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  1. Got a question about Rocks this happened to a friend of mine and me the same night. My Buddy had 2 nice rocks that he had caught and had on ice for 2 days I had 2 nice rocks that I had caught and had on ice for less than 20 hours we both fillet them and he cooked his one way and me another (used a crab cake res. spread it out on top of the fish and broiled them). Took em out of the oven and they looked a tad bit over cooked but nothing tooo bad. Man o man took one bite of them and the fishy taste was sooo bad and over powering that I couldn't eat another bight. Felt bad about that and put them down for the dog to eat and she couldn't even finish them. Called my buddy up the next day and he said his fish had a real bad fishy taste to them as well. When I cleaned the fish they looked good and I even cut out the dark meat on the fillet. Not sure what went wrong but was wondering if anyone has had this happen to them and what I could do in the future to make sure this doesn't happen again...Tanks
  2. If anyone knows what some of the size and creel limits for 2013 are for md can you let me know.I tried looking for them, but I could not find anything. Thanks
  3. Going down to ocmd to surf fish. How's the bite? What boat shouting use?
  4. caught this peculiar looking creature at the CHSP pier about a week ago...it was 5-6 inches long...any idea what its called???
  5. Hello all, I have been making my hook leaders on my fish finders as short as possible. Around 2-3". I have seen some that have been using a 8-12" hook leader on their fish finders. I always thought the shorter the better for casting distance but there has to be some reason for the longer leaders. Is it to keep the hook as far away from the sinker as possible? Of course casting distance is always an issue but how much is it effected with the longer leader? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Also, how imprtant is it for the hook leader to be as straight as possible? When i am tying the leader to the swivel with a uni it always sems to get a little kinked. Thanks for your help!
  6. My name is Dave Hollinger,I've been posting for awhile now.I live in York,Pa where I install inground swimming pools.We have a small trailer in Bishopville,Md where we try to spend as many weekends as possible.I love to fish and boat,and would like to get into surf fishing.I really injoy this site and the friendly people who frequent it. Hopfully with your help my fishing adiction will turn into a catching adiction. Daveh 8)
  7. Fri 8/14 Had Cool Hand Al, Ralphy aka Mr Okuma, Brian, Kevin, Arty and Kenny for another day of Fluking... Nj Bob was Nice enough to drop off a crumbcake in the Morning thanks Bob!!! Headed up to the SAME GROUNDS we been fishing for over 3 weeks... In the ruff stuff... Started Out with No drift sliding at .2 but we were able to picka keeper every time we stopped and a couple of shorts... Stayed with that till the Mugging became unbearable with boats stoping 20 ft on each side of us... Moved to a new area in it was More Of the same... keeper here keeper there shorts and some Lulls... We finally started to get some Current and the fish started to chew... Keep making shorts drifts working patches of keepers... some drifts we would get 2,3 or 4 some none But we Kept at it... Bucktails Def out fished bait today... with only a few fish coming on dragged bait... Congrats To Cool Hand Al who had his best day of the 2009 fluke year today... He was high hook with a limit Plus... Arty Caught his limit+ on Gulp... and Kenny Jigged Up his Limit as well... Way To hang with it Brian who came on strong at the end with some nice keepers ... Ralphy Banged a couple of keepers as soon as he switched Rods! So Some guys fared better than others today Depending on setups but we had a pick all day and grinded away at quality Keepers to fill the cooler! By days end the Cooler was filled with 36 Keeper Fluke the 6 man Limit... And everybody went home again with a jumbo bag o fillets On a side Note it is unbelievable how unprofessional Some Other Charter Capts Are... Fishing an General Area Is one Thing But a Belmar and Pt Charter Boat that circles around ya when you net a fluke and parks where you could cast your bucktail in his cockpit is Terrible and pathetic! Find Your own! Thanks again guys! SaT 8/15 It CONTINUES!!! Capt Wayne called me about an hour ago and the fluke cont to bite in da rough stuff ... Same area WE BEEN FISHING! Bucktails and Big baits! They have Tims the ex blackcat charter today a 5 man crew and have 30 keepers A 5 man Limit.... Bob bates had his limit by 10:00 am and is now high hook with double digit keepers... High Hook was in the double digits with keepers! Top fish were 7lbs, 2 @ 6.6lbs, 6.3lbs, 5.15lbs Thanks Guys! Sun 8/16 The beat goes on! 7 trips in a row with guys on the boat having limits... Capt. Wayne on the helm again today SAME AREA WE BEEN FISHING... Bill LavBob, Matt Avid, Brian and friends headed back to the rough stuff... Just read my text and Lavbob Bill had his limit by 9:30 am and is high hook with double digit keepers... Matt aka Avid has now been on the boat 3 times and limited out EVERY TIME.... He has some nice fish today with almost his whole limit of 6 fish being over 5 lbs... Brian also landed a couple of good ones! 5 man crew(one guy bailed tin the am) and 30 keeper fluke are in da cooler Bucktails and teaser again outfished bait... Matt Aka Avid Had the most impressive limit i have seen all year... All 6 fish were between 5-7.5lbs... Just Himself his 6 Fish were 7.5lbs 7.3lbs 7lbs 6.3lbs 5.4 and 5.2lbs not to mention he has caught 5 Limits + on his last 3 trips with us way to Go Matt!!! Bill had the Top fish @ 8lbs and Brian Jr and Scott put some nice Fish in the boat as well everyone went home with Jumbo bags o fillets again! All the fish in the front row are 5-8lbs... Enjoy! Thanks Again!!!
