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All In
Ocean City Fishing Center - 302-545-4760

Amethyst
Indian River Marina - 302-934-8119

Angler
Angler Restaurant & Marina - 410-289-7424

Anticipation
Bahia Marina - 410-882-2251

Bag of Tricks
Bahia Marina - 888-289-2130

Banshee 2
Fisherman's Marina - 877-912-3474

Barbed Wire
Bahia Marina - 717-404-3331

Bay Bee
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-213-1121

Billfisher
Sunset Marina - 240-372-8117

Blue Collar Man Sportfishing Charters
Indian River Marina - 215-990-1938

Blue Runner
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-213-1121

Boss Hogg
Sunset Marina - 410-458-1164

Cah-Ching
Bahia Marina - 410-289-7473

Capt. Bob II
Indian River Marina - 302-226-2214

Capt. Ike II
Indian River Marina - 443-497-3232

Crab Claw
Indian River Marina - 302-344-2214

El Shaddai I
Indian River Marina - 302-632-7535

Fin Razr
Sunset Marina - 302-379-1629

Fin-Ness
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-213-1121

Fish Bound
Bahia Marina - 443-497-1361

Fish Finder
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-213-1121

Fish Whisperer
Indian River Marina - 302-270-7999

Flounder Pounder
Hooper's Crab House - 410-213-2386

Foolish Pleasures
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-213-1121

Gale Force
Indian River Marina - 302-462-5601

Game Changer
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-213-1121

Game On
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-213-1121

Game Over
Ocean City Fishing Center - 443-497-1113

Get Sum
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-430-5709

Happy Hooker
Talbot Street Pier - 410-289-9125

High Hook
Indian River Marina - 302-242-5635

Husevo
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-213-1121

Instigator
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-213-1121

Ivy Sea
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-430-5709

Jade II
Ocean City Fishing Center - 302-420-3781

Judith M
Bahia Marina - 410-289-7473

Judy V.
Indian River Marina - 302-226-2214

Karen Sue
Indian River Marina - 302-539-1359

Katydid
Angler Restaurant & Marina - 302-858-7783

Kindred Spirit
Indian River Marina - 855-Capt-Jon

Last $
Indian River Marina - 302-462-6135

Last Call
Ocean City Fishing Center - 443-783-3699

Lil' Angler II
Angler's Fishing Center - 302-430-3414

Lisa
Talbot Street Pier - 410-289-9125

Lucky Break Inshore Charters
Frontier Town - 443-513-2006

M.R. Ducks
Talbot Street Pier - 410-289-9125

Marli
Sunset Marina - 410-456-7765

Mega-Bite
Indian River Marina - 410-207-7130

Michael D
Indian River Marina - 302-218-3761

Miss Donna
Indian River Marina - 302-738-9897

Miss Ene III
Indian River Marina - 302-335-3869

Moore Bills
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-213-1121

Mugger
Talbot Street Pier - 800-322-3065

No Quarter
Sunset Marina - 302-353-8488

Oasis
Sunset Marina - 410-507-4150

Ocean City Guide Service
- 301-991-3308

Odinspear
Sunset Marina - 772-285-9478

Playmate
Ocean City Fishing Center - 443-822-1918

Playtime
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-213-1121

Pumpin' Hard
Sunset Marina - 443-783-2765

Pumpin' Hard 66
Sunset Marina - 410-726-1353

Razorback
Indian River Marina - 302-602-0161

Reel Attitude
Ocean City Fishing Center - 717-413-9857

Reel Chaos
Sunset Marina - 609-685-0704

Reel Escape
Indian River Marina - 610-585-0392

Reelin' & Rockin' Charters
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-643-2704

Reel-N & Deal-N Charters
Indian River Marina - 443-617-2021

Restless Lady
Talbot Street Pier - 443-373-3413

Rhonda's Osprey
Sunset Marina - 410-213-9600

Rusty Reel
Indian River Marina - 717-476-4035

Skip's Charter & Guide Service
White Marlin Marina - 410-430-5436

Spring Mix
Ocean City Fishing Center - 443-463-8902

That’s Right
Fisherman's Marina -

Tighten Up
Sunset Marina - 410-213-1121

Tortuga
Bahia Marina - 410-289-7473

Turn Me Loose
Fisherman's Marina - 410-739-4764

Virginia
Bahia Marina - 410-746-3966

Wrecker
Ocean City Fishing Center - 410-213-1121

Yellowfin
Bahia Marina - 410-310-4044

Zipper
Sunset Marina - 443-829-8857

Fishing Report

7.31.14 6:13 pm

by Larry Jock

*** I GOOFED!!! In this weeks Coastal Fisherman, in the Ocean City Fishing Report, I wrote that the Marlin Club Ladies Tournament was this Saturday and Sunday. It is actually this FRIDAY & SATURDAY.

