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December 29, 2016 - Flounder Meeting Scheduled for January 3rd

December 20, 2016 - MD Announces 2017 Striped Bass Regulations

December 20, 2016 - MD Announces 2017 Flounder Regulations

December 20, 2016 - Maryland Closes Sea Bass Fishery January through February 2017

December 6, 2016 - Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to hold Dec. 8 public hearings on changes to interstate management plans for Atlantic menhaden and Jonah crab

November 10, 2016 - States Schedule Hearings on Atlantic Menhaden Draft Amendment 3 Public Information Document

November 2, 2016 - ASMFC South Atlantic Board Releases Cobia PID for Public Comment

October 18, 2016 - Coastal Recreational Fisheries Forum set for Friday, Oct 21st

October 17, 2016 - Sampson Column - Proposed Shark Regulations

September 1, 2016 - Indian River Marina basin maintenance dredging project scheduled to begin Thursday, Sept. 15

August 26, 2016 - READ OFFICIAL WMO COURT DOCUMENT

August 23, 2016 - WMO withholds prize money for 1st place white marlin

August 18, 2016 - Mid-Atlantic Council and ASMFC Maintain Multi-Year Specifications for Black Sea Bass, Bluefish, and Scup and Modify Summer Flounder Specifications

August 18, 2016 - Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partners Initiate Black Sea Bass Habitat Research Project in the Mid-Atlantic

August 18, 2016 - ASMFC Initiates Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Cobia

August 18, 2016 - ASMFC Coastal Sharks Board Approves Addendum IV to the FMP

August 18, 2016 - ASMFC Atlantic Menhaden Board Approves Addendum I

August 18, 2016 - ASMFC Tautog Board Accepts Regional Assessments for Long Island Sound and New Jersey/New York Bight Management Use

August 11, 2016 - Press Release from The MidAtlantic

June 24, 2016 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report

June 11, 2016 - Stretch of beach at Gordons Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park will close starting Monday, June 13 to safeguard first nest of piping plovers found there this season

May 25, 2016 - DNREC reopens Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier after major repairs

May 25, 2016 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report - May 25, 2016

May 18, 2016 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report - 5-18-16

May 17, 2016 - Grants Available to Aid Maritime Municipalities and Counties Maryland to Preserve and Revitalize Working Waterfronts

May 15, 2016 - Capt. Monty Hawkins report - May 15, 2016

May 6, 2016 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report - 5/6/16

April 25, 2016 - Federal Fishery Management Measures Approved for Blueline Tilefish in the Mid-Atlantic

April 25, 2016 - Pacific bluefin tuna population has dropped 97 percent, new report says

April 25, 2016 - Capt. Monty "Morning Star" Report - 4-25-16

April 25, 2016 - Governor Larry Hogan Announces New Partnership during National Park Week Visit to Assateague. Maryland Park Service to Honor “Every Kid in a Park” Pass

April 20, 2016 - Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Fishery: Recreational Daily Retention Limit Adjustment

April 15, 2016 - Delaware Office of Boating Safety and Education encourages boaters to prepare for season by taking a boating safety course ‘Spring Aboard’ campaign: Great days on the water start with boating safety education

April 12, 2016 - Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Population Shows Improvement Spawning-Age Female Number Nearly Doubles

April 11, 2016 - Monty Hawkins Letter to Secretary of Commerce

April 11, 2016 - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service 2016 Commercial Horseshoe Crab Fishery

April 7, 2016 - Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Fishery: Southern Area Trophy Fishery Closing April 10, 2016

April 7, 2016 - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service Corrected 2016 Commercial Shark Size Limits

April 4, 2016 - Coastal Recreational Fisheries Forum set for April 8th

April 1, 2016 - Hearns Pond dam and boat ramp will close in May for up to a year while replacement structures are built

March 31, 2016 - 12-Month Finding on Petitions to List the Common Thresher Shark and Bigeye Thresher Shark as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act

March 17, 2016 - DNREC Secretary’s Order, following new FDA guidance, halts shellfish harvest in seasonal area on Rehoboth Bay

March 15, 2016 - Mid-Atlantic Coast Taken Off Oil & Gas Development List

March 10, 2016 - Mid-Atlantic Council Solicits Public Input on Blueline Tilefish Management Mid-Atlantic Council Solicits Public Input on Blueline Tilefish Management

March 7, 2016 - Applications now being accepted for DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police’s new summer youth academy

March 4, 2016 - OC Inlet Dredging scheduled for March 4th

February 24, 2016 - MD Sets 2016 Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass Regs

February 24, 2016 - MD Sets 2016 Black Sea Bass Season & Regs

February 22, 2016 - DNREC seeking volunteers for Saturday, March 19 beach grass planting along Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean coastlines

February 17, 2016 - DE Tidal Finfish Advisory Council Meeting Rescheduled for March 16th.

February 16, 2016 - Maryland Offers Fishing License Discount for 16-Year-Olds

February 16, 2016 - Shearwater’s sinking as Delaware artificial reef addition debuts on DNREC YouTube Channel

February 16, 2016 - Newly-signed Delaware law changes size, possession limits for American eel

February 8, 2016 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Approves Regional Management for 2016 Recreational Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Fisheries

February 3, 2016 - Monty Hawkins "Morning Star" Report 2/3/16

February 1, 2016 - Mark Sampson Column on HMS Permits

February 1, 2016 - MD seeks applicant for Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council

February 1, 2016 - Data to Inform Regional Ocean Planning Process Shared with Public

February 1, 2016 - MD DNR Schedules Coastal Recrational Fisheries Forum for April 8th

February 1, 2016 - Public Hearing on Proposed Blue Crab Regulations

February 1, 2016 - SAFMC Solicits Public Input on Proposed Electronic Reporting Requirements for Charterboats and Other Fisheries Issues

February 1, 2016 - MD Proposes Changes to Striped Bass Regulations

January 21, 2016 - DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife launches new ‘Delaware Fish Facts for the Recreational Angler’ website

January 15, 2016 - Changes made to Big Fish Classic

January 11, 2016 - DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife announces amended tilefish regulation to take effect Jan. 11

January 11, 2016 - Governor Markell seeks nominees for Delaware’s seat on Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council

January 8, 2016 - MD DNR to hold meetings to review data on coastal fish

December 28, 2015 - Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: Dec. 14-20

December 28, 2015 - DE Shellfish Advisory Counclil Meeting Slated for 1/6

December 22, 2015 - States Schedule Public Hearings on Draft Addendum XXVII Addendum Seeks Input on Regional Management Options for 2016 Summer Flounder and Black Sea Recreational Fisheries

December 18, 2015 - MD Sets 2016 Flounder Regulations

December 18, 2015 - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service 2016 Recreational Black Sea Bass Fishery

December 11, 2015 - "Morning Star" report - 12-10-15

December 11, 2015 - Five DNREC satellite offices now centralized at new Dover location

December 11, 2015 - Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass Season Extended

December 7, 2015 - 2016 Atlantic Tunas, Swordfish General Commercial, and Atlantic HMS Vessel Permits Now Available

December 7, 2015 - ACFHP Releases Request for Proposals to Study and/or Restore Black Sea Bass Habitat along the Mid-Atlantic

December 2, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins "Morning Star" Report

November 23, 2015 - All Delaware State Parks free on Black Friday

November 19, 2015 - DNREC extends public comment period through Dec. 7 on proposed amendments to Regulations Governing Beach Protection and Use of Beaches

November 18, 2015 - New state record 24.8-pound bluefish bests previous high Delaware catch for species by almost 3 pounds

