Posted on December 11th, 2016
We had some nasty weather blow in here on Thursday afternoon and put the kaibosh on fishing around Ocean City for a couple of days. The consistent northwest winds seem to have pushed the rockfish off of the beach and outside of the three mile limit for targeting them so the bite has pretty much shut down for the past few days. We have fish right out front, but unfortunately once again this year they haven’t made a strong appearance inside of three miles. There are still some fish off of New Jersey so we will see some more migration this way, let’s just hope they get inside that line on the way by. Big Bird Cropper tells me that there are some throwback rockfish in the inlet. He caught a dozen throwbacks at the south jetty this morning on the Roy Rig with fish as large as 26″.
Today was the final day of the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 4th Annual Rockfish Tournament and for the 6th straight day nothing was caught to do any damage to the leaderboard. It really paid off for the boats that made the trip north to New Jersey waters early in the week because those fish held on to collect some nice prizes. Congratulations to the winners!
Bad Oyster 11.8 pounds $540
Nontypical 65.8 pounds $1,080.00
Nontypical 22.4 pounds 36.0″ length 22.0″ girth $1,008.00
Fish Frenzi 25.4 pounds 37.5″ length 23.0″ girth $1,512.00
Bad Oyster 33.0 pounds 45.0″ length 23.5″ girth $6,680.00
The local party boats were back on the rip again today with the light winds and had some awesome fishing. Captain Chris Mizurak on the party boat Angler reported good fishing today with some limits of sea bass up to three pounds, some really nice bluefish and two big flounder of 5 pounds 7 ounces and 5 pounds 9 ounces.
My buddy Nick Denny was crew for Captain Monty Hawkins on the Morning Star today and reported an awesome day on the water as well. Nick reported a boat limit of sea bass, a big 34″ bluefish and one 22″ flounder. The couple in the last picture were just married on Friday and celebrated with some nice sea bass.