Also, I wrote that the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce Flounder Tournament is this Sunday. It is actually this SATURDAY.

I apologize for the mix-up in days.



*** All of the pictures taken at the Ocean City Tuna Tournament, Marlin Club Kid's Classic and the Big Fish Classic are now online. All photos can be ordered online ***

THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014

Charter boat, "Restless Lady" returned from an overnight trip to the Wilmington Canyon with 2 bigeye tuna (152 & 199 lbs.), 3 yellowfins and a white marlin release.

Charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" caught 12 yellowfin tuna on the chunk in the Washington Canyon.

Headboat, "Morning Star" returned with a good catch of flounder, some sea bass and even a dolphin. The flounder and sea bass were caught on an artificial reef. The dolphin was caught on the troll when heading to a new site.

Charter boat, "White Lightning" caught 12 yellowfins while chunking in the Washington Canyon. They also released a white marlin.

"Jezebel" went to the Baltimore Canyon and caught 24 bailer dolphin, a blueline tilefish and a golden tilefish.

"Muff Diver" released 4 white marlin and caught 7 gaffer dolphin at the Hot Dog.

Anglers on the headboat, "Angler" had a good day fishing for sea bass and flounder. Flounder weighed up to 4 lbs. 8 oz. and the heaviest sea bass weighed 3 lbs. 8 oz.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014

9:00 AM - Capt. Tucker Colquhoun on the charter boat, "Boss Hogg" called in to report that tuna fishing was slow in the Washington Canyon this morning, but conditions are starting to look good. They had 1 yellowfin in the box and have had 2 white marlin releases.

11:03 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" phoned to report that it was still slow in the Washington Canyon this morning. Northwest wind not helping much. A few large yellowfins have been caught.

11:37 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that there have been a few scattered yellowfin bites up and down the line in 100 fathoms. They had just released another white marlin and are now chunking with the rest of the fleet in the Washington Canyon.

2:30 PM - Charter boat, "Last Call" just returned with a pair of nice mahi caught at the Jackspot. They also caught bluefish, bonitas and smaller dolphin.

6:30 - The charter boat, "Marli" had 4 bigeye tuna and a white marlin release (est at 85 lbs.) in the Washington Canyon.

"Blue Runner" went 1 for 3 on white marlin in the Baltimore Canyon.

"Rhonda's Osprey" had 6 yellowfins in the Poor Man's.

"Swagger" had 2 big eyes, 2 longfins, a yellowfin tuna and a white marlin release in the Wilmington Canyon.

"D A Sea" released 5 white marlin in the Washington.

Charter boat, "Pumpin Hard" caught 3 yellowfin tuna in the Washington Canyon.

"Heavy Metal" had 3 longfin tuna in 200 fathoms in the Baltimore.

Matt Long was fishing on the "Sportcatcher" with Paul Turner and released a sailfish just outside the Fingers while trolling a ballyhoo. They also had 2 dolphin at the Fingers. They moved to Great Eastern Reef and caught some flounder and sea bass.

Charter boat, "Boss Hogg" chunked up 14 yellowfin tuna in the Washington Canyon.

"Offshore Outlaw" went to 150 fathoms in the Poor Man's and killed a 514 lb. blue marlin and a 46 lb. wahoo. Blue marlin died 90 minutes into the fight.


TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014

10:00 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that there have been a few yellowfin tuna bites in the Poor Man's and Washington Canyons. He heard there was 1 bigeye caught so far today and only a couple of white marlin. Seas are getting nicer.

Charter boat, "Bill$ 4 Bills" returned with 6 quality mahi, weighing up to 20 lbs. while trolling ballyhoo at the Jackspot.

4:20 PM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that they are staying a little late because they are catching plenty of small yellowfins just outside the Parking Lot. He knows of 4 bigeyes caught today and several larger yellowfins.

Charter boat, "Bill$ 4 Bills" took a half day trip to the Jackspot and caught 6 quality dolphin, up to 20 lbs.

Charter boat, "White Lightning" had 2 bigeyes, 5 yellowfins, a dolphin and a blue marlin release, all in the Washington Canyon. Some of the yellowfins were caught on the chunk. The blue marlin was estimated at 500 lbs.