November 12, 2015 - Striped Bass Enforcement Ramped Up

November 10, 2015 - DE Recreational Fishing Funding Advisory Council meeting on 11-17

November 5, 2015 - Lewes Public Boat Ramp parking lot to partially close for pavement re-striping Nov. 11-12

November 5, 2015 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board Revises 2016 Black Sea Bass Specifications & Initiates Draft Addendum for Regional Management of 2016 Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Recreational Fisheries

November 4, 2015 - BIG ROCK GIVES BACK TO COMMUNITY

November 4, 2015 - NOAA Fisheries Requests Comments on the Issuance of Exempted Fishing Permits and Related Permits for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species During 2016

November 2, 2015 - Delaware boat registration website to shut down

October 13, 2015 - Coastal Recreational Forum on 10/16

October 13, 2015 - Auctions of low-digit surf-fishing tags by DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation start Oct. 15 Sales of new plates authorized by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Markell will benefit Delaware State Parks

October 13, 2015 - Maryland Striped Bass Juvenile Index is Eighth Highest on Record

October 9, 2015 - MD Fishing Licenses Now Good for 365 days

September 4, 2015 - DNREC’s Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier to reopen ahead of schedule, in time for Labor Day weekend

August 28, 2015 - Council to Hold Scoping Hearings for Action on Unmanaged Forage Species

August 27, 2015 - MD DNR Considering Making East Channel a 6 mph Zone

August 21, 2015 - ASMFC Releases Tautog Public Information Document for Public Comment States Schedule Public Hearings for late September/early October

August 13, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins take on Wind Area Survey

July 17, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report

July 15, 2015 - DNREC’s DuPont Nature Center to host Fish-n-Fun Day for families on July 19 in Slaughter Beach

July 14, 2015 - MD DNR Fisheries Services Adjusts Recreational Sea Bass Dates

June 28, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report - 6/28/15

June 25, 2015 - NOAA Fisheries Announces the Re-opening of the Commercial Sector for Atlantic Dolphin

June 24, 2015 - Indian River Marina Catch-All Kid's Tournament Cancelled

June 24, 2015 - Division of Fish & Wildlife upgrades continue at Rosedale Beach boat ramp to install floating dock; intermittent closures expected

June 24, 2015 - ASMFC Atlantic Herring Section June 29 Days Out Conference Call Cancelled

June 16, 2015 - REMINDER: Blueline Tilefish Scoping Hearing set for June 18th in Ocean City, MD

June 10, 2015 - DE Tidal Finfish Advisory Council Meeting cancelled

June 9, 2015 - DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife to offer ‘Take a Kid Fishing!’ program on June 14, 17 and 24

June 9, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: May 25-31

June 4, 2015 - Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Fishery: Southern Area Trophy Fishery Closing June 7, 2015

June 3, 2015 - Permits Now Required for Bluefline Tilefish

June 2, 2015 - White Marlin Open adds new Heaviest White Marlin Winnter Take All Calcutta

June 1, 2015 - Blueline Tilefish Scoping Hearings June 1–18, 2015

June 1, 2015 - Anglers invited to fish for free in Delaware waters June 6 and 7

June 1, 2015 - PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMMENDMENTS TO 7 DE ADMIN CODE 3500 TIDAL FINFISH TO INCLUDE A NEW 3542 TILEFISH

June 1, 2015 - Commercial Striped Bass Meeting on June 3rd

June 1, 2015 - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service 2015 Commercial Horseshoe Crab Fishery

May 29, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report

May 26, 2015 - DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife to host 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament on June 6

May 21, 2015 - ASMFC Begins Preparations for 2016 Black Sea Bass Benchmark Stock Assessment

May 21, 2015 - ‘Take a Kid Fishing!’ dates announced by DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife

May 18, 2015 - Stretch of beach at Cape Henlopen State Park closed to safeguard nesting piping plovers

May 15, 2015 - DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife seeking great shots of Delaware anglers for annual photo contest

May 14, 2015 - Ocean Pines Receives Clean Act Marina Certification

May 13, 2015 - NMFS Changes Bluefin Tuna Regulations

May 12, 2015 - BIG ROCK ANNOUNCES FREE CONCERT!

May 12, 2015 - MD will change fishing license from calendar year to 365 days effective Oct 1st

May 12, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report

May 12, 2015 - New parking restrictions in place for vehicles at Delaware State Parks’ surf-fishing beaches Effective immediately, only single-file parking to be allowed on state surf-fishing beaches

May 8, 2015 - ASMFC Tautog Board Initiates Amendment to Establish Regional Stock Areas & Associated Reference Points

May 8, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: April 27-May 3

May 7, 2015 - Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds anglers: Recreational striped bass regulation change to take effect on May 11

May 6, 2015 - ASMFC American Lobster Board Approves Addendum XXIV

May 6, 2015 - ASMFC Atlantic Menhaden Board Sets 2015 and 2016 TAC at 187,880 MT & Initiates Amendment to Establish Ecological Reference Points

May 6, 2015 - ASMFC Atlantic Herring Section Approves Draft Amendment 3 for Public Comment

May 3, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report

May 2, 2015 - CCA Holding "Anglers Night Out" at Shenanigans

April 28, 2015 - Bill Introduced to Make Striped Bass National Fish

April 23, 2015 - ASMFC Spring Meeting Agenda Available

April 22, 2015 - Public Comment Period Open for Spiny Dogfish

April 17, 2015 - As Rockfish Season Opens, Maryland Anglers Urged to Track Their Catch to Improve Fisheries Management

April 16, 2015 - Delaware Office of Boating Safety and Education encourages boaters to prepare for season by taking a boating safety course NASBLA’s ‘Spring Aboard’ campaign: Great days on the water start with boating safety education

April 16, 2015 - DNREC to hold workshops on updates to Regulations Governing Beach Protection and Use of Beaches

April 16, 2015 - Mid-Atlantic Council Initiates Action to Manage Blueline Tilefish

April 15, 2015 - Chesapeake Bay Rockfish Season Opens April 18th

April 15, 2015 - Status of Stocks 2014 Report to Congress: Overfishing and Overfished Stocks Hit All-Time Lows

April 15, 2015 - MSSA Atlantic Chapter Meeting Slated for April 28th

April 14, 2015 - NOAA Fisheries Office of Sustainable Fisheries is now accepting applications for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) - Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP).

