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Action Jackson
Indian River Marina - 302-270-5055

Amethyst
Indian River Marina - 800-999-8119

Angler
Angler Restaurant & Marina - 410-289-7424

Back Bay Baby
Indian River Marina - 302-229-6574

Barbed Wire
Bahia Marina - 717-404-3331

Bay Bee
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-213-1121

Bill$ 4 Bills
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-726-4829

Billfisher
Sunset Marina - 240-372-8117

Blood Money
Sunset Marina - 410-490-0035

Boss Hogg
Sunset Marina - 410-458-1164

Buckshot
Sunset Marina - 443-783-2765

C Boys
Sunset Marina - 410-251-1889

Cah-Ching
Bahia Marina - 732-735-0922

Capt. Bob II
Indian River Marina - 302-226-2214

Capt. Ike II
Indian River Marina - 443-497-3232

Cat II
Indian River Marina - 410-829-0311

Crab Claw
Indian River Marina - 302-260-4347

Dana Lynn
Indian River Marina - 302-229-6574

El Shaddai I
Indian River Marina - 302-632-7535

Espadon
Sunset Marina - 410-703-9191

Fin Razr
Sunset Marina - 302-379-1629

Fish Bound
Bahia Marina - 443-497-1361

Fish Finder
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-726-7946

Fish Tricks
Sunset Marina - 443-605-5520

Fish Whisperer
Indian River Marina - 302-270-7999

Fisherman's Wharf
- 302-645-8862

Floundering Around
Bahia Marina - 941-822-1419

Foul Hook
Bahia Marina - 410-835-8266

Gale Force
Indian River Marina - 302-245-2836

Game Changer
Ocean City Fishing Center - 240-832-6927

Game On
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-213-1121

Game Over
Ocean City Fishing Center - 443-497-3715

Get Sum
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-430-5709

Happy Hooker
Talbot Street Pier - 410-289-9125

High Hook
Indian River Marina - 302-242-5635

Husevo
Ocean City Fishing Center - 302-632-2374

Ivy Sea
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-430-5709

Jade II
Ocean City Fishing Center - 302-420-3781

Judith M
Bahia Marina - 410-289-7438

Judy V.
Indian River Marina - 302-226-2214

Just Got Reel
Indian River Marina - 908-399-6245

Karen Sue
Indian River Marina - 302-539-1359

Katydid
Angler Restaurant & Marina - 302-858-7783

Last $
Indian River Marina - 302-462-6135

Last Call
Ocean City Fishing Center - 443-783-3699

Lisa
Talbot Street Pier - 301-467-6762

Little Miss Ene
Indian River Marina - 484-843-3432

Lucky Break Inshore Charters
Frontier Town - 443-513-2006

M.R. Ducks
Talbot Street Pier - 410-289-9125

Marli
Sunset Marina - 410-456-7765

Mayb Mayb Knot
Indian River Marina - 302-401-8033

Michael D
Indian River Marina - 302-218-3761

Miss Donna
Indian River Marina - 302-740-3731

Moore Bills
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-251-4203

Morning Star
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-520-2076

Muff Diver
Ocean City Fishing Center - 800-243-0342

Mugger
Talbot Street Pier - 800-322-3065

My Cin
Sunset Marina - 443-944-6122

No Quarter
Sunset Marina - 302-353-8488

Oasis
Sunset Marina - 410-490-2628

Ocean City Guide Service
- 301-991-3308

Odinspear
Sunset Marina - 772-285-9478

Playmate
Ocean City Fishing Center - 443-822-1918

Playtime
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-627-8189

Prime Hook
Indian River Marina - 410-603-4131

Pumpin' Hard
Sunset Marina - 410-726-1353

Razorback
Indian River Marina - 302-602-0161

Reel Chaos
Sunset Marina - 609-685-0704

Reel Direct
Ocean City Fishing Center - 717-747-9347

Reelin' & Rockin' Charters
Indian River Marina - 410-454-5966

Restless Lady
Talbot Street Pier - 443-373-3413

Rhonda's Osprey
Sunset Marina - 410-977-9669

Rusty Reel
Indian River Marina - 717-476-4035

Spring Mix
Ocean City Fishing Center - 443-463-8902

Stalker
Ocean City Fishing Center - 443-373-7764

That’s Right
Fisherman's Marina - 305-481-6527

The Natural
Sunset Marina - 301-704-7231

Tighten Up
Sunset Marina - 410-251-2099

Tortuga
Bahia Marina - 410-251-5859

Virginia
Bahia Marina - 410-746-3966

Whatever Guide Service
Silver Point Lane - 410-213-2465 or 443-880-0253

White Lightning
Sunset Marina - 302-841-0729

Wrecker
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-507-4150

Yellowfin
Bahia Marina - 410-310-4044

Zipper
Sunset Marina - 866-947-2639

Fishing Report

9.18.17 11:06 am

by Larry Jock

**There is only 1 ISSUE left this season (9/20), so if you have a picture you would like to send to us, you can email it to coastalfisherman@comcast.net. Send it at the largest size possible (usually "Actual Size") and include angler name, town, fish caught, bait, location, size and/or weight.

