A Mile Off The Beach

A Mile Off The Beach

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.

Let me start by saying that A Mile Off The Beach is where most offshore boats that fished today wished they would have turned around and come home this morning.  The forecast was for NW winds 10-20 knots and seas of 4-8 feet.  That’s an awfully tricky forecast.  If the wind ends up on the low end of the forecast, no big deal, if the wind ends up at the higher end of the forecast it can be really rough.  The wind was supposed to lie down today as the day went on also, and that didn’t happen.  Based on the forecast some boats decided to give it a go and there were some mahi and white marlin caught in the Baltimore and Poor Man’s Canyons.  The wind looks like it’s going to blow for several more days, and when the forecast for Monday reads “seas subsiding to 6-10 feet”, I don’t think we’ll be reporting much offshore action until Wednesday.

If you’d like a great resource for checking inshore and offshore forecasts, OC weather, NOAA buoy reports and the latest Rutger’s water temps bookmark our Weather and Sea Temps page here at FishinOC.com


A Mile Off The Beach is also where Captain John Prather on Ocean City Guide Service did some shark fishing today.  The good thing about a SW, NW or W wind is that you can hug the beach and still get a day of fishing in the ocean.  Captain John did just that and had some good luck releasing several sandbar sharks and one hammerhead.  The hammerhead was caught on a spot fillet.

IMG_0438 shark

Today was the 15th Annual September 11th Memorial Spot Fishing Tournament at The Ocean City Fishing Center.  This event isn’t about catching big fish or winning any awards, it’s about remembering the events of September 11, 2001 and getting together with friends and family to have a good time.  This evening’s event was a huge success and everyone had a great time….and caught some fish while they were at it.


Photo courtesy of Captain Luke Blume.

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