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11.22.17 3:57 pm

by Larry Jock

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WEDNESDAY, November 22, 2017

Tog fishing around the Rt. 50 Bridge has been hot with big fish in the mix. Crabs and sand fleas are doing the trick.

Also seeing small stripers around the pilings with an occassional keeper.

My foreign correspondent in South Jersey said that the bulk of the migrating stripers are still up off Barneget, NJ. A lot of small stripers are being caught from the beach off Stone Harbor in South Jersey.

My foreign correspondent in Central New Jersey said that the bite in Brielle was hot up until last weekend and it has died off. Bunker seem to have left the area. Hopefully moving south. Best reports have said that fish were thick around Beach Haven which is about an hour north of Atlantic City. Inshore temp is 52 degrees

3:56 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" had a great day tautog fishing around the rocks at the South Jetty and along Martha's Landing. They had 7 keepers, measuring up to 19-inches, and over 80 throwbacks. All on crabs.


THURSDAY, November 16, 2017

10:26 AM - Tilefish regulations have been set. For more details see our Breaking News Section. In summary:

The recreational season will run from May 1-October 31, 2017 and will close as of December 15, 2017, when this rule becomes effective. When the fishery re-opens in May, recreational fishermen will have limits of:

7 fish per person on Coast Guard inspected for-hire vessels (party boats)
5 fish per person on uninspected for-hire vessels (charter boats), and
3 fish per person on private recreational vessels.

Amendment 6 also calls for new permitting and reporting requirements for private recreational vessels. These measures are not being implemented at this time. Because they require additional development and outreach, they will be implemented later through a separate rule, and will not be in effect for the 2018 fishing season that starts on May 1, 2018.

12:00 PM - Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" limited out on black sea bass during this mornings trip so they headed back early to beat the gale force wind warnings for this afternoon.

3:08 PM - Sheepshead are still snapping around the South Jetty with fish caught there this morning.

Mostly undersize stripers are being caught around the Rt. 50 Bridge, but there are a good number of them to keep you busy with light tackle. A few keepers have been caught.

The tautog bite around the bridge is good.


WEDNESDAY, November 15, 2017

I spoke to my foreign correspondent in New Jersey and he said that they are hitting the stripers pretty hard off Asbury Park and Brielle. Nice size fish. Water temp up there in the ocean (inside 3-miles) is around 53 degrees. I just checked the water temp in the OC Inlet and it is registering around 54-55 degrees. Getting close to game time!

Rt. 50 Bridge was packed again this morning. The tautog bite is good off the bridge during the day and anglers are catching small stripers at night.


TUESDAY, November 14, 2017

The Rt. 50 Bridge is packed with anglers so that can only mean that the stripers and the tautog are snapping!


MONDAY, November 13, 2017

Looks like big stripers are being caught off Sandy Hook, NJ (240 miles from OC). Big fish. Over 50 pounders.

Anglers are catching short stripers (and a few keepers) while casting bucktails from the Rt. 50 Bridge. Interestingly, some of the small ones are covered in lice. Migrating fish.

I got a call yesterday asking if I could head on over to Sunset Marina to take a picture of a swordfish and an Opah caught on the "Primary Search". Unfortunately, I was in New Jersey at the time, but the guys did arrive with a nice size swordfish and an Opah, the first I have ever heard of caught in Ocean City. The Opah weighed 105 lbs. and ate a strip of bonita in 59-degree water in the Poor Man's Canyon. Fishing on the "Primary Search" was James Doerzbach, Tommy Clark, Brian Stewart and Capt. Austin Ensor. According to info found on the internet, Opah's are also known as moonfish or sunfish and are large, colorful (orange), deep-bodied pelagic fish typicaly found in deep water tropical to temperate ocean waters. They are rarely caught by recreational anglers It is a warm blooded fish that retains heat with insulating layers of fat. They are known to school with tuna. Congrat's to the crew on the "Primary Search".


