4.19.14 5:02 pm
by Larry Jock
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SATURDAY, April 19, 2014
Alex Walker landed a 24 3/4-inch fat flounder on a live minnow in the bay behind Assateague Island, down by the Assateague Bridge. His dad, David Walker boated a 19-incher on a minnow at the same location.
Big Bird Cropper and Neighbor Dave caught over 20 stripers while casting Roy Rigs in the bay by the Assateague Bridge. No keepers with most in the 20-inch range.
FRIDAY, April 18, 2014
With most people turkey hunting, only a limited number of boats were on the water.
Capt. John Prather on the charter boat, "Ocean City Guide Service" took his dad, Richard Prather tog fishing in the bay off Martha's Landing. Capt. John hooked one that was just under the legal limit and his dad, Richard landed a 16.5-incher. Both were on green crabs.
WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014
Bay waters are struggling for improved water temperatures. This morning, during the outgoing tide, water temperature in the Inlet hit 55-degree but quickly fell back to the mid 40's during the incoming tide.
Bay is filled with crabs, skates and bunker. Not much on the striper front to report.
Those frustrated with the number of crab pots in the bay, especially up around the Rt. 90 Bridge, should see a lot of the pots gone with the opening of the Chesapeake Bay crab season on April 15th.
MONDAY, April 14, 2014
Water temperatures in the bay are still a chilly 44-degrees.
Not a whole lot happened over the weekend. Some small flounder were caught up by the Rt. 90 Bridge.
Small stripers were hooked by the Rt. 90 Bridge and in The Ditch.
Not much for tautog.
Loads of skates were caught by anglers fishing off the Oceanic Pier along with a couple of tautog. They haven't turned on the night lights yet. Once they do, we could start seeing some bluefish show up.
In the Assateague surf, a couple of mid-30" stripers were caught on Saturday.
Further north, a few tautog were caught in the Indian River Inlet and at Site 10. Small stripers were released in the Indian River Inlet and mid-week, some flounder were caught in the VFW Slough. Black drum were caught off the beach in Bethany.
Down south, Chris Tilghman returned from Folly Creek with a couple of flounder caught on a pink bucktail tipped with a minnow in 64-degree water. Fish measured 20" and 21".
THURSDAY, April 10, 2014
Well, with the "nicer" weather we have been having it looks like the fishing action is starting to heat up. Bay water is still relatively cold, in the mid 40's.
The first flounder of the year was caught by Frank Watkins just north of the Rt. 90 Bridge. Frank caught the 17-incher on a pink Gulp.
Although this is the first keeper flounder we have heard about, I did hear that other anglers have hooked several throwbacks up by the Rt. 90 Bridge. In addition, I also heard that both short and keeper stripers are being caught in the same area.
Anglers on the "Fish Bound" had 8 keeper tog weighing over 10 lbs. yesterday. Their largest weighed 16 lbs.. All were caught on green crabs near the Jackspot on an ocean wreck.
Bill Powell caught the first black drum of the year while surfcasting off Assateague Island.
MONDAY, April 7, 2014
Spring can't get here soon enough. Everyone has had enough of this cold, damp weather this spring. Water temperatures are still in the very low 40's and we haven't seen a lot of anglers on the water.
A few tog are being caught off the bulkhead that runs from 2nd to 4th Street. I have also heard some undersize stripers have been hooked around the Rt. 50 Bridge. I know commercial anglers setting nets have been disappointed with the number of stripers they have seen this year, but the bay is LOADED with bunker, so maybe there is hope that things will heat up shortly.
Dave McKay called in to report 2 keeper flounder (17" & 18") were caught by his group in Wachapreague this past weekend. Dave said it was COLD!
FRIDAY, February 21, 2014
We had our annual meeting with Tom O'Connell, Fisheries Services Director for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and his lieutenants to discuss various issues related to recreational fishing along the coast. Here are some of the things that came out of it.
- It looks like flounder regulations in Maryland will stay the same, with a 16-inch minimum and 4 fish per person.
- Our allocation in 2013 was for 75,000 flounder and we only caught around 45,000.
