Chesapeake and OC Stripers

Chesapeake and OC Stripers

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.

Several Ocean City residents and regular visitors are heading to points west to take advantage of the awesome start to the spring trophy rockfish season over on the Chesapeake Bay.   The first two days of the season have been phenomenal for some boats and there have been some BIG fish caught.  Ocean City is also seeing some striper action, but it’s of the schoolie throwback variety.  There are a few keepers mixed in, but most of the fish are in the 20 – 24 inch range.

Captain John Doak, Tina Doak and Brian Spangenburger fished out of Deal Island on the “But Honey” and had a great day with the rockfish.  The crew limited out in just 45 minutes with fish of 42″, 45″ and 46″.

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Captain Jeff Coats of Pitboss Fishing didn’t have a terrific day of fishing today, but he did have what we both agree was a great day on the water.  Here’s Captain Jeff’s report.

“Harborside” kind of fishing day…  Karen and i head from Ocean Pines at sunrise trying to fish the rt 90 bridge, a strong NE breeze made that more or less undoable so we head south to the rt 50 bridge just catching the tide change.  worked  Big Bird’s roy rigs hard landing one Rockfish.  Drifted the commercial harbor mouth south for a flounder with no luck and ended up at the Assateague bridge with same wind.  That was unfishable too.  Headed north to #OCHarbooride for some awesome Ahi and that hit the spot.  Bellies full we caught the end of the tide again at rt 50 with no luck… steamed north back to the rt 90 bridge with no hits-  a great day on the salt regardless!

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