SUNDAY, November 12, 2017

There is a good tautog bite around the South Jetty, Rt. 50 Bridge and along the rocks at Martha's Landing.

Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported good sea bass and flounder fishing today. Pete and Mairi Donohue caught flatties up to 4.5 lbs. Richard Wright had a flounder and a 2 lb. sea bass. Jerry Fox had flounder up to 3.5 lbs. All caught on squid at an offshore wreck.

Doug Coats caught a 21.5-inch tautog on a green crab at the Rt. 50 Bridge. Fi

Anglers on the headboat, "Judith M" fished just outside the Jackspot and had non-stop action on sea bass, bluefish, bonito and mackerel.

Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" saw limits of sea bass for about 1/3 of those onboard. They also got into some triggerfish, bluefish and bonita along with the odd flounder and sheepshead.


SUNDAY, November 5, 2017

We are back at it starting work on the big Winter Issue that comes out on January 1st. If you have any pictures of catches you can email them to coastalfisherman@comcast.net. If you want to report your catches for the online fishing report, either email me or just call the office at 410-213-2200.

Anglers are banging away on small stripers around the Rt. 90 Bridge. Casting paddletails on light tackle has worked well.

Those fishing on local headboats are finding good sea bass fishing and even some nice flounder still snapping on ocean structure.


SATURDAY, November 4, 2017

Yesterday, the anglers on the "Primary Search" ended up with a bunch of mahi, a 190 lb. bigeye tuna, a swordfish and another swordfish that they released. All in the Baltimore.

Anglers fishing on ocean structure have been finding good sea bass band flounder fishing. The flounder action in the bay has also been good, but the throwback ratio is incredibly high right now. East Channel and Thorofare top spots.


FRIDAY, November 3, 2017

10:11 AM - Just got a report that the "Primary Search" has 30 mahi in the box and a nice swordfish in the box. They are on an overnighter in the Baltimore.

Jake Dahlberg captured his first red drum while fishing from the surf off Bethany Beach. The 26 1/2-incher was released.

Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported good sea bass and flounder action with knotheads up to 4.5 lbs. and flounder up to 5 lbs.


THURSDAY, November 2, 2017

John Thomas and his wife got into a good flounder bite during the afternoon and ended up with 6 keepers and over 30 throwbacks. All were hooked by the Rt. 50 Bridge on squid, whines and Gulp.

On the charter boat, "Fish Bound", Mike Hinton caught a 10.3 lb. flounder on a teaser/Gulp combo. He also had an 8.4 pounder. Their charter had a boat limit of sea bas plus 18 flounder.

Anglers on the headboat, "Angler" had good sea bass and flounder ishing today on an artificial reef. Carmelo Montoya caught a 6.75 lb. flounder on a bucktail.


WEDNESDAY, November 1, 2017

There is still a flounder bite going on, particularly in the Thorofare and the East Channel. Water temp is down into the low-to-mid 60's.

A couple of days ago, John McFalls caught a 24-incher on a peanut bunker in the East Channel.

SUNDAY, October 29, 2017

On the headboat, "Angler", Brent Hill caught 5 keeper sea bass, 2 bluefish and a 23-inch flounder that weighed 3 lbs. 14 oz. Caught on a white bucktail tipped with a chartreause 5-inch Gulp Swimming Mullet.


SATURDAY, October 28, 2017

Anglers fishing on the headboat, "Judith M" had a good day at the Jackspot, returning with several near limits on sea bass weighing up to 3 lbs. along with many good sized bluefish

Anglers fishing on the charter boat “Lucky Break” had a very active day hooking over 75 tog in the West Channel off Martha’s Landing. They ended up keeping 9. All on sand fleas.


OCTOBER, October 27, 2017

On the headboat, "Angler", Tom Adkins caught a 6 lb. 8 oz. flounder on a strip bait. Charlie Kricher caught a pair of flatties weighing 4.0 and 4.5 lbs., both on a bucktail at an artificial reef site.


