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Fish Report 4/17/21
All of a sudden I’m free tomorrow.. (which is Sunday 4/18/21)
Weather is as perfect as a forecast can be - So let’s go toggin!

Greetings All, 
Wasn’t sure if I could get freed up tomorrow. All Good. If I can find a handful of clients - Gone Fishin!
Yes, I consider tog fishing but a shade of it’s former glory - so much so that I’ve got a boat limit that’s half the State’s regulation. We’re fishing a two tautog limit with only one female allowed.
Many clients are opting to release them all or just keeping one.
It’s also true that some clients aren’t catching one to keep on a trip! And I’m talking about skilled anglers.. 
Last weekend we had a sloooow Saturday. Anchoring, even with 40 years experience and lots of tricks - No Joy! 
Then Sunday I anchored just three times. The last set lasted for hours, as did the bite.
Saturday bad/Sunday close to excellent..
Both days were “Kick around the back 40” trips..
So, maybe I can scratch up a few folks who’d like to go on a beautiful Sunday (4/18/21) and, same type of trip, on Wednesday 4/21/21 — Depart 7, Return at 3 — $125.00 — 12 clients sells out — Two Fish Limit! Only One Tog Can Be Female.
Reservations w/Anna at 443-235-5577

It’s tough fishing in my toughest fishery but not without an occasional pleasant surprise. 

I appreciate when folks are throwing back keepers. Nothing wrong with boxing a few for dinner either; but reducing our harvest is going to have to be a significant part of our effort if we’re to leave this as a viable fishery for following generations. 
Building new habitat is also important. However, if the population is always fished down to size limit like on any shore access jetty, new habitat offers far less. When a population is building with some fish escaping harvest to grow large, only then is fishery management hitting stride—that’s when a bag limit is actually working. 
Yes, I’m going toggin - but with a boat limit far more restrictive than State regs and NO expectation of great fishing. 
Tog Trips in April 2021 have a 2 Tog at 16 inches boat limit. Of those two, only one may be a female. 
That’s less than half the state’s limit. 
I’ve needed to do this for some while. 
It’s a Boat Limit - aboard My Boat. 
It’s NOT A State or Fed Regulation Change! 

This fishery is tough getting tougher. Skunks happen on a daily basis. Even with incredibly skilled anglers aboard - goose eggs! But, here come some good fish too.. The tug is the drug. 

Released Tog Count In Our Pool. We go by LENGTH. 
No Live Tog Leave The Boat. All Kept Tog Will Be Bled. 

Reservations Required at 443-235-5577
Tog (Blackfish) Trips Only - Allowed zero sea bass. They're closed now.

IF YOU BOOK LEAVE YOUR BEST POSSIBLE CONTACT NUMBER & LISTEN TO YOUR MESSAGES -
Weather Cancellations Happen - I Make Every Attempt To Let Clients Sleep In If The Weather's Not Going Our Way..

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.

Bait is provided on all trips: Shrimp & green crabs for tog. (Whites Are USUALLY available from crew for a reasonable cost...) 

I have always encouraged releasing female tog; any keeper, really, that’s in good shape. Those who respect the fishery know what they need to do. 

It's Simple To Prevent Motion Sickness, Difficult To Cure. Bonine seems best because it's non-drowsy. It’s 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.

Except in high-summer, waterproof boots are almost a necessity unless fishing the bow - sneakers will ruin your day when the water is cold! 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..

Covid is spiking again. We cannot fish with perfect safety. Wearing a mask mandatory in the salon - not at the rail. 

Our smallest reef project.. 
As of 4/8/21 we have 33,314 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 Reef 1,756 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 1,303 (+ 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 649 (+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.

Regards, 
Monty 

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






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