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Ocean n Bay Fishing Report
By Sue Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle Shop, Ocean City MD -
Fenwick Island DE
July 21st 2014
Water Temp: 74.5
Fishing Report by Sue Foster
Fishing this week was typical summer fishing. The Route 50 Bridge was good on flounder by day, along with catches of croaker and some spot. At night anglers are catching stripers and bluefish from the Bridge.
Oceanic Pier is seeing croaker, spot, flounder, blues and short stripers. The Ocean Pier is seeing kingfish, croaker, blues, sharks, skates, and rays. Surf fishing is in typical summer mode. Anglers are catching kingfish, spot, croaker, small sharks, big sharks, and some huge rays! Crabbing is good. Vacationers are clamming. Life is good...
Oyster Bay Tackle is now open 6 AM to 10 PM. 410-524-3433. Fenwick Tackle is open 6:30-10. 6 AM on Saturday morning. (302-539-7766). Our online mall is open.
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We sell fishing licences! We do MD fishing licenses at our Oyster Bay store and DE licenses at our Fenwick Tackle location. If you get a DEL boat fishing sticker, you need your current boat registration and driver's license. Even if you have all the paperwork from last year, you still need to bring in these two things. Please bring cash. For more info call Fenwick Tackle at 302-539-7766. (We do not do MD licenses at our DE store anymore so we can better provide our paying retail customers with the service they deserve!)
For a MD boat sticker, Come to Oyster Bay Tackle. All you need is a driver's license, or last year's License and CASH! You'll get your boat sticker right away. Please come to Oyster Bay Tackle in Ocean City to get your MD boat sticker or MD Fishing Licenses. (We are not doing these at Fenwick Tackle anymore.) Plug 11615 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842 into your GPS! For more info, give us a call at Oyster Bay Tackle at 410-524-3433.
Remember, we are not paid state employees. We do fishing licenses as a curtesy to our customers. Paying retail customers come first and you may have to wait in a line during busy times. Once you order a license, and we print it, it is yours and you are obligated to buy it! 16-year old and older need to know their social security numbers if they are not in the system. We cannot do their licenses without it. Please have your info ready. Please bring in your drivers license (out of your wallet
please) or last year's fishing license if you have it.
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Surf fishing saw typical summertime action of kingfish, spot, small croaker, snapper blues, rays, sand sharks, and larger sharks. Some of the sharks released at night are really big! And the Rays are huge! Be sure to set your drag if you leave your rod in the sand spike!
One anglers sent me a picture of a huge sand tiger shark caught and released in North Ocean City. Travis Baker of Fenwick Tackle has also released some big sand tigers at night. Stop by Fenwick Tackle and Travis will tell you all about it.
"Esoxhunter" posted on Stripers Online: Safe to say all the summer species are around! What's up with the giant rays this year????? Friday night it was constant. Big ones. I usually break them off but after a spell I got my dander up and went after one. After about 25 minutes or so I had it behind the shore break and couldn't do any better. Just sat down in the sand and that's where I broke it off.
Saturday incoming had all I could handle of biters (sharks). Just before I left I ended up with a 15" trout! Flashback to the 70's when I used to catch them off the bridge.
"AForART" posted on Stripers Online: "Went out friday night, fished throughout the night, nothing but croakers and microbass biting my sandfleas... couldn't get the big one, but watching the sunrise saturday morning was amazing."
"LastInLine" posted on Stripers Online: "Down Friday night and Saturday.
Just whiting overnight and more whiting (kingfish) and a flounder on Saturday. No sharks or blues this time. Wrestled some big rays but eventually got broken off. If my gear can land a ray almost 6 feet across, how big are these things that you cannot gain an inch of line?
They get over that bar and main line gets sheared off by the sand or a shell. Started losing too many rigs so headed home late Saturday afternoon."
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:
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Oyster Bay had lots of pictures this week to prove the fish were biting!
Dan Mattio, Bob Weaver and Curtis Day from Warren's Park at 52nd Street had a banner day at the West Channel on July 17th. The largest fish was 22". A total of seven keepers were boated. The bait used was Mud minnows, Gulp and mullet.
Bob Weaver, Curtis Day and Dan Mattio fished the Thorofare on July 18th and brought home four keepers. The largest fish was 22". The bait used was Mud minnows, Gulp and mullet. The guys are from Warren's Park at 52nd Street.
Steve caught a 6 pound Tog at Ocean City Inlet.
