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  1. As usual, I read through the many fishing reports and see the amazing pictures of anglers proudly posing with their catch. By the time I have finished looking at the photos for the fourth time, the “fishy” part of my brain is creating a new list of excuses that may convince my wife to let me go fishing. Once I have finished explaining how the tide will be perfect for the next few hours, the weather forecast could not get any better and the tackle shop just received fresh bait, she usually gives her approval. In a rush to get out the door before she changes her mind, I find myself quickly going through my mental list of surf fishing necessities. Before I know it, I am on the sand wishing I had spent a little more time on that mental list. Depending on where you fish, having to run back to your house or the nearest tackle shop may not be a big deal, however if you fish areas like the southern end of Assateague Island, having to admit to your fishing buddy how you managed to forget the bait knife is not a good feeling. Some anglers like to step out for an hour or two and they don’t need to take much with them. On the other hand, if you are like me and can’t help but fish until it hurts, there are many items you can bring that will ease the pain. First of all, make sure you know the license requirements, regulations and creel limits for the beach you will be fishing. It is also a good idea to keep a fish species reference guide with you to help identify your catch. If you are not sure what you have caught, safely remove the hook and get it back into the water as fast as possible. A good photo will last much longer than any fish you will catch, so don’t hesitate to snap a quick picture. You will need something to help carry your gear through the soft sand. A surf fishing cart can be a great investment for fishing spots such as the North end of Assateague Island. On some beaches, such as the federal side of Assateague Island, you are allowed to drive your vehicle on the beach. This is very convenient for longer fishing trips that require more fishing gear. Of course you will need your surf fishing rod and reel, sinkers, hooks, and other basic fishing tackle. Choosing the type of tackle needed always depends on the species of fish you will be targeting. There are numerous options when it comes to choosing your tackle, however don’t let it overwhelm you. Your best bet will be checking out the fishing reports on the Internet and spending some time talking to the folks at our local tackle shops. They will be able to help you get an idea which rigs are best for your tackle box. You are going to need a cooler with ice to keep your bait fresh. It does not take long for the sun and warm air to dry out even the freshest bait. In the spring, the most commonly used baits, such as bunker or peeler crabs are going to need to be cut into pieces, so having a strong, serrated knife and cutting board are essential. The springtime sun can feel very warm at home; however the ocean breeze can feel surprisingly cold! Make sure you dress appropriately and have a good idea of the weather forecast. Even on those cloudy days, you will get sunburned so don’t forget sunscreen. Having a hat and a pair of polarized sunglasses will not only help with the sun’s glare on the water, it will also keep you from getting the painful “squint eye” headache. Wearing a comfortable pair of waterproof waders will certainly help keep your legs warm and dry when that unexpected wave sneaks up on you right in the middle of your cast. After you have heaved your bait into the surf, you are going to need a sturdy sand spike to hold your rod. When choosing your sand spike, make sure the bottom of your rod easily fits into the sand spike. In my opinion, the longer the sand spike, the better. You will need to shove it down into the sand far enough to be able to put pressure against it without it falling over. As the tide comes in and the sand becomes soft, make sure you frequently check your sand spike to ensure it does not move easily. One of the most common critters you are likely to catch is the Clearnose skate. Trust me, having a quality pair of needle nose pliers and fishing gloves will come in very handy when removing the hook from these spine covered bottom dwellers, as well as many other fish. Being able to sit down and rest while you wait for that record fish to swim by will make your trip much more enjoyable. Although your cooler can also serve as a seat, I recommend a lightweight beach chair with a cup holder. It’s always a good idea to bring something to eat and plenty of fresh water for drinking and washing your hands. Most importantly, you must remember you will be in constant contact with things that can hurt you if you fail to respect them. Think about it, you are dealing with sharp hooks and lead weights that are being hurled at incredible speeds. Be aware of the power of the ocean and the heat of the sun. There is always the possibility that you will have to unhook many different types of critters and just about all of them have some sort of natural defense. Excitement and adrenaline can take over very quickly when surf fishing and you have to remember to stay focused. Always have a first-aid kit and cell phone, especially if you are fishing alone. Although it may not be on your list of surf fishing gear, being safe is without a doubt the last thing you want to forget. Whenever possible, bring a friend with you. Not only can they help you untangle that spiny dogfish from your line, but in my opinion, sharing a good day on the beach with a buddy is a reward in itself.
  2. In the past year i have witnessed some very rude and some dangerous moves made by my fellow anglers. Growing up on the Eastern Shore i had a boat at a young age. The very first thing that i was taught by my father was safety and ethics on the water. Most of these ideals that he taught were mainly common sense and courtesy toward other boaters. This past year was my first year fishing the mouth of the bay for strippers. I had a very good first season, but saw things that really bothered me. This past Saturday was just as disappointing as last winter. I had three boats drift so close to my boat that I had to push them away from me with my hands. All while the captain stared in disbelief that I was upset with him. I had my line cut, while anchored, by a boat that passed wide open by my stern within 40ft, and not to mention the wake that he threw over me. One thing that I really don't understand is how people can take the entire bay and feel the need to run at high speeds in between 20 anchored boats on their trip north or south. One of my friends I had on my boat with me is in the USCG. He told me that there is a law in place that will require boaters to have a drivers license within the next few years. I think that this is a great idea. The things I mentioned above aren't just gripes, but concerns of the safety of myself and other anglers. Some things that people can do to better the experience for everyone on the water would be to go around a group of boats that are anchored up instead of through them on your way to your destination. Be conscious of the fishing lines of others, (your hook isn't the only one on bottom). Be aware of your wake and where it is going to head once you've left the area. If it can be proven that it was your wake that caused damage, you are responsible for it. Don't drift or anchor to close to another boat. Be particularly careful when passing or motoring around a boat that contains children. I saw 2 almost get thrown off the other day when a 25ft Parker passed at 1/2 throttle no more than 50ft from their boat. I could go on all day. The bottom line is that most of the anglers out there do know these things and are respectful of others on the water, but its that ever growing percentage that can make a great day on the water aggravating or even dangerous. I'm sure that many will read this and agree. Maybe even have had similar things happen to you. To others, this may piss you off. If so, you are the problem. Keep your boat on the trailer and next to the SUV / station wagon thing.
