Big Eyeballs

Big Eyeballs

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.

The awesome fishing continues on another day where there was good marlin and mahi fishing off in the canyons with some nice bigeye tuna in the mix, and some more really good inshore and bay fishing with a terrific flounder bite topping the list.

Offshore fishing looks to be in trouble this weekend as a forecasted cold front is due to move through the area and rough things up off the beach.  It looks to bring some much needed rain and some cooler temps, but when temps drop from the mid 90s to the mid 70s there is going to be some wind involved.

Offshore fishing wasn’t in trouble today as the fleet was in the Washington Canyon and fishing was good once again.  Captain Joe Drosey of Rhonda’s Osprey was fortunate enough to get jumped on by seven bigeye tuna (eyeballs) and was fortunate enough to land four of those for a great day in the deep.

I got to get offshore for the first time this season today for a new episode of Hooked on OC aboard my buddy Curtis Macomber’s Stalker with Captain Steve Moore.  We had a fantastic day of fishing boxing a 29″ yellowfin tuna, two peanut mahi and releasing two blue marlin.  Collin Macomber caught his first blue marlin on 30# stand up and we estimated it around 300 or so pounds and Andy Urban caught a blue marlin that we estimated at 200-250 pounds.  It should make for a great episode of Hooked on OC!

The No Quarter with Captain Kyle Peet is back to fishing after doing some awesome work to the boat.  Today Captain Kyle put his crew on some good action going one for two on “eyeballs” and boxing a few small yellowfin and some mahi.  The crew also released a white marlin on the trip.

Captain Chris Watkowski was out in the Washington along side us today and he and mates Ayrton “The Kayak Kid” Pryor and Jacob Lewis put their crew on a white marlin release and a box full of mahi up to 20 pounds.

The crew of All In with Captain Scott Stapleford was four for eight yellowfin tuna today while trolling the canyon.

Captain Monty Hawkins of the Morning Star reported a tougher bite, but still some fish in the boat.  Here’s “Flounder” George, Richard Adams of Lewes, DE, Ray Ricci of Dundalk, MD, young Landon and Trenton Brookover of Coshocton, Ohio and Ashton Hemphill of Norfolk, DE with a nice catch.

On the Run Charters with Captain Dave Caffrey out of Bahia Marina had a good day of flounder fishing some ocean structure today.  Captain Dave had a total of 14 keeper flounder on his two trips with some nice fish to as big as 6 pounds.  9:15 PM….make that 16 keepers for the day.  Just got an update from Captain Dave with two more!


Jeff Thomas and his family made it out for a shark fishing / fireworks trip with Captain Chase Ebele of Chasin’ Tides Charters last night and landed three sand tigers, two sandbars, and three sharpnose.  Today Captain Chase had a trip with solo angler Stanley looking for sea bass and found two of them, but also found three ling cod, 19 triggerfish, two spadefish, two kingfish, one jack and one bluefish.  They also released a few rockfish and a small trout.

Flounder fishing in the bay this afternoon was good again on the high and outgoing tide in clean water conditions.  Captain John Prather of Ocean City Guide Service had a couple of successful trips today putting keeper flounder in the box on all.


The bay fishing party boats are also getting in on the good flounder fishing in the bay lately with lots of throwback fish and several keepers.  The Happy Hooker out of the Talbot Street Pier had a great day today putting anglers on fish.

Bear down at the Oceanic Pier sent this photo of “Foote” who had two nice keeper flounder from the pier this afternoon on minnows.

Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing was back on the bay today and he got right back to putting shooters on good opportunities.  Captain Marc had a couple of good trips with cow nosed and souther rays.

Yesterday my buddy Tim from Atlantic Moving took his son Max out to the first lump and trolled up four king mackerel, two torpedos, one Spanish mackerel and “countless” bluefish.  Jay Fisher of Ocean City and Randy Streett of Baltimore joined the guys on their Reely Movin.

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