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Posted on December 4, 2013 | Permalink

Ocean Bounty - Give Thanks

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

The Ocean abounds with life. Sea Bass continue to fatten up for winter. They are steady moving offshore - now 28 to 35 miles off in 140 feet of water. Sunday was the best weather day of the long weekend and I finally made it offshore seeking some sea bass. Dog sharks patrol the structures and are joined by Bluefish terrorizing the wrecks. Bluefin Tuna are abundant at the same depths as are sea bass, drawing birds and jumping out of the water, making big crashes when they hit the water. The tuna fish we saw are over one hundred pounds. The depth finder is lit up with all kinds of fish signals - too many to fish in a day.

Tags: Black Sea Bass, Bluefish, Dogfish Shark, Bluefin Tuna

Posted on November 18, 2013 | Permalink

Head Offshore for Black Sea Bass

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

Itís time to head offshore and catch Black Sea Bass. They are deep, around a hundred foot or more so a run of about 25 to 35 miles is in order to catch them. Fishing has been outstanding with nice sized fish. My preference is to go on a head boat but you could go on a smaller boat if: you donít mind getting beat up, like to set and pull anchors, or want to see if that survival suit really works. I am hoping it stays warm and we get sea bass through Thanksgiving and well towards Christmas.

There are also some tog inshore, plenty actually. There are a lot of smalls, but you have to have acorns to get oaks. There are also lots of lobsters in the area where we are sea bass fishing. One head boat actually landed two big lobsters on hook and line this weekend.

Tags: Black Sea Bass, Tautog, Lobster

Posted on September 3, 2013 | Permalink

Summer Flounder Time

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Offshore Reefs and Wrecks

Now is the time to catch a flounder of a lifetime. They are super abundant at the reefs and wrecks offshore. If you want to catch a big one or a lot of them, your best chances are the wrecks and reefs in 90 to 100 foot of water. There are fish in closer but they have been picked over at the more popular spots. The deeper you go the bigger they appear to be. The deepest I have fished so far is 100 foot, but I am anxious to try even deeper. They are tight to the structure so anchoring or drifting are both effective depending on wind and tide.

Tags: Summer Flounder

Posted on October 19, 2012 | Permalink

Downtown Ocean City Grand Slam

Type: Coast
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

The fishing downtown off the rocks has been spectacular the past few weeks. We have come up with our own downtown grand slam: it is a tautog, sheepshead, black drum, and red drum. All of these are biting quite well on sand fleas and green crabs. The only drawback is lots of snags and rig tying. Great eating thoÖ

Tags:  tautog, sheepshead, black drum, red drum

Posted on September 6, 2012 | Permalink

Bites on in Garrett County

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Garrett County

My friend Jordan Sweitzer sent me this picture from one of our favorite fishing holes.

Tags: water snake, trout

Posted on August 28, 2012 | Permalink

NEW REPORT

Summer Coastal Fishing Report

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

This summer has seen some of the warmest water temperatures near the beach in years. At the beginning of August we had consistent temperatures in the low 80ís which made for great surfing and spear fishing. It also brought in a lot of southern species that stuck around for longer than usual. We actually started targeting cobia and trigger fish. There were also a lot of summer flounder at the near shore wrecks. The head boat anglers did quite well on decent sized fluke throughout the mid and late summer.

Tags: cobia, trigger fish, summer floounder, fluke

Posted on  , 2011 | Permalink

NEW REPORT

Shark Tagging

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On Friday I was invited along on a shark tagging trip out of Ocean City. NMFS through its APEX predator program has been supplying tags to anglers to tag sharks since 1962 (http://na.nefsc.noaa.gov/sharks/intro.html). Unfortunately due to budget cuts the program is loosing funding and they are less able to supply tags. I went out with Captain Mark Sampson who has been the leader in shark conservation in Maryland since it was a concept. He has personally tagged over a thousand sharks and some of his returns have been from as far as the Azores and Spain. We were lucky enough to capture a sandbar shark. If you look at the photo closely you can see that the shark has been bit in the tail by another shark. Mark says that this has been occurring more frequently. We wondered is it because there are more sharks or do they maybe have less to eat?

You will also see a white piece of PVC in the photos. This is a blocker that Mark has developed to stop the sharks from swallowing the hook, thus preventing deep hooking. You can see it also worked on a Mahi that took shark bait. Marks latest push is to get people to use circle hooks when shark fishing. We discussed getting together to do a cooperative study as NMFS says there is no data on sharks and circle hooks at this time. Mark says they work well to prevent deep hooking in sharks. Mark has a webpage called bigsharks.com. There is a link to some video he recently shot of a Great White Shark that is supposed to be fantastic. He has been hanging a go pro camera from a kite to film and the video is great I hear.

Tags: Sandbar Shark, Mahi

Posted on July 25, 2011 | Permalink

Ocean Pines Fishing Rodeo

Type: Freshwater
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean Pines

The Ocean Pines Anglers Club had their kids fishing tournament on Saturday in Ocean Pines and it was a huge success. Last year there were 115 anglers and they captured 100 fish. This year there were 84 anglers and they captured 164 fish. DNR freshwater took the time to drive down 200 bluegills from Hagerstown to give the event a little boost. There is a picture I attached of a grandfather with his granddaughter fishing. Soon after I took the picture they caught a bluegill: they were ecstatic! Most all of the children caught at least one fish and there was a great atmosphere. The Anglers club made the event a catch and release event whereby each kid was given a card and the judges wrote the length of each fish they caught on it. This made it easy for the kids to learn the value of catch and release fishing. I canít say enough good things about the Ocean Pines Anglers Club and DNRís freshwater guys taking the time to help these kids enjoy the hottest day of the year fishing.

Tags: Youth Fishing

Posted on June 28, 2011 | Permalink

Garrett County Fishing Trip

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Garrett County

I recently spent a week with my nieces up in Garrett County and was tasked with entertainment for the week. So I decided to take the nieces fishing for a few days. The first day we spent on Deep Creek Lake drifting minnows and worms and they caught some huge yellow perch. They thoroughly enjoyed the activity, as soon as they started catching some fish. The next day we went on my favorite wild and scenic river. In a full day of fishing we caught over 40 smallmouth bass, rock bass, chubs, and rainbow trout. I take my hat off to you freshwater guys. You are really doing a great job! Thanks

Tags:  smallmouth bass, rock bass, chubs, rainbow trout

Posted on May 25, 2011 | Permalink

Sea Bass Fishing

Type: Ocean
Region: Ocean
Location: Ocean City

Sea Bass season open up on Sunday and I went fishing out of Ocean City on a head boat for opening day. We ran for about two hours out to the reef and fished in 90 to 100 feet of water using squid for bait. The sea bass were cooperative and we also caught a few nice codfish. The male sea bass are all colored up in blue now and are quite pretty. We ended up the day with about ten large bass apiece. The head boats are running specials for sea bass fishing the next few weeks, and are a great way to fish for sea bass. Because of the current and wind it is sometimes necessary to double anchor to get right on the wrecks and our local captains are the best at it.

Tags: Sea Bass

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