** All of the pictures taken at the Big Fish Classic can now be found in our Photo Gallery. If you are interested in ordering a print, the photos will all be enhanced through Photoshop.


MONDAY, September 18, 2017

9:36 AM - Received a couple of pictures last night from folks who fished over the weekend:

Kelly Bunting caught a 9 lb. sheepshead on an ocean wreck.

Richard Crosariol and Chris Clasing caught 4 flounder (17 to 18 1/2-inches) in the East Channel. They also caught a trigger fish at the mouth of the Commercial Harbor.

On the "Lucky Break", Keith Brendan caught a 6 lb. sheepshead at the South Jetty.

On the charter boat, "Lucky Break" Erica Minton caught a weakfish at the South Jetty. Hooked it on a sand flea.

11:05 AM - Received a report that anglers spotted large numbers of cobia crusing the surface around Fenwick Shoal. They said that there were around 40 fish in 4 different schools. Federal waters are closed to cobia fishing, so fish found on Fenwick Shoal cannot be kept.


SUNDAY, September 17, 2017

Congratulations to the team from the Ocean City Marlin Club for their victory over the club from Cape May, NJ in the Challenge Cup. They smoked them pretty good, winning 2,325 points to 1,725 points. The "Reel Joy" was the top boat in the tournament with 525 points. "Reel Chaos" was second with 450 points.

Today, the charter boat, "Marli" released both a blue marlin and a white marlin in the Baltimore. They also boxed a dozen dolphin.

Charter boat, "Reel Chaos" released a white marlin and caught 4 dolphin in the Baltimore.


SATURDAY, September 16, 2017

6:41 PM - On the "Billfisher", anglers Danny Gough caught the biggest wahoo of the year in Ocean City, a 93 pounder in 60 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon.

On the "Buckshot", Cash Stanton caught a pair of 58 lb. wahoo in 80 fathoms in the Poor Man's.

On the "Lucky Duck II", Mikey Pitarra caught a 41 lb. wahoo in 70 fathoms in the Poor Man's.

On the "Pumpin Hard", Dorian Messick caught and released his first white marlin in 80 fathoms in the Poor Man's.

On the "Magic Moment", Anna Schumann, Mike Trice and Nat Ewing each caught a wahoo in 75 fathoms in the Poor Man's.

On the "Fishbone", Tom Arnot caught a 164 lb. swordfish in 230 fathoms north of the Poor Man's Canyon.

"Poore Sport" had 4 white marlin releases.

Jessica Turowski, Christie Gessford and Melody Melvin caught flounder up to 22-inches and sea bass up to 16-inches during a trip on the headboat, "Morning Star".

On the headboat, "Angler", Ken Yuen caught a 2.5 lb. flounder and a 2.25 lb. sea bass. David Powell caught sea bass up to 3 lbs.

Murray Adams caught his limit of flounder, up to 22-inches, while fishing on the headboat, "Morning Star".


Today was the first day of the MSSA Flounder tournament and here is what we saw:

Cody and Dave Allison weighed a 3.85 lb. flounder caught behind Harbour Island.

"Loose Knot" weighed 3 flounder between 4.1 and 5.6 lbs. Caught at the Bass Grounds.

"Sugarhole" weighed a 1.65 lb. flounder caught at the Queen.

"Wallbangers" had 9 flounder, 3 triggerfish and 6 sea bass. Largest flounder weighed 2.4 lbs. All caught at the Queen.

"Nina's Revenge" had a 3.5 lb. sea bass from the Great Eastern Reef.

"Relentless" weighed 2 flounder. Largest weighed 4.35 lbs. and was caught at Site 10.

"PYY Marine" weighed 3 flounder. Largest weighed 3 lbs. and was caught at Site 11.

Russ Coward caught a 30-inch, 10.6 lb. flounder at Site 10.

Kern Ducote caught a 10.2 lb. flounder in 88-feet of water outside the Shipping Channel off the coast of DE. Hooked it on a bucktail tipped with a 4-inch Gulp.