TUESDAY, October 24, 2017

The White Marlin Open has decided to pay out all the winners of the 2017 tournament. You can read the press release in our Breaking News section.

On Sunday anglers fishing on the headboat, "Judith M" had a good day at the Great Eastern Reef, returning with good numbers of sea bass weighing up to 3 lbs. along with bluefish, flounder and a bonito.

On Sunday anglers fishing on the headboat, "Judith M" had a good day at the Great Eastern Reef, returning with good numbers of sea bass weighing up to 3 lbs. along with bluefish, flounder and a bonito.

Also on Sunday, anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" hit the Del-Jersey-Land Reef and had 120 keeper sea bass and 32 flounder, both boat limits. They also caught some triggerfish and bluefish.

Yesterday, Marc Turner caught some snapper bluefish at low tide while casting off 123rd Street. They were cauht on fresh finger mullet.

Yesterday, Trent Myers caught a 54 lb. swordfish during a trip aboard the "G-FORCE". The fish was hooked immediately after dropping a strip bait in 1,800 feet of water in the Washington Canyon.

Over the weekend, Scott Clasing, Chris Clasing and Morgan McGovern caught 3 keeper flounder while fishing in the East and West Channels. The largest measured 25-inches and weighed 7 lbs. All were caught on live peanut bunker at the end of the incoming tide.

Today, anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" had several limits of sea bass around the rail in addition to a few flounder.

On Sunday, anglers on the "Lucky Dog II" drifted the East Channel and caught 7 keeper flounder up to 19 3/4-inches. All were hooked on squid & shiner combos or live minnows.


SUNDAY, October 22, 2017

1:20 PM - Sea bass season opened today and it looks like the bite was pretty good. Anglers on the “Jezebel” returned with their limit of 100+ sea bass along with some skippies, triggers, bluefish and jacks. All from outside the Great Eastern Reef on squid and clams.

8:05 PM - The "Work Release" went on an overnight to the Norfolk Canyon, returning today with 25 mahi and a 55 lb. yellowfin tuna. The highlight of the trip was a 161 swordfish.

"Primary Search" caught a swordfish, estimated at over 100 lbs.

Boats that headed out to the African Queen had a good day catching sea bass with several returning with boat limits.

In the bay, flounder action was good all weekend but was dominated by short fish. Sheepshead continue to be caught around the South Jetty. Today a 14 pounder was hooked along the rocks.

The rocks along Martha's Landing in the West Channel are loaded with tautog, but unfortunately the vast majority are too small to keep.

With Capt. Seth at the wheel today, anglers on the bay headboat "Tortuga" had 12 keep flounder today while drifting in the East Channel.

The headboat "Angler" headed to an ocean wreck today and found good sea bass and flounder fishing with knotheads uo to 2.5 lbs. and flatties up to 3.5 lbs.


THURSDAY, October 19, 2017

8:26 AM - looks like sheepshead and tog are snapping at the South Jetty this morning. Anglers on the charter boat “Luck Break” have 3 sheepshead and 2 tog in the box. All on fleas.


WEDNESDAY, October 18, 2017

Sorry everyone. Been out of commission, but as I get reports I will continue to keep you updated.

Looks like there are some nice size yellowfins in 500 fathoms between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons. Nice size!

There are also still some good size wahoo out there also.

Swordfish are up and down the line closer to shore.

Jake Glavich caught a pair of 19 1/2 in flounder slow trolling minnow and Gulp combo in the West Channel

On the charter boat “Lucky Break , Eric Burch caught a 22- inch flounder in the Fish Bowl on a Zman


SATURDAY, October 7, 2017

Dolphin keep rolling in for offshore anglers and sheepshead continue to bite around the South Jetty. Tautog are also being caught right. Water temp is around 70 degrees. now around the South Jetty and along the rocks in the West Channel off Martha's Landing.

