Posted on July 13th, 2018
It was day 1 at the 31st Annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament hosted by the Ocean City Fishing Center and it was busy day with lots of fish hitting the scales. The report from the 54 boats that fished today was that it was rougher than expected, but the forecast get better tomorrow and Sunday. This is what the leaderboard looks like after the first day of fishing. Big THANKS to Dave Messick of Hooked on OC for the shots!
Let it Ride 54 Lbs
2nd Place Reel Chaos 54 Lbs
1st Place That’s Right 58 Lbs
1st Place Troublemaker 41 Lbs
3rd Place Team Wallhangers 20 Lbs
2nd Place That’s Right 24 Lbs
1st Place Spring Mix II 49 Lbs
3rd Place Tallkin’ Trash 153 Lbs
2nd Place Trouble Maker 230 Lbs
1st Place Marli 260 Lbs
Single Heaviest Fish
3rd Place Goin’ In Deep 60 Lbs
2nd Place Tie Fin Chaser and Boat #55 65 Lbs
1st Place Magic Moment 73 Lbs
With the rough sea conditions not too many boats fished offshore outside of the Tuna Tournament, but there were some anglers fishing inshore. Captain Chase Eberle of Chasin’ Tides Charters has been busy the past few days. Last night Ryan and his crew released four sandbar sharks and lost a big shark that they fought for over 4 hours. Today Sung Lee and his family had a great time releasing over 40 flounder. This evening Captain Chase made it out for an inshore trolling trip that ended with 37 bluefish, 2 spanish mackerel, 4 bonita and three sharpnose sharks.
Captain Drew Zerbe of the Tortuga found some clean water this evening and put a couple of lucky anglers on some keeper flounder.
Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing continued his run of successful trips today putting his shooters on some great action for cow nosed and big southern rays.
Over on the fresh water my buddy David Wells hit a local pond and busted the large mouth bass on crank baits with two fish over five pounds. Dave channeled his best Jeff Coats in a sweet selfie collage.
It was also another great day for Blume’s Balloon Round Up with 58 balloons coming in. That brings the total to 480 balloons in just two weeks.