Day 1 at The 2018 Ocean City Tuna Tournament

Day 1 at The 2018 Ocean City Tuna Tournament

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 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!

Junior Angler

Let it Ride     54 Lbs

Lady Angler

2nd Place     Reel Chaos     54 Lbs

1st Place     That’s Right     58 Lbs

Wahoo

1st Place     Troublemaker     41 Lbs

Dolphin

3rd Place     Team Wallhangers     20 Lbs

2nd Place     That’s Right     24 Lbs

1st Place     Spring Mix II     49 Lbs

Heaviest Stringer

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.

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