Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Fish Report 7/14/20

Fish Report 7/14/20 
Sea Bass Fishing Has Remained Excellent Longer Into July(!) Than I've Seen Since 2003. Now it's just "Good." (With some Excellent days)  
COVID conditions continue.. 
Am posting detailed day by day reports on Facebook...

Opening to August 17 - All Trips for Sea Bass Are Now Sold Out at 18 Clients. Not 25, but beats heck out of 8 & 10! 
See Below For Trip Schedule. 

I'm now opening through August 17 with the same "No Refund/Reschedule Only" policy as May & June. With Covid restrictions in place, my minimized cash flow cannot handle a string of refund days. If I cancel - Y'all know I'm good for a trip another day. 
If you have a reschedule on the book you're welcome to book any spot that's open on any day.  
If you miss the boat however, you done Missed The Boat! No refund or reschedule for a missed trip. 

Weather Cancellations Happen - I Make Every Attempt To Let Clients Sleep In If The Weather's Not Going Our Way..
COVID Regs Trips Are NonRefundable! Reschedule in event of bad weather? Of Course! But no refunds.. If you can't abide a reschedule - don't book! 
Opening to July 12th for NonRefundable sea bass trips. Size limit 12.5 inches - 15 sea bass per person. 

Reservation Line 410-520-2076(emailing me does no good. The service will have real time info. Worse is FB messenger. I only check it once a week or so. Reservation info? Call em.) 

If in the passenger salon - Mask Required. If you refuse a mask, BYO life jacket! (but seriously, not only do I not want anyone taking ill -- if one Partyboat anywhere sparks an outbreak we'll ALL get shut down again. With many states at new highs, it's anyone's guess.. Regardless DelMarVa's decline in corona, we must remain carefull!) 

Sailing Daily (as weather allows!) - NonRefundable Saturdays 6:30 to 3:30 at $155.00 — NonRefundable Weekdays & Sundays 7 to 3 at $135 - Boat sells out with clients spaced out more than usual until the "All Clear" is given (plenty unlikely!) That's 4 across the stern with 7 clients going up the rails port/stb on a 55' 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
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. 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 backbone.. Have to keep a shoulder into reef building to make it happen. 
Donations help too! Ocreefs.org  

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

30,240 Reef Blocks + 167 Concrete Pyramids (170lb ea) have been deployed at numerous sites as of 7/14/20..  
Here are sites currently being targeted: Capt. Jack Kaeufer's Reef 1,336 Blocks (+44 Reef Units) - Doug Ake's Reef 4,024 blocks (+16 Pyramid Reef Units) - St. Ann's 2,411 (+6 Reef Units) - Sue's Block Drop 1,490 (+20 Reef Units) - TwoTanks Reef 1,139 (+ 11 Reef Units) - Capt. Bob's Inshore Block Drop 900 - Benelli Reef 1,340 (+ 15 Pyramid Units) - Rudy's Reef 209 - Capt. Bob's Bass Grounds Reef 
2,740 (+52 reef units)  - Wolf & Daughters Reef 713 - Al Berger's Reef 475 (+4 Reef Unit) - Great Eastern Block Drop 583 (+9 Reef Units).. 

Been building a little coral reef every trip for over a decade now. We drop two dozen or so blocks daily; sometimes over 300 on special 'block trips.' Have recently crossed the 30,000 block mark. Sure had a lot of help getting there. I'll list some of those good folks below. 
In September 2019 we also began deploying 170lb concrete pyramids made from a mold of my own design. Now at 167 deployed, reef pyramids are working exactly as hoped. Rather than burying into the bottom as most reef material does, these are sinking to the bottom of the arch; then sand flows freely without further scour/burial ..at least so far! 
Building a big artificial reef is expensive. That's what the Reef Foundation does. 
Building artificial reef off the back of my partyboat is not. Just takes a lot longer. 
Tugs & barges with many truckloads of 'off inventory' precast concrete pipe and such, or especially cleaning a massive ship to EPA specs - that's big money. We have money for a 500 ton bargeload of concrete in the OC Reef Foundation's coffers now. As soon as a barge becomes available, we'll load and go. Sure would like to make two trips. It's all about funding! 
Meanwhile? Take a little bit of reef material everyday. Sure adds up. 
If you'd like to help with our projects great and small, please visit ocreefs.org - will soon be announcing a special pyramid project. Will take all the help I can get on that one..

From among many who helped with more than a tractor trailer load of reef blocks: David & Jeff Bauer, both have helped from the beginning of this project - York Building Materials(!) - Mo & Joe O'Boyle who allow us to store block on their WOC lot - Excelon - Brian Carneiro & Parker Block.. The Nature Conservancy actually started it with the donation of two pallets of "Oyster Castle" blocks - at least a hundred folks have helped on dedicated block trips over the years, & likely over a thousand clients have helped load the boat each morning.. 
It works. We press ahead.


Capt Monty Hawkins 

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