Fishing aboard the Morningstar
Ocean City, Maryland
The Sunrise over the inlet was the beginning what was to be a great day of fishing and the start of the season for most of the anglers. We all boarded the Morningstar and the the captain and mate got us headed to sea in short order. For those of you that have not fished on headboats or are not familiar with the Morningstar, this article describes what a typical day can be like. On this trip, we were in search of tautog. This fish is very hard to catch and tends to draw a certain type of angler.
Headboat trips are a great way to meet people and learn about different types of fishing. The atmosphere is very friendly on the boat, with seasoned fishermen on board from as far away as New York.
The captain and mate were both friendly, courteous and quick to explain the various tactics, something that I am not used to seeing on trips like this. Captain Monty has a long resume and is certainly the top in his field in Ocean City but also among the top captains in the mid Atlantic area. I have spoken to several anglers that fish from NY to NC and they speak very highly of Capt. Monty.
After a short ride the boat slowed and made the sweeping circles that indicate the search for structure.
The crew positioned the boat and the order was given to drop lines. Within seconds, Bobby, the seasoned head boat veteran from New York landed a 21" cod! What a start to a trip!
Another difference is the Morningstar is the trend towards an attitude of conservation and responsible fishing. We tagged 19 tautog and 2 cod on the trip and witnessed the process of fish tagging first hand. We released all undersize fish and some nice large females which were tagged.
Anglers had a very productive trip. The largest tog was 12 lbs and several were 10 lbs or more. One dedicated angler was a flurry of activity, catching 14 togs and a 22" cod. Everyone enjoyed the trip and had a nice catch to take home.
The Morningstar website is here