Covered Up

By Scott Lenox

Covered Up

The weather that swept through the area yesterday afternoon into last night left us with some pretty tough conditions today.  It was pretty rough offshore thanks to the wind, and inshore the bay was left looking like Columbian coffee with extra cream.  Neither of these conditions make it easy for charters to put customers on fish, but a few of the Fish in OC fleet got it done regardless of the conditions.

Rob Howry and his crew from Lititz, PA braved the sporty ocean today on the charter boat MARLI with Captain Mark Hoos and mate Mark Stephens. They were rewarded with six yellowfin tunas and four gaffer mahi. The crew also released seven undersized yellowfin tuna and pulled off a white marlin. It was great work by the crew in the challenging conditions.  A lot of the bites that are coming from the tunas on the troll are coming all at once in what we refer to in the industry as being “covered up”.  It sometimes depends on when you get covered up, what you get covered up by and how many you land out of a bite that determines your success at the end of the day.   Captain Mark got a great shot of what it looks like when to get “jumped” yesterday when he took the below photo of all six of the charter party and both mates attending to chaos in the cockpit.

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Captain Jeremy Blunt on board the Wrecker out of the Ocean City Fishing Center got covered up also today.  Captain Jeremy got jumped once by nine yellowfin tuna and landed five of them…that was it for the day.  A good bite with a good catch ratio makes for a good day.  Captain Jeremy got a great shot of his crew after nine rods went down at once.

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Captain John Prather on Ocean City Guide Service had some tough conditions in the back bay today.  Yesterdays downpours caused massive amounts of runoff to enter the tributaries and eventually the bay which makes it very dirty and very difficult for flounder fishing.  Flounder have to be able to see a bait to eat it, as they feed primarily on sight.  Well when you’re good, you’re good.  Captain John put the green Gulp on and the rest is history.  Two trips with keeper flounder on both.

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