Big Sea Bass on the Morning Star

By Scott Lenox

Big Sea Bass on the Morning Star

Man it was foggy today!!  We started off this morning with heavy fog that caused school delays around the area and I’m pretty sure it stayed socked in for most of the day.  I know where I was it was foggy the entire day with limited visibility which I’m sure caused fishing pressure to be low today.

Speaking of where I was, I had the awesome opportunity to go fishing with Captain Monty Hawkins and the crew of the Morning Star today for another upcoming episode of Hooked on OC.  We were joined by some of Monty’s regulars and a group of fine young men from Lancaster Mennonite in Lancaster, PA.  The group was chaperoned by Professor Cedric Steiner for a trip that the school brings to Ocean City every couple of years to have the students learn about and enjoy the outdoors.  They are camping in the area and have been crabbing, clamming and of course fishing and it was a real pleasure to spend the day with them aboard the Morning Star.  Except for the fog, we had a nice weather day with pleasant sea conditions and some really good fishing.  Everyone that fished caught some sea bass and the guys from LM had a couple of coolers full for their big “eat what we catch” dinner tomorrow night.  There were a lot of keeper sea bass brought on board today, but none was bigger than Nick from Greece’s fish.  This 21″+ sea bass had to be well over 4 pounds.

Captain Chase Eberle of Chasin’ Tides Charters took a trip yesterday evening in search of makos or threshers and even though they didn’t find the target species they did have some good fishing.  The crew caught and released 17 sand bar sharks never going more than 15 minutes without having a fish on.

It was Karen’s day off so Captain Jeff Coats of Pitboss Fishing and she had to give it a try even though it was foggy.  First stop was the Thorofare where on a quick drop they had a 13″ fish to the boat and thought it was game on.  After they realized that was the first and only flounder bite it was time to hit the route 50 bridge where they had some great catch and release rockfish action.

Sign ups for the 22nd Annual Mako Mania Shark Tournament are tomorrow night at Bahia Marina on 22nd Street bayside in Ocean City.  Tournament officials have added some mako release divisions to try and make up for the 83″ minimum size for makos that the feds have foolishly dropped on us so I’m anticipating a good turnout for this event.  Here is a link to the entry form if you’d like to get a head start…..Mako Mania 2018 Entry Form

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