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Fishing Report

Bob's Coastal Maryland (Ocean City Maryland - Assateague Island) and Coastal Delaware Fishing Report is published every Monday morning, usually by noon. Stay up to date on the most comprehensive fishing activity report on coastal fishing in the bay and in the Atlantic ocean!

July 25, 2016 Report

Bob Foster | July 25, 2016

Ocean City Inlet water temperature 69 degrees

Trying to catch a keeper flounder in our back bays has been very challenging. I did hear of a decent flounder bite between the airport and Castaway's campground. One of our regular customers reported catching a couple of keepers on pink Gulp swimming mullet. Small bait size spot have moved into the bay and are around the Route 90 bridge. The small spot are a great bait for flounder and stripers. Oyster Bay Tackle offers a great custom tied spot rig for $2.99 each or two for $5.00. Route 50 bridge fishermen are catching some flounder and small bluefish. Surf anglers are catching lots of tasty kingfish on bloodworms and Fishbites. Shark fishing from the beach continues to be good for anglers tossing chunks of mackeral. The offshore wrecks and reefs are producing decent catches of sea bass and flounder. Try jigging around the ocean structures with a Spro bucktail tipped with squid or a Gulp 5" swimming mullet.

Stop by Oyster Bay Tackle and check out our huge selection of 2016 White Marlin Open shirts starting at just $19.99.

Oyster Bay Tackle hours are: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6am-10pm. Monday-Thursday 6am-9pm.Call 410-524-3433.

Oyster Bay Tackle sells Maryland Fishing Licenses.

We have added a link on our website directly to the Maryland and Delaware Fishing License sites to make it easy to purchase a license at home. Go to http://oysterbaytackle.com and scroll down the Main Menu and click on the appropriate State link.

Coastal Fisherman Fishing report by Larry Jock

SUNDAY, July 24, 2016

9:54 AM - "Kevin Gordon caught a 38-inch striper from the west end of the Rt. 50 Bridge during the incoming tide.

12:45 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "That's Right" just returned with 8 yellowfin tuna in the box after chunking in Massey's Canyon.

SATURDAY, July 23, 2016

Well, it turned out to be a much better day, weather-wise, than predicted. Boats that headed offshore reported nice conditions and most were able to come and go at normal speeds.

It looks like there was a good early morning bite around Massey's Canyon, but it ended around 8:30 PM.

10:37 AM - Kyle Rudder's bachelor party trip on the charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" got back to the dock early after capturing 13 yellowfins while chunking in Massey's.

5:14 PM - Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" had some good sea bass fishing in addition to catching some nice size flounder up to 19-inches. They even boated 7 dolphin caught while trolling between ocean structure.

The charter boat, "My Cin" took advantage of the early morning chunking bite at Massey's Canyon and returned with 8 yellowfin tuna.

Charter boat, "Marli" had 12 yellowfins after chunking in Masseys' Canyon.

Charter boat, "Get Sum" had another good flounder trip, ending their afternoon trip with 7 flounder measuring up to 18-inches. They were all caught in the bay behind Castaways' Campground in 8-feet of water. Capt. Nick said that water temperature was between 71 to 73-degrees.

8:36 PM - Capt. Corey Kennington reported that it was all the bluefish you wanted at Fenwick Shoal today.

Charter boat, "Reel Chaos" had 7 yellowfins at the Lumpy Bottom.

Charter boat, "Boss Hogg" went to the Washington Canyon and had a yellowfin, a dolphin, 39 sea bass and 63 tilefish.

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016

9:37 AM - It looks like we have had an influx of flounder into the inlets, with better flounder fishing in both the Ocean City and Indian River Inlets.

I received a report from a group that hooked into 11 short flounder and a 17-inch keeper, along with 3 weakfish while drifting minnows and squid in the Indian River Inlet.

Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" had a good day yesterday catching flounder, sea bass and mahi while fishing at an artificial reef. The heaviest flounder was a 7 pounder caught by George Howrigan.

