12.5.13 9:27 am
by Larry Jock
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WEDNESDAY, December 4, 2013
Just a reminder... the Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament starts on Monday, December 9th and runs through Sunday, December 15th. Registration is THIS SUNDAY, December 8th at the Marlin Club beginning at 6PM. Captain's Meeting starts at 7:30 PM. Weigh-in's are each day from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Ake Marine. Cost is $100 per vehicle (up to 4 surf anglers), $200 per boat (up to 4 anglers) and $400 per charter boat. Awards given to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place for rockfish, red drum and bluefish.
The striper bite slowed today with the best bite back up the line off Sea Colony.
The big news today were the multiple Coast Guard boats seen heading out of the Ocean City Inlet early afternoon, including a couple of new stealth boats that supposedly cannot be detected via radar. Sounds like the CG is really stepping up efforts this year to curb striper fishing outside the 3-miles line.
Danny Oliver, Ross Kendall and John Monroe trolled tandem rigs at Little Gull and ended up with a pair of nice size stripers.
TUESDAY, December 3, 2013
Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" reported, "Have had at least some sea bass limits everyday with limits all-around the rail another. Jigging's been pretty consistent, but bait's better for cooler filling. Blues are verging on being a nuisance. If you want them, bring a bigger cooler with ice. Spiny dogfish are a pain in the neck. Truly like a pack of dogs, they've been running us off good spots. They come, we move."
Skip and Lisa Courtney on the "Sea Mist" reported that they caught their limit of stripers while trolling at Little Gull. Fish measured 36-40 inches. Best bite was early morning with their first bite at 7:30 am and they were done by 9am.
Tim Romberger caught a pair of stripers while trolling 2 miles, straight out from the OC Inlet. Largest fish measured 39-inches. Tim said he had a lot of pulls and some really good marks.
John Monroe, Ross Kendall and Lee Kendall caught their limit of 6 stripers while trolling Stick2It Lures at Little Gull. Fish measured between 39 and 41 inches.
Scott White caught a 43-inch striper while trolling at Little Gull Shoal.
Danny Cox and Rob Jager trolled mojo rigs in the afternoon, 2-miles out from the OC Inlet and caught 4 stripers measuring between 35 and 38-inches.
John Sikorski and Tom Conway caught their limit of 4 stripers while trolling at Little Gull in the morning. Fish measured between 35 adn 42-inches.
Mark Longanecker hit Little Gull in the afternoon and caught a 41-inch striper while trolling a Stick2It tandem rig.
MONDAY, December 2, 2013
Ocean was nicer than expected. I heard from a couple of anglers who caught their limit of stripers while trolling at Little Gull this morning. Seems like the early morning bite continues to be the best of the day.
On the headboat, "Morning Star", Tom Lane caught a 19 lb. cod while fishing with clams at an ocean wreck. This is the largest cod Capt. Monty has seen since June 13, 1982.
SUNDAY, December 1, 2013
Like on Friday, striper fisherman who hit the seas early had a better chance of their limit today with the best bite occuring between between sunrise and 9:00 in the morning. After that, anglers picked away at them throughout the day. Water temperature hovered around 48.4 degrees. The top spots were around Little Gull down to the Sliver and further north off Sea Colony.
Although quite a few anglers caught fish, many more got skunked. Very frustrating day because good marks of bait, with boomerrangs underneath, were seen on sounder screens up and down the line, but it was tough to get a strike.
I have a feeling that the bulk of fish are moving down the coast on the 10-mile line, like they seem to do most years.
Jeff Valdivia caught a pair of stripers on the troll at Little Gull. Fish measured 36" and 41".
Frank Lanigan reported that he went to Sea Colony early in the morning and caught a striper on a trolled Stretch lure. He said that there were around 40 boats up there working very tight together. Bite was decent until around noon but you had to be right on the fish to get a bite.
Stretch lures and chartreuse umbrella rigs seemed to be the ticket.
Walt Cunningham called in to report catching a pair of stripers on the 3-mile line between 65th Street and the highrises. Walt's largest fish meaured 46-inches and weighed 34 lbs.
SATURDAY, November 30, 2013
Ocean was "toothy" today, so not many tried to fish. Some stripers were caught in the surf off the coast at 3R's Road in Delaware. Other stripers were caught further north in Gordon's Pond. Some measured over 40-inches.
