Busy Day 1 At The 2023 Poor Girl’s Open

By Scott Lenox

Busy Day 1 At The 2023 Poor Girl’s Open

Hit the vid for our walkthrough of Atlantic Tackle in West Ocean City!

I just got back from a busy day of scales action at Bahia Marina for the 1st day of the 2023 Poor Girl’s Open.  There are 147 total boats and 66 of them decided to give it a go today.  Tomorrow looks to be light with rough seas expected and then Saturday over 60 boats will be fishing again.  Fish hit every category this afternoon and it was a smooth, exciting day of scales.  Here’s who’s leading after day 1.  Thanks to India B. for the pics!

Billfish Release

1st Place – Southern C’s – Two White Marlin Releases – 1:42 and 2:51

2nd Place – MarLynn – Two White Marlin Releases – 11:23 and 3:40

3rd Place – Fish On – 1 Blue Marlin Release – 10:42

Heaviest Tuna

Too Many Martinis – 68.5 Pounds

Heaviest Wahoo

Jacked Up – 51.8 Pounds

Heaviest Dolphin

Southern C’s – 24.2 Pounds

Jr Angler

Ava Bauer – Mahi – 3.9 Lbs

Outside of the Poor Girl’s Open there was some decent ocean fishing for those that ventured out.  Captain Chase Eberle and the crew of Chasin’ Tides has been doing very well releasing sharks and boxing up flounder, ribbonfish and mackerel.

Captain Chris Mizurak of the Angler reported a good sea bass bite with some flounder mixed in all while dodging rain.

The Line Dancer Tournament Team had a nice day in the east channel catching four keeper flounder up to 19.75″ on Deadly Tackle Live Bait Rigs with mullet and bunker.

Capitan Monty Hawkins of the Morning Star had an “ok” bite on today’s trip with sea bass and some flounder.

Sun came up over calm waters; made for a nice run offshore. Big Bill had no trouble doing the deed on today’s reef blocks. He added to one heck of a stack. (1,706 Reef Blocks & 36 Reef Pyramids and counting..) I took a sidescan snap of the work before getting underway again. In a few more years it will be completely grown over with coral. Took a course offshore a ways. Was hoping I wouldn’t repeat yesterday.. Didn’t. Fantastic?No. But OK. Applying today’s reef builder karma, Big Bill bagged out on fluke (again. It’s a habit of his.) We were  also lucky by narrowly missing a long string of rain showers; caught the least bit of drizzle as they finished cutting past us. Wind breezed up making conditions a tad more challenging – no sooner had I made correction when it laid back down again. Jelly side up time and again? I’ll take it. Seemed like everyone boxed dinner I think. Wyatt pocketed the pool..CheersMonty

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