Bluefin in the Baltimore Canyon

Bluefin in the Baltimore Canyon

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.

It’s not often that you get to report the first flounder of the season for Ocean City and less than a week later you get to report that bluefin tuna have arrived in our offshore canyons….but that’s exactly what I’m about to do.

I got a text message this afternoon with a picture from Josh Ensor, who coincidentally caught the first tuna of the season last year, reporting that the fish in the photo he was sending had been caught by friends of his in the Baltimore Canyon today.

Joseph Canginelli, Jeff Rosenkilde and Dan Shephard ventured out to the warm water that has made its way into the Baltimore canyon and caught an under 47′ bluefin tuna, pulled the hook on another tuna bite and also caught some false albacore.  The bluefin was caught on a ballyhoo / Ilander combo and weighed 64 pounds.  The crew was fishing out of Delaware on the Reel Life.


Got a message from Jeff Rosenkilde who was on board that said the crew released two 25″ yellowfin tuna, caught this 65+/- bluefin, five or six false albacore and had another “unknown screamer” that may have been another bluefin.  The action took place 7 miles southeast of the Baltimore canyon.


This is awesome news for the offshore fishing community that has been waiting anxiously for the start of the season.  Now that private HMS-permitted vessels are allowed to retain two school (27″ to less than 47″) bluefin and one large school (47″ to less than 73″) bluefin, and HMS-permitted charter boats are allowed to retain three school bluefin and one large school bluefin, anglers are going to be heading out to the canyons.

If you’re looking to get in on the action, make sure you check out our awesome charter partners at charters.

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