First White Marlin Worth $16,000

By Scott Lenox

First White Marlin Worth $16,000

We had a beautiful weather day today in and around Ocean City and there was some pretty good catching going on in the bay for flounder and in the canyon for tuna.  One group of anglers will be rewarded with more than a freezer full of filets too.

The long awaited first white marlin of the season was captured this morning by the crew of the Fish in OC charter partner Stalker with Captain Steve Moore out of the Ocean City Fishing Center.  Just like most first white marlin of the season the fish was caught while tuna fishing on a bait intended for a bluefin or yellowfin tuna.  Captain Steve said the first white came up on his bridge rod and was caught on a blue and white Ilander lure with a ballyhoo.  After a short fight angler Ron Bennett released the fish just before 8:30 this morning.  Thanks to $5,000 from the Town of Ocean City, $6,000 from the Fishermen United of Ocean City (Bank of Ocean City, Bahia Marina, Coastal Fisherman, Sunset Marina, Ocean City Fishing Center, Atlantic Tackle) and $5,000 from the Ocean City Marlin Club of which Stalker is a member, the first white marlin of the season will be worth a hefty $16,000 prize for Captain Steve, Ron and the crew of the Stalker.  Stalker will also win a free entry into the Big Fish Classic at the Talbot Street Pier at the end of next month.  They had one heck of a day of tuna fishing as well putting three yellowfin tuna and four bluefin tuna in the boat as big as 109 pounds.  Congratulations to Captain Steve and the crew of Stalker!  Thanks to Dave Messick of Hooked on OC for the photos at the dock!  Check out the Daily Catch that we shot today and hear the story from Captain Steve and angler Ron.

Rhonda’s Osprey with Captain Joe Drosey is back in town and has gotten right to putting tunas on the dock.  Today Captain Joe put his anglers on some awesome tuna fishing and returned to Sunset Marina with three “under” bluefin and 12 yellowfin tuna.

There was some decent flounder fishing in the bay today in the surprisingly clean water.  Captain John Prather had a great trip where he fished the main channel and the south bay with Fishbites and put his anglers on six nice keeper flounder.

Big Bird Cropper did a little flounder fishing himself this afternoon and had a productive trip.  Bird caught a small bluefish and boxed three keeper flounder between 17″ and 20 1/2″.

Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing was out on the bay last night and had a really good night of shooting.  Captain Marc put his guys on some big southern rays, a couple of cow nosed rays and one big houndfish.

David “Croaker” Herbst landed this nice 28 1/2” keeper rockfish on cut bait from his secret location in West Ocean City.  The rock was no match for David’s JPR Custom rod.

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