I Decided to start posting early this year, we’re having weather here in Ocean City that’s very unusual for this time of the year. We have had temps in the 60′s in January and February this year, which is great for fisherman with a bad case of cabin fever. Usually after hunting season ends fisherman are stuck in the house till sometime in March. Even then its really tuff to get any action on the end of your line. Most times early spring shore anglers start getting some tog action first along the bulkheads in the bay. Not this year, the tog never stopped biting. Anglers are catching them on 4th 5th and 6th street, and I even saw tog caught at the inlet……unbelievable! Another strange occurrence happening in the fishing world is monster stripers feeding on bunker just off our coast line. Fishermen are reporting seeing whales and large schools of stripers feeding on massive pods of bunker. Local fisherman have been landing stripers on the troll up and down our coast. With fish weighing in the upper 40′s and even some tipping the scales at 50 plus! Last week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday we had a epic run out front. All boats had their limits, with some of the nicest fish to ever hit the docks of Ocean City, Maryland. The only problem anglers have been experiencing is getting days fishable due to high winds and ruff seas. The hot lures are Strech 30s and Moe Joe’s the heavier the better 20 oz. is working the best. This week the fishing has slowed down with some anglers scoring big stripers, and others striking out. There are reports that north of Ocean City, the bite continues to yield nice fish. I’ve fished south by Little Gull, but haven’t had much luck. I’ve commercial fished this week and flounder up to 7lbs., croaker, trout, cod, stripers, and even a nice sized lobster we’re in the net. Hopefully its signs of good things to come, for the 2012 season. This year I’m changing some things up with charters. I’m starting early this year, doing more wreck and reef fishing for tog in early spring. We also will be trolling for stripers off the coast as long as the fish are there. I have a feeling that we will be catching them on their spring migration when they head back north. Im also now booking my south jetty striper charters which are my most popular trips. They book up fast…..Im starting them in early May if not sooner. The hottest bite tends to be in late May into June, I will post the best dates in the next week or so. Some dates are better then others due to tides and moon phases. Don’t wait to book the date your interested in, the phone is starting to ring……I will fish for stripers into the summer till the bite slows. I also will be doing Shark and Tuna trips in the Mako CC. These trips are for the hard core……We also will be doing lots of flounder fishing in the bay, this year we are going to try doing 2 and 4 hour make up trips. That means we will try to fill the boat with 5 to 6 people by reservation, We hope to do these a few times a week. Great for people who want to get in a boat to fish, but don’t have the $ to charter the whole boat. The best thing about going with me is you will get the experience of a private guided charter, rather then fishing on a party flounder boat. Well there’s lots more to talk about but I have to go fishing, Im posting some pics from yesterday. These are of me and friend John Foreman trolling for stripers off the coast……Hope you enjoy them!
February 8, 2012
May 11, 2011
Took my morning walk at 6:00am, lots of birds diving on the south side of the Rt. 50 bridge. That only means one thing…..BLUEFISH ! Was right, when the Tackle Shop opened anglers started coming in to buy spec rigs, all reported the bite was on with nice sized fish.
May 10, 2011
The bite off Assateague is starting to heat up. Paul Martin caught a fat 39-inch striper landed from the Assateague surf. Paul used bunker for bait.
Tommy Fowler caught a couple of flatties in the Thorofare. Measured 20 & 21 inches
John Foreman a local fisherman came by the tackle shop with 2 nice flatties and a keeper tog. He told me that he had 15 flounder hook ups with 2 nice keepers, all caught on cut bait. Will post the pictures soon.
“Just Add Sauce” returned from an inshore wreck with 8 tautog, all caught on green crab. They also released a 15 pounder.
There was a decent striper bite off the Rt. 50 Bridge last night.
Looks like the striper bite off Assateague Island is starting to hit mid-May form with several nice linesiders beached. This is the time of year when the big ones start rolling by, so stay tuned!
