Posted on September 7th, 2015
Happy Labor Day Everyone!!
The wind finally stopped blowing a little bit today and the offshore fleet had a chance to head back to the canyons, the inshore charters had a chance to head back to the wrecks in search of flounder and 29 of the 30 boats entered in the Ocean City Marlin Club Labor Day White Marlin Tournament had a chance to get their 2nd day of fishing in.
The offshore fishing was all about the dolphin today. There was a good bite in the Baltimore Canyon and there were fish below the Poor Man’s as well. Some of the fish are coming out of the blue, and if you can find a weed line or something floating out there, open the fish box cause it’s gonna be on. Dolphin fishing is that good right now. Captain Joe Drosey on Rhonda’s Osprey had some of the best of it today catching his crew 17 nice mahi. Rhonda’s Osprey also released two white marlin and got some awesome action shots while doing it.
The guys on the Spring Mix II with Captain Chris Watkowski had a good day on the mahi as well. Owner Paul reported that there were as many dolphin as you wanted out there, but the party made a good decision and decided to stop at 15. That’s awfully conscientious and commendable to not take more than you know you’ll need. The 15 fish kept mates Riley McCabe and Ayrton Pryor busy in the cockpit as Captain Chris trolled the Baltimore today.
Inshore, Captain John Prather on Ocean City Guide Service was happy to see the sea conditions subside. Captain John has been stuck in the bay the past few days and had to deal with throwbacks and pretty crappy floundering. Today was a different story as he was able to head back to the ocean structure and use strip baits to catch 10 nice keeper flounder and a keeper sized sea bass.
The Ocean City Marlin Club made a good call on Thursday when they added an extra fishing day to the 57th Annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament. That decision turned this into a fish two of four day event that turned into a fish two of two day event as sea conditions on Saturday and Sunday were unfishable. Friday was a good day of fishing and today was a good day as well with 29 of the 30 boats registered heading out. The Fin Ally came in today to claim first place in the dolphin category and Pumpin Hard took the daily billfish release calcutta.
Congratulations to all of the winners and special thanks to Amanda Shick and the Ocean City Marlin Club staff.
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