$11,000 White Marlin

By Scott Lenox

$11,000 White Marlin

The long awaited first white marlin of the Ocean City season was caught today by Dave Taylor fishing on board the Reel Buster out of Sunset Marina.  Yesterday, the crew of the Fish Whistle caught the first white marlin of 2017 for the Ocean City Marlin Club, but because Fish Whistle is docked in Indian River and left and returned to IR inlet they did not qualify for the first white marlin out of Ocean City.  The fish that does qualify for Ocean City was caught today by Dave and his crew of Tim Babikow and Chip Raynor.  The first white was caught on a pink Ilander lure with a ballyhoo in 70 fathoms of the Poor Man’s Canyon and will receive $5,000 from the Town of Ocean City, $6,000 from the Fishermen United businesses and several gift cards and prizes.  The guys caught the fish just after noon and high tailed it back to Sunset so they could declare their catch.  They also added two nice keeper yellowfin tuna for good measure.  Congratulations to Dave and the crew of Reel Buster!


Today was the first day of the Ocean City Marlin Club’s Small Boat Tournament with scales action at Sunset Marina.  Here are some of the fish that were caught that hit the leader board thanks to Dave Messick of Hooked on OC.

The crew of the Joken weighed some nice tautog this afternoon including a big old 14.2 pounder.


The crew of Slaughterhouse weighed three big bluefish the biggest of which was 12.8 pounds.


The crew of Jezebel with Captain Chester Sadowski had a great catch of sea bass and one flounder that hit the board.


The crew of Nauti Girl weighed three nice gaffer mahi and three nice yellowfin tuna.


The largest tuna of the day was weighed by the crew of Vapor Trail who caught a nice 60 pound yellowfin.


The tuna fishing out in the Poor Man’s Canyon was good again today with several boats boxing keeper fish.  Captain Joe Drosey of Rhonda’s Osprey put his crew on seven yellowfin tuna today.


Captain Brandon Speilman of Reel Direct had a good day of tuna fishing as well putting his crew on three yellowfin tuna, three bluefin tuna and one mahi.  They also released 15 other tuna on the trip.


The Talkin’ Trash with Captain Chris Little put five keeper yellowfin in the box.


The crew of the Jade II out of the Talbot Street Pier with Captain Ed Kauffman and mate Brian Hazzard had two yellowfin tuna and a keeper bluefin tuna.


Sea bass fishing was a little better today according to Captain Chris Mizurak of the Angler.  Chris reported a decent sea bass bite and a couple of flounder up to 3 pounds.

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Captain John Prather of Ocean City Guide Service used Gulp baits to put these anglers on some snapper bluefish action and a nice keeper flounder.

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Lucky Break Charters with Captain Jason Mumford had a surprise while fishing behind Assateague Island when they hooked and caught a small cobia on a bait meant for a flounder.


Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing reported a great day of bowfishing today.  Captain Marc put his shooters on several cow nosed and southern rays in the south bay.

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