April 14, 2015 - National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy Implementation Plan Released

April 10, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: March 30-April 5

April 10, 2015 - Strictly Boaters Boat Show Set for May 1-3

April 9, 2015 - Mulberry Landing Boat Ramp to reopen April 18 following ramp improvements

April 9, 2015 - DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife announces new recreational striped bass regulation to take effect on May 11

April 7, 2015 - Another VA state record bluefin caught

April 6, 2015 - MD DNR looking for feedback on commercial striped bass proposal

April 6, 2015 - OC Reef Foundation Dinner Date Set

April 2, 2015 - New VA state record bluefin caught

April 2, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: March 23-29

April 2, 2015 - MD Striped Bass Angler Survey results available

April 1, 2015 - Court Rules Navy Training in Pacific Violates Laws Meant to Protect Whales, Sea Turtles Federal Judge Says Feds Wrongly Approved Plan Allowing Whales, Dolphins, Other Wildlife to be Harmed Nearly 10 Million Times

April 1, 2015 - Wicomico Bass Club Sponsors 5th Annual Tournament to Help USMC Toys for Tots and Get More Kids Fishing; Includes Two Free Bass-Fishing Clinics, Raffle Prizes, and a Post-Tournament BBQ

March 30, 2015 - 90-Day Finding on Petitions To List the Porbeagle Shark as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act

March 27, 2015 - Julie Ball Virginia Report

March 27, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: March 16-22

March 27, 2015 - New Campground opening at Indian River Inlet

March 27, 2015 - Assawoman Wildlife Area road closures announced due to boat ramp improvements

March 27, 2015 - MD Commercial Oyster Season Extended by 2 Weeks

March 25, 2015 - Volunteers sought for 24th annual Christina River Cleanup on April 18

March 23, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report

March 23, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: March 9-15

March 23, 2015 - Chesapeake Bay and Tidal Tributaries Recreational and Charter Striped Bass Fishery Modifications

March 23, 2015 - Age Determined for World Record Tautog

March 19, 2015 - Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Issues Annual Report

March 18, 2015 - Striped Bass Spring Trophy Season regulations set for Chesapeake Bay

March 17, 2015 - Capt. Monty Hawkins Report

March 16, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: March 2-8

March 12, 2015 - Local MSSA Chapter Meeting on 3/24

March 11, 2015 - A New National Campaign Asks Anglers to Pledge to Pitch It Recreational fishing industry is asking anglers to properly dispose of soft plastic baits

March 9, 2015 - MD DNR Seeking Public Input on changes to commercial striped bass fishery

March 9, 2015 - Scientists fight sound blasting to protect commercial fish stock

March 5, 2015 - Draft Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Essential Fish Habitat 5-Year Review

March 3, 2015 - 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Common Thresher Shark as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act

March 2, 2015 - Fisherman Gets Prison for Illegal Harvest of Almost 200,000 Striped Bass

March 2, 2015 - Council Recommends Emergency Action for Blueline Tilefish in the Mid-Atlantic

February 27, 2015 - 2015 Commercial Individual Transferable Quota Striped Bass Season Modification

February 27, 2015 - MD Sets 2015 Sea Bass Regulations

February 23, 2015 - REMINDER: DE Division of Fish & Wildlife to hold Feb. 23 public hearing on options to reduce recreational striped bass harvest All Atlantic states required to reduce harvest by 25 percent

February 23, 2015 - Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold an emergency meeting regarding blueline tilefish

February 20, 2015 - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service Invitations for Bids

February 16, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Feb. 2-8

February 16, 2015 - NOAA Fisheries Releases National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy

February 16, 2015 - ASMFC Tautog Board Accepts Benchmark Assessment & Peer Review Results for Management Use

February 9, 2015 - PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED BLUE CRAB REGULATIONS

February 9, 2015 - Atlantic Menhaden Benchmark Assessment Finds Resource Not Overfished and Overfishing Not Occurring

February 6, 2015 - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Jan. 26-Feb. 1

February 6, 2015 - 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide is now available statewide and online

February 6, 2015 - ASMFC Atlantic Striped Bass Board Approves State Implementation Plans to Reduce Harvest

February 6, 2015 - PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED BLUE CRAB REGULATIONS

February 5, 2015 - Division of Fish & Wildlife seeks volunteers for 2015 frog monitoring Orientation set for Feb. 21 at Aquatic Resources Education Center

February 5, 2015 - Black Drum Benchmark Assessment Finds Resource Not Overfished and Overfishing Not Occurring

February 5, 2015 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Continues Summer Flounder Recreational Regional Management for 2015 & Approves State Plans for 2015 Recreational Black Sea Bass & Scup Fisheries

February 4, 2015 - ASMFC Northern Shrimp Section Releases the Public Information Document for Draft Amendment 3 for Public Comment

February 4, 2015 - ASMFC American Lobster Board Approves Draft Addendum XXIV for Public Comment

January 29, 2015 - DE PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS TO TIDAL FINFISH REGULATION 3502, 3503, 3504, 3505 AND 3506 PERTAINING TO STRIPED BASS.

January 28, 2015 - Mid-Atlantic Council Accepting Applications for Advisory Panel Members

January 23, 2015 - ASMFC 2015 Winter Meeting Final Agenda and Meeting Materials Now Available

January 21, 2015 - MSSA Atlantic Coast Chapter Meeting on January 27th

January 5, 2015 - Mid-Atlantic Council to Hold Hearings on Deep Sea Corals Amendment

January 3, 2015 - Striped Bass Creel Reduced to 1 per person

December 23, 2014 - MD closes sea bass fishery from January 1st to February 28th

December 23, 2014 - MD sets 2015 flounder regs

December 22, 2014 - MD Offers Discounts on Fishing Licenses

November 24, 2014 - DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife to hold public workshops on proposed increases to hunting and trapping license fees

November 19, 2014 - Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife announces required reductions in 2015 striped bass recreational and commercial harvest Recreational options under review; public hearing to be scheduled in early 2015

November 18, 2014 - MD DNR to hold public input meeting on striped bass regulation chenges

November 6, 2014 - UPDATE ON 2015 STRIPED BASS REGULATION PROCESS

November 5, 2014 - Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body Seeks Public Input from Marylanders via Open Session in Ocean City, Maryland

November 3, 2014 - NMFS Requests Applications for Participation in the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species 2015 Shark Research Fishery

October 31, 2014 - ASMFC Atlantic Striped Bass Board Approves Addendum IV for Implementation in 2015

October 1, 2014 - Public hearing on summer flounder management set for Oct. 6

September 27, 2014 - ASMFC to hold meeting on summer flounder

September 11, 2014 - MD extends sea bass season

September 9, 2014 - MD Meeting set for striped bass regulation changes

August 29, 2014 - Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to hold public hearing in Delaware on interstate striped bass management plan

August 25, 2014 - NMFS Maintains 4 fish General Category (Commercial) Daily Retention Limit for September through December 2014

August 23, 2014 - Public Hearings set on Striped Bass Changes

August 19, 2014 - Atlantic Coastal States Schedule Public Hearings on Striped Bass Draft Addendum IV

August 18, 2014 - ASMFC & MAFMC Maintain Specifications for 2015 Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass Fisheries & Approve 2015 Bluefish Specifications

August 14, 2014 - Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel Meeting September 10-11, 2014

August 8, 2014 - ASMFC South Atlantic Board Approves Traffic Light Approach to Assess Stock Trends and Initiate Management Response for Spot & Atlantic Croaker

August 7, 2014 - ASMFC Atlantic Striped Bass Board Approves Draft Addendum IV for Public Comment

August 7, 2014 - ASMFC Spiny Dogfish Board Approves Draft Addendum V for Public Comment

June 4, 2014 - States Schedule Public Hearings on Spot & Atlantic Croaker Draft Addendum

May 29, 2014 - CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE APPROVES 'FLEXIBILITY'

May 5, 2014 - Bluefin Tuna Regulations Updated

May 2, 2014 - Delaware changes summer flounder and sea bass regulations

April 22, 2014 - Ocean City Reef Foundation Dinner Set for May 4th at Marlin Club

April 16, 2014 - Council Adopts Golden Tilefish Management Measures for 2015 – 2017

April 14, 2014 - MSSA Reschedules Youth Fishing Program

April 8, 2014 - Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Fishery: Southern Area Trophy Fishery Closing April 11, 2014

April 3, 2014 - Salisbury University Fishing Club looking for Relay for Life donations and sponsors

April 3, 2014 - NOAA Fisheries Commits to Develop a National Recreational Fishing Policy

