Fish Report 7/26/13
Flounder/Sea Bass Mix
Reef Building Trip
Special Reef Building Trip Sunday, July 28 – Meet At 6 AM To Load The Boat With Approx. 144 Oyster Castle Reef Blocks And Concrete Planks — After Deploying The Material We'll Fluke Fish For A Couple Hours — Eight Sells Out — $75.00 each — Call In A Reservation..
Blocks Are 30 Pounds Each — They Get Heavy!
Back Around 3PM(ish) — Bring Your Own Gloves, Lunch, Fluids and a Small Cooler For Fish. Tackle Will Be Provided Or BYO..
Reservations For Sea Bass/Flounder Trips at 410 - 520 - 2076.
See much more info at http://morningstarfishing.com
Bring A Fish Cooler With ICE For Your Party.. We want to avoid keeping the chips & hoagies cold while fresh fish cook in a hot bucket..
From Coastal Fisherman: See Our Latest "Show You Around The Boat" Video For New Clients (many regulars have pics in it). http://www.coastalfisherman.net/charter-info.cfm?c=9861A6B2-3048-71C2-1762E62F1DFB4D0B
Eight Hour trips $110.00 - 7AM to 3PM – Saturdays 6AM to 3:30PM - $125.00
LEAVE YOUR BEST POSSIBLE CONTACT NUMBER - Weather Cancelations Are (far too!) Common - I Make Every Attempt To Let Clients Sleep In If The Weather's Not Going Our Way..
Be A Half Hour Early - We Like To Leave Early.
Clients Arriving Late Will See The West End Of An East Bound Boat..
6,000 'Oyster Castle' Reef Blocks By The Rail. Now 1,870 at Jimmy's — 914 at Ake's..
Weatherman got us good Thursday. Wind was supposed to lay down—and did, then blew close to 30 soon after..
Not At All.
Weatherman got us good Friday too; said it was going to keep blowing like Thursday so I cancelled.
Weatherman got all but a few stalwart anglers by calling for rain & thunderstorms Monday last.
Pretty day; We had a boat limit of flounder..
Jodi, Tina & Dianne solid-crushed 'em in numbers; My old friend, Bob, took the pool with a 7lb 9oz fluke..
Thunderstorms? Sorry you missed an epic bite..
Weather forecasting better than ever; Still a lot of caveat emptor though..
Fishing remains as unpredictable as the weather. We've had wonderful fishing for flounder & some decent fishing for sea bass this week, but never both together - at least not yet.
Please do not assume that because You are aboard and want to catch (blank species) that they'll bite..
Oh No, Oh No-No-No: We go see what will bite. We're Going Fishing.
And sometimes there's not much catching!
Vince Guida was Chief Scientist aboard the 146 foot research vessel Hugh Sharp this week as it videoed large swaths of bottom both in the wind energy area off Ocean City, MD, where windmills may go up; and also videoed among the live coral bottoms I've been describing for almost 15 years. He writes in an informal email to interested souls: "As I suspected, the "reef" polygons we have are complex tapestries of small patches with kinds of substrates: boulders, cobbles, sand, mud and shell hash in all sorts of combinations. There are large fields of sand waves interrupted by deposits of gravel and boulders. We expect to see some other types of hard bottom (e.g. outcrops) further south in the days to come."
Several days later: "We have seen a lot of coral (hard and soft) and a lot of black sea bass in the past few hours; more than anywhere else we've been so far. That is in no small part due to our very intensive coverage of this area; the actual reefs tend to be rather small patches within a larger habitat context."
That's the first scientific description of natural hardbottom reef off our coast that I'm aware of. It happened this week.
At present we are poorly equipped to conserve or restore marine fish habitat. We are very poorly equipped to value reef's contribution to fisheries production.
Because the task of Conservation demands a knowledge of inventory from which we are to conserve; Restoration therefore demands we understand what's been lost from original inventory; what's in need of rebuilding.
All about 'rebuilding' numbers of fish for now; I believe as fisheries restorationists consider these natural hardbottoms they'll come to realize the sea bass trawl catches of the 1950s (greater than all decades since combined) were a product of a fantastically larger habitat footprint & that those historical catches could never have sourced from the habitat footprint of today, especially absent modern wrecks & artificial reef constructions.
Lots of work to do.
Reef Restoration Makes Fishery Restoration Simple.
Capt. Monty Hawkins
Partyboat Morning Star
Ocean City, MD