  8. LOTS OF BAIT PODS SWIMMING AROUND THE NORTH END OF POPLAR ISLAND TODAY, ROCKFISH FEEDING ON THEM ,THE BIRDS WILL LET YOU KNOW WERE THEY ARE.LOT'S OF FUN ON LIGHT TACKLE.CAUGHT ENOUGH LEGAL SIZE FOR DINNER.
  9. After my wife came home from work, I watched a little tube with her until around 9. The tide I wanted to fish would be turning around at 11, and the wind was perfect for the place I wanted to go, according to the weather man. The Jeep was already packed, and will probably stay the way until November, so as soon as I heard the first snore from my wifes nose, I stepped out. The drive was about 45 minutes, and I hit an occasional drizzle and gust of wind on the way, kinda what I was hoping for, as the front would be running through and I wanted to be ahead or under it. As I drove into the park road I noticed the wind wasn't quite what I had hoped for but this spot can allow for that. I followed the road around the lighthouse, and parked at a different spot than originally planned for.. I geared up, checked the batteries in the head lamp, and flashlight and headed down a path I hadn't been down in years. When I reached the end of the path, I noticed how an easily reachable, beautiful place can be utterly destroyed by today's youth, and lost generation, with a can of spray paint , and lack of adult supervision. Why is it they can't just enjoy the splendor of nature, without having to proclaim their sexual desires on every flat surface they can paint on? It wasn't long before travel became difficult, and my Korkers clawed the rock for traction. The spray painted proclamations also disappeared. I continued Traversing, climbing, and clawing my way to a location I haven't been to for quite a while, that would be right in the face of the wind. When I reached it, I knew I made the right choice. I lit a smoke, turned off the head lamp, and allowed my eyes to adjust. Constantly watching the surf for it's surge pattern, I started to notice the way the rips were forming as the outrushing water was channeled by the caverns and valleys of the reefs cut by millenia of surging waves. I watched for the low spots in the climbing waves, as that also indicated where my deeper water would hold feeding fish. I selected the first plug to throw into the wash, and slowly made my way down to the edge, under the red lense of my head lamp. I stood on the end of a reef about half way up my thighs in surging water, and watched the plug land in the rip, right where I wanted it. Off in the distance I could see the lights of downtown Newport, the nightclub district, and thought about how fortunate I was to have this quiet place all to myself. I reeled the plug as slow as the Zee would allow and the metal lip took hold and I could feel the plug begin to impart it's action with a slow enticing wobble. 15 or so cranks into the retrieve I was rewarded by a crushing hit from a small but fiesty Bass. The fight was short, as the fish was only around 22 inches. I let him go into a wave surge and was rewarded with a face full of water from the slap of his tail. I told him to get his Grand Mother, and took another cast. The wind continued to spray with water lifted from the curling waves, and the fish continued to keep me interested. When the tide reached dead low, the fish moved on. I returned to the rock I sat on ealier, lit another smoke, and thought about the 11 fish I released, none to be considered huge, but all healthy and strong. The best was around 40 inches, the smallest and only "non" keeper was the first one. The cloud cover was starting to thin, and I could see a hint of the sunrise only an hour or so away. It was a faint glow of purples and reds, and I could see far more stars than I could see when I arrived. It was truly a surf casters morning. I slung my plug bag over my shoulder, picked up my rod and headed back to the truck. 45 minutes later I walked in the back door of my house, made a fresh pot of coffee just in time for my wife to wake up. She asked how the fishing was, as until her back injury 6 years ago she would have been there with me, I said, "One of the best mornings I can remember".