  3. The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Board of Directors has unanimously determined that they have no choice but to disqualify the 883-pound blue marlin caught on June 14, 2010. It cost the crew of the boat Citation a cash prize of $912,000. After interviewing members of the crew of the fishingvessel “Citation," review of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament rules, consulting the division of Marine Fisheries as well as the North Carolina Attorney General’s office, the Board agreed there had been a violation of tournament rules but the violation did not involve “dishonesty” or “cheating” on the part of the owners or angler of the “Citation." The rule violation involves the “mate” not having a Coastal Recreational Fishing License, which is required by North Carolina law and by the Tournament. Participants and crew were reminded of the license requirement at the Captains meeting prior to the Tournament. The mate engaged in fishing activities without a valid license and later obtained a license at 5:51 pm while heading to the weigh station. The fish was boated at 3:16 pm. "It is an unfortunate situation for the crew of 'Citation' as well as the Tournament itself but for the integrity of the Tournament, Big Rock had no choice but to enforce the rules and disqualify the fish," the Board said in a press release Tuesday. Because of this disqualification, The Big Rock Board of Directors declare Carnivore the winner with their 528.3-pound blue marlin and in second place, Wet-N-Wild with a 460-pound blue marlin. Carnivore's win earns the crew a payout of $999,453. Wet-N-Wild pockets $275,322 Big Rock's record-breaking marlin catch disqualified -
  4. A couple of weeks ago I read on another fishing board a fisherman was denied access to fish the beach at Fort Story. The Army has allowed beach surf fishing for those who showed a current saltwater fishing license and obtained a base fishing pass at Headquarters of Fort Story. Due to BRAC reallignment, Fort Story was merged with Fort Eustis early last year. In October 2009, the Navy was to take over full operations at Fort Story. The purpose and scope of actions at the base is to stay the same, just the Navy is in control instead of the Army. Most of us know the Navy's policy at there other bases of no civilian access. Earlier this week, I spoke with Scott Mohr, Public Affairs Officer for the Navy. He said the Navy is currently reviewing their public access procedures for Fort Story. Currently, fishing is not allowed but it is not totally off the table. Public access to the lighthouses and monuments is currently allowed for civilians. I said Virginia Coastal Access Now would like for the Navy to continue with the Army's former public access operating procedures that occured without incident. I asked for continued public access to the two beach fishing locations along with the two freshwater ponds on Fort Story. All Mr. Mohr said was Fort Story has expanded its training right before and after the Navy took over operating control of the base in October 2009. VCAN saw this coming down the road a couple of years ago and had started a dialogue with Mr. Mohr back then. We even sat down and had a productive meeting with Mr. Mohr at his office. Hopefully, our proactive efforts back then will help us. We need to find out if fishing is not allowed to everyone, or are civilians the only ones losing out again? Darryl Schmitt, Secretary Virginia Coastal Access Now
  5. Hey did anyone ever get a fine in <acronym title="Maryland">MD</acronym> for having their front rod rack blocking the license plate? I got nailed for $60 dollars this morning by some young hot shot cop.
  6. The Hickory Shad are are running real good on the Susky. The other day I went just below the dam, caught 6 real nice Whites, 2lbs and up, numerous Hickorys, a nice Smallmouth, and even a Walleye. Thats the first Walleye I ever caught or even saw in that area. The Dam was really letting the water rip through the gates. The Gizzard Shad were as thick as could be. I wonder if anyone ever uses them for Surf Fishing bait?? You can get the Shad anywhere along the Susky. A couple real good spots are right below the dam, the mouth of Deer Creek, and also up the creek. You need Non-Tidal license above the mouth of Deer Creek. Anyone that is not use to fishing the Susquehannah; the water flow from the dam at Conowingo plays a large role on your productivity. There is a Phone Number you can call to find out how the water flow will be be for that day. Good Fishing, Hulk P.S.- WHERE ARE THE HERRING?????????????
  7. Purchase your license online! Visit the Wildlife Service Agent nearest you. Call 1-888-2HUNTFISH (1-888-248-6834) Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Please have your Visa or MasterCard number ready.) View license types/fees, print application and mail in. Select Resident or Non-Resident.