FRIDAY, November 29, 2013
Finally had a fishable day. Most boats headed north of the OC Inlet. Bite was nowhere near as good as hoped for. Sounds like most boats got their couple of fish early. Most struggled all day to find fish. Best concentration of bait seemed to be a mile or two south of Sea Colony between 2 and 3 miles off the beach. Stripers weren't as big as we have seen them over the past couple of weeks. Other spots with decent marks of bait were on the 3 mile line off Seacrets and also off 70th Street.
Water temperature was around 48.4 degrees.
Further north, I received a report from Jeff Griffin on the "Cindy Sue II" that they had a good day trolling Stretch 25's at Brown Shoal. They caught 20 stripers, keeping 6. The largest was 23.4 lbs.
Brew Mueller landed himself a 29-inch flounder on an ocean wreck. Fish weighed in at 8 lbs. 8 oz.
Chuck Wenzel, top striper fisherman in his company, hooked a 38-inch, 24 lb. striper while trolling a white mojo off the highrises in North OC.
TUESDAY, November 26, 2013
10:00 AM - Big Bird Cropper called in to report that he was catching stripers and red drum off the North Jetty this morning. No doubt, tossing Roy Rigs.
There are some anglers trolling the ocean before the bad weather starts to arrive this afternoon. Fish will be caught so stay tuned!
1:00 PM - Mike Tryon caught a 17 lb. 4 oz. bluefish while trolling parachute rigs in the ocean off 49th Street.
2:00 PM - Steve Insley from Bishopville, MD caught a 44-inch striper that weighed 25 lbs. on the scale at Ake Marine. The fish was caught on a blue Stretch 25 in 40-feet of water off 70th Street, just inside the 3-mile line.
2:15 PM - Tim Romberger reported in that they fished from 7:30 AM to noon, pretty much straight out from the OC Inlet to about 2 miles. Very little bird activity and marks were sporadic. However, once he found them the fish were thick. Came home with 2 keepers. Largest measured 42-inches and weighed 27.5 lbs. at Ake Marine.
3:30 PM - Mark Hill, Morgan Huntzinger and Gary Campbell brought 4 stripers by the office that they caught while trolling mojo's and daisey chains between 49th Street and the Pyramid Hotel (95th St.). The fish were caught in 40 feet of water, 2 miles off the beach. Their largest fish measured 41-inches and weighed 30 lbs. 4 oz.
MONDAY, November 25, 2013
9:16 AM - Received a report that whales were spotted and birds were working in front of 33rd Street. Also, 5 net boats were seen working off 25th Street.
SUNDAY, November 24, 2013
Incredibly windy. Crazy to go out!!
SATURDAY, November 23, 2013
The seas were snotty but not hateful. Some boats in search of stripers did head out, but the bite was slow. Those that got them, picked at them over a good amount of time. Sounds like the better bite was up north on the MD/DE line.
Fish were caught in 40 feet of water off the beach from 20th Street north.
Charter boat, "Get Sum" picked away and ended up with 3 or 4 during their morning trip. All while trolling mojo's.
The tog bite was good, evidenced by the number of boats crammed in on the tip of the South Jetty.
Brad Martin reported in that his group ended up with 8 keeper tog. The two largest measured 19" and 21".
Jen Tobias caught herself 3 tog measuring 16, 18 and 20 inches. The fish were caught on sand fleas on the north side of South Jetty.
Out of Indian River, Chris Graves of Georgetown, caught an absolutely beatiful 38 lb. striper on an umbrella rig at the mouth of the Delaware Bay. This fish measured 44 inches in length and had a 26 inch girth.
Matt Farr caught a 44-inch, 38 lb. striper while trolling tandem rigs off Sea Colony in DE.
FRIDAY, November 22, 2013
It was hit or miss on the striper scene today. Boats pecked away at them either jigging or trolling mojo's and Stretch lures. Just like it fhas been over the last couple of weeks, anglers are reporting tons of bait, but limited bites. Looks like most of the bait seen has been sand eels, whih makes sense, since I spoke to a buddy in NJ and he said the stripers they have been catching have been loaded with sand eels. Netters were working the ocean south of the Inlet, just past the Assateague Bridge.
Those trolling north of the Inlet found stripers surprisingly close to shore.
Jeff Valdivia captured a 41-inch, 36 lb. striper while trolling off 65th Street.
Frank Lanagan caught a thin 40 inch, 20 lb. striper on the troll north of the Inlet.
