First Mako to the Dock is a Big One

First Mako to the Dock is a Big One

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 a hot one today boy!  A few clouds here and there and a little breeze made it nice, but it was warm all day and made me realize that summer is just around the corner.

As we move into summer we will see more and more boats arrive and the offshore scene will heat up nicely as tuna, mahi and billfish move into the area.  One of the first offshore pelagics that offshore anglers will target is the shortfin mako shark.  This year the feds have made it tough for shark fisherman by upping the minimum size to a ridiculous 83″.  That size limit is based on bad data and was thrown on us as an “emergency regulation” so I and lots of shark fisherman are pretty upset that we ended up with this minimum size.  Its the hand we’ve been dealt though so you make the most of it.

One group that made the most of it today was the crew of the MARLI with Captain Mark Hoos.  Angler Fred Weinholt reeled in this beautiful 93″ mako that tipped the Sunset Marina scale at 292 pounds.  That’s a quality fish from Captain Mark and crew making the first mako to hit the dock this year a really nice one.

Captain Chase Eberle of Chasin’ Tide Charters was in the ocean this afternoon doing some inshore trolling and had a great day for his anglers.  Captain Chase put his crew on some really nice false albacore while trolling the inshore lumps.  They ended the day with seven fish in the box.

Anglers at the Oceanic Pier in downtown Ocean City saw some good fishing today in the nice weather.  Bear submitted a few photos of Tom from Silver Spring, MD had a nice day at the pier when he used live minnows and mullet to land some bluefish and a keeper flounder.

Cayman Man also found a flounder from the Oceanic Pier today.  This 18 1/2″ keeper was caught from the pier on the outgoing tide.

The Judith M out of Bahia Marina had a good day of sea bassing with fish up to 2 1/2 pounds.

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