The Kids First Tunas

The Kids First Tunas

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.

The chunking for tuna at Massey’s Canyon was definitely slower today then it was yesterday.  It was so crowded on the spot that Austin Ensor compared the amount of boats to the amount of cars in the inlet parking lot on the 4th of July….that’s crowded!  A crowd of boats usually means tough fishing when it comes to chunking.  When they are only a few boats on a spot the tuna will usually get behind those boats as the chunks gradually come down and sometimes slowly venture toward the surface to find the source of the bait….then it’s on!  When there are a ton of boats in an area, and it’s basically raining butterfish on all sides, there is no reason for the tuna to get behind a boat.  They just sit down at a comfortable depth and gobble away.  If you’re lucky enough to have a hook in one that gets eaten consider yourself fortunate.

The Marli with Captain Mark Hoos and mate Mark Stephens can somehow get fish to bite when it’s darn near impossible.  Captain Mark and mate Mark put the three young men in the below photo on their first tunas ever.  The big yellowfins were caught chunking in Massey’s Canyon.

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Austin Ensor was chunking at Massey’s today as well.  Austin and the boys on Primary Search left at 3 AM, had their 48″ bluefin in the boat at 5:30 AM and got out of dodge before the crowd showed up.  Austin got a cool shot of some of the fleet.

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The Wrecker with Captain Jeremy Blunt out of the Ocean City Fishing Center had a good day with the mahi yesterday boxing 13 nice gaffers.

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Bear at the Oceanic Pier sent in a photo of Noah from Scaggsville, MD who caught this nice 20 3/4″ sheepshead on a sand flea from the north inlet sea wall.

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