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Ocean City Maryland & Assateague Island - Delaware Beaches - Ocean and Bay Fishing Report
By Bob Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle Shop, Ocean City MD
Ocean City Inlet water temp. 60 degrees...Delaware buoy 54 degrees.

May 23, 2016

 Snapper blues,shad and short stripers are being caught in the Ocean  City inlet on Gotcha plugs and speck rigs. Justin Mills and Travis  Baker of Oyster Bay Tackle reported catching snapper blues two at a  time on speck rigs from the North jetty. Surfcasters enjoyed a good  striper bite on Assateague Island this past week with several fish over  40". A number of the stripers were caught on sand fleas. The sand fleas  are spawning and are carrying orange egg sacks. Try adding a strip of  Fishbite Orange Sand Flea or Fishbite Orange Crab to the hook after you  thread on the sandfleas. Several black drum were caught from the  Assateague beach. The Ocean City beach produced several stripers over  40". We had reports of a couple of croaker and a few kingfish caught  from the O.C. surf on bloodworms and Fishbite bloodworms. Flounder  fishing continues to be slow due to the cold and rainy weather. It  looks like we are going to have a stretch of good weather thru Memorial  Day weekend. The flounder fishing should pick up with the improving  weather.

  Oyster Bay Tackle's Memorial Day weekend hours are: Monday-Thursday
  7am-7pm-Friday-Sunday 6am-10pm. Call 410-524-3433.

 Stan Kobylinsky from New Jersey, and Ocean City, Maryland fished the  Fenwick surf and landed a Beautiful 38 inch Striper uisng Bunker Chunks  as bait during the low tide.

 Casey Frederick from Reisterstown Md. caught a 41" Striper from the  beach at 138th st. around high tide using a fresh bunker head. Check  out Stan and Casey's pictures on the Oyster Bay Tackle surf gallery: 
 surfgallery Good job guys!

Charlie Donahue had a great trip on the "Angler" catching a 4 pound Tautog and a number of keeper sea bass. Check out Charlie's picture on the Oyster Bay Tackle offshore gallery: 
offshoregallery Was it 3-4 or 5 pounds? Keep smiling Charlie!

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2016 Tide Tables are in stock and ready for pick up.

We sell Maryland fishing licenses at our Oyster Bay Tackle location.

We have added a link on our website directly to the Maryland and Delaware Fishing License sites to make it easy to purchase a license at home. Go to and scroll down the Main Menu and click on the appropriate State link.

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 Capt. Jeff of Hellbent charters reports: "Not exactly a Chamber of  Commerence weekend! We were not able to get out on Saturday because of  wind and rain. I had a great family who decided to tough it out on  Sunday while wearing winter coats fishing in the balmy upper 50's with  an off and on drizzle! We tried the inlet at the beginning of the out  going tide with Spec Riggs looking for some Bluefish or Strippers but  we came up empty so we moved to to Rt. 50 Bridge. We took several  drifts with Spec Rigs, Flounder Rigs with Gulp and live minnows and  some lead heads with soft plastics but did not get a single bite. The  water temp never got out of the upper 50's which was a far cry from the
 65 degree water we had last weekend at the tail end of the out going  tide producing a good Flounder bite. With everyone getting cold and a  little damp we decided to call it a day right ahead of a steady rain.
 It looks like next weekend the forecast is calling for temps 30 degree  warmer and for the most part dry so one would think the fishing should  really turn on. Give me a call and book a trip for a great day of  fishing." Call me at 717-574-4010 or email me at You can always check out my website at Hellbentcharters and check out  my posts on Facebook. See you on the water.  Capt. Jeff

Coastal Fisherman Coastal
Fisherman Fishing report by Larry Jock:

SUNDAY, May 22, 2016

"It was a great week of fishing for surfcasters on Assateague Island. A mix of big stripers with black drum and bluefish created a lot of activity for anglers soaking fresh bunker, peeler crabs or sand fleas.
Dave Swenson had a great week, landing 37 styripers with most over 40-inches. His largest measured 49-inches. He also caught a 40-inch black drum. Dave said that the best bites were at first light and at the end of the low tide. Dave and I were taling at Buck's Place and he said that he was amazed at the number of bites he got on sand fleas. Probably half his fish!

There's still some shad in the OC Inlet and it looks like there are stripers and bluefish chasing them around. The bite in the Inlet has been excellent when weather permits.

SATURDAY, May 21, 2016

11:55 AM - Not a pretty day in Ocean City, but nowhere near as bad as predicted.

