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5.22.17 5:35 pm

by Larry Jock

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MONDAY, May 22, 2017

It was a tough weekend. Wind just doesn't want to stop. Temperatures really cooled off. Offshore, the forecast doesn't look good all week.

I know anglers are pecking away at flounder in the Thorofare, but the windy conditions are making it really difficult. Slow trolling works better in these conditions since it give you more control.

The striper bite off Assateague continues to be slow. Steve McGlannan did come by the office with a picture of the 43-incher he caught and released the other day. Hooked it on bunker.

The bluefish bite is definitely slowing up, but good size fish are still being caught in waves along the coast. When it is on... it is on. Otherwise, you may have to put some time in.

Up in Delaware, Hunter Shelby caught some speckled trout on soft shell crabs in the bay behind Burton's Island.

Eamonn Carey caught a 14.2 lb. bluefish in the surf off Bethany Beach on Sunday.

5:35 PM - Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported a slow sea bass bite today. Larry Grimm led the way with a 2 lb. 14 oz. sea bass caught on clams at an offshore wreck.

SATURDAY, May 20, 2017

The wind is really puffing in Ocean City today. Definitely cooler temperatures as the cold front moves through. Offshore forecast looks rough. Seas 4-7 today and 5-8 tomorrow. Winds out of the east.

3:04 PM - Before the water got dirty this morning, Frank Lanigan managed to catch a 23-inch flounder in the East Channel. Fish weighed just under 5 lbs.

FRIDAY, May 19, 2017

9:25 AM - Updated yesterdays report.

Last night, Buddy and Cody Martin caught 12 bluefish and some hickory shad while fishing from the Rt. 50 Bridge. They were tossing bucktails during the outgoing tide on the south side of the bridge near the East Channel.

Ellen Doctor caught a 3 lb. sea bass during a trip aboard the headboat, "Angler" with her son, Steve Doctor. Caught on clams at an artificial reef.

THURSDAY, May 18, 2017

9:41 AM - Updated yesterdays report.

The charter boat, "Marli" returned with 18 gaffer dolphin from the Norfolk Canyon. Water was closer in the Norfolk than yesterday since it was pushing northwest. No tunas.

Sarah McGovern caught a 45-inch, 24 lb. striper on finger mullet while fishing from the beach on Assateague Island.

On the charter boat, "Fish Bound", Mark Levinrad released an 11 lb. female tautog that was loaded with eggs. He also caught his limit of sea bass. All were caught on clams on natural bottom.

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017

12:02 PM - Looks like there is a tuna and dolphin bite in the Norfolk Canyon again today. The "Marli" just reported having 7 yellowfins and 8 gaffer mahi in the box.

4:57 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" have had a couple of good days of sea bass fishing. Both days, anglers caught their limit of knotheads. Today, the fish ate clams in 50-feet of water. Sunny Kim led the way with a 3 pounder.

Big Bird Cropper and Dave Hrycyk ended their day with 20 bluefish in the box. Five were caught along Martha's Landing and the other 15 were hooked on both sides of the Rt. 50 Bridge. They also caught around 6 short stripers around the Rt. 50 Bridge. Everything was on Roy Rigs at the end of the incoming and throughout the outgoing.

5:36 PM - The charter boat, "Marli" ended up with 8 gaffer dolphin and 7 yellowfins from the Norfolk Canyon. The bite must have died off in the afternoon since they had those fish in the box by 11:00 AM. All of the action was in 500 fathoms in the Norfolk Canyon. Capt. Mark said that the water was pushing hard to the southwest, so it should be in even closer tomorrow.

"Big Billin'" also went to the Norfolk Canyon and returned iwth 6 gaffer dolphin. Heaviest weighed 46 lbs.

Charter boat, "Last Call" went to the Norfolk and had a pair of yellowfins and 5 dolphin. Trip was 81 miles where Capt. Frank found a temp break from 62-72 degrees. Yellowfins weighed 27 and 35 lbs.

"Bonnie Lynn" went to the Norfolk Canyon and boated a mako (released 3 others), a yellowfin, 6 mahi and their limit of blueline tilefish.

Yancey Carapico and Dave Scoole fished with live minnows in the Thorofae and caught 1 keeper flounder (17 1/2-inches) and 9 shorts. Fished from 1-4 in the afternoon.

Matt Garrison caught a 55 lb. black drum on clams at the Coral Beds in the Delaware Bay.