FRIDAY, September 15, 2017

5:02 PM - Bruce Lynch, Sr., Bruce Lynch, Jr. and Scott Taylor caught their limit of 12 flounder plus 5 triggerfish while fishing with squid and shiners on an artificial reef. Their largest flounder, caught by Bruce Sr. (of course) measured 23-inches and weighed 4 lbs. 8 oz. All of their flatties measured 20-inches or over.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" caught 2 wahoo (55 & 60 lbs.) and recorded 2 white marlin releases. The whites were both firsts for Sean Rudeau and Rich Leitner. All of the fish were hooked in 80 fathoms between the Baltimore and Poor Man's Canyons.

Jake Allnutt caught the largest sheepshead we have seen in OC this season, a beautiful 14 lb. 13 oz. fish while soaking clams at the South Jetty.

Anglers on the charter boat, "On the Run" caught 5 red drum and released 3 others while drifting Gulp in the East Channel.

On the headboat, "Angler", Capt. Chris Mizurak reported good sea bass fishing at the Great Eastern Reef today. His anglers even boated a few flounder that weighed up to 3 lbs.

6:17 PM - Heath Berger on the "Stress-Reel-ief" caught a 93.4 lb. wahoo while trolling a ballyhoo dressed up with a purple and black Joe Shure between the Baltimore cand Poor Man's Canyons.

Nancy and Danny Cox went out to the Bass Grounds and caught a triggerfish, a couple of sea bass and several flounder. Their largest flounder measured 24-inches and weighed 5 lbs. 56 oz. It was caught on squid.


THURSDAY, September 14, 2017

Yesterday, Sam Goodwin caught 3 triggerfish on sand fleas at the South Jetty.

2:11 PM - On the charter boat, "Tortuga", Eli Shoemaker caught a 17 1/2-inch flounder in the bay behind Assateague Island on a squid and shiner combination.

Ross Kendall caught 3 sheepshead, releasing 1, while fishing at the South Jetty with sand fleas.

9:42 PM - Slower day offshore. Not as many marlin. Not as many wahoo.

An angler on the "Brenda Lou" caught a big 88 lb. wahoo today. Angler was Justin Ribb and the fish was hooked on a Pakula plug between the Baltimore and Poor Man's Canyon.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Marli" wanted to go bottom fishing so they returned with good catches of tilefish. Anglers on the "Boss Hogg" did the same.

It's tough to tell how the Challenge Cup is going. This is a competition between the Ocean City Marlin Club and the club in Cape May, NJ. It's a billfish release tournament where boats can fish 2 of 3 days, starting today. Ocean City had about 1/2 their boats head out today. Cape May boats look to be mainly fishing Friday and Saturday.


WEDNESDAY, September 13, 2017

Just a reminder that this Saturday and Sunday is the MSSA Flounder Tournament. Last year, the event paid out $12,000 in prize money!!! Anglers can fish in the bay or ocean and you can fish both days. Fishing is from 7am to 3:30 Pm with weigh-ins from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at Atlantic Tackle in Ocean City, Hook'em & Cook'em in the Indian River Marina or at Curtiss-Merritt Harbor in Chincoteague, VA. If you register early online, you save $50. Go to mssa.net.

4:44 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" headed out to 80 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon and ended up with a white marlin release, wahoo, yellowfin and a couple of small dolphin. Mark Wenzlaff caught the 75 lb. wahoo, J.E. Parker released the white marlin and Mitch Parker caught the 62 lb. yellowfin.

5:34 PM - There were only 2 anglers on the "Marli" but they ended up with a white marlin release, 5 wahoo and 3 small mahi in the box. Their largest wahoo weighed 59 lbs. Ron Sweet released his first white marlin. He was joined by Kevin Horn. It was quite a trip. Two times they had 6 wahoo on at once. Fished in 65-70 fathoms in the Baltimore.

On the charter boat, "Espadon" anglers Steve Thumma and Mike Slocum teamed up to release 4 white marlin in 100 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon.

"Billfisher" had 3 white marlin releases and a wahoo in the Baltimore.

"No Quarter" had 7 white marlin releases in the Baltimore Canyon.


TUESDAY, September 12, 2017

Sounds like some white marlin were caught in the Baltimore Canyon today and the wahoo bite remained strong. I believe the "Restless Lady" returned today after an overnight trip with at least 3, maybe 4, wahoos in the box.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" had 5 sheepshead, from 7 to 10 lbs., plus some tautog, triggerfish and croakers. Caught during the incoming tide around the South Jetty.

"Poore Sport" released a white marlin in the Baltimore.

"Reel Joy" released a white marlin in the Baltimore.

"Billfisher" released 3 white marlin and caught a 61 lb. wahoo and a couple of dolphin.