  8. Convenient Ways to Buy Your Licenses * Online * Telephone: call 1-866-721-6911 (available Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM, except holidays) * In person: choose from hundreds of license agents located around the Commonwealth. Licenses are also sold by some clerks of the Circuit Court. Customer Service Need assistance with your license purchase? Contact customer service by phone at 1-866-721-6911 or by email at Customer service is available Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM, except holidays. Virginia Hunting & Fishing Licenses
  9. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife - Fishing Licenses Buy your Hunting and Fishing License Online Complimentary Fishing and Hunting Licenses Saltwater Fishing License Information Who needs a fishing license? A person is required to obtain a valid fishing license prior to fishing in inland waters or transporting fish taken from inland waters. A person is required to keep his/her fishing license with him/her at all times while fishing or transporting fish and must exhibit their license for inspection by any warden, department employee, guide or landowner upon request. Possession of fishing tackle in the fields or forest or on the waters or ice of this State without a fishing license is prima facie evidence of fishing in violation of the law. When obtaining a resident license, it is the responsibility of the applicant to submit proof of residency. Maine residents under 16 years or age and nonresidents under 12 years of age may fish without a license. Maine residents (and immediate family members who live with that person ) may fish without a license from their own land if that person owns more than 10 acres of land, lives on that particular piece of land, and the land is used exclusively for agricultural purposes. In-patients at the Veterans Administration Hospital at Togus may fish without a license within 25 miles of Togus (Note: Patients not under immediate supervision of a hospital representative must have a valid hospital pass while fishing.) Fishing License Fees Resident Fishing Licenses (Prices listed below do not include the agent fee.) Superpack (16 & older) - $200.00 Combination Fishing/Archery (16 & older) - $42.00 Combination Hunting & Fishing (16 & older) - $42.00 Resident Fishing (16 and older) - $25.00 1-Day (24 hour) Fishing (16 & older) - $11.00 Serviceman (resident) Fishing and Hunting (16 & older) - $3.00 Serviceman Dependent Hunting (16 & older) - $10.00 Serviceman Dependent Fishing and Hunting (16 & older) - $20.00 Serviceman - Complimentary Military Supersport - $20.00 Duplicate License - $2.00 Nonresident and Alien Fishing Licenses (Prices listed below do not include the agent fee.) Combination Hunting & Fishing (16 & older) - $149.00 Nonresident Season Fishing (16 and older) - $64.00 15-Day Fishing (16 & older) - $47.00 7-Day Fishing (16 & older) - $43.00 3-Day (72-hour) Fishing (16 & older) - $23.00 1-Day (24 hour) Fishing (16 & older) - $11.00 Junior Fishing (12-15 years) - $16.00 Alien Combination Fishing and Hunting (16 & older) - $190.00 Alien Season Fishing (16 & older) - $84.00 Supersport - $20.00 Duplicate License - $2.00 Other Licenses and Permits Bait Dealer's Licenses Children's Camp License. This license allows any of the boys or girls who are under 16 years of age to fish in the lake or pond adjacent to the camp. For more information, contact the Licensing Division at (207) 287-2571. Fishing Derbies and Tournaments Expiration: Unless otherwise specifically provided, all licenses expire on December 31st of the calendar year for which they were issued. Combination Hunting and Fishing License: A combination hunting and fishing license permits persons 16 years of age or older to fish in inland waters and permits hunting of all legal big game and small game with a firearm, muzzleloader, or bow and arrow. An archery license is required to hunt during the archery and expanded archery seasons on deer, and during the fall turkey hunting season. Combination Fishing and Archery License: A combination fishing and archery license permits persons 16 years of age or older to fish in inland waters and permits hunting of all legal big game and small game with bow and arrow only. Season Fishing License: A season fishing license is required for residents, nonresidents, and aliens 16 years of age or older to fish in the inland waters of Maine. Note: A Maine resident under 16 years of age may fish without a fishing license. A nonresident or alien 12 years of age and under 16 years of age must purchase a junior fishing license. Nonresident Junior Fishing License: A nonresident junior fishing license is required for nonresidents and aliens 12-15 years to fish in the inland waters of Maine. 15-Day Fishing License: A nonresident or alien 16 years of age and older may purchase a 15-day fishing license which permits them to fish in inland waters for the dates specified on the license. A nonresident 15-day fishing license may be exchanged for a non-resident season fishing license upon payment of $12.00 plus the agents fee. 7-Day Fishing License: A nonresident or alien 16 years of age and older may purchase a 7-day fishing license which permits them to fish in inland waters for the dates specified on the license. 3-Day Fishing License: A nonresident or alien 16 years of age and older may purchase a 3-day fishing license which permits them to fish in inland waters for the dates specified on the license. 1-Day Fishing License: A resident, nonresident, or alien 16 years of age and older may purchase a 1-day fishing license which permits them to fish in inland waters for the date specified on the license. Note: A 1-day or 3-day fishing license may be exchanged by a Maine resident for a season fishing or combination hunting and fishing license upon payment of the agent fee, plus the difference between that fee and the fee for the annual license. Duplicate License: A duplicate license may be obtained from the license agent who issued original license for $2.00. Supersport: A supersport certificate may be obtained for any of Maine’s hunting and fishing licenses for an additional fee of $20.00. See Supersport Program for more information. Maine Fishing License Revocation Information Anglers should be aware that a conviction for any fishing violation may result in the revocation of their fishing privileges. Fishing Violations with a Minimum Mandatory One Year License Revocation The Commissioner is required by law to suspend a person’s fishing license for at least one year and may suspend all other Department Licenses held by a person if that person is convicted of any one of the following violations: * Introducing fish into inland waters without a permit. * Taking or possessing sport fish in violation of number, amount, or size limits, as it relates to trout, salmon, togue and black bass, whenever the violation involves twice the general bag and possession limit adopted by rule by the Commissioner for that species of fish in that body of water (Title 12, 12602). * Taking fish by snagging (defined by Title 12, 12651). * Importing live bait fish or smelts without a permit (Title 12, 12556). * Buying or selling freshwater sport fish (Title 12, 12609-A). * Taking fish by explosive, poisonous or stupefying substances (Title 12, 12653). Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Law (Title 12) also contains mandatory two, three and five year revocations for convictions of other violations. The revocations listed above apply to violations of fishing laws only. Saltwater Fishing Information The following information is applicable to all the waters of the State within the rise and fall of the tide and within the marine limits of the State, but not including areas above any fishway or dam when the fishway or dam is the dividing line between tidewater and freshwater. The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is the State agency that is established to conserve and develop marine and estuarine resources. The Bureau of Resource Management promotes and develops recreational and commercial saltwater fisheries through research, technical assistance, and the collection of statistics. The Bureau of Marine Patrol enforces laws and regulations pertaining to saltwater recreational and commercial fishing activities as well as Maine’s boat laws, including operation, registration and safety requirements. For information, contact the DMR at: 21 SHS, Augusta, Maine 04333-0021; telephone: (207) 624-6550. Saltwater angling licenses are not required for recreational saltwater angling. A commercial license is required when any marine species is sold and when more than the recreational bag limits are in possession of the angler. Selling fish without a commercial permit is prohibited. There are regulations covering size, bag limits, possession limits and methods of fishing for, but not limited to the following species: Atlantic Salmon, Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, Sturgeon, Striped Bass, Bluefish, Cod, Haddock, Halibut, Pollack, Redfish, Smelt, Winter/ Summer Flounder, Sharks. Current saltwater fishing information can be obtained by contacting the Recreational Marine Fisheries Program, Maine DMR, PO Box 8, West Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575. Telephone: (207) 633-9500. Freshwater fish (brown trout, black bass-largemouth and smallmouth, black crappie, rainbow trout, chain pickerel, and landlocked salmon) regulations in coastal waters. All rules governing methods of taking, size, bag, and possession limits conform with the general law open water fishing regulations found in this book, except that the minimum length limit on brown trout and rainbow trout in coastal waters is 14 inches. It is unlawful to fish for or take freshwater fish by any means other than hook and line. It is unlawful to snag freshwater fish. Atlantic Salmon The angling season for Atlantic salmon in Maine is CLOSED YEAR ROUND until further notice. It is unlawful, by State of Maine mandate, to angle, take or possess any Atlantic salmon from all Maine waters (including coastal waters). Atlantic Salmon are regulated by the Atlantic Salmon Commission, 650 State Street, Bangor Mental Health Facility, Bangor, ME 04401; (207) 941-4449. Information regarding Atlantic salmon can be obtained directly from the Commission. Atlantic Bluefin Tuna are regulated by the Federal Government. Permit information can be obtained from the National Marine Fisheries Service, Atlantic Tuna Program, Northeast Regional Office,1 Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930-2298; Phone: 888-872-8862. Sturgeon: It is unlawful to take, catch, possess, or destroy any shortnose or Atlantic sturgeon from the coastal waters of Maine. Striped Bass: Maine’s striped bass regulations cover all Maine coastal waters up to the head of tide in all rivers. In addition, there are special regulations in effect on some rivers. Contact the Department of Marine Resources for current size restrictions, season dates, and bag limits. Gear restrictions: Gear is restricted to hook and line only. Use of a gaff to land a striped bass is illegal.
  10. Department of Natural Resources On Line License Applications Fishing License (Application) Information about the fishing license COMMERCIAL FISHERIES INFORMATION Boat Registration Form (Application) Instructions for the Boater Registration AN INDIVIDUAL THAT IS LESS THAN 16 YEARS OF AGE IS NOT REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A LICENSE TO FISH. Order Your Hunting or Fishing License ONLINE. Maryland sportsmen, we heard you! We are happy to announce that you may now purchase a hunting or fishing license online 24/7. Order Your Hunting or Fishing License by Phone! You may purchase a hunting or fishing license by making a phone call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call toll-free: 1-800-918-2870. Order Your Hunting or Fishing License by Mail If you wish to download applications for fishing, hunting and boating licenses, you may do so from this page. Mailing instructions are below. You will need to have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view and print your application. All applications should be mailed to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Service Center in your area. Or can be sent to the main office... Maryland Dept of Natural Resources Licensing and Registration Service 580 Taylor Avenue Tawes State Office Building / C-1 Annapolis, Maryland 21401
  11. Fish Report 10/10/09 Triggerfish, Tog & ..Drum? Closure: RFA's Response Decoys For Sale Hi All, Very light crowds offering no fiscal relief; derned if it ain't fun though. Triggerfish have been the main target. They're almost out of here; very late to have them now. Been some wonderful fishing. Fall rules - we're tagging them under 11 inches, boxing the rest. Come to think of it, fall rules will remain until the state accepts management of this important fishery. Too busy with triggers to really get down to business with the tog. Today I decided to give it a little more effort.. Dang those fish are fun. Unforgiving too; we broke 3 off close to 10 pounds, one may have gone 12/13. I will have my toggin gear aboard come morning. Water temperature is slipping, that's key. Season opens back to 4 fish later, still at two now. Couple nice dinners in a pair of good tog. A fishery that folks love or hate; heck of a lot of fun if they're biting.. My customers have caught four black drum in almost 30 years of bottom fishing off Maryland's coast. All caught this week; three of them by Hurricane Murray. Talk about odd.. Hurricane 3 -- tens of thousands of others 1. Caught on triggerfish rigs, they weren't big, just 10 - 12 pounders. Cooked one, tagged the others.... The Recreational Fishing Alliance, RFA, is going to court over the sea bass closure. And not solely for this particular closing, they want to see clarity brought to the whole process. An honorable suit, the RFA is trying to raise money for their legal defense fund. If you're so minded the website Googles easily... Fair to say that I have a conservation minded client base, perhaps the most so for a party boat. Still, raising the size limit to 12 1/2 inches was bad for business. We had the highest release ratio this June of the last ten, maybe ever: 