  10. I had the bug; so I decided to give SPSP a try this morning. Plus I had a new combo I wanted to try out. Arrived around 6am in the middle of a summer shower (Damn!, forgot my rainsuit) but decided to setup at the POINT. Two rods, dozens of hit by fish that mast have been 1inch long.. No Fish, and after the 8th shower I decided to call it quits. The Rain was actually refreshing, but with no fish being caughs the eggs and bacon started calling me.. http://www.atlanticanglers.com/images/imported/2010/07/IMG_4240-1.jpg[/img]"] http://www.atlanticanglers.com/images/imported/2010/07/IMG_4242-1.jpg[/img]"] http://www.atlanticanglers.com/images/imported/2010/07/IMG_4241-1.jpg[/img]"]
  11. Went to <acronym title="Rhode Island"><acronym title="Rhode Island"><acronym title="Rhode Island">RI</acronym></acronym></acronym> on our little 3 day family trip we do every year.Camped at Burlingame.Got there Thursday and set up camp.Friday morning we launched out of the Charlestown Breachway and headed to Block Island.The sky was overcast I sea was clam and like glas.I have never seen it like that.We have wanted to head out there for a few years.We have got fish off Nebraska Shoal,but,the guy in the bait shop kept telling up to go to the block.We got there and there was 50 boats or so fishing the self.I dropped a Diamond jig and Bam,I got a 6 lb Blue.We hammered fish till noon BIG blues Keeper Stripers (no monsters) some Dogfish and a Skate or two. We headed over to Fisherman's Point around 1 pm.Met the family,had lunch.Then we loaded the boat with our 2 boys and all the Scuba gear.Took them out to the Shoal.It was there first open dive in the ocean.We sat on the boat while they we down.It sucked sitting there ,but,I was on the water and .oh well.They came up after 20 mins or so ,telling us of the HUGE Stripes and Blues they saw and an abundance of other sea life.Pretty cool.Just as they came up ,the sky got dark.We headed in and half way back we got HAMMERED! We got to the boat ramp,it was low tide.I jumped off the boat bare foot,stepped on the ramp.Next thing I knew I was getting picked up off the concrete ramp.I went down hard.Cut up my hand ,and I'm hurting still. We loaded up and head to Galilee got 6 lbs of Steamers and headed back to camp/I washed the Steamers and let them sit in cornmeal till the next day. Saturday we headed out in the am again .After a night of soaking thunder storms.The sea was 2-3 ' waves.We headed to Block Island again.Rough LONG ride out there.We fished the same spots.About 70 boats out there.We didn't get any Stripers but,I got a PB Blue fish at 15 lbs!What a fight!The sea calmed down around 10 and so did the fishing.We hung till noon and went back to camp.The boys picked up 6 1 1/2 -2 lbs Lobsters.We went back to camp and had a seafood feast fit for a King.Plus Pork chops, baked potatos, best corn on the cob I have had so far this season, we got at a farm stand by Matunik exit off rt 1..Just as we finished eating.the sky started to darken.We had checked the weather for last night and Sunday.It said rain.So ,we packed up and headed home.Just as we left the sky opened up again.
  12. Hey guys, thanks a lot for the info on this forum. I'm buddies with mwheatley, who posted here before our last trip two weeks ago. The info you guys have shared with us has proved to be a big help. Our first trip was a big success. Our first time out we caught two nice sharks, the largest being a 6 1/2 foot sand tiger. We went out again to <acronym title="Assateague Island"><acronym title="Assateague Island">AI</acronym></acronym> this last weekend Friday night/Saturday morning, a few miles down from our spot two weeks ago. This time we got skunked (except for a tiny 18 incher). If you don't mind, I've got a few questions. When we went two weeks ago there was no moon and the beach was full of sand fleas and crabs. They were everywhere. I can't help but think fish had come in to feed on these critters, and other fish came in to feed on those fish, etc., and sharks were more active. This time, it was nearly a full moon so there was plenty of light and no crabs/sand fleas. Plus there were no bigger sharks caught. (The moon did set about 4:00 am, and the crabs did come out then, and that's when we caught our small 18 incher.) So my first question is, have you guys seen any correlation between lunar cycles and shark catches (i.e., it's better with no moon, worse at full moon)? Or are other factors more significant, i.e. wind direction and water temp, more significant than the lunar cycle. (Last time we went (July 16/17), I didn't record the air or water temp, but there was a definite east wind, and the air seemed a bit cooler. This time, the wind was from the south-southwest, and it seemed generally warmer.) Second question is we're halving our bunker, casting out 1/2 pieces (5-6 inch head and tail). We did the same last time and caught some nice sharks with it. But if we were to cut the bunker into thirds, we could cast it further out. So there's trade offs with small bait (less blood trail, harder for sharks to find) cast out further or larger bait (more blood trail, easier to find) cast out not nearly as far. Are you guys halving your bunker or are you cutting it into smaller pieces and getting it further? What do you think yields more hits? Thanks in advance for the info. You guys have been a big help.
  13. Hit Dam Neck with Non-Caster from 4:30pm - 7:30pm for last of incoming..... Grass in close was not fun, cut up and tossed the only two fresh fish we caught (1 spot, 1 croaker) and had some fun with biters. We landed 3 Sandbars from 3.5'-4' ft, I got bit off once on a run and Non-Caster lost a stud biter, probably 5ft + in the first breaker when he finally bit him off. Had his SHV spooled more than 3/4 way down if not further, before he finally got him turned. He was a stud of of the box, absolutely smoking run and such a sweet sound! Looked drummy if it wasnt for the grass!
  14. It was a great day yesterday, the weather was perfect and the fish were plentiful. I took Chad Baniowski of Williamsburg Virginia out to the Chesapeake Light Tower. Chad is a Chef at Berrets Seafood Resturant in Historic Williamsburg so I am looking forward to getting some new recipes for ways to cook Spades from him. I had been telling him all about Spadefish and spear fishing and he was eager to give it a try. We departed Rudee Inlet around 0930 and went straight to the tower, it was nice, there was not another boat in sight so we had the tower to ourselves. The current was ripping but the visibility was decent at about 15-20 feet. There were tons of spade fish and we saw quite a few Amberjack as well. Chad speared his first spadefish and we were able to get our limit of 8 after a good workout of fighting the strong current and swells. Chad also tried some jigging but could not get one of the Jacks to bite, I am sure a live bait would have done the trick. About the time we were leaving two other jet skis showed up to try and catch some fish (I may be starting a jet ski trend). We were back at the ramp and on the road around 1530, just in time for rush hour traffic. Ha. The Chesapeake Light Tower is about 16 miiles off shore from Virginia Beach. I carry a Spot GPS Tracker with me here is the link to one of my "Spots" showing the Lat/Long of the tower. http://fms.ws/3BiSy/36.90466/\-75.71265 It was another great day, here are some of the pictures I took while out.
