Final Trip of 2017

By Scott Lenox

Final Trip of 2017

It is c-c-c-cold outside b-b-b-bro….BUT the wind was light today and with it forecast to blow again starting tomorrow it was a good day to get in some fishing before the end of the year.  There are still plenty of rockfish off of our coast….unfortunately they are once again outside of the three mile line where anglers are not even supposed to target rockfish, much less keep them.  We still have an opportunity for some fish to come by over the next several weeks, but it’s my opinion that the wind needs to blow from somewhere out of the east for the bait and rockfish to be pushed inside of three miles.  Another unfortunately….it’s supposed to blow somewhere out of the west for the next several days so I think local rock fishermen will need a lot of luck if they are to catch any fish inside the highly stupid EEZ.

On a much more optimistic note, the MD tautog season reopens on Monday, January 1 to a 16″ size limit and a 4 per person creel limit which is music to the ears of bottom bouncers that know that winter toggin’ can produce some of the biggest fish of the season.  It’s been nice having some good sea bass and flounder fishing this month to keep folks busy.

Speaking of good sea bass fishing, Captain Chris Mizurak and his crew of the Angler had a good day of sea bassing today, even though it was a cold one!  When Angler left the dock this morning it was a “balmy 17 degrees”, but folks that were willing to brave the cold were rewarded with good fishing with fish up to 3 pounds and some nice sized bluefish mixed in on the Angler’s last trip of the season.

My good buddy Steve Merther and his friend Derek Dengler had a nice day aboard the Angler with Captain Chris today.  The guys combined for a nice cooler full of bass and Derek caught himself a stud bluefish… was too damn cold to hold fish for pics!

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