Epic White Marlin Bite

Epic White Marlin Bite

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 hot again today, but it was another absolutely beautiful day to be fishing……I hope you enjoyed it.  Starting tomorrow sometime the wind is going to blow…and it is going to blow hard.  The current inshore forecast is for NE winds of 25 to 30 knots and seas building to 10-12 feet by Sunday…..and yes I said inshore.  And that’s before hurricane Florence moves into the area.  I’m sure I’ll be able to give you more on that in the coming days.

We have had some epic white marlin fishing over the past few days, but unfortunately it’s been way to the north in the Hudson canyon.  It has been so good that boats from Ocean City have been making the long haul and staying over night, sometimes more than one night to get in on the action.  A few boats out of Sunset Marina have made the trip including the Makara who released 50 white marlin in two days and the Silver Lining who stayed a few nights and released 58 white marlin.  That is truly “epic” white marlin fishing.  I’ve heard of some cancellations already for tomorrow based on the forecast, but we may have a few boats give it a go since the wind isn’t forecast to start until late.  Sunday looks like a wash and then we MAY get a day or two in before we have to deal with Florence.  Hopefully after these blows are over we get a shot at the white marlin again before they leave the building.

Closer to home there has been some good white marlin fishing and the offshore fleet has been taking advantage of it with the calm conditions.  Captain Corey Kennington of the Boss Hogg reported two white marlin releases, a limit of tilefish, 12 or so big sea bass and four mahi today.  The Pumpin’ Hard with Captain Mike Burt and mate David Burt had my buddies Chris Fronczek, Eric Snelsire, John Laviola, Tom Akers, Joe Perry and Joel McTavish out today and each of the guys got on a white marlin release for a total of six.

The crew of Rhonda’s Osprey with Captain Joe Drosey at the helm had a good day offshore today releasing two white marlin and boxing a couple of mahi.

Captain Monty Hawkins of the Morning Star reported beautiful sea conditions today, but tough going for flounder with no current, but he was able to scratch out a nice catch.  Greg Hellman of Phoenix, MD had his limit by 10:30 – a feat no one else would match despite numerous clients with 3 keepers.  Dan Shive of Drifting, PA had today’s pool winner at 21.25 inches. Also pictured are Jordan & Amelia Hendricks of Rockton, PA – Ed Skripeck & Roy Hurd both of Moshannon, PA.

Captain Chase Eberle of Chasin’ Tides Charters had some great action this morning with flounder and rockfish.  The crew released 15 short flounder and had fun catching and releasing over 30 rockfish.

Siblings Madison and Jacob Muhles from Hampstead, MD had these keeper flounder today using shiners and squid while fishing with Captain Drew Zerbe and mate Serge Gardner on the Tortuga out of Bahia Marina.  Madison’s fish was the largest at 19″ and just over 3 pounds.

Big Bird Cropper was able to get out for a few hours today just a day after his birthday and put Karl on a nice 18″ keeper for the frying pan.  Happy Birthday Bird!

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