Thursday, July 07, 2022

Fish Report 7/7/22

Fish Report 7/7/22

Opening long trips - dates not listed are regular trips. 

Bit of reef news - more coming. 


Weather Cancellations Happen - I Make Every Attempt To Let Clients Sleep In If The Weather's Not Going Our Way..

Size limit 13 inches - 15 per person.

 - Sailing Daily - Want to get further offshore though in my slow boat. Am scheduling numerous 11 hour trips from 6:30 to 5:30(Yes, be a half hour early!) July 13,18,21,23,25,28,30 - 6:30 to 5:30 - fares are $225.00.. 

Non long trip Saturdays 6:30 to 3:30 at $155.00 — Weekdays & Sundays 7 to 3 at $135 - All Trips Sell Out at 18 Anglers for a lot of room at the rail. 

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..

Trips Also Sometimes Announced on Facebook at Morning Star Fishing I post after action reports (or lack thereof) for every trip on my personal FB page and Morning Star page..

Bait is provided on all trips. 

No Galley. Bring Your Own Food & Beverage. 

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 a 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 A Few People. Do Not Bring A Very Large Cooler. We 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.

Block  Update 7/7/22 

Wishbone doesn't replace backbone.. Have to keep a shoulder into reef building to make it happen.

Donations help too!

As of 7/7/22 we have 37,079 Reef Blocks & 498 Reef Pyramids (170lb ea) deployed at numerous ACE permitted ocean reef sites - we also have 786 pyramids deployed by MD CCA at Chesapeake Bay oyster sites working to restore blue ocean water…

Currently being targeted oceanside: Tyler Long Memorial Reef 238 (+8 reef Pyramids) Virginia Lee Hawkins Memorial Reef 366 Reef Blocks (+69 Reef Pyramids) - Capt. Jack Kaeufer's/Lucas Alexander's Reefs 1,908 Blocks (+46 Reef Pyramids) - Doug Ake's Reef 4,174 blocks (+16 Reef Pyramids) - St. Ann's 2,847 (+14 Reef Pyramids) - Sue's Block Drop 1,602 (+22 Reef Pyramids) - TwoTanks Reef 1,263 (+ 13 Reef Pyramids) - Capt. Bob's Inshore Block Drop 912 - Benelli Reef 1,531 (+ 117 Pyramids) - Rudy's Reef 465 - Capt. Bob's Bass Grounds Reef 3,921 (+80 reef pyramids) - Wolf & Daughters Reef 734 - Al Berger's Reef 1,285 (+24 Reef Pyramids) - Great Eastern Block Drop 1,478 (+23 Reef Pyramids).. And a soon-to-be-named reef at Russell's Reef 30 Blocks & 49 Pyramids - We've also begun block drops at Capt Greg Hall's Memorial Reef with 222 Blocks & 2 Pyramids + 325 Castle & Terracotta Tog Blocks & 10 Pyramids 81 feet Bass Grounds Unnamed ..

Greetings Reef Supporters! 

I knew we were getting close. Did the math on the way out. Our volunteer reef builder, Tanya, it turns out, pushed block number 37,000 overboard on 7/5/22. 

Lot of block. 

Getting close to 500 pyramids too.

Another beneficiary of our pyramid program, CCA Maryland is nearing 1,000 pyramids at Janes Island & Tilghman Reefs in Maryland's lower Chesapeake. Given a spell of pretty water perhaps this fall we'll send scuba divers down to see if those Chesapeake pyramids are gathering any oyster spat. Too small to see yet? Natural spat oysters are in abundance on older artificial reef units nearby. We'll certainly see oysters on em by next year. 

Where oysters are stars of the show in our estuaries; we now find coral colonizing our oldest blocks in the ocean. 

Maryland doesn't have a Marine Reef Program. What you see falling off the stern of my boat really is building reef—every day another small step toward coral restoration; and we've made fantastic catches on these hand deployed reefs too: the real work off Maryland's coast, however, is done by the OC Reef Foundation. Early in January 2022 and again late in May, for instance, we sank two 110 ft barges. Currently we have 8 different steel boat/barge projects in consideration. Hard to say what of them will actually become reef, or if another major project will supplant all of them. The deciding factor, the limiting factor, is always funding. Since 1997 when MD dropped the state reef program in favor of oyster spat production at Horn Point, donations have been the driving force behind our marine habitat improvements. Near about all of it really. 

If you'd care to pitch in with the project, please donate at 

We have no office rent; no one's on salary—especially not me. Damn sure no one's living large on reef donations. We build reef. 

Glad to put your donation to work too. 



Capt Monty Hawkins

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