"No Quarter" released 6 white marlin and caught a yellowfin in the Baltimore.

"Reel Chaos" released 5 white marlin and caught a wahoo and 3 dolphin in the Baltimore.

"Rhonda's Osprey" released 3 white marin and caught 9 dolphin in the Baltimore.


MONDAY, September 11, 2017

Today is the 17th Annual Ocean City Fishing Center Spot Tournament. Registration begins at 4pm. Lines are in the water at 5pm and out at 7pm. Entry fee is only $5.00. No boat required. Fish right off the dock at the Fishing Center.

3:29 PM - Capt. Nick Clemente on the charter boat, "Get Sum" said that water clarity in the bay improved and so did the flounder bite. They have 3 keepers in the box, caught on Gulp behind Harbour Island. They also had several throwbacks.

On the headboat, "Tortuga", anglers caught flounder up to 17 1/2-inches while drifting in the East Channel.

7:37 PM - There was a very good white marlin bite in 100 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon today (280 line). The "G-FORCE" was 5 for a bunch and had 2 wahoo bites. Water temp was 71-degrees.

Noah McVicker on the "Grande Pez" caught a stud 81 lb. wahoo in 100 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon. One of their whites measured 79-inches.

Bob Wimbrow, Jim Frank, Capt. Pat Svehla and mate Noah McVicker caught and released 8 white marlin on the east wall of the Baltimore (100 fathoms). Capt. Pat said he had 73-degree water.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" caught a sheepshead, 5 croaker and a flounder while fishing around the South Jetty.

"Top Dog" had 4 white marlin releases in the Baltimore.


SUNDAY, September 10, 2017

2:23 PM - The sheepshead bite at the South Jetty is still going strong. Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" had 5 this morning with fish up to 13.5 lbs. All caught on sand fleas.

Last Friday, Conner Jezierski caught his first tuna and released his first white marlin while fishing on the "Haulin n Ballin" in the Poor Man's Canyon.

On the headboat, "Morning Star", mate Wes Pollitt caught a 27-inch, 8 lb. flounder on a bucktail tipped with a Gulp on an artificial reef.

Ben Wagner caught a 24-inch flounder in the East Channel near the Rt. 50 Bridge.

On the headboat, "Tortuga", Nick Gleco caught a 18-inch flounder behind Assateague.

6:31 PM - Just returned from the Big Fish Classic. Only 6 fish were eligible to fish today and none had anything to bring to the scale.

The Bahia Marina Flounder Pounder had 101 anglers this year and the winners were:

1st Place - Mark Lowman 5.9 lbs. - won $3,010
2nd Place (tie) - Rebecca Brown 3.7 lbs. - won $510
2nd Place (tie) - Greg Donohue 3.7 lbs. - won $2.315


SATURDAY, September 9, 2017

John Sollenberger on the "Helbent" caught a 22-inch, 3 lb. 9 oz. flounder at the mouth of the Commercial Harbor.

John Parker on the charter boat, "On the Run" caught a 25-inch red drum on a Gulp artificial bait in the East Channel.

There was a lot of action at the scale of the Big Fish Classic. Here is what we saw:

"Always Something" weighed a 68 lb. yellowfin, a 64 lb. wahoo and an 86 lb. swordfish. All were caught in the Baltimore Canyon.

"Espadon" had a blue marlin release, 2 white marlin releases and weighed 3 yellowfins (63, 64 & 69 lbs.). All caught in the Poor Man's.

"Git R Done" had an 11 lb. dolphin that did not qualify, a 65.5 lb. white marlin and a 45 lb. wahoo. All were caught outside the Baltimore.

"Goin in Deep" had 2 white marlin releases and weighed a 55 lb. white marlin that didn't qualify and a 16 lb. dolphin. All came from outside the Baltimore.

"Primary Search" weighed a 67.5 lb. yellowfin caught in the Poor Mans.

"Killin Time" weighed a 111 lb. blue shark that didn't qualify and a pair of yellowfins (60 & 66 lbs.)

"Stalker" weighed 3 yellowfins (67.5, 73 & 74.5 lbs.) caught outside the Baltimore.

"Sea Wolf" weighed a 79 lb. white marlin and a pair of yellowfins (60 & 63 lbs.) caught just above the Poor Man's.

"Moore Bills" caught 5 yellowfins with their 4 heaviest coming in at 53.5, 58, 64 & 67 lbs. they also released 2 tiger sharks and a mako. All in 500 fathoms behind the Baltimore.

"Sea Note" released a blue marlin, 8 white marlin and caught a 65 lb. yellowfin in the Poor Mans.