April 2, 2014 - NMFS Announces Proposed 2014 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quotas

March 31, 2014 - MSSA forms Youth Angler Club

March 26, 2014 - Recreational Fishing and Boating Community Calls on Congress to Revamp Marine Fisheries Management Leaders map out path for federal marine fisheries conservation

March 26, 2014 - Mid-Atlantic Council Hosts Workshop on East Coast Fisheries and Climate Change

March 25, 2014 - 3 Rod Limit in MD Waived for 180 days

March 24, 2014 - Notice of Initiation of 5-year Essential Fish Habitat Review for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species and Request for Information

March 18, 2014 - NMFS Releases Final 2013 Bluefin Landings

March 17, 2014 - 2014 Summer Flounder Regulations Set

March 13, 2014 - Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel Meeting Set for April 3-4

March 11, 2014 - Entries Now Open for the REACTOR Watch & Bill Boyce Western Outdoor News Los Cabos 2014 Tuna Jackpot Sweepstakes

March 10, 2014 - Delaware to hold public hearings on summer flounder and sea bass

March 10, 2014 - Fish Habitat Legislation Introduced In U.S. Senate

March 10, 2014 - DNREC reminds anglers to purchase 2014 fishing licenses

March 10, 2014 - MD Sets 2014 Flounder Regulations

February 26, 2014 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Schedules Conference Call for March 13 (10 AM) to Consider Approval of State and Regional Management Proposals

February 20, 2014 - Public Listening Session on Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning Framework set for Feb. 27 in Lewes

February 7, 2014 - ASMFC 2014 Winter Meeting Press Releases, Summaries and Motions

February 1, 2014 - Mid-Atlantic $500,000 makes major changes

January 24, 2014 - MD DNR Removes 3-rod limit

January 15, 2014 - MSSA - Atlantic Chapter's Next Meeting

January 8, 2014 - 5TH ANNUAL MSSA SALTWATER FISHING EXPO

January 8, 2014 - PUBLIC HEARING DATES SET FOR SUMMER FLOUNDER AND BLACK SEA BASS

January 6, 2014 - OCEAN CITY SHARK TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCES CHANGE

January 1, 2014 - Delaware anglers reminded that recreational black sea bass season

December 20, 2013 - MD Sets 2014 Sea Bass Regulations in State Waters

December 13, 2013 - Addendum Proposes Management Options for the 2014 Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Recreational Fisheries

December 5, 2013 - Highlights of 2013 International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) Meeting

December 2, 2013 - Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Category Fishery: NMFS Adjusts Daily Retention Limit for November - December 2013

November 27, 2013 - LOOK FOR NEXT COASTAL HUNTER

November 26, 2013 - 2014 Chesapeake Bay Striper Quotas Set

November 21, 2013 - Maryland looking for public comment on changes in speckled trout regulations

November 14, 2013 - RFA SAYS TIDE IS TURNING TOWARDS MAGNUSON REFORM

November 11, 2013 - International Assessment Shows Again North Atlantic Swordfish Stock Rebuilt

November 1, 2013 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass Board Initiates Draft Addendum XXIV to Address 2014 Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Recreational Fisheries

October 25, 2013 - Public Hearing on Proposed Blue Crab Regulations

October 25, 2013 - Reduced flounder quota could hurt recreational fishing industry

October 9, 2013 - Bahia Marina Rocktoberfest Striper Tournament Rescheduled

October 1, 2013 - Delaware Announces Special waterfowl and deer hunting days for youth, disabled hunters announced

September 30, 2013 - Indian River North Jetty repair to begin Oct. 2nd

September 25, 2013 - PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS TO 3500 TIDAL FINFISH TO INCLUDE A NEW §3588 ATLANTIC MENHADEN.

September 24, 2013 - PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS TO §3518 BLACK DRUM SIZE LIMIT; POSSESSION LIMIT; LANDING LIMIT; DEALER LIMIT.

July 31, 2013 - NOAA to hold meeting in Ocean Pines to discuss best handling practices

July 24, 2013 - Weigh-in location changed for Ocean Pines Flounder Tournament

July 3, 2013 - Changes made to shark regulations effective August 2nd

June 19, 2013 - NMFS Announces Final 2013 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quotas and Closes Longline Category

June 14, 2013 - From the Annual OC Shark Tournament

June 7, 2013 - Delaware Adjust Minimum Size for Flounder

June 7, 2013 - Delaware recreational crabbers reminded of catch regulations, including turtle excluder

May 31, 2013 - National Fishing Week starts; anglers invited to fish for free in Delaware waters June 8 & 9

May 29, 2013 - New artificial bait could reduce number of horseshoe crabs used to catch eel and whelk

May 29, 2013 - ASMFC Approves Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Black Drum

May 28, 2013 - ASMFC Winter Flounder Board Approves Addendum III

May 20, 2013 - MARYLAND WITHDRAWLS FINAL PROPOSAL TO TAKE TAUTOG TO 15-INCHES

May 19, 2013 - MD & FEDS SET BLACK SEA BASS REGULATIONS

May 16, 2013 - NMFS ADJUSTS BLUEFIN TUNA REGULATIONS

May 2, 2013 - NMFS Proposes Rule on Shark Conservation Act of 2010

May 1, 2013 - NMFS Will Host a Public Conference Call to Discuss Updating the Atlantic HMS Recreational Fishing Action Agenda

May 1, 2013 - MD DNR looking to fill vacancies on the Tidal Fisheries Advisory Commission and Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission

April 25, 2013 - MSSA and Youth Angler Club Welcome Lenny Rudow

April 24, 2013 - MD Fisheries to hold meetings on blue crab regulations

April 24, 2013 - NMFS Preparing Statement for Shark Management

April 24, 2013 - DNR Sets a May 10 Striped Bass Commercial Control Date for Quota Allocation

April 24, 2013 - MAFMC Meeting Minutes

April 24, 2013 - 30th Annual Championship on the Bay

April 24, 2013 - Annual Reef Foundation Dinner - May 15th

April 24, 2013 - Atlantic Highly Migratory Species News - Sharks

April 18, 2013 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Approves Addendum XXIV New York & New Jersey May Modify Regulations to Access Additional Fish

April 10, 2013 - Strictly Boaters Boat Show, May 3rd, 4th & 5th

April 10, 2013 - NMFS Announces Proposed 2013 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quotas

April 8, 2013 - No Striped Bass in Nanticoke River during Spawning Season

April 4, 2013 - NOAA seeks comments on Billfish Conservation Act

April 4, 2013 - DE Anglers reminded that harvesting river herring is prohibited

April 4, 2013 - NOAA seeks public input on placing scalloped hammerheads on Endangered Species list

April 3, 2013 - Public invited to listen in on meeting about Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP)

April 1, 2013 - NMFS Adjusts Bluefin Tuna Regulations

March 26, 2013 - Menhaden Management Update

March 25, 2013 - NOAA looking at alternatives to enhance swordfish fishery

March 25, 2013 - Maryland Sets 2013 Flounder Regulations

March 22, 2013 - Ocean City Fishing Community Mourns the Loss of a Legend

March 22, 2013 - States to Hold Hearings on Draft Black Drum FMP

March 20, 2013 - Delaware Schedules Hearing on Draft of Black Drum Fishery Management Plan

March 20, 2013 - Delaware Advisory Council on Tidal Finfisheries Agenda

March 15, 2013 - DNREC to hold March 21 public hearing on proposed summer flounder regulation changes; public comment period is open until April 5

March 15, 2013 - DNREC to hold public hearing March 21 on proposed invasive finfish regulations; public comment period open until April 5

March 14, 2013 - ASMFC Releases Summer Flounder Draft Addendum XXIV for Public Comment

March 13, 2013 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Schedules Conference Call for March 15 at 2 PM to Consider Approval of Northern Region Regulations for the 2013 Black Sea Bass Recreational Fishery

March 1, 2013 - LOOKING FOR A COPY OF THE COASTAL FISHERMAN WINTER EDITION?