Tom Hart and Lou Drosey hooked 26 tautog at Russell's Reef. Only 1 was a keeper with all others in the 14-15" range.
On the headboat, "Angler", Brenden Fouts caught a 4 lb. sea bass while jigging on an ocean wreck. Darren Small caught a 7 lb. 8 oz. flounder on a strip of squid on an ocean wreck.
Also on the headboat, "Angler", Barry Cornish caught a 17 lb. 8 oz. bluefish while jigging on an ocean wreck.
THURSDAY, November 21, 2013
I know a few boats are going to try and venture out in search of migrating stripers today. Stay tuned!
2:23 PM - Received an update from an angler who was looking for some bluefish on Fenwick Shoal this morning. The reported that they trolled the shoal in rough sea conditions. Had gannets all around buy none were diving. They did mark some fish, but had no knockdowns.
4:15 PM - "Turn Me Loose" ended their long day of trolling tandems with 3 fish in the box caught between 28th Street and the highrises in North Ocean City. Their largest measured 38-inches. Kudos to the anglers who fished all day in snotty conditions!
Further north, here's Joe Morris' report from Lewes, DE. Joe has a great tackle shop (Lewes Harbour Marina) and really has a bead on what is going on in the DE Bay and other locations up north. Here's his report from today:
Another Windy Weekend
It looks like we're in for a blustery Saturday and Sunday. Supposed to blow northwest 15 to 20 knots Saturday, then 25 to 30 Sunday. We've lost a lot of days to wind, and this weekend might be a blowout too.
There have been reports of a real good striped bass bite off Barnegat the past couple days, in spite of wind. Sounds like there's a load of bait inshore, with butterfish, sand eels and bunker right on the beachfront. Limit catches were common among crews working metal jigs. Maybe some more stripers have slipped into Delaware Bay after yesterday's northeast? When it's been fishable, anglers had some beautiful bass, just not many of them. Whopper of the week was a 49 pounder, boated by Mike Ambler. The 50 inch long behemoth inhaled a live spot at 8B Buoy Saturday. Striper specialist Evan Falgowski had linesiders of 35, 40.2 and 47.2 pounds while trolling plugs at the end of last week. Rick McCoy managed a 32.7 pounder while eeling aboard the Quintessa.
The Lewes Harbour Striper Tournament runs through November 26th, and as of this writing, Evan Falgowski had the First and Third place spots with his rock weighing 47.2 and 40.2 pounds. Brian Seglem held Second with a 41.6 pound fish.
The chunking fleets up the Bay have been anchoring in Tussey's, the Horseshoe, Miah Maull and the Egg Island Flats, and catching considerable amounts of stripers, but almost all of them have been undersized. They're probably resident fish, and as more migratory bass move in, keeper sized specimens should go in the box. We're expecting a delivery of fresh bunker this morning for guys who want to try some bait fishing.
Togging has also been affected by wind. The boys on Katydid braved crappy conditions yesterday, and returned from the Brown Shoal reefs with 13 keeper tog, including Bob Murphy's 6.7 pounder and Dave Walker's 8.7 pounder. On days with decent conditions, tautog action was pretty good. Mr. Hong and his group of tautog regulars fished with Captain Pete on Top Fin Sunday, and put together a limit catch of 30 chunky blackfish. Toggers on the Grizzly had 29 keepers during Friday's trip. With Bay water temps in the upper 40's, tog should cooperate for awhile yet.
Surf fishermen have not had much success along the Ocean beach, although, we had a customer in over the weekend who had a 32 incher and several shorts while using cut bunker from Broadkill Beach.
WEDNESDAY, November 20, 2013
9:55 AM - Received a report this morning that commercial gill netters found good schools of stripers inside the 3-mile line, inshore of Fenwick Shoal.
TUESDAY, November 19, 2013
Very windy day today. Seas were snotty. Did see a boat venture out and north around 3:30 PM. Looks like they had to take it slow. Didn't see any birds working at that time although I had reports from "The Bear" that 1,000's of gannets were crashing off 24th Street and covering a 10 block stretch.
MONDAY, November 18, 2014
Stripers were caught north of the OC Inlet (off Seacrets) between 2 and 3 miles off the beach by anglers on the "Turn Me Loose". Fish were nice, with some pushing 30 lbs.
Good bird activity up the beach.