Big Bird Cropper called in this morning to report incredible fishing at the Rt. 50 Bridge yesterday afternoon. When the tide was moving, both in and out, anglers had all the bluefish they could handle.

Marlin fishing is looking good for this time of year. Best bite is deep outside the Baltimore in 1,000+ fathoms. Over 3 days this week, anglers on the "Billfisher" had 20 white marlin releases (9 on Monday, 8 on Tuesday and 3 on Wednesday). Yesterday, the "DA SEA" returned from an overnight trip to deep outside the Baltimore Canyon afer going 4 for 6 on white marlin.

2:56 PM - Sonny Layton just stopped by the Coastal Fisherman office to have a picture taken with the 31-inch, 12 lb. bluefish he caught from the shore in the West Channel by the Rt. 50 Bridge. Sonny was fishing with a freshwater pole and 7 lb. test line to a Roy Rig. Quite a catch!

5:51 PM - Sounds like the seas were rough today and got worse as the day progressed.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Marli" had 7 yellowfins caught on the chunk in Massey's Canyon and also caught 40 blueline tilefish and a golden tilefish while deep dropping in the Baltimore Canyon.

Brennan Lorence caught a 19-inch flounder on a live minnow while fishing off 28th Street in Ocean City.

David Stouffer on the "Playin' Catch" caught his first bluefin tuna while chunking at the Twin Wrecks. The anglers went 1 for 5 on tuna with all bites coming on their long riggers.

Denny & Ryan Bontempo, along with Finley Stearn and Eric Bontempo caught 4 dolphin while trolling in the Baltimore Canyon aboard the "Chasin' Tails".

Angles on "The Chaser" had a grand slam today deep outside the Baltimore Canyon. They ended up with a white marlin, a blue marlin and 2 sailfish.

Charter boat, "Reel Chaos" returned from an overnight trip with 2 white marlin releases, 21 tilefish and 2 dolphin.

Charter boat, "Zipper" had 4 yellowfins after chunking in Massey's.

Charter boat, "Boss Hogg" had 4 dolphin, 6 tilefish and 30 sea bass in the Washington.

Charter boat, "No Quarter" had a bluefin and a yellowfin after chunking in Massey's.

THURSDAY, July 21, 2016

8:43 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that the bite is slow at Massey's. Well over 150 boats. Little to no bites.

9:46 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported continued slow action at Massey's. Not many bites at all.

10:46 AM - White marlin releases were recorded yesterday, deep outside the Baltimore Canyon.

11:25 AM - On the charter boat, "That's Right", Capt. John Oughton reported that he has only seen 1 tuna caught this morning at Massey's Canyon and have heard of only a few caught.

1:31 PM - Anglers on the "Primary Search" reported in that they went 2 for 3 on tuna at Massey's and are heading offshore in search of mahi.

2:27 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" had a great morning of fishing. They had 55 bluefish, 6 Spanish mackerel and 4 bonitas at the Bass Grounds. They they shot into the bay and had a keeper flounder and 12 throwback flounder in the bay behind Assateague.

3:03 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught 32 Spanish mackerel, their limit of 50 bluefish, 3 keeper flounder and a few keeper sea bass. All were caught at the Bass Grounds. The flounder and sea bass were caught on strip baits with the rest on spoons.

4:54 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "C-Boys" caught 13 yellowfins on the chunk at Massey's. Capt. Luke Blume said that it was dismal at Massey's in the morning, but they came across a school around 1pm and caught all of their fish within 40 minutes.

The bay behind Assateague Island has been a good spot for flounder fishing.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" had fish up to 19-inches while fishing with Z-Man artificial baits behind the campground. They also got into Spanish mackerel at the Bass Grounds.

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016

6:52 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that it was a hairy ride out this morning with a lot of lightning. They are fishing near Massey's again and have 1 yellowfin in the box so far.

7:51 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that it is pretty out there right now. They had a nice little flurry and went 1 for 5. It's pretty slow.