February 23, 2013 - GOOD NEWS FOR SEA BASS FISHING IN DELAWARE, MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA!!!

February 21, 2013 - MARYLAND PROPOSES 2013 FLOUNDER REGULATIONS

February 21, 2013 - DELAWARE TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS ON PROPOSED FLOUNDER REGULATIONS

February 21, 2013 - BILL TO BE VOTED ON TO INCREASE MARYLAND FISHING LICENSE FEES BY $10

February 20, 2013 - NMFS RECONSIDERING PROPOSED DUSKY SHARK MEASURES

January 1, 1900 - MD Black Bass Roundtable set for Feb 4th

VIDEO CATEGORY
Fishing Report

1.4.17 10:21 am

by Larry Jock


*** THE 2017 WINTER ISSUE IS ON THE STREETS!!!! ENJOY! ***


WEDNESDAY, January 4, 2017

The meeting held at the OP Library last night to discuss options for 2017 flounder regulations went well. Basically, the crux of the meeting was that the feds are looking for a 30% reduction in this years flounder catch, primarily because the northern region, NJ, NY & CT, blew their allocation out in 2016. Luckily, the regulations put forth for our region (DE, MD & VA) gave us a 25% cushion, so theoretically, we could keep our regulations the same in 2017 and still be OK with our 2017 allocation.

The fly in the ointment is that the northern regions are looking for us to make our 2017 regulations stricter than needed, thereby freeing up some fish that could be used by the northern regions to soften their needed reduction. Does this sound familiar? It should because we did the same thing back in 2013. Did we ever get those fish back? The answer is "No" but we were told that the northern region did help us out when it came time to set sea bass regulations.

In addition, we learned that the northern regions want to readdress the baseline used to determine what states get what part of the coastwide flounder harvest limits because they are catching more fish up there and need a larger allocation. Think we are going to get screwed in that process. Take it to the bank... we will!

When it came time for attendees to vote, it was a pretty even split between keeping our flounder regulations the same (16", 4-fish per person) and "Option 2" which added an inch to our minimum size, taking us to 17" but still keeping 4 fish person and no closed season.

It sounded to me that the state and fed guys want us to give up something to (again) help the northern states, but I say enough is enough. We have helped them out before and enough is enough. Additionally, flounder fishing in our area, and in DE, has really turned into one with 2 distinct segments. You have anglers who fish in the bay and those that fish on ocean structure. Going to 17" wouldn't hurt ocean flounder fishermen on bit, but adding that 1" would definitely hurt those fishing in the bay. Last year wasn't a banner flounder fishing year in the bay. Going up an inch would only make it worse.

Public comments will be accept3d until January 19th. If you want to submit a comment, you can email Kirby Rootes-Murdy at krootes-murdy@asmfc.org.

Here are the options:

#1 - stays the same. 16", 4 fish, 365 days
#2 - 17", 4 fish, 365 days
#3 - 17", 3 fish, 365 days
#4 - 17", 3 fish, 365 days (all states required to take at least a 30% reduction)
#5 - 17", 4 fish, 365 days (more even spread across other states)


TUESDAY, January 3, 2017

Although the flounder regulations looked like they were firm when they were released last week, I have been told that "they are subject to change" and it looks like there may be some changes proposed at tonights flounder meeting, held at 6:00 PM at the Ocean Pines Library. My understanding is that although our current regulations will still give us enough to cover our proposed quota, there is AGAIN some talk that NY & NJ will have drastic reductions unless other states (like MD) give them some of their quota. My recollection is that this happened a couple of years ago and MD gave up some of our flounder quota to the northern states and have yet to receive it back. Sounds like another bad deal for MD fishermen.

If this concerns you, or you want to have input into the several options we will have input on, it would be a good idea to attend this meeting.


FRIDAY, December 29, 2016

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will hold a public hearing for summer flounder on January 3rd at 6pm at the Ocean Pines Library.

There hasn't been too much to update folks about. Seas have been too snotty to get out there to find striped bass, but the good news is that water temperatures are still in the mid-40's and there is still a good body of fish to our north looking to make their way south. The next few days don't look good weather-wise, but hopefully we all can get out there soon. I did talk to a commercial fisherman yesterday and he did tell me that they saw stripers about 12 miles off the beach. Also, yesterday there looked to be some good bird action off the highrises, but they were way outside the wonderful 3-mile line.


FRIDAY, December 23, 2016

Unfortunately, there hasn't been anything to report in quite some time. Rough seas have kept most at the dock and those that did decide to head out didn't have any luck. Some stripers were seen by anglers looking for bluefish 7-10 miles off the beach, but I haven't heard any reports of fish seen or caught inside the wonderful 3-mile line.

Water temperature is still in the 44-45 degree range, and there are reports still coming in about stripers being caught off New Jersey, so I don't believe our season is over.

We just completed work on the big Winter Issue that will hit the streets on January 1st. It is packed with great articles and a lot of pictures. Hope everyone likes it!

Merry Christmas!!!


WEDNESDAY, December 14, 2016

10:23 AM - Reports are coming in about good bird activity with big stripers underneath right up on the MD/DE Line, inside of 3 miles. Seas are snotty, so you may have to hug the beach and then shoot out. Winds right now are NNW 14mph.

5:51 PM - Big Bass Bob called in to report that he headed up to the MD/DE line and really didn't see much, so he headed back to the waters just off the high rises and marked a ton of bait, had diving birds and even whales... BUT NO BITES. Seas weren't so bad later in the day. Ride home was nice. Water temperature still around 47-degrees.

Capt. Shannon Pickens reported that the striper bite off Cape Chales is spotty, but the fish being caught are BIG. Slow trolling or drifting eels is the ticket. Mostly smaller stripers are found under the diving birds.


SUNDAY, December 11, 2016

Another poor day for striper fishing off the coast. In the OC Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament, not a single fish was caught. Most boats went north to the High Rises. Others went south past the sliver. The 9-day tournament concluded today, so here are the final results:

1st Place Heaviest - 33.0 lbs. - Mike Johnston - "Bad Oyster" - $6,880 (caught 12/04)

2nd Place Heaviest - 25.4 lbs. - Chuck Wenzel - "Fish Frenzi" - $1,512 (caught 12/04)

3rd Place Heaviest - $22.4 lbs. - Andy Smelter - "Nontypical" - $1,008 (caught 12/05)

1st Place Stringer (3 fish) - 65.8 lbs. - "Nontypical" - $1,008 (caught 12/05) - $1,080

1st Place Bluefish - 11.8 lbs. - John Rogowitz - "Bad Oyster" - $540 (caught 12/04)

Water temperature still around 46, which still isn't bad. Water off New Jersey is honing in on that magical 40-degree mark, so that should be pushing fish south towards us. Don't be pulling those boats too soon!!! We'll get em!

Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported good sea bass fishing with knotheads up to 3 lbs. and flounder upt o 5 lbs. 9 oz. Bob Telford caught the big flattie on a bucktail and Darrin Small hooked the largest sea bass on a strip of squid.