"Let It Ride" had 7 white marlin releases in the Washington Canyon.

"Boss Hogg" caught a bigeye tuna, 4 yellowfins, 1 mahi and a white marlin release, all in the Washington Canyon.

"Billfisher" had 9 dolphin and a white marlin release near the Rockpile.

"Ono" caught 2 dolphin, 6 yellowfin and released a white in the Baltimore Canyon.


MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014

The White Marlin Open has released the following statement regarding the use of live bait:

As of 5:09 PM 7/28 the rule is as follows:
"With the intention of preserving sportsmanship, rewarding angling skills and billfish conservation, the intentional use of live bait and/or live bait teasers in the attempt to catch billfish is not allowed."

SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014

There was an excellent bigeye bite in the Wilmington Canyon yesterday. Six boats in the same vicinity all had bigeyes and some boats had 2. I believe most are on overnight trips in the Big Fish Classic so the scales should be interesting today. Weigh-ins are from 4-8pm.

7:05 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that there wasn't too much action last night in the Wilmington. "Restless Lady" and "MR Ducks" both have a nice, 71-inch bigeye in the box. Other 5-6 boats that overnighted in the Wilmington Canyon each have one or two 65-inch bigeyes.


SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2014

The first day of the new Big Fish Classic is today. Lines were in this morning and don't have to come out until tomorrow afternoon. They have 32 boats registered for the tournament. Weigh-ins are today from 4-9 and tomorrow from 4-8 at the Talbot Street Pier.

11:00 AM - It sounds like there is a lot going on out in the Canyons this morning. That push of clean water from up north has made its way down to the Wilmington and Baltimore Canyons. Bigeyes are being caught in both canyons this morning with scattered yellowfins also in the Wilmington. Just above the Baltimore, white marlin have been released and some blue marlin have been spotted. Longfins are being caught in the Poor Man's.

12:30 PM - Ten year old, Haley Betz caught a 27-inch, 7 lb. 8 oz. flounder in the West Channel by Hoopers during the incoming tide. Here group had 5 keepers during their trip.

1:42 PM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that a few yellowfins have been caught in the Wilmington Canyon and there is a good white marlin bite up and down the line in 100 fathoms.

5:00 PM - Charter boat, "Boss Hogg" returned with 13 yellowfin tuna, 21 tilefish, 20 sea bass and 17 mahi, all from the Washington Canyon.

Charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" caught 6 yellowfin and 36 dolphin in the Washington Canyon.

Charter boat, "Reel Chaos" released 4 white marlin in the Baltimore Canyon.

"Sea Hunt 22" released a white marlin in the Washington Canyon along with a blue marlin estimated at 250 to 300 lbs. They also caught a small mako on the troll.

"Poore Sport" caught 2 yellowfin and released a white marlin in the Poorman's.

Charter boat, "Billfisher" caught a longfin tuna and released 2 white marlin at the Rockpile.

"Sea Slammer" released 3 white marlin in the Norfolk.

9:00 PM - The scales just closed on day 1 of the 1st Annual Big Fish Classic at the Talbot Street Pier. It's a 2-day tournament, with boats allowed to fish overnight, so we only saw a couple of fish weighed today. I anticipate tomorrow being a very busy day at the scale.

"Lil' Angler II" weighed a 21 lb. dolphin.

"Research" weighed a 218 lb. bigeye and a 79 lb. yellowfin.


FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014

The seas were very sporty this morning, but flattened out in the afternoon.

Andrew Jobes and Thomas and Connor Gorham had 2 keeper flounder in the West Channel near Hooper's this morning. The anglers released over 30 short flatties.

Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" experienced some excellent flounder fishing on an artificial reef today. Many flatties were caught weighing up to over 4 lbs.

The "Jezebel" were on the 1st Lump of the Bass Grounds and couldn't get away from the Spanish mackerel, landing 40 of them. Maryland regulations for Spanish mackerel (in case you need it) are 14-inch minimum and 15 per angler.

Charter boat, "No Quarter" caught a yellowfin tuna, a longfin tuna and 24 dolphin in the Baltimore Canyon.

Charter boat, "Pumpin' Hard" caught 2 bigeyes, 2 bluefins and a dolphin in the Baltimore Canyon.

"Partner-ship" saw 5 white marlin… came tight on 4… caught and released 2. All south of the Poor Man's in 50-70 fathoms. Capt. Mark reported a lot of mahi in the area.

