Awesome Fishing on the Nanticoke

Awesome Fishing on the Nanticoke

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.

Well, it was another unbelievable day of weather for the final day in February.  We had sunny skies, light winds and temperatures reached 70 degrees where I was at one point.  It has truly been a February to remember when it comes to our gifts from Mother Nature…..makes me nervous for March and April, but I’ll take it!

I’ve been wanting to fish with my old friend Eric Sexton for a long while now.  I realized today that I’ve known him for 20+ years and we’ve swapped fishing stories and info for all of them, but until today I never had the pleasure of fishing with him.  I got the opportunity to fish with Eric today where he introduced me to the Nanticoke River and we had an absolute blast with several different species of fish.  Dave Messick was along to film an upcoming episode of Hooked on OC and got some really beautiful shots of the action.  We got to enjoy seeing some bald eagles and some awesome Nanticoke scenery.

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Dave and I met Eric at the Sharptown ramp right next to the Sharptown bridge that goes over the Nanticoke.  We were limited on time since we were both on kid-pick-up duty, but Eric put us on the fish so fast and furious that time wasn’t an issue.

We left the ramp and headed south toward the Vienna bridge to our first spot where we would try for white perch.  We used simple two hook rigs with bloodworms fished on the bottom and Eric had the first fish hooked up in less than two minutes.  We proceeded to have steady action for about an hour until we finally had plenty of footage and left to move up the river and try for yellow perch.  All in all we caught 12 or 15 white perch between 8 and 11 inches in just over an hour.  We only kept the larger males for the frying pan and released females still carrying eggs.

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We headed north on the Nanticoke for about a 10 minutes and made our way into Broad Creek that meanders to the north and east.  We stopped at one of Eric’s spots for yellow perch and used the same top and bottom rig except this time the bait was small live minnows.  My first bite was a doozie as I picked my bait up off of the bottom to reel it in and was surprised by a large mouth bass of about 12 inches.  Eric hooked the first yellow perch just a minute or so later and then it was on.  We caught 12 or 15 yellow perch as well with the smallest ones at about 8 inches and one whopper that I caught that measured 13 inches.  Eric added a huge bluegill on a double with a yellow perch and we were able to complete a Nanticoke Grand Slam….a term that we just made up today.

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It was an absolutely beautiful day on the water, the fishing was outstanding and the company was even better.

If you’d like to get in on some of this action Captain Brian Behe of Buffalo Hunter Guide Service offers the Nanticoke River as one of his trip options so give him a buzz to get on board.

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