SATURDAY, December 10, 2016

Unfortunately, striper fishing continues to be dismal. Again, no fish were caught in the OC Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament. At least one boat ventured as far north as Ocean City, NJ (that's right, New Jersey) and came back empty handed. They were then immediately rushed to the psychiatric ward. I checked in with Bert Adams at the Hook'em & Cook'em Tackle Shop in the Indian River Marina and he said striper fishing was "dead" today. Sounds like those constant northwest winds we had late in the week moved the fish outside the 3-mile line.

No need to panic, yet. Stripers are still being caught off Atlantic City and the water temperature off the Delmarva coast is still hovering around 46-47 degrees. I would guess that if you went 10 miles off the coastline it would be all the stripers you want. Surprisingly, we again didn't have a good run of fall/winter bluefish. Not sure what that is all about.

There does sound like there is a good striper bite at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.


THURSDAY, December 8, 2016

2:00 PM - Looks like it may be our last decent day until Sunday. Today the seas were nice but stripers were uncooperative. In the Marlin Club tournament, 11 of 15 boats fished but it sounds like no fish, or very very few fish were caught. Boats are fishing as far north as the Indian River Inlet and south to the Sliver.

My foreign correspondent said that there are still a load of fish north of Ocean City, NJ with a good bite off Corson's Inlet.

4:36 PM - Striper fishing was pathetic today. No fish were caught in the Marlin Club Tournament and boats fished from way up north down to the VA line. Nada!

Anglers on the headboat, "Angler" had good sea bass fishing today along with bluefish weighing up to 12 lbs. Ken Yuen even had a 6 lb. 10 oz. flounder, on December 8th. Crazy! All were caught while jigging on an offshore wreck.


WEDNESDAY, December 7, 2016

Today, 3 of 15 boats fished in the OC Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament.


TUESDAY, December 6, 2016

Snotty seas today. No boats are fishing in the OC Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament.


MONDAY, December 5, 2016

It was a good day for most who fished straight off Indian River Inlet today. Most of the stripers boated with in the slot (38-44 inches) and were caught on mojos, Stretch lures and even while casting to them. The casting was primarily early in the morning and late in the afternoon, right before dark. Boats that went up to the Jersey coast didn't fare as well.

The 3rd day of the 9-day Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament saw the following fish come to the scale:

"Nontypical" weighed 4 stripers (18.6, 21.6, 21.8 and 22.4 lbs.). Fish were caught on white mojos, most in 50-60 feet of water off Indian River.

"Bad Oyster" weighed 3 stripers caught off Indian River (16.6, 17.4 and 22.2 lbs.). Caught on trolled mojos.

The "Wrecker" also had a good day, but didn't weigh anything, instead staying late off Indian River where they had a blast casting to big fish rolling on the surface.

The big news of the day was a new pending Delaware State Record Striped Bass caught yesterday by Paul Santa Barbara. Paul's fish weighed 62 lbs. and measured 50-inches with a 30-inch girth. Paul caught the big striper at Overfalls Shoal.


SUNDAY, December 4, 2016

Seas were better today and most boats headed to the Jersey coast where there were rumors of an "epic" bite off Atlantic City yesterday. Didn't happen today.

On the second day of the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament, 11 boats ventured out but only a few fish were weighed.

Always a contender in the Rockfish Tournament, the "Fish Frenzi" went all the way up to the coast off Avalon, NJ and ended up with a 25.4 lb. rockfish, caught on a trolled white tandem rig in 47-degree water (35-feet). Chuck Wenzel was the angler.

"Bad Oyster" jumped to the lead with a 33 lb. rockfish and an 11.8 lb. bluefish, both caught on the troll off the coast of Brigantine, NJ (north of Atlantic City). Water temp was 47.9-degrees. Mike Johnston caught the striper and John Rogowitz boated the chopper bluefish.

"Wrecker" caught 1 rockfish off the coast of Sea Isle City, NJ and ended up boating 2 more off Indian River during their trip home in the late afternoon. Their rockfish weighed 18.0, 19.6 and 20.0 lbs. All caught on white and chartreuse tandem rigs. The fish off Indian River were in 49-feet of water with 49-degree water temperature.


SATURDAY, December 3, 2016

The seas were very snotty today. With the west wind, it was doable inside of a 1/2 mile but outside of that you were looking at steady 4 footers every 3 seconds with an occassional 6 footer rolling through.

I did venture out (temporary insanity) and headed north to the high rises. Saw some birds but not the waterfall some folks saw while glassing from shore.

On the first day of the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament (9-day event), 6 boats fished and no rockfish were weighed.


THURSDAY, December 1, 2016

Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught their limit of tautog by 9:30 AM and released around 100 after that. All of the action took place with green crabs at Site 9 off the Delaware Coast. Alex Corteza released one that weighed 10.9 lbs.


TUESDAY, November 29, 2016

I was talking to some commercial fishermen this morning and they told me that they ran across decent size schools of striped bass 7-miles off the coast of OC. Big fish!

I also heard that the Coast Guard already has their Cutter and helicopters patrolling the coast in search of anglers fishing for and keeping striped bass outside the 3-mile line. Pretty expense endeavor. Last I checked, our country was almost $20,000,000,000 in debt. Just makes even more sense to get rid of that ridiculous 3-mile line! Fishery was closed based on science BUT hasn't been reopened based on science. Makes no sense.

DON'T FORGET - This Friday is registration for the 9-day Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament. Anglers can fish up to 5-days.

MONDAY, November 28, 2016

Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught their boat limit of 40 tautog while fishing with green crabs at Site 9. Ki Ju Park led the way with an 11.2 pounder.

A few stripers were caught inside of the 3-mile line, just north of the high rises. Water temperature was reported at 52-degrees.

I spoke to our foreign correspondent in New Jersey and he said that the boats fishing off the Ocean City, NJ coast didn't do much this weekend, but they definitely had ocean fish in the rivers behind OC, NJ.

Anglers on the headboat, "Angler" returned early with a boat limit of sea bass weighing up to 3 lbs. 8 oz. Fish were caught on a wreck on jigs and clams.


SUNDAY, November 27, 2016

I went searching over the weekend for stripers and bluefish. Really thought I would find both, and really expected to run across some good size bluefish which was my primary goal. Started at Little Gull... Headed out to the Bass Grounds... Headed north to Isle of Wight Shoal.... Up to Fenwick Shoal... Shot inside and returned down the beach. Found birds and whales around 7 miles off the beach, straight out from the OC Inlet. Nothing underneath and no bites on the troll. Best marks I had the entire trip was between Isle of Wight and Fenwick Shoal. Big bait balls of small bait (not bunker). Birds pcking away at the surface, but no fish marks underneath or around. Tossed some rubber shads, but no luck. The good news is that the water temperature is beween 55 and 57.5-degrees, so we haven't hit the magical 50-degree mark for stripers yet but you would think that big schools of chopper bluefish would be out there. I did hear from commercial guys that stripers were found rolling on top about 17-miles off the beach. Not big schools though.

Sea bass fishing is still good on ocean structure. The "Angler" and the "Morning Star" are returning with some nice catches and even an occassional flounder.

Tautog fishing is good. Rocks along Martha's Landing (West Channel) continues to produce good numbers of fish, but keepers are 1 in 50, so you gotta be patient.

Even saw a few triggerfish caught around the South Jetty. Interesting!