I also received a report of an angler fishing at Little Gull Shoal who hooked into a 50 lb. cobia that he found under a sea turtle that was on the surface.

Offshore, the charter boat, "Boss Hogg" went to the Baltimore Canyon and had 47 dolphin and 29 blueline tilefish.

Charter boat, "Marli" had 20 dolphin in the Baltimore.

Capt. Dale Lisi on the charter boat, "Foolish Pleasure" told me that he made the 70+ mile run but all they found were dolphin.

Sean Whaley caught a 27 1/4-inch flounder on a live mullet from the Rt. 50 Bridge. Fish weighed 10.44 lbs.


FRIDAY, October 6, 2017

It was a pretty good day in the bay. Flounder were snapping in the East Channel and the amazing sheepshead bite at the South Jetty keeps rolling along.

On the charter boat, "On the Run", Donna Harman caught a pair of nice size sheepshead on sand fleas at the South Jetty. Her largest measured 26-inches and weighed 11.5 lbs. Her other fish was n 8.5 pounder.

Capt. Nick Clemente on the charter boat, "Get Sum" told me that the morning bite was slot but it really turned on in the afternoon. His anglers ended up with 5 keeper flounder and some throwbacks. All caught in the East Channel, just north of the bridge.

Rhonada Daub caught a 22-inch sheepshead on a sand flea at the South Jetty.

Yesterday, Paul Mele was surfcasting off Assateague when he caught and released a 48-inch red drum. Hooked it on fresh bunker.

Offshore, the dolphinpalooza continues.

Charter boat, "Marli" ended up with 32 mahi from the Baltimore Canyon.

Charter boat, "Rhonda's osprey" had 20 mahi from the Baltimore.

Charter boat, "Boss Hogg" had 50 dolphin and 16 tilefish in the Poor Man's.


WEDNESDAY, October, 4, 2017

I received a call today about a rumor going around that the DNR put a size and lower creel limit on sheepshead. This is not true! They are working on it, but it is not in place and will need to go through the proper procedures before it goes into effect. Looks like the leading candidate is 2 per person which is reasonable.

"Sea Flame" went 1 for 2 on white malrin and caught 20 mahi in the lower Poor Man's Canyon.


TUESDAY, October 3, 2017

Sheepshead are still snapping at the South Jetty along with drum and keeper size tautog.

On the charter boat, "Lucky Break" John Harvey boated 3 sheepshead and a 20-inch tog at the South Jetty.

Mike Johnson, Jim Willey, Rick Findley and Dawn McGee combined to catch 14 sheepshead, 4 flounder, 2 red drum, 1 black drum, 2 tog and released 2 other red drum, all while fishing at the South Jetty and in the East Channel (flounder).


MONDAY, October 2, 2017

Beautiful day today in OC. Nights have definitely cooled off so water temps should be dropping pretty good.

It looks like the mahi bite was pretty good with some nice size fish showing up, a change from what we saw for most of the season.

On Saturday, the "Brown Dog" headed to the Poor Man's and a pair of mahi including a 29 pounder. They said it was a long, rough ride home.

On Saturday, anglers on the charter boat, "On the Run" had 4 nice size sheepshead that were caught on sand fleas at the South Jetty. All weighed between 5 and 10 lbs.

Also on Saturday, the "Bubblehead" went out to 100 fathoms just south of the Poor Man's and returned with 25 mahi in the box.

I spoke to our foreign correspondent in New Jersey and he caught some big bluefish and small stripers in the rivers that flow from the bay in Ocean City. His stripers all looked to be resident fish (no sea lice), but he did hear of a few caught from the beach in Central Jersey.

I also spoke to an angler today who said that their were a lot of longfins being seen off New Jersey and there are some yellowfins off our coast in 500 fathoms. Plenty of dolphin around and they are good size.


