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  1. Happy new years everyone we are in the midst of our winter lull. Weather has been mild so far, here's to it staying as such so the spring run will be good. Anyway not a lot to report, hearing of some short striper still around but not in any numbers. If you decide to give it a shot we would love to hear about it. For me it's rod repair season and gear clean up. On the plus side the days are slowly getting longer and only half dozen weeks or so till it's time to get out again.
  2. Ok with all the talk this year of getting a big shark and with all the new to shark fishing anglers I felt that a thread of general shark fishing tactics and responsibilities should be posted. In my opinion if you want to catch a shark but have never done it ask us here on atlantic anglers for someone to join you to "show the ropes". Better to have experience with you the first time you hook up to that big one with your adrenaline pumping and nerves shot. The other thing is to know where to set up and keep your targeted game on the hush side of things. Im not saying to hide the fact that your sharkin just dont tell everyone you run into on what your going after. We don't need any more attention to what we are fishin for than what is already being made. Case in point, a fellow shark angler has had great success sharkin up north this year and has posted pictures all over the place. Because of this, this northern state will now be putting in regulations on yaking out baits for quote unquote "big game". Shark fishing is not illegal,but it is walking a fine line. A lot of the sharks being caught are on the near threatened or threatened species list. If the wrong person catches a shark being mishandled things can get ugly real quick. Now back to location, I emphasized this because I don't think it would be a wise idea to go down to lets say ocean city and set up shop next to dozens of swimmers looking to catch a toothy critter. I know they are their anyway but to city officials you attracted them to that spot, also using bait attracts them their not because the shark just happens to be their. I am not trying to complain just want for everyone to be able to enjoy catching these beautiful species for many more years, and want to ensure everyone fishing for them uses good common sense so no one gets hurt including the shark. give some feedback and lets see what everyone else has to say.
  3. A bunch of friends and I are heading down to Assateague March 13th through the end of the weekend. I an experienced fisherman but I've never been to the island. I've been doing research and was wondering is someone could tell me what I could expect to catch that time of year down there. I've seen a lot of the shark pictures and have the kayaks to bring bait far out but wanted to know if they'll even be active in-shore that early. Also I know most guys are tight lipped when it comes to spots but if someone could point me in the right direction as far as location it would be much appreciated although I'm not sure that that is really possible when it comes to surf fishing. Thanks for any help.
  4. tried fishing assateague island for the last time saturday night got skunked again as normal for the past 17 years . what am i missing other than fish . never see any thing other than small skates n shark smaller than 16'' . think i'll stick to fishing delaware's beaches , they are closer and more actual fish worth catching. WHAT AM I MISSING?!
  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. Well, it shouldn't be to long before we hear of a few striped ones. Get your gear ready the season should be starting before to long, by the end of April things should really heat up. Post your reports fish or no fish, be safe and have fun.
  7. Please feel free to post your fishing experiences. It is a little slow right now except for the occational schools of croaker and spot. There has been some exceptional sharking this year! Keep Fishin!
  8. I didn't see any mention of this in any other thread so I though I would share this story I heard on the radio today. Apparently a extremely rare species of whale worked it way up the Assawoman bay and got stuck and was eventually euthanized. It's unfortunate to see that happen but it will provide scientists with a good opportunity to learn more about it. Looks to be at about 120th street in <acronym title="Ocean City">OC</acronym>. Ocean City Maryland News - Rare Whale Found In Coastal Bays
  9. Hey everyone...Just wondering if anyone will be out either <acronym title="Ocean City">OC</acronym> or <acronym title="Assateague Island">AI</acronym> saturday evening? I will be down Saturday during the day and just wondering if it would be worth staying and fishing Saturday night. Let me know!