"The Chaser" weighed a 63.5 lb. white marlin, a 32.5 lb. wahoo and a 59.5 lb. yellowfin. All were caught in the Poor Mans.

"Restless Lady" weighed a 145.5 lb. blue shark and 4 mahi. Their 2 largest dolphin both weighed 17.5 lbs.

"Reel Tight" weighed a 67.5 lb. yellowfin caught in 1,200 fathoms outside the Poor Man's.

"MR Ducks" released 2 blue marlin, 3 white marlin and weighed a 69.5 lb. yellowfin.

"Absolut Pleasure" weighed an 82 lb. white marlin and 2 yellowfins (65 & 73.5 ls.). All caught in the Poor Mans.

"No Quarter" weighed a 50.5 lb. white marling that didn't qualify. They also weighed a 128.5 lb. blue shark, an 83 lb. yellowfin, and 18 lb. dolphin and 4 yellowfins (60.5, 68, 70 & 83 lbs.). All the action was in 1,200 fathoms outside the Baltimore.

"Husevo" weighed a 57.5 lb. white marlin that didn't qualfy, a 68 lb. white marlin and 2 yellowfins )62.5 & 73.5). All caught in 1,200 fathoms outside the Baltimore.

"MJ's" weighed an 88.5 lb. wahoo caught in the Poor Man's.

"Hubris" weighed a 62 lb. wahoo caught in 1,000 outside the Poor Mans.

"Reel Intents" weighed a 46.5 lb. wahoo caught in the Baltimore.

"Mugger" weighed a 39.5 lb. wahoo caught in the Poor Mans.


FRIDAY, September 8, 2017

This years Bahia Marina Rocktoberfest, scheduled for October 21-22 has been cancelled.

The Big Fish Classic starts today and they are reported 40 boats entered and a purse of over $228,000. Weigh-ins are Friday and Saturday from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM and on Sunday from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

12:39 PM - Looks like out of the 40 boats in the Big Fish Classic, around a half dozen are waiting to fish the 36 hour window that goes from Saturday into Sunday. There have been some fish caught today, so I expect some action at the scale.

9:00 PM - Scales closed at the Big Fish Classic which was postponed from its original date in August due to bad weather. We didn't see any fish weighed tonight with most all of the 34 boats that left today staying out overnight. Tomorrows action at the scale should be strong. There was a good marlin bite from the Poor Man's down to the Baltimore. Best I heard was at least one boat with 5 white releases and a couple of blue marlin releases as well.

"Pumpin Hard" had 2 white marlin releases in the Poor Man's.

"Buckshot" had 2 white releases in the Poor Man's.

"Legasea" had a pair of white marlin releases in the Poor Man's.

"Billfisher" had 3 releases in the Poor Man's.

"Sea Hag" released a blue marlin in the Poor Man's.

"Boss Hogg" had a yellowfin along with some tilefish and sea bass.

Anglers on the "Reel Vibrations" headed out to the South Jetty and caught 5 sheepshead up to 7 lbs. 7 oz. All on sand fleas.


THURSDAY, September 7, 2017

Beautiful day in Ocean City. Spoke to the organizers of the Big Fish Classic. Tournament is still a go. Looks like the vast majority are going to fish the Friday/Saturday window. If fishing is good, scales should be really busy on Saturday night.

Should be interesting to see how many boats fish this weekend, and I'm not talking about in the tournament. A lot of folks are making arrangements to get their boats taken out of the water on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Let's home Irma is easy on us.

Sheepshead are still being caught at the South Jetty. Got a picture of a 10 pounder caught today.

4:59 PM - On the charter boat, "Fish Bound", Changer Sengphac caught a 28 1/4-inch, 8 lb. flounder on natural ocean bottom.

UPDATED: On the charter boat, "Lucky Break" Donald Johnson caught a 10 lb. sheepshead and Barbara Johnson caught a triggerfish, both at the South Jetty on fleas.

On the charter boat, "Katydid", Capt. Brent Wiest caught himself a 7 lb. 15 oz. flounder on a Gulp and shiner combination at the Old Grounds.

Charter boat, "No Quarter" had 2 white marlin releases and a blue marlin release in addition to a couple of yellowfins and 2 dolphin from the Baltimore Canyon.

"Miss Annie" had 2 yellowfins and 10 dolphins from the Poor Man's.

Charter boat, "Marli" had 2 white marlin releases and 9 dolphin in the Poor Man's.

On the headboat, "Angler", some nice flounder were caught on an arificial reef. David Sliwinski caught his limit of flatties weighing up to 3 lbs. Phil Watts caught a 2 lb. 8 oz. flounder and Bud Malone caught a 3.5 pounder.