SUNDAY, November 17, 2014
There is a new striper tournament coming up. The 1st Annual Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament is scheduled for December 9th to 15th. You do not have to be a member of the Marlin Club to fish in this tournament. Entry fee is $200 for up to 4 anglers (non-charter boat), $400 for a charter boat and $100 per vehicle for up to 4 surf anglers. There are 1st, 2nd & 3rd place awards for rockfish, red drum & bluefish. Anglers can fish on any days from Monday, December 9th to Sunday, December 15th, with fishing times from 6:00 1m to 3:00 pm. Weigh-ins are each day from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Ake Marine. Registration is at the Ocean City Marlin Club on Sunday, December 8th at 6pm.
The charter boat, "On Delivery" caught their limit of tautog for 6 anglers while fishing just off the beach in 45 feet of water.
The tautog bite this weekend was much improved with fish snapping for 30 minutes on either side of the slack tides. Top spots were around the Rt. 50 Bridge, off Martha's Landing and in the Inlet. There was also a good bite at the 4th St. Bulkhead at high tide on Sunday morning. Tautog season in MD closes on November 27th and doesn't reopen until the first of the year. You can still tog fish in DE through the end of the year.
Charter boat, "Get Sum" had 7 keeper tautog today while fishing off Martha's Landing.
Stripers were found along the 3-mile line, north of the OC Inlet. Fish were nice size with some over 30 lbs. Caught on the troll.
SATURDAY, November 16, 2013
Beautiful day today. Light winds and flat seas.
The tautog bite has definitely picked up a little with good bites found off Martha's Landing.
Charter boat, "Get Sum" had 17 keeper tautog today, caught on green crabs off Martha's Landing. Fish measured between 16 and 19-inches.
The headboat "Angler" returned with some nice flounder caught off an ocean wreck. Largest weighed 6 lbs., caught by Bob Telford. Jacob Eddy added a nice 5 lb. flattie to the catch list. Capt. Chris Mizurak also reported good sea bass fishing with several limits caught and most anglers in the upper teens of knotheads.
Jeff Valdivia reported that his group went wreck fishing and hooked 60 sea bass, with 21 being large enough to keep. Water temp was 56 degrees.
Ken Raines caught a 22-inch tautog that weighed 6.4 lbs. while fishing with green crabs off the Rt. 50 Bridge.
Paul Irwin caught a 25-inch, 5.25 lb. flounder on an offshore wreck with a bucktail.
Unfortunately, the much anticipated striper bite so far this weekend has been a bust. A lot of boats were out there searching, but nothing much to report. Boats went from Sea Colony down to Winter Quarter Shoal. Pockets of birds were found diving up and down the coast, but no fish under the bait. Some small stripers were caught in the bay, north of the Rt. 50 bridge this morning.
Further north, the charter boat, "On Delivery" fished north of the Cape May rips where they found clean water and went 6 for 9 on stripers up to 32 lbs. All were caught while trolling Stretch lures.
FRIDAY, November 15, 2014
Stripers are snapping at the South Jetty. One local angler was fishing with bucktails and hooked into a 43-incher.
THURSDAY, November 14, 2014
Big Bird Cropper stopped by this morning to have his picture taken with a pair of stripers he caught off the North Jetty this morning. Caught on Roy Rigs. Keepers measured 32" and 29". Hooked 20-fish.
The anglers on "Turn Me Loose" phoned in to report that they trolled from Little Gull Shoal up to the high rise hotels in North Ocean City without a pull. Saw a lot of bird activity.
TUESDAY, November 12, 2013
Alan LeMaster and Rob Livermore hooked 25 tautog on the inside of the South Jetty. All on green crabs. All were over 14-inches with 5 keepers mixed in. Largest was 19-inches.
MONDAY, November 11, 2013
The headboat, "Angler" ventured to an ocean wreck and hooked into some flounder and red drum. Mike Rose caught his limit of keeper flounder with the heaviest weighing 5 lbs. All while jigging.
SUNDAY, November 10, 2013
Birds were seen diving off of the beach between 138th and 143rd Streets.
A few puppy drum were caught from the surf in addition to a couple of stripers.
SATURDAY, November 9, 2013
Received a report today from an angler who fished from the Isle of Wight Shoal to the Bass Grounds with no luck. He saw a lot of gannets diving on bait at the Isle of Wight Shoal but couldn't get any strikes. Nothing but spiny dogs on the bottom.
Dave Neumayer caught a fat 17-inch tautog on a green crab at the tip of the South Jetty.
