Posted on May 27th, 2016
The first white marlin of the season was caught out of Ocean City today by my buddy Andy Urban fishing on the In The Black out of Sunset Marina. Andy hooked the white in between the Washington and Norfolk canyons on a green machine and released it shortly after to claim the first official release of a white marlin for the “White Marlin Capital of the World”. The town of Ocean City will reward Andy with $5,000 for the first white marlin release and because Andy is a member of The Ocean City Marlin Club he will be awarded another $5,000 for a total of $10,000. Not a bad day’s fishing if you ask me!
The yellowfin tuna bite was once again off the chain in the Norfolk Canyon. There were way more boats out there today which can sometimes keep the fish from feeding as well, but the early arriving boats did very well.
The Wrecker with Captain Jeremy Blunt had an awesome start to the Memorial Day Weekend. Captain Jeremy put his crew on a limit of 24 yellowfin tuna and released another 5 fish. The action took place in the Norfolk Canyon on ballyhoo and spreader bars. Wrecker had what Captain Jeremy called an awesome mako bite, but the fish only held tight for about 45 seconds on monofilament leader.
John Conrad and his crew boxed 15 nice yellowfin tuna on the charter boat MARLI with Captain Mark Hoos and Mate Mark Stephens in the Norfolk Canyon today. They also released a bunch of small tunas, had a bigeye tuna encounter and had 3 mako sharks in the trolling spread. The toothy makos won the shark vs monofilament battle.
The crew on the Parker 2120 had an awesome day in the Norfolk yesterday. Mark Allen, Mark Handley, Dennis Hutton and Shane Denkines fished the 500-1,000 line in the Norfolk and went 13 for 16 on nice yellowfin tuna and also had a beautiful 50″ mahi. They also got a great shot of thresher shark airing out.
Inshore, Captain John Prather has been having some good luck with the shad, bluefish and throwback stripers recently. Captain John reports great light tackle action for anglers throwing spec rigs around the route 50 bridge and the south jetty.
Bear at the Oceanic Pier reports another terrific night of bluefishing last night into this morning. Bear also got a great shot of a nice 31″ rockfish caught off of the route 50 bridge early this morning on a Tsunami swim shad.