Posted on August 16th, 2017
There is no denying that marlin fishing has been tough so far this year. Last week’s White Marlin Open is a perfect example of how tough. Last year the White Marlin Open had over 1,300 billfish caught and released and this year it was less than 400. I’m hopeful that there will be some good marlin fishing to finish out the month and again in September when a lot of us have come to expect some really good fishing to finish out the offshore season.
There was definitely some better marlin fishing offshore today. Captain Joe Drosey of Rhonda’s Osprey had a great day putting his anglers on three white marlin releases and a blue marlin release as he prepares for the Poor Girls Open and the MidAtlantic Tournament.
The Burt boys on Pumpin’ Hard had a good day in the canyons today as well going four for four on white marlin bites.
Captain Chris Watkowski and mate Ayrton “The Kayak Kid” Pryor had a good day trolling the Poor Man’s Canyon today. Captain Chris put his anglers on a white marlin release and six mahi up to 15 pounds.
Bottom fishing over ocean structure was a little tougher today for the Angler according to Captain Chris Mizurak. They did still catch some good fish and Pete and Maria Donahue had a good day with some flounder and sea bass.
Captain John Prather of Ocean City Guide Service had a couple of nice trips today. Captain John was in the ocean for some good fishing for bluefish and Spanish mackerel on trolled spoons, and then it was back to the bay where he found a couple of late keeper flounder for his young angler.
Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing showed his shooters some good action today with cow nosed rays in the south bay.
I got a Facebook message from Colin Armstrong this afternoon reminding me that fresh water fishing around Ocean City is still alive and strong. His 7 year old son caught his first largemouth bass in the Ocean Pines pond today on a soft plastic frog. The big mouth weighed two pounds 13 ounces.
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