOAA wanted to. With our seafloor all sand & mud in the literature, why is it so important that my anchors are in exactly the right spot?

For further than I could see in any direction, there was no other habitat for these 3 managed species and one closed over confusion. Over a hundred square miles of ocean, well over; and no other habitat..

Besides OCRF work, I also chair the Maryland Artificial Reef Committee for MD DNR. We've been doing a low-budget -but scientifically sound- volunteer study of reef angling effort in the Chesapeake. Already we've begun to compare success rates between natural & artificial reef. We'd also like to compare those successes against fishing over no reef at all ..except we couldn't. No one would volunteer to spend two hours anchored over sand. If we want to do that part of the study we'll have to pay biologists.. Granted, some of our volunteers are college educated. But I don't think any have degrees in biology or fisheries.. How come they know they do not want to fish barren bottom, but the folks who do have fisheries/biology degrees haven't brought habitat into management, haven't brought habitat into the fight for restoration?

Regardless of my entire argument for historical reef loss & need of its replacement to truly restore fisheries; it's just plain as day we can 'make fish' by building artificial reef. Actually, it's the fish that make more fish. We just make suitable habitat for Feeding, Spawning & Growth to Maturity. Funny. Those exact words are found in the very same law that "forces" managers to use MRIP's estimates no matter how horrid their stench. Magnuson is also quite clear about Essential Fish Habitat.

It's perfectly obvious from my vantage and from a lot of the science that increased habitat can easily be parlayed into greater fish populations. Who could argue, "No! It's easier to rebuild fish if we take away habitat!" or "Blow that oyster reef up! It concentrates striped bass for easier harvest!" Yet that's virtually what the very top of NOAA does when they proclaim, "Well, we still have questions about whether artificial reef just attracts fish or produces them." That's the 'Attraction vs Production Debate'.. In stymies & stifles all marine habitat construction. When sea bass & tautog - ocean pout too - spawn at that ultra-isolated piece of habitat later this spring, the 'production'
of that accidental artificial reef will not have been 'attraction.'
Production will be in fertilized eggs that must now also feed, grow to maturity, & spawn. "Wow man. It's like some kind of cycle, dude."

Eventually fishing pressure & spawning age will be used to refine calculations of habitat production. Habitat's primary measure will be cubic measure. A very flat natural or artificial reef will have nowhere near the production of a natural or artificial reef with substantial rugosity. Reef with nooks & crannies of all sizes reaching high up into the water column is incredibly more productive than, say, one layer of exposed cobble. In my life experience & from tagging I believe habitat 'attraction' occurs when fish are in the first year of life. Theirs is a brutal world; juveniles of any reef species either get attracted to good habitat or die trying. Production occurs on all these artificial, natural or accidental habitats in equal measure. Reef rugosity & footprint is the greatest determining factor.

When anchored over a lonely reef--far, far from any other; the plainest idea of habitat can become concrete. With barren seafloor as far as the eye can see in any direction, it's plain that management's abject failure to connect habitat with fishery production leaves among their greatest strengths unused.

Fortunately for us, it's the Army Corps of Engineers who write artificial reef permits. We already have a big pile of miscast concrete pipe for this spring's deployments. Our 'big pile' is really just three and a half trucks; the very, very beginning of about 80 truckloads the Ocean City Reef Foundation intends to take offshore in the coming month.
We'll start Capt. Bob Gowar's Reef at the Bass Grounds, and we'll make the Brian Sauerzopf Memorial Reef Group a sweet destination. I'm hopeful we can finish Ake's Reef at Russell's too, but that depends on a renewed permit wending its way through process. I'm sure we'll get several truckloads of concrete and a whole new load of Parkside High's welding class reef units deployed at Kelly's Reef just south of the inlet. We'll also expand the Lindsey Power Reef 6 miles NE of OC; and, just a shade north of that, begin what will become one of our best reefs ever: Sue Foster's Reef.

Go Big or Go Home. Ain't going home. Will go as big as we can.
Management can catch up or not. Please do two things: Write letters--right now--to Congress & the Secretary of Commerce about what you think of NOAA's fancy-pants MRIP catch estimates. Hand write if at all possible. A stamped letter is a powerful tool. Any letter is a better tool than no letter.

And, if the winter hasn't been too unkind, make a donation to the Ocean City Reef Foundation .. We'll be spent-out in a month. Completely. If we raise another 30K before then, it'll just be that much more reef this spring. No salaries. No fancy steak dinner meetings. Everything is 100% spent on fundraising & reef building. Will send our spring funding appeal to sponsors as soon as we have pictures of concrete being loaded on the 103 x 30 foot Iron Lady we have chartered for April.