Some bigeye tuna were caught on the east wall of the the Baltimore Canyon and at dark some boats were hooked up to bigeyes in the Wilmington Canyon.

Jim Conkel and his family took a trip on the "Bill$ for Bills" and caught 28 blueline tilefish, up to 15 lbs., in 300-400 feet of water, south of the Baltimore Canyon.

Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported good sea bass and flounder fishing. They had anglers catch sea bass up to 5 lbs. and flounder up to 4 lbs.

"Clear Shot" had a pair of bigeye tuna, weighing 160 and 200 lbs., caught in the Baltimore Canyon. They also boated a 60 lb. yellowfin.


THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014

Kind of a nasty day today. Seas don't look too nice.

Charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" had 3 bluefins, a yellowfin and a dolphin in Massey's.

Charter boat, "Boss Hog" caught 2 yellowfins and a dolphin in Massey's Canyon.

Charter boat, "White Lightening" had 2 bluefins and a dolphin at the Hambone.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014

Heard reports that anglers out of Virginia Beach are finding white and blue marlin in the Norfolk Canyon.

Patrick Knoll on the "Amberjack" caught his first tuna, an 88 lb. bluefin while chunking at the Hambone.

Al Cottone on the headboat, "Morning Star" caught a 4 lb. 2 oz. sea bass while fishing with clams at a natural ocean reef.

Headboat, "Angler" reported good sea bass fishing today with fish up to 4 lbs. They also caught a few mahi during the trip.

Charter boat, "Fish Bound" returned to Bahia Marina with 41 triggerfish, 11 flounder, 12 sea bass, a dolphin and a Spanish mackerel while fishing at the Jackspot.

Charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" had 22 mahi and a yellowfin tuna in the Washington Canyon.

"Partner-ship" reported a slow tuna bite in the Washington Canyon, but a lot of mahi. Their largest mahi was 30 lbs.. they also released a blue marlin at the Rockpile.


TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014

11:12 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported slow fishing at the Hot Dog and Hambone. They have managed a few yellowfins and a box full of dolphin so far.

12:40 PM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported a few yellowfins are being caught in the Baltimore Canyon. Plenty of dolphin can be around floating gear. Good day!

Headboat, "Morning Star" returned with some nice catches including John Griffin's 13 lb. 8 oz. tautog and a 22-inch flounder.

Charter boat, "Fish Bound" had 73 triggerfish, 11 flounder, some sea bass and bluefish from an area near Fenwick Shoal. All caught on squid, Gulp! and silver spoons.

"Absolut Pleasure" had 5 yellowfins in the Washington Canyon.

Charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" caught 6 dolphin in the Poor Man's.

"Brenda Lou" caught 6 dolphin and a longfin tuna in the Poor Man's Canyon.

Charter boat, "Marli" went to the Washington Canyon and caught 2 yellowfins and a dolphin.

Charter boat, "Boss Hog" caught a yellowfin and a dolphin in the Washington Canyon.

Charter boat, "Ocean City Guide Service" returned with a 19 1/2-inch flounder caught on a white Gulp! in the West Channel.

Anglers on the "No Compromise" caught a 17 and 20-inch flounder on pink Gulp! in the East Channel.


MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014

Charter boat, "White Lightning" had 3 bluefins while chunking at the Hot Dog.

Headboat, "Morning Star" returned with some nice sea bass and flounder. Largest flounder weighed 4 lbs. All caught on an artificial reef.

Charter boat, "Marli" had 5 yellowfins and 5 longfins in 200 fathoms in the Washington.

"Rhonda's Osprey" caught 5 bluefins at the Hot Dog.

Charter boat, "Reel Chaos" caught 2 bluefins, 1 yellowfin and 1 dolphin between the Hot Dog and the Baltimore.

Charter boat, "No Quarter" caught 1 bluefin, 1 dolphin and released a white marlin in the Baltimore Canyon.

"Boss Hog" caught 7 yellowfins in the Washington Canyon.


SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2014

"D.A. Sea" had a dolphin and 2 white marlin releases in the Baltimore.

Charter boat, "Marli" made the trip in rough seas worth their while with 8 yellowfins caught in the Washington Canyon.

Charter boat, "Reel Chaos" had 3 yellowfins in the Washington Canyon. Fish weighed 55.2, 55.6 & 63.6 lbs.

Charter boat, "Spring Mix II" out of the Ocean City Fishign Center had a 27 lb. yellowfin and 3 dolphin (heaviest was 12 lbs.) at the Hot Dog.


SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014

Seas were sporty today. Slow bite in the Washington Canyon. Not much happening in the Baltimore and Poor Man's either. Bluefins and yellowfins were caught at the Hot Dog and Hambone.

In the bay, there were a lot of croaker and spot caught along with a few flounder.

Charter boat, "White Lightning" had 5 yellowfins in the Washington on trolled ballyhoo and spreader bars.

"Evil Eye" had a 171 lb. bigeye, 4 dolphin and 2 white marlin releases in the Washington Canyon.

Charter boat, "Marli" had 8 yellowfin bite, but all came loose in the Washington Canyon. They also had a white marlin release.

"Partner-ship" had 3 white marlin while trolling the 50 fathoms line near the Rockpile.


FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014

The boats that overnighted in the Washington Canyon crushed the yellowfins on spreader bars and cedar plugs.

6:07 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported the bite around the Hot Dog is slow. A few small bluefins have been caught on the Hambone.

8:57 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported slow bite at the Hot Dog. A few little ones at the Hambone. Steady pick of yellowfins in the Washington right now.

10:06 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that it is dead at the Hot Dog and the Hambone right now.

1:00 PM - The charter boat, "Restless Lady" returned from an overnight trip in the Washington Canyon with 18 yellowfins caught on trolled ballyhoo, spreader bars and the greenstick.

After a great yellowfin bite last night in the Washington Canyon, it was a slow,steady pick at yellowfins today with the best bites coming late morning into the early afternoon.

Charter boat, "All In" had 3 bluefins, a yellowfin and a 37 lb. dolphin between the Hambone and the Hot Dog. Capt. Mark reported water temps at 76-degrees.

David Konick caught his limit of snapper bluefish at Great Gull Shoal and a 20-inch flounder at the South Jetty.

"Carol's Teakettle" had 2 bluefins and 3 bailer dolphin at the Hot Dog.

Charter boat, "Reel Chaos" had a 156 lb. bigeye tuna, 3 yellowfins and a dolphin in the Washington Canyon.

Charter boat, "White Lightning" returned with 2 bigeyes weighing 119 lbs. and 151 lbs., and 4 yellowfins from the Washington Canyon. All were caught on ballyhoo and spreader bars.

Frank and Lee Baker boated 8 flounder while drifting Gulp! artificial baits in the bay behind Frontier Town.

Charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" caught 6 yellowfins in the Washington Canyon.

"Tighten Up" returned with 2 bluefins from the Hot Dog.

"Island Time" had 2 bluefins and a dolphin at the Hambone.

"D.A.Sea" caught a bigeye, 4 yellowfin, a dolphin and released a white marlin in the Washington Canyon.

"Pipe Dreamer" caught 2 yellowfin and released 2 blue marlin and a white marlin in the Washington Canyon.

"Reel Toy" returned with a bigeye, a yellowfin and a dolphin from the Washington.

"Cookie Monster" had a 154 lb. bigeye, 7 yellowfin and a white marlin during their overnight trip to the Washington Canyon.

"Milli Rem" caught a bigeye in the Washington Canyon.

"Brenda Lou" captured a yellowfin, 4 dolphin and released a white marlin in the Norfolk Canyon.


THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014

Charter boat, "Last Call" had a junior angler onboard who boated a nice mahi at the Hot Dog.

Anthony and Robin Principe caught a couple of flounder and a weakfish in the East Channel, north of the Rt. 50 Bridge.

Charter boat, "White Lightning" had 3 bluefins and 3 yellowfins at the Hot Dog while trolling ballyhoo and spreader bars.

Charter boat, "Marli" had 15 yellowfins in the Washington caught while trolling ballyhoo, spreader bars and a greenstick.

The Brader family caught 8 flounder in the East Channel near Harbour Island on minnows and Gulp!


WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2014

Miserable, miserable morning on Delmarva. Heavy rains won't pass by us until after 12:00 PM. No wind though.


TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014

5:00 PM - Charter boat, "Marli" returned from the Hotdog with 3 bluefins and 2 yellowfins caught on trolled ballyhoo and spreader bars. Largest bluefin weighed 107 lbs.


MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014

6:39 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that it is a little bumpy today. They started at the Hot Dog and had a few bites while trolling.

6:55 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that they are getting a steady pick on tuna at the south end of the Hot Dog. All ballyhoo bites in 4-8 foot seas.