My brother John in OC, NJ reported good striper fishing in the rivers behind OC, NJ but the big schools are still north.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" had their boat limit of 35 tog while fishing at Reef Site 9 off Delaware. Their largest fish weighed 12.2 lbs. and 16.4 lbs. All caught on green crabs. They also released 7 tog between 10 and 16 lbs.


TUESDAY, November 22, 2016

Received word from Capt. Kane Bounds on the "Fish Bound" that he had water temperature of 47.8-degrees only 2 miles outside the OC Inlet. Water temp is dropping fast!


SUNDAY, November 20, 2016

Windy day on the beach. Too windy to fish.

The bulk of migrating stripers are still off central Jersey, but my brother got into a good bite in the rivers behind Ocean City, NJ. All caught on eels. Cold nights and the water temp is dropping fast. Maybe too fast!

Note Friday's report about Richard Crosariol hooking a 33-inch striper while fishing about 500 yards off the North Jetty. When I took the "Paperboy" out for a spin yesterday, I did have some good marks off 5th Street, not frar off the beach. Nice size boomarangs!


SATURDAY, November 19, 2016

Tog fishing has been very good along the rocks off Martha's Landing (West channel). Not many keepers, but a lot of action on smaller fish.

Ed and Brayden Taylor hooked 25 tautog, with 3 keepers, along with a pair of black drum, all while fishing on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" in the OC Inlet.


FRIDAY, November 18, 2016

I received a report from our foreign correspondent in New Jersey (my brother) who said that the large schools of migrating stripers are still to the north (central Jersey and above) but they are starting to see some show up in the rivers.

Capt. Kane Bounds on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" reported that the last few days of fishing have been red hot. Yesterday, they had a boat limit of 28 tautog by 9:30 AM. They ended up staying and catching and releasing another 100 tog. On Wednesday, they had a boat limit of 120 sea bass, 50 bluefish and some triggerfish. Both trips were on natural structure with squid and green crabs being the baits of choice.

3:31 PM - Just received a report from a reader that he saw diving gannetts off 20th Street, a quarter mile off the beach around 7 this morning. Getting interesting!

4:01 PM - Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported that sea bass fishing was good today with big fish in the mix. His anglers also caught some "enormous" bluefish.

Richard Crosariol caughta 33-inch, 13 lb. striper about 500 yards off the North Jetty on a live spot. Water temperature was 55.6-degrees.

anglers on the headboat "Morning Star" caught a load of black sea bass, along with some triggerfish, flounder and bluefish. All were caught on a wreck with clams, squid and Gulp!.



WEDNESDAY, November 16, 2016

I'm starting to wonder if we have some stripers off our coast. Sounds like the bulk of migrating fish are still off central Jersey (Asbury Park down to Atlantic City), but our water temperature is down around 54-55 degrees, whales have been spotted just off the beach around 5th Street and a few straglers have been caught off Assateague. Might be worth some exploratory missions.

If anyone sees or hears of anything, let us know (410-213-2200 or coastalfisherman@comcast.net). Thanks! Hope we have a much, much better season than last year

I saw where a new state record triggerfish was caught in Jersey. Weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz. Maryland's record is 5 lbs. 2 oz. and Delaware's is 6 lbs. 5 oz.


MONDAY, November 14, 2016

We had whales crusing just off shore of Ocean City this weekend. Good sign. Can usually find some stripers underneath. Bluefish are chomping on the wrecks. Not big ones... up to 3 lbs. Heard from source in NJ that they are dealing with some big choppers and they are heading our way. Jersey anglers are "complaining" that the stripers are cruising by outside of the 3-mile line. Welcome to our world, boys!

Water temperatures are hovering in the mid-50's. Getting close to the magical 50-degree mark.

5:06 PM - Looks like some good schools of bluefish are cruising by off our coast and it was a good day for sea bass fishing on ocean structure.


SUNDAY, November 13, 2016

It was incredible tautog fishing for anglers fishing on the charter boat, "Get Sum" today. The guys hooked exactly 100 tautog with 3 keepers in the mix. All the action took place along the rocks off Martha's Landing.


FRIDAY, November 11, 2016

Anglers on the charter boat "Lucky Break" hooked over 30 tautog, keepng 2, while fishing at the South Jetty

WEDNESDAY, November 9, 2016

Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" had a good day fishing for sea bass on artificial reefs. Acie Mankins led the way with a 23-inch, 4 lb. 11 oz. knothead caught on his first drop of the day.


TUESDAY, November 8, 2016

Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported very good sea bass fishing today for his anglers. Some had their limit of 15 fish. Tomorrows trip has some open spots around the rail so if you are interested you could probably just show up at his boat around 6:45 AM and get a good spot for some good fishing.

Bill Regan fished the bay behind OC today and reported catching one small flounder. He didn't see much caught by other anglers but it was a beautiful day on the water.

I did hear from my brother John who lives in Ocean City, NJ. They haven't caught much in the bay and rivers behind OC, NJ (water temp still in the mid-to-high 50's) but really nice migrating fish are being caught off Asbury Park, NJ. Heard several have been landed that weighed over 50 lbs.


MONDAY, November 7, 2016

The sign-up for the 9-day Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament is less than a month away. Sign-up is on December 2nd and the tournament runs through December 11th. There are a couple of changes to the tournament rules (no matter what it says in their brochure):

1. There is basically no northern boundry. The boundry, all ways, is 100 miles from the Sea Buoy, same as all other OCMC tournaments.
2. The guaranteed prize money for the 1st place rockfish has been increased from $1,000 to $2,000. Heaviest 3-fish stringer guarantteed a $500 gift basket filled with cool stuff.

Maximum number of anglers on the boat is 6, the same as last year. Boats can fish 5 of the 9 days. Entry fee is $250 per boat. Calcuttas will be available. Proceeds benefit the Jimmy Fund.


SATURDAY! November 5, 2016

Although they delayed the start of their trip due to weather, anglers on the headboat "Morning Star" made up for it with very good sea bass fishing and even a few flounder. Sea bass weighed up to 3 lbs. 7 oz. and flounder over 5 lbs. caught on squid. Heaviest sea bass was fooled with a sand flea. All on natural bottom.


THURSDAY, November 3, 2016

Michael Lawson caught a red drum in the West Channel around 11am this morning and a black drum off the Rt. 50 Bridge around 9:30. Both on spec rigs.


TUESDAY, November 1, 2016

"Talkin Trash" caught 22 blueline tilefish and 14 sea bass.

Headboat, "Angler" had good sea bass fishing today. Most caught their limit. Largest weighed 4 lbs. Flounder up to 5 lbs. were also caught.


SUNDAY, October 30, 2016

On the headboat, "Angler", Capt. Chris Mizurak reported good sea bass fishing today with a handful of limits around the rail. All other anglers were pretty close to their limit. Fish were caught on squid at an artificial reefsite. Tony Combs caught a 4 lb. 3 oz. triggerfish on the trip.

The Cropper family took a trip down to a VA barrier island and caught some nice size red drum. Blake Cropper caught her first redfish, a 50-incher with a 30-inch girth. Patty Cropper hooked a 49-incher. All were released.

Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported very good sea bass fishing today with several good sized knotheads mixed in. A lot of small bluefish also were caught by his anglers. Word on the street is that Hurricane Murray Adams was the high hook on the trip!

I didn't get any reports but the bite must have been pretty good today because when I was traveling into OC, I saw 3 guys hooked up at once. Small striped bass... Bluefish... Maybe a flounder.


