Posted on July 30th, 2016
Just as we figured, day 2 of the 3rd Annual Huk Big Fish Classic was a little busier than day 1. Only 6 boats fished the first 32 hour window of the tournament which ended today at 3PM. The other 61 boats are fishing window two from 7AM this morning until 3PM tomorrow afternoon. There is also nothing on the board that can’t be beat. It is a perfect scenario for tomorrow to be a very busy day at the scales. Here’s what hit the dock this afternoon.
Captain Joe Drosey hit the dock first again today to weigh a nice 50 pound yellowfin which is currently in first place for the big fish category. Rhonda’s Osprey’s stringer is also still in the lead at 189 pounds.
The crew of No Quarter weighed in two mahi today at 13.5 pounds and also a nice 49 pound wahoo. The crew also released a blue marlin and a white marlin. They will be heading back out to the ocean and we may see them again tomorrow.
There was a blue marlin that hit the dock this afternoon brought in by the crew of the Reel Intents that got the crowd riled up a little bit, but unfortunately the fish did not meet the 400 pound tournament minimum. The fish will be donated to Diakonia.
Live baiting for billfish is allowed in the Big Fish Classic and the crew of the Rebel has had some good luck with it during the tournament. Rebel is currently in first place in the release division after releasing a swordfish, a blue marlin and four white marlin.
Outside of the tournament the crew of the My Cin with Captain Dave Black released a sailfish and boxed 30 blueline tilefish and some big sea bass.
Captain John Prather on the inshore charter Ocean City Guide Service had three productive trips today. Captain John put his anglers on some good Spanish mackerel on the troll this morning. His next trip was all about the flounder where he put his crew on two keepers. Finally it was some bowfishing action where Captain John put his shooters on five cow nosed sting rays.
Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing had a good day on the bay today as well. Captain Marc kept his shooters busy putting them on some big southern rays.
The Morning Star with Captain Monty Hawkins had a decent pick of sea bass today, a couple of flounder and some decent mahi. For something that you definitely don’t see every day, one of the mahi had just eaten a juvenile sailfish.
My buddy Eric Sexton texted in that he was 3 for 5 bites on forty pound yellowfin tuna at the Hambone this afternoon after a late bite proved productive.