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June 30, 2017 - DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announces Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament’s new youth division

June 28, 2017 - Trump Administration Delivers for Saltwater Recreational Anglers

June 28, 2017 - NOAA Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule Adding Blueline Tilefish to Golden Tilefish Management Plan

June 26, 2017 - NOAA opens public comment period on Sec. 4(b) in Executive Order 13795 focused on National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments

June 14, 2017 - Judge DQ's Heasley's 2016 White Marlin

June 2, 2017 - PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO 7 DE ADMIN CODE 3511 SUMMER FLOUNDER SIZE LIMITS; POSSESSION LIMITS; SEASONS

June 2, 2017 - Anglers invited to fish for free in Delaware waters June 3 and 4 DNREC’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police to host 31st Annual Youth Fishing Tournament June 3

April 19, 2017 - Mid-Atlantic Council to Hold Public Hearings for Chub Mackerel Amendment

April 19, 2017 - Joint Council Meeting with ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board in Alexandria, VA: May 10, 2017

April 19, 2017 - Survey Finds Resilient Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Population Number of Spawning-Age Female Crabs up 31 Percent to Historic High

April 18, 2017 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board Conference Call

April 13, 2017 - Additional closure needed to assist beachnesters at the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park

April 11, 2017 - Retention Limit of Commercial Aggregated Large Coastal Shark and Hammerhead Shark Management Groups: Atlantic Region Reduced to 3 Sharks per Trip

April 7, 2017 - NOAA Fisheries Announces an Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel Meeting May 9-11, 2017

April 6, 2017 - U.S. Reps. Graves, Green, Webster, Wittman Champion Federal Saltwater Fisheries Reform

April 5, 2017 - Ocean City Beach Replenishment Scheduled for Fall

April 3, 2017 - Mid-Atlantic Council to Hold Public Hearings for Squid Amendment

April 3, 2017 - Feds mandate circle hooks for shark fishing in 2018

March 29, 2017 - Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General (Commercial) Category Fishery Closing Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March 16, 2017 - Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Fishery: Southern Area Trophy Fishery Closing March 20, 2017

March 15, 2017 - Delaware’s recreational summer flounder size limit to increase to 17 inches effective April 1 Possession limit and season dates unchanged

March 15, 2017 - Applications now being accepted for Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police’s second annual summer Youth Academy Support sought for program for ages 12-15

March 7, 2017 - Coastal Recreational Fisheries Fourm Rescheduled

March 1, 2017 - The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park to close for 2017 beachnesting season

March 1, 2017 - MD sets 2017 flounder regulations

February 28, 2017 - 2017 Black Sea Bass Regulations Finalized

February 28, 2017 - South Jersey Yacht Sales Sold

February 27, 2017 - Big Fish Classics Rules Changes for 2017

February 27, 2017 - Comment period open for proposed changes in cobia regulations

February 7, 2017 - Red Drum Stock Assessment Indicates Overfishing Not Occurring

February 3, 2017 - ASMFC Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board Initiates Development of Draft Addendum V to Consider Liberalizing Management Measures

February 3, 2017 - ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Approves Regional Management for 2017 Recreational Summer Flounder Fisheries

January 25, 2017 - Atlantic Cobia (Georgia to New York) Recreational Fishing Season is Closed in Federal Waters

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

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7.20.17 5:49 pm

by Larry Jock

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THURSDAY, July 20, 2017

7:16 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said they are fishing inshore and not much to report. He just started to hear about a bite offshore in the Canyon.

8:04 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that fish are starting to bite both inshore and offshore. All yellowfins.

9:15 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported a few bites on the troll offshore and a few inshore for chunkiers. Just a slow pick.

12:11 PM - On the charter boat, "On the Run", anglers caught a pair of keeper flounder, measuring 18 and 20-inches, in the Thorofare.

2:06 PM - On the charter boat, "Get Sum" this morning, anglers caught 2 flounder (18 & 18 1/2") on white Gulp in the East Channel. After flounder fishing, they pulled crab pots and went home with a 1/2 bushel of crabs.

5:44 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Marli" had a good day trolling in the Baltimore. They returned with 7 good size yelowfins.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Ocean City Guide Service" had 15 throwback flounder, 4 small sharks, all on hook and line. Then they went bowfishing and shot 2 cownose rays.

Tim Proffitt took his first offshore trip and caught a 75 lb. wahoo while trolling in the Baltimore Canyon on the "G-FORCE". This is the heaviest wahoo of the year.