86.15%. Having seen the cbass stock grow fantastically at closer to 50% releases--even when there was no creel limit, throwing back almost 90% diminishes the experience as the enjoyable camaraderie of this type of fishing doesn't stop until the dishes are washed. Slowed by regulation and now closed, a coastal small-business economic disaster has been created by MRFSS data that no one believes: or should. I know the statistics are not meant to be a hard number - they're a spread. How it came to be that managers 'have to' use the centerpoints of catch estimates I do not know, but there --the centerpoint-- is the crux of the problem. That and with all this squirrel hunting, no one's gone to see if there's any trees.. Common sense regulation would carry the day better than data best handled with a wide pitch-fork. A couple years after the new federal fishing registry, MRIP, has been up, the back checking will make for some interesting reading. The firmer 'number of participants' license data, overlaid on field intercepts--real, actual fish counts--will show just how crazy some of these estimates have been. Fishing 7 days a week for tog, triggers--its a water temp thing--and whatever else we can find. The rail is limited to 15 for tog fishing; limited far more by other pressures. Now selling decoys I made 20 and more years ago on eBay. Rather my daughter's children had done that.. Sunrise, pleasant company, catch fish, maybe some big fish.. With all the ills in this world I could certainly have far, far worse. Regards, Monty Capt. Monty Hawkins Party Boat "Morning Star" Reservation Line 410 520 2076
  12. Tampa Bay’s red hot black drum action is hardly a secret any longer! Good friends Dave and Dan found the school exactly where I directed them and it was game on Wednesday. The school was not happy and broken into several smaller groups due to heavy boat pressure. By time Dave and Dan left there were 9 boats after the one school. Be patient and let the school come to you, chasing the drum in skinny water will only shut down the bite for everyone. My guys used live shrimp while Captain Justin Asherman used Gulp baits to entice these bruisers. Let the drum settle down and they will go back to feeding with their tails in the air in just 2.5 - 3’ of water. Amazing sight and photo opportunity. Captain Jim Fesperman of Hook Setting Charters also jumped into the Black drum action and reported good action on large fish. Captain Jim also reported as many as 15-20 boats on the school this week! Sounds like Boca Grande Tarpon fishing. I’ve gotten several reports from fellow Captains that Mackerel are starting to show up. Captain Bill Miller reported Mackerel were at the Skyway Bridge per his report in the Tampa tribune. That’s always a good sign spring is about to explode. Inch by inch it’s getting better every day. Redfish are certainly perking up along oyster bars and mangrove shorelines at higher tides. Look for improved action next week’s mid day high tides over 2.0’. The forecast shows below normal temperatures the next 10 days but overall mild with temps in the low to mid 70’s. The action is about to bust loose and when it does are you ready? If you are a boat owner I promise wait time for repairs is nothing compared to what it will be once the bite goes off. Have you replaced last year’s braided lines? Is your license valid? Is your tackle bag clean, neat and replenished? Have you booked your spring charter dates? Captain Steven offered late afternoon / early evening snook trips last year that were amazing successful for my out of town business people. We would fish 2-3 hours till sunset then chase snook under the stars. We will be running these same trips starting in April. Captain Steven Markovich Florida Fishing Charters | On The Mark Fishing Charters | Tampa Bay | Clearwater | Boca Grande
  13. Fish Report 2/7/10 Nice Toggin' Calm Before The Blizzard Murfs & Chlorine Gas Hi All, Friday, 2/5/10, was an amazingly calm day despite the reddest of "Red in the morning, sailor take warning" sunrises.. a day with virtually no sea, certainly no wind and just enough current to hold straddle-set danforths tight. Wonderful. A slow bite all around the rail at the first stop. Decent toggin' for the patient angler; not-so-patient anglers need not apply.. Dipped one a tad better than 15 pounds, tagged some shorts, some legal females too.. worked it out, waiting for the tide and bite to pick-up their respective paces. Wasn't to be. Weather forecast full of doom and dire warning, we picked up anchors and moved. How nice. A very light WNW breeze where there should have been an increasing NE; most of our 30 tags for the day came from this second spot: none were sub-legal. The biggest was a 28 inch female that Dennis put back, his personal best... The week had begun with mate Mike getting to the boat Monday to make her ready for Tuesday's trip. Not a lot of work, just a general going-over and warm the engines; get last weekend's snow off the decks.. Yeah. He sent me a picture. Snow off the boat one thing; all that snow had frozen up the marina cut. Daughter & friend with school snow-day pressed into duty; ended up doing a day's work just to get the ice broken, clearing a way out so we could fish the next morning. Next day--Tuesday & slick-calm too--Frank caught his 19 lb 10 oz tog; Friday we caught Dennis's personal best, 16 lb 2 oz, and released it. Truly wonderful days at sea in-between some of the worst winter weather I can recall in the mid-Atlantic, even pulling icebreaker duty. Sadly, I think it will be a while before we can go again. This crazy blizzard followed by yet another snow expected mid-week.. Need to send the EPIRB off for fresh batteries and a hydrostatic release anyway.. Change the batteries in the life jackets, the float lights; a thousand things that go into another set of government regulations that underlie the fisheries: The Coast Guard Regs. Any who complain of those has likely never seen heavy weather, nor failed hose, nor had a drunk jump off a perfectly good boat.. This week the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, MAFMC, meets in Cambridge, MD. Its very likely here that the sea bass season will be decided--but not cast in stone until NOAA's regional administrator removes the 180 day emergency closure, if she indeed does. The Coast Guard asks 'what went wrong' in their investigations; why did these men die, why did these boats sink, why did this boat survive when others did not. With pinpoint accuracy they learn, then go from there to make the public safer. Neither NOAA, Council, nor Commission has, thus far, delved that deep; they've never sought to isolate successes for cause, nor failures for pressure point: Its only about catch, catches on paper at that, and catch-restriction. It is these broad "Coastwide" fisheries analyses that camouflage the key to understanding a better way forward; where regional populations -not coastwide- have skyrocketed and collapsed without catching management's eye. Two men deep within the fisheries have written me recently that the striped bass rebuilding is the only model where they see success. They are