  10. I hit the lake looking for LMB but found some crappies and trout ...Here's some shots from the trip I ran to another lake and found what I was looking for LMB
  11. Chinese mitten crabs, first reported in the Chesapeake Bay, are more widespread than initially thought. Four crabs have now been caught in Delaware Bay during the last week of May 2007, and may occur in other waters of the U.S. east coast. The "furry-looking" claws distinguish the Chinese mitten crab from native crabs. This Chinese mitten crab was caught by a waterman fishing for Blue crabs in the Upper Chesapeake Bay on May 18. (Credit: Greg Ruiz, Smithsonian) In total, seven adult male mitten crabs have been documented from the two bays since 2005. Prior to this, the potentially invasive species had never been recorded from coastal waters of the eastern United States. The mitten crab is native to eastern Asia and has already invaded Europe and the western United States, where it has established reproductive populations. The crab occurs in both freshwater and saltwater. Young crabs spend their lives in freshwater and migrate to saltwater estuaries for reproduction. Named for the unusual thick fur-like coating on its claws, the mitten crab looks very different than native crabs and is easily recognized. It is listed as injurious wildlife under the Federal Lacey Act, due to its potential to cause ecological and economic damage. "We don't know the present status of this crab along the eastern U.S. coast" said Gregory Ruiz, senior scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. "At the moment, it is not clear whether these crabs are reproducing or established in the Mid-Atlantic region, or whether the captured crabs are just a few individuals that originated elsewhere." These crabs may have arrived in the ballast water of ships or through live trade. A Mitten Crab Network has been established to examine the abundance, distribution, and reproductive status of crabs in Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay and other estuaries along the eastern United States. The initial partnership between the Smithsonian lab, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, is now being expanded to include resource managers, commercial fishermen, research organizations and citizens along the east coast. Note: This story has been adapted from a news release issued by Smithsonian.
  12. I am coming up to OCMD next weekend and would like to do somne fishing. I have not fished much in this area. We are staying on 33rd st and i know there is a little dock on the bay right there. i would like to try to fish it. can anyone please give me some advise when it comes to rigs and bait? i currently have some fireball rigs, fish finder rigs, and squid rigs. I also have gotcha plugs, top water poppers, x rap rapalas, and jigging spoons. also, what types of fish are bitting this time of year? we will be fishing mostly in the am between 5:30 and 10:00 any advice would be greatly appreciated. thanks.
  13. Fish Report 6/20/10 Flying Fish & Cod Fishing All Week Hi All, I wrote last Sunday that fishing was quite good: Went out Monday and gave 'em a super-spanking with a light crowd, caught at least 20 keepers on the chartreuse gulp swimming mullet myself. Tuesday we laid in on account of forecasted high winds that never came; I know they never came because Capt. Greg -TowBoat Ocean City & OCRF President- volunteered a boat to NOAA to run a repair package out to the weather buoy: They took him up on it, 44009 is back - google & save for nearly real-time wind 15 miles out.. Back at it, we struggled to scratch dinner up Wednesday. Thursday most picked along on keeper bass & some tog. Beautiful water, tagging short flounders, watch flying fish scatter, tag some cod, see a pair of gaffer mahi under an ancient loggerhead sea turtle.. Can't say as I've seen flying fish, mahi & cod in the same piece of water before.. The folks who caught tog were saddened that it's sea bass only in the pool. They couldn't have known I had two of my top toggers aboard, guys that tried to go everyday we went in January & February.. Their six pound tog wouldn't have cut the mustard. It's sea bass only until I see a few more flatties - a fair pool. Driving to work Friday morning I see a traffic light change far ahead. Get to it; the first gear exhaust-cloud from the truck I passed is hanging: Still.. A true calm. Breezed up later; nice fishing. High man had 18. Saturday there was a couple guys aboard that have fished with me close to 30 years. Sea bass didn't care. Fussy. Scratch up dinner and a bit. A fin whale did cap the day though - a first for many. I may have enjoyed it more.. Something is just good about a 70+ foot animal in our part of the ocean. Looked like it was feeding on sand eels. Fish have been holding super-tight most days, hiding in the reef. Then, just today, I found fish feeding well up in the water. Holding