- A more regional approach will be taken regarding the management of flounder. The coast will be divided into 4 regions, Massachusetts & Rhode Island; Conn, New York & New Jersey; Delaware, Maryland & Virginia; North Carolina (by themselves). Allocations will be made for each division based upon the number of flounder caught in 2013, so "on paper" Maryland's allocation goes from 75,000 flounder to 45,000 flounder. We were assured that Maryland anglers weren't getting screwed on this deal, although it is hard to see how we aren't. The DNR said that there is a "ripcord" to this plan and if things don't work out for Maryland anglers we can go back to the old way, but all states will have to vote on it. Might be tough getting New York and New Jersey to vote to going back to the old way where they received fewer fish in their allocation.
- A stock assessment is currently being done on tautog and a release of the report is expected in the fall. Don't expect to go from the current 16-inch fish back to 14-inches.
- It looks like around 9 more days may be added to the tautog season in 2014.
- Strong cases were made by headboat captains for the need of better black sea bass management, allowing smaller fish to be caught thereby reducing the number of males being killed. Good, spirited discussion on this topic.
- There is a need to have better representation of coastal anglers on their DNR's Sportfish Advisory Council. Right now it is dominated by Chesapeake Bay Anglers, who as we know, always have our interests at heart. (as my son would say, "Sarcasm"?)
- The ASMFC has asked a committee to look into opening up the EEZ (3-200 miles off coast) to catch-and-release striper fishing. There is concern that the increase in mortality may be too much.
Overall, it was a very good meeting. Tom O'Connell is a stand-up guy and you do get the sense that he is listening to us. We may add an additional annual meeting to the schedule.
THURSDAY, February 20, 2014
Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" had an incredible day of tautog fishing, tagging 36 fish up to 25.5 inches. The fish that were kept were sampled for age and 15 pounders were found to be 10 years old.
SUNDAY, February 9, 2014
Big tog were brought back by anglers on the headboat "Morning Star" led by a 19 pounder caught on an ocean wreck using white leggers for bait. Capt. Monty reported slick calm conditions.
FRIDAY, February 7, 2014
Check out the press release in the Breaking News section. The ASMFC is looking into opening the EEZ to catch and release fishing for striped bass. Could be interesting!
The headboat, "Morning Star" returned with good catches of tog fron an ocean wreck. The largest was over 17 lbs. and was caught on a whiteleger.
FRIDAY, January 10, 2013
On the headboat, "Morning Star", Jim Tynam caught a 28 1/4 -inch, 16 lb. tautog on a white crab on ocean structure.
WEDNESDAY, January 8, 2013
IMPORTANT - The public meeting to discuss 2014 summer flounder and black sea bass regulations will be held tomorrow for Maryland and on January 10th for Delaware. See Breaking News section of this website for details.
MONDAY, January 6, 2013
Nobody fishing. Too cold and too windy.
The Ocean City Shark Tournament did announce a change today. See under Breaking News section.
THURSDAY, January 2, 2013
I received a report from Karl Hoelper who was casting a Deadly Dick lure from the beach at 130th Street and he hooked 7 sytripers. Fish hit about every half hour. Largest measured 37-inches. Smallest was 26-inches. Thanks for the report, Karl!!
WEDNESDAY, January 1, 2013
Happy New Year everybody.
Unfortunately, the striper bite was pretty bad today. Not many fish caught. One here...one there...maybe more...unlikely.
Birds were diviing off 35th Street... But only a fish or two were caught.
Water temp still hovering around 35 degrees.
Could it be over? I don't think so, but...
TUESDAY, December 31, 2013
After a couple of days of crappy weather, the seas flattened out enough for a good number of boats to break the OC Inlet. Unfortunately, after an epic day of fishing on Saturday, today was far from it. A few fish were caught up and down the line, but the bite was SLOW. Really nothing much to report. Bait and birds were scattered. No real concentration. Seas got a little snotty in the afternoon, cutting the day short. The few who did fish yesterday had their best bite in the afternoon. Todays forecast of 20-30 knot winds in the afternon sent most back to the barn earlier than desired.
Was speaking with the famous Bill Baker at Bill's Sport Shop in Lewes yesterday and Bill told me that the striper bite north of the Indian River Inlet was nonexistent. Some fish are still being picked at off Sea Colony.
Glenn Hastings, Jr. caught a fat 37-inch striper on a trolled mojo 10 miles down the beach.