Brigid Brady from Wilmington Delaware caught her first croaker at the RT
50 Bridge using Bloodworms.
Matt Slentz Speared a 42 inch and 46 inch of Black Drum from Delaware
These pictures are in our Inshore Photo Gallery.
My brother Dave Mumford texted me to say he saw two nice size flounder caught this week, one on the inlet jetty rocks and the other from the Route 50 Bridge.
The Rt. 50 Bridge has been good on flounder by day. There's also some croaker around and tons of little sea bass to nibble off your bait.
Night fishing is seeing blues and stripers. Justin Mills of Oyster Bay Tackle is averaging 5 stripers per night. Most are short. Last night he had one 27 3/4 " long! Darn! Almost a keeper! Justin says Pink gotcha Plugs, Albino Shads and Swim Shads are the best for him on the Bridge.
Come into Oyster Bay Tackle on the 2-10 shift and Justin will help you out with your Bridge fishing needs.
Jeffrey Grimes of Helbent Charters e-mailed in his report: "Is this really July in Ocean City? July 20 and the high today was in the low 70's! The good news is the bay waters are in the mid 70's and very clean. There are a lot of Flounder still in the bay and there are lots of small Croakers all over the bay that are bitting almost anything.
They still like shrimp and no big surprise white Gulp. ( what fish doesn't like Gulp) If you have kids or grandchildren in town this week get them out fishing this week on the Croakers and they will have a blast. The wind and drizzle today made it less than perfect fishing conditions but we did get out for a few hours and could really find only one spot to hide from the Northeast wind which was near the gas dock at Harbor Island. Everyone on board caught fish and a good time. Everyone had the same idea where to hideout including several large sport fishing boats that scratched their plans to fish offshore due to 6 to 8 foot seas which came up this morning. Still time to get out for a trip so give me a call at 717-574-4010 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can always checkout my website at helbentcharters.com. See you on the water."
Larry Jock of the Coastal Fisherman reports from on Sat: "In the bay, there were a lot of croaker and spot caught along with a few flounder.
"On Friday, "David Konick caught his limit of snapper bluefish at Great Gull Shoal and a 20-inch flounder at the South Jetty. Frank and Lee Baker boated 8 flounder while drifting Gulp! artificial baits in the bay behind Frontier Town.
On Thursday, Anthony and Robin Principe caught a couple of flounder and a weakfish in the East Channel, north of the Rt. 50 Bridge.The Brader family caught 8 flounder in the East Channel near Harbour Island on minnows and Gulp!
J.J. from the Oceanic Pier
(410-289-2602) reports a good amount of flounder from the pier though most of them are throw-backs. There are some keepers, mostly on the tide, and mostly during the day. There were a lot of croaker in the 8-inch to 14-inch size range, Norfolk spot, and little sea bass for the kids to catch. At night there have been croaker, small stripers, shad releases, and some blues. The blues have been spotty. The stripers bite at night and early in the morning. The croaker seem to bite day or night. (Use bait for croaker.) For other fish at night use Gotcha Plugs, Spec Rigs, and Rattletraps.
The Ocean Pier reports some kingfish, croaker, snapper bluefish, sharks, rays and skates.
Anglers are catching crabs in North Ocean City and areas. North side Park is back open and anglers are catching crabs on the higher tide.
There have also been some Norfolk spot and small croaker around for anglers using little hooks and bloodworms or Fishbite Bloodworms. You can also crab at the Isle of Wight off Route 90 or behind Convention Hall at 40th Street, Assateague, or the bulkhead along Jamestown Road.
You don't need a license to crab in Ocean City. We sell chicken necks for crabbing at our stores! And bunker! And all the crabbing supplies you will need.
Capt. Monty on the "
Morning Star reports on the 16th: "Fish Report 7/16/14 Cbass & Flounder Icky Willful Ignorance
"A Big Fat Duh" wouldn't typically be a quote I'd see favor in or pass on..
Taking Reservations for July & August "Whatever's Biting On The Reef Trips" - We're Catching Sea Bass & Flounder. There's No Possible Way To Know Which Species Will Bite Better. Both Delicious: if you only want cbass or only want flounder you can watch the swallop-barrel to see which day you wanted to go ..but that won't mean that same species will bite better again next trip!!
Sailing Daily For Sea Bass & Flounder. 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!