Many readers will remember the Wendy's commercial "Where's the Beef"
from the early 1980s. We'll show OCRF sponsors 'the concrete' before we spend big money on a mailer. We'll soon, very soon, have that beef..

Below is a letter I sent to Ocean Policy folks. Seems to be getting legs.

If we begin sea bass season with cut-MRIP for bait, we'll be fantastically closer to finding a true path for restoring fisheries.
However, MRIP only needs a couple more estimates to serve us at management's annual banquet instead." WRITE! Regards, Monty

Capt. Monty Hawkins Partyboat Morning Star Ocean City, MD

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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 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) April 17, 2015 - "Bring On The Season Tax Day is behind us, and water temps are creeping up after a long, extra cold winter. It's time to bring on the season. Surface temperatures at Delaware Bay's mouth range between 48 and 50 degrees, while DE Light registered 47 degrees. Even though it's warming at the top, it's likely still pretty chilly on the bottom. An indication of how cool the water remains is the presence of codfish in the area. During recent headboat trips to Ocean structure, patrons with Captain Ricky Yakimowicz boxed several keeper sized cod.(The federal minimum length on cod is 22 inches. Cod have been found all the way into Reef Site 10, but are likely to be hanging out on deeper stuff, such as the rubble of Site 11 and Del Jersey Land. Tautog action has been improving, but has not turned on full force. Reef Site 10 recently gave up blackfish. Over the weekend, Captain Brent's anglers on Katydid brought back tog and cod. We haven't been able to get green crabs yet this spring. Water remains low up north, and commercial crabbers have had little success in getting greenies to pot. White Legger crabs have been available in New York, but they're currently in a molting stage, and very fragile, so transporting them down here for live bait doesn't work. We have had fresh clams, and they definitely work. It actually seems that tog respond better to a soft bait, like clam or shrimp, in cold spring water. Captain Ricky fished the mouth of Delaware Bay yesterday, and had a pretty decent batch of blackfish. Those tog all took clam. That's the first report we'd received of tautog in the Bay. Could be that they'll start biting around the Breakwaters soon. Bunker have mad a good showing along the Oceanfront as well as up in the Bay. The presence of baitfish should prompt stripers and weakfish to start feeding. Commercial netters out of Slaughter Beach and Bowers Beach encountered rockfish and trout in their gear set in the shallows. Stripers have been landed by surfcasters working Broadkill Beach using bloodworms, clam and bunker. Most of the bass have been shorts, but there were some keepers. Stripers have been hooked in Lewes Canal too. Marty Riley released 2 rockfish this morning while tossing Storm Shads near the Freeman Highway bridge. Keep in mind the new striped bass regs that just went into effect. Anglers may retain two fish per day in any combination from 28 to 37 inches, or 44 inches and greater. We've heard reports of flounder in Indian River, but have not yet seen any fluke from Lewes Canal. Last year, the first Canal flattie checked in at our store was caught April 12th. With some extended warm weather, the bite could commence soon. Shallow water around the Cape Henlopen Pier usually produces plenty of early season flatfish, but since the Pier is closed for repairs, anglers will only have access to that area by wading or small boat. Flounder regulations remain the same, allowing flukers to keep four per day at a 16 inch minimum. The 2015 CANAL FLOUNDER TOURNAMENT will take place Friday May 15th. Entry fee is $25 cash, payable at Lewes Harbour Marina. White perch fishing has been pretty good in tidal areas. Petersfield Ditch off Rt 16 was productive. Prime Hook Refuge and the spillway at Milton yielded perch too. Small minnows, grass shrimp or worms on little jigheads did the trick."

 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.

Old Inlet (302-227-7974) reported on April 17th:

"Flounder bite picked up in the Indian River bay this week. Several boats limited out on 20 inch fish several days in a row.

Outgoing tide - minnows and shiners

Had a few more reports of short stripers on the beach this week.

A few tautog in the Inlet. Not many stripers reported in the Inlet."

Bill's Sports Center (302-645-7654) reports on April 14th:
>> All local ponds are producing good catches of crappie, largemouth 
>> bass, pickerel and some yellow perch in Milton.
>> Flounder are reportedly being taken from Massey’s Landing.
>> Capt. Scotty of the “Rehoboth Star” called to let us know that some 
>> tog were caught both days this weekend on ocean wrecks using clams.
>> This time of year, clams and shrimp (softer baits) will work the best.
>> Domonic Vavala weighed in a citation perch caught at Petersfield 
>> Ditch. The fish weighed 1.15# and was 12.5” long.
>> Customer reported catching short stripers at Beach Plum Island and 
>> tog at site 10.
>> >> 
" 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.

 "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)

 (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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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

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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!  

Need a gift card? Give us a call at 410-524-3433   You can also buy them
(Instore Only- Good at both of our locations.)

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Good Fishing...

Bob Foster

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