Brian Watts caught a 35-inch striper on the 3-mile line off the Pyramid just prior to being boarded by the Coast Guard for a safety check. The picture is classic with the Coast Guard in the background patiently waiting for Brian to take a picture with his catch.
SATURDAY, December 28, 2013
The striper bite was spread out up and down the line. Reports came in from anglers fishing off Sea Colony (Banana Lump) that limits were caught. The same around Little Gull Shoal and as far down as 15 miles from the Ocean City Inlet. Lucky for us, water temperatures continue to remain in the 45 to 47 degree range, so unless we get a long cold snap, the fish should stay around.
Glenn Hastings caught an incredible double header 15 miles down the beach. One of the fish weighed 35 lbs. while the other weighed 25 lbs. Both were on a 36 oz. white mojo with a trailing Crippled Alewive.
Mike Matha also caught his limit of big stripers, 15 miles down the beach.
Tina Suita caught a personal best, 39-inch, 26 lb. striper while trolling north of the OC Inlet.
Anglers on "Kylee's World" were south of Little Gull Shoal and had 6 stripers caught on Puller's Lures. Largest measured 41-inches and weighed 26 lbs.
Brian Skillman from Pasadena, MD came in just before dark and caught a 54 lb. striper on a spinning rod while trolling 15 miles south of the Inlet. He was fishing on the "Blue Runner" with Chuck Bartholme, Andy & Pete. Bite occurred in mid-afternoon around 2:30 PM. You can see a picture of the fish on the Coastal Fisherman Facebook page.
Collin Hurley showed the old guys how it is done, landing a 47 lb. stripers while trolling 10 miles down the beach.
FRIDAY, December 27, 2013
As good as the bite was yesterday, today was horrible... at least for most of the day. Anglers pecked away at stripers all day from the Pyramid (highrises) north to Sea Colony (Bethany). Nobody really hit them hard until the afternoon when the bite turned on. Sounds like 3:00 PM had the best action.
Stephanie Valdavia on the "High Anxiety" trolled up a couple of fat 40-inch stripers late today.
Chuck Wenzel and Pete Renzi on the "Martini Time" pecked away at the stripers all day today and ended up with a couple in the box. Pete's son caught his first striper. Congrat's!!!
Charter boat, "Game On" had 5 stripers, including a 45 pounder, after trolling all day off the highrises.
THURSDAY, December 26, 2013
The bite was outstanding north of the OC Inlet, up off the Pyramid. Bite turned on in the late morning and carried right through till dark. Must have been a thousand birds diving on big schools of very fat stripers. Bellies were full of large bunker.
The bite was so good, even Mike Matha caught his limit!!!
WEDNESDAY, December 25th
Merry Christmas everyone!
Reports came in about big stripers being caught under birds off the Gateway Grand (48th Street)
Stripers were caught off 145th Street.
SATURDAY, December 21, 2013
Good news! Jeff Griffin and the guys on the "Cindy Sue II" reported that they found hundreds gannets diving on bait balls with feeding stripers 2.5 miles off the Indian River Inlet. They caught 15 stripers with bellies full of whole bunker. Action was non-stop for an hour and then it turned off. Seas were 3-5 feet. Bite was in the early afternoon.
TUESDAY, December 17, 2013
10:00 AM - Tim Romberger called in to report that the seas were a little snotty and that he searched for about 90 minutes and saw no birds and had no marks. Water temperature was around 45 degrees.
MONDAY, December 16, 2013
Only received one report today. Jerry Siuta fished at Little Gull Shoal and the Sliver. Had 1 striper that measured 33-inches. Jerry said it was very quiet with no birds and no marks.
SUNDAY, December 15, 2013
Small craft warning today. Very windy... rainy.
SATURDAY, December 14, 2013
Very slow day for striper fishing today. Anglers were able to mark bait, but barely found any fish up and down the line.
Jon and Matt Pulsifer of Allegheny Twp. joined me for a trip. We hit the water at 10am and worked our way south. Stopped at the Sliver but it was dead. Worked our way 15 miles south of the Inlet and found 1 pilot whale and a huge ball of bait, but found no fish.
Chatter on the radio sounded like everyone struggled.