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017

Since black sea bass season opened yesterday, and we finally had a nice day in the ocean boats headed to ocean structure in search of knotheads.

Chef Vaughan landed the first one of the season while fishing on the headboat, "Morning Star". Looks like there was a nice bite for everyone around the rail.

Anglers on the headboat, "Angler" also had a good day with several 15-fish limits around the rail. All of the fish were caught on squid and clams at an artificial reef. Travis Heilser and Larry Collier shared heaviest fish honors with 2 lb. 12 oz. sea bass.

The "Jezebel" returned with 83 sea bass, all caught on squid and clams in 108-feet of water. Largest fish was caught by Mike Johnston with a 21 1/4-incher that weighed 3 lbs. 14 oz.

Anglers on the "High Seas" had 60 sea bass and 28 blueline tilefish. Sea Bass were caught in 108-feet of water before they headed to the Baltimore Canyon for tilefish. All were caught on squid.

Big Bird Cropper and John Wittmyer had a great day tossing Roy Rigs all around the bay, Inlet and ocean. The duo caught a load of bluefish and released a ton of short stripers. Stripers were around the Ocean Pier and in the Inlet.

5:11 PM - Right now, anglers on the Rt. 50 Bridge are tearing up the stripers, although 99.9% of them are too short to keep. A ton of fun, though!

"Bill$ 4 Bills" just returned with a nice catch of tilefish.

5:39 PM - Anglers on "Bill$ 4 Bills" ended up with 8 golden tilefish (up to 45 lbs), 2 blackbelly rosefish, 13 blueline tilefish (up to 18 lbs.) and 6 sea bass. Tilefish were caught in 770-feet of water. Everything was on clams and squid.

Some yellowfin tuna and some mahi were caught in the Norfolk Canyon where boats found a 10-degree water temperature break.

SUNDAY, May 14, 2017

Finally, a sunny day in Ocean City. The wind really died down early in the morning but picked up mid-morning and it is puffing pretty good.

Bluefish are still being caught. Today there was a bite around the Rt. 50 Bridge. Fish are still a nice size. 30-38 inches. There has been a good bite in the evenings in the bay. Anglers have been having a blast catching 28-30 inch blues on topwater plugs.

Flounder are in the Thorofare. Rebecca Haskell boated an 18 1/2-incher on a pearl white Gulp! Swimming Mullet.

In the Delaware surf, anglers are finding a ton of bunker over big bluefish.

Chuck Wills caught 6 bluefish, ranging from 19 to 22-inches while fishing with bunker off the beach in Cape Henlopen at high tide.

SATURDAY, May 13, 2017

A nasty day in Ocean City. Rainy & windy.

If you are looking to get in on some good red drum action and catch some big striped bass, head on down to the surf off Hog Island, VA. The surfcasters down there are getting into them good. If you have never been down there, you really should give it a try. Get a bunch of your buddies and head on down there, especially this time of year. Good action!

11:47 AM - There was an incredible bluefish blitz for anglers fishing off the Cape Henlopen Pier yesterday. Brittany Trombetta and Jason Craig stopped by the office this morning with 13 choppers they caught while fishing with mullet and squid. Their largest measured 35-inches and weighed 8 lbs. 11 oz. The bite started around 5pm and the duo said that they left them biting. They said that over 100 fish were caught between 5 and 7.

Yesterday, the blues were snapping all over the Thorofare flats. Fish were slightly smaller than what we have been seeing, but still nice fish up to 29-inches.

Surf anglers are still getting into mostly bluefish in the 30+-inch range. Not much on stripers. Spring run has been disappointing so far.

5:05 PM - updated Wednesday's report.

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017

Brian Brannan and Derek Crossley got into bluefish on light tackle while fishing around Harbour Island. Their largest measured 30-inches and 3 others were over 20-inches.

THURSDAY, May 11, 2017

With reports coming in yesterday afternoon about schoolie stripers being caught around the Ocean Pier (the one that sticks out into the ocean, just north of the Inlet), I figured it might be a good night toss a swim shad along the beach between the Inlet and the Ocean Pier. Unfortunately, I didn't get any bites and the tide was roaring in. I fished for a while on the North Jetty, but no action. One angler did have a 30-inch striper and a couple of bluefish, but that was it. I ventured over to the 3rd Street Bulkhead and tossed a popper into the East Channel. Had a great time and there is nothing like seeing a popper work the surface and anticipating a big striper or bluefish coming up and smashing it. Unfortunately, for me and the other 1/2 dozen anglers fishing off the Bulkhead, it was all quiet. A nice fellow did have a couple of big (9-10 lb.) bluefish in his cooler. He said a school roamed through the East Channel around 5pm.