WEDNESDAY, September 6, 2017

Wind is puffing pretty good in OC today. I did see a couple of headboats fishing north of the Rt. 50 Bridge. One was in the East Channel and the other in the Fish Bowl.

Reminder that the Bahia Marina Flounder Pounder is this Sunday. Lines are in the water from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Scales close at 5:00 pm. Anglers can fish from the Fenwick Ditch down to the Assateague Bridge and out to the South Jetty. This is always a fun flounder tournament that isn't expensive at all to get in, plus Bahia always has a spread of hamburgers and hotdogs at the weigh-in.

On Monday is the famous Ocean City Fishing Center Spot Tournament. All of the fishing is from the dock at the Fishing Center. Kids dominate the fun.

Spoke to one of the organizers of the Big Fish Classic this morning. Right now, all systems are go! Sounds like it could be somewhere between 35 and 45 boats.


TUESDAY, September 5, 2017

9:16 AM - Updated yesterday's report


MONDAY, September 4, 2017

11:24 PM - The charter boat, "Ivy Sea", part of "Get Sum Charters" just arrived back at the Ocean City Fishing Center with 6 nice sheepshead in the box. Largest measured 21-inches and weighed 6 lbs. 8 oz. Caught on fresh fleas.

12:05 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" caught 6 triggerfish, 1 tautog and an 18-inch flounder while fishing with sand fleas around the South Jetty during the outgoing tide.

1:16 PM - Capt. Austin Ensor on the "Primary Search" said that sea conditions are nice today south of the Baltimore Canyon where they have released a white marlin and caught 2 mahi.

2:49 PM - The Frankford, DE boys took a couple of boats out to the Bass Grounds and returned with their limit of 24 flounder. Bruce Lynch, Sr. led he way with a 24-incher that weighed 4 lbs. 12 oz.

Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported good sea bass and flounder fishing today on a natural ocean reef. They had fish up to 4 lbs.

3:24 PM - Alison Caslin caught an 18-inch flounder on a white Gulp and shiner combination while fishing off the Rt. 50 Bridge.

Big Bird Cropper and Dave Leizear fished around the outside of the South Jetty and at the Rt. 50 Bridge. Dave caught pair of red drum (23 & 24-inchers) at each location. One came on a Roy Rig and the other was hooked on a Gulp artificial bait. They also caught a snapper bluefish. The anglers reported several throwbacks of short flounder, bluefish and striped bass.

Doug Coats caught and released a sheepshead at the South Jetty this morning on a sand flea.

6:12 PM - On the charter boat, "Reel Chaos", Mike Matarese caught an 80 lb. wahoo on a naked ballyhoo in 55 fathoms in the Poor Man's Canyon. Samantha Matarese caught and released a blue marlin and Tyler Morris released a white marlin during the trip. The blue marlin was estimated at 300 lbs. and the white was estimated at 85 lbs.

Updated:

Tom Miller and Tyler Tribbitt caught their limit of 8 flounder, weighing up to 6 lbs., while fishing near "B" Buoy. Every fish but one was over 20-inches. They also caught 1 sea bass.

Angles on the "Reelbuster" went to the Poor Man's Canyon and hooked into a wahoo, estimated at 60-70 lbs., only to have it bitten in half by a shark during the fight.

Anglers on the "That's Right" went to the Baltimore Canyon and released 2 white marlin and caught a mess of dolphin.

Cynthia Delaney caught a 9 lb. sheepshead right before dark while fishing with sand fleas at the South Jetty. Fish measured 22-inches.

Joe Zebec caught an 80 lb. yellowfin tuna in the Poor Man's Canyon.

Marty Woolford caught a 22-inch flounder while drifting a Gulp Swimming Mullet in the bay behind the Ocean City Airport.

Charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" had 15 mahi in the Washington.

Charter boat, "Marli" had 3 white marlin releases in the Baltimore.

Charter boat, "Boss Hogg" had a white marlin release and 3 yellowfins in the Poor Man's.

Charter boat, "Espadon" released 2 white marlin.

"Griffin" had 8 dolphin in the Poor Man's.

"Sea Hag" had 3 white marlin releases in the Poor Man's.

"Poore Sport" had a white marlin release in the Poor Man's.

"Conspiracy" had a white marlin release in the Poor Man's.

"DA Sea" released 4 white marlin in the Poor Man's.

"Buckshot" released 4 white marlin between the Poor Man's and Baltimore Canyons.

"Roncito" released a blue marlin and 4 white marlin between the Poor Man's and Baltimore Canyons.


SUNDAY, September 3, 2017

9:25 AM - Anglers are chomping at the bit to get out on the water. When I came across the Rt. 50 Bridge this morning a little after 8:00, there were already quite a few boats drifting in the East Channel.