Charter boat, "C-Boys" had 3 yellowfins and released a blue marlin estimated at 400 lbs. while trolling in the Baltimore Canyon.


WEDNESAY, July 19, 2017

1:18 PM - I haven't heard any reports today, so that is not good. Hopefully, after yesterday's poor bite, boats will be able to find them today.

2:04 PM - On the headboat, "Angler", Alex Bojko caught a 10 lb. dolphin and Phil Watts caught a 2 lb. sea bass. Both were on clams at a natural reef.

4:24 PM - Sounds like it was a slow day offshore. Those searching for tuna are struggling.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Last Call" returned with 5 mahi, 2 triggerfish and a bar jack. All the action was at the Fingers using cut ballyhoo. Capt. Franky said it was tough getting their bait past the triggerfish to get to the mahi.

5:52 PM - Charter boat, "Reel Chaos" returned with a nice catch of 7 yellowfin tuna, 29 tilefish, 2 mahi and the first white marlin for junior angler, Grady Bridges of Easton, MD. All of the action was in 100 fathoms in the Baltimore. Tuna and mahi were caught on the troll. Tilefish ate squid and cut bonita.

Charter boat, "C-Boys" had 3 yellowfin tuna, a mahi and a white marlin caught by Bruce Plummer. All of the action was between the Baltimore and Wilmington Canyons. Tuna were caught on the troll.

Anglers on the "Linda Lou" caught 4 yellowfins at Massey's Canyon. They started at the Hot Dog but moved inside. Tuna were caught on the chunk in 110-feet of water. Capt. said water temp was 80-degrees.

"No Quarter" had 4 yellowfins, a pair of dolphin and a small mako in the Baltimore.

"White Lightning" had a pair of dophin and 2 yellowfins in the Baltimore.

"Espadon" went to the Jackspot and caught some mahi.

On the charter boat, "On the Run", anglers during their morning trip caught 3 flounder up to 22-inches while fishing with Gulp! in the Thorofare.

On the charter boat, "On the Run, anglers during the afternoon trip caught 3 flounder up to 20-inches while fishing with Gulp! in the Thorofare.


TUESDAY, July 18, 2017

1:00 PM - Big Bird Cropper tore up the bluefish around the Rt. 50 Bridge, returning with his limit of 10 fish weighing up to 10 lbs. 8 oz. All were caught on Roy Rigs during the outgoing tide.

4:56 PM - Fishing offshore was slower than slow. I received reports of boats that headed to Massey's, inshore of Massey's, the Hot Dog... all over. Some boats didn't have a single bite all day.

The owners of the "Buckshot" donated a trip to the Worcester County Humane Society to auction off at a fundraiser and local resident, Donald Bounds won the trip. They took it today and since tuna fishing was so slow, they decided to go tilefishing and had a great time. They returned with a load of blueline tilefish and sea bass after fishing with squid in the Washington Canyon. Hat's off to the owners of the "Buckshot" for their generosity!!!

Anglers on the charter boat, "Katydid" caught their limit of 44 flounder on an ocean reef. Heaviest weighed 6 lbs. 13 oz.

Gary German caught an 18-inch flounder in the bay, just west of Bahia Marina (Marker 9) at high tide. Used a Gulp! Swimming Mullet.

Anglers on the headboat, "Tortuga" ended their trip with 4 keeper flounder in the box, measuring up to 18 1/4-inches. Fish were caught in the Thorofare on shiners and squid.


MONDAY, July 17, 2017

8:11 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that they are back to chunking at the Hot Dog. Slow start. Lots of boats. They have 2 yellowfins in the box so far. Water temp is 81-degrees. SE wind. 2-3 chop.

10:22 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that they have gone 4 for 5 on yellowfins so far. Sounds kind of slow all over. Light SE winds.

12:24 PM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that its a mixed catch out there today. Some boats are doing well while others are struggling. Pretty day. They have 6 yellowfins in the box. A few boats north of the Hot Dog are doing a little better.

Updated report:

Anglers on the charter boat, "That's Right" had 6 nice size yellowfins after chunking at the Hot Dog.

Anglers on the "Last One" had 5 yellowfins after chunking in 78-degree water outside the Twin Wrecks.

Nick LaPointe caught a 21-inch flounder and a 17-inch sea bass at "A" Buoy.