Last night, around 2:00 AM, Joe Bieberich caught a 40 1/2-inch striper while fishing with bunker from the beach on Assateague Island.

8:40 PM - I take back my 11:55 comment. Today was horrible!! This nasty weather just won't stop, but when it does I predict a good fishing season!

FRIDAY, May 20, 2016

9:34 PM - Rusty Daub at Annapolis Boat Sales reported big schools of chopper bluefish right outside the OC Inlet last night around 6pm. That backs up reports we received about school of bluefish pushing baitfish right up onto Assateague Island.

Capt. Kane Bounds took a group of 6 anglers to the African Queen reefsite yesterday and they had their boat limit of 120 sea bass by noon. Seas were really snotty early in the day, but Kane said they got nicer as the day went on. Fish were caught on squid and clams.

11:02 AM - Sounds like the bite off Assateague this morning was in full force. Stripers over 40-inches were caught. Sand fleas have been a hot bait so far.

1:43 PM - The "Reel Nauti" brought in the first thresher shark of the year, a 411 pounder caught near the Jackspot on a whole bluefish. Water temperature was between 54.6 and 56-degrees. Caught by Chris Stafford from Cherry Hill, NJ.

2:44 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught their limit of 120 black sea bass and 1 tog while fishing on natural bottom with Gulp! and squid combos. Their largest sea bass weighed 3 lbs. 13 oz. The big one was caught on shrimp.

Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" said that the sea bass bite was tougher today, but his anglers did manage to captured sea bass up to 3 lbs. 8 oz.

Anglers on the "Get Reel" caught 35 sea bass up to 3 lbs. 12 oz. during a trip to the Great Eastern Reef. Fish were caught on clams and squid.

7:46 PM - Capt. Brian Porter took his anglers out to 1,200 fathoms between the Poor Man's and Washington Canyons where they found 63-degree water. They ended their day with 5 yellowfins in the box. Fish were
30-35 lb. class.

Anglers on the Talkin Trash" went to 1,700 fathoms between the Poor Man's and Washington Canyons, worked their way west and ended up with 2 yellowfins and a pair of mahi. Yellowfins weighed 35 and 45 lbs. Mahi weighed 8 and 15 lbs. Fish were caught in 68 degree water.

Anglers on the "Double Trouble" were fishing at the Jackspot subway cars and caught their limit of 75 sea bass while jigging and also using squid and clams for bait. Largest was 4.2 lbs.

Robert Hartman and his sons Jeff and Jon caught 14 sea bass, up to 17.5-inches, with squid at the Great Eastern Reef.

THURSDAY, May 19, 2016

9:32 AM - Reports have come in about large schools of bluefish pushing the bait right up onto the beach on Assateague Island.

10:28 AM - James Coats reported a lot of throwback stripers at the South Jetty this morning starting at sunrise. Fish were in the 20 to 26-inch range and were hitting bucktails tipped with Bass Assasins or curly tails. They did have 1 keeper that measured 30-inches. James said that they couldn't get anything to hit on eels.

There were also a lot of snapper bluefish just north of the Rt. 50 Bridge.

2:51 PM - Gary German was drifting minnows across the flats north of the Thorofare and picked up and 18-inch flounder in 55-degree water during the outgoing tide.

3:28 PM - The headboat, "Morning Star" returned with several boat limits
(15) around the rail in addition to some tog. Capt. Monty said the conditions were rough. Tog were caught on clams and while jigging. Sea bass were hooked mainly on clams.

3:50 PM - The headboat, "Angler" had a good day sea bassing with some limits around the rail. Largest fish weighed 3.5 lbs. Caught on squid at an ocean wreck.

4:01 PM - Gary Avery caught a 21-inch flounder trolling a skirted minnow near the Assateague Bridge. Fish was caught in 60-degree water at the end of the incoming tide.

4:19 PM - Big Bird Cropper just stopped by the Coastal Fisherman office to have his picture taken with the 5 chopper bluefish he caught while tossing a Roy Rig just north of the Rt. 50 Bridge. The largest bluefish weighed 10 lbs. 8 oz. and was caught during the outgoing tide. Bird said that he tried to fish around the South Jetty but it was too rough, so he headed to the bridge.

There was a 47-inch striped bass caught late last night by an angler tossing lures from the Rt. 50 Bridge.

Anglers on charter boats out of Indian River are having good success catching sea bass at Sites 10 & 11.

