125 Pound Bluefin

By Scott Lenox

125 Pound Bluefin

It was another absolutely beautiful day in Ocean City today.  I sat down to do my Dispatch column and just couldn’t take it.  My son Ryan is out of school and we just couldn’t sit in the house with weather the way it looked.  There wasn’t a breath of wind until after noon and the sun was shining bright all day long.

Some of the offshore fleet was back in the canyons today.  It’s a packed house out there on weekends when the weather permits, but during the week, especially now with some schools still in session, weekdays are definitely the days to go.  If you’re going to book a charter there are plenty of days open on boats for weekends and weekdays, and right now there is steady bluefin action.

Captain Joe Drosey on Rhonda’s Osprey out of Sunset Marina had a good day in the Baltimore Canyon today.  Captain Joe put his crew on three under bluefin (27″ to less than 47″) and one over that weighed in at 125 pounds.  The crew of Rhonda’s Osprey also released another 15 bluefin after they had hit their limit.


Captain Brandon Speilman on Reel Direct out of the Ocean City Fishing Center had three bluefin tuna and two mahi.

The Marli with Captain Mark Hoos and mate Mark Stephens out of Sunset Marina had three bluefin tuna and a nice bigeye.

Yesterday my buddy Jeff Kukel was fishing with Justin Maltose, Scott Rose and Captain Mike Geesaman when he landed this big bluefin tuna that just stayed under the closed season limit of 73″ at 72″.  Jeff fought the big bluefin stand up and the crew also boxed a couple of other tuna.

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The Judith M ocean party boat has been having some good luck over ocean structure lately.   Captain John Bunting has put anglers over some good sea bass and even some nice triggerfish.

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I had a great day with my son Ryan in the Fish in OC Carolina Skiff today.  We couldn’t pass up the nice weather and we thought we could catch some clean water on the incoming tide.  We didn’t light the world on fire, but we did catch some fish on Gulp and minnows.  Ryan smoked his old man too by catching three throwbacks and one 18 1/2″ keeper to my one throwback.


Speaking of smoking, Ayrton “The Kayak Kid” Pryor smoked everyone on the bay today.  Ayrton wasn’t in the kayak today, but he was all over the flounder.  “A” used white Gulp to catch three keepers of 17″, 19″ and 22″ and also released another 12 throwbacks.  The biggest keeper weighed in at 4.16 pounds.


Captain John Prather of Ocean City Guide Service had his clients opt for some bowfishing instead of flounder fishing today and they were rewarded with some nice shooting.  Captain John put his shooters on some good cow nosed ray action and also a big hound fish.

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Bear down at the Oceanic Pier in downtown Ocean City reported in today after a hiatus.  Bear said fishing has been hit or miss lately with the dirty water, but John did submit this photo of a big chopper bluefish that he caught last night.


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