May 6, 2011
Sun was out but it was very windy all day……20 to 25 mph winds. Did get a report of a 40″ striper caught at the RT. 50 bridge around 10:30 pm. The lucky angler was Mike Cenci, Mike said the bite was so….so….
May 4, 2011
We are up and running…new posts, pics, and fishing reports will be added daily!! Any anglers that would like to post reports and pictures, just shoot me an email. Tight lines!!
Not much going on today with the flounder fishing…..no reports. Did hear that anglers got into to some nice stripers in the 30′s around the rt. 50 bridge with live bait. The weather today was rainy most of the day, but the sun came out in the late afternoon. The temps cooled off with temps in the low 50′s. Will post more on Thursday…..weekend weather looking good.
September 3, 2009
About this time every year, I start looking forward to fall. In fact, these past few days have got me down right excited. Air temperatures have dropped into the low 60s the past couple of nights, and the early morning air has had a nice crisp chill to it. It won’t be long till I’m donning my thermal underwear, sporting my Helly Hanson’s, and heading out to the south jetty in chase of some serious rockfish. Fall is almost here—I love this time of year!
In spite of the storms and the relatively high surf conditions, this past week has provided to some great fishing around Ocean City. Flounder fisherman did especially well this week. Late summer and early fall is often the best time for anglers to get into the largest flounder of the season, and this year has proven to be no exception. Summer flounder are very aggressive predators and are happy to pounce on just about any type of local baitfish that crosses their path. Lucky for them, there has been a ton of baitfish around lately. In fact, all I have had to do for my charters is throw my cast net from the dock near my boat slip. My bait well has been full with little peanut bunker and finger mullet within minutes.
August 31, 2009
There is something special about being out on the beach at night, especially in the middle of the summer. The heat of the day fades into the coolness of the night and the beauty of the starlit sky coupled with the sound of the crashing waves washes away the worries of the previous day. I do a lot of fishing from my boat, but every now and then it is refreshing to get out on the beach at night. It’s a place where there are no worries about charters, no noisy outboard motors, no competitive anglers—it’s just me, the surf, the sand, and if I’m lucky a couple fish, too.
We are blessed here in Delmarva with a lot of beaches that are open to surf fishing. From Cape Henlopen in the North to Chincoteague in the South, and the many miles in between, there are countless opportunities for anglers to enjoy fishing from the sand. If you are a newbie to surf fishing, summer is a great time to get out there and try your hand at it. This time of the year there is typically a lot of different types of fish in the surf, and some of them are very good eating. Kingfish (sea mullet) for example are one of my favorites, and are a favorite of many others as well. They will readily take small baits like squid, bloodworms, and even Fishbites. Croakers, spot, small bluefish, and even flounder are common catches in the surf this time of the year as well. Surf fishing isn’t for everybody, but if you have never tried it I suggest you get out there and see what it’s all about. Who knows, you might discover a new passion.
August 22, 2009
One of the many responsibilities that comes along with being a charter captain, is taking the large amount of time that is required to maintain your boat. In my case, there are many times, even when I am not fishing, that you will find me at my boat slip—checking on the boat, prepping gear, organizing, etc… so that when it comes time to fish everything goes smoothly. Even though I usually associate my slip with work, most of the time I do enjoy being there. In fact, sometimes it can seem like a safe haven for me—like a home away from home.
As much as I enjoy my boat slip, and as much as it seems like home to me, you might be shocked to find out that I am not the only one living there. All you need to do is take one peak over the gunnels of my boat and you will see schools of baitfish that also call my slip home. In fact, the past three weeks I have been watching four different schools of baby (peanut) bunker grow bigger and bigger by the day. Like a proud papa, when the time comes I will almost be sad to see them go. Right now though, my peanut bunker are not alone in my slip either, there are many silversides (shiners) hanging out in there with them. And even better, you might be happy to note that just this past week I noticed some small finger mullet beginning to show up as well. This is a good sign, and is an indicator that—in spite of the heat—fall is not too far away.