8:54 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that it is very, very slow inshore and most boats are leaving and heading offshore. Right now, he is going to stay inshore an grind it out.

10:25 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that is is still slow inshore.

12:51 PM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that there wasn't much to the inshore tuna bite today. Very few marks and less fish. They did end up with 2 yellowfins in the box. He wasn't able to hear much about what went on offshore.

2:00 PM - Sometimes it pays to grind it out. Anglers on "That's Right" just had a late flurry of yellowfin and ended up with 5 in the box plus a nice bluefin tuna.

5:35 PM - It looks like all the tuna action continues to be at Massey's.

Charter boat, "Spring Mix II" had 9 yellowfins and left them snapping. They were chunking on the inside edge of Massey's.

Charter boat, "Jade II" got called in by Capt. Steve Selander on the "Spring Mix II" and when they pulled away, anglers on the "Jade II" had 4 on the hook. They ended up with 15 yellowfins and 1 bluefin on the inside edge of Massey's.

Charter boat, "That's Right" fished outside the fleet at Massey's and had 5 yellowfins and a bluefin.

Charter boat, "Marli" went tilefishing today and ended up with 2 goldens and 50 bluelines, in addition to 12 nice size dolphin.

"My Gal Sal" had a yellowfin, a 44-inch bluefin and 2 mahi in 20 fathoms outside the Jackspot.

TUESDAY, July 19, 2016

9:37 AM - Finn McCabe was fishing off the beach in the West Channel at Gudelsky Park and caught a 23-inch weakfish on a 6-inch Tsunami Swim Shad. Weighed 3 lbs. 10 oz.

10:25 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that they got a late start this morning because of rough seas, but he will be on the fishing grounds in 20 minutes. He said that based on the radio chatter, it sounds like they are biting. Stay tuned.

12:19 PM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that it was a very early bite in Massey's today. Sounds like what happened last Thursday. Some boats are headed in already with nice catches.

2:09 PM - Capt. John Oughton reported that it was definitely first-thing-in-the-morning bite. Rest of the day has been very slow.

Anglers on the headboat, "Angler" had flounder up to 3 lbs., caught on squid at an artificial reef.

6:38 PM - Charter boat, "Marli" had 18 yellowfins and a 45-inch bluefin while chunking in Massey's Canyon.

Charter boat, "That's Right" had a bluefin in Massey's Canyon.

Anglers on the "My Cin" had 2 bluefins at Massey's.

In the bay today, most boats hooked into a lot of throwback flounder.

Anglers on the "Ivy Sea" headed to some ocean structure and returned with 2 keeper flounder and had some throwbacks."

Fishing Report from Capt. Jeff of Helbent Charters


The hot dry weather continues to give us a beautiful blue green incoming tide and with that clean water the Flounder bite continues to be very good. The numbers ate averaging over 15 Founder per trip but like the last few weeks keepers are hard to find but the size of the fish seem to be getting a little bigger. For the kids we are finding some small Sea Bass and Sea Robins around to keep the action very steady. White Gulp was the bait of choice over live minnows this week. The channel north of the Rt. 50 bridge is still producing a good bite but the east channel also produced a good bite this week. We still picked up a few fish in the commercial harbor when there wasn't any dredging going on. It looks like another hot week coming up so let's hope the bite continues to be good and the water stays clean!" Summer is flying by but I still have a few dates open so give me a call at 717-574-4010 or email me at helbentcharters@hotmail.com. Check out my Facebook like on my website at Helbentcharters See you on the water!" Capt. Jeff

Many anglers ask about reading the beach when surf fishing. "Poppy" a very good angler has posted another very good description with pictures on Stripers Online. Check it out: Reading the Beach He draws it out completely! If you're not catching fish in the surf, you need to study this!

