Morning Star Fish Report

Friday, December 30, 2022

Fish Report 12/30/22

Fish Report 12/30/22

Going Toggin

One Last Load of Pyramids in 2022..

Fishing Tog on Boat Regs 


IF YOU BOOK, LEAVE YOUR BEST POSSIBLE CONTACT NUMBER & LISTEN TO YOUR MESSAGES! 


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. She won't take reservations for trips that are not announced. If you leave a message that you want to book Feb 32? ..she probably won't call you back. 


Tog only - cbass closed because of NOAA's bad catch estimates..

Saturday, Dec 31, 6:30 to 4 - $175 - 12 Anglers sells out. (This trip has some reservations already because I canceled Thursday.) 

Sunday, Jan 1st, 7:30 to 3:00 - $135 - this trip close to shore in warm(er!) west winds - 12 Anglers sells out. 

Monday Jan 2 - 6:30 to 4 - $175 - 12 Anglers sells out. 

Tues Jan 3 - 6:30 to 4 - $175 - 12 Anglers Sells Out


Boat Rule: 3 Tog @ 16 Inches - only one can be a female. (Maryland is 4 of any sex - we're fishing the boat rule.) Release of all sizes encouraged. Keep a few for dinner? Sure. Load the neighbors up? Not so good for the fishery's future. 

Funny, 3 tog at 16 inches was my boat rule from 1992 to 2003 too.. 


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


Does the thought of not keeping a state legal limit gives you pain? Then you will not like tog fishing with me.. Shoot, I may have some clients skunked every trip all winter. Seriously. 

Togging is a most unkind fishery - especially for the novice. Then, I've also seen abecedarians bowed-up steady while incredibly skilled anglers suffer in hubris. 

But when it is kind? 

As Tommy said, "The tug is the drug.. Bully Bob says, "They're Delmarva Grouper." 


12 Anglers Sells Out so anglers can move to the bite. Boat has 20 well marked spots. If someone's in a spot? No mugging. If it's open? Have at it. 

Green crabs provided. You're welcome to BYO crabs for 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.. 


If fishing the stern area waterproof boots are advised in fall & winter. Shoes & sneakers will ruin your day. 

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

https://www.facebook.com/ocfishing/ 


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. 

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.


In addition to OC Reef Foundation deployments of barges, tugs, & bargeloads of material (such as Tiki XIV's recent deployments of 750 reef pyramids,) I take reef block every time the boat goes in the ocean. 

Block Update! As of 11/30/22 we have 38,600 Reef Blocks & 1239 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 1,323 (+ 15 Reef Pyramids) - Capt. Bob's Inshore Block Drop 912 - Benelli Reef 1,552 (+ 118 Pyramids) - Capt. Bob's Bass Grounds Reef 4,111 (+ 88 reef pyramids) - Wolf & Daughters Reef 734 - Dr. Berger's Reef 1,525 (+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 ..


Honest truth about Tog Trips!

Do you like a good old fashioned 'drop and reel' sea bass bite? Like steady action? 

Yeah, umm, toggin/blackfishing ain't that. (Except in the rarest of occasions!) This fishery, tog fishing, is the hardest from among my target species. Skunks can and do happen! Even skilled tog fishers, and I mean from among the very best, can get their head handed to em. Worse still - I've even been completely skunked while tog fishing! (Whoever said "A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work" dern sure didn't carry fishing parties for a living!) 

Still, because the challenge of catching tog is both our test & attraction - we go! 

If you're this guy: "Ah, Capt, I thought we'd catch 20 pounders today?" Oh Mercy! I'm just glad if clients get bit!

I'm telling you here - I had many, many anglers get skunked last winter and in years before also.

This fishery is tough getting tougher. Those 'dinner fish' kept 10 & more years ago would have been today's jumbos. 


I run Tog Trips light so anglers can move to the bite - or try too!

For those in need of the blow-by-blow catch reports, I post after every trip to facebook..


If you want a spot call the reservation line! Emailing me is no good - service handles reservations. I do ck email for questions - sometimes ck FaceBook messenger.. 

Tog (Blackfish) Trips Only - allowed zero sea bass. They're closed now because of bad MRIP catch estimates.



Reef Report 12/25/22 

Capt Stormy and the crew of the Tiki XIV  snuck one more load of 2022 reef pyramids to the Bass Grounds on Tuesday, December 20, 2022.. That's 750 in three trips. 

Nice start to a reef! 

It's entirely possible anglers in December 2122 & December 2222 will have drop and reel fishing for sea bass, and be nicking a few fluke for holiday meals too. Fruits of this labor shall indeed be enjoyed for a very long time. 

All these pyramids were contributed by Kinsley Construction of York, PA. They poured em, stored em & trucked em at no charge. 

As ever in reef building turning a substrate into reef requires marine transportation. 

Boats, tugs, barges - all expensive. 

Help! 

..and, of late, raffle players sure have. 


Next week is it! Four Grand Prizes will be drawn New Years Day by my young and innocent mermaid loving 8 yo friend, Lilly. We have a great suite of prizes: a Benelli semiauto in 12ga from Benelli USA; a Seiko watch, and a diamond covered circle hook necklace both from Park Place Jewelers, and a full day charter on my rig any time we're fishing..


Our annual reef raffle is absolutely changing the ocean for the better. Whether fishing, diving, or just a good way to create marine habitat, the Ocean City Reef Foundation is doing it. 


Particulars! 

Drawing Is New Year's Day! 

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 ocreefs.org at the 'donation' tab.  Courtney will fill the name 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 too!


Merry Christmas All!

Monty 


Capt Monty Hawkins

mhawkins@ocreefs.org 


Capt Monty Hawkins 
Mhawkins@morningstarfishing.com 
Info@ocreefs.org

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