FRIDAY, December 13, 2013
11:30 AM - Tim Romberger reported in that he fish this morning north of the OC Inlet from 33rd Street up through the condos with no marks... no birds... no pulls. He saw some larger boats steaming north towards Sea Colony.
1:55 PM - Reports just came in about a thousand gannetts crashing the water between Fenwick and Sea Colonly only a mile and a half off the beach!
10:15 PM - UPDATE - a report came in that the earlier reports og gannetts turned out to be snow geese.
Wasn't a great striper day off the coast of Ocean City today. I think the better bite may have been further north, closer to Sea Colony.
Also heard the Coast Guard was out in force today. Easy fix... Just stay legal. Hopefully they won't bother those inside the line..
THURSDAY, December 12, 2013
Not the best sea conditions today, especially if you are in a smaller boat. Only a few anglers ventured out today and the pickings were slim.
WEDNESDAY, December 11, 2013
The striper bite was excellent today and the fish are as big as we have seen them all season. Some pigs are being caught, and in good numbers up and down the line.
In the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament:
Jimmy Giles and Dale Withers on the "Sell Fish" really shook up the leaderboard when they arrived at Ake Marine with 4 fish weighing 38 lbs., 36 lbs., 33 lbs. and 23 lbs. Beautiful fish! Go them all between 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM. Wish I could tell you lures and location, but not until after the tournament.
Here's the results after Day 3 of the tournament:
Sell Fish 38 lbs. - 46’’
Sell Fish 36 lbs. - 44 ¼’’
Sell Fish 33 lbs. - 43 ½’’
Goodtime 31 lbs. - 42’’
Hell Bent 28 lbs. - 41 ½’’
Elsewhere, Tim Romberger reported an "incredible" bite today, north of the Inlet. He was heading towards Sea Colony and never made it, catching and releasing numerous fish between 48th and 70th Streets. All in tight, about a 1/2 mile to a mile off the beach in 30-40 feet of water. He limited out with the largest fish measuring 38 inches and weighing 21 lbs. All his fish were caught on mojo's.
John Scherr and Steve Brassell caught 4 stripers while trolling 2.5 miles off the beach around 65th Street. Their fish measured 32", 38", 39" and 48". Largest one weighed a fat 42 lbs.
TUESDAY, December 10, 2013
In the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament:
"Hellbent" was the first boat in and weighed 4 stripers between 20 lbs. and 28 lbs. Largest fish measured 41.5".
"Goodtimes" weighed 4 stripers with the 2 largest weighing 24 lbs. and 20 lbs.
Here are the standings after Day 2:
Hell Bent 28 lbs. - 41 ½’’
Goodtime 24 lbs. - 39 ½’’
Hell Bent 24 lbs. - 40’’
Hell Bent 23 lbs. - 37 ¾’’
Goodtime 21 lbs. - 38 ¼’’
Turn Me Loose 20 lbs. - 39’’
MONDAY, December 9, 2013
9:00 AM - Looks like there are 13 boats signed up for the 1st Ocean City Marlin Club Striper Tournament. Weigh-ins are everyday this week from 1-4 at Ake Marine.
Sea conditions this morning were excellent. Most boats will probably be up around Sea Colony and also down by Little Gull and the Sliver. All three areas have been very hot recently and with the amount of bait in the water, I don't see a reason why things should change. Most bites have been in 40 feet of water on trolled mojo's and Stretch 25's. Don't be afraid to troll lighter mojo's since most of the fish have been up in the water column.
Received reports that the DNR was checking all the boats that returned to the OC Inlet over the weekend. As mentioned in previous reports, the Coast Guard and the DNR are going to be increasing their patrols and checking of boats, looking for illegal catches of striped bass.
4:00 PM - The scales on the 1st day of the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament just closed. With the tournament continuing for the next 4 days and out of respect for the leaders, we will not publish where the fish were caught. Here's what we saw:
Joey Collins on the "Turn Me Loose" weighed a 19 lb. striper. Fish measured 37 1/4".
On the "Dawg Haus", Al Rittmeyer weighed a 15 lb. striper and John Morton weighed an 11 pounder.
On the "Hell Bent", John Rogowitz caught a 23 lb. striper and currently sits in 1st place.
Mark Hill on the "Stick 2 It" weighed an 18 lb. striper.
SUNDAY, December 8, 2013
Miserable day today! Sleet... wind.
