Fish On!

By Scott Lenox

Fish On!

It was a little bumpy in the ocean today, but it was calming down nicely as the afternoon wore on.  There were plenty of anglers out there taking advantage of some really good September fishing.

Had the honor of fishing on board Fish On with Captain Adrew Dotterweich and owner Todd Willard for an upcoming episode of Hooked on OC…and it should be a good one!  We had five white marlin released and a bonus yellowfin tuna that we estimated between 65 and 70 pounds.  Many thanks to Todd, Andrew, Jake and Ed for an awesome day in the Norfolk Canyon.

Captain Jason Mumford of Lucky Break has been showing his anglers some crazy good fishing lately.  His folks have caught flounder, sheepshead, black drum, trout and more.

JD and Mary Eddy had another good day of fishing with a 23″ red drum, a 9 pound black drum and 6 nice sheepshead.

Donny Post fished the south jetty where he landed this stud 22″ sheepshead.

John Curri and his crew had three sheepshead from jetty today.

Captain Chris Mizurak of the Angler reported bumpy conditions this morning followed by nice conditions this afternoon.  Anglers on Angler had sea bass and a couple of flounder mixed in.

Captain Monty Hawkins of the Morning Star saw some good fishing with all kinds of fish coming over the rail.

Ahhhh.. Laid in yesterday and took care of the darker side of a fishing business (paying bills) while my guys spent half a day on general upkeep. Today’s forecast beckoned – 10 to 15 NW makes a cool, early fall day.
Except when it’s wrong.
Actual conditions?
No beckoning there.
Twenty-plus knots into late morning made conditions plenty saucy.
Although a mahi trip I was sure 3/4 of my clients would prefer taking some fish home rather than simply bagging it for another day. I mean literally – I knew three of my four clients as regulars. They’d want something for dinner. So, not even halfway to where I’d hoped to start, I had Vic lower the port anchor. Worked. Had a few decent sea bass from the effort plus a moonfish & a trigger.
Come a bit later the wind began to fall out. Nothing nice about it – just doable.
Ventured on off and went to mahi fishing.
Well, now.. How about that. Found some.
Ms. Holly was only one shy a limit on mahi while Keith caught our biggest this year.
Laying in Friday. MD DNR Fisheries giving me a plaque for my lifetime achievement award. (Ocean Pines Library if you want to voice an opinion about MRIP!) The award puts me in good company, and with even better company in years to come.
Strange juju with that though.. Every time that award gets mentioned by the state? I get checked by fisheries police… Today was NOAA Federal. Took a glance at our fish but really wanted paperwork. I wonder why a computer doesn’t tell em? No matter. They saw 6 or 7 permits in person. It’s on to the next boat for them – if there is one today.
Have 7 spots open for tomorrow’s mahi trip. Forecast tomorrow is perfect. Should be one of those flat, glassy calm pics on the way off. Seriously. Thursday is sold out. Looking at the near-gale forecast this weekend, I’d wager tomorrow & Thursday’s inshore mini-mahi trips will almost certainly be my last. (If after 8 and you’d like to go – email me at [email protected] – unlikely to sell out!)
End of my mahi season but charterboats running offshore to canyons/near canyons haven’t seen their peak season yet. There’s some serious fishing way off the beach yet to come. Best of the best mahi in Oct for them; not mini-mahi either!
We’ll likely see those fellows put some wahoo on the dock too. Sure aren’t many bookings for them through October. Shame cause it can be unreal action.
Cheers,
Monty

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