The Bite is On!

The Bite is On!

By Scott Lenox

Scott Lenox
Scott is the owner of Fish in OC and host of Ocean City's fishing television show Hooked on OC. He has worked in the fishing industry and fished the waters in and around Ocean City for over 25 years.

I’ve got good news and bad news.  The good news is that the tuna fishing in the Washington Canyon is on blistering fire right now.  I’m talking big fish, and lots of them.  The bad news is that the wind is starting to blow NE as I write this, and it’s not gonna stop until at least the end of the posted forecast which is Friday night.  That’s a huge bummer!  Loads of fish, but no way to get to them.  Let’s just hope they’re still around when the wind stops blowing.

Some of the fleet has been doing a late trip the past few days to take advantage of the evening bite.  Last night Captain Luke Blume returned from his second late trip in a row and threw another nice catch of tuna on the dock.  Captain Luke put his crew on seven yellowfin, five of which had an almost 70 pound average, and a bigeye tuna that weighed 151 pounds.  All of these tuna were caught on 40 pound leader.

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Captain Mark Hoos on Marli out of Sunset Marina had an AWESOME day with the tunas today in the Washington.  Here’s the report that I received…..The Tunas were snapping in the Washington Canyon for Dave Reier and his crew on the charter boat MARLI with Captain Mark Hoos and Mate Mark Stephens. Ashley Reier also caught her first White Marlin. The bite is on!

As you can tell by this picture Captain Mark’s report was right on!

Marli 14 yellowfin white release

The My Cin with Captain Dave Black has been putting several folks this summer on their first ever white marlin releases.  Captain Dave recently put Dave Toggas and Brad Leib on their first white marlin.

First white Dave Toggas and Brad Leib My Cin

Captain Dave also had a good late trip yesterday.  My Cin ended up with six really big yellowfin on live bait and one white marlin release fishing the Washington Canyon.  Captain Dave also reported breaking off several fish because of the need to use light leader.

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The ocean bottom fishing is probably going to be on hold for the week as well with the wind forecast the way it looks.  That too has been really good with lots of flounder, some sea bass and even some other bottom fish like triggers and spadefish.

The Judith M with Captain Don Hetherington has been having good luck with the bottom dwellers as of late.  Here is a recent trip with a couple of nice flounder for the cooler.

Judith M nice flounder

September is the time of year that we start to see some diversity in the bottom fish that we catch on the wrecks and reefs off of Ocean City.  The Ocean Princess with Captain Victor Bunting has caught a mixed bag of fish lately including flounder, sea bass, croaker, triggerfish and at least one big old spadefish.

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