WEDNESDAY, November 6, 2013
Large stripers are being caught at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, particularly around Overfall Shoals. A few in the upper 30 lb. class have been caught on the troll.
In the Indian River Inlet, mainly small stripers are hitting on live spot. A few keepers mixed in.
SUNDAY, November 3, 2013
Anglers are picking up tautog off the 4th Street Bulkhead and off the Oceanic Pier. Many are short fish. All being caught on green crabs and sand fleas.
A few stripers being caught aroung the Rt. 50 Bridge on eels.
A couple of puppy drum were caught off the beaches in Fenwick and Assateague. Puppy drum and an occasional striper are being caught in close... in the suds.
THURSDAY, October 31, 2013
Just a reminder to everyone that black sea bass season reopens tomorrow, November 1st and is open through December 31st. Minimum size is 12.5" with a creel of 20 per person.
Dave Williamson caught a pair of nice stripers while fishing during high tide around the Rt. 50 Bridge. Dave's linesiders measured 32 inches and 40.5 inches (26 lbs.). Both were caught on live eels.
WEDNESDAY, October 30, 2013
The red hot flounder bite is still going strong from the East Channel all the way up to the Thorofare.
Charter boat, "Ocean City Guide Service" had 9 keepers on white Gulp! Swimming Mullets during the outgoing tide.
Charter boat, "Get Sum" had 9 keeper flounder in the East Channel in the morning and another 9 keepers during their afternoon trip. All on Gulp! Swimming Mullet.
MONDAY, October 28, 2013
The flounder bite just north of the Rt. 50 Bridge is incredible right now. Tough not to catch your limit.
The headboat, "Get Sum" took a fun trip to the East Channel and caught their limit of flatties on Gulp! Swimming Mullets.
Jeff Valdivia reported in that he caught over 24 flounder, keeping his limit of 4, while fishing with squid and shiners. Most of the fish were under the 16-inch minimum but were very fat.
SUNDAY, October 27, 2013
A beautiful day today in Ocean City. Calm winds and a flat ocean.
Anglers lucky enough to be on the headboat, "Bay Bee" experienced the best day the boat has ever seen (at least since 1995) with an incredible 34 keeper flounder caught during their morning trip. The fish were caught on squid and shiners, just north of the Rt. 50 Bridge.
SATURDAY, October 26, 2013
Winds were calm in the morning and picked up in the afternoon, but anglers were able to get out on the water in increased numbers today.
There was an excellent flounder bite north of the Rt. 50 Bridge in the Fishbowl (between the East and West Channels). The fish were not large, with most in the 16-17 inch range.
Larger stripers are now being caught in the bay, especially around the Rt. 50 Bridge. Still a lot of small fish, but a definite increase in size has been seen lately.
From the beach... surfcasters are still hooking into smaller red drum and some bluefish. Birds were reportedly seen diving just off the beach around 15th Street yesterday morning, but I didn't hear of any anglers giving it a look. Stripers shouldn't be far away with the bite in Jersey heating up.
The charter boat, "Get Sum" had a great day with 10 keeper flounder caught on Gulp! Swimming Mullets.
Young Jackson Cougnat caught a puppy drum while fishing in the surf off 69th Street. Jackson and his dad also hooked into some bluefish.
Eric Sexton and Todd Cannady ended up with their limit of flounder in the Fishbowl today. They caught a total of 20 flatties in only 10 feet of water during the incoming tide.
SUNDAY, October 20, 2013
Charter boat, "Restless Lady" returned from an overnight trip to the Baltimore Canyon with 4 wahoo, a 175 lb. mako and some dolphin. Other boats reported scattered yellowfin bites along with some longfins during the morning.
Surfcasters off Fenwick caught some red drum. Ed Lambic caught a 26-incher while using mullet for bait.
Ed Iannucci caught a 17-inch flounder from the beach in Fenwick. Used sand eels and bunker for bait.
Justin Lynch caught a 23-inch red drum off the beach in Fenwick. Caught on cut mullet before low tide.
SATURDAY, October, 19, 2013
David Konick was between Isle of Wight and Fenwick Shoals and caught false albacore tuna in 60-70 feet of water.
Anglers fishing off the 3rd Street Bulkhead and at the Oceanic Pier had good results catching tautog.
Dave Neumayer caught 3 flounder on white Gulp! Swimming Mullets in the Fishbowl. Fish measured between 16" and 19 1/2". He also caught 3 short tautog at the South Jetty.
