07.10.2012 The Shifting, Another letter

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Fish Report 7/9/12 <o:p></o:p>

The Shifting <o:p></o:p>

Another Letter<o:p></o:p>

Sea Bass Fishing 7 to 3 Everyday - Longer on Saturdays - Keeping Most Sundays Open In Summer For Research & Different Trips - Plenty Of Spots Open - Reservations Required On All Trips @ 410 520 2076 - We Obey All Regulations Whether We Agree With Them Or Not: We Always Count & Measure - Bring Food & Beverage Plus A Cooler & Ice For Your Party's Fish* - Dramamine The Night Before Is Cheap Insurance - Be Early, We Like To Leave Early; Rarely In On Time.. <o:p></o:p>

*Cheap Styrofoam Coolers Rarely Survive All Day - A 48 QT Igloo Works Great <o:p></o:p>

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Fishing 12 Hours on Sunday, July 15 - Long Run & Deep - Sea Bass, No Tiles (no flounder either!) - $175.00 - 5 AM to 5 PM - 10 People Sells Out. <o:p></o:p>

Long Boat Ride - Any Fish Caught Trolling Split Amongst All. <o:p></o:p>

No Electric Reels On Any Trip - Ever. Hydraulic Winch For Anchors Only. <o:p></o:p>

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Hi All, <o:p></o:p>

Sea bass numbers are falling off, but size seems increased; have seen some very good fishing this week. <o:p></o:p>

Of late emphasis has shifted to flounder.. <o:p></o:p>

Had several MD limits on Saturday and a couple flatties pushing 5 pounds on Monday. <o:p></o:p>

Mixed-up, can't tell what's going to chew -- same wrecks/reefs I've always fished -- can't predict it -- Sending Folks Home With A Couple Dinners Worth Of Fish Though. <o:p></o:p>

Now: If you only want sea bass or only want flounder watch what's in the rack-barrel (fish cleaning barrel) to see what day you should have gone.. <o:p></o:p>


Boys caught a lot more than dinner on my 8 person insanely-long trip Sunday; must have frozen some of their catch.. Hit a little patch of rocky bottom that I found on another trip - nice. MD limit of blueline tiles & plenty of cbass - saw white marlin, had 2 mystery run-offs - yellowfin tuna ate a wooden-mullet trolling home. <o:p></o:p>

Pretty sure the youngster who caught a 5 pound flounder today was just as happy as Dae when Tucker gaffed that yellowfin.. Positive that's what we're here for. <o:p></o:p>

Catching sea bass & flounder -- Summer Fishing. <o:p></o:p>

See letter below. <o:p></o:p>


Monty <o:p></o:p>

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Capt. Monty Hawkins

Party Boat "Morning Star"

Reservation Line 410 520 2076 <o:p></o:p>


Governor O'Malley, Secretary Griffin, <o:p></o:p>

Men, I was far offshore two weeks ago dropping down the steep clay face of a canyon wall catching golden tilefish in 750 feet of water when a blue marlin swam by -- Positively Majestic. <o:p></o:p>

Yesterday I was catching blueline tiles overtop a reef in 50 fathoms when several white marlin appeared. <o:p></o:p>

Used to be those billfish were an awful lot closer to shore.. <o:p></o:p>

A skipper I spoke with had sailed from OC the year after the inlet was cut, was fishing in 1934 as the jetties were being built. He'd put out his marlin baits 4 miles off the beach then troll from Great Gull Shoal toward Fenwick Shoal - Catching Billfish Within Sight Of The Beach. <o:p></o:p>

Another skipper won the Marlin Club tournament with fish caught 8 miles off the beach in 1958. Yes, he often fished the Jackspot too - that's about 20 miles out. <o:p></o:p>

In 1969 a friend put 2 marlin on the dock: One was still alive. They were caught 5 miles out. <o:p></o:p>

Another skipper, then a mate, remembers marlin, "Stacked up like a school of menhaden" about 25 miles out.. <o:p></o:p>

Skippers today rarely put baits in the water until they're 60 miles out at canyon's edge. <o:p></o:p>

I've asked many old-timers, 'Why are marlin further & further out?' <o:p></o:p>

Each and every single one replied, "There's No Blue Water, The Water's Gone." <o:p></o:p>

A retired airplane pilot -flew a run to Orlando for 30 years- said he watched blue water turn green during his career. <o:p></o:p>

Bio-filter's broken. <o:p></o:p>

The ocean grows greener, not more blue. <o:p></o:p>

No Amount Of Fishing Regulation Can Ever Restore Ocean City As The White Marlin Capitol Of The World <o:p></o:p>

..but reef restoration can. <o:p></o:p>

Go Look At The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Reef Sites (in the Chesapeake) - Hatchery oysters planted on the bottom have died; but wild-spat oysters grow, perhaps thrive, on the reef's vertical concrete surfaces. <o:p></o:p>

Paving the bottom with shell hasn't worked in over a century - won't now either: Build Big Rock Reefs - Large Substrates Have More Vertical Surface... <o:p></o:p>

Bargeloads of Granite & Limestone can restore white marlin to traditional inshore grounds. <o:p></o:p>

Never, Ever, has Maryland been in better position to start building than now. <o:p></o:p>

Shell lays flat. <o:p></o:p>

Live oysters are vertical. <o:p></o:p>

Big substrates will work. <o:p></o:p>

Put Maryland Quarries, Maryland Tugs & Barges, Maryland Trucks To Work - The Entire East Coast Will Benefit. <o:p></o:p>

Whole lot of "Can't" out there concerning oysters. <o:p></o:p>

Can To.<o:p></o:p>

Build Big Rock Reefs And You'll Begin Real Oyster Reef Restoration. <o:p></o:p>

Cheers Men,<o:p></o:p>

Monty Hawkins <o:p></o:p>

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