perhaps surprised when I tell them there's no success evident on the coast for stripers, that we are still closed; that the over-pressure on the prey supply from super-rebuilt stripers comes at the cost of no progress, no success whatsoever in sea trout restoration; that a more holistic approach in our fisheries is needed. My kingdom that they would investigate why the sea bass juvenile index is through the roof in this region just now, that they could understand the value of a sub-legal spawning stock; that they would cease the shoulder-shrug, "Some luck, eh?" That they would see reef every bit as important to preserving/restoring fisheries as life jackets, rafts & emergency radios are to the mariner in dire circumstance... It's also very important, as Capt. Adam Nowalsky points out, that we double check their math.. He's not kidding. I don't know what Adam gets paid for his efforts. I fear its the same as my advocacy salary. He's certainly one of the good guys. Some help, not everyone. The Petersons and Powers of the region put their mega-donations into our restoration efforts. Without these heavy-hitters we would not have come so far with Maryland's reefing. Mike & Brian, who have resurrected the Maryland Fisherman's Annual, made a fat donation to the MD artificial reef initiative, MARI, based on sales of their new magazine. Capt. Danny on the Fin Chaser has piled-on the reef donations and written many letters to his representatives. Fellows working for Maryland, Marty Gary & Erik Zlokovitz, go way beyond their salaried efforts; often work well into night to put new reef on state permits. Fellows from the Atlantic Coast Chapter of the MSSA and OPAC have been burning through some ink writing letters to representatives. So too have many of you: Determination... Spoke with another captain that fishes a fair-many bottom trips the other day. He said he 'hopes' the sea bass season is extended. I asked if he'd written comment.. Hope without action leaves little likelihood of success. A woman hollers from inside a brand new Mercedes convertible, "I bought it with my sea bass money!" She's kidding of course. No one made 'money' fishing sea bass recently; never-ever that kind of money.. Still, tip of humor's edge caught & thrust completely through; sword's hilt struck hard upon breast-plate.. Ought to consider an artificial reef stamp, even as an option, when the state license comes in 2011. "User pays" works, look at our highways.. some manner of dedicating license revenue toward this important part of fisheries restoration is needed. Fishing is not on our nation's radar; falling off, it's an antiquated sport being pushed aside by frozen groceries and electronic gaming. For most residents--even along the coast--quaint, old-fashioned 'extractive' fishing is of no concern, of no consequence: Until, that is, room taxes and home values fall like a rock, the result of some pathogen and associated fish kill: The only binding-tie is water quality. The truly profitable fisheries, surf-clam & menhaden reduction---now fully consolidated and an extreme representation of what to watch out for as 'catch shares' advance---are protected in ways most can not fathom; the deepest of well-positioned and paid lobbying efforts shield these businesses. We are not there. But there can be success in grass-roots efforts. Carry a sign February 24th on the Capitol steps, just be there at the Rally. Putting the "Flexibility in American Fisheries Restoration Act" into law is key to preserving what is left of our marine fishing businesses while science & regulation catch pace. We do not yet grasp what can be done to restore fisheries. We can not possibly value catch-shares until we have a fuller and more complete understanding of what is missing from the production model; the 'where do little fish come from' angle of fisheries. The success of that "Take a Kid Fishing" trip is crucial.. bending rods and smiling faces are the only preservative fishing needs. We do not know how many will want to 'go extracting' when the research has been well-bound with regulation, when fisheries have been pushed far beyond restored.. A day when clients can chose to throw back jumbo tog on every trip, when clients can select cbass based on the size they want to cook.. That day is coming, I've seen shadows of it. White marlin every summer on the twenty fathom line and we'll have arrived. Instead, this week coming there will be a clash as recreational for-hire sea bass fishers vie for the somewhat less-skimpy leavings regulators offer; the quota of a fishery they clearly do not understand, divided based on catch estimates created by MRFSS--apparently after many months Uncle Murfs spent scrubbing heads with bleach and ammonia. The reason this year's sea bass season is being cut 3 1/2 months is because MRFSS has small private boats out-fishing, out-catching, partyboats by huge margins; even the numerous Jersey partyboats in March. I won't even take my boat to the sea bass in March, to the canyons. I do dislike having my life run-through by deceitful, misleading data. The lack of "Flexibility" means regulators have to use this MRFSS data because it is "The Best Scientific Information Available." That offers a clear depiction of why fishers need to write representatives & go to DC to advocate for the Flexibility Act. Better direct full and complete attention to it for a while. Wife sez there's some game on TV, its commercials worth more than US reef restoration. Will return to toggin as soon as the EPIRB is back! Regards, Monty Capt. Monty Hawkins Party Boat "Morning Star" Reservation Line 410 520 2076
  14. Please let your local representatives know that you oppose Maryland HB894 and Maryland SB673. Those two above bills are for requiring a mandatory fee for all kayaks and non powered vessels in the state of Maryland. This is just another tax/money grab from the state. Kayak/canoe fee ill-advised | | The Daily Times
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    I just wanted to remind people about the Deleware Mobile Surf Fisherman, and that its important for us, as anglers and beach rats who like to fish to join. I joined earlier this year.....and I'm from MD. I may never make it to a meeting or function....but I feel its my obligation as a frequent user of the DE beaches for surf fishing. What a priveledge! Morty has more info (finnaddict), but its a small fee to register(i think 25 bucks first time), and its worthile to do. You get a cool license plate that says your one of the brotherhood. I was just sittin here remembering this past year....when we are catchin sharks on the beach during the 3 R's...which is an un-guarded Fishing Beach...and someone gets the rangers to try to kick us off. Of course the rangers didn't.....It actually happened numerous times. I think...if we, as fisherman, dont have a united voice...they'd take beach access from us....find some new insect or bird to protect and close the beach....or whatever. Anyway, there is a link Morty posted a while back.....Im hopin he'll read this and add it so others can join Deleware Mobile Surf fisherman... ...waitin for the spring migration......