I did hear that at least one boat headed offshore yesterday in some nasty weather. They went to the Baltimore Canyon and caught a couple of yellowfins and released a couple of white marlin. They then went up to the Wilmington, but I don't believe they did anything there.

A lot of boats are heading out tomorrow before the next wave of bad weather arrives.

10:59 AM - On the charter boat, "Lucky Break", junior angler Heidi Radebaugh caught a 25-inch, 12 lb. 6 oz. sheepshead on a sand flea at the South Jetty.

Denise Kieczkajlo just stopped by the Coastal Fisherman office with a 24 1/2-inch red drum caught on a frozen sand flea while fishing off the North Jetty.

12:03 PM - Dave Neumayer caught an 8 lb. sheepshead at the South Jetty this morning while fishing with sand fleas.

12:53 PM - On the charter boat, "Lucky Break", Mike Britain caught a 19 1/2-inch flounder on in the Inlet while using a Gulp artificial bait.

5:58 PM - I heard from the "Maryland Pride" earlier that they caught a load of dolphin, with some nice size ones mixed in, while fishing in the Poor Man's.

Bob and Ryan Osborne went out to the Jackspot and cuaght 4 false albacore.

7:00 PM - Ben Strahl on the headboat, "Angler" caught a 3 lb. 8 oz. flounder on a bucktail at an artificial reef.

Anglers on the "Maryland Pride" ended up with 56 mahi and 6 false albacore. They caught the false albacore's at the Jackspot and then moved offshore to the Poor Man's where they found some lobster balls and hooked into the dolphin.


SATURDAY, September 2, 2017

Just a downright nasty day in Ocean City.

Yesterday, Jeffrey Peregoy caught a 14 lb. 8 oz. sheepshead at the South Jetty. This is the heaviest one we have seen in OC so far this season. It was 1 of 6 Jeffrey and his group caught.

Dave Neumayer boated a 23 1/2-inch red drum after hooking it on a bucktail at the South Jetty. Dave said there were 3 to 4 foot wates in the Inlet.

The owners of the "Top Dog" and the Rockville Fire Department are putting organizing a drive to accumulate goods to donate to the victims of Hurricane Harvey down in Texas. For details, see our Breaking News section. Donations will also be able to be dropped at Sunset Marina and will be delivered to Rockville on Thursday. Just drop off the goodss at the Sunset Marina office or at Sunset Provisions by the end of day on Wednesday.


FRIDAY, September 1, 2017

Very windy day today. Yesterday, only a couple of boats ventured down to the Washington Canyon. The "Marli" had 6 dolphin and 2 yellowfins in the Washington. The "Conspiracy" had 2 white marlin releases in the Washington.

No OCMC Labor Day Tournament this weekend. Next tournament on the list is the Big Fish Classic on September 8, 9 & 10.


THURSDAY, August 31, 2017

Just when I thought I had heard it all, today I found out that the changes to the cobia fishery announced by NOAA in a bulletin released on August 4th will not go into effect until January 1, 2018 even though their bulletin said "the management measures will be effective September 5, 2017". Nowhere in the bulletin does it say that the season will continue to be closed until January 1st. I spoke to NOAA to get clarification and their representative told me that "the bulletin could have been written better." You think so!!!! They basically announced changes in the size and creel for a season that is closed! Everyone I spoke to read it as the season is reopening on September 5th. Here's exactly what it says (just so everyone can see):

KEY MESSAGE:

NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule to change the following management measures for Atlantic Cobia (Georgia through New York):

* increase the recreational minimum size limit
* reduce the recreational bag limit
* establish a recreational vessel limit
* establish a commercial trip limit
* modify the recreational accountability measure

WHEN RULE WILL TAKE EFFECT:

The management measures will be effective September 5, 2017.

WHAT THIS MEANS:

For the Atlantic cobia recreational sector, the minimum size limit will increase from 33 inches fork length to 36 inches fork length.

The recreational bag limit will be modified to one fish per person per day, or six fish per vessel per day, whichever is more restrictive.

The rule will also modify the accountability measure for the recreational If the recreational and total catch limits (commercial and recreational combined) are exceeded, NOAA Fisheries will reduce the vessel limit, and if necessary, shorten the following season.

For the Atlantic cobia commercial sector, the rule will implement a commercial trip limit of two fish per person per day, or six fish per vessel per day, whichever is more restrictive.

This final rule is the result of Framework Amendment 4 recommended to NOAA Fisheries by the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils.

These actions are expected to reduce the likelihood of exceeding the recreational and commercial Atlantic cobia catch limits in future years.