FRIDAY, October 18, 2013
A little windier than most had hoped for today.
Dave Warch caught a 14 lb. 6 oz. bluefish under the Rt. 50 Bridge on a Bomber topwater lure.
It was a great day on the charter boat, "Get Sum". Anglers ended their 2 hour trip with 15 keeper flounder. All were caught on Gulp Swimming Mullets in the Fishbowl. Water temp was 63 degrees. Fish measured between 16 and 18 inches.
Tog fishing in the bay was slow.
THURSDAY, October 17, 2013
After a very long 10 days of inactivity due to horrible, windy weather, boats were finally able to get out to the canyons.
Charter boat, "Restless Lady" went south to the Washington Canyon on an overnighter and ended up with a couple of wahoo around 60 lbs., a white marlin release, a swordfish and a load of dolphin up to 15 lbs. No yellowfins and from what I heard, commercial fishermen couldn't find yellowfins even out to 500 fathoms. Wahoo were caught just north of the Rockpile.
"Oasis" went to the Washington Canyon and returned with 35 dolphin and a waholl.
MONDAY, October 7, 2013
This morning, Kevin Weber of West Ocean City tied the Maryland state record bluefish at 23 lbs. 8 oz. Kevin was fishing with bunker under the Rt. 50 Bridge and caught the chopper during the incoming tide.
Looks like the tog bite is improving at the South Jetty. E.J. and Keith Mason caught 5 keepers plus some throwbacks on Saturday. Also caught a tiggerfish. All on green crab and sand fleas.
Longfins were caught deep in the Baltimore and Poor Man's Canyons over the weekend along with some wahoo just north of the Washington Canyon.
SUNDAY, October 6, 2013
Charter boat, "Get Sum" had 7 keeper flounder this afternoon. All were caught on Gulp Swimming Mullets in the East Channel and the Fishbowl.
"Dawg Haus" caught 12 longfins and recorded a white marlin release in the Poor Man's Canyon.
FRIDAY, October 4, 2013
Absolutely beautiful day in Ocean City. No wind... calm seas. HOT!
Charter boat, "Get Sum" had 4 keeper flounder, measuring up to 21-inches. All caught in the East Channel on Gulp! and mullet.
Slow day in the Washington Canyon. A small number of fish were caught in relation to the number of boats fishing down there.
Charter boat, "Espadon" caught 2 bigeye tuna and 5 longfin tuna just south of the Washington.
Charter boat, "White Lightning" released a white marlin in the Washington.
Charter boat, "Marli" caught 5 yellowfin and released a white marlin in the Washington.
"Reel Naughty" caught 8 yellowfin in the Washington.
"Pizza Cutter" returned with a 50 lb. wahoo from just north of the Washington Canyon.
THURSDAY, October 3, 2013
12:00 NOON - Early reports came in that the yellowfin bite in the Washington Canyon petered out. Nothing was really happening this morning before noon. We'll see what happens this afternoon.
Sounds like there is some nice water pushing into the Baltimore. Big yellowfins were caught around the Elephant Trunk several days ago, but NJ boats hit the area yesterday and found nothing.
Today in the Washington Canyon is was feast or famine for chunkers. Majority of boats struggled, but those that ventured away from the fleet found whales, skippies and yellowfins. When they found them a couple of miles away, the yft were thick.
On the headboat "Morning Star", Hurricane Murray Adams caught the largest flounder in MD this year, landing a 8 lb. 10 oz. flattie on a strip bait at an artificial reef.
Tomorrow should be beautiful.
WEDNESDAY, October 2, 2012
8:30 AM - Charter boat, "Restless Lady" returned to the dock after an overnighter in rough sea conditions with a pair of bigeye tuna and 21 yellowfins. The bigeye's weighed 310 lbs. and 227.5 lbs. The largest yellowfin weighed 51 lbs. The bigeye is the largest one caught this year. The yellowfins were caught on the chunk between 2:30 PM and 5:00 PM and the bigeyes were caught while trolling between 5:30 PM and sundown. All in the Washington Canyon.
"Miss Annie" had 30 dolphin in the Washington Canyon.
TUESDAY, October 1, 2013
Rough seas today. Only a couple of boats ventured out.
Charter boat, "Reel Chaos" fished near the Washington today and caught 22 yellowfins and 25 dolphin.
"McKenna Jane" went to the Washington and caught 14 yellowfins.