  16. I'm a Maryland Resident but I do 99% of my Surf Fishing in Delaware. What is required to fish AI, such as drive permits, license, etc. I have tried contacting the Ranger station but always get put on hold with no answer. To my knowledge the only Surf Fishing in Maryland is on AI.
  17. Anglers in MD and VA will also need a FIN number this year. For more info on the FIN number go to or call the toll free number and get it in a few minutes. 1-888-MRIP411 (1-888-674-7411) </pre>
  18. Fish Report 9/13/09 Flounder Go Out With a Fizzle Sea Bass Bite - Weeding Pandas Hi All, The ocean settled well after that NE wind all last week. Average sea height 20 feet at 2AM Friday morning - was a nice day Saturday. Amazing. Not too surprising was the flounder's response to all the foul weather. Well, I don't know their 'response' precisely - but they sure didn't bite! Nicked a few flatties but changed focus to sea bass. They were biting. Biting just as well as an old-time November pull, only now we have 2009 regulations. A lot had to go back. I suppose krill are too camouflaged in the now-very dirty water for sea bass to feed on. Back to the bottom; best bite I've seen since May. Weeding in September? That's what I call it when you catch a lot of smalls to every keeper - usually late October through November. One poor guy had to bear his buddies catching a nice keeper here and there while he worked defense -- doing his best to keep the smalls busy & away from their hooks. Forty seven shorts in a row.. His line breaks with a 3 pounder at the rail. He did come back - put some in the box. That's sorta like 10 weather cancelations in 14 days. Ouch. Ocean's completely jumbled up: sand sharks, small croakers, small sea trout, small blues - fish I would expect to see just off the beach were found offshore in 100+ feet of water. I hope to find croakers settled by size shortly. Fish like Cathy's 18 incher Sunday would be nice. I will focus mostly on cbass through at least October, but will mix it up with croaker if worthy. I've also saved a lot of tags for the inevitable fluke that we'll have to release now that they're closed.. MRFSS, the marine recreational fisheries statistic survey, has become not only the single greatest threat to my and other recreational fisher's livelihood - it remains the foremost distraction to real fisheries restoration. Slaying the beast is MRIP - the new federal fishing license that will allow the collection of much better data. Designers say the acronym means Marine Recreational Information Program. I'm thinking it really means Mrfss Rest In Peace. Would that it might.. I/we can never prove there's been an overestimation. There's always a data-poor situation in which 'there could have been more fishers' -trained killers at that- who might have caught the rest of the estimate. That's why there needs to be a license - to count all participants. Strikes me that if something's not falsifiable - its not scientific. There's a big divide between the politics of fishery management and fisheries science. In an attempt to close that divide managers have had to use MRFSS statistics like hard data because that's all there is - there is no other source. Except what fishers tell them. Though we can never prove they have overestimated; time after time it can be proved that MRFSS has under-estimated. No one can disprove -falsify- a fishing overestimate. Dern sure we can falsify some underestimates. Should be a stake in Dracula's heart - scientifically dead. Won't be. As I pointed out last week, on a one day tagging trip in 2002 with National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) - Maryland DNR Fisheries & Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council staff (MAFMC) there were 1,150 BSB tagged. We boxed-up a bunch for dinner too. Now MRFSS has the entirety of Maryland's 2009 recreational cbass catch --all charter, party & private boats --everyone-- forecasted at 1,192 fish. Tagged 1,150 in one day, on one boat - The whole fleet killed 1,192 in a year. That 2009 data point is from the very set that almost closed the whole coast's scup, sea bass & fluke fishing. If everyone in fisheries, people that would never question the validity of the day's tagging data, believed this year's estimate I'd hope for a serious investigation into the crash of sea bass. Instead, I doubt seriously that MDDNR Fisheries, MAFMC, ASMFC, NOAA, NMFS, nor anyone else has faith in that 2009 estimate at all - not a soul. Since they can not believe that number, management then ought to gather an estimate that's more realistic. They would have to turn to fishers for that. Perhaps while they're at it --redoing a MRFSS estimate-- they, using reasonable proofs that participants offer, may want to change some overestimates that we fishers don't believe.. In a few short years MRIP will have fully replaced MRFSS. Catch estimates will be much firmer. As simply as Dr. Semmelweis' hand washing after autopsy prevented many women's birthing deaths -- allowing common sense evaluation of catch estimates could save this industry... And turn our attentions back to the real problem at hand - fisheries restoration. Chinese panda restoration focused on stock replenishment - making more bears. Zoos must now be found for newborns because there's not enough wild habitat. Shall we house our wild stocks in aquariums until we resolve habitat & prey issues? There is a tremendous amount of discovery left to do. Work that will not even get started while opponents are hunkered in the trenches. A very simple set of creel limits set coastwide --with some wiggle room-- could be made while MRIP comes alive. I know what overfishing looked like. This ain't it. Our focus must broaden in order to achieve our goals. Regards, Monty Capt. Monty Hawkins Party Boat "Morning Star" Reservation Line 410 520 2076 Morning Star Fishing
  19. I am planning a weekend trip to <acronym title="Assateague Island"><acronym title="Assateague Island">AI</acronym></acronym> around the 24th of October to overnight on the beach and fish. I am looking for any suggestions or recommendations in regards to logistics, how far down beach to go, can you camp on the beach directly, thinking about tides of course, if not any campsites recommended? Is this too late for red drum? If so, what else is running at this time? I am a semi experienced surf fishing and am planning on bringing several large spinning rods, to shorter trolling type rods which I will kayak out past breakers. Do I need a license? Are there any day/weekend 4wd passes? Any and all suggestions are appreciated?
