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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!

August 22, 2016

Bob Foster | August 22, 2016

Ocean City Inlet water temperature 76 degrees

Flounder fishing in the back bay was pretty good this week, though it was hard to find keepers. Anglers picked them up in the deepest holes on the slacking tides. Mike Quade stopped by Oyster Bay Tackle on Saturday and weighed in a 6 pound 4 ounce 25" flounder he caught on Gulp. Surf has had the usual spot and kingfish along with more and more reports of snapper blues. The flounder bite offshore around the artificial wrecks and reefs has been very good. Route 50 bridge fishermen are catching lots of snapper blues at night throwing Gotcha plugs and speck rigs.

Stop by Oyster Bay Tackle and take advantage of our "End Of The Summer Markdown Sale on rods, reels and combos. Ugly Stick GX2 rods in stock Regular Price $39.99 now $29.99. Sale prices are clearly marked on each item. We have a good selection of 2016 White Marlin Open shirts starting at just $19.99.

Oyster Bay Tackle hours are: Monday-Friday 6:30am-8pm.,Saturday and Sunday 6:30am-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: SATURDAY, August 20, 2016

"Pat Strine and his crew headed to the Bass Grounds and when they could keep their baits away from the many skates on the lump, they caught some flounder (4) along with some croaker and triggerfish.

8:26 PM - It sounds like it was a really slow day offshore today. Water is extremely warm. Today was the final day of the Poor Girls Open and we did see some movement on the leaderboard.

"Fishin Permission" was the first boat to the scale and they weighed a 29 lb. wahoo caught in 50 fathoms in the Poor Man's Canyon.

"Top Dog" had 12 dolphin, the heaviest weighing 25 lbs.

"Lacy Ann II" had a pair of dolphin weighing 10.1 and 15.0 lbs. caught in 200 fathoms in the Poor Mans.

"Reel Fin Addict" had a blue marlin release by Erin Konig outside the 461 Lump.

"Reel Chaos" released a white marlin in the Washington Canyon.

"Maverick" weighed a 38 lb. dolphin to take 1st place in the Dolphin Division.

Karen Peet on the "No Quarter" celebrated her birthday by landing a 200 lb. bigeye to win the Tuna Division. Fish was caught down in the Washington Canyon at the Bigeye Hole.

*** Here are the final standings. There has been a protest lodged in the Billfish Release Division so the standings in that Division are not final and could change. The standings in the meat divisions are solid:

1st Billfish Release- Playmate - 5 White Marlin - 1:31pm 2nd Billfish Release- Judge - 5 White Marlin - 2:07pm 3rd Billfish Release- Sea Slammer - 2 White/1 Blue/1 Sailfish Release- 1:49pm

1st Dolphin - Maverick - Heather Warren - 38 lbs. 2nd Dolphin - Rhonda’s Osprey- Danielle Doetsch- 33.0lb 3rd Dolphin - M.R. Ducks- Liz Newell - 26.7lb

1st Tuna- No Quarter - Karen Peet - 200 lbs. 2nd Tuna- No Limits - Jessica McKeldin - 191.4 lbs 3rd Tuna- No Limits - Marsha Hora - 52.8 lbs

1st Wahoo- VooDoo Child- Shelby Shea- 57.8 lbs 2nd Wahoo- Bubblehead- Abby Conway- 50.3 lbs 3rd Wahoo - Fishin' Permission" - Mariah Amos - 29 lbs.

Junior Angler - Marissa Danner - 21.4lb Dolphin

FRIDAY, August 19, 2016

(UPDATED 8/20 @ 8:30 PM - now that the PGO is over, the catch locations for the tournament catches have been updated. Location of catches in tournaments is never revealed until after the tournament is over.)

Anglers fishing in the bay are still dealing with a lot of short flounder before they get their keeper.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Get Sum" had a very busy trip, ending up with 2 keeper flounder and a lot of throwbacks. One keeper came from the Middle Channel and the other from the East Channel.

Anglers on the "De-Bait-Able" released a blue marlin and a white marlin inside the 461 Lump while trolling naked ballyhoo.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" hit an artificial reef in the morning and ended up with 24 flounder up to 5 lbs. 7 oz. In the afternoon, another group fished natural bottom and had a boat limit of 32 flounder up to 22-inches.