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016

12:38 PM - They are absolutely smoking the striped bass off Assateague Island today. Fresh bunker and sand fleas are the hot tickets. Fish are big with several over 40-inches.

TUESDAY, May 17, 2016

The striper bite (with an occasional black drum) has really gotten good for surfcasters off Assatateague. Fresh bunker is always good, but anglers are also finding good results from sand fleas.

Hunter Buffington caught a big shad and some chopper bluefish at the Rt.
50 Bridge last night just as the sun was setting. Hunter said that his hot lure was a 1 oz. lead head with a 5-inch Bubble Gum Zoom Fluke.

Capt. Monty on the headboat, "Morning Star" told me that sea bass fishing right now is very good and MUCH better than it was at this time last year.

Bluefish, clost to 10 lbs., are being caught in the Inlet by anglers tossing lures.

Rich Bell has been buring up the stripers from the beach in North Ocean City. On Friday evening he got a 38-inch, 20 pounder. He followed that up with a 39-incher on Saturday and a 41-incher on Monday.

Clark Haller caught a 39-incher striper on a chunk of bunker while surfcasting off Assateague. Fish was caught at the top of the incoming tide.

12:35 PM - Ron Taylor reported a good shad, bluefish and striper bite around the Rt. 50 Bridge last night. He said that the blues were running hard during the outgoing tide.

12:43 PM - James Coats reported a busy morning at the South Jetty. He said that they had at least 40 throwback stripers and 1 keeper, all during the incoming tide. Once the tide shifted, the bite died off. The throwbacks were in the 20-26 inch range. The best action was 1/2 hour to
1 hour after sunrise. Fish were caught on eels and bucktails tipped with Bass Assassins and. They also caught shad and bluefish.

3:56 PM - Surfcasters off Assateague Island had another outstanding day catching stripers. Fish big with a lot of them in the 40-45 inch range.
Fish are hitting on bunker but anglers are also having great results with sand fleas.

On Sunday, Kirby Short caught and released a red drum while surf fishing off Assateague. Fish was caught on the Maryland side.

The headboat, "Angler" had a good day sea bass fishing with some limits around the rail. They also caught some tautog as well. Largest sea bass weighed 3 lbs. 8 oz. but they also had some 3 pounders as well. All were caught on an ocean wreck on clams and while jigging."

Many anglers ask about reading the beach when surf fishing. "Poppy" a very good angler has posted another very good description with pictures on Stripers Online. Check it out:  Reading the Beach  He draws it out completely! If you're not catching fish in the surf, you need to study this!

Bear from the  Oceanic Pier
(410-289-2602) May 23th: "Pier fishermen are catching lot's of shad and bluefish up to 30"; we also saw several keeper stripers."

Capt. Monty on the "
Morning Star Fish Report 5/17/16 Normal May Cbass Bite Even Some Cbass Limits What A Dinner!! What You Can Do..

Sailing Daily For Sea Bass Weather Permitting - Saturday's 6:30 to 3:30
- $125.00 – Otherwise 7 to 3 at $110.00.. Lots & lots of room Thursday & Friday coming. Most weekdays & Sundays really.

Reservations Required at 410 520 2076 - LEAVE YOUR BEST POSSIBLE CONTACT NUMBER - Weather Cancelations Are Common - I Make Every Attempt To Let Clients Sleep In If The Weather's Not Going Our Way..

Be a half hour early! We always leave early! ..except when someone shows up right on time. Clients arriving late will see the west end of an east bound boat. With a limited number of reserved spots, I do not refund because you over-slept or had a flat..

Dramamine Is Cheap Insurance! Crystalized Ginger Works Great Too. It's Simple To Prevent Motion Sickness, Difficult To Cure.  If You Suffer Mal-de-Mer In A Car You Should Experiment On Shorter Half-Day Trips First! (Wockenfuss Candies sells crystalized ginger locally - We usually have some aboard - Better is Nuts.Com.. Chewable Meclizine is a good pharmaceutical, there's also a "less drowsy" meclizine pill; Scopolamine Patches are the gold standard.)

Bring A Cooler With Ice For Your Fish – A 48 Quart Is Fine For A Few People. No Galley! BYO Sandwiches & Soft Drinks. A few beers in cans is fine. (bottles break at bad times)

If You Won't Measure & Count Your Fish, The State Will Provide A Man With A Gun To Do It For You. We Measure & Count — ALWAYS — No Exceptions!