SATURDAY, October 29, 2016

Windy day in OC but we saw some folks on the water and quite a few fishing off the Rt. 50 Bridge. I did receive a report that the Coast Guard had their 47 footer out patrolling getting ready for striped bass season.

Anglers continue to catch flounder (not big) in the East Channel and tautog and black drum around the South Jetty. You can also pick up tog along the rocks off Martha's Landing.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" had a good day, returning with 105 sea bass, some triggerfish and a load of bluefish. All were caught at the Bass Grounds while using squid for bait.


THURSDAY, October 27, 2016

Wind was puffing today, but anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" returned with a good catch of flounder, sea bass and triggerfish.


WEDNESDAY, October 26, 2016

Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" found the seas bumpy in the morning but ended up with their boat limit of 120 sea bass, 27 bluefish and 20 triggerfish. All were caught inshore at the Bass Grounds.


SUNDAY, October 23, 2016

The 24-hour Bahia Marina Rocktoberfest Tournament ended at 4pm today with 38 anglers competing. Here are the final results:

Rockfish Division:

1st - Phil Boylan - 11 lbs. 8 oz. - $2,393 (for 1st & 3rd)
2nd - Matt Stoltzfus - 10 lbs. 11 oz. - $495
3rd - Phil Boylan - 10 lbs. 6 oz.

Flounder Division:
1st - Big Bird Cropper - 4 lbs. 9 oz. - $177

Bluefish Division:
1st - Ryan Obertoltz - 3 lbs. - $177

Open Division:
1st - Andy Tobias - 5 lb. 9 oz. eel - $177


Most of the action took place around the Rt. 50 Bridge but fish were also caught around the South Jetty as well. Live spot and bunker were the baits of choice, but Big Bird caught his winning flounder on a Gulp! artificial bait. Anglers also caught some red drum around the South Jetty along with a lot of short stripers. Flounder were caught at both the bridge and the South Jetty. Small bluefish are all over, but centered around the Rt. 50 Bridge, although they were also caught up by the Rt. 90 Bridge also. No tautog were weighed in the tournament.


SUNDAY, October 16, 2016

Rich Daiker caught his limit if flounder and red drum in the East Channel, all on bunker.

Charter boat, "Marli" had 7 yellowfins and 12 gaffer dolphin at the northeast corner of the Norfolk Canyon. Water moved around 10 miles in one day.

Tuna were also caught in the Baltimore Canyon.


SATURDAY, October 15, 2016

Lots of anglers fishing in the bay and off the Rt. 50 Bridge today. Black drum, sheepshead, some red drum and flounder are on the menu. Sand fleas for all but flounder. Gulp! for flatties.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Get Sum" had a couple of good trips today. In the morning, they had 6 keeper flounder and another 5 in the afternoon. All were caught in the Fishbowl and in the East Channel.

Charter boat Marli had 12 yellowfins south of the Washington. Fish are moving hard south.

Rich and Debbie Daiker were 1 flounder short of their limit after drifting the incoming tide in the East Channel. Fish ranged from 16.5 to 18-inches. All on bunker.


THURSDAY, October 13, 2015

The charter boat "Marli" is still at it. Today Capt. Mark Hoos took his anglers to just south of the Rockpile, in 70-120 fathoms of water and they ended up with 18 yellowfins and broke off a wahoo. Capt. Mark said that water temperature was between 69 and 71-degrees. Yellowfins were in the 25-30 lb. range. No other boats were down with them.

There was also a good bite in the Inlet today. Anglers are getting into some red drum and small stripers. They are also finding bluefish and flounder near the Rt. 50 Bridge.


TUESDAY, October 11. 2016

There has been a good flounder bite around the Rt. 50 Bridge with some bigger fish mixed in. Bridge anglers are also getting into bluefish and stripers as well.

This morning, Bob Gummer caught a 5 lb. sheepshead while fishing from the 3rd Street Bulkhead.


MONDAY, October 10, 2016

Whew... what a weekend. We got hit harder than the forecast, but nothing like those south of us. Wind was forecasted on Saturday at around 22mph, but got up to the 30's with gusts in the 50's. Gonna be interesting to see how this storm shakes things up and whether folks put their boats back in the water to head to the canyons.

I did hear that the action around the Rt. 50 Bridge was good right before the storm. Good size bluefish, in the 5-6 lb. range, were caught in good numbers mixed in with some short stripers. Tog fishing should improve around the South Jetty and it looks like there are a good number of sheepshead there as well.

Anglers are catching red drum while surf fishing off Assateague Island.


TUESDAY , October 4, 2016

Anglers on the Charterboat "Get Sum" had an active day with 2 keeper flounder and a load of throwbacks. One keeper came from the Commercial Harbor and one from the Fish Bowl. They couldn't get out to the South Jetty for some sheepshead action because it was just too rough.


SUNDAY, October 2, 2016

4:55 PM - Finally have dome good weather and the fish are snapping.

There was an excellent sheepshead bite at the South Jetty.

Charter boat "Lucky Break" put some beautiful flounder in the box while fishing in the West Channel, south of the bridge. Capt. Jason said that all the rainwater runoff has pushed the flatties closer to the Inlet. He has open spots the next couple of days so give him a call if you want to catch some flounder.

Crazy day offshore. Wahoo were plentiful.

"Talkin Trash" went 11 for 22 on wahoo. Their heaviest weithed 77 lbs. Capt. Chris Little said that they started at the east wall of the Washington Canyon and they worked their way out to the 800/800 and back in. Water temp was between 69 and 75-degrees. They also had 9 dolphin.

Charter boat, "Spring Mix II" had 37 dolphin in the Washington.

"Turn Me Loose" had 35 dolphin in the Washington.

"Foolish Pleasures" had 2 wahoo and some dolphin in the Washington.

"PYY Marine" had 3 wahoo (52, 54 & 66 lbs.) and 26 dolphin in the Washington.


MONDAY, September 27, 2016

"Big Billin" went out to 100 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon on a half-day trip and went 3 for 5 on white marlin in addition to catching a yellowfin.


SATURDAY, September 24, 2016

Weatherwise, the day started out calm but the winds picked up throughout the day. Pretty dreary. Annoying rain off and on.

It looks like the bite in the bay continues to be improved with more action around the South Jetty.

Charter boat, "Get Sum" had a banner day with 3 sheepshead, 2 black drum and a couple of triggerfish, all on sand fleas around the South Jetty. They also had a pair of flounder at the east end of the Commercial Harbor on white Gulp! Swimming Mullet. Around the Jetty, the anglers also released short tautog and sea bass. Their largest black drum weighed 10.2 lbs.

Offshore, charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" had 2 white marlin releases and 6 dolphin in the Poor Man's Canyon.

Charter boat, "Boss Hogg" headed to the Baltimore Canyon and releases a blue marlin in addition to catching 60 dolphin and 7 yellowfin tuna.

Charter boat, "Marli" caught 8 yellowfins and released 4 white marlin in the Baltimore.

"Zipper" caught a wahoo and 14 dolphin in the Baltimore.

"Buckshot" released 7 white marlin in the Baltimore.

Hope Noone caught and released her 1st and 2nd white marlin in the Baltimore Canyon while fishing on the "A Salt Weapon II".


FRIDAY, September 23, 2016

There was a good flounder bite in the bay. Really picked up. A lot of bait.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" caught keeper flounder in the Fish Bowl and around the South Jetty today. Capt. Jason said flatties were on both the inside and outside of the South Jetty. Capt. Jason likes to have his angles use Z-Man artificials and minnows.

Anglers on the headboat, "Angler" had good flounder fi


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