FORMAL FEDERAL REGISTER NAME/NUMBER: 82 FR 36344, published August 4, 2017

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Where do these regulations apply?

These regulations apply to the Atlantic group cobia, which extends from Georgia through New York.




TUESDAY, August 29, 2017

3:37 PM - After analysis by their biologists, the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife have determined that the mackerel caught on the Delaware charter boat, "Martha Marie" and originally identified as a Spanish mackerel is actually a king mackerel and therefore is not a new Delaware State Record. After submitting the fish to the state, the Captain of the "Martha Marie", Les Clemmer, was notified last week by the DE Division of Fish & Wildlife confirming that his angler had indeed caught a Spanish mackerel and a state record certification would be processed. The fish did have external markings similar to a Spanish mackerel (which are hard to see in the submitted photo), but through further analysis, including internal disection of the fish, the determination was made that it is a king.


SUNDAY, August 27, 2017

Windy day today kept most everyone at the dock. I received some late reports from recent day activity. Here they are:

Dennis Raber caught a 25-inch, 6.6 lb. flounder at the Old Grounds.

Jay Faulkner said that he fished Site 10 and only found some small croakers, small sea bass and even a small weakie.

Matt Bilodeau caught a 25 lb. yellowfin while trolling at the Hot Dog.

Henry and Charlie Gessford caught sea bass at the Bass Grounds.

Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" had a good catch of flounder while fishing on natural bottom.

Tom Kessler and Mike Herbert caught a pair of 20-inch flounder at the Bass Grounds on Gulp and minnows.

Marc Bouchard caught a 21-inch, 4 lb. 8 oz. flounder in the East Channel. Used a 5-inch Gulp Swimming Mullet for bait.

Anglers on the "Tunatamer" caught a 55 lb. wahoo at the Rockpile.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" continue to tear up the black drum around the South Jetty.

Bryan Reburn caught a pair of flounder (17 1/2 and 20-inches) off the 3rd Street Bulkhead.

Anglers fishing the Inner Wall in the Delaware Bay hooked into good numbers of triggerfish.

Jeff Nichols on the "Martha Marie" caugh a 6.39 lb. Spanish mackerel to set a pending Delaware State Record.

Hanna Mattio caught a 23-inch, 4 lb. 2 oz. flounder in the bay behind Harbour Island. Caught on bunker.


SATURDAY, August 26, 2017

1:12 PM - The wind is picking up, and the upcoming forecast isn't good.

Before the seas started picking up, Jerry Shockley, David Steen and Donald Stevens ventured out to some structure straight off Ocean City and caught 12 absolutely beautiful flounder. Their largest measured 27-inches and weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz. They had good luck with belly meat, shiners and minnows with squid teasers. David said that blue and white has been working good.

On the charter boat, "Lucky Break", anglers picked up some flounder in the Fishbowl. Their largest measured 22-inches and was caught on a minnow.

Yesterday, Tom Schanno caught a 46.5 lb. golden tilefish in 500 feet of water in the Baltimore Canyon to set a pending Delaware State Record. He was fishing on the Indian Giver with Frank Perna.

Anglers on the "3 Amigos" got into some blueline and golden tilefish while dropping in the Baltimore Canyon this morning.

3:58 PM - Anglers on the "Fish Frenzi" headed to the Old Grounds and had a lot of throwback flounder and 2 keepers. They then stopped at Fenwick Shoal to troll spoons and got into some small bluefish.

5:21 PM - Dale Christensen stopped by the office to have his picture taken with a 26-inch, 7 lb. 11 oz. flounder caught at the Bass Grounds on the "Myra HT".


FRIDAY, August 25, 2017

1:45 PM - Jerry Shockley, David Steen and Donald Stevens just swung by the Coastal Fisherman office to have a picture taken with their limit of 12 flounder caught on an ocean wreck, south of the OC Inlet. The largest was caught by Jerry and was 26.5-inches and weighed 5 lbs. 12 oz. All were caught on belly meat and shiners.

9:00 PM - The scales closed on the final day of The MidAtlantic Tournament and here is what we saw:

"Makara" weighed a 100 3/4-inch blue marlin that weighed 334 lbs. It was caught on a Black Bart Marlin Candy lure in the Washington Canyon.

"Waste Knot" weighed a 75 lb. white marlin caught by Kyle Mayer in 50 fathoms in the Washington Canyon.

"Billfisher" released 3 white marlin and a blue marlin in the Washington Canyon.

"Reel Rodeo" weighed a 71 1/2-inch, 71 lb. white marlin caught by Andrew Kennedy in 1,500 fathoms outside the Spencer Canyon.

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