12,882 Reef Blocks Deployed at numerous sites: Doug Ake's Reef 2,431 - St. Ann's 1,459 - Al Giles Barge 761 - Eagle Scout Reef 780 - Sue's Block Drop 60 - Nichols' Concrete 578 - Capt. Bob's Block Drop 48

Please Support the Ocean City Reef Foundation! We're Nowhere Near Reef Building's True Potential. Thank You!

This is what we we're aiming for with our reef constructions.. Fish seem to like it OK, lobster too. Better than sand or mud, anyway. Had our annual OC Reef Foundation dinner at the Marlin Club Sunday night - surely set a dinner fund-raising record..

Of the hundreds of attendees & more than 70 contributors--with incredible generosity from all, & at levels I could not have imagined; I'd like to publicly thank Heather Bahrami for shouldering so much of the event. She worked for months - for free - to make it happen...
(there are zillions of posts on facebook about many of our contributed items & scenes from the dinner. I don't know anything about facebook--have fun!)

The Ocean City Reef Foundation is growing. We've just had one of our best years ever & built a lot of reef that will look like the pic above in 20-some years. It's OK to build a lot more reef though. I cannot imagine a saturation point--the ocean truly is a vast place. Lots & lots & lots of people are putting a shoulder to this effort. It's beginning to show.

Also attending the dinner and working year-round on reef building were Rick Elyar & Dave Sikorski. These guys are CCA MD; working with CCA's Building Conservation Trust (BCT.) Dave works non-stop on improving fishing's future. He actually thinks fish not only need habitat & clean water, but they need forage fish too -- food. ( A comment here would be both timely & appreciated..) These guys are not OCRF. They're supporters, sure, and I appreciate their efforts; but they live & fish Chesapeake Bay. Want I want readers to know is that what Dave & Rick and so many others over there are doing is vital for ocean health as well as the Chesapeake's.. We're downstream; getting oysters restored to their place in the ecosystem is vital to our farmers, our fisheries, and our ocean's health. I believe the Building Conservation Trust will be key to unlocking the Chesapeake oyster's ability to turn the Mid-Atlantic blue again.

While OCRF can turn donations into coral--and will; I believe it's these guys & The Nature Conservancy who can clean up Chesapeake outflows with engineered oyster reef complexes.. We saw what rock can do in Harris Creek, even small rock. Now it's time to add height & make it hollow.
Water quality, structured habitat, and forage.. A place like that might be good for fisheries restorations.


Greetings All, "Went sea bass fishing opening day. Was hoping for 20 knots of west wind, got 30 to 35 NW by 9:30 or so. Dropped our reef-blocks, caught two keeper sea bass & went home - slowly - in building seas. Issued refunds/reschedules all around.

Monday, thankfully, was just a normal day in May. Had a normal Monday crowd, and normal May weather (not raining like crazy!) Even had a normal sea bass bite. Really. It was a normal May sea bass trip. Caught some limits, other passengers close. Moved a couple times. Plenty of throwbacks. Saw our first under-9 inch male sea bass too. He wasn't in color like larger fish yet--no bright blue; but he was sporting a clear nuchal hump--was on his way to becoming a 'knothead' sea bass.

Fishing wasn't "one-stop shopping," but there weren't any dead-drops either. We even had one (rather inebriated) fellow with small fish in his cooler. Shoot, with everything so "normal" I enjoyed that too! After a lecture for all to hear on the PA system, and several more checks of his catch, even he was in regulatory compliance.. Lots & lots of room Thursday & Friday coming. Most all weekdays & Sundays really. Last year was dead-slow in May. Embarrassingly so."

Looks like a good time to go sea bassing too. Ain't that a switch.
Regards, Monty

Capt. Monty Hawkins Partyboat Morning Star Ocean City, MD

Capt Chris Mizurak Capt. of the Angler Party Boat also runs the Reef Chief. For more information on chartering the Reef Chief you may contact me at 410-458-8343. For info on the Reef Chief go to: Capt Chris Mizurak Angler OCMD

Anglers  need a DE Fishing License to fish, crab, and clam in DEL:
Individual Delaware Fishing Licenses are now available  online You can also renew your boat registration here!

Check out the link on our web site to the local chapter of the  MSSA. They are keeping us abreast on all the Fishing Issues.  From our  Oyster Bay Website, go to "More Fishing Info" on the left hand side, and click on "MSSA Atlantic Anglers".

Check the weather before driving hours to go offshore or fish the surf.
Go to  Coastal Marine Forecast to get an idea of the weather and height of the waves.

