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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
Ocean City Inlet water temp. 54 degrees...Delaware buoy 52 degrees.

April 25 2016

Blowfish made a showing in the Ocean City surf. Surfcasters are also catching a few bluefish and lots of skates. The Assateague surf is giving up some small black drum and a few bluefish. There seems to be plenty of short stripers from the Fenwick ditch to the Assateague bridge. Tog fishing picked up last week with keepers coming from the 2nd-4th street bulkhead,the Route 50 bridge and around the riprap at Homer Gudelsky Park. Thad Bittner and friends ventured out to the African Queen reef on Saturday and had a great catch of Tautog. Check out his picture on the Oyster Bay Tackle Offshore Gallery. 
OffshoreGallery  A few flounder are being caught out of Wachapreague, Follys Creek and Oyster down on the Va. Eastern Shore.

Oyster Bay Tackle's Spring hours are: Sunday-Friday 8am.-4pm, Saturday 8am.-5pm. Call 410-524-3433.

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

The annual Ocean City Reef Foundation dinner is scheduled for May 15th at the Marlin Club in West Ocean City. Hours are 4:30PM until 7:00PM.
Tickets are $25.00 per person and will be sold at the door.

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:

FRIDAY, April 22, 2016

10:30 AM - The first tuna of the year were caught yesterday on the 28-foot private boat "Reel Life" out of Delaware. Anglers ventured to just outside 500 fathoms, halfway between the Baltimore and the Poor Man's Canyons where they a 64 lb. bluefin and released 2 small yellowfins and some skippies in 64-degree water. Capt. Joe said that they had whales and birds where they found the 5-degree temperature break.

Spoke to Bear at the Oceanic Pier this morning. He said that tog fishing has been great with fish being caught on bloodworms, crab, shrimp and sandfleas. The largest tog caught yesterday measured 18-inches. Anglers have also caught a few small black drum and a lot of short stripers (around 23").

It looks like the big bluefish bite has calmed down in the bay but anglers fishing from the beach are getting into them. Surfcasters are also catching black drum and short stripers.

THURSDAY, April 21, 2016

9:11 AM - I spoke to a representative from the MDDNR Police this morning and I was told that the 6 mph zone will now run from the inlet all the way up to Harbor Island. The zone was extended from around 2nd Street up to Harbor Island because the wake from boats is disturbing the birds on Bird Island. No really! That is the reason. Cards and letters can go to Mark J. Belton, Secretary of the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources,
580 Taylor Avenue, Tawes State Office Building, Annapolis, MD 21401

Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" had a great day tog fishing on ocean structure. Limits all around the rail. John Rosser caught a 24 1/4-incher that weighed 10.7 lbs.

Anglers on the charterboat, "Fish Bound" caught their limit of tautog and released a bunch more while fishing on an ocean wreck in 45-feet of water. Mike Hernandez caught a 12 pounder while using white crab for bait.

WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016

9:53 AM - National Marine Fisheries Service just adjusted bluefin tuna regulations effective April 23rd. The new, adjusted regs will be:

Recreational (Angling) Category - 2 bluefin tuna measuring 27 inches to less than 47 inches AND 1 bluefin tuna measuring 47 inches to less than
73 inches.

Charter/Headboat Category - 3 bluefin tuna measuring 27 inches to less than 47 inches AND 1 bluefin tuna measuring 47 inches to less than 73 inches.

2:29 PM - Well, the National Marine Fisheries Service just released their Status of Stock Report for 2015 and here are some changes:

* 8 stocks came off the overfishing list and 10 were added * 2 stocks are no longer considered overfished and 1 was added * Summer flounder was added to the "Overfishing List" * Yellowtail flounder was added to the "Overfishing List" * Bigeye tuna was added to the "Overfishing List"
* Blueline tilefish was removed from the "Overfished List" for the South Atlantic

TUESDAY, April 19, 2016

10:01 AM - Yesterday, 5 anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught their limit of tautog while fishing with green crabs on an artificial reef in 40-feet of water. Their largest fish weighed 12.4 lbs. and was caught by Dennis Gidalgo from New York.

8:00 PM - Capt. Monty on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported an awesome tautog bite today. Could have easily limited out for all anglers but they decided to do more tagging then keeping. Largest were pushing
10 lbs. All on an artificial reef. "Morning Star" will be heading out on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

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) No Report available

Capt. Monty on the "
Morning Star Fish Report 4/15/16 Went & Caught Keepers - Went & Caught Throwbacks End of a Dry Nor-Easter Cobia Blues & A Letter To Commerce

Going Toggin: Was getting a lot more bites & throwbacks, tagging more, before this long dry Nor-Easter started. Water's warmer still. Some anglers will do OK - not everyone. Going Tuesday, April 19th & Thursday, April 21st - 7AM to 3PM - $110.00 - 12 Sells Out.. Going Saturday, April 23rd - 6:30 to 3:30 - $125.00 - 14 Sells Out & Sunday, April 24th - 7AM to 3PM - $110.00 - 12 Sells Out. Reservations Required

If unfamiliar with toggin, or with my boat's policies --- PLEASE read the trip info at the bottom of this email. (pretty much like this: if you think they'll be easy to catch, or it's easy to cheat, you are not going to enjoy tog fishing with me..)

Opening May 15th Through May 31st For Sea Bass. I do not anticipate easy bag limits.

Will Open June In My Next Report.