8:33 PM - I just returned from the scales on the 2nd day of the Poor Girls Open and it was CRAZY! A lot of action at the scale and even a couple of Grand Slams. Here is what we saw:

"Obsession" weighed a 12.6 lb. dolphin caught in 100 fathoms in the Washington.

"Playmate" had 5 white marlin releases in the Washington

"Voodoo Child" weighed a 57.8 lb. wahoo at the Rockpile.

"Rhonda's Osprey" had a grand slam of a white marlin, a sailfish and a spearfish. Baby Hallard released the spearfish, Robin Ehrich released the sailfish and Laura Holmes released the white marlin. Congratulations ladies!!! Fish were hooked in 100 fathoms in the Baltimore.

"Latitude" had 5 dolphin with the heaviest weighing 18.5 lbs. All were caught between the Poor Man's and Washington Canyons.

"Trip Wire" had 3 white marlin releases in 75 fathoms above the Washington.

"Sea Slammer" had a Grand Slam of 2 white marlin, a blue marlin and a sailfish. They also had a pair of dophin. All in the Washington Canyon.

"Haulin n Ballin" had 2 white marlin releases in 50 fathoms south of the Washington.

"Fish Tricks" had a white marlin release and 2 dolphin in the Washington Canyon.

"Talkin Trash" brought a small yellowfin to the scale caught in the Washington.

"Bar South" had 2 white marlin and 2 sailfish releases. They also caught 27 dolphin with the top three weighing 19.4, 21.2 and 26.2 lbs. The billfish were hooked in the Washington Canyon and the mahi were caught in the Norfolk.

"Fin Chaser" had a white marlin release and weighed a pair of dolphin (11.7 & 12.7). All were caught in the Poor Man's.

"Brown Dog" had 4 yellowfins. The heaviest weighed 46.1 lbs and was caught while jigging in the Washington.

"C-Boys" had a blue marlin release and weighed 3 dolphin (11.2, 15.6 & 26.4). All were caught in the Washington.

"I-Cart-er" had 4 white marlin releases.

"No Quarter" had 4 white marlin releases and weighed a 22.7 lb. dolphin. They caught 12 dolphin during the trip. All north of the Rockpile.

"Judge" had 5 white marlin releases in the Washington Canyon.

"Moon Dog" had 2 dolphin in the Washington.

"No Limits" weighed a 52.8 lb. yellowfin.

"M.R. Ducks" had 2 white marlin releases and weighed a 26.7 lb. dolphin. All caught in the Washington.

"Sea Wolf" had 3 white marlin releases in the Washington.

"Jo Jo" had a blue marlin release by Brittany Meadows outside the 000's.

Here are the standings after day #2:

1st Billfish Release- Playmate - 5 White Marlin - 1:31pm 2nd Billfish Release- Judge - 5 White Marlin - 2:07pm 3rd Billfish Release- Sea Slammer - 2 White/1 Blue/1 Sailfish Release- 1:49pm

1st Dolphin - Rhonda’s Osprey- Danielle Doetsch- 33.0lb 2nd Dolphin - M.R. Ducks- Liz Newell - 26.7lb 3rd Dolphin - C-Boys- Sue Geare - 26.4lb

1st Tuna- No Limits - Jessica McKeldin - 191.4lb 2nd Tuna- No Limits - Marsha Hora - 52.8lb 3rd Tuna- Brown Dog - Dawn Corder -

1st Wahoo- VooDoo Child- Shelby Shea- 57.8lb 2nd Wahoo- Bubblehead- Abby Conway- 50.3lb

Junior Angler - Marissa Danner - 21.4lb Dolphin

Tomorrow is the final day of the tournament. With 29 boats fishing the first day and 72 fishing today, that leaves 59 boats eligible to fish tomorrow and the weather looks nice. Scales open at 4pm. at Bahia Marina.

THURSDAY, August 18, 2016

(UPDATED 8/20 @ 8:30 PM - now that the PGO is over, the catch locations for the tournament catches have been updated. Location of catches in tournaments is never revealed until after the tournament is over.)