tight either means they're laying in ambush for sand eels or butterfish; Or seeking habitat's cover when predators are about. When they're 20 or more feet off the bottom and holding we'll often find various plankton in them, feeding on what drifts by. The holding tight -waiting in ambush- behavior has, in fact, lead to higher release mortality on the 100+ foot reefs this year. We've been picking up and measuring many of those regulatory dead discards. What I tried to show scientists last year is, I think, evident in these measurements; That cbass over 11 inches have a harder time with barotrauma, the air bladder expansion. Cbass and those that target them are as BP's 'little people' in fisheries. Going to get heard though. We saw much better fishing with an 11 inch size limit and no creel. We had fantastic production when bottoms were growing back; when even tube worms, an emergent filter feeder that forms tubes -habitat- of sand and mud, were colonized by huge schools of sea bass. Been looking, can't find a single worm colony now. Do know where there's some dense sea-whip -a soft coral- on natural substrate; Know of rocks bare too where until recently growth and fish flourished. A two foot pipe -broken- will alter ecological history in the Gulf of Mexico, perhaps far beyond. We watch the catastrophe unfold on the news. Decade upon decade of gear dragged across our region's bottom did damage too. Spread over time, it's harder to see. Environmental .orgs cheer closure and catch restriction; Ignore environment. A 17 mile bay mouth to our south, 11 mile mouth to our north: Centuries. A broken two foot pipe: Months. Where billfish were once caught even 5 miles out before my time, we now have boats going 25/30 miles to just catch a few bluefish because they can not catch them on traditional grounds. This isn't all as the whalers a century and more ago thought; That as they exterminated local populations of whales they were perceived to have 'moved' until virtually the only ones left were too fast or too far hidden in ice fields. Those fellows, generations of them, did a lot of herding, of 'moving' as they thought. It was mostly the flensing. So have we - of fish. Yes we need catch restrictions - some quite complex to maximize stable bioeconomic results. That fin whale we saw Saturday was likely feeding on what many marlin fishermen have told me they frequently saw - sand eels. Not marlin fishermen of today though. The guys that fished in wooden 12 knot boats saw and cleaned-up sand eels in the cockpit--admittedly regurgitated from fish they had no intention of ever releasing. Still, the prey is more abundant inshore than where the fish are targeted now.. I think because Marlin and bluefish are sight feeders they can't reliably feed inshore anymore; They really are moving off as water quality diminishes; That no amount of fishery restoration will restore them to the inshore grounds without water quality. Catch restriction alone is a farce; Habitat in its many important forms must be grappled as well. C'mon oysters. C'mon coral. Tubeworm? Most likely. Regards, Monty Capt. Monty Hawkins Party Boat "Morning Star" Reservation Line 410 520 2076 Morning Star Fishing
  14. I am bringing my girlfriend down this Saturday to do some fishing and I am hoping to get her her first saltwater fish. She loves to fish and I would love for her to get something. I am new at fishing the salt and was wanting to both pier fish in Ocean City and surf fish also. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank You
  15. Fished with a couple friends today at AI. Had about 10 -12 rods in a line down the beach and it was absolutely dead. not a single bait was touched by anything. We had out clam, bunker and crab. We left some baits soaking for over 2 hours and they came back untouched. I never had clam last more than 20 minutes before. Not a good way to start off my 2010 surf fishing season.
  16. For you guy's who like to fish with sand between your toes.[video=youtube;9u7-cy561nU]
  17. Harbor Tackle, West Ocean City, Md. Fishing Report for April 16, 2010 Finally something to report, I thought I might have to turn my store into Harbor Tackle Candy Store and if for those who know me you know that I would soon eat all my profits. A few of my customers are starting to hook up some stripers at AI using fresh bunker. The Inlet is producing scattered stripers. The tog fishermen are catching fish at the usual places mostly using live green crabs along with frozen sand fleas and live chowder clams. Even though the flounder season does not open until April 17th, some flounder have shown up in the south bay behind Assateague and some stripers have been picked up too. Devon Fernandez picked up this 23 inch tog using live green crabs at 4th Street in Ocean City. Harbor Tackle has fresh bunker, live bloodworms, live green crabs, live eels, black saltys, live chowder clams, big live minnows.