All Winter Trips Posted Via Email. There's just no use trying to go everyday in winter.. (that includes March, April, and early May.) Reservations Required - See Way Down Below - & Be a half hour early! We always leave early!

12,749 Reef Blocks Deployed at numerous sites. Active presently are Doug Ake's Reef with 2,431 - St. Ann's 1,459 - Al Giles Barge 689 - Eagle Scout Reef 756 - Sue's Drifting Easy Reef 147 - Nichols' Concrete 578 - Upside Down Tank 132

Please Support the Ocean City Reef Foundation! Reef Dinner May 15th At The Marlin Club! 4:30 to 7:00 - Tickets $25.00 at the Door.. We're Nowhere Near Reef Building's True Potential. Thank You!

A flounder lies in ambush on a patch of our remaining natural reef. They often hide a lot better than this one.. Flounder aren't usually thought of as a reef fish, yet reef is where they feed a good part of the year & where they spawn come fall. While I believe traditional traps/pots do little damage to a reef, no one would ever say the same about trawling.

Yes, this bottom survived. What we see & imagine here as "rock" is actually a very soft compressed clay affair, perhaps marsh peat from tens of thousands of years ago. Animals routinely burrow in it. A piece of this 'rock' can easily be snapped off in the hand and turned into mud..

An honest piece of rock might be trawled which removes nearly all growth, and then allowed to regrow after part of a decade if it's not trawled again. It'll still be rock. Gonna take a dern site more than a trawl's chain to alter granite.. However, areas of this softer compressed clay, or perhaps even peat, 'hardbottom' are at risk of permanent loss. Bottoms such as this can & have-been turned into smooth, featureless, un-colonizable bottom where reef cannot regrow.

Old-timers have told me tales of catching sea bass while drift fishing for weeks & months on end at the same reef; reef they easily located without any of today's sophisticated navigational electronics. Some of these places have no remaining natural reef growth & no sea bass today, but do have stories of intense hydraulic clamming & some trawling in decades long past.

I have to infer habitat damage in large, multi-square mile, area.

Marine fisheries restoration has but one goal in the Mid-Atlantic. Halt overfishing. Rebuilding marine fish populations is presently 100% about catch restriction. Fisheries management will not get better result from our economic battering until science has keyed to age at maturity. The true strength of fisheries management is in forcing spawning production.
The concept of "Maximum Sustainable Yield" (see Magnuson-Stevens Act) really was Congress's goal - not regulatory destruction of as many fisheries as possible. MSY is achieved when 'surplus production' is removed (by fishing) without harming population levels. That's why we can catch, sometimes amazingly, while having even more fish the following year. It's really hard for someone steeped only in catch restriction to grapple spawning production as something management can influence. We presently have fewer sea bass off DelMarVa than when Foreign Factory Ships could be seen tending mammoth trawl-nets from shore, without binoculars, yet had the highest sea bass population anyone can recall just 13 years ago.. In that time the blue hump seen on male sea bass has shifted from 7.5 inches to 11.5 inches...

Still, present spawning production level accepted for what it is; If you have 100 acres of trees and log it down to 5 acres, will you truly expect to maintain the same one-hundred acre yield of squirrels? This is pretty low-hanging fruit in conservation philosophy - habitat matters.
NOAA's current plan: "What Trees? We only see sand & mud." ..and besides, all your DelMarVa sea bass got way too warm and swam to Massachusetts.

That's a truly sad, sorrowful thing to call science.

Undiscovered & unresearched, a habitat restoration plan for our hardbottoms is no closer than travel to our nearest galaxy. Both no more than theoretical, sure would be a lot cheaper to understand & re-reef the nearshore..

Greetings All, Dang.. This NE wind is a pain in the neck. Haven't been out toggin in a good while. At least it's been pretty painting weather.
(Just ask Danny!) Slipped off just a few miles Wednesday, the 6th, and caught pretty decent. Would have had a boat limit (with very few
clients!) but we'd thrown back some keeper females.. Danny & I even kept one for dinner. Then, in a lot more wind Friday, we caught plenty of throwbacks & just one keeper. Howling harder still, I headed in early with a big credit toward another day.. ..that fresh tog though, Tasty!

This winter's been so miserable I only have one pack of frozen sea bass left - fluke's gone. Been looking for a decent shot of weather. Rare bird this spring, but here it comes. Going toggin. . .

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 April 22nd, 2016

Fish are here but scattered. Gotta be at the right place right time.
Can't catch em if you dont have a line in the water. Reports of flounder back by Masseys and in the Lewes Canal.

Bill's Sports Center (302-645-7654) Check out his fishing report: report. Fishing Report 04/21/16
>> Tog are being caught on the offshore wrecks, the rocks at the IRI, 
>> Outer Wall, Inner Wall and Haystacks. Flounder are showing up in the 
>> Lewes Canal. Big blues and short stripers have been reported in the 
>> IRI. Blues are in the back bay and also Roosevelt Inlet. Big drum are 
>> being taken from Beach Plum. Jon Cressler, York, PA. had a good surf 
>> fishing day. He caught 3 short stripers, 1 black drum and a bluefish 
>> while fishing CHSP. The blue weighed in at 10.5#, 32” and the drum at 
>> 7.5#, 23”. He was using mullet and Fishbites. Mike caught 2 blues 
>> from the Dewey surf weighing up to 11#, using cut bait. Robbie 
>> Baxley, Milton, nailed a citation crappie in the Broadkill River 
>> weighing in at 1#, 12”.
"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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