Morning Star Fish Report

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Fish Report 5/4/21

Fish Report 5/4/21
Opening Sea Bass Trips from Sunday, May 16, 2021 to the end of May. 
No Tog Trips Announced Here - Look for a big weekend of reef building though. Will announce separately..

May Trips Are NonRefundable! Reschedule in event of bad weather? Of Course! But no refunds.. 
Opening May 16 to May 31 for sea bass trips. Size limit 12.5 inches - 15 per person. 

Sea Bass Only - Prices Same As Last Year — Saturdays 6:30 to 3:30 at $155.00 — Weekdays & Sundays 7 to 3 at $135 — All cbass trips sell out at 18...
Reservations Required - Call Anna (and sometimes Hanna!) Open 8am to 8pm at 443-235-5577 

Owing Covid regulations during the spring of 2020 I began selling out with clients far more apart than usual.
My idea all along has been to space people out more - to give anglers more elbow room while fishing. Charge more? Sure, have to. But elbow room's a rare thing on a busy partyboat. 
When I started in 2003 I carried 25 souls, and that was already offering more room per-person than any boat I knew of. 
At Covid's beginning we were allowed 10 people. That certainly wasn't enough to survive on as a business. Later in June we were allowed more clients. I spaced everyone out an additional foot from CDC recommendations (save in the stern where it's a bit tighter.) 
That made it 18 anglers.  
Seemed well received by clients. Satisfaction was very high. Worked OK for me too. Not as much in fares; but what price happier clients and less stressed captain & crew?
Although we're still not quite out of the woods with Covid, even when given the "All Clear" I'm not going back to 25. 
Eighteen sells out for all but winter tautog trips which have always been fewer still. 

As ever, 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.

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. This is 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 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 doesn't replace the backbone.. Have to keep a shoulder into reef building to make it happen. Not just our block project! OCRF sank 2 barges (one was 200 feet!) a large tug, and two smaller boats in months past. 
Donations get put to work! 

Our smallest reef project.. 
As of 5/3/21 we have 33,394 Reef Blocks + 279 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/Lucas Alexander's Reefs 1,796 Blocks (+44 Reef Pyramids) - Doug Ake's Reef 4,114 blocks (+16 Pyramid Reef Pyramids) - St. Ann's 2,545 (+6 Reef Pyramids) - Sue's Block Drop 1,562 (+20 Reef Pyramids) - TwoTanks Reef 1,323 (+ 11 Reef Pyramids) - Capt. Bob's Inshore Block Drop 912 - Benelli Reef 1,471 (+ 15 Pyramids) - Rudy's Reef 425 - Capt. Bob's Bass Grounds Reef 3,274 (+52 reef pyramids) - Wolf & Daughters Reef 734 - Al Berger's Reef 669 (+4 Reef Pyramids) - Great Eastern Block Drop 914 (+9 Reef Pyramids).. And a soon-to-be-named reef at Russell's Reef 30 Blocks & 49 Pyramids - We've also begun work at Capt Greg Hall's Memorial Reef with 72 Tog Monster Blocks.
Cheers 
Monty 

Capt Monty Hawkins 
Mhawkins@morningstarfishing.com 
Info@ocreefs.org
Reservation Line 443-235-5577

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