Friday, March 01, 2019

Fish Report 3/1/19

Fish Report 3/1/19 
Just Sunday & Next Saturday 
A Coming MRIP Report..
Reservations Required at 410 520 2076 - Staffed 24/7 (Asking me for a reservation via FB or Email is a guaranteed way to miss a chance at a spot - I rarely check FB messenger - I do check email but USE The Reservation Line if you want a spot)
On My Rig You Can Reserve What Spot You're In. Please See For How The Rail's Laid Out.. 
I run Tog Trips light so anglers can move to the bite - or try too!

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

Tog Trips Only: (No sea bass allowed. NOAA seems more & more clueless as to our actual recreational catch. Could very well flare-up in
coming regulations. That is to say, MRIP could, again, really worsen
sea bass regulation in 2019..

Yes - we've had several of my best trips in YEARS. That DOES NOT MEAN IT'S ABOUT TO HAPPEN AGAIN!! ("Ah, Capt., I thought we'd catch 20 pounders today?") Oh Mercy! 

I'm telling you here -  I've had many, many anglers skunked this winter..
11 Hour Tog Trips - Sunday 3/3/19 - Sat 3/9/19 - Swinging For The Fence! Water's Cold! Skunks Possible! Depart 6:30
to 5:30 - $150.00 - 16 Sells Out.. 

Trips Also Announced on Facebook at Morning Star Fishing & my personal FB page..

Tog trips thus far were hardly world class affairs. Catch? Yes, Usually. But not great. Some double digit fish.. Two of my Best trips in years recently as well, but that was two days among many.. Otherwise very few guys have limited.
We've put lots of great tags in jumbos. This is a fishery for the passionate blackfisher, not the freezer-filler!

Bait is provided on all trips: green crabs for tog. (Whites MIGHT be
available from crew for a reasonable cost..) Our Tog Pool Is By Length: A Tog That's Been Released Counts The Same As One In The Boat.

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
over-slept or had a flat..

No Live Tog Leave The Boat - Dead & Bled - Period. (I Believe The Live Tog Black Market Has Hurt This Fishery ..But Nowhere Near As Much As Bad Sea Bass Regulation)
Agreed With Or Not, All Regulations Observed – Maryland: 4 Tog @ 16 Inches

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 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 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.

In winter waterproof boots are almost a necessity - sneakers can ruin
your day. While some rarely, or never, wear gloves for fishing, you'd
not likely see me fishing this time of year w/o at least the half-finger wool gloves. Tuck a "hot hands" warmer in the palm and life is good..
Layers are best because, believe it or not, sometimes it can be very
pleasant offshore--especially when the wind lays down. In winter it's
warmer offshore owing to warmer waters. In summer it's cooler..

Sponsor the Ocean City Reef Foundation!
We're Nowhere Near Reef Building's True Potential.

If you have concrete blocks in the backyard taking up space and just
making snake reef, bring em. We'll toss em overboard with the rest.

24,230 Reef Blocks have been deployed at numerous sites. (Site totals not updated since 1/22/19.. 
Here are sites currently being targeted: Capt. Jack Kaeufer's Reef 680 - Doug Ake's Reef 3,755 - St. Ann's 2,234 - Sue's Block Drop 637 - TwoTanks Reef 432 - Capt. Bob's Inshore Block Drop 900 - Benelli Reef 746 - Capt. Bob's Bass Grounds Reef 1,274 - Wolf & Daughters Reef 688 - 56 at Al Berger's Reef.

Greetings All, 

Greetings All, 
Last couple trips were No Joy! 
Mate Kevin on Kane's boat FishBound had 4 tog on Go Pro camera looking at crab -- with no interest whatever in eating any! 
They can sure be fussy. Can't fix it. 
One of my best trips ever followed by 3 stinkers. 
That's toggin. 
Going again.  

Looking into more about MRIP (NOAA's recreational catch estimates).. They continue to increase catch based on whatever their illusions are based on.. 
With sea bass, for instance, Delaware had over 8K pounds caught - from Shore! And, MRIP's proud to tell all who will listen, those DE shore-caught sea bass averaged 1.9 pounds apiece! 
In fact, of the 114,000 lbs of Shore-Caught sea bass in 2018 - they ALL averaged 1.9 pounds!
Nice work if you can get it.. 
It's way-way worse than just this. Much worse. 
Working on a Fish Report about it. 
The National Academy of Sciences looked at MRIP, what? last year?Said, 'Attaboy!' Said to strengthen this and that but that they're on the right track. 
I wrote & wrote -a dozen comments- know people on the NAS. 
No good. 
Believe me - MRIP is way worse than MRFFS was. And getting worse still. 
What a shame. 
Anyway, I'll try to show any who will read exactly why MRIP's cooking EVERYONE's books when it comes to inflating rec catch. 
It affects every aspect of fisheries management to plug so much foul data into their computations. 
That's getting worse too. 

Go see if the toggin's any better than I left it... 

Capt. Monty Hawkins 
Partyboat Morning Star OCMD

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