FRIDAY, September 29, 2017

Looks like sheepshead are still snapping good at the South Jetty. Because of the number being hooked, the state is looking into possible size limits on sheepshead. The fish is already under the grouper classification, so the creel limit is a ridiculous 25 fish per person/per day.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Get Sum" returned with 4 flounder in the box. Caught on Gulp. Two came from the East Channel and one each in the Fish Bowl and Middle Channel.

On the charter boat, "Lucky Break", angler Don Roberts caught a 20-inch flounder in the Fish Bow. Used a Gulp for bait.

WEDNESDAY, September 27, 2017

Special thanks to the members of MSSA's Atlantic Chapter for inviting me to speak at their meeting last night. Bunch of really nice folks and are committed to improving recreational fishing in our area. And they can get things done! They meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Lion's Club down by the OC Airport. I encourage everyone to join. Nice group!


TUESDAY, September 26, 2017

On the charter boat, "Lucky Break", Bryan Pugner caught an 18 1/2-inch flounder in the Fish Bowl while using Gulp for bait. They also had several throwbacks while fishing during the outgoing tide.


MONDAY, September 25, 2017

Charter boat, "Marli" had 5 longfins and 6 yellowfins in the Baltimore Canyon.

Charter boat, "Boss Hogg" had 6 longfins and 3 yellowfins in the Baltimore Canyon.


SUNDAY, September 24, 2017

"Remedy II" fishing in 600 fathoms behind the Poor Man's and release a blue marlin (est 250 lbs.), a white marlin and caught a a pair of 20 lb. dolphin.

Rich Daiker caught a 26-inch, 6 lb. 12 oz. flounder on a live bunker in the East Channel near the Cement Plant.

Sheepshead are still snapping around the South Jetty. Several were caught today.

Charter boat, "Osprey" had 7 dolphin in the Washington.

"G-FORCE" had 2 wahoo and 20 mahi in the Washington.

"Marli" had 25 mahi in the Washington. Their heaviest weighed 32 lbs.

"Legasea" released 2 white marlin in the Norfolk.

"Espadon" had 2 wahoo and some dolphin in the Washington.


FRIDAY, September 22, 2017

11:23 AM - Robert Martin just swung by the Coastal Fisherman office to have his picture taken with the largest sheepshead of the year and possibly a new MD State Record. The beast was close to a state record and was weighed on my hand scale (state record is 17 lbs. 8 oz.) so I sent him to a local tackle shop to have it weighed on a certified scale. Check back for results. Fish was caught at the South Jetty on a green crab. The sheepshead are really snapping at the South Jetty. Yesterday, anglers had a good day catching them there on sand fleas.

12:34 PM - Robert Martin's sheepshead is a new Maryland State Record. It weighed an even 18 lbs. on the certified scale at the Ocean City Fishing Center. Congratulations Robert!

Richard Crosariol caught a 20.5-inch flounder on the outside of the South Jetty on a minnow and Gulp combination.

On the charter boat, "Fish Bound", anglers caught 7 sheepshead, 9 triggerfish, 2 keeper tautog and a black drum on Purnell's Reef. Capt. Kane said that big swells kept him closer to the beach than normal.

Charter boat, "No Quarter" went to below the Poor Man's and returned with 4 yellowfins, 3 dolphin, 1 wahoo and 5 white marlin releases.

Charter boat, "Marli" had 3 wahoo, 3 dolphin and a white marlin. They also released a white marlin during the trip to below the Poor Man's. The white marlin that was boated weighed 101 lbs.


THURSDAY, September 21, 2017

A few boats headed offshore and had a good day marlin fishing. The "Legasea" had 6 white releases and the "No Quarter" had 8 white marlin releases and a blue marlin release. They also had 3 yellowfin and 3 dolphin. They both ran south of the Baltimore Canyon.

The charter boat, "Marli" had a yellowfin tuna, 10 dolphin and a white marlin release in the Baltimore.