8:01 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that the bite at the Hot Dog has slowed. They have released 8 bluefins but have their 2 bluefins under 47-inches. All bites were on way backs.

9:54 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that the bite has stopped around the Hot Dog. They are moving to inside the Hambone where Capt. Jon said there is plent of bait.


SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014

There was an awesome striper bite around the Rt. 50 Bridge last night. Anglers burned them up!

Anglers on the "Miss P-Vee" returned from an overnight trip with a 228 lb. bigeye tuna, 3 yellowfins and 2 mahi from the Washington Canyon.

Big Bird Cropper and David Leizear caught a load of flounder, keeping 5, along with some bluefish. All around the Rt. 50 Bridge during the incoming tide on Roy Rigs and Gulp!

Charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught their limit of 24 nice flounder and some triggerfish while fishing on ocean structure.

5:36 PM - Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported good flounder fishing today on ocean structure. Most anglers got a few keepers and a bunch of throwbacks. Sea bass fishing was also decent.

7:00 PM - The scales on the final day of the Ocean City Tuna Tournament just closed. It was a busy day with a lot of movement on the leaderboard. Here is what we saw:

"Restless Lady" weighed 2 bluefins (76 & 62 lbs.) for a stringer weight of 138 lbs.

"Billfisher" weighed a stringer of 167 lbs. to put them into 3rd place for heaviest stringer.

"Marli" weighed 4 yellowfins for a stringer weight of 207 lbs.

"Moxie Boys" weighed a 34 lb. dolphin to win the Heaviest Dolphin Division.

"Tar Heel" weighed a 139 lb. bigeye tuna.

"DA Sea" weighed a 64 lb. yellowfin.

Samantha Freas weighed a 64 lb. yellowfin to win the Lady Angler Division.

"Wrecker" weighed a 68 lb. yellowfin

"Reel Desire" weighed a 5 yellowfin stringer of 263 lbs. and a 25 lb. dolphin.

"Spring Mix II" weighed a 19 lb. and 22 lb. dolphin.

"Game Over" weighed a 183 lb. bigeye tuna.

"MJ's" weighed a 165 lb. bigeye.

"Sushi" weighed a 93 lb. bluefin.


SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014

Red drum are showing up in the OC Inlet. Yesterday, Nathan Hampton caught a 25-incher at the Rt. 50 Bridge on clams.

Flounder fishing is really picking up on ocean structure. The Old Grounds off Indian River and some of the close reefs off Ocean City are really producing some nice catches.

12:00 PM - Headboat, "Bay Bee" returned to the Ocean City Fishing Center with 11 keeper flounder, caught on squid, shiners and Gulp! in the bay behind Harbour Island and in the East Channel.

2:19 PM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" left late today on an overnight trip. He said that they were just getting to the Washington Canyon where he heard fishing was slow. A few yellowfins were caught.

3:30 PM - Jerry Shockley, David Steen and Allen Baker stopped by the office to have their picture taken with a limit of flounder caught on an ocean reef. Two largest fish measured 23-inches and weighed 4 lbs. 9 oz.

4:35 PM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that they are having a slow pick on smaller yellowfins. All on cedar plugs.

6:20 PM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that they just released a blue marlin in the Washington Canyon. Bite is still slow.

Headboat, "Angler" had a good day on flounder. James Juen caught his limit of flatties, up to 4 lbs., on bucktails at a natural reef.

The "Xstasea" was at the Hambone and blew a motor, so they decided to fish anyway and released a 300 lb. tiger shark and caught 15 sea bass, 2 flounder and a triggerfish.

The "Barbed Wire" caught 2 bluefin tuna and 4 mahi while trolling at the Hambone.

Charter boat, "Fish Bound" was on a 1/2 day trip this afternoon and had 19 keeper flounder, upt to 6 lbs. 5 oz.. Fish were caught on Isle of Wight Reef on Gulp! and squid.

Todd Martinek caught an 83 lb. bluefin while trolling at the Hambone on the "My Cin".

Rick Ropp on the "Reel Addiction" caught some nice size blueline tilefish while deep dropping near the Rockpile.

7:30 PM - The scales on the 2nd day of the Ocean City Tuna Tournament just closed and here is what we saw:

"Espadon" weighed a 249 lb. bigeye tuna to take over 1st place in the Heaviest Fish Division.

"Crabby" weighed an 87 lb. bluefin.

"Second Chance" weighed a 104 lb. bluefin.

"Evil Eye" weighed 2 yellowfins (52 & 70 lbs.)