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Greetings All, Although we've had a few more limits of sea bass; George was even over-limit & forced to cheerfully give some away; sea bass fishing has been less productive recently as summer-flounder begin their now-annual takeover of our reefs. It started right after the hurricane, the flounder catching. When I am absolutely positive the reef I'm going to will have abundant sea bass – but we catch flounder; Or I'm 100% geared & baited for fluke – but catch sea bass: That's the new summer reef fishing in our time. Only one guy has caught a 4 fish limit of summer flounder on my boat so far. They sure were tasty. Clients have had a few 3s.. This is the beginning. Clients will need a cooler & ice for their cbass and/or flounder. They will not need a very large cooler.
Sending folks home with a fish-fry or better. I cannot predict which species will bite better, if at all..
This time of year we're more likely to have truly inexperienced fishers aboard. That's fine. We're very glad to have them and hope their experience with us turns into a lifetime's enjoyment of every kind of fishing. We can show anyone how. Pay attention to the mates. We WANT you to catch fish. The uninitiated need to know boating offers a sensation vastly different from a car ride or video game console. Dramamine is cheap insurance against motion sickness. It is more fun to play video games than to be sea-sick all day. If you want to see kids fishing, prevent motion sickness! We try especially hard to get youngsters to take their own fish off too – teach them how to unhook & measure their fish.
Sometimes we have to do that with adults..
It happens that an especially skilled youngster, I'll call him "Trevor,"
was fishing near a true ichthyophobe one day last week. (Ichthyophobia = fear of fish.) Guy looked like a professional athlete. You could see him training for football or MMA. He'd bait his hooks, reel fish in and grab the hook, but a real fear of fish would set in – couldn't touch a fish. Trevor would come over and take his fish off.. We had some fun with it, but his was different than the "it's icky" sort of response we sometimes see. Perhaps this guy will get past it, he's trying. A lot of today's youngsters, maybe most of them, aren't hoping for a new fishing pole or a new folding knife for that tackle box they don't have:
Fishing's just icky.
I know folks who pour tremendous energy into getting kids fishing. Guys & Gals at our local MSSA & OP Angler's Club, CCA too. They get a rod in a child's hand and try to make it fun. While I do take the local middle school's fishing club out every year for a spring tog trip, and we try hard to show youthful guests an ocean of hope, I think the main thing we need to do is make fishing better. Abundant heathy fish make for pleasant angling, are nutritious & delicious. Abundant fish accompanied by generous regulation allow many more folks to go fishing – some of them will take kids too..."
Go to Morning Star Fishing Report to read Capt Monty's entire newsletter...
(http://morningstarfishing.com/report.htm) Join his newsletter if you want to get e-mails about upcoming trips. He'll be doing some more tautog trips soon as the weather and water temps improve.
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Capt Chris Mizurak of the Angler party boat writes in on the 6th:
"Fishing has picked up since our last report. We are seeing a mixture of seabass and flounder. Flounder fishing has been ok on most days, with some folks catching their limit of flatties. Our largest of the week tipped the scales at 6.5lbs. The seabass bite has been mediocre, but most folks are going home with enough for dinner. We are sailing daily from 730am to 2pm. The cost is $65, which includes rod, reel, and bait.
For more information and reservations please call 410-289-7424. Thanks and hope to see you soon!"
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Joe at Lewes Harbour Marina (302-645-6227) reports on July 18th: Tog Season Reopens Tog season opened back up July 17th, and several toggers took off for the Outer Wall on Thursday. The bite was fair, but there were some decent catches. Rob, Tom and Shane Roth, Dan Fisher and Paul Grimsey ended up with their 25 fish limit, including Shane's 6.05 pounder.
Triggerfish were also taken along the wall by toggers using sand fleas or green crabs. The first sheepshead of the season also showed up. Cyndi Jannuzzio tempted a 4.75 pound sheepshead from the Ice Breakers with a sand flea. Greg Biener was diving along the Outer Wall when he encountered and speared a 12 pound sheepshead. Fred Quashne hooked a pair of sheepshead at the Wall, the largest weighing 10.75 pounds. Drew Biener was surprised when something big inhaled a sand flea he was using for bait at the Outer Wall. Drew battled what turned out to be a 44.3 pound black drum for almost 2 hours before putting it in the boat. In other bottom fishing action, nice sized croakers and big spot have been plentiful in Lewes Canal. Bloodworms and Fishbites were favored by both.