Zach Nagler caught a beautiful, 43-inch, 40 lb. black drum while fishing with peeler crabs off Assateague Island yesterday. Caught during the outgoing tide.

Up in the Thorofare, Yancey Carapico caught a 22-inch flounder on a live minnow around 3:30 PM. Nice fish!

Up in Delaware, Rick's Bait & Tackle checked in their first flounder of the season when Donna Markle arrived arrived with a 24 3/4-incher caught on squid in the Indian River Inlet.

Bob Knight caught an 11.2 lb. bluefish from the beach at 3R's Road.

Dan Eagan caught a 7 lb. bluefish on cut mullet at Massey's Landing.

Francis Zaborowsky caught some nice bluefish (8-10 lbs.) from the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park.

WEDNESDAY, May 10, 2017

Finally, a beautiful day in Ocean City. Ocean looked very nice. Wind has died down considerably.

On the charter boat, "Fish Bound", anglers had a quick boat limit of 32 tautog while fishing iwth green crabs in 75-feet of water. Victor Feleccio released a 16 pounder.

Kevin Briddell caught a 44-inch striper in the surf off Assateague. It weighed 33 lbs. and was caught on cut bunker. It is the heaviest striper caught in OC so far this season.

3:34 PM - Big Bird Cropper just reported in that it was all the schoolie size stripers you wanted around the Ocean Pier today, outside the inlet. Bird said that there was a very clear patch of water around the Pier and there were hundreds of small stripers. He also had 2 big bluefish during his trip. Water temperature was 61-degrees.

A few boats ventured offshore today and got into yellowfin tuna and mahi, east of the Washington Canyon in 1,000 to 1,500 fathoms. The trip was 88 miles from the OC Inlet.

The "Nontypical" headed out to 1,200 fathoms, east of the Washington and caught a pair of yellowfins (up to 30 lbs.) and released a mako they estimated at around 100 lbs. Capt. Terry Latyon said that the temperature gradually increased from 59 to 65-degrees but they jumped to 73-degrees at the hard break. They stayed on the warm side of the break, where they caught the tuna. There was not a lot of bait, but Terry said from 30 fathoms out, the water was very clean. He also said that when he crossed the Bigeye Hole, there were pilot whales in the area where the water tempearture was 58-degrees.

SUNDAY, May 7, 2017

9:34 AM - FINALLY, a nice day. Sun is shining. Not much wind.

Don't forget, the Annual Ocean City Reef Foundation Dinner is this afternoon, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at SEACRETS on 49th Street and the Bay. Good food and some great auctions! Only $20 per person.

I'm expecting to see some bluefish caught today along with flounder up in the Thorofare. At this time of year, you can get them on the drift but trolling in the channels on the flats really produces some nice catches. Working the edges, going side-to-side across the channel is the way to do it. If you have any kind of bellies, you are in good shape. If you catch a flounder, but off their dorsal or anal fins. They are a quick cut and work great!

SATURDAY, May 6, 2017

The wind this week has been ridiculous! I went down to the beach last night and the ocean was ANGRY! Has certainly made fishing tough, but some anglers have gone looking for bluefish in the bay. They are still here. Haven't heard much about flounder though.

2:27 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Get Sum" battled the nasty wind all day but ended up having a good day with 2 flounder measuring 19 3/4-inches, 1 flounder that was 20 1/4-inches and a pair of chopper bluefish. They also had 7 throwback flounder. All were hooked in the Thorofare on white and pink Gulp! artificial baits.

Bluefish are being caught all over the bay. I have reports of fish caught down by the OC Airport and in the East Channel.

Over on the Chesapeake, anglers on the charter boat, "Marli" continue to get some nice fish. Suzanna Martin caught herself a 36-incher out of Solomons Island.

FRIDAY, May 5, 2017

Unfortunately, the weatherman got it right. In Ocean City, it is raining and very windy. The wind has literally blown ALL week. The bluefish bite has been so hot that a lot of anglers just went anyway. Anglers fishing off the Oceanic Pier have been having some great nights with bluefish lined up on the pier.

