Doormat Flounder and BIG Bluefin Tuna

Doormat Flounder and BIG Bluefin Tuna

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 another beautiful day in Ocean City with sunny skies and warm temperatures, but bay fishermen had to contend with a pretty stiff southerly breeze.  I was out this afternoon and the water in the south bay was absolutely filthy.  I somehow managed one throwback flounder, but otherwise I didn’t even see any fish caught.  This morning was a different story.

I got a text from Captain Jeff Coats of Pitboss Fishing first thing this morning with a photo of a HUGE flounder that his buddy Will Castleberry caught.  Will was fishing the east channel north of the route 50 bridge drifting 4″ white Gulp when he landed this doormat of a flounder.  The big flattie tipped the scale at the Ocean City Fishing Center at 7.65 pounds.  I’m jealous!

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There were some big bluefin tuna caught yesterday out in the deep, but none was bigger than the fish that was released by Captain Brian Porter and the crew of the Boss Hogg.  The Boss Hogg caught and released an estimated 100″, 500-600 pound bluefin yesterday and boxed some nice mahi.  There was obviously commotion in the cockpit and they unfortunately didn’t get a photo.  Awesome catch!  Trophy bluefin season is currently closed in our area and this fish was well over the 73″ limit set for trophy sized fish.


The crew of the Tunafowl out of Sunset Marina had a good day with the tunas yesterday also.  Josh Ensor and the boys boxed a couple of small tuna and this beauty of a 129 pound bluefin.

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Today it was some more of the same good tuna fishing for the offshore fleet.  Captain Todd Kurtz and the crew of the Restless Lady out of the Talbot Street Pier had a good day catching 12 bluefin tuna and 6 yellowfin tuna.  The action took place in the Baltimore Canyon on spreader bars and ballyhoo.


Captain Chris Little and the crew of Talkin’ Trash had a nice day boxing three bluefin tuna and releasing another 12 more.  Here’s a cool GoPro shot of five fish on at once.


The crew of Spring Mix II with Captain Steve Selander and mates Captain Chris Watkowski and Ayrton “The Kayak Kid” Pryor had a good day catching their limit of bluefin tuna and releasing five more in the Baltimore Canyon.


Captain Jeremy Blunt and the crew of Wrecker boxed five yellowfin tuna and three bluefin tuna and totaled 20 fish in all.

Ocean party boat fishing was decent today for the crew of Angler with Captain Chris Mizurak.  Captain Chris reports that you have to pick through some smalls nowadays, but there are still some nice fish coming over the rail.

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Captain Jason Mumford of Lucky Break Charters fished the same dirty water that I did this afternoon in the south bay, but he had a little more luck than I did.  Captain Jason put this lucky angler on a nice 18″ keeper flounder on a clam bait.


Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing had a good weekend putting shooters on some meat.  Today it was several southern rays and a couple of cow nosed rays in the south bay with some repeat customers.  Captain Marc will even clean your catch so it’s ready to go when you’re done.

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Jake Kenneth submitted the following photos of his recent trip offshore.  Jake, James, Zach, Eric, Vinny and John had a great day catching six dusky sharks and three makos.  The largest dusky was about 10′ long and estimated at 350 pounds and the mako that they killed was 110 pounds.

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