JUNE 5, 2020 - CAPTAIN MONTY HAWKINS: Catching's (mostly) Great! - COVID conditions continue.. - Opening June 22 to 30 for Sea Bass Trips.

Fishery Issues, Fishery Management, and the latest Fishery news.

JUNE 5, 2020 - CAPTAIN MONTY HAWKINS: Catching's (mostly) Great! - COVID conditions continue.. - Opening June 22 to 30 for Sea Bass Trips.

Postby EC NEWELLMAN » Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:19 am

The latest from Captain Monty Hawkins, owner and operator of the fv MORNING STAR out of OCEAN CITY, MD.

Fish Report 6/5/20

Catching's (mostly) Great! - COVID conditions continue.. - Opening June 22 to 30 for Sea Bass Trips.


Greetings All,

Writing June 4th, the ocean is gorgeous today.

It remains, however, that I’ve “Never seen so much windy weather in May.” Thanks goodness that cycle’s broken - or seems to be! We’re getting in trips.

Catching too. Often have at least half my clients limited. That’s unusual for June. I owe it to reduced pressure. Although there’s an uptick in Private Boats, Party Boat pressure in actual number of rods is likely off 70% percent owing COVID regs and weather.

I'm opening the rest of June now (22nd to 30th) with the same No Refund/Reschedule Only policy as May. With Covid restrictions in place (I'm sold-out at half my normal fares!) my minimized cash flow cannot handle a string of refund days. It's virtually all regulars who are buying these trips anyway. 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. I also saved myself a spot (1) through 6/21. If you cannot book a trip (if the service says ‘sold out’) I may (might!) have an opening - email me at mhawkins@morningstarfishing.com.. No Promises!


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 June 30th for NonRefundable sea bass trips. Size limit 12.5 inches - 15 sea bass per person.

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. Have to be carefull..)

Sailing Daily (as rotten weather allows!) - NonRefundable Saturdays 6:30 to 3:30 at $155.00 — NonRefundable Weekdays & Sundays 7 to 3 at $135 - Boat sells out at 1/2 my normal (already way spaced out!) rail until the “All Clear” is given. (3 across the stern with 7 feet between them, then 8+ feet between clients going up the rails port/stb..)

Trips Also Announced on socialized media 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!

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.

29,465 Reef Blocks + 94 Concrete Pyramids (170lb ea) have been deployed at numerous sites as of 6/4/20..

Here are sites currently being targeted:

- Capt. Jack Kaeufer’s Reef 1,287 Blocks (+41 Reef Units)

- Doug Ake's Reef 3,995 blocks (+14 Pyramid Reef Units)

- St. Ann's 2,387 (+5 Reef Units)

- Sue's Block Drop 1,434 (+18 Reef Units)

- TwoTanks Reef 1,055 (+ 8 Reef Units)

- Capt. Bob's Inshore Block Drop 900

- Benelli Reef 1,184 (+ 10 Pyramid Units)

- Rudy's Reef 209

- Capt. Bob's Bass Grounds Reef 2,528 (+43 reef units)

- Wolf & Daughters Reef 713

- Al Berger’s Reef 373 (+1 Reef Unit)

- Great Eastern Block Drop 513 (+6 Reef Units)..


Capt. Monty Hawkins
Partyboat Morning Star - OCMD

User avatar
Posts: 12632
Joined: Tue Oct 14, 2008 5:46 pm


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

Designed & Hosted by:

Copyright ©2009 by Fishing United
All Rights Reserved