Those venturing over to Solomons Island to rockfish on the charter boat, "Marli" had braved windy conditions also, but have put some great fish on the dock. Yesterday, the anglers caught their limit of trophy stripers ranging from 36 to 39-inches. All caught in 40-feet of water north of the Gas Dock. Back on April 30th, Barb Firestone and Rachelle Bair caught 4 rockfish including a 53-incher that weighed 55 lbs.

THURSDAY, May 4, 2017

The wind has been howling for 4 days now which has put a damper on fishing. The bluefish bite is still so good that some anglers are throwing caution to the wind and heading out into the bay. Big choppers continue to be caught in the Inlet, around the Bridges, in the East Channel, in the bay behind Assateague. Basically everywhere!

The other day, Buddy and Cody Martin caught 7 bluefish on cut bait, between 34 and 36-inches, fishing off the 4th Street Bulkhead at the end of the outgoing tide.

Pasquale and Patrick Petrera caught big blues in the surf off Fenwick Island. and in the bay behind Frontier Town.

Yesterday, Emma Matarese caught a 15 3/4 lb. bluefish on cut bunker in the East Channel. She was fishing on the Ocean City Guide Service.

Vinnie Locascio caught a bluefish on cut bunker from the 9th Street Pier. Looked like it was in the 12 lb. range.

MONDAY, May 1, 2017

The wind really howled today, but that didn't stop Mike Johnston and Courtney Ritter from continuing their assault on flounder in the Thorofare. Today, they trolled Gulp! and bellies and ended their day with 5 keepers up to 22-inches. Mike said conditions were not fun, but the water wasn't too dirty.

Big bluefish continued to be caught in the East Channel by anglers fishing off the 3rd Street Bulkhead and in the Inlet.

SUNDAY, April 30, 2017

Yesterday was another good day for anglers chasing chopper bluefish. There was a good bite in the surf, in the Inlet and all over the bay, particularly in the bay behind Assateague.

Sarah Russell caught a 38-inch bluefish on cut bunker behind Frontier Town.

Darrin Holland caught a 36-inch bluefish on cut bunker behind Frontier Town.

Mugen Nickerson caught a 34-inch bluefish on cut bunker behind Frontier Town.

Jake and Katie Betz each caught a bluefish while torlling behind Assateague Island last night around 6pm. Jakes was a 33-incher and Katie's measured 28-inches.

Up in Delaware, flounder are showing up in the Lewes Canal and Roosevelt Inlet. Tautog were caught at the Outer Wall by Ryland Weiler.

Big bluefish were found in the surf at Herring Point. Suizanne Martin caught an 8.53 pounder.

Ethan Thomas caught an 18-inch flounder in the Roosevelt Inlet on minnows.

6:26 PM - Well folks, it looked like a fishing season today. Boats that went offshore came back with some early catches and the bluefish are still mugging everything in the bay and in the surf.

Anglers on the "Hellbent" had a great day flounder fishing in the Thorofare. They trolled Gulp! and flounder belly, returning with 7 keeper flounder up to 22 1/4-inches and weighing 3 lbs. 11 oz.

"Tunafowl" returned to Sunset Marina with 3 yellowfin tuna, including the first of the season caught at 9:30 this morning. They were caught while trolling ballyhoo (1) and spreaderbars (2) in 130 fathoms near the 000's where they found a 9-degree temperature break with 67-degrees on the warm side. Fishing on the "Tunafowl" were Josh Ensor, Corbin Ensor and Jeff Rosenkilde.

The charter boat, "Wrecker" had a heckuva day, coming back with a 147 lb. mako, along with a bluefin tuna, 3 mahi and 3 yellowfins. The bluefin and the mahi are the first of the year. The mako was caught while sharking with a bluefish fillet while the yellowfins, bluefin and mahi were caught on trolled ballyhoo. Capt. Jeremy Blunt said that they were anywhere from 80 to 120 fathoms near the 000's where they found the 9-degree break (58 to 67 degrees). Fishing on the "Wrecker" were Brendan McDermond, Dale Christensen, Megan and Steve Humphrey and Tony Caiazzo.

Mark Malamphy, Jim Conway and Rob Griggs had a 249 lb. mako shark in 400 fathoms in the Poor Man's Canyon.

Scott Chatterton caught a pair of bluefish off the beach in Fenwick Island today.