9:10 AM - Today is the first day of the Poor Girls Open at Bahia Marina. This year, 160 boats are registered for the tournament, a big increase from last year when 136 boats competed. Prize money this year isover $192,000. Weigh-ins start at 4:00 PM. A wicked storm ripped through the area last night, but the offshore forecast isn't bad so we should see some action at the scales. Lady anglers are allowed to fish 1 of the 3 days.

If you are interested in getting on the good ocean flounder bite, Capt. Monty on the "Morning Star" is offering a special deal for Sunday. Buy 2 tickets and get the 3rd one for free. Sunday's forecast is beautiful with only 2 foot seas.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" returned with a boat limit of 32 flounder caught on an artificial reef. They also boated 5 small dolphin. Largest fish measured 25 1/2-inches and weighed 6 lbs. 2 oz.

The charter boat, "Marli" had 11 dolphin, the heaviest weighing 22 & 23 lbs., along with 8 blueline tilefish, 1 golden tilefish. All caught in 120 fathoms in the Baltimore.

Anglers on the headboat, "Angler" had good flounder fishing today with multiple limits around the rail of fish up to 4 lbs. 4 oz. Fish were caught at the Old Grounds.

Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" also had a good day flounder fishing with the top fish coming in at 23.5-inches. Capt. Monty is running a special on Sunday. Buy 2 tickets and get the 3rd one for FREE.

There are a lot of yellowfin being hooked in the Washington Canyon but they are all too small to keep.

7:53 PM - I just returned from the scales of the Poor Girls Open. Today, 28 of the 160 boats headed to the canyons and here is what we saw:

"Bubblehead" weighed a 50.3 lb. wahoo caught in 120 fathoms in the Poor Mans.

"Rhonda's Osprey" had a white marlin release and 5 dolphin in the Baltimore. The heaviest dolphin weighed 33 lbs. This puts them in 1st place in the Dolphin Division.

"Spring Mix II" weighed 2 dolphin (12.6 & 15.2 lbs.) caught in the Washington.

"Espadon" had 5 dolphin up to 22.3 lbs caught in the Baltimore.

"No Limits" threw a 191.4 lb. bigeye tuna on the scale to take the lead in the Tuna Division. It was caught at the Bigeye Hole.

"Absolut Pleasure" had 2 white marlin releases and 3 dolphin up to 10.8 lbs. All were caught in 1,000 fathoms outside the Baltimore. This puts them in 1st place in the Billfish Release Division.

"Miss Annie" had a white marlin release and 4 dolphin up to 16.5 lbs. All caught between the Spencer and Wilmington.

"Still Lucky" weighed 2 dolphin (15.0 & 21.4) caught in the Baltimore

"Tighten Up" had 2 dolphin (5.6 & 9.0 lbs.) in the Wilmington.

Here are the standings after Day 1 -

1st Billfish Release - "Absolut Pleasure" - 2 White Release 2nd Billfish Release - "Wrecker" - 1 White Release 9:18am 3rd Billfish Release - "Rhonda’s Osprey" - 1 White Release 10:55am

1st Dolphin - "Rhonda’s Osprey"- Danielle Doetsch - 33.0lb 2nd Dolphin - "Espadon" - Liz Walk - 22.3lb 3rd Dolphin - "Still Lucky" - Marissa Danner - 21.4lb

1st Tuna - "No Limits"- Jessica McKeldin - 191.4lb

1st Wahoo - "Bubblehead" - Abby Conway - 50.3lb

Junior Angler - Marissa Danner - 21.4lb Dolphin

TUESDAY, August 16, 2016

It doesn't sound like offshore fishing was too good today.

"C-Boys" returned with 45 dolphin and a white marlin release from the Poor Man's Canyon.

Flounder are really snapping on ocean structure for anglers fishing on the "Morning Star" and the "Angler". Fish are showing up in good numbers and there are some really nice size ones in the bunch. If you were looking to jump on a headboat, now is the time to check them out.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" have been catching croakers and snapper bluefish in the Inlet on Z-Man baits and Fishbites.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Marli" fished in the Washington Canyon and had 2 yellowfins and released some undersized bluefin and yellowfin tuna. They also released a 350 lb. blue marlin.

Mike Zeigler was fishing at the Old Grounds when he caught a 26-inch flounder that weighed 5 lbs. 8 oz. Fish was hooked on a bucktail tipped with squid.

