Better Tuna Fishing and So Many Throwback Flounder

Better Tuna Fishing and So Many Throwback Flounder

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 the heat of summer is back!  Even though there was a pretty good breeze out of the south today, it was a hot one.  It’s supposed to be even hotter tomorrow and in to the weekend so if you have junior anglers fishing this weekend’s Kid’s Classic Tournament hosted by the Ocean City Marlin Club make sure you keep them in the shade if you can and have plenty of nice, cold fluids on hand.  We’ll be fishing the Fish in OC Carolina Skiff with my son Ryan and we will definitely be prepared.

The offshore fleet had a little better tuna fishing today than they’ve been experiencing.  The Marli with Captain Mark Hoos and mate Mark Stephens had about the best I saw with some quality fish.   Captain Mark put his anglers on seven nice yellowfin tuna and a gaffer mahi.

Captain Luke Blume and mate Jon Henry had a good day aboard the C Boys with owner Paul Crampton and crew.  The C Boys had three healthy yellowfin tuna and Pam’s first fish ever was an exciting release of an estimated 400 pound blue marlin while fishing the Wilmington Canyon.  Captain Luke got a cool shot with his cell phone of the blue jumping boat side.

The crew of Rhonda’s Osprey with Captain Joe Drosey had some luck with the yellowfin tuna today as well putting three nice fish in the box.

Captain Todd Kurtz and mate Tito had some luck in 80+ degree water in the Baltimore Canyon today.  Their crew released a white marlin and boxed a fat 60 pound class yellowfin.

Captain Monty Hawkins of the party boat Morning Star submitted the below photo of Felix who came all the way from Lusanne, Switzerland and caught this jumbo sea bass that was hungry enough to eat both hooks.

Captain Chase Eberle was off the beach doing some nighttime sharking last night where he put Brooke and Myron Rameriz on some shark action.  The crew released seven sand tiger and four sharpnose sharks.

The report coming in from the bay is that most flounder fishermen want last year’s 16″ size limit back.  I have to admit that early this season I didn’t think that the 1″ increase would cost us many fish in the box…..I am currently eating my words.  There have been a lot of flounder being caught in the bay, but most of them have been under the 17″ limit.  The inshore charter guys are reporting throwback ratios of like 40 and 50 fish with 1 keeper.  That is not a lot of #floundersandwiches.  The upside is that at least there are flounder in the bay.  Flounder fishing overall sucked last year and if the complaint is not enough throwbacks….well that’s not too bad.

Captain Jason Mumford of Lucky Break Charters is one of the guys reporting in a tough keeper ratio lately.  Today Captain Jason did find this nice 18 1/2″ keeper, but had to weed through A LOT of throwbacks to make it happen.

Baytime Charters with Captain Brad McCabe was able to find a nice keeper this afternoon too.  Captain Brad had to throwback a lot of flounder to put this nice 19 1/2″ keeper……22 to be exact.

Bowfishing in the south bay continues to be productive for the bowfishing guys.  Today Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing had a couple of trips where he put his shooters on some great action with cow nosed and southern rays.   The biggest southern was 55 pounds.

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