SATURDAY, December 7, 2013
Doesn't it always happen to us where the seas get horrible on the weekend when the fish are here... and they are definitely here.
Looks like the fish are up and down the line with reports coming in from as far north as Sea Colony and down by the Sliver. And better yet... all inside 3 miles so Obama can save a few sheckles and keep the patrol boats at the dock.
The bite around the Sliver was excellent with some big fish mixed in. Fish are in 40 feet of water on the top. Most of the bites came around a mile and a half off the beach, but some got them in closer to shore.
Capt. Jon Yost on the charter boat, "Game On" called in to report catching 10 stripers off Sea Colony this morning. Jon said the seas were definitely sporty and they caught their fish on the troll 1.5 miles off the beach. Their largest weighed 35 lbs. and measured 42 inches.
Joe Morris at Lewes Harbour Marina reported good striper catches continuing at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, particularly on Overfalls Shoal and Brown Shoal. Anglers are even picking up some big flounder while striper fishing. Just a couple of days ago, Todd Manning landed a 24-inch flattie while trolling a Stretch 25 at Overfalls Shoal.
FRIDAY, December 6, 2013
Happy 80th Birthday to my dad, Larry!!!
Striper bite was good off of Sea Colony and also around Little Gull today. Catches are also coming in from a little further south, down by the Sliver. Trolled mojo's and Stretches are doing the trick.
THURSDAY, December 5, 2013
Jeff Valdivia reported in that his group on the "High Anxiety" caught their limit of 6 stripers while trolling off Sea Colony. Fish were fat!!
WEDNESDAY, December 4, 2013
Just a reminder... the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament starts on Monday, December 9th and runs through Sunday, December 15th. Registration is THIS SUNDAY, December 8th at the Marlin Club beginning at 6PM. Captain's Meeting starts at 7:30 PM. Weigh-in's are each day from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Ake Marine. Cost is $100 per vehicle (up to 4 surf anglers), $200 per boat (up to 4 anglers) and $400 per charter boat. Awards given to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place for rockfish, red drum and bluefish.
The striper bite slowed today with the best bite back up the line off Sea Colony.
The big news today were the multiple Coast Guard boats seen heading out of the Ocean City Inlet early afternoon, including a couple of new stealth boats that supposedly cannot be detected via radar. Sounds like the CG is really stepping up efforts this year to curb striper fishing outside the 3-miles line.
Danny Oliver, Ross Kendall and John Monroe trolled tandem rigs at Little Gull and ended up with a pair of nice size stripers.
TUESDAY, December 3, 2013
Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported, "Have had at least some sea bass limits everyday with limits all-around the rail another. Jigging's been pretty consistent, but bait's better for cooler filling. Blues are verging on being a nuisance. If you want them, bring a bigger cooler with ice. Spiny dogfish are a pain in the neck. Truly like a pack of dogs, they've been running us off good spots. They come, we move."
Skip and Lisa Courtney on the "Sea Mist" reported that they caught their limit of stripers while trolling at Little Gull. Fish measured 36-40 inches. Best bite was early morning with their first bite at 7:30 am and they were done by 9am.
Tim Romberger caught a pair of stripers while trolling 2 miles, straight out from the OC Inlet. Largest fish measured 39-inches. Tim said he had a lot of pulls and some really good marks.
John Monroe, Ross Kendall and Lee Kendall caught their limit of 6 stripers while trolling Stick2It Lures at Little Gull. Fish measured between 39 and 41 inches.
Scott White caught a 43-inch striper while trolling at Little Gull Shoal.
Danny Cox and Rob Jager trolled mojo rigs in the afternoon, 2-miles out from the OC Inlet and caught 4 stripers measuring between 35 and 38-inches.
John Sikorski and Tom Conway caught their limit of 4 stripers while trolling at Little Gull in the morning. Fish measured between 35 adn 42-inches.
Mark Longanecker hit Little Gull in the afternoon and caught a 41-inch striper while trolling a Stick2It tandem rig.
MONDAY, December 2, 2013
Ocean was nicer than expected. I heard from a couple of anglers who caught their limit of stripers while trolling at Little Gull this morning. Seems like the early morning bite continues to be the best of the day.
