A Marlin and Meatfish Monday

By Scott Lenox

A Marlin and Meatfish Monday

The Fish in OC fleet was finally able to get back to fishing today after a pretty crappy weekend of weather.  North east winds can really rough the seas up, and when it blows as hard as it did this weekend, bay conditions are tough as well.  It was too rough to exit the inlet for most this weekend, and the bay fishing took a hit because of the windy conditions as well.  Thank goodness it was back to normal today.

Captain Joe Drosey had a great day trolling the canyons today aboard Rhonda’s Osprey.  His crew consisted of Sunset Grille’s Buddy Trala and some of the staff from the restaurant.  Captain Joe and crew were able to put Emily and Jess on their first white marlin ever, which is always a cool thing.

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The Boss Hogg was up to their old tricks trolling and deep dropping in the canyons today.  Captain Josh Ruskey trolled up several gaffer sized mahi and deep dropped a big ole’ pile of sea bass and tilefish.

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The good thing about a north east wind is that when it does settle down it can help the back bays clean up quickly.  North east wind pushes nice clean ocean water into the bay so after a couple of tide changes things can be back to normal.  I took the Fish in OC Carolina Skiff out for some floundering this morning on the outgoing tide and found the water to be surprisingly clean after yesterday’s nastiness.  Flounder feed on sight, so if the water is dirty it can be really hard, if not impossible to catch them.  Today was clean enough to give it a shot, and I ended up with one keeper after just a little time on the water.  White Gulp tipped with a minnow on a Dale Timmons Deadly Double conned this nice flattie into taking a bite.

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