  15. Fish Report 8/8/10 Sea Bass/Flounder - Ling? Icky A Shark Tale Hi All, This week past was mixed; Everyday very different. One of them, though enjoyed by most aboard, was perhaps my slowest since the water got too cold for tog back in late February.. but then we did have a fellow limit on flounder that day. And some sea bass. And some tautog. Yeah, that February day was tougher. Still: Fish, no matter my intention, sometimes won't bite the way we'd like. Flounder & sea bass: Sending almost everyone home with plenty enough for dinner - some a lot more. And some not enough! Another day we trolled home -as we generally do given any water quality- to discover we'd created the world's largest Bimini knot.. offshore fishing knot twisted in such fashion as to be stronger than the line itself; Ours was really the world's longest tangle. A sharp rope-wrench rendered the mess fit for a trash can. Mike reloaded the reels with new hundred pound the next morning. Good thing too. Thursday we had several youngsters aboard, some of which were kin. Dad, who most call Pastor Joe, and Uncle Monty.. You reckon the boys had any luck? They did. Dramamine was key on this somewhat saucy day. I have often advised 1 the night before and 1/2 in the AM followed by another 1/2 at 10 or so. Almost always works. Unless carsickness is an issue.. Best part was that to these boys, and the others aboard, fishing wasn't "Icky." Going into 1st grade, my youngest nephew was 100% 'Stay the heck out of my way, I'm fishing!' Baited his own hooks, took most of his own fish off.. World's changing: I suspect freedom to explore the backyard creek is diminished when it's encased in a 5 foot concrete pipe. Hard to find a crawdad in there. Lot of super-cool video games where icky isn't a factor too.. Ah well, I like icky - except when the fish-carcass barrels get forgotten in a 5 day nor'easter. Man, that's too icky.. Very light rail Saturday; mostly regulars. Slipped offshore a bit, trolling at hull speed. Was thinking about my old friend who got bit in the White Marlin Open on an 80 wide. He watched as close to a half mile of line just melted away - zipped off the reel even with the lever pushed to full drag. Perhaps that is why I didn't use the rods I normally do on the kites.. Chum out. Kite up --- Just one bait on a 50 wide filled 3/4s with braid and top-shotted with close to 200 yards of 100 pound test hi-vis mono. The thirty pound class tackle lay alongside the wheelhouse, unused. Good thing. "That's a BIG hammerhead" I hollered across the stern. The fish turned on the bait like he was being filmed; A classic rise, capture and dive. Barb crushed on a 9/0 circle hook, it was game-on when he turned away. Mental picture filed of tall dorsal surging, arching down; tail thrash and gone: Beautiful. I handed the bent-butt to 19 year-old Walt. As I recall he's been fishing with me since he was 8 or 9. Folks catching sea bass, an odd ling (red hake). Adjust anchors, catch a few more.. Rod belt - no harness - about 1 hour and ten minutes in we get a look at it: Close. Then the shark left again. All that new line Mike had loaded was striped down into the micro-braid backing. Again. Young Walt was hurting. Been fishing professionally 30 years now, I'd never seen such power: Just amazing. Took pictures boatside at about an hour forty - slipped the pigtail dehooker down and sent the beast on his way.. Young man had a very clean catch and release. 'Spect I'll have to get him a citation. 11, 12 Feet? Derned if I know.. I can guess the little ones---which used to be regular ones---to within 10 pounds; Was this fish 250? More I think. Was a time when we'd see 30 or 40 hammerheads cruising along the surface on the full moon in June. Harpoon always ready too.. See one like that every couple years now - Let 'em all go when we catch 'em. This was the biggest I'd seen. Ever. Still hope for that ocean. Need to make sure those predators have plenty to eat. Ain't. Plenty to do. Regards, Monty Capt. Monty Hawkins mhawkins@siteone.net Party Boat "Morning Star" Reservation Line 410 520 2076 Morning Star Fishing
  16. Hey guys...I am about to go on a another trip, but I took a couple people out last night and we caught something amazing. By far my most memorable fish catch of all time. Here is a teaser, a full report will come tomorrow when I have gotten some rest!: Anyone want to guess what this is? Ben
  17. normal summer fish are being caught, reports of croaker are rolling in and of course the shark are going to be around a while. post reports fish or no fish, we would all love to hear them.