Up in Delaware, Mike Haas caught a 9.8 lb. tautog at Site 10 on green crabs and white leggers. Mike and his buddy John Ibach each caught their limit of tog.

Mike Lewis and Dick Hamilton caught their limit of tog at Site 10 while using green crabs for bait.

Courtney Lee caught an 8.4 lb. bluefish in the Indian River Inlet during the incoming tide.

Over on the Chesapeake Bay, the charter boat, "Marli" is fishing out of Solomons Island and tearing up the rockfish. Barb Firestone and Rachelle Biar caught 4 rockfish on tandem lures in 45-60 feet of water around HI Buoy. Their largest fish weighed 55 lbs. with a length of 53-inches and a 30 1/2=inch girth. Laurel Lokhaiser caught her first Chesapeake Bay Spring Trophy Rockfish. It was a real fatty!

SATURDAY, April 29, 2017

9:16 AM - The bluefish bite in the Ocean City Inlet last night was awesome.. and they were BIG fish! James Coates called in to report that his group caught 30 during the outgoing tide with the smallest measuring 32-inches. I ran into another angler this morning who also reported unbelievable action in the Inlet last night. They said every cast got banged.

Mike Orchulli sent in a picture yesterday of the 21-inch flounder he caught on a white Gulp and minnow in the Thorofare during the outgoing tide. Mike and his buddies also had 4 short flounder during their trip.

Yesterday, Jack Autin caught a 25 1/2 lb. striper on a chunk of bunker while fishing from the surf off Cape Henlopen.

Bobby Zakrzewski and his dad fished in the Broadkill River and caught 5 black drum between 12 and 15 lbs. All on clam.

10:08 AM - Craig Hocker caught a 34-inch bluefish in the OC Inlet this morning on fresh cut bunker at slack tide.

4:28 PM - The bluefish bite is absolutely nuts right now in the waters all around Ocean City and up the coast to Cape Henlopen.

Today, anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" had a great day catching 7 huge bluefish, up to 41-inches, along with 3 throwback stripers and a throwback (16") flounder. All of the action was in the bay behind Assateague Island where Capt. Jason Mumford found 72-degree water. The bluefish are hitting anything, but the "Lucky Break" anglers had success casting and FAST retrieving swim shads along with trolling Rat-L-Traps. Capt. Jason said that you had to reel the swim shads as fast as possible to get the hits. The bite was so furocious that at one point an angler was fighting a chopper after it ate a trolled Rat-L-Trap. Another big bluefish came up and hit the same lure, snapping it from the line in the process. Both 10 lb. bluefish were thrashing on top of the water, joined only by the Rat-L-Trap. Amazing action for the "Lucky Break" anglers!

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017

The bluefish are still snapping. Tim Heim fished early this morning off 9th Street in the bay and caught 12 nice choppers. His largest measured 35-inches and weighed 10 lbs. 2 oz.

Still hearing mostly about short stripers in the bay and off the beach. Larger stripers may be a little off the beach. Probably worth folks heading out by boat this weekend to check it out.

1:17 PM - Kim Zimmerman caught a 35-inch bluefish in the surf off Assateague Island. Hooked on finger mullet.

2:32 - An incredible story. A small swordfish, still alive, just washed up on Assateague. Guys are trying to revive it.

8:14 PM - The first mako shark of the year was caught today by the crew on the "Nontypical". Angler Andy Smelter muscled in the 147 pounder after hooking it on a false albacore fillet in 55 fathoms northeast of the Rockpile. Andy was fishing with David Peterson and Capt. Terry Layton. They also released 12 blue sharks and lost another mako estimated at 250 lbs. during their trip. The action took place where Capt. Terry found a 16-degree temperature break (52-68 degrees). Congratulations guys!!!!

There were some keeper size flounder caught in the Thorofare yesterday and today.

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017

First Coastal Fisherman is less than a week away! If you are catching big blues, make sure you weigh them. Who will be the early leader for Heaviest Fish?

Big bluefish are dominating the action. Nick Ager caught 10 last week. Largest was 39-inches. Second largest was a 38-incher which was caught yesterday around 6:00 PM off the beach at 120th Street in OC.

Not seeing many legal stripers. All too small.

MONDAY, April 24, 2017

Nasty day on Delmarva.

Yesterday, Deb Trotter and Terry Harford caught a load of bluefish while fishing with cut bait off Assateague Island. Their largest measured 37-inches.