Anglers on "Sailfish Jamie" had a 50 lb. yellowfin and 3 mahi outside the Hot Dog.

Anglers on "O'Christy Ann" went to the Old Grounds and got a 39-inch mahi and 10 flounder up to 24-inches.

Mario and Carter Rosales caught a pair of flounder (17 1/2 and 22-inches) while drifting minnows and squid/shiner combinations behind Assateague.

Anglers on the "Hammer Down" had 3 yellowfins and areleased a mako shark at the Hot Dog.

Jim and Dawn McWhinney caught a pair of flounder (17 1/2 and 18 1/2-inches) on Gulp in the bay behind Assateague.

Anglers on the "3 Amigos" went 7 for 10 on yellowfins while chunking at the Hot Dog. Largest yellowfin weighed 64.2 lbs.

Anglers on the "Last Bite" had a 50 lb. yellowfin and a mahi at Massey's Canyon.

Anglers on the "Lit Up" went 1 for 3 on yellowfin tuna at the Hot Dog. Fish weighed 60 lbs.

Aiden Farley caught a 5 lb. 1 oz. flonder in he Indian River Bay.

Finn Burkhardt took his first trip offshore nad caught a nice size mahi in 20 fathoms inshore of Massey's

Angles on the headboat, "Angler" caught sea bass up to 3 lbs. while fishing with clams on a artificial reef. Mike Nott also caught an 8 lb. dolphin.

Maureen Maida caught a gaffter dolphin a the tip of the Norfolk Canyon.

Meredith Conn caught a 22-inch, 4 lb. 14 oz. flounder near the Rt. 50 Bridge during a trip aboard the headboat, "Tortuga". Caught it on a squid and shiner combo.

On the charter boat, "Lucky Break", Keegan Kohler cuaght a 19-inch flounder in the bay behind Assateague. Used minnows for bait.

On the "Gale Force" junior anglers caught a 45 lb. yellowfin while chunking at the Hot Dog.

Anglers on the "Reel Sexy" went 6 for 10 on yellowfins while chunking at the Hot Dog.

Phil Lyons and Xander Bauguess went 1 for 3 on yellowfins while chunking in Massey's Canyon. Phil reported a lot of whales in the area.


SUNDAY, July 16, 2017

9:14 AM - Today is the last day of the Ocean City Tuna Tournament. There are 81 boats eligible to fish today.

Anglers on the "Primary Search" reported that they have a nice bluefin tuna on on board. The anglers are already sitting in first place in the Dolphin Division with a 24 pounder they weighed yesterday.

Updated yesterdays report

10:16 AM - Marc Turner caught a 12-inch kingfish while surfcasting off 123rd Street at low tide. Used squid for bait.

12:51 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "My Cin" returned with 7 yellowfin after chunking at the Hot Dog.

2:40 PM - I've received reports of at least a couple of bluefins caught inshore today. One is estimated at 57-inches. I also heard that the fleet found the yellowfins, so I would expect a good numbers of stringers weighed today, the final day of the tournament. Weigh-ins start at 4pm.

On the headboat, "Tortuga", Adrian Magnan caught a 3 lb. 5 oz. flounder and a triggerfish while fishing with squid and shiners around the South Jetty.

Emily Iman caught a 22-inch flounder in the Fish Bowl, north of the Rt. 50 Bridge.

8:00 PM - The scales closed at 7:00 on the final day of the OC Tuna Tournament. It was an exciting day with a lot of movement on the leaderboard. Here is what we saw today:

"Myra HT" weighed an 84 lb. bluefin caught by lady angler, JL Cropper. Fish was caught inshore of Massey's Canyon.

"Reel Intents" weighed a 52 lb. bluefin caught inshore of Massey's Canyon.

"Moore Bills" weighed 3 yellowfins caught 4 miles south of Massey's Canyon. Heaviest weighed 55 lbs. Stringer was 147 lbs.

"Primary Search" weighed a 91 lb. bluefin caught at the 19 Fathom Lump

"Grande Pez" had a 78 lb. bluefin, a 16 lb. dolphin and a white marlin release near the 19 Fathom Lump.

"Reel Toy" had 4 yellowfins. Three of them met the qualifying weight. Heaviest was 56 lbs. Stringer was 154 lbs. Caught at the Elephant Trunk.

"Legasea" weighed a 100 lb. bluefin caught near Massey's Canyon.