"Playmate" weighed a 76 lb. yellowfin.

Jenn Pastorius on the "Jenny Poo" weighed a 60 lb. yellowfin to take over 1st place in the Lady Angler Division.

"Fin-Ness" weighed a 92 lb. bluefin.

Todd Martinek caught an 83 lb. bluefin tuna while fishing southwest of the Hot Dog on the "My Cin". Todd said that he counted 73 boats within eyesight.


FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014

Today is the first day of the 2014 Ocean City Tuna Tournament. This year they have 80 boats registered, down slightly from the 85 that fished in the tournament last year. It should be a good one with the possibility of someone winning over $25,000 for the first place dolphin this year since last years prize money was carried over. Weigh-ins are from 4pm to 7:30pm.

6:07 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that the bluefins are snapping again today between the Hambone and the Hot Dog.

6:49 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that they all ready have their 3 keeper bluefins. Bites are coming on their way backs… ballyhoo and sea witches.

8:16 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that the bite dropped off quickly. Starting to look around.

Frank Zeccola on the "Fluke U" had his limit of flounder by 8:00 AM. Water must be cleaning up.

Last night, Bill Klinedinst caught a 26-inch, 14 lb. 4 oz. sheepshead while fishing off the North Jetty. He caught it on a bucktail tipped with a worm.

9:49 AM - Capt. Nick Clemente on the charter boat, "Get Sum" reported that so far they are catching small flounder. Water is very clean!!

11:00 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that the bite is still very slow around the Hog Dog. He still is seeing good marks of bait.

7:30 PM - The scales have closed on the 1st day of the Ocean City Tuna Tournament. There were 65 boats fishing today and here is what we saw:

"Myra HT" weighed a 49 lb. bluefin and a 48 lb. yellowfin.

"Dawg Haus" weighed a 71 lb. bluefin and a 47 lb. bluefin for a total stringer of 118 lbs. They sit in 1st place in Single Heaviest Tuna.

"Jackel" weighed a 47 lb. yellowfin and a 45 lb. yellowfin.

"DA Sea" weighed a 58 lb. yellowfin.

"Keep Er Wet" weighed a 61 lb. yellowfin and a 68 lb. yellowfin.

"Reel Intents" weighed a 66 lb. yellowfin.

"Wrecker" weighed a 62 lb. yellowfin and a 69 lb. yellowfin

"Restless Lady" weighed 3 yellowfins for a total of 173 lbs. (2nd place) Heaviest weighed 67 lbs.

"Instigator" weighed 3 yellowfins for a total of 179 lbs. (1st place). Heaviest weighed 70 lbs. (2nd Place)

"Sea Hunt" weighed a 51 lb. yellowfin.

"Marli" weighed 2 yellowfins totaling 104 lbs. Heaviest weighed 54 lbs.

Overall, it was a horribly slow day in the Washington Canyon, where it seems most boats went in search of bigeyes.

Outside of the tournament:

"Evidently" weighed a 44 lb. wahoo.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Yellowfin" caught 3 bluefins, 3 dolphin and a king mackerel at the Hambone. Heaviest bluefin weighed 61 lbs.

Preston and Debbie Walls caught 6 flounder in the East Channel. All on live bunker.

"Playin Catch" had an 11 lb. dolphin and a 22 lb. yellowfin tuna between the Hambone and the Hot Dog. Water temp was 73.5 degrees.


THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014

6:55 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" is back on the water and reported in this morning. He is between the Hot Dog and the Hambone and said that they are off to a great start catching bluefins inshore. They even boated a nice yellowfin. The seas are 2-4 with green water at 74.5-degrees. Handful of boats are in the area and everyone looks to be hooked up.

8:03 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported a steady pick on bluefins. Bites are on the spreader bars and long rigger ballyhoo.

9:14 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that they are still picking at bluefin tuna between the Hot Dog and the Hambone. They have their 2 fish between 27" and 47" and 1 fish between 47" and 73". A few yellowfins have been caught as well.

11:29 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that there is still good fishing between the Hambone and Hot Dog in 150' of water. Seas have flattened right down and it has turned out to be a beautiful day.

Charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" returned with 3 bluefins and 2 yellowfins from between the Hambone and the Hot Dog.

1:27 PM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" called in to report that they are heading home. Great day between the Hambone and the Hot Dog. A lot of boats have their "over" and "under" bluefins and some nice yellowfins.