  18. LOTS OF ACTION CHASING THE WORKING BIRDS AT THE NORTH END OF POPLAR ISLAND .3 OF US CAUGHT OUR LIMIT ON STRIPERS TOSSING BUCKTAILS AND SPOONS.LOTS OF FUN ON LIGHT SPINNING TACKLE.:fish:
  19. I was catching non-stop doggies last week, so after gut hooking two of them, I decided I was fish hungry. I cleaned them right on the beach, and iced them down. The next day, I cut them into chunks, marinated them in olive oil, sea salt, freshly ground pepper and fresh lemon for a few hours. I also threw on a few steaks just in case my experiment didn't turn out as planned. (plus, Carrie won't even touch a doggie) I must say, it was exceptionally good! I put a little butter on while cooking and it was very tender, great flavor (simple ingredients) and I will definitely do it again. Here are also a few pictures of some of the striper from this past weekend, tuna, steaks and corn. I love to grill!
  20. Fish Report 8/1/10 Sea Bass Continue A Taste of Fluke How Goes the Watching? Hi All, Some outstanding fishing this week. Odd for heart of summer really. Take your luck where you find it I suppose. It certainly wasn't all gravy. As most clients were reeling in sea bass Wednesday, Flounder George & I twitched strips for fluke. Caught the heck out of 'em too. Tagged or just thrown back; He & I had no keepers in close to 40 fish. Not a back-bay trip, this was ocean fishing not quite 30 miles from the inlet. My mates both fished -on my direct order- for a short while. They of course both quickly caught a keeper and --being clear-thinking young men-- wisely and generously decided to allow George & Captain their fish-fry. Young Matt too: He hung a strip of cut-bait on his bottom hook and pushed aside all comers at the fish pool weigh-in, his six pound flattie easily trumping some very nice bass. Saturday we had a pleasant, sustained bite on sea bass with no flounder at all. Several mahi however were invited to dinner, one of which ran a solid 50 yards off Ralph's spinner before being worked back to the gaff. ..some clients had to go out to dinner this week too: bitter with the sweet. I really think fluke will bust loose soon, but I've been maintaining that position for some while.. I'm certain that we'll go fishing, not sure what we'll bring home. A new picture committed to personal memory: Chum overboard, two kites up, 4 baits out. With sea bass coming over the rail a Bruiser comes sliding in, investigating. Couldn't tell species. Big. Calorically unimpressive, our baits were investigated and left alone. This shark wanted at least a whole bluefish and perhaps would have preferred partaking of whale carcass.. Neat stuff.... Not so neat but of our time: It defies reason that we catch very respectable fish such as 18 inch flounder and 12 inch sea bass --fish that practically have Purdue Pop-Up baking timers built-in, yet have to throw them all back. MRFSS recreational catch estimate data is destroying constituents' good will toward management. It really is very poor recreational catch estimate data, the MRFSS data, that is, in many ways, strangling the rec-fish industry. Years ahead of management; in 1992 I was the first to put a 9 inch size limit on sea bass. At times a very ugly, heated effort; Resistance was intense. But the benefits were soon plain to see. We are no longer restoring with our releases; We are, instead, squandering our restoration. Strict adherence to data sets easily satired is where we lost sight of our target, of Fisheries Restoration. Conflict created by absurd statistic.. What now of the new Registry? The new MRIP program that should give a much better gauge of participation, Tell us how many fishers there are, The program designed to replace MRFSS.. Maryland's flounder anglers were granted a 3 month extension on season this spring with a very-stern warning: We'll Be Watching. That meant management would close the season early --Again-- if MRFSS said some segment of our recreational fishery had somehow managed to do better than the trawl industry -- Again. I know full-well that managers must do what the voices in MRFSS' hard-drive tell them. As a result I have come to know the deep anguish of early closure, of fiscal catastrophe from worthless statistic, of a season lost not to real oil gushing from a real pipe but meaningless numbers transmitted without wire. . . MRIP's registry.. How many people are really, actually going fishing.. I think that MRIP will show for MRFSS estimates to be correct it would often require that every registered angler had exceeded the legal limit many times over to achieve the statistically estimated catch. MRIP will force many catch estimates down, sometimes way down. Crazy-high estimates will be unsupportable if actually catching that many fish would require a "Catch Per Unit of Effort" far greater than the party/charter fishers experienced... Here's a measure we desperately need: Truth. OK Management: How goes the watching? What if the first result of "The Registry" was to loosen-up, to lower size limits.. That'd be a switch. Wonder if that could happen with the sudden ferocity of a closure.......... I hold that were it not for a very few boulders, storm caused shipwrecks & Nazi Wolf Pack torpedoes, our region's reef ecology --including the fish living on them-- would not have survived into the 1980s. On a budget, our fishery restoration efforts require forward thinking. Yet managers are still attempting to rebuild the huge fish populations of yesteryear with our present day seafloor habitat remnants, the footprint leftover from fishing's industrial revolution..... Consequently; if MRFSS paperwork sez private boats in Maryland caught zero tautog in all of 2006 yet caught 43,505 of these non-migratory man-made reef residents in 2007 - And it does: Then that's bloody-well what happened and quit'cher complaining already. If the scientific paperwork sez there ain't no reef where all those reef-fish and reef-loving lobster get caught, where once far more were caught - And it does: Then there ain't no reef so don't worry about it.. A blood-letting on the full moon with weekly leech treatments and two months of mountain airs should cure the insanity. That'd be some good 'ol fashioned doctoring: Nevermind lead's fumes when returning to work. We squander the economic benefits of 'catch-restriction only' restoration in the disappointment of anglers tossing fish overboard that they might otherwise have taken pictures of, fed their family and friends with.. This isn't billfishing: What goes in the cooler really does matter. In our hot-blooded quota battles caused by catch-data that infuriates, we --year after year-- miss opportunity to begin habitat restoration. Feet under a desk: Papers are real. Two anchors tight, lines down: Fish & fish habitat are real. Rock-Paper-Scissors: Coral grows on rock. Paper wins. Fishers lose. Needs Fixin. Regards, Monty Capt. Monty Hawkins mhawkins@siteone.net Party Boat "Morning Star" Reservation Line 410 520 2076 Morning Star Fishing
  21. Top then outgoing tide, S-SW winds 5-10, cold upwelled dirty water first 500 yards, tons of menhaden. All you want small croaker with the occasional small spot on BWFB, one sharpnose on eel, one bite off and one screaming run while I was tossing metal that came unbuttoned. One of the loudest smoking runs I have ever had as weel, but just dropped it I guess, dang circle hooks! Ran for about 15 seconds full throttle before I got to it and too late! Stump heaver was bent more than I have ever seen it, was a nice fish whatever it was!