"Offshore Hooker" weighed an 87 lb. bluefin caught at the 19 Fathom Lump.

"White Lightning" weighed a 47 lb. yellowfin.

"Playin Catch" weighed a 41 lb. yellowfin caught at the Hot Dog

"Kingfisher" caught an 82 lb. bluefin.

"No Slack" had 2 yellowfins and a 109 lb. bluefin that was caught by Glenda Cahall to take 1st place in the Lady Angler Division and 2nd place Single Heaviest. Caught at the 19 Fathom Lump.

"Absolut Pleasure" had a yellowfin, a mahi and a 61-inch, 115 lb. bluefin tuna caught by Jamie Romero to win Single Heaviest Tuna honors. Fish was caught at the 19 Fathom Lump.

"Magic Moment" weighed a 61 lb. yellowfin

"Espadon" had 5 yellowfins totaling 222 lbs. Caught at Wayne's World

"Lucky Duck II" had 3 yellowfins totaling 158 lbs. Largest weighed 59 lbs. Caught in 500 fathoms outside the Wilmington Canyon.

"Top Dog" had a 49 lb. yellowfin caught on west wall of the Wilmington.

"Goin In Deep" had a 99 lb. bluefin tuna and a 52 lb. yellowfin. Their 2-day stringer was 364 lbs., good enough for 2nd place in Heaviest Stringer Division.

"Stalker" had 1 yellowfin weighing 43 lbs. Their 2-day total was 306 lbs. Fish were caught at the Lobster Claw.

"Even Keeliegh" weighed a 50 lb. yellowfin caught in the Wilmington.

"Sushi" was the last boat in and they had 4 yellowfins for 209 lbs. Their 2-day stringer totaled 470 lbs. and gave them 1st place in the Heaviest Stringer Division. Fish were caught in 25 fathoms, 86 miles south of the Inlet at Wayne's World.

Outside the tournament:

Anglers on the "Git R Done" caught a 78-inch, 200 lb. swordfish while trolling at the Chicken Bone. They fought the fish for 3 hours, thinking it was a blue marlin until it got to the boat. It was a family trip, celebrating Katie Burton's birthday.

Nick LaPointe cught a 21-inch flounder and a 17-inch sea bass at "A" Buoy.

Anglers on "Sailfish Jamie" had a 50 lb. yellowfin and 2 mahi from outside the Hot Dog.

Blake Reed and his buddies on "O'Christy Ann" caught a 39-inch mahi and 10 flounder up to 24-inches while fishing at the Old Grounds.

Kelly and Chuck Wenzel were fishing in the bay behind Assateague Island where Kelly caught a 17 1/2-inch flounder and Chuck caught a 23-incher.

10:18 PM - Just got back from the Tuna Tournament Awards Ceremony. Congrat's go out to Capt. Franky Pettolina for winning the prestigious Capt. Bob Gowar Award for his contributions to the local fishing community. Very well deserved!

"Hammer Down" had 3 yellowfins and released a mako shark at the Hot Dog today.

Mario and Carter Rosales from Atlanta, GA caught a lot of throwback flounder plus 2 keepers measuring 17.5 and 22-inches while drifting behind Assateague Island today.

Brian Brannan reported that they started at Massey's Canyon where they picked up a mahi. They they went to the Hot Dog and caught a nice 50 lb. yellowfin.


SATURDAY, July 15, 2017

9:02 AM - Boats have until 10:00 AM to declare their lay day in the Ocean City Tuna Tournament, so right now, I'm not sure how many boats are fishing but I would bet it is a lot. If 88 boats are in the tournament and only 27 fished yesterday, that leaves an average of 74 boats per day are left to fish. This could make for very active days at the scale. Yesterday, we saw a good number of boats show up to weigh fish even though only 27 went out.

I have heard that anglers on the "Legasea" have a nice size wahoo on the boat already.

9:09 AM - Updated yesterdays report:

2:16 PM - In the Ocean City Tuna Tournament, 68 boats are fishing today so it should be busy at the scales. Weigh-ins are from 4:00 to 8:30 PM at the Ocean City Fishing Center.

8:12 PM - Scales closed at 8:00 on the second day of the OC Tuna Tournament. Saw a lot of action at the scale:

Annie Roe on the "Wayne's World" weighed a 57-inch, 106 lb. bluefin to take the lead in the Single Heaviest Tuna, Junior Angler and Lady Angler divisions.