On the headboat, "Morning Star", Tom Lane caught a 19 lb. cod while fishing with clams at an ocean wreck. This is the largest cod Capt. Monty has seen since June 13, 1982.
SUNDAY, December 1, 2013
Like on Friday, striper fisherman who hit the seas early had a better chance of their limit today with the best bite occuring between between sunrise and 9:00 in the morning. After that, anglers picked away at them throughout the day. Water temperature hovered around 48.4 degrees. The top spots were around Little Gull down to the Sliver and further north off Sea Colony.
Although quite a few anglers caught fish, many more got skunked. Very frustrating day because good marks of bait, with boomerrangs underneath, were seen on sounder screens up and down the line, but it was tough to get a strike.
I have a feeling that the bulk of fish are moving down the coast on the 10-mile line, like they seem to do most years.
Jeff Valdivia caught a pair of stripers on the troll at Little Gull. Fish measured 36" and 41".
Frank Lanigan reported that he went to Sea Colony early in the morning and caught a striper on a trolled Stretch lure. He said that there were around 40 boats up there working very tight together. Bite was decent until around noon but you had to be right on the fish to get a bite.
Stretch lures and chartreuse umbrella rigs seemed to be the ticket.
Walt Cunningham called in to report catching a pair of stripers on the 3-mile line between 65th Street and the highrises. Walt's largest fish meaured 46-inches and weighed 34 lbs.
SATURDAY, November 30, 2013
Ocean was "toothy" today, so not many tried to fish. Some stripers were caught in the surf off the coast at 3R's Road in Delaware. Other stripers were caught further north in Gordon's Pond. Some measured over 40-inches.
FRIDAY, November 29, 2013
Finally had a fishable day. Most boats headed north of the OC Inlet. Bite was nowhere near as good as hoped for. Sounds like most boats got their couple of fish early. Most struggled all day to find fish. Best concentration of bait seemed to be a mile or two south of Sea Colony between 2 and 3 miles off the beach. Stripers weren't as big as we have seen them over the past couple of weeks. Other spots with decent marks of bait were on the 3 mile line off Seacrets and also off 70th Street.
Water temperature was around 48.4 degrees.
Further north, I received a report from Jeff Griffin on the "Cindy Sue II" that they had a good day trolling Stretch 25's at Brown Shoal. They caught 20 stripers, keeping 6. The largest was 23.4 lbs.
Brew Mueller landed himself a 29-inch flounder on an ocean wreck. Fish weighed in at 8 lbs. 8 oz.
Chuck Wenzel, top striper fisherman in his company, hooked a 38-inch, 24 lb. striper while trolling a white mojo off the highrises in North OC.
TUESDAY, November 26, 2013
10:00 AM - Big Bird Cropper called in to report that he was catching stripers and red drum off the North Jetty this morning. No doubt, tossing Roy Rigs.
There are some anglers trolling the ocean before the bad weather starts to arrive this afternoon. Fish will be caught so stay tuned!
1:00 PM - Mike Tryon caught a 17 lb. 4 oz. bluefish while trolling parachute rigs in the ocean off 49th Street.
2:00 PM - Steve Insley from Bishopville, MD caught a 44-inch striper that weighed 25 lbs. on the scale at Ake Marine. The fish was caught on a blue Stretch 25 in 40-feet of water off 70th Street, just inside the 3-mile line.
2:15 PM - Tim Romberger reported in that they fished from 7:30 AM to noon, pretty much straight out from the OC Inlet to about 2 miles. Very little bird activity and marks were sporadic. However, once he found them the fish were thick. Came home with 2 keepers. Largest measured 42-inches and weighed 27.5 lbs. at Ake Marine.
3:30 PM - Mark Hill, Morgan Huntzinger and Gary Campbell brought 4 stripers by the office that they caught while trolling mojo's and daisey chains between 49th Street and the Pyramid Hotel (95th St.). The fish were caught in 40 feet of water, 2 miles off the beach. Their largest fish measured 41-inches and weighed 30 lbs. 4 oz.
MONDAY, November 25, 2013
9:16 AM - Received a report that whales were spotted and birds were working in front of 33rd Street. Also, 5 net boats were seen working off 25th Street.
SUNDAY, November 24, 2013
Incredibly windy. Crazy to go out!!