Slot stripers also cooperated for boaters drifting eels or tossing plugs around the drawbridge. Last of incoming tide was best, especially early and late in the day. Artificial reefs in Delaware Bay attracted good numbers of croakers, spot, kingfish, puffers, spike trout, triggerfish and snapper blues. Reefs 5 and 8 were good places to try. Fish could be caught by drifting, but it seemed the largest ones hung tight to structure, and anchoring on the rubble was the better choice for success. Clams, bloodworms, squid and Fishbites all got bit by panfish.
Bay reefs also held flounder. Sites 5, 6, 7 and 8 all produced flounder, but the bite usually occurred at the very end or beginning of the tide.
Joe and Dave Walker, Robert Karpovich and Bill Yeager ran up the Bay to Sites 3 and 4 Sunday, and returned with 11 nice keepers. Katydid continued a catching spree. Captain Brent's Sunday group kept 30 from Sites 3 and 4. Monday's patrons had another 30. Bob Bryant and his gang joined Brent Tuesday for 18 flatties. Flukers on Katydid Tuesday captured 22, including a 6.92 pounder for Bob Murphy, and Dan McGeady's
7.24 pound doormat. Friday's fishermen on Katydid took home 20 keepers.
Ocean bottom bouncers found flatties on the Old Grounds. The Angler had a great trip last Saturday, boxing 21 keepers. Tom Horner had a 7.18 pound citation earner. Tony and Diana Vansant, Robert Karpovich and Joe and Michael Walker had a limit of 20 from Ocean structure Sunday. Diana outdid the boys with her 6.1 pounder. A recent trip to the flounder grounds aboard Grizzly yielded 24 keepers to 6.75 pounds for Captain Carey's anglers. Wayne DeMarco, Joe and Mike Pergeorelis limited out on Old Grounds structure Friday. Boats running offshore in searech of tunas found a mix of Bluefins and Yellowfins by trolling ballyhoo and spreader bars between the Hambone and Hot Dog. Yellowfins and dolphin roamed the West Wall of Baltimore Canyon. Mike and Mason Newsham, Geoff Klopp, Jim Baker and Jordan Giuttari trolled white spreader bars at the Hambone and in the Baltimore for their over and under bluefins to 92 pounds, plus yellowfins of 48 and 57 pounds. The Candy's Choice crew released a white and a blue marlin in the Baltimore Canyon, and put 2 chunky yellowfins in the box. They bailed 22 dolphin and bottom dropped for 20 tilefish to round out the trip. Captain Ed and the guys on Snow Goose trolled a pair of bluefins at the Dog, then overnighted there to release 2 makos and a
200 pound dusky. Ed subdued a 20.5 pound dolphin that ate a shark bait during the darkness. Trolling the Baltimore produced a 59 pound yellowfin. Jimmy Yingling chunked a 57 pound bluefin at night on the Hambone aboard Joint Venture. Brian Ludwig and Jeff Snyder pulled ballyhoo and Ilanders at the Hambone for their 70 pound bluefin. Captain Brent ran Katydid to the Hot Dog Thursday and returned with yellowfins weighing 48 and 58 pounds and a 20 pound dolphin. Connor McMahon caught a 24.4 pound bluefin while trolling aboard his Uncle Bill's boat at the Hambone. Wayne Meyer, Joshua Meyer, Mitchell Deniswicz and Dillon Goguin traveled from Wisconsin for some Delaware offshore action, and tangled with yellowfin tuna weighing 44, 48 and 56 pounds at the Hot Dog and in the Baltimore aboard the Reel Tease.."
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's his report from the 15th:
"May have been a little laxed in my updates recently but we certainly haven't been to relaxed on the fishing scene here at the Wharf. Thanks to Hurricane Arthur this is the first day that I have been on land in well over three weeks. In those three weeks I have seen some good days and some not so good days out on the water. Fortunately over just the past couple of weeks I have started to witness exactly what I had been anticipating since earlier this spring; some really- really decent Flounder fishing!
If flounder trips your trigger this is the time to try and catch them.
Back in June when we first started we would land twenty or thirty keepers in a day and be giving high fives all around. The fishing has gotten so much better now than back then, now it seem that even in some less than favorable conditions we can still rack up some impressive numbers by the end of the day. In just the past seven days we have landed nearly 400 keeper flatties which includes only seeing 15 fish keep on yesterday's trip I think due to the swell and the way the fish were biting.