Mike Runk on the "Legasea" weighed a 55 lb. wahoo to take the lead in the Wahoo Division. They also weighed a 48 lb. yellowfin.

"Primary Search" weighed a 24 lb. mahi to jump into 1st place in the Dolphin Division. They also weighed a 16 lb. dolphin that didn't qualify.

"Marli" weighed 4 yellowfins totaling 190 lbs. Their heaviest yellowfin weighed 53 lbs. They have completed their 2 days of fishing.

"Stalker" had an incredible 1st day of fishing, catching 19 yellowfins. Their 5 heaviest weighed 263 lbs.

"Odinspear" weighed an 85 lb. bluefin tuna.

"That's Right" weighed a 93 lb. bluefin caught by lady angler Michele Lambie.

"Cat Without a Handle" weighed a 49 lb. yellowfin.

"Let It Ride" weighed 2 bluefins caught by junior angler, Walter Jordan. They weighed 50 adn 58 lbs.

"Lady Luck" weighed a 48 lb. bluefin tuna.

"Blue Runner" weighed a 55 lb. bluefin.

"Moore Bills" weighed a 42 lb. yellowfin caught by Shane Moore and an 80 lb. bluefin caught by Jack Roesner.

"Talkin Trash" weighed a 52 lb. wahoo and 2 yellowfins (52 lbs. & 57 lbs.)

"Reel Intents" weighed a 103 lb. bluefin caught by junior angler Charlie Coates.

"Cracker" had 2 identical yellowfins weighing 43 lbs. each.

"Heavy Metal" weighed a 50 lb. yellowfin.

"No Quarter" weighed 4 yellowfins totaling 189 lbs.

"Spring Mix" had 5 yellowfins totaling 253 lbs. Their heaviest was caught by junior angler Ayrton Pryor and it weighed 52 lbs.

"Sushi" caught 7 yellowfins. Their 5 fish stringer weighed 261 lbs. Their heaviest yellowfin weighed 64 lbs.

Here are the standings after Day 2:

Single Heaviest Tuna:
1st - Wayne's World - 106 lbs.
2nd - Reel Intents - 103 lbs.
3rd - Myra HT - 99 lbs.

Heaviest Stringer:
1st - Marli & Bar South - 285 lbs.
3rd - Wrecker - 267 lbs.

Heaviest Dolphin:
1st - Primary Search - 24 lbs.
2nd - Fish Whistle - 22 lbs.

Lady Angler:
1st - Annie Roe, Wayne's World - 106 lbs.
2nd - J.L. Cropper - Myra HT - 99 lbs.
3rd - Michele Lambie - That's Right - 93 lbs.

Junior Angler:
1st - Annie Roe, Wayne's World - 106 lbs.
2nd - Charlie Coates, Reel Intents - 103 lbs.
3rd - Walter Jordan, Let It Ride - 58 lbs.

Heaviest Wahoo:
Winner Take All - Mike Runk, Legasea - 55 lbs.


Updated Report:

Grahme Akehurst cautht a 17 1/2 and a 21 1/5-inch flounder in the West Channel on a white Gulp! Swimming Mullet.

Dave Beach caught a 17 1/2-inch flounder while fishing from the 3rd Street Bulkhead. Dave and his buddies had 8 throwback flounder during the day, measuring 16 to 16 3/4-inches. No reports of bluefish. Guys used minnows, Gulp and bucktails.


FRIDAY, July 14, 2017

9:53 AM - Today is the 1st day of the Ocean City Tuna Tournament. Weigh-ins have been changed to 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM for today and tomorrow. Weigh-ins on Sunday are still 4-7. There are 88 boats in the tournament this year, up 10 boats versus last year.

The only reports I have received so far is that the bite is slow inshore.

11:01 AM - As mentioned earlier, there are 88 boats in this years Tuna Tournament. Today, 27 boats fished. Total prize money is $793,485.

1:57 PM - On the charter boat, "Fish Bound", the 6 anglers on board caught their limit of flounder, led by Matt Marceron's 28 1/2-inch, 8 lb. 6 oz. flattie. All were caught near "A" Buoy off the coast of Delaware.

Jim Pyle used a live minnow in Massey's Ditch to fool a 26 1/2-inch, 8 lb. 3 oz. flounder.