SUNDAY, April 23, 2017

Eddy McCrae tagged and releaed a 15 lb. female tautog during a trip on the headboat, "Morning Star". The 28-incher ate a green crab on ocean structure.

Yesterday, "Fish Bound" angler Jimmy Lee released a 15.8 lb. tautog after hooking it on a white crab in 70 feet of water. He also released an 11 pounder during the trip. All 6 anglers caught their limit of tog.

Bryan Rosensteel was casting off his balcony on 32nd Street in OC when he hooked into a bluefish that looked to be over 10 lbs.

The last couple of days have been good for catching bluefish from the beach. The beaches around the DE/MD line have produced big bluefish, but they also have been hooked up and down the line. Some black drum mixed in. Unfortunately, stripers have been too small.

Ron Rodimak caught a 37-inch bluefish on fresh bunker while fishing off the beach at 3R's Road in Delaware.

SATURDAY, April 22, 2017

9:08 AM - We are still seeing good numbers of small stripers being caught around all 3 bridges, in the OC Inlet and in the surf. Big bluefish are mixed in with several hitting the 10 lb. mark.

Mike and Dave Burt took their kayaks down to the flats off of Onancock, VA and hooked into a pair of 45-inch red drum on the troll. Absolutely beautiful fish!

Yesterday, angles fishing on the charter boat "Fish Bound" got into some nice size tautog while dropping white crabs on ocean structure in 65 feet of water. Mike Hernandez released a 10 lb. male and Victor Feleccio released an 11 lb. female. Capt. Kane said that he can tell that the tog are starting to spawn as their bellies are beginning to swell. The group of 6 anglers caught their limit of tog and released a bunch more. White crabs and green crabs were the ticket, all in 65-feet of water.

Up in Delaware, Robby Baxley caught 4 chopper bluefish from the Cape Henlopen surft. All ranged between 12 and 13 lbs. and were caught while tossing a popper.

Jason Schuster caught a whopper 15 lb. bluefish after it hit a popper he was tossing into the Cape Henlopen surf. Measured 37-inches.

Alex Neiss looks like he might have an early lock on the Heaviest Bluefish of the Year honor with an 18.5 pounder caught in the Cape Henlopen surf on a popper. The chopper measured 38 inches and had a 20-inch girth. Wow!

Debbie and Joe Viscuglia caught a pair of bluefish weighing 10.5 and 12.8 lbs. in the Cape Henlopen surf.

FRIDAY, April 21, 2017

10:42 AM - Mike Cenci and Mike Troy just swung by the office with a pair of chopper bluefish they caught while fishing with cut bunker from the beach at 88th Street. Cenci's bluefish measured 34-inches and Troy's was a 31-incher.

It looks like the big bluefish are roaming the waters all along the coast. I am received reports of fish being caught from Assateague Island all the way up to Cape Henlopen.

12:23 PM - Chase Holden caught a 34-inch, 14 lb. bluefish on a Gulp! artificial bait while fishing from the surf at Cape Henlopen.

12:43 PM - Charles Jenkins just swung by the office to have his picture taken with the 32-inch, 9 lb. bluefish he caught on a flounder rig tipped with a shiner. Charles was fishing off the Rt. 50 Bridge during the outgoing tide.

THURSDAY, April 20, 2017

Yesterday, Tom Cox caught a 28-inch black drum that weighed 14 lbs. 10 oz. He was fishing off Assateague and using sand fleas for bait.

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017

9:43 AM - Bryan Mullins was fishing last night on the ocean side of the South Jetty and caught a nice 36-inch bluefish.

Down on Assateague, anglers are catching black drum and short stripers. Haven't heard much about bluefish, but I'm sure they are in the area.

Yesterday on the charter boat, "Fish Bound", James Peterson released a pair of female tautog weighing 11 and 14 lbs. Both were hooked on green crabs in 35-feet of water on a small ocean wreck.

On the same trip, Ed Kohlhoff released a 12 lb. female tautog that was also hooked on a green crab in 35-feet of water on an ocean wreck.

Anglers are catching big bluefish, hovering around 10 lbs., from the beach near Cape Henlopen.

Job Robertson caught a 15.8 lb. bluefish while throwing lures around the Cape Henlopen Pier. His buddy, Alex Neiss caught himself a 12.1 pounder.