Old Inlet Bait & Tackle INDIAN RIVER INLET FISHING REPORT  Indian River Fishing Report May 10th, 2016 Notice - Tautog season closes in Delaware waters on Tuesday May 11 at midnight and reopens July 17.


"Several keeper stripers caught on Fenwick surf yesterday.

Sam Caltagirone sent a pic of a 31 and 36 inch striper he caught in the Inlet last night.

May 20 -

Reports of a decent striped bass bite on the night time incoming tide in the Inlet. The end of the north jetty has been the hot spot. Dark colored plugs are the preferred bait.

Still catching some nice fish on the beach.

Craig Trott and Will Tyre sent in a pic of a 35 inch blue taken on 3R's Road Wednesday.

Deb Everingham sent in a pic of a 42.5 inch striped bass taken on the beach north of the Inlet Thursday.

Justin Lynch sent a pic of a 39 inch striper caught on the surf at Fenwick today. It hit fresh bunker and was released.

May 16 -

We, finally after 18 straight days, had a day with out rain. All the rain has been keeping the number of people of fishing down. So the number of fish being caught has been low as as well.

The bite is spotty. The fish are here. No hot spots. the fish are spread out.

The best surf fishing has been north of the bridge from the Life Saving Station toward Conquest Road.

Its been hit and miss in the Inlet.

You gotta have a line in the water to catch them. Eight days on east north east wind in the forecast. Full moon coming."

Bill's Sports Center (302-645-7654) Check out his fishing report: report. Fishing Report FISHING REPORT 05/17 "A customer caught 2 keeper flounder to 19"
in the Lewes Canal on 1/2 oz. green Storm shads. Ricky Adkins, Seaford, at it again with a 13.1#, 30” blue from Lewes beach using metal spoons.
Ted Karwowski caught a 16” striper and a 24” blue on bunker at Herring Point. Matt Bomberger, Coatsville, PA. caught a citation bluefish ocean front on mullet. It weighed 15.70#, measuring 37.5”. POF (posted on
facebook) Chris Brown and his son Riley caught a 10.20# bluefish at 3RS Rd. using mullet.  I think Riley out fished his dad today. POF. Ricky Atkins and daughter Ava caught a 8# bluefish off of Lewes Beach using metal. POF Ron Capone caught blues from the Lewes Beach. POF Brian Salisbury, Bridgeville, caught a citation blue and a 5.05# flounder at Lewes beach. POF Jerry Bellistri weighed in a bluefish from Lewes beach weighing 9.25#, 32”.POF Darrin Payne, Laurel, caught a citation bluefish weighing 14.20# fishing Lewes Beach using meatal spoons. POF Mark Hewes, Lewes, caught a bluefish from the beach weighing 12.2#, 32”. POF Bob Warehiem limited on tog at the Outerwall up 6#, 11oz on green crabs.
Skip set two crab pots and in one day boated 84 keeper crabs. Ray Barker, Lewes, caught a 9.80# b blue fishing Herring Point using whole mullet. A customer reported catching blues to 37" on Storm shads at IRI.
Anglers are reporting problems with loads of grass at Beach Plum Island making fishing difficult. Lots of blues along our beaches.  Anglers reporting getting limits in a very short time and they are all big. Chad Bayless reported limits of blues two days in a row near Herring Point with the largest being 47” Richard Cordeax caught a 8.45# blue at Henlopen Pier fishing from a kayak. Jerry Taylor caught a 12.15# blue from Lewes Beach using a metal spoon. Tom Hudecheck and Finn Hudecheck (Age 5 ) from Lewes caught blues to 10.10# on Bills lucky bait at Lewes Beach on mullet. Kevin Solliday sent pictures in of him and his buddy including 5 blues ranging from 8 to 11.5# on mullet. Mike Andrews, Mik Farkas and Matt Mock Limit caught blues at Lewes Beach up to 9.75# on mullet. Hank Szymczak nailed a citation tautog at the Outerwall on green crabs. Rich Hooper, Trevor Dodge Sr and Jr caught 4 blues around the Lewes Beach area using cut bait. Bill Wiechardt, Lewes, caught tog at the Outer Wall  weighing 5.30 and 4.95#, 19”. Dan's Tackle Box reported a 33”, 13.5# striper caught at the Broadkill. Stu Moore, Camp Hill, PA., caught a citation tog at the Outer Wall.  It weighed 7.30#, 23”. Bob Geary of Bill’s Sport Shop, fishing the Lewes Beach, brought in a nice blue fish. Puffers have been showing up on the surf at high tide. Len Gardner caught a citation blue fishing Lewes beach in CHSP, weighing 14.25#, 36.5” using cut bait. Ron Capone caught a weighing 20.5#, 37”
from the beach using fresh bunker. Drum fishing has picked up on the Coral Beds. Wes Hobbs from Bills caught a blue 10#, 32" at Lewes Beach on mullet. Barry Hayes caught a 10.75#, 34” blue at the Lewes Beach on mullet. Tim Wallace. Viola, caught and released a 40” striper near Conquest Rd. Bill Weiss fished Conquest Rd. and had quite a few ling cod on mullet. Nino Mallari fishes the DE Bay and continues to catch large stripers with a 40 pounder on clam. Reports from Broadkill keep telling us of drum, blues, and stripers from the beach."

