Morning Star Fish Report

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Fish Report 9/22/20

New Reservation Line Is Up! My reservation line of 18 years is no more.. Have a new system; you may recognize Anna & Cynthia's sweet buttery voices as they coax you out of your fishing dollars. For now 100% live answer; will transition over a couple months time to a "Your Choice: Human or Website" reservation system.

No Essay Here - Catching Sea Bass Mostly Plus A Handful Of Fluke/Flounder.. 
We enjoyed incredible Mahi-Mahi fishing through early September. After 7 days of NE wind there's no chance they are still inshore. Cold bottom waters will have stirred into what were warm surface waters scattering Mahi offshore in a hurry..

Now opening to October 18 with the same "No Refund/Reschedule Only" policy as May, June, July, August, & September. With this year's Covid restrictions in place my minimized cash flow cannot handle a string of refund days. And if the guvmint shuts us completely? Well, eventually we'll reopen. If canceled for whatever reason - Please know I'm good for your trip another day. 
If you have a reschedule on the book you're welcome to reserve any spot that's open on any day with a similarly priced trip.  

IF YOU BOOK A SPOT LEAVE YOUR BEST POSSIBLE CONTACT NUMBER & LISTEN TO YOUR MESSAGES -
Weather Cancellations Happen - I Make Every Attempt To Let Clients Sleep In If The Weather's Not Going Our Way..
COVID Regs Trips Are NonRefundable! Reschedule in event of bad weather? Of Course! But no refunds.. If you can't abide a reschedule - don't book! 
Opening to October 18th for NonRefundable sea bass/reef fishing trips. Size limit on sea bass 12.5 inches & 15 sea bass per person. 16.5 inches and 4 per-person on any few flounder we might see.

We've just lost 5 Saturdays in a row plus a full week of weekdays! 
This puts intense pressure on successive Saturdays and moderate pressure on weekday trips. 
So, unfortunately, from Sept the 24th to the 27thare booked solid as is Saturday Oct 17th. Saturday Oct 10th is not. 
As I write there are also 7 spots open on Sunday, Oct 11th. 
October weekdays to the 18th are wide open - previously announced trips in the "no reservation line" period from Sept 28 to Oct 2 also have spots open. 
Sunday to Fridaytrips 7 to 3 - $135.00 ..
Saturdays 6:30 to 3:30 - $155.00 . Boat Now Sells Out At 18 (used to be 25 before Covid.) See new spots chart at morningstarfishing.com - we'll leave the old numbers on the rail for some while also. Everyone liked a smaller crowd - including me. It's going to stay that way even after Covid's long gone. Figured I may as well make that switch same time as new number...

NEW Reservation Line 443-235-5577from 8am to 8pm — No More 24 hour answers.. (emailing me about reservation availability does no good. Cynthia & Anna will have real time info. Worse is FB messenger. I only check it once a week or so. Want Reservation info? Want to know if your favorite spot is available? Call em!) 

Am posting somewhat detailed day by day reports on Facebook...but I Do Not have FB messenger on my phone. If you want to book a spot - call. Need info from me? Email mhawkins@morningstarfishing.com- I make a sincere effort to reply to every email inquiry. 

If in the passenger salon - Mask Required. If you refuse a mask, BYO life jacket! (but seriously, not only do I not want anyone taking ill -- if one Partyboat anywhere sparks an outbreak we'll ALL get shut down again. With many states at new highs, it's anyone's guess.. Regardless DelMarVa's decline in corona, we must remain vigilant.) 

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
overslept or had a flat. No Refund or Reschedule for a missed trip! 

Trips Also Announced on Facebook at Morning Star Fishing
https://www.facebook.com/ocfishing/ & my personal FB page along with after action (or lack thereof) reports..

Bait is provided on all trips. Rod rentals are $7.00 & include all rigs. 

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!

It's Simple To Prevent Motion Sickness, Difficult To Cure. Bonine
seems best because it's non-drowsy. Truly cheap & effective insurance.
Honestly - If you get to go on the ocean once month, once a year, or
even less; why risk chumming all day? Similarly, if you howl at the
moon all night, chances are good you'll howl into a bucket all day.

Bring A Cooler With Ice For Your Fish – A 48 Quart Cooler Is Fine For
Two People. Do Not Bring A Very Large Coffin Cooler. We DO have a few
loaners - you'll still need ice.
No Galley! Bring Food & Beverages To Suit. A few beers in cans is fine for the ride home.

Wishbone never replaces backbone.. Have to keep a shoulder into reef building to make it happen. 
Donations help too! Ocreefs.org 
Have CRAZY opportunities this fall - Great Time To Donate!!

Block & Pyramid Tallies..
As of 9/22/20 we have 31,442 Reef Blocks + 214 Concrete Pyramids (170lb ea) deployed at numerous ACE permitted reef sites. 
Currently being targeted: Virginia Lee Hawkins Memorial Reef 99 Reef Blocks (+ 47 Reef Pyramids begun 8/18/20) - Capt. Jack Kaeufer's Reef 1,468 Blocks (+44 Reef Units) - Doug Ake's Reef 4,054 blocks (+16 Pyramid Reef Units) - St. Ann's 2,493 (+6 Reef Units) - Sue's Block Drop 1,538 (+20 Reef Units) - TwoTanks Reef 1,175 (+ 11 Reef Units) - Capt. Bob's Inshore Block Drop 900 - Benelli Reef 1,447 (+ 15 Pyramid Units) - Rudy's Reef 209 - Capt. Bob's Bass
Grounds Reef 
3,070 (+52 reef units)  - Wolf & Daughters Reef 734 - Al Berger's Reef 574 (+4 Reef Unit) - Great Eastern Block Drop 854 (+9 Reef Units).. 

Capt Monty Hawkins 

Capt Monty Hawkins 
Mhawkins@morningstarfishing.com

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