MONDAY, September 30, 2013
Seas were rough today.
Charter boat, "Get Sum" had 7 keeper flounder during the morning trip. Largest was 19-inches. All caught in the Fishbowl on Gulp!.
THURSDAY, September 26, 2013
Everyone fished at the Washington today:
Charter boat, "Marli" caught 33 yellowfin in the Washington Canyon.
Charter boat, "Sushi" caught 19 yellowfin in the Washington Canyon.
"Tighten Up" caught 24 yellowfin in the Washington.
Charter boat, "Billfisher" released 10 white marlin and caught a yellowfin in the Poor Man's.
"Brenda Lou" went to the Rockpile and released 4 whites.
WEDNESDAY, September 25, 2013
It was a parking lot at the Washington Canyon today with almost everyone chunking for yellowfins.
2:30 PM - Charter boat, "That's Right" arrived at the Washington Canyon at 7:30 AM and fished until noon, returning with 13 yellowfins in the box... all caught on the chunk.
TUESDAY, September 24, 2013
Now that boats could get out to the Washington Canyon, they really crushed the yellowfin.
Charter boat, "White Lightening" caught 23 yellowfins.
Charter boat, "Sushi" caught 24 yellowfins.
Charter boat, "Marli" caught 24 yellowfins.
MONDAY, September 23, 2013
Charter boat, "Skips's Charter & Guide Service" caught 1 black drum on sand fleas at the RT 50 Bridge. Water was very dirty.
SUNDAY, September 22, 2013
Charter boat, "Get Sum" had 2 keeper flounder in the Fishbowl, including a 7 lb. 6 oz. beast.
"Odinspear" went to the Norfolk today and caught a handful of dolphin and released 7 whites.
Scott Sherwood emailed in to report that he caught a grouper at the Rt. 50 Bridge. Didn't see a pix, but Scott said he caught plenty of grouper in Florida, so he knows what they look like.
Charter boat, "Skips's Charter & Guide Service" caught 5 red drum and 1 black drum on sand fleas at the RT 50 Bridge.
SATURDAY, September 21, 2013
Charter boat, "Get Sum" had 5 keeper flounder today while drifting Gulp! in the Fishbowl.
"A-SALT-WEAPON" trolled for 3 hours on the west wall of the Washington Canyon and released a blue marlin and 2 white marlin.
The flounder bite was tough on the Old Grounds. Not as good as it has been.
"Game Over" had a 23.5 lb. dolphin in the Washington.
Charter boat, "That's Right" had 9 yellowfins around the Hot Dog.
Charter boat, "No Quarter" caught 15 yellowfin at the Muff Diver wreck.
"Miss Annie" caught 28 yellowfin in the Washington Canyon.
"Sushi" caught 22 yellowfin at the Washington.
"Brenda Lou" caught 4 dolphin and released 2 white marlin at the Norfolk.
Charter boat, "Billfisher" released 4 white marlin at the Poorman's.
"Espadon" was on an overnight trip and caught 5 dolphin and released 22 white marlin and a sailfish south of the Norfolk.
"D.A.Sea" released 12 white marlin below the Norfolk.
Charter boat, "Marli" caught 18 yellowfin at the Washington.
Charter boat, "Skips's Charter & Guide Service" caught 5 red drum 2 black drum on sand fleas at the RT 50 Bridge.
FRIDAY, September 20, 2013
5:15 PM - Sounds like tuna fishing was slow again today... just like yesterday in the Washington Canyon. Could be the moon? "That's Right" had 9 yellowfins. Some boats are staying late to see if they can eke out a bite before dark.
"Four Play" went 1 for 3 on white marlin and caught 5 mahi in 55 fathoms in the Washington Canyon.
"Sushi" caught 14 yellowfin tuna at the Washington.
"Top Notch" caught 6 dolphin and released 2 white marlin at the Washington.
"Billfisher" caught 9 longfin, a dolphin and released 2 white marlin at the Norfolk.
"No Quarter" caught 10 yellowfin at the Washington.
Looks like there are a lot of boats heading to the Washington tomorrow.
Looking for butterfish? I heard that the Fishing Center has a few flats left... Sunset was sold out... Capt. Mac's has flats for sale... Ake Marine is sold out... Alltackle Ocean City is sold out.
TUESDAY, September 17, 2013
Very windy, rough day today.
MONDAY, September 16, 2013
10:00 AM - Charter boat, "That's Right" returned from an overnight trip