Sea bass were snapping pretty good on ocean structure. Anglers on both heaboat, "Angler" and "Morning Star" had good days.

The "Angler" had a boat limit of sea bass up to 3 lbs. 8 oz. Both Mairi Donohue and Mark Windsor each caught 3 lb. 8 oz. knotheads. Most were caught on squid at an offshore wreck.

On the charter boat, "Fish Bound", anglers caught their limit of sea bass, weighing up to 4 lbs., in addition to a few flounder. All were caught on natural ocean bottom.


MONDAY, September 18, 2017

9:36 AM - Received a couple of pictures last night from folks who fished over the weekend:

Kelly Bunting caught a 9 lb. sheepshead on an ocean wreck.

Richard Crosariol and Chris Clasing caught 4 flounder (17 to 18 1/2-inches) in the East Channel. They also caught a trigger fish at the mouth of the Commercial Harbor.

On the "Lucky Break", Keith Brendan caught a 6 lb. sheepshead at the South Jetty.

On the charter boat, "Lucky Break" Erica Minton caught a weakfish at the South Jetty. Hooked it on a sand flea.

11:05 AM - Received a report that anglers spotted large numbers of cobia crusing the surface around Fenwick Shoal. They said that there were around 40 fish in 4 different schools. Federal waters are closed to cobia fishing, so fish found on Fenwick Shoal cannot be kept.


SUNDAY, September 17, 2017

Congratulations to the team from the Ocean City Marlin Club for their victory over the club from Cape May, NJ in the Challenge Cup. They smoked them pretty good, winning 2,325 points to 1,725 points. The "Reel Joy" was the top boat in the tournament with 525 points. "Reel Chaos" was second with 450 points.

Today, the charter boat, "Marli" released both a blue marlin and a white marlin in the Baltimore. They also boxed a dozen dolphin.

Charter boat, "Reel Chaos" released a white marlin and caught 4 dolphin in the Baltimore.


SATURDAY, September 16, 2017

6:41 PM - On the "Billfisher", anglers Danny Gough caught the biggest wahoo of the year in Ocean City, a 93 pounder in 60 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon.

On the "Buckshot", Cash Stanton caught a pair of 58 lb. wahoo in 80 fathoms in the Poor Man's.

On the "Lucky Duck II", Mikey Pitarra caught a 41 lb. wahoo in 70 fathoms in the Poor Man's.

On the "Pumpin Hard", Dorian Messick caught and released his first white marlin in 80 fathoms in the Poor Man's.

On the "Magic Moment", Anna Schumann, Mike Trice and Nat Ewing each caught a wahoo in 75 fathoms in the Poor Man's.

On the "Fishbone", Tom Arnot caught a 164 lb. swordfish in 230 fathoms north of the Poor Man's Canyon.

"Poore Sport" had 4 white marlin releases.

Jessica Turowski, Christie Gessford and Melody Melvin caught flounder up to 22-inches and sea bass up to 16-inches during a trip on the headboat, "Morning Star".

On the headboat, "Angler", Ken Yuen caught a 2.5 lb. flounder and a 2.25 lb. sea bass. David Powell caught sea bass up to 3 lbs.

Murray Adams caught his limit of flounder, up to 22-inches, while fishing on the headboat, "Morning Star".


Today was the first day of the MSSA Flounder tournament and here is what we saw:

Cody and Dave Allison weighed a 3.85 lb. flounder caught behind Harbour Island.

"Loose Knot" weighed 3 flounder between 4.1 and 5.6 lbs. Caught at the Bass Grounds.

"Sugarhole" weighed a 1.65 lb. flounder caught at the Queen.

"Wallbangers" had 9 flounder, 3 triggerfish and 6 sea bass. Largest flounder weighed 2.4 lbs. All caught at the Queen.

"Nina's Revenge" had a 3.5 lb. sea bass from the Great Eastern Reef.

