Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Fish Report 6/29/21

Reef Report 6/29/21 
Opening July 4th & 5th! 
Sunday Night Winners
Projects Rundown 
34,000 Reef Blocks
NICE Rod & Reel for the July 4th Reef Raffle drawing.. 

With a (not so) clever Capt trick 27 I opened July thinking I'd offer some special trips so I booked Sundays and Monday out - no regular trips those days. 
Then I realized that includes 4th of Julyweekend!
Have a couple fellows who've gone many a 4th with me - I've now reopened the 4th and 5th to regular sea bass trips. 
Fresh Reef Update Below..

Fishing has been productive with at least some clients limited on cbass every day. That's REALLY unusual for June. What will July bring? We'll just have to go fishing! Daily reports with lots of pics posted daily to Facebook. 

Opening All Of July except Sundays & Mondays for (probably!) sea bass trips—now open 4th & 5th Sun/Mon too! If we start catching something else (fluke or mahi) I won't keep it a secret. Size limit on cbass is 12.5 inches - 15 per person. 

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

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 (but later - email is always first) 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. 
Now working on two tugs and a 140' Barge! 
Donations get put to work! 

Our smallest reef project.. 
As of 6/29/21 we have 34,007 Reef Blocks + 352 Concrete Pyramids (170lb ea) deployed at numerous ACE permitted reef sites. 
Currently being targeted: Virginia Lee Hawkins Memorial Reef 99 Reef Blocks (+53 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 2,645 (+8 Reef Pyramids) - Sue's Block Drop 1,562 (+20 Reef Pyramids) - TwoTanks Reef 1,183 (+ 11 Reef Pyramids) - Capt. Bob's Inshore Block Drop 912 - Benelli Reef 1,471 (+ 15 Pyramids) - Rudy's Reef 465 - Capt. Bob's Bass Grounds Reef 3,314 (+52 reef pyramids) - Wolf & Daughters Reef 734 - Al Berger's Reef 809 (+10 Reef Pyramids) - Great Eastern Block Drop 934 (+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 92 Tog Monster Blocks & 2 Pyramids…

Greetings All, 
Really is our smallest reef building project—far and away our least expensive too!—but I like to mark the Reef Block project's milestones. Thirty-four thousand is such a place. Lot of truckloads; lots & lots of block contributions! 
We've rarely had to buy reef blocks since words gotten around to plants & yards in the business. When they pull block off inventory, we turn it into coral substrate. Fish sure won't care whether colors match! 
Numerous small contributions have aided the effort as well - from one to a couple hundred; we'll sure take em offshore. 
A few hundred blocks won't build reef, but a few thousand will! 
Takes a while doing 20 or so a day. 
More coming too. 

Capt. Darrell Nottingham will have a reef named after him before fall has passed. Its never a sure bet in this business until it's on our mooring, but a large east coast towing company has offered us a 140' (about) barge that was only used to carry freshwater to ships.
Woah! Nice to have zero cleaning! ((large ships cost millions to clean to EPA specs..) If there's anyway possible I'll have 6 or 8 truckloads of cement pipe loaded and anchored tightly w/cable before sinking. Barges make great reef. Barges with concrete? Fantastic! 
I'm also awaiting news on a pair of 70'+- tugs in the Chesapeake for the Arnold Family Reef Project. Should head into the next step soon. 
There's a barge at Aberdeen Proving Grounds that keeps popping up. May end up a project.. Imagine if they decided to clean up and reef all that surplus and target material.. Shewww… 
Then there's the Pyramid Project.. Bear Concrete is cranking em out now (Thanks Nicky!) as is Atlantic Concrete in Dagsboro (TY Jon & Frank!) and Gillis Gilkerson, (Thanks Dwight & Bruce!) a large local region firm.. Now too they're joined by another large firm, larger, that's testing the idea to see if it meshes with their plant.. 
Fingers Crossed! 
There will come a day when waste cement formed into pyramids will soon be making not just coral reef off the coast, but providing oyster substrate as well.

Haven't had a "Reef Dinner" in two years. Putting fund raising emphasis on our Benelli Reef Raffle. Dang sure I'd like to ramp this raffle idea up even more. We're doing a weekly winner and two t-shirts with a grand prize New Years Day.. There's room for this to grow! 
Pulled three tix last Sunday night for our weekly winners. Rusty D got to chose between deep diving lures contributed by Ben Feezer or a trip on the Morning Star contributed by Walter Moore. The lures remain in the prize pool. It's Rusty's second win. Steve C won his second t-shirt: for both of them the next win's a sweat. (then they start over!) Hurricane Murray pulled his first win for a t-shirt.  
The July 4th Drawing will be for a Diawa Saltist 15H and Shimano Trevela rod combo contributed by the Morning Star crew. Promise - it's a sweet rig for local reef fishing. I'd use it myself if I wasn't raffle if it off!
If you've anything to contribute to the weeklies, let me know via email and we'll sort it out. Got a call yesterday; headed over to AllTackle today to see what they have for this Reef Fundraiser. 
Raffle tix can be bought online at ocreefs.org. or at Raceway Citgo. Grand prizes are a pair of top-shelf Benelli 12gauges including an 828U over/under.. Pow!! Weekly winners (30 some remaining drawings!) go right back into the raffle pool. 
If I forget you in anyway in any communication? Remind me! Busy as a one-legged man in a butt kicking contest.. Every now and then I need a swift kick myself! 

Capt Monty Hawkins 

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