  22. Part 1 - Reading the Water Why is this important? If what lies below the surf waters was thoroughly understood and embraced, the more success the surf fisherman would have at catching fish! Sounds simple, but truth is reading the water is difficult. So what is below the surf waters? Well, certainly there are fish, we already know this...and for many of us that is all that needs to be known... So, for those so inclined, I guess reading the water is not a prerequisite to successfully catching fish... And there is some truth in this...a surf fisherman can totally disregard what the water is telling him, make a cast, and put a fish on the beach...happens all the time. Why? Because the fisherman more than likely, but unknowingly, had put his offering into the surf where there happened to be a fish... The question though is why was that fish there? Was it by random chance that the fish happened to be swimming by at that exact moment? Well yes, maybe...but the fish may have very well been there for other reasons...one of those reasons is what I will call the physical environment or "structure" of the surf waters or more precisely the structure of the sandy bottom of the surf waters that attracts game fish... I'll address bottom fishing w/ bait along the sandy beaches of the the DelMarVa coast. Fishing the inlets, rock groins, piers and backwaters of the DelMarVa peninsula is a subject unto itself and perhaps can be discussed in another thread... Our beaches for all intended purposes are typically very flat w/ a gentle incline. This beach structure is rather common up and down the east coast and is deceptively uninteresting at first glance. The following is a simplistic drawing of a cross section of the beach and surf... Note, there are "generally" 2 main sandbars that run parallel to the beach...in the drawing they are labeled the outer and near shore sandbars... Also, there are "generally" 2 main sloughs (troughs) that too run parallel to the beach... The location of sandbars is revealed above the surf waters where waves initially crest and rollover...these crashing waves are called "breakers." The outer sandbar of course has larger breakers, while the near shore sandbar breakers are smaller... The sloughs also are revealed above the waters where there are little to no breakers. The next image is a picture of a typical looking surf on the DelMarVa coast... The above picture I took not for the waves but something else...let's see if any of you sharpies can identify what is going on... Now that this basic surf structure is understood visually the next step is easy... Fish will frequent the sloughs in the surf, especially Stripers. They like to get as low as possible w/ their bellies virtually touching the sand as they cruise the sloughs...it is here they are most comfortable plus the slough gives them a certain degree of stealth as they move about looking for food... So, placing your offerings in the slough would be optimal as shown in the next image... A less viable option IMHO would be to place the offering on the sandbar...if the slough does not produce fish I would considered placing the offering on the sandbar...but only during high tide and not at all on the near shore sandbar at low tide...the water would just be too skinny at that time and location... Part 2 - Reading the Water Lets look at another surf structure that probably accounts for more "fishy activity" than any other—the out-suck aka rip current aka hole aka riptide aka break in the sandbar, etc. Here is a drawing that depicts an out-suck...for simplicity purposes only 1 sandbar is shown... Note, not all "breaks in the sandbar" are out-sucks... This picture shows a wide break in the outer sandbar on AI...but there was no out-suck. Remember, Stripers like moving water and current...here they are masterful and powerful swimmers, using their broad tails to maneuver about in the surf... So the area around an out-suck from the feeders, through the neck (channel) and out into the head is prime Striper habitat... Why? Because at the out-suck water is swirling about, forming a current to and past the outer sandbar wherein small bait fish can get swept up or caught in the dynamics of the moving water and ending up as easy prey for the Striper. The place where Stripers will congregate the most at an out-suck of course is at the head or just outside the outer sandbar. Here they lie in wait to ambush their prey...sort of like a feeding station. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to place (cast) an offering beyond the outer sandbar as the distance is too great. However, the Stripers will come into the neck and even the near shore feeders of the out-suck when they are hungry (which is all the time) looking for prey... So optimally, you want to place (X) your offerings perhaps as follows...note, a very good area would be the ends of the sandbar which are sometimes called a shoulder... Out-sucks are hard to see at times, especially at water level... I'll climb a dune or stand on my truck to see better the water conditions. Also, out-sucks are more pronounce at or near low tide. Finally, here are some pic's of out-sucks... Standing on a beach they could look rather subtle and therefore easily overlooked... By: Rumble Fish aka Poppy on stripersonline.com
