Big Ol’ Yellow Perch

By Scott Lenox

Big Ol’ Yellow Perch

Today was the last day of the Ocean City Seaside Boat Show and though like always I rather would have been fishing, but it was a great show.  The Optimist Club puts on a terrific event and there were a ton of people through the show this weekend.  It was awfully humbling getting to meet so many great people that stopped to say they love my fishing reports and love watching our show Hooked on OC….Thank you all very much!!

It was a little windy to start the day today, but it laid down a bit in the afternoon and the sun was shining so it actually got pretty comfortable on the water.  It was a great day to get on some of the rockfish at the route 90 bridge or try for some of the perch that have been showing up in the local rivers.  My buddy Eric Sexton was over on Broad Creek yesterday and today with his good friend Bennie Bennington and the guys smoked the yellow perch.  There were some big ones mixed in there too that were caught on minnows in surprisingly warm 50 degree water.  They guys caught their limit of nice fish today in about an hour and a half.

Captain Jeff Coats and his better half Karen were on the bay today behind the convention center casting Roy Rigs at the route 90 bridge and had another very productive afternoon.  Karen and Jeff had a great time releasing several small rockfish.  Captain Jeff said the fish are a little sluggish, but are active enough to catch a few and have some fun.

I got a couple of nice gifts for the arsenal today at the boat show with a couple of new reels for our JPR Rods and a new tackle storage system for the Carolina Skiff.  I picked up two beautiful Canyon HS-13 conventional reels for the crew that are sure to do damage to the flounder population this summer.  I went with Fish in OC blue and silver and the wife got hot pink so not only will we mash some flounder soon, we’ll look good doing it!  Check them out at

I also got a great new portable tackle storage system from Meyer’s Pro Tackle Systems that I can’t wait to fill with stuff and get on the skiff.  It’s got loads of flat tackle storage boxes, cutting board, knife/pliers/tool holders, three storage compartments and it’s strong enough to use as a seat if you’re so inclined.  You can take it in and out of the boat if you need to also so it’s super convenient.  Check them out at 

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