2:53 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" had a couple of good days. Yesterday, they fished by the South Jetty at the end of the incoming tide and the beginning of the outgoing. They had 17 short stripers (largest measured 22-inches). Today, they fished by the Rt. 50 Bridge during the incoming tide and had 10 stripers up to 25.5-inches and some nice bluefish up to 10 lbs.

TUESDAY, April 18, 2017

4:28 PM - Opening day of turkey season was today, but some folks chose to get out on the water. Wind puffed pretty good all day, making conditions around the South Jetty challenging.

Big Bird Cropper and Dave Hrycyk caught some short stripers at the end of the Commercial Harbor, across from Atlantic Tackle first thing this morning. They then ventured out to the South jetty and caught a load of short stripers (23) along with 7 nice bluefish. The largest chopper measured 34-inches and weighed 9.5 lbs. All were hooked on Big Bird's famous Roy Rigs. Water was extremely clean with temperatures hovering around 53-degrees. All of the fish were caught during the incoming tide. The bite turned off right when the tide switched in the afternoon.

MONDAY, April 17, 2017

Yesterday, Karen and James Cathell were fishing with shrimp from the 3rd Street Bulkhead where Karen caught a 17-inch tautog within the first 5 minutes of fishing. James said that they saw around 6 tog caught in the 2 hours that they were fishing. Karen's was the only one large enough to keep.

Angler Matt King released a nice 23-inch tautog during a trip aboard the headboat, "Morning Star". The fish was hooked on a white crab over an artificial reef.

Capt. Monty Hawkins and his crew on the headboat, "Morning Star" took some trips out to the Capt. Bob Gowar Reef at the northwest corner of the Bass Grounds and dropped 283 large cinderblocks. That is turning into quite a reefsite thanks to Capt. Monty, his crew and the Ocean City Reef Foundation.

It was nice to see the Ocean City Town Council reverse their decision to eliminate their $5,000 payment to the angler who catches the first white marlin of the season. Very wise decision by them.

4:40 PM - Although bluefish have been found just off the Delmarva coast, we haven't seen many filter into the bay. A few have been caught, including a 30+ incher.

Shad have also been caught recently by anglers fishing off the North Jetty.

Small striped bass continue to be caught around the Rt. 90 and Assateague bridges.

Might be a good time to look for flounder around the Duck Blinds in the bay behind Assateague Island, past the OC Airport.

Aytron Pryor and his friend, Jacob Lewis were fishing from their kayaks in the Assawoman Bay when Ayrton caught a 13 lb. bluefish while tossing a plug.

SUNDAY, April 16, 2017

Big Bird Cropper caught his first striper of the year, a 29-incher, while tossing a Roy Rig inside the Ocean City Inlet.

SATURDAY, April 15, 2017

On his first trip of the year, George Nicoletos caught an 18-inchflounder on a white Gulp and shiner combination while drifting near the Rt. 90 Bridge during the outgoing tide.

Dean Lokey sent me a picture of a 50-inch rockfish he caught in the Nanticoke River while fishing with bloodworms from his kayak.

Anglers fishing off Assateague have caught some short stripers, but I also heard of a couple of 40-inchers being landed as well. They also have caught some black drum as well.

From what I'm seeing, the striper bite could be 2-3 weeks early this season. No doubt due to the warm water temperatures we had over the winter.

FRIDAY, April 14, 2017

Happy Good Friday everyone!

Sean Fox was fishing off the beach in Chincoteague yesterday when he caught a 32-inch black drum

I am hearing that they are catching red drum from the beaches of VA's barrier islands.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" had a good day of tautog fishing. The guys were fishing in 80-feet of water with green crabs. CJ Choi led the way wih a pair of nices ones weighing 10.4 and 11.5 lbs. Marc Levinrad had a noteworthy day, catching his limit early in the day and releasing another 25 keepers during the rest of the trip. His heaviest weighed 10.1 lbs.

Capt. Kane on the "Fish Bound" reported water temperatures of 51-degrees in 80-feet of water.

THURSDAY, April 13, 2017

Red drum are being caught by surfcasters fishing off Hog Island, located south of Exmore, VA.

WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017

Looks like there were some more flounder caught in the bay yesterday. Anglers on "Ocean City Guide Service" went home with a couple of 19.5-inchers after fishing in the bay behind Assateague Island. They also had some throwback stripers. Largest was 26-inches.

Small striped bass are being caught aroun

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