The Flounder fishing recently has not only been good but it's been a lot of fun. There have been days where on some drifts the action gets absolutely nuts with multiple hook ups and fish literally flipping in all around the boat. While many of the fish have been just measurable or short we still continue to see some true quality fish popping up a lot of the time keeping the dip nets busy and tied up. There has only been a couple of trips where the pool fish would weigh in at less than four to six pounds. Limits around the rail have been very common and we have landed several citation sized fish over 7 pounds so far. The best news for the Flounder however is that in all honesty we are really just getting started with them! The flatties are seemingly everywhere right now from the back bays and cricks to both sides of the Delaware Bay and down on the old grounds in the ocean. Typically speaking July, August, and into September is traditionally the best time to catch them and I don't think that this summer or even this fall is going to disappoint.
As long as we can have decent weather and drift conditions we should continue to be able to stack them up. We do have a major advantage in Delaware this year with a minimum size requirement of only 16 inches allowing for a lot more Flounder dinners but the vast majority of what we have been landing continues to be much bigger than that. Our neighboring state of New Jersey has a size limit of 18 inches this year and a reduced number of days to try and catch them. We will be allowed to land Flounder until the end of the year here in Delaware!
I will continue to run Flounder trips daily departing the docks at 7:00 a.m. we rarely return before 4:00. So far all of my fishing effort on these Flounder has been fishing in the Ocean on the rocky coral edges of the old grounds however it is entirely possible with adverse conditions we could wind up in the Bay. All bait is supplied we generally have a mix of Squid, Shiners and fresh cut meat bait. Feel free to bring along the Gulp or the minnows, both have been very effective on some days. We still try to get everyone with a jigging style rig as this seems to be the best method when fishing over the rocks and the sea trees. Basically a short leader teaser over top of a jig or a chunk of lead is all you really need.
Half -Day trips continue to run at 8:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. with an evening run on Friday and Saturday nights departing at 6:00 p.m.
Croakers are the primary target on the Half-Day trips however Capt. Mike has reported several Kingfish, a few Flounder and some Snapper sized Blues on some of his trips recently.
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 "like" us on facebook from our home page at fishlewes.com for more updates as well as all the recent pictures from our fishing trips."
His full report and boat info is here.
Capt. Rick Yakimowicz Thelma Dale V email@example.com"
Old Inlet (302-227-7974) reported on July 17th: "Tautog season reopened in Delaware waters today, Thursday July 17. 5 fish a day with a 15"
minimum size. Fleas and green crabs work for bait. Flounder fishing is still good. The water is still cool. Had a report of 65 degree water by the Coast Guard station. The flounder have been everywhere. In the inlet, in the bays, offshore on reef site 10. Gulp, minnows and squid are all working. Small stripers around in the Inlet at night. Drifting fleas and floating eels are both working. Daytime fishing in the Inlet is flounder and croakers. Use blood worms for the croakers. Kings and croakers on the beach. Live bloods for them too."
Bill's Sport Shop (302-645-7654) in Lewes, DE reports on the 15th That tautog season is now back open in DEL and that anglers are catching them. Along with the tautog, anglers are catching sheepshead and triggerfish. There's been a few sea trout and some black drum: Jack Brzoska, Angola, Lewes limited out on flounder with the largest being 24” weighing 5.2# using Gulp in Rehoboth Bay. Hayden Wheeler, Lewes, DE, caught his first keeper flounder in Rehoboth Bay using minnow and squid.
It weighed 1.95# and measured 17.5”. Paul P, of Bills Sport Shop, took his 4 grandchildren, Abby, Jacob, Gracie and Aiden, fishing in the boat at Massey’s Ditch today and all the kids caught spot and croaker using Fishbites. A good time was had by all! Michele Lambie and Tim Murray from Catonsville, MD., caught 3 keeper flounder in IRI using squid and Gulp. The largest was 3.70# measuring 22”. Bryan Morrow and crew went to Site 10 after picking up their bait and caught 6 nice keeper flounder.
