I just got back from the 15th Annual Sigma Pi Flounder Pounder on board the Bay Bee with my brothers from Towson State and we had an absolute blast! Captain Larry put us on about 50 throwback flounder with one nice keeper ending up on ice. I won “most fish” with 11 throwbacks on the Deadly Double in chartreuse, and Jeff “Droopy” Harris won “biggest fish” with an 18″ keeper. It was a great time and awesome fishing with my very good friends.
Tuna fishing in the offshore canyons continues to be “eh”, but bottom fishing for tiles and sea bass has been good. Captain Willie Zimmerman of the RoShamBo put this group on a couple of tunas and some nice tilefish today.
Captain Mark Hoos of the Marli had a nice day in the canyons with tuna and some big golden tilefish today.
Captain Austin Ensor of the Primary Search put his group on some fillets, but lost a few tunas to the sharks.
This group had a great time fishing on the Boss Hogg out of Sunset Marina.
9-year-old Sean Dieter released his first white marlin today and will be receiving a “First White Marlin” certificate from Fish in OC and the Town of Ocean City.
Nick Smallwood spearfished tog, flounder, sheepshead and this 39 pound cobia in the ocean today.
Sue Galloway had her first limit of flounder fishing with Jim Galloway, Captain Gary, Regina Rantz and Greg German. The group also had four other keepers from the Thorofare.
Last night Austin Wagner caught and released this 36″ rockfish from the route 50 bridge.
Captain Chris Mizurak of the Angler reported another mixed bag today with lots of sea bass and some flounder up to 4.5 pounds.
Captain Monty Hawkins of the Morning Star had the ladies showing everyone how it’s done on today’s trip.
Perhaps repayment of many days lost to foul weather; was as nice a Saturday as a partyboat skipper could ask. And, no offense men, but this was not the ‘Saturday crowd’ of my youth either. Not only did the gals outnumber the guys, they delivered a harsh bruising too. In fact, had Ron not limited out & then jigged up the pool winner just before the whistle? Oyyyy.. the Y-chromosome crowd would have had a total smackdown.
Tanya, no stranger to icing a fish and getting her line back in the water before the cooler lid falls, started this day off months ago. Her friend Tara would be getting married; could I save her some spots?
Bachelorette parties are pretty rare in my world. These gals made it look like a walk in the park. They’ll be able to invite lots of folks to the fish fry – promise!
Bachelor parties? Ahhh, oh my. Nineteen times out of twenty the boys will celebrate a tad too hard the night before – perhaps way too hard – even stretching the revelry right into departure time. Old man Murphy (of Murphy’s Law) relishes a good hangover at sea – turns the pain into a memory that lasts forever.
A story I’ve told before (most are!) ..Experiencing various levels of gastric distress, all the groomsmen were laid out in the salon–all but the groom and his Dad. Right about time of a cruise ship food-borne illness leading the evening news; I announced we had so many were ill anglers the Coast Guard required us to moor at the “Quarantine Buoy” outside Ocean City until 7pm. Couldn’t go in until the CG flight surgeon verified it wasn’t a communicable or food borne illness.
Maaaaannnn.. You should’ve heard the moans & groans.
We let it play until we got in the inlet.
Not this day.
Calm as could be, fish chewing pretty well, air a bit cooler than the last few days too: perfect.
Ehhh.. Save current.
Boy was it ripping. Where usually a six or eight ounce sinker is plenty; today we had to fish 16 ounces.
I feel for anyone trying to tile fish this day in water many hundreds of feet deeper – at least if they were turning the handle.
Recreational fishing becomes recreational harvest when you’ve only got to push the button.
Hand cranking several pounds of lead is no fun though. Any port in a storm I suppose.
Hope the boys and I sneak a tile trip in before fall; catch the current right too.
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