564 Pound Mako Shark

564 Pound Mako Shark

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.

It wasn’t the nicest day of the year so far, but it wasn’t bad.  We finally got a full day break from the heat wave that we’ve had the past few days and it was really comfortable.  The sky was overcast most of the day, but temps were nice and the wind wasn’t much of a factor most places so plenty of anglers got out and baited the hooks.

The feature image for tonight’s Daily Angle was set early this morning when I got word from Captain Sean Welsh that the Restless Lady with Captain Todd Kurtz and mate Tito was bringing a “monster” mako to the Talbot Street dock.  I was delivering mags so the timing was perfect to stop by and see the fish in person and get a couple of shots of my own.  At about 3:30 AM in the middle of an overnighter after already catching four bluefin tuna and five yellowfin tuna in 700 fathoms of the Poor Man’s Canyon, Restless Lady got a big bite on the only skipjack tuna that they had caught while fishing for tuna and decided to use for bait.  Captain Todd knew they had a big fish on right away as it jumped several times….one jump was almost in the boat.  The fish then sounded toward the bottom and then the fight began.  It only took the angler 38 minutes to get the big mako back to the surface and the rest is history.  The big mako weighed a whopping 564 pounds on the new scale at the Talbot Street Pier.   Thanks to Dave Messick of Hooked on OC and CJ from Restless Lady for the awesome shots!

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Tuna fishing out in the canyons was good once again today with some bluefin tuna caught with lots of bluefin tuna released.  Captain Franky Pettolina on the charter boat Last Call out of the Ocean City Fishing Center had a good day with the tuna putting Brooke Duvall and David Phipps on three bluefin tuna and a 57 pound bigeye tuna.

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Captain Jeremy Blunt of the Wrecker also out of the Ocean City Fishing Center caught his three under bluefin limit (27″ to <47″) and released another 18 bluefin.

Captain Monty Hawkins of the party boat Morning Star submitted this photo of Tara Montgomery of Masontown, WV who caught a big 18″ sea bass on a clam bait to win the fish pool today on her very first ocean fishing trip.

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Captain Jason Mumford of Lucky Break Charters had a good day of fishing in the bay today.  Captain Jason put his crew on five rockfish, two bluefish and a mess of shad today during a mid day trip.

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BayTime Charters with Captain Brad McCabe had Mark, Ryan, and Ethan Griggs from Mckinney, Texas on the water today.  They waded through short flounder until Ethan found an 18″ keeper for the table.

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Captain Drew Zerbe of the Tortuga had some throwback flounder action today and put this angler on a keeper on the afternoon trip.

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