MONDAY, August 15, 2016

Anglers on the "Marli" had a great day, returning with 3 white marlin releases, a 58 lb. yellowfin and 11 dolphin up to 22 lbs. All in 100 fathoms in the Poor Man's.

"Espadon" went the Poor Man's and released a blue marlin in addition to catching a yellowfin and 4 dolphin.

"Buckshot" did some trolling and deep dropping near the Rockpile. Their anglers had 25 tilefish, 7 sea bass, a dolphin and a white marlin release.

Anglers on the headboat, "Angler" had good flounder fishing today with multiple limits around the rail. Flatties were up to 3 lbs. and caught on bucktails tipped with squid at the Old Grounds."


Fishing Report from Capt. Jeff of Helbent Charters

08/15/16

"The heat machine was in full force the last few days with a warm south, south west breeze up till today when the wind switched to west. That made things rather unbearable and the heat index hit 108 this afternoon! The water warmed up to the mid-80's on the out going tide and the water was very dirty forcing us to fish all incoming tide this week. The beautiful blue green water started to cloud up the last few days mainly because we had several days of strong south winds. There was little to no Flounder bite on the outgoing tide but when we fished the incoming tide we caught Flounder all week. I think everyone that fished this week caught at least at least one Flounder while several kids caught 6 to 8 Flounder and out fishing there mom and dad. The incoming clean water dropped the water temp. to 72 to 73 degrees and those two factors seemed to be the key to catching fish this week. We did have several just legal Flounder this week and when the water was cleaner and cooler we caught a nice number of fish everyday. The smaller fish seemed to prefer the white Gulp but the larger fish preferred the live minnows. With heat machine to stay turned on for a few more days make sure you fish the incoming tide this week which will be early in the morning and later in the afternoon into the evening." 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 atHelbentcharters 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!


Oceanic Fishing Pier reports

08/14

"Lots of blues,trout(weakfish), short stripers and shad under the lights at night on speck rigs and Gotcha plugs.." Oceanic Pier (410-289-2602)


Capt. Monty on the " Morning Star Fish Report"

8/14/16

Catching Flounder Decent - Very Few Cbass Two Sides Of Luck MD's Permit To Land Whales Sunday Specials! Aug 21st, Aug 28th and Labor Day Monday, Sept 5th -- Buy two tickets, get a spot free. This offer DOES NOT carry to other days - use it or lose it. I was trying to think of how regulars could invite a friend or bring a child/grand-child - it's working. Newbies are having fun.. 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)

September Reservations Open Monday, August 15th. We'll book flounder/sea bass trips until Sept 18th when sea bass close. From Sept 19th to the 30th we'll be straight flounder fishing - no sea bass in closed season.

Sailing Daily For Flounder & Some Sea Bass - Weather Permitting - Saturday's 6:30 to 3:30 - $125.00 – Otherwise 7 to 3 at $110.00..

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, especially Bonine; Scopolamine Patches are the gold standard. Stay away from 'ginger pills.'

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!

13,731 Reef Blocks Deployed at numerous sites: Doug Ake's Reef 2,503 - St. Ann's 1,519 - Al Giles Barge 902 - Eagle Scout Reef 864 - Sue's Block Drop 168 - Nichols' Concrete 662 - Capt. Bob's Block Drop 72 - Benelli Reef 204

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,

"Been seeing some limits of flounder. Fishing ain't bad. On occasion it's very sweet indeed. Sea bass have tapered sharply although we still have bait on the rail for them.

Might be something to this Gulp! thing & flounder.. Sometimes the guys w/Gulp hold the high ground. Sometimes cut bait is king. Was an article recently where the author held: "..if the Capt. fishes, find another boat." Darn. Promise, I fish every chance I get!