J.J. from the Oceanic Fishing Pier reports


"Lots of blues and shad under the lights at night on speck rigs and Gotcha plugs. Flounder ans sea bass during the day with a few triggerfish and tautog mixed in." Oceanic Pier (410-289-2602)

Capt. Monty on the " Morning Star Fish Report 7/5/16 Buy Two Get One Free Tickets On Sunday, 7/17/16 Cbass w/a Few Flounder ..and an occasional tuna! MRIP's Choke-Hold On Scientific Integrity

First Time Special (only time?) Sunday, July 17th, Buy two tickets - get a spot free. This is NOT an offer for any other day - just the 17th. I was trying to think of how regulars could invite a friend or bring a child/grand-child. Let's see how this plays. In summer it's especially important new anglers are aware of motion sickness preventatives. Being sick all day is no fun at all.. (see section below)

Also: Opening August to sea bass/flounder reservations.

Sailing Daily For Sea Bass & nicking a few flounder too - Weather Permitting - Saturday's 6:30 to 3:30 - $125.00 – Otherwise 7 to 3 at $110.00.. July & August Sundays For Research Except The 17th.. I anticipate a lot more flounder soon. There's no way to know whether fluke or sea bass will bite better on any day. I absolutely couldn't guess ..but I do know my crew & I will be trying our best to make everyday a success.

Reservations Required at 410 520 2076 - LEAVE YOUR BEST POSSIBLE CONTACT NUMBER - Weather Cancelations Are Common - I Make Every Attempt To Let Clients Sleep In If The Weather's Not Going Our Way..

Be a half hour early! We always leave early!

..except when someone shows up right on time.

Clients arriving late will see the west end of an east bound boat. With a limited number of reserved spots, I do not refund because you over-slept or had a flat..

Dramamine Is Cheap Insurance! (Meclizine's Better!) Crystalized Ginger Works Great Too. It's Simple To Prevent Motion Sickness, Difficult To Cure.

If You Suffer Mal-de-Mer In A Car You Should Experiment On Shorter Half-Day Trips First! (Wockenfuss Candies sells crystalized ginger locally - We usually have some aboard - Better is Nuts.Com.. Chewable Meclizine is a good pharmaceutical, there's also a "less drowsy" meclizine pill that a lot of clients like; Scopolamine Patches are the gold standard. I see Dramamine is also selling ginger in a pill now. I bet it works!)

Honestly - If you get to go on the ocean once month, once a year, or even less; why risk chumming all day? Similarly, if you howl at the moon all night, chances are good you'll howl into a bucket all day.

Bring A Cooler With Ice For Your Fish – A 48 Quart Is Fine For A Few People.

No Galley! BYO Sandwiches & Soft Drinks. A few beers in cans is fine. (bottles break at bad times)

If You Won't Measure & Count Your Fish, The State Will Provide A Man With A Gun To Do It For You. We Measure & Count — ALWAYS — No Exceptions!

13,242 Reef Blocks Deployed at numerous sites: Doug Ake's Reef 2,491 - St. Ann's 1,495 - Al Giles Barge 833 - Eagle Scout Reef 840 - Sue's Block Drop 72 - Nichols' Concrete 590 - Capt. Bob's Block Drop 48 - Benelli Reef 108

Blocks Provided By Potomac Valley Brick - Thank You!

Support the Ocean City Reef Foundation! http://www.ocreefs.org (lots of reef pics here..) We're Nowhere Near Reef Building's True Potential. Thank You!

Greetings All, "Have had all manner of fishing lately. Days when we could barely scratch dinner, and great days when everyone had a big mess. Even had a client limit-out on sea bass last Saturday.. Have not had any more limits of flounder, but I think it's about to bust loose. Guys up nearer DE Bay have had them a while. They're always before us. It's time.

In my last report I speculated we'd soon see bluefin tuna inshore - caught three the next day. Try as I might, we've only had one more since. It's not as though we can spend a day trolling. We just throw lures out going & coming; sometimes turn a circle or two. It's fun when it works. Though only one angler (or two, or three if they get exhausted..) can reel a fish in; on my boat we split tuna equally among those willing to pay the fish cleaner. That's not the case with sea bass & flounder though ..you have to hook 'em to cook 'em."