3:30 PM - Charter boat, "That's Right" returned with 3 bluefin tuna and 2 yellowfins from between the Hot Dog and the Hambone. Capt. John reported nice conditions and they released at least 20 other bluefins during the trip.

Charter boat, "Reel Chaos" had 8 nice yellowfins and a small dolphin from the Washington Canyon.

"Muff Diver" had a pair of nice yellowfins, a 100 lb. mako and a barracuda in the Washington. They also missed a white marlin and a wahoo. Fish were caught in 150 fathoms in 76-degree water.

5:30 PM - Charter boat, "Marli" had 13 nice size yellowfins in the Washington Canyon caught on the greenstick, trolled ballyhoo and spreader bars.

Charter boat, "Fish Bound" went to the Old Grounds and ended up with 9 flounder, 14 triggerfish and 38 sea bass. All were caught on Gulp! and squid.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014

Windy day today kept everyone at the dock. A few folks were in the bay, where the water got progressively cleaner throughout the day.


TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014

Sporty sea conditions today.

Headboat, "Morning Star" returned with a mix of sea bass and flounder. Largest flounder measured 20 1/2-inches. Largest sea bass weighed 2 lbs. 6 oz.


MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014

5:00 PM - Headboat "Flounder Pounder" had 5 keeper flounder during their afternoon trip. All caught in the East and West Channels on Gulp!, shiners and squid. Largest measured 19-inches.


SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2014

11:00 AM - "Skattebol" returned from an overnight trip to the Washington Canyon where they boated 2 bigeye tuna, weighing 128 and 155 lbs.

"Blue Runner" took an overnight trip to the Washington Canyon and had a 185 lb. bigeye and a mako shark. They also released another mako, a hammerhead, a blue shark and white marlin during the trip.

Christopher and Dylan Barrett stopped by the office to have their picture taken with 3 flounder caught while fishing off the 3rd Street Bulkhead. Their 2 largest measured 18 and 23-inches and were caught on 5-inch Gulp! Swimming Mullets.

Charter boat, "Get Sum" had 7 keeper flounder during their afternoon trip. All caught in the East Channel near Bird Island. Largest measured 22.5-inches.

The Marlin Club Canyon Kick-off was today. Weather turned it into a 1-day shootout. Here is what we saw:

"Jenny Poo" won the Tuna Division with a 267.2 lb. bigeye tuna caught in the Washington Canyon. They also weighed a 47.6 lb. yellowfin.

"Proud Papa" tied for 1st place in the Dolphin Division with an 18 lb. pounder.

"No Quarter" weighed a 163.8 lb. bigeye, caught on a ballyhoo in 100 fathoms in the Washington Canyon.

"Hatt Trick" weighed a 16 lb. dolphin caught at the 461 Lump.

"Billfisher" tied for 1st place in the Dolphin Division with an 18 pounder caught in 74-degree water in the Baltimore. They also weighed a 16.6 lb. dolphin and released 3 white marlin to win the Billfish Release Division.

"A Salt Weapon" weighed a 12.8 lb. dolphin caught in 73-degree water in the Poor Man's.

"Absolut Pleasure" weighed a 158.4 lb. bigeye and a 51 lb. yellowfin from the Washington.

"Canyon Hunter" recorded 2 white marlin releases and weighed a 15.2 lb. dolphin from the Norfolk.

"Dillagaf" weighed a 17 lb. dolphin and recorded a white marlin release.

"Last Call" weighed 2 dolphin (11.2 & 12.6) and recorded a white marlin release from around the Rockpile.

"Dawg Haus" weighed a pair of yellowfins (44.8 & 52.8).

"Grande Pez" had a white marlin release in the Norfolk.

"Slaughterhouse" weighed a 45.4 lb. yellowfin.

"First Light" recorded a white marlin release in the Wilmington Canyon.

Outside the tournament…

"My Cin" had a 70 lb. wahoo caught on a nake bally around the 461 Lump.

Charter boat, "Marli" had 12 yellowfin tuna in the Washington.

Up in Delaware, Butch Emmert caught a 56.9 lb. dolphin to set a pending DE State Record. Butch caught the mahi on the "Elizabeth Jane" in 60 fathoms at the tip of the Baltimore Canyon on a skirted ballyhoo. Congratulations, Butch!!!


SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2014

Beautiful day onshore. Ocean probably still snotty. Offshore forecast called for seas at 6-11 feet subsiding to 4-6 late. Tomorrow more promising at 2-4.

Nobody fished in the Canyon Kick-off today. Turns into a 1-day shootout tomorrow.


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