SATURDAY, November 23, 2013
The seas were snotty but not hateful. Some boats in search of stripers did head out, but the bite was slow. Those that got them, picked at them over a good amount of time. Sounds like the better bite was up north on the MD/DE line.
Fish were caught in 40 feet of water off the beach from 20th Street north.
Charter boat, "Get Sum" picked away and ended up with 3 or 4 during their morning trip. All while trolling mojo's.
The tog bite was good, evidenced by the number of boats crammed in on the tip of the South Jetty.
Brad Martin reported in that his group ended up with 8 keeper tog. The two largest measured 19" and 21".
Jen Tobias caught herself 3 tog measuring 16, 18 and 20 inches. The fish were caught on sand fleas on the north side of South Jetty.
Out of Indian River, Chris Graves of Georgetown, caught an absolutely beatiful 38 lb. striper on an umbrella rig at the mouth of the Delaware Bay. This fish measured 44 inches in length and had a 26 inch girth.
Matt Farr caught a 44-inch, 38 lb. striper while trolling tandem rigs off Sea Colony in DE.
FRIDAY, November 22, 2013
It was hit or miss on the striper scene today. Boats pecked away at them either jigging or trolling mojo's and Stretch lures. Just like it fhas been over the last couple of weeks, anglers are reporting tons of bait, but limited bites. Looks like most of the bait seen has been sand eels, whih makes sense, since I spoke to a buddy in NJ and he said the stripers they have been catching have been loaded with sand eels. Netters were working the ocean south of the Inlet, just past the Assateague Bridge.
Those trolling north of the Inlet found stripers surprisingly close to shore.
Jeff Valdivia captured a 41-inch, 36 lb. striper while trolling off 65th Street.
Frank Lanagan caught a thin 40 inch, 20 lb. striper on the troll north of the Inlet.
Tom Hart and Lou Drosey hooked 26 tautog at Russell's Reef. Only 1 was a keeper with all others in the 14-15" range.
On the headboat, "Angler", Brenden Fouts caught a 4 lb. sea bass while jigging on an ocean wreck. Darren Small caught a 7 lb. 8 oz. flounder on a strip of squid on an ocean wreck.
Also on the headboat, "Angler", Barry Cornish caught a 17 lb. 8 oz. bluefish while jigging on an ocean wreck.
THURSDAY, November 21, 2013
I know a few boats are going to try and venture out in search of migrating stripers today. Stay tuned!
2:23 PM - Received an update from an angler who was looking for some bluefish on Fenwick Shoal this morning. The reported that they trolled the shoal in rough sea conditions. Had gannets all around buy none were diving. They did mark some fish, but had no knockdowns.
4:15 PM - "Turn Me Loose" ended their long day of trolling tandems with 3 fish in the box caught between 28th Street and the highrises in North Ocean City. Their largest measured 38-inches. Kudos to the anglers who fished all day in snotty conditions!
Further north, here's Joe Morris' report from Lewes, DE. Joe has a great tackle shop (Lewes Harbour Marina) and really has a bead on what is going on in the DE Bay and other locations up north. Here's his report from today:
Another Windy Weekend
It looks like we're in for a blustery Saturday and Sunday. Supposed to blow northwest 15 to 20 knots Saturday, then 25 to 30 Sunday. We've lost a lot of days to wind, and this weekend might be a blowout too.
There have been reports of a real good striped bass bite off Barnegat the past couple days, in spite of wind. Sounds like there's a load of bait inshore, with butterfish, sand eels and bunker right on the beachfront. Limit catches were common among crews working metal jigs. Maybe some more stripers have slipped into Delaware Bay after yesterday's northeast? When it's been fishable, anglers had some beautiful bass, just not many of them. Whopper of the week was a 49 pounder, boated by Mike Ambler. The 50 inch long behemoth inhaled a live spot at 8B Buoy Saturday. Striper specialist Evan Falgowski had linesiders of 35, 40.2 and 47.2 pounds while trolling plugs at the end of last week. Rick McCoy managed a 32.7 pounder while eeling aboard the Quintessa.
The Lewes Harbour Striper Tournament runs through November 26th, and as of this writing, Evan Falgowski had the First and Third place spots with his rock weighing 47.2 and 40.2 pounds. Brian Seglem held Second with a 41.6 pound fish.