Capt. Monty Hawkins capt.montyhawkins@gmail.com Partyboat Morning Star

Capt Chris Mizurak Capt. of the Angler Party Boat also runs the Reef Chief. For more information on chartering the Reef Chief you may contact me at 410-458-8343. For info on the Reef Chief go to: https://www.facebook.com/ocreefchief Capt Chris Mizurak Angler OCMD 410-458-8343

Anglers need a DE Fishing License to fish, crab, and clam in DEL: Individual Delaware Fishing Licenses are now available online You can also renew your boat registration here!

Check out the link on our web site to the local chapter of the MSSA. They are keeping us abreast on all the Fishing Issues. From our Oyster Bay Website, go to "More Fishing Info" on the left hand side, and click on "MSSA Atlantic Anglers".

Check the weather before driving hours to go offshore or fish the surf. Go to Coastal Marine Forecast to get an idea of the weather and height of the waves.

Old Inlet Bait & Tackle INDIAN RIVER INLET FISHING REPORT Indian River Fishing Report

July 20th, 2016

"A lot of boats drifting in the back part of the inlet between the marinas. Flounder bite must be decent.

Chunkin bite has been off the hook in Masseys canyon area. We have butters and sardines.

July 18, 2016

Tautog season has reopened in Delaware waters. Minimum size is 15 inches and a 5 fish a day limit. The season will remain open until September 1.

Kingfish bite has picked up on the beach. Live bloodworms. They are tight to the beach. Cast juts over the first breakers.

Starting to hear about a few more croakers in the Inlet and bay."

Bill's Sports Center fishing report


"Nino Mallari and group fished Masseys Canyon and chunking butterfish, hooked up with 3 yellows-2 bluefin and a dolphin and were back at the dock by noon. Just working in the store last weekend, I can tell you that not only is Massey's hot but the Poorman's, Chicken Bone and Hambone as well. We tripled our order of butterfish and sold out as did some of the tackle shops I called to help out our customers. The Evans family fished the Pier and pulled an undersize linesider over the rails. The striper bit on a mullet. They also saw sharks, skates and huge stingrays. Blood worms were the bait of choice for spot and croaker. Keeper croaker are being taken in the Lewes Canal. Scott Keller fished by the Coast Guard Station at IRI and had a couple of throwback stripers of 24 and 25". We fished Herring Point every day last week and have this to report: George Hazard IV picked up 12 nice kingfish in the surf at Herring Point…while fishing with the family. Some were pushing a foot in length. Happy 15th Birthday Fishing G4. J R Reeds family fished from the beach and brought lots of kings from the suds. On another trip, they went on a headboat and caught flounder and seabass. The Shelly family fished the IRI, just about at the mouth, catching lots of trout with a couple of keepers, up to three at a time using Sabiki rigs. They also loaded up on flounder and blues. They said there were lots of flounder. South Jersey Marina reports: 'Triple Threat' landed a nice 75lb bluefin to bring into the weigh station this afternoon. Had a couple yellowfin too. Nice catch guys!... From Sunset Marina in OC Md: "Wrapping up the weekend we continue to see good catches of yellowfin and bluefin more inshore on the chunk and then dolphin out in the canyons! The tuna still seem to be hanging around the Massey's where "Boss Hogg" put 3 yellowfin and 3 bluefin in the box! "White Lighting" also had a great day on the chunk catching 8 yellowfin. "No Quarter" was also on the action hitting the docks with 4 yellowfin and 2 bluefin! If you are looking for dolphin it looks like the Poorman's is the hot spot where "C-Boys" filled the box with 25 dolphin and 1 yellowfin. "Griffin" had some happy anglers catching 15 dolphin out there as well. "Tighten Up" went a little further to the Washington where they picked up 10 dolphin. Marlin fishing down in the Norfolk was fantastic again today where the "Max Bet" racked up 3 white marlin releases and 2 sailfish releases! "Reel Toy" was high hook returning with 5 white marlin releases and a blue marlin release!"

