Saturday, December 03, 2022

Fish Report 12/3/22

Fish Report 12/3/22 

Two Cbass Trips & a nearshore Tog Trip. 

Thoughts on MAFMC's Inlet Video's truth in MRIP. 

And, SERO's asking too many questions again..  

Among lots of great items, one of the grand prizes for the Reef Raffle is a full charter aboard my rig any time of year we're fishing.. that includes winter tog.


Anna might be slammed when I hit send. If she cannot pick up, Leave her a message. She has a method to her madness.. Reservations at 443-235-5577 - She's a one person operation & has other jobs too. The line closes at 8pm and reopens at 8am. 

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

Fishing for Sea Bass Monday Dec 5th, & Thursday, Dec 8th - Depart 6:30am (or 6 if everyone is aboard!) to 4pm at $175.00.. (Many boat limits..) 18 sells out. Bait, rigs, & Gulp provided as desired. 


Fishing for tog Wednesday Dec 7th - 7 to 3 @ $135.00 - 12 Anglers Sells Out - Green crabs provided. You're welcome to BYO bait too. Anglers are further restricted than state regs would have  - Boat Regs are 3 fish (not 4) only one can be a female. This fishing will not be over the horizon runs.. 

Does the thought of not keeping a state legal limit gives you any pain? Then you will not like tog fishing with me..


If fishing the stern area waterproof boots are advised in fall & winter. 

It'll be chilly in the AM too! Cabin is heated. 

*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. Seriously, with a limited number of reserved spots, I do not refund because you overslept or had a flat.. If you're reserved and the last person we're waiting on - you'll need to answer your phone. I will not make on-time clients wait past scheduled departure because of a misfortune on your part. 

Try to always leave a half hour early (and never an hour early!) I rarely get in on time either. If you have a worrier at home, please advise them I often come home late. It's what I do. 

Trips Also Sometimes Announced on Facebook at Morning Star Fishing 

I post after action reports (or lack thereof) (and sometimes detailed thoughts on fisheries issues) for every trip on my personal FB page and Morning Star page..

Bait is provided on all trips. Gulp too. 

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. Should you catch some monstrous fish, we'll be able to ice it. 

No Galley! Bring Food & Beverages To Suit. A few beers in cans is fine for the ride home.  

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

Block Update! As of 11/20/22 we have 38,480 Reef Blocks & 1039 Reef Pyramids (170lb ea or an equivalent) deployed at numerous ACE permitted ocean reef sites - there are also 786 pyramids deployed by MD CCA at Chesapeake Bay oyster sites working to restore blue ocean water… (and, boy are those pyramid numbers about to rise!) 

Currently being targeted oceanside: at the Brand New Rambler Reef 260 Reef Blocks & 10 Pyramids - Tyler Long's Memorial Reef 548 (+18 Reef Pyramids) Virginia Lee Hawkins Memorial Reef 406 Reef Blocks (+72 Reef Pyramids) - Capt. Jack Kaeufer's/Lucas Alexander's Reefs 1,988 Blocks (+46 Reef Pyramids) - Doug Ake's Reef 4,174 blocks (+16 Reef Pyramids) - St. Ann's 2,867 (+14 Reef Pyramids) - Sue's Block Drop 1,642 (+24 Reef Pyramids) - TwoTanks Reef 1,303 (+ 15 Reef Pyramids) - Capt. Bob's Inshore Block Drop 912 - Benelli Reef 1,552 (+ 118 Pyramids) - Capt. Bob's Bass Grounds Reef 4,091 (+ 88 reef pyramids) - Wolf & Daughters Reef 734 - Dr. Berger's Reef 1,505 (+33 Reef Pyramids) - Great Eastern Block Drop 1,528 (+25 Reef Pyramids) - Two more brand New Drops Begun at Cristina's Blast 80 Reef Blocks & 2 Pyramids - Unnamed Site South Side GEBD 160 Reef Blocks & 2 Pyramids - Capt Greg Hall's Memorial Reef 222 Blocks & 2 Pyramids — And 325 Castle & Terracotta Tog Blocks & 10 Pyramids 81 feet Bass Grounds Unnamed ..


Tuesday, November 29, 2022 — Capt Stormy Harrington and crew aboard the Tiki XIV deployed 292 reef units at Kinsley's Reef 9 miles off Ocean City Maryland. They began splashing concrete at sundown. 

On Saturday, 11/19/22, they delivered & deployed 200 pyramids too. 

Kinsley's Reef will become wildly productive. Among artificial reef types, these pyramids create bottom which closely mimics our natural reefs; low and  with shallow ledges. 

And, in large part, does so with cement that would have been lost in manufacturing. 

I wanted to capture that waste cement in a two-man deployable reef unit. My crew and I built the prototype in Aug 2019 - we've built over 60 molds since. If you know of a plant that would like to use waste product to help marine/estuarine restoration work, please have them contact me at 

All this work takes funding though! Share this post! Maryland has no State marine reef program - it's just the Ocean City Reef Foundation, our tiny 501C(3), that's building reef off the Maryland coast. 

Though low budget, we are building Maryland's coastal fisheries' future; not just for next summer but making it better for centuries to come. 


Maybe millennia. 

This raffle is it - this is most of our fundraising for the year. No state money. No fed money. The more we raise, the more we can put on the bottom!


OCRF's 2022 Benelli/Park Place Jewlers Annual Reef Raffle. One ticket for $10 - six for $50 - fourteen for $100 - plus an additional ticket for every additional hundred. 

A buyer of $200.00 worth, for instance, would be getting 15 tix per hundred; at $300 it would be 16 tix per one hundred so 48 tickets.. $500.00 would be 90 Tix! 

Buy tickets online at at the 'donation' tab.  Courtney and I will fill the name and phone number in on all your tickets, then send a pic via email. If you don't have a pic within 48 hours? (First Check Your Spam Box!!) ..then Email us! 

Raceway Citgo by Crabs to Go has tix behind the counter (at last!)

Dagone nasty flu, this Sunday I was too sick to post results but I did draw winners. Bernie (2nd win!) took the blue sapphire earrings donated by Gerry Meadows and Steve L the St. Croix triggerstick donated by St. Croix.. Rusty (another 2nd win but he wants to move up!) won the T shirt and measuring board. 

Next week we have a Star triggerstick donated by AllTackle, another pair of earrings & a measuring stick/board/reef book donated and written by Wayne Young.. 

Also coming up there's a framed & remarqued George Kalwa mahi print; two pair of precious stone earrings from Afghanistan, a pair of Hook sunglasses, another $200 Fuel GC from Harbor Island, more fantastic rods including an all time favorite stick of mine, a St Croix donated by Sea Bass Bob - even a custom wrapped rod with a nice reel donated (along with the earrings!) by Gerry Meadows. Grand prizes are a Benelli semiauto in 12ga from Benelli USA; a Seiko watch and diamond covered circle hook necklace from Park Place Jewelers, and a full day charter on my rig any time we're fishing..

The raffle itself may be a gamble, but your donation isn't — donations are absolutely going to help build reef!  Capt Monty Hawkins

Capt Monty Hawkins

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