"Relentless" weighed 2 flounder. Largest weighed 4.35 lbs. and was caught at Site 10.

"PYY Marine" weighed 3 flounder. Largest weighed 3 lbs. and was caught at Site 11.

Russ Coward caught a 30-inch, 10.6 lb. flounder at Site 10.

Kern Ducote caught a 10.2 lb. flounder in 88-feet of water outside the Shipping Channel off the coast of DE. Hooked it on a bucktail tipped with a 4-inch Gulp.


FRIDAY, September 15, 2017

5:02 PM - Bruce Lynch, Sr., Bruce Lynch, Jr. and Scott Taylor caught their limit of 12 flounder plus 5 triggerfish while fishing with squid and shiners on an artificial reef. Their largest flounder, caught by Bruce Sr. (of course) measured 23-inches and weighed 4 lbs. 8 oz. All of their flatties measured 20-inches or over.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" caught 2 wahoo (55 & 60 lbs.) and recorded 2 white marlin releases. The whites were both firsts for Sean Rudeau and Rich Leitner. All of the fish were hooked in 80 fathoms between the Baltimore and Poor Man's Canyons.

Jake Allnutt caught the largest sheepshead we have seen in OC this season, a beautiful 14 lb. 13 oz. fish while soaking clams at the South Jetty.

Anglers on the charter boat, "On the Run" caught 5 red drum and released 3 others while drifting Gulp in the East Channel.

On the headboat, "Angler", Capt. Chris Mizurak reported good sea bass fishing at the Great Eastern Reef today. His anglers even boated a few flounder that weighed up to 3 lbs.

6:17 PM - Heath Berger on the "Stress-Reel-ief" caught a 93.4 lb. wahoo while trolling a ballyhoo dressed up with a purple and black Joe Shure between the Baltimore cand Poor Man's Canyons.

Nancy and Danny Cox went out to the Bass Grounds and caught a triggerfish, a couple of sea bass and several flounder. Their largest flounder measured 24-inches and weighed 5 lbs. 56 oz. It was caught on squid.


THURSDAY, September 14, 2017

Yesterday, Sam Goodwin caught 3 triggerfish on sand fleas at the South Jetty.

2:11 PM - On the charter boat, "Tortuga", Eli Shoemaker caught a 17 1/2-inch flounder in the bay behind Assateague Island on a squid and shiner combination.

Ross Kendall caught 3 sheepshead, releasing 1, while fishing at the South Jetty with sand fleas.

9:42 PM - Slower day offshore. Not as many marlin. Not as many wahoo.

An angler on the "Brenda Lou" caught a big 88 lb. wahoo today. Angler was Justin Ribb and the fish was hooked on a Pakula plug between the Baltimore and Poor Man's Canyon.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Marli" wanted to go bottom fishing so they returned with good catches of tilefish. Anglers on the "Boss Hogg" did the same.

It's tough to tell how the Challenge Cup is going. This is a competition between the Ocean City Marlin Club and the club in Cape May, NJ. It's a billfish release tournament where boats can fish 2 of 3 days, starting today. Ocean City had about 1/2 their boats head out today. Cape May boats look to be mainly fishing Friday and Saturday.


WEDNESDAY, September 13, 2017

Just a reminder that this Saturday and Sunday is the MSSA Flounder Tournament. Last year, the event paid out $12,000 in prize money!!! Anglers can fish in the bay or ocean and you can fish both days. Fishing is from 7am to 3:30 Pm with weigh-ins from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at Atlantic Tackle in Ocean City, Hook'em & Cook'em in the Indian River Marina or at Curtiss-Merritt Harbor in Chincoteague, VA. If you register early online, you save $50. Go to mssa.net.

4:44 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" headed out to 80 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon and ended up with a white marlin release, wahoo, yellowfin and a couple of small dolphin. Mark Wenzlaff caught the 75 lb. wahoo, J.E. Parker released the white marlin and Mitch Parker caught the 62 lb. yellowfin.