2:50 PM - On the charter boat, "Lucky Break", Tanner Durner caught a 28-inch striper on a swim shad at the Rt. 50 Bridge.

7:18 PM - I just got back to the office after the first day of the Ocean City Tuna Tournament and here is what I saw at the OC Fishing Center weigh-in:

"Offshore Hooker" weighed a 29 lb. yellowfin that didn't qualify (30 lb. min) and a 9 lb. dolphin that didn't qualify.

"Marli" had a 3 yellowfins. One weighed 28 lbs. so it didn't meet the 30 lb. minimum. The other 2 yellowfins weighed 50 lbs. and 45 lbs. for a 2 fish stringer weight of 95 lbs.

"Myra HT" arrived with a 99 lb. bluefin caught by J.L. Cropper to take the lead in the Ladies Division. They also had 2 dolphin that weighed 10 lbs. and 12 lbs. that didn't hit the minimum weight requirement.

"Lucky Duck II" weighed a 45 lb. yellowfin.

"That's Right" had 2 yellowfins that weighed 40 lbs. and 47 lbs. for a 2 fish stringer of 87 lbs.

"Second Chance" had 2 yellowfins weighing 40 lbs. and 42 lbs.

"Wrecker" had 6 yellowfins. Their 2 heaviest weighed 57 lbs. and 58 lbs. Their 5-fish stringer weighed 267 lbs.

"Top Dog" had a white marlin release and 4 yellowfins. Their largest yellowfin weighed 64 lbs. and their 4 fish stringer weighed 219 lbs.

"Fish Whistle" weighed a 52 lbs. bluefin and a 22 lb. dolphin that took the lead in the Dolphin Division.

Outside the tournament:

"Two Timing Connie" had a great day with 7 quality yellowfins that totalled 317 lbs. They also had a small mahi. All were caught chunking at the Hot Dog. They had 1 yellowfin at noon and all of the others weren't caught until all the other boats rolled out at 3:00 PM. They also had 9 tuna come unglued.

On the "Ocean City Guide Service", Darren Neidigh caught a 23 1/4-inch flounder that weighed 5 lbs. 3 oz. Fish was caught on live spot along the rocks off Martha's Landing.

On the headboat, "Bay Bee", mate Joey Marowski caught a 23 1/2-inch flounder that weighed 4 lbs. 11 oz. It was caught on a shiner in the East Channel.

Updated report:

Budd Heim caught a 24 1/2-inch, 6 lb. 4 oz. flounder and a 20-incher while fishing in the East Channel with Kevin Welkner on the "Flounderin' Around". Budd used a bucktail tipped with Gulp! and a circle hook tipped with Gulp and mullet.


THURSDAY, July 13, 2017

Sounds like it may have been another slow day on the tuna grounds. Early boats back only had a couple of fish. Rough seas offshore today.

Gary German caught a 22-inch flounder at the top of the tide on a white Gulp on tiny circle hooks. Caught behind Harbour Island.

5:29 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Marli" had 10 yellowfins today.

Charter boat, "That's Right" had 2 yellowfins today. Had 6 bites.

Charter boat, "Last Call" had a yellowfin.


WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017

5:36 PM - Sounds like it was a slow day inshore tuna fishing. I did get a report that there were a couple bluefins caught on the troll up in Massey's Canyon.

Charter boat, "Marli" had 5 yellowfins.

Charter boat, "That's Right" had a pair of yellowfins.

Charter boat, "Boss Hogg" had a bluefin and a pair of dolphin.

Charter boat, "Pumpin Hard" had 1 bluefin.

Charter boat, "My Cin" cuaght a couple of yellowfins.


TUESDAY, July 11, 2017

10:27 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that there isn't much to report. About 8 boats chunking inshore. A decent bite for most of the morning. Has slowed down in the last 30 minutes. Everyone has a handful of yellowfins.

3:09 PM - Charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" had 11 yellowfins an a mahi.

Charter boat, "That's Right" had 7 yellowfins.

6:37 PM - On the charter boat, "On the Run" anglers caught a 22-inch red drum and a 7 lb. sheepshead around the South Jetty.

Charter boat, "Capt. Ike II" had 6 yellowfins, up to 55 lbs.

On the charter boat, "Fish Bound" Kyle Walton caught a 24-inch flounder at the Old Grounds. The group of 4 anglers had 9 flounder and 18 triggerfish.