"Pretty cool web site... Lots of pics, reports and descriptions and directions to get to some of those fishing places in DEL everyone talks about but you might wonder where they are! The site is  DSF Delware Surf Fishing.

 "If you want a good captain to take you on a trip to the Virginia  Barrier Islands for sightseeing or fishing, give Wilson a call."  Wilson Cropp Charters and Guide  Service. Cape Charles, VA- 1-434-531-6376

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Anglers fishing in Ocean City will need to purchase a  saltwater fishing license. This license will cover both the Chesapeake Bay and the coastal waters and surf of Ocean City and Assateague Island. Yes, this includes surf fishing. If you already have a Chesapeake Bay Saltwater license you are good to go!  Anglers will be able to purchase the license 
online or come to Oyster Bay Tackle to purchase one. Please bring cash to buy your fishing license in our store.  If you go online, Logon if you have ever had a MD fishing or hunting license in the past or Enroll if you never had. Fill in all the information and click on "Purchase License"  The license you want to choose is "Bay and Coastal Sport"  You can either choose a year-round or 7-day. If you know you are coming to Ocean City,and you want to get it done ahead of time you can also call a toll free number (1-855-855-3906) or print and mail in an  application.
Boat Licenses: $50 and everyone on your boat can go fishing without a license. You will get a personal license along with your boat license, so you can go shore fishing as well. Mail the application to their main
office: Maryland Dept. of Natural resources Annapolis Service Center P.O. Box 1869 1804 West Street, Suite 300 Annapolis, MD 21401

If you are going to be fishing on a private boat with someone who has a Boat License, you don't have to buy a license, but you do have to   register online. This is free and is done on the same site that you would buy a license. Logon if you have ever had a MD fishing or hunting license or Enroll if you never had. Fill in all the information and click on "Obtain Registration" to print your free registration. Print out your number and keep an id with you when you go fishing. You can also call
1-855-855-3906 during daytime hours. Be sure to write down the number they give you. That will be your temporary license. (You also need to get a free registration if you fish one of the free fishing areas in Ocean City.)

Another interesting note about the license is that if you buy a VA license, it is good in MD, and vice versa. If you are fishing in MD with a VA licence you do need to register with MD online. Again, this is free. This is so each state can "try" to figure out "how many" fish are being caught in their own individual states.  (VA Free Registry)

If you want to go fishing in Ocean City without a license, your choices will be the "Oceanic Pier," the "Ocean Pier" or to go fishing on a party or charter boat. You can now go fishing in one of the "free zones." 2nd through 4th Street Bulkhead or Northside Park. (You need the free MD registry to fish in these two areas.)  Go to: here to register online. This is free and can also be done over the phone during daytime hours of 7-7 at 1-855-855-3906. Also, you can stop by Oyster Bay Tackle and we will be happy to assist you in getting registered or purchasing a license.

Senior citizens 65 and older. Cost is $5 if you have a MD driver's license and are a resident of MD, but if you are a non-resident there is no break. No break for boat licenses either. $50 resident or non-resident.

Contact Info If you have any questions regarding Maryland's sport fishing license requirements, you may contact Fisheries Service via e
mail: or by calling (410-656-9526).

Following is the fee schedule for 2016: Senior License (year round) -
$5.00 Resident License (year round) - $15.00 Resident License (7-day) -
$6.00 Non-resident (year round) - $22.50 Non- resident (7-day) - Boat License $50.00. For more information, log onto

If you have any fish reports please  e-mail Bob Foster at:  Oyster Bay Tackle.  E-mail me your name and where you are from so we can put you in our weekly fish reports!  

Good Fishing from the crew at Oyster Bay Tackle...

Bob Foster

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