  23. Fish Report 7/25/10 Sea Bass Anchored on Quota "The basic steps needed to repair severely damaged fisheries are now well recognized; the quality and area of supporting habitats must be improved and fishing effort must be reduced." Bell et al. "Advances in Marine Biology - Restocking and Stock Enhancement of Marine Invertebrate Fisheries" Hi All, Fishing remains precisely as it has; Nick a few keeper cbass for dinner - catch a lot of throwbacks; Now and again we box 'em up pretty good. Flounder puzzle.. Evidence of the Yeti but nothing consistent. Teasing.. Heat's breaking. Hasn't been too bad at sea. Have to come home though! Weather's looking good now, after Monday's wind at least.. If you accept that Bell's quote above is true, then our restoration of sea bass, a reef fish, with no factoring of reef, is plainly imbalanced. Sea bass management in the mid-Atlantic is all --and only-- about catch restriction. No reef. Yet. Working on a new video that encourages factoring in that habitat. Lot of folks went to school. Get paid a guvmint wage.. I did my last video for the professional fisheries/regulatory community back in '04. It's still on YouTube. (search common seafloor habitat mid-atlantic) First one was for my Congressman in '01. I'll speak more plainly in the 2010 one.. If the solution to this fishery's restoration is well recognized, then our current system is imbalanced. I can't leave the dock without quota, without the good fortune of having escaped MRFSS overestimates; without an 'open season'.. Once I've left the dock though we can't anchor on a size limit or recreational quota. Have to have habitat: Reef. Balance. Fishing when we get a few folks. Mostly making them glad they went. Regards, Monty Capt. Monty Hawkins mhawkins@siteone.net Party Boat "Morning Star" Reservation Line 410 520 2076 Morning Star Fishing
  24. Got to the bottom and see 16 visitors,and me ,sign up ,it's easy.i would like your report .here is what i did last week,like to see your catch.
  25. Fish Report 7/19/10 Sea Bass Flounder? Eh.. Et Tu SSC? Hi All, Sea bassing remains unchanged. That is, it changes everyday as fishing might, but in aggregate we're scratching up dinner and throwing a lot of fish back. Two days this week were much better than that. Much better. Another day we got a mile past sea buoy only to turn tail and run for home: Rough. Reschedules or refunds. Still another -perhaps rougher but with a saltier crew- boxed 'em up. Carry more grandkids this time of year. I try to keep it in mind. Flounder tease.. a few keepers plus 20-some shorts --the fluke we tag-- caught in with the cbass. Swell dies & picks up. A sustained calm should do it; Get'em fired-up. Hope. Caught a few mahi on the troll of late. Running at hull speed isn't entirely too fast; We catch a few fish a year just coming and going to the reefs. Even caught a mahi inside the Bass Grounds, about 7 miles out, last week. Pretty water. Mahi closer & closer. A trend. Up early. Rummage in the attic for all the goodies that we pull behind a moving boat. Some lures from decades ago--each a story, super-expensive stainless steel hooks, crimping sleeves, 250 pound test, more beads than a kindergarten summer camp: Some assembly required. Ready to give clients just a taste of offshore fishing. Perhaps wet their appetite for a trip on a charter boat or even a mega-yacht that 'charters' as a 'business'.. Ready. Chatter on the radio turns sour. What was clean, clear water has turned green. The fleet is turning offshore. C'mon oysters.. Ah well, throw some lures out anyway. There's still the kites and chum too - a few sharks. Young Gavin; who allowed he was, "..surprised to see fog this morning but glad that it burnt off so soon" -- And, after checking with Mom, knows he's going into 3rd grade, caught some keeper cbass and helped reel in a shark off the kite. Mission accomplished. One of 'em..... Among many efforts to get more people fishing--kids too; I think the single most important work is to make fishing better, to make fish populations more abundant so that catch may be increased. No matter the nation's economy, I promise this: When fishing is great, more people go fishing. I'm positive of that. In today's fisheries, however, it is often regulation that determines whether fishing is great or not. Saturday's clients caught a lot of fish but won't be inviting many neighbors to the fish-fry.. With this 'Fish Report' in past weeks, months & years I have tried to encourage a deeper look at methods of restoring our region's marine resources. We are now tied --inextricably bound to-- data sets in which similar verbalized utterance could get a person committed. Take for instance Maryland's shore fishing catch estimate of summer flounder in "Wave 5" -- Sept/Oct. In 2002 the Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey --MRFSS, say "Murfs"-- estimate holds that 874 flounder were landed from shore in that two month late-summer/early-fall period; In 2003 the estimate rises to 978. That 10% increase is fair enough. In 2004, however, these poor shore fishers are thought to have caught zero/none/no fish. Bonanza the following year: In 2005 they are estimated to have caught 12,773. But - Darn the Luck!! - In 2006 these fishers again goose-egged, a big Zip/Zero/Nada in the cooler for '07.. Ahhhh, but in 2007 the sun and stars aligned.. A mad slaughter of 36,017 fish is estimated to have been carried home by Maryland's shore anglers in this same two month period.. Talk about patience rewarded. Then, less than half of the year before's catch; In 2008 14,962 flatties are thought to have been boxed-up from Maryland's shores.. Unfortunately, in 2009 all that shiny new tackle went unused as shore anglers are again thought to have caught Zero flounder... I suppose that there is a "Statistical" remedy