Pictures are on our facebook page! David "Flip" Flipping sent this message and pics: “Bill and Flip took his buddy, Don Verrico and his son, Brian, on the “FLIP AHOY”. We caught 6 flounder most in the 20”
plus range and 1 large sea bass at B Buoy.” Rodney Jones of “Fish Whisperer Charters” wrote to us: “Chris Whitley and friend, Barry, nailed a bluefin tuna at the Hot Dog on a green spreader bar and several yellowfin tuna at the Baltimore Canyon on ballyhoo.” Jason Duncan was on an afternoon trip out of Anglers Fishing Center with the Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company at Arlyn Hall. They had lots of action with squid and clam on an artificial reef on Saturday, 7-12. Lots of croaker action and a keeper flounder at 19.5” caught on Fishbites and squid strips. Two 18.5” flounder were caught this Sunday in the Canal by Tommy Andes using GULP. ”Caught my limit this Sunday, biggest being 17.5” in the Canal using squid and minnows.” Matt Schuler. ”Hey Bill and CJ!
Fished IRI with a buddy of mine. It was a tough day, but we landed 5 keeper flounder, 17” to 22”. Bait was Gulp, as always. Thanks and see you guys next week.” Tim Han, Chantilly, Va." 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.
Buddy Seigel of Fenwick Tackle gives us a rundown on The Ocean Pines Angers, Kids Fishing Tourament result:
Ocean Pines Anglers Kids Fishing Tournament Results July 19, 2014
This year's eventdrew 76 contestants accompanied with at least as many adults plus many OceanPines Anglers Club members. Thiscompares to last year's contestant count of 88. The Department of Natural Resources stocked the pond with blue gills forthe tournament.
4-7 years Largest Fish
1st Alayna Adkins 8 " Bass
Gabriel Vitak 6 fish 2nd SavennahOhrel
6 1/4 " Sunny 3rd MadisonLeisure 6 " Blue
1st J.D.Francone 6 1/2 " BlueGill
Jacob Ehm 7 fish 2nd Jack Hartinger
6 1/4 " Blue Gill 3rd Tessa McNeill 6 "
1st BlakeHarden 7 " Blue Gill
AlexKing 5 fish 2nd TylerWassell
7 " Blue Gill 3rd RachelEhm 6 " Blue
Since there were two winners with the same length fish,the second criteria to determine the order of finish was the number of fish theangler caught.
Number of KidsParticipating:
4-7 8-11 12-16
Boys 10 14 15
39 Girls 13 18
6 37 Total 23
32 21 76
Number of FishCaught:
18 43 36
This compares to last year when 233 fish were caught. Apparently this year the bass were full fromeating the blue gill, and the fish didn't like the overcast, cool day.
Sponsors of theKids Fishing Contest
Ocean City/Berlin Optimists
Oyster Bay Tackle
McDonald's Corporation, Baxter Enterprises
MarylandSaltwater Sportfishing Association, Atlantic Coast Chapter
Maryland Departmentof Natural Resources
Chick-Fil-A West Ocean City
Capt.Dan Stauffer (866-623-4746) of the Fin Chaser does wreck, inlet and trolling trips.
Here's a couple of his fish reports from this past week:
07/19/14 Our first chunking trip of the season and ten minutes after we set the baits I know it’s gonna be a good one. The bite was hot but the current was even hotter making landing these fat yellowfin super tough, turning what should be 10-15 minute fights into 30-45 minute back breakers. By 9:30 backs and arms are shot and the guys call it a day with 325 pounds of yellowfin in the box.
07/18/14 Hero to zero in less than twenty-four hours. Worked hard looking for fish today for this crew of five but it just wasn’t to be. A quick swing through a small fleet of boats chunking told me that would be the ticket. Even though we didn’t have a huge amount of chunk with us I felt what we did have would be enough to get our final bluefin. With two “under” bluefin already in the box the guys decide against chunking and tell me to stick with the trolling and see what we can find. Looked everywhere but could only manage to add one more to the box, a small gaffer mahi.
07/17/14 Ran east with two dads and two lads looking to bend a rod on some tuna. The morning bite was pretty good yielding bluefin, yellowfin and a 15 lb. mahi. After going nearly 90 minutes without a pull I decide to make a 5 mile troll to another of our favorite bluefin hills since we need one more under to hit the limit. as we’re climbing the outside edge of the hill we get hit and a few minutes later we put our last bluefin in the box. About twenty minutes later I notice some bait on the surface. I swing the boat pulling the spread through the bait and wham; nine rods go down. All four angles are cranking like made and somehow we manage to get eight of the fish to the boat. Back in the slip with three bluefin, one fat yellowfin, two mahi and four very happy anglers.
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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
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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 now 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
For more information, log onto www.dnr.state.md.us
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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