Kyle Dively caught a 35 1/2-inch, 10 lb. 12 oz. bluefish while fishing with a Gotcha Plug from the Rt. 50 Bridge.

Charter boat, "Marli" had 6 yellowfins and a dolphin.


MONDAY, July 10, 2017

Out of respect to the boats fishing for tuna this week and getting ready for this weekends Tuna Tournament, I will only be reporting what they caught, but not where they caught their fish. Next week we will get back to normal for daily reports.

12:20 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Ocean City Guide Service" caught 3 flounder including a pair of beauties. Aidhan Boyle caught a 21-incher and Liam Boyle caught a 21 3/4-inch flattie. All were on natural bait during the incoming tide at the north end of the East Channel.

8:07 PM - Charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" returned with 9 yellowfins and a pair of mahi.

Charter boat, "Marli" had 16 yellowfins today.

On the headboat, "Tortuga", Gabby Verno caught a 20-inch, 2 lb. 14 oz. flounder at the South Jetty.

On the headboat, "Angler", Mark Swift caught a 3 lb. 4 oz. flounder, and Ike Young caught a dolphin.


SUNDAY, July 9, 2017

Well, I guess I am off the Christmas card list from the spearfishing community. As usual with folks who have the feeling that everyone is against them, they completely missed my main point raised in yesterdays comments. Going out to the South Jetty and spearfishing day after day is legal. They are NOT breaking the law and have a right to do it. There is no size or creel limit on sheepshead in Maryland. However, a small area like the South Jetty cannot withstand that kind of pressure and from the number of emails, texts and phone calls I've received, many folks agree. Going out and spearing 15, 16, 18 sheepshead, night after night, will have a negative short and long-term effect on the resource. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure that out. There is a reason Capt. Monty Hawkins and Capt. Kane Bounds don't pound the same wreck multiple days in a row. The areas can't handle the pressure. Plain and simple. From what I understand, this situation has mulitple local bay charter captains and the local chapter of the MSSA very upset and they are dealing with it through the proper channels. I would hate to see animosity between the spearfishing and recreational angling communties. It doesn't have to be that way. Throwing a picture of 28 sheepshead killed after spearfishing at the South Jetty certainly doesn't help. At one time, a group of anglers used to fish ON the South Jetty. Things went south, animosity grew, and they are no longer allowed out there. Once the Maryland Park Service and the DNR get involved, the outcome probably won't be favorable. Hopefully, everyone will look at the situation with a clear head and figure out a way to coexist.

6:53 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that they stayed inshore today in the Deli area and have caught a gaffer dolphin and a single yellowfin tuna. All bait bites. Water is clean, green and 75.6-degrees.

7:08 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that they just caught another yellowfin. Pretty day out there with light winds.

7:52 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that it sounds kind of slow out there today. A fish here and there.

8:27 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that they just caught another yellowfin. All single bites this morning. All on bait.

10:15 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that it is still slow going inshore. They did just get another single bite. Nice yellowfin. Sounds like a few bluefins are being caught on the chunk.

10:33 AM - Capt. Corey on the charter boat, "3 Amigos" reported that they are chunking in the Deli area and have just boated a 41-inch bluefin. Getting good marks on the sonar.

11:16 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that things are pretty slow right now. Not hearing much on the radio. Going to go and look around.

2:26 PM - Marc Bouchard caught a 19 1/2-inch flounder on a 5-inch white Gulp Swimming Mullet in the South Bay near the Duck Blinds.

Capt. Nick Clemente on the charter boat, "Get Sum" reported that his anglers had 2 keeper flounder (17 1/4 and 18 1/4-inches) and a load of throwbacks while drifting Gulp! Swimming Mullets in the bay behind Assateague. Capt. Nick said that you had to follow the incoming, 69-degree water to keep your bites going, moving south in the bay as the incoming tide rolled in.

5:05 PM - Nate Gregory, Katie Thatcher and Tanner Thatcher caught 4 flounder in the South Bay down by the duck blinds. Fish were caught on the slow troll with Gulp! Swimming Mullets. Largest fish was 20 3/4-inches.

Anglers on "Nina's Revenge" had a 55-inch bluefin from inshore of the Hot Dog. Caught on trolled ballyhoo.

Rose Stivers caught a 45-inch bluefin during a trip aboard "Another Margarita". Fish was caught at the Hambone.

Walt Borys on "Saifish Jamie" caught a 55 lb. bluefin tuna while chunking in Massey's Canyon.