  20. August 27, 2009 INSHORE: We have enjoyed some great weather this week. Afternoon rain has continued around the Treasure Coast, but mornings have provided good conditions for fishing. The wind picked up most days, but that has been a blessing to temper down the heat. It has been fun being on the water. I had a very special charter this week. Seven year old, Justice Rodriguez, with his mom, Eufrasia and Grandma Lil joined me and my wife, Eva for a boat ride on the river. Justice had never been on a boat before and this was an honor for me to show him around the river. Justice was diagnosed with Autism when he was 15 months old. With the love and help from many people, Justice enjoys a lot of activities and has made great strides since those early days when he was first diagnosed. It was a fun day out on the water. Justice was excited about being in a boat for the first time. It was evident by his smile when we first got up on plane. We ran around the river and even let him practice fishing for a while. When he comes back to Florida again, we will make a fishing trip for sure. As soon as we got back, he decided that he wanted to go to boating school next. Redfish are up on the flats in the shallow water. I found schools up to twenty strong and many lurking along the mangroves this week. The water was pretty clean. Fish around the schools of mullet. I found a number of reds that were cruising along with the mullet. DOA CAL jerk baits or grub tails are good choices in root beer colors. Move slowly and keep quiet or you will scare them off before you realize. I spent some time just drifting and there were some swimming around the boat that never knew I was there. Trout fishing on the grass flats will be best in the early part of the day. Fish two to five feet of water and you should find some nice trout out there. Live shrimp or Deadly Combos are the best way to get some action. Top water at first light can also get you hooked up. Snapper continue to be plentiful around the river. Most of the nicer size are around the channel edges and bridges of the river. I found a dinner size flounder hanging around one of the docks that couldn't resist a DOA TerrorEyz. Snook season opens Tuesday. It's a good time to check your license and snook permit to make sure they are current. Remember that fishing from land now requires you to have a license and snook permit as well. It's one of those times of year that taking the chance isn't worth the fines involved. The jetties and docks will be the best choice for hooking a slot snook along with the inlet area. Live bait, TerrorEyz or feather jigs are all good ways to get started. If the spillways are still running, you can bet it will be crowded next week. Tip of the Week: This week, I am letting Justice's mom tell you about his adventure on the water this week. It was a pleasure for me to see his smile and joy on his first boat ride. "This was Justice's first fishing trip. Captain Charlie let him feel right at home. First by providing him with a life jacket, and then by showing him the beautiful Florida seascapes. He was able to see fish jumping out of the water. He especially loved feeling the wind in his hair as we cruised around on the boat. Fishing was an additional treat. Even though he didn't catch anything Captain Charlie kept him enthralled with the casting and the quick, quick, slow of reeling the line back in. I think that Justice believed he caught the little shrimp on the line he was using for bait. If you have an autistic child and would like to trying fishing, Justice 4 Autism highly recommends Captain Charlie's Fish Tale Charters. It is not a huge party fishing boat which can be overwhelming for a child on the spectrum. Also you will have a personal experience that is sure to please every fisherman." Justice on his adventure and a couple of this weeks catches. As always, remember, fishing is not just another's an ADVENTURE!! Good Fishing and Be Safe,
  21. Hello.. I need some help I do lots of surf fishing in southern jersey heading to VA beach with the family. want to hit the beach with gear couple of questions. any and all info is appreciated 1. do I need a license, will be in town 5 days? how much? 2. what are "in" off the beach, and what type bait do I need. I lik eto throw bait vs artificials. 3. where do i fish that is close to v beach? i hear Sandbridge? where at? I am looking to AVOID CROWDS and absolutely no pier fishing! BACK BAY? if so where..I am not asking to give up spots just some places wife can lay on beach and I may catch a fish?! where do I get bait and what? I know this is alot..any and all info is great much respect and appreciation bill
  22. Hello Everyone, I have been a member for a few weeks now and made a bunch of posts, but wanted to introduce myself to everyone. My name is Rob and fishing is in my blood. I bought my first boat at the beginning of last season, but been actively fishing my whole life. My house is on the Potomac River. The main species of fish I fish for are Striper, Croaker, Spot, Bluefish, Blue Channel Cat, and the occasional Red Fish. I will trailer my boat to OC Maryland and go after Tog, Flounder, and what ever else wants to pull my line down. I am currently seeking my captain’s license. If any one has some advice for me about that it will be appreciated. Looking forward to sharing information with you all. Fish On!!!
  23. this past 4yrs i have spent at least 3days a week inshore fishing in every type of weather condition and season. looking for any and everything that represents what fish want and when to single and have 4days off a week so i got to spend alot of time out there. ive had people come with me that are impressed(not that it was anything grand) but some folks have offered to pay me to take them out for a day...i wanna pick the days and times in order to make the best of it..what would the steps i need to take in order to get my captians license and start a part time charter service?
  24. First, let me say that I don't know the names of the rivers and tributaries. Every one of the tribs in southeast GA along I-95 were HOT with breaking fish yesterday morning. I found access to some of them and checked them out. Not having a GA license, I resisted the urge to toss in a line. I saw many large critters tailing, looked like Reds. Others were popping the surface and chasing bait around. I sure wish I had a GA license, I would love to put the yak in and go exploring, this place looks awesome!