"Pretty cool web site... Lots of pics, reports and descriptions and directions to get to some of those fishing places in DEL everyone talks about but you might wonder where they are! The site is DSF Delware Surf Fishing. (http://delaware-surf-fishing.com)

"If you want a good captain to take you on a trip to the Virginia Barrier Islands for sightseeing or fishing, give Wilson a call." Wilson Cropp Charters and Guide Service. Cape Charles, VA- 1-434-531-6376

Check out the archive of Sue's Drifting Easy articles at: Drifting Easy Archives and READ UP! It's all in there and it's FREE!

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Anglers fishing in Ocean City will need to purchase a saltwater fishing license. This license will cover both the Chesapeake Bay and the coastal waters and surf of Ocean City and Assateague Island. Yes, this includes surf fishing. If you already have a Chesapeake Bay Saltwater license you are good to go! Anglers will be able to purchase the license online or come to Oyster Bay Tackle to purchase one. Please bring cash to buy your fishing license in our store. If you go online, Logon if you have ever had a MD fishing or hunting license in the past or Enroll if you never had. Fill in all the information and click on "Purchase License" The license you want to choose is "Bay and Coastal Sport" You can either choose a year-round or 7-day. If you know you are coming to Ocean City,and you want to get it done ahead of time you can also call a toll free number (1-855-855-3906) or print and mail in an application. Boat Licenses: $50 and everyone on your boat can go fishing without a license. You will get a personal license along with your boat license, so you can go shore fishing as well. Mail the application to their main office: Maryland Dept. of Natural resources Annapolis Service Center P.O. Box 1869 1804 West Street, Suite 300 Annapolis, MD 21401

If you are going to be fishing on a private boat with someone who has a Boat License, you don't have to buy a license, but you do have to register online. This is free and is done on the same site that you would buy a license. Logon if you have ever had a MD fishing or hunting license or Enroll if you never had. Fill in all the information and click on "Obtain Registration" to print your free registration. Print out your number and keep an id with you when you go fishing. You can also call 1-855-855-3906 during daytime hours. Be sure to write down the number they give you. That will be your temporary license. (You also need to get a free registration if you fish one of the free fishing areas in Ocean City.)

Another interesting note about the license is that if you buy a VA license, it is good in MD, and vice versa. If you are fishing in MD with a VA licence you do need to register with MD online. Again, this is free. This is so each state can "try" to figure out "how many" fish are being caught in their own individual states. (VA Free Registry)

If you want to go fishing in Ocean City without a license, your choices will be the "Oceanic Pier," the "Ocean Pier" or to go fishing on a party or charter boat. You can now go fishing in one of the "free zones." 2nd through 4th Street Bulkhead or Northside Park. (You need the free MD registry to fish in these two areas.) Go to: here to register online. This is free and can also be done over the phone during daytime hours of 7-7 at 1-855-855-3906. Also, you can stop by Oyster Bay Tackle and we will be happy to assist you in getting registered or purchasing a license.

Senior citizens 65 and older. Cost is $5 if you have a MD driver's license and are a resident of MD, but if you are a non-resident there is no break. No break for boat licenses either. $50 resident or non-resident.

Contact Info If you have any questions regarding Maryland's sport fishing license requirements, you may contact Fisheries Service via e mail: customerservice@dnr.state.md.us or by calling (410-656-9526).

Following is the fee schedule for 2016: Senior License (year round) - $5.00 Resident License (year round) - $15.00 Resident License (7-day) - $6.00 Non-resident (year round) - $22.50 Non- resident (7-day) - Boat License $50.00. For more information, log onto www.dnr.state.md.us

If you have any fish reports please e-mail Bob Foster at: Oyster Bay Tackle. E-mail me your name and where you are from so we can put you in our weekly fish reports!

Good Fishing from the crew at Oyster Bay Tackle...

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