5:34 PM - There were only 2 anglers on the "Marli" but they ended up with a white marlin release, 5 wahoo and 3 small mahi in the box. Their largest wahoo weighed 59 lbs. Ron Sweet released his first white marlin. He was joined by Kevin Horn. It was quite a trip. Two times they had 6 wahoo on at once. Fished in 65-70 fathoms in the Baltimore.

On the charter boat, "Espadon" anglers Steve Thumma and Mike Slocum teamed up to release 4 white marlin in 100 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon.

"Billfisher" had 3 white marlin releases and a wahoo in the Baltimore.

"No Quarter" had 7 white marlin releases in the Baltimore Canyon.


TUESDAY, September 12, 2017

Sounds like some white marlin were caught in the Baltimore Canyon today and the wahoo bite remained strong. I believe the "Restless Lady" returned today after an overnight trip with at least 3, maybe 4, wahoos in the box.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" had 5 sheepshead, from 7 to 10 lbs., plus some tautog, triggerfish and croakers. Caught during the incoming tide around the South Jetty.

"Poore Sport" released a white marlin in the Baltimore.

"Reel Joy" released a white marlin in the Baltimore.

"Billfisher" released 3 white marlin and caught a 61 lb. wahoo and a couple of dolphin.

"No Quarter" released 6 white marlin and caught a yellowfin in the Baltimore.

"Reel Chaos" released 5 white marlin and caught a wahoo and 3 dolphin in the Baltimore.

"Rhonda's Osprey" released 3 white marin and caught 9 dolphin in the Baltimore.


MONDAY, September 11, 2017

Today is the 17th Annual Ocean City Fishing Center Spot Tournament. Registration begins at 4pm. Lines are in the water at 5pm and out at 7pm. Entry fee is only $5.00. No boat required. Fish right off the dock at the Fishing Center.

3:29 PM - Capt. Nick Clemente on the charter boat, "Get Sum" said that water clarity in the bay improved and so did the flounder bite. They have 3 keepers in the box, caught on Gulp behind Harbour Island. They also had several throwbacks.

On the headboat, "Tortuga", anglers caught flounder up to 17 1/2-inches while drifting in the East Channel.

7:37 PM - There was a very good white marlin bite in 100 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon today (280 line). The "G-FORCE" was 5 for a bunch and had 2 wahoo bites. Water temp was 71-degrees.

Noah McVicker on the "Grande Pez" caught a stud 81 lb. wahoo in 100 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon. One of their whites measured 79-inches.

Bob Wimbrow, Jim Frank, Capt. Pat Svehla and mate Noah McVicker caught and released 8 white marlin on the east wall of the Baltimore (100 fathoms). Capt. Pat said he had 73-degree water.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" caught a sheepshead, 5 croaker and a flounder while fishing around the South Jetty.

"Top Dog" had 4 white marlin releases in the Baltimore.


SUNDAY, September 10, 2017

2:23 PM - The sheepshead bite at the South Jetty is still going strong. Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" had 5 this morning with fish up to 13.5 lbs. All caught on sand fleas.

Last Friday, Conner Jezierski caught his first tuna and released his first white marlin while fishing on the "Haulin n Ballin" in the Poor Man's Canyon.

On the headboat, "Morning Star", mate Wes Pollitt caught a 27-inch, 8 lb. flounder on a bucktail tipped with a Gulp on an artificial reef.

Ben Wagner caught a 24-inch flounder in the East Channel near the Rt. 50 Bridge.

On the headboat, "Tortuga", Nick Gleco caught a 18-inch flounder behind Assateague.

6:31 PM - Just returned from the Big Fish Classic. Only 6 fish were eligible to fish today and none had anything to bring to the scale.

The Bahia Marina Flounder Pounder had 101 anglers this year and the winners were:

1st Place - Mark Lowman 5.9 lbs. - won $3,010
2nd Place


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