  18. Hooked up my center console aquasport and towed it south of ocean city on sunday,thought i would give wachapreague area another try as i got skunked there in mid march.went to quimby first and got a lot of action/with no legal size fish 18.5 inches .had to keep cleaning the slimy grass off my rigs,but wound up catching over a dozen flounder.stayed and fished wachapreague monday 'with the same slimy grass problem and less action.only a half dozen flounder all under size.enjoyed the trip just the same.
  19. Herring have shown up in the last few days and so have the cows! 42 & 46 lb Stipers were caught today off of live Herring. Many smaller fish in the 12-18 lb range being caught as well. Its going to be a good year to fish!
  20. Hello All, Headed down to Bethany next weekend. We chartered a boat down in Ocean City on Fri but I would like to spend Fri night and the better part of Sat surf fishing. we are staying on 8th street (i think). I have never surf fished this far north (mainly Outer Banks). any advise on rigs or bait for the surf? i'd like to lay into some stipers. any chace at that? thanks for the help
  21. As we approach the flounder season, I would like to encourage our recreational fishermen to consider using larger hooks, especially when fishing live bait. My belief is that we will have a much greater release mortality with the 19" minimum size unless we do things differently. Suggested hook sizes with live bait would be as follows: wide gap hooks- 4/0 and 5/0; circle hooks- 2/0 to 4/0; j hooks-3/0 and up. Circle hooks, while requiring a different hooking technique, are awfully effective in preventing deep-hooked fish. Handling the fish is extremely important as well. Effective use of a dehooker and you do not even have to touch the fish. If you choose to handle the fish do so with a damp cloth. If the fish is deep-hooked, cut the line and leave the hook in. The fish will have a greater chance of survival and you lost only an easily replaceable hook and saved a valuable resource.
  22. Hi all, long time lurker 1st time poster. I will be down in the <ACRONYM title="Ocean City">OC</ACRONYM> Area Fri AM though Sat PM. My boat is not in the marina yet (Bay Deck Boat) so I will be doing some fishing from shore. Was thinking of thowing a line off the inlet or maybe even heading over to <ACRONYM title="Assateague Island">AI</ACRONYM> ranger station and doing some surf fishing at dusk into the evening. Any suggestions on what to use and what I might catch.. Dont really care too much, I just need to feed the spring fever and get a line wet in this awesome weather we are having. Looking forward to launching the boat and hitting the start of flounder end of April.
  23. Happy Easter Saturday everybody!!! I will be making an early trip to OC this year and was wondering were the stripers will be at the end of April!?!?!?!?!
  24. Trolling on the bay and fishing at the Narrows have caught some nice rockies so far this year. Tons of Gannets out there,fun to watch them take a beeline into the water.
  25. Washed up whale in Del. had fractured skull - [video=youtube;k0mDuAZaoNQ] FENWICK ISLAND, Del. - A necropsy of a 50-ton female Fin whale that washed ashore on Fenwick Island Friday afternoon found the extremely decomposed whale had a fractured skull. Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute Executive Director Suzanne Thurman said Monday evening that the multiple fractures indicate a ship probably struck the 61-foot, adult female whale. MERR, a non-profit organization that works to conserve marine mammals, conducted the necropsy after heavy equipment pulled the whale from the water about a half-mile north of the Fenwick Island State Park. The Coast Guard first spotted the whale Wednesday morning about 4.5 miles off the Delaware coast. Thurman says her group waited to see where the whale would land. MERR cordoned off the section of the ocean where the bloated carcass came in, keeping people from getting too close to it. Members of the group answered questioned as curious people came to take a look at it. Thurman says heavy equipment will be brought back in Tuesday to bury the whale. This is the time of year that whales are traveling along the East Coast. Roughly 30 species of marine mammals and sea turtles can be seen along the Delaware coast every year. While it's unusual for dead whales to be found along the Delmarva coast, this is the second one to wash up this month. An 11-ton, 31-foot-long humpback whale carcass washed up at Ocean City, Md., March 13. A necropsy of that whale found its skull had been fractured, most likely by a ship strike, says Cindy Driscoll, veterinarian for Maryland Department of Natural Resources.