A bunch of junior anglers aboard the "Killin Time" returned with a load of black sea bass and blueline tilefish after fishing near the Rockpile with squid and cut bait.

Jacquie McKew caught a 20-inch flounder in the Thorofare on a minnow.

Anglers on the charter boat, "That's Right" ended up with 4 yellowfin tuna from the Deli area.

Dave Beach, Sr. caught a 19-inch flounder during the incoming tide at the 2nd Street Bulkhead. Dave and his son had to weed through a lot of shorts to get the keeper. Bluefish were also snapping. Used minnows for bait.

Sounds like there were a lot of boats chunking for tuna in Massey's Canyon. I heard of a few fish being caught but not many.

Rich Daiker caught a 37-inch bluefish and a weakfish that measured 30-inches while fishing at the South Jetty during the outgoing tide. Bluefish hit a spot and the weakfish hit a plug.

Dave Neumayer caught a 13-inch sheepshead on the bucktail at the South Jetty. Also hooked 8 short flounder in the East Channel on Gulp and minnow combinations.

Chris Peeples caught an 18 3/4-inch flounder in the West Channel.

"Hammer Down" had a bunch of throwback yellowfins in the Washington before they went to the Dog and caught a 45 pounder.


SATURDAY, July 8, 2017

You couldn't ask for a prettier morning than what we have right now in Ocean City. Anybody out on the water is digging life right now.

I did received some troubling news yesterday. I heard from a good source that some spearfishermen have gone in and absolutely decimated a good batch of sheepshead around the South Jetty, only stopping when it looked like there were none left. I was told they whacked 16 one day and 13 the next. C'mon guys! That is totally unneccesary and an abuse of the resource. What was done was not illegal. It was NOT illegal. They are allowed to do it, since Maryland has no size or creel on sheepshead, but it doesn't make it right. Let's be considerate to everyone. Those in boats need to watch for the spearfishermen and the spearfishermen need to be considerate of the resource and realize that there are others, fishing at a disadvantage relatively speaking, that would love to go out to the South Jetty and catch just 1 sheepshead. A bucket list item for many. As always, when we get along and work together things always work out for the best. Remember the guys who used to fish OFF the South Jetty? They aren't fishing there anymore.

7:46 AM - Updated yesterdays report.

8:54 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that out in the Deli area it is terribly slow. They have caught one "over" bluefin. Lot of boats out there fishing inshore without a bite. Pretty bad this morning.

9:48 AM - Anglers on the "Primary Search" just reported that they put a 100+ lb. bluefin in the box while fishing at the Hot Dog.

11:05 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that they hust caught their 3 "under" bluefins (27-47") and are headed home. Capt. John said it was a pretty day. Seas 2-3 feet.

12:19 PM - I heard the flounder bite in the bay behind Assateague Island today is good!

12:21 PM - On the charter boat, "On the Run" Walter and Wyatt Wilhem boated flounder measuring 18 and 20 inches while fishing with Gulp in the East Channel.

2:29 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" had 3 nice size flounder, measuring upt to 23-inches and 4 lbs. 8 oz. All caught on Z-Man minnows in the bay behind Assateague Island.

Stacey Elder caught a 21-inch flounder in the bay behind Assateague Island near the Duck Blinds. It was her first keeper flounder.

Anglers on "Gret's Three J's" had 6 yellowfin tuna at the Hot Dog.

Anglers on "That's Right" ended up with 4 bluefin tuna up to 55-inches. All caught in the Deli (Hot Dog/Hambone/Sausages)

Josh Apolenis caught his first tuna, a 54-inch bluefin while fishing on the "Primary Search" at the Hot Dog.


FRIDAY, July 7, 2017

Pretty day on land in Ocean City. Offshore, it looks like the day will start out nice and then get nasty later in the day. Tomorrow looks tough.

7:19 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said it is a pretty morning out around the Hot Dog / Hambone / Sausages. A few bites so far. They have 3 yellowfins in the box. Water is clean green adn 75.6-degrees.

7:52 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that they have missed a few. Have one on the line. Scattered bite.

8:35 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that they caught 2 more yellowfins. Single bites right after one another. There have been a few bites for the boats out in the Deli area. Spreader bars are working good today.

9:08 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that it got slow fast. Everyone is spreading out now looking for some more bites. Not hearing much on the radio.

9:57 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat


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