here; That everything together --all these estimates-- are OK in a broader sense. I think that's BS. (bad statistics) Personally --though I'd believe 2002 & 2003-- I think the rest are as clearly thought out as if by an alcoholic who had won a shopping spree at State Line Liquors.. Just lunacy. Lots and lots of other data sets with similar characteristics. All backed to the very top by force of law. Crazy Uncle Murfs with his old, rusty double-barrel shotgun and a fresh fifth of whiskey; He's ready to kill any fishery. Sheriff, Natural Resources Police, State Police, Coast Guard Fisheries - All standing by, waiting with carbon copy forms and handcuffs. "Now you boys listen to your Uncle Murfs." Or Else. This is the modern fisheries dilemma. Everyone wants resurgent populations, but because managers have to use this type of data their credibility is following in true Coriolis fashion--Flushing counter-clockwise down the hopper. Distracted by WWI-like trenches charges; State & federal fishery managers must constantly defend these statistics from those affected by them--The set above indicative of why we have a 19 inch flounder size limit this year. Similarly, there was recently an "Emergency Closure" of sea bass and tighter regulation.. Our fishing village withers in economic pain while much of real restoration science remains unused because managers must, by law, listen to the voices in their hard-drive..... The voices of fishing's history, however, and from the yardsticks around the rail of my party boat, warn of bad things in wasting so much opportunity. Lately I have tried to offer management some indication of their miscalculations in sea bass restoration. I have asserted that, in itself, historical seafloor habitat decline in the mid-Atlantic would preclude restoration of past reef-fish populations without an aggressive habitat restoration policy; That habitat fidelity makes this an absolute imperative. Some hurdle. There is no science whatever on our region's corals and only the beginnings of charting existing reef remnants. ...given a drop camera cord of 60 or so fathoms I could video coral communities that no human has seen, but may well have been trawled upon last winter or suffered a scallop dredge last week. It is almost exclusively the footage from my 130 foot cord that has established any nearshore coral reef in the Mid-Atlantic. I have also pressed that sea bass's habitat fidelity necessitates tighter regional fishery controls because concentrated, multi-state, industrial effort in winter can cause real, unsustainable, damage to an area's cbass population - yet remain well within thresholds of current 'coast-wide' fisheries controls. I have asserted that size limits can control the number of fish in the spawning stock biomass both by natural means -More small fish join the spawning stock when surrounded by mostly other smalls- And via regulation which requires we make dead discard of some of the spawning stock --Here where fish under 10, perhaps even 11 inches, survive barotrauma of release out to 120 feet of water better than fish closer to and over 12 inches. In other words, management has not concerned itself at all with habitat issues for fish known to live only on reef; And are reducing the spawning population of this region's fishery through regulation. When fishing is great, more people go fishing. Fairness in regulation can determine whether fishing is great or not. I have, this week, had several indications that my theories have been dismissed out of hand because of the success of sea bass management in Massachusetts. You see, when everyone else was starting cbass management at 9 inches 15-some years ago; Massachusetts, with scarcely any fishery, went straight to a 12 inch commercial limit with tightly controlled landings and a 13 inch recreational limit of 20 fish.. POW! Their commercial cbass fishery is now like an Alaskan herring fishery: Measured in days I'm told, their state's commercial quota is caught very rapidly -- And all in state waters. All in state waters.. Hmmm. Massachusetts is well-known to have a rocky coast. Massachusetts state waters are pretty shallow too. And: Massachusetts is well known to have aggressive trawl-gear restrictions. ..maybe the stuff growing on rocks always stays in the productive habitat loop? And there's a lot of it? ..maybe all recreational and commercial trap released cbass live? ..maybe it's not possible to have multi-state effort occur yet remain undistinguished in catch reports? It's good to know that where there is a thriving, protected, rocky/reef-like ecology; A shallow water fishery where recreational release and commercial trap discard almost always means survival to rejoin the spawning stock; And tight, state controlled, access to a region's fishery -- Massachusetts is having great success with restoration: Very likely exceeding rebuilding targets. Somehow has a familiar ring to it.. Almost as though it supported rather than disproved my thoughts. Data in coastwide collection hides regional calamity. Dig deeper Science & Statistical Committee. Look for successes and failures in management, not the pretty bikini-clad statistics, so distracting in scientific allure, that deserve a straight-jacket: Look for real regional restorations and real regional crashes occurring under highly restrictive coast-wide management: Look for the lessons they offer. Soon. Our industry is dependant on it. Regards, Monty Capt. Monty Hawkins mhawkins@siteone.net Party Boat "Morning Star" Reservation Line 410 520 2076 Morning Star Fishing