Fish 36+ years, so I'm really good at it, right? Last week my old friend Dae was aboard. As luck would have it, I had opportunity to fish next to him. I catch two keepers, he catches eight. (he's a mad-man with Gulp)

Another day my favorite Uncle is aboard with my Cousin from Philly. I even booked the port corner out for this special family trip. Couple guys in the stb corner box a bunch of flounder & sea bass, then top off their box with the dumbest tog ever - a 15 pounder that ate a flounder bait. Their many fish-fries were caught with rental gear & boat bait. IN THE OTHER CORNER - Team Morning Star - untold skill, vast expenditures on tackle, incredible depth of knowledge -- skunked. Yup. I sent my Uncle to the grocery store for chicken. Good thing I'm not samurai.. (See harakiri in a google search) Still had a great day though. It was capped perfectly when my young friend, (code name Alex) slammed the door closed on the day's fish pool with a 6 pounder right at the buzzer. Life is good"

Regards, Monty

Capt. Monty Hawkins capt.montyhawkins@gmail.com Partyboat Morning Star http://morningstarfishing.com Ocean City, MD

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 Fishing Report

August 15 2016

"Wow! What a hot weekend. Cooled down to a balmy 91 today.

The water is bath tub warm. Fishing has been somewhat slow.

We are getting reports that the croaker fishing is picking up in the Inlet. More keepers in the mix too. Bloodworms and strips of squid are working.

A few flounder around in the Inlet as well along with the occasional schools of snapper blues.

Snappper blues, kingfish and some pompano in the suds on the beach. Fish early and late in the day out of the heat.

Quite a few people fishing for sharks on the beach. Please now the rules! Many species are protected and may not be beached. Please refer to the rules in the Delaware Fishing Guide. We will not post pics of protected species if they have been beached."


Bill's Sports Center (302-645-7654) Check out his fishing report.

08/16/16

"We are getting reports from the fish surveyors that keeper flounder are being caught at the VFW slough early in the morning at IRI. The Pier is producing lots of decent sizes spot, small croakers, sheepshead and puffer. On the surf, pompano, blues, kingfish, croakers and sharks, A few keeper tog are being caught at the Wall at first light. Once again Brian Smith caught his limit of stripers to 29” on top water plugs in the Nanticoke. Alan and John were diving at the Wall and wound up with a couple of sheepshead up to 7#. Alan also managed to catch a 10# flounder. A few 12 year olds, Jack, Patrick, Nathan and Quinn did a little evening fishing at the pier using bloods and squid. They said action was non-stop with about 150 croakers being caught along with a puffer and a small sheepshead Jim, Mike and Mark fished the Old Grounds. They threw everything they had for flounder and caught 42 with only 9 keepers. Bob Foster, Ocean City: “Inlet water temperature 82 degrees. The offshore reefs and wrecks are starting to produce decent catches of flounder and a few triggerfish. A few keeper flounder were caught in the East channel north of the Route 50 Bridge. Also, a few keepers were landed in the channel between the Airport and Castaways campground. White Gulp swimming mullet continues to be the hot bait for the flounder. Decent size croakers have moved into the back bays and are biting bloodworms and Fishbites. The fishing should improve when we get out of this Southwest wind pattern and the water cleans up. Kingfish, spot and small croakers are in the surf. To catch these panfish use a kingfish rig (small hooks) with a combination bait of bloodworm or Fishbite bloodworm with a little strip of squid or any kind of cut bait. Shark fishing from the beach is still going strong for anglers tossing chunks of bunker or mackerel on circle hook.” Gabe Flocco reported that on the ‘Lazy Man Charter’ trip on the ‘Capt. Bob 2’ they had a small group of 7 and caught 17 flounder and 3 sea bass. Good Job guys! Nick, Conn and Mark fished Site 11 for a couple of days with jumbo minnows and flounder bellies. They had 7 keeper flounder with 15 others being released, a couple of sea bass and 35 skates as well. They thought about renaming the boat ‘The Skate’… Charlie stopped in for some bunker to go crabbing and said that he is still getting a lot of fat crabs and to make sure you have all your floats marked and everything in order as he was checked while he was out there. He had everything in the proper place and was good to go. He said he was getting 8 to 10 keepers in each of his pots. Rhonda and Steve fished Site 10 for a couple of hours with squid and minnows. They boated 4 nice keeper flounder but said as soon as the tide stopped the skates started biting. John Pietropaoli was fishing Gordons Pond and pulled in 3’ sharks on mullet. ”Headed out…to try chunking at Massey's but it was a little rough. Trolled around the Light Ship and saw some big mahi. Started chunking around the Buoy and went 5 for 9, on average, ten pound mahi. Also had four 26" yellowfin tuna throwbacks. Jim Berry”

"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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