Flounder in the Bay, Tuna in the Canyons

By Scott Lenox

Flounder in the Bay, Tuna in the Canyons

Let me start by saying Happy Mother’s Day!!  If it weren’t for Moms, there wouldn’t be us…so thank you!

We had a beautiful day in Ocean City today.  Sunny skies, warm temperatures and no rain.  Unfortunately the wind picked up this afternoon and blew pretty good out of the northwest at 15-25 knots.  That didn’t stop some anglers from venturing out though and some had pretty good luck.

Captain John Prather on Ocean City Guide Service had a chance to get out on the water today and rewarded his party with the first keeper flounder of the season for OC Guide Service.  The fish was caught behind Assateague Island near the Ocean City airport on a white Gulp 4″ swimming mullet during the outgoing tide.


The Ocean Princess with Captain Victor Bunting fished their second day in a row today on some ocean structure and had steady tautog action all day.  They didn’t experience the same keeper ratio that they had yesterday, but it was still decent fishing.


Ayrton Pryor of Spring Mix II Sportfishing had some luck yesterday afternoon on an impromptu trip in his kayak. Ayrton paddled a short distance from his home just behind Keenwik on the Bay west of Fenwick, Island and caught six really nice bluefish.  Four were released and the biggest blue went 12.6 pounds.  There’s a cool video of one of Ayrton’s fish on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/fishinoc


Josh Ensor had some more early season tuna action yesterday when he and Jeff Rosenkilde headed out to the canyons in search of some more steaks for the freezer.  Josh sent a great report…..here’s the story….

“Jeff Rosenkilde and I headed offshore yesterday morning at 3 AM.  We had a little bit of a bumpy ride on the way out and ended up running 83 miles outside the Wilmington where we found 64 degree water.  We trolled around it for hours without anything.  We even had a pod of five or six killer whales swimming around the boat…..one of them was (expletive deleted) huge!  We never got any bites so we started trolling south.  Once we got outside the Baltimore we started seeing life inside towards the shelf and when we got into 800 fathoms we started marking bait thick from the surface all the way down to 50 fathoms and tuna were streaking through it.  It was cold, nasty looking water that was only 60 degrees.  We ended up going two for three on tuna with a 50 pound bluefin and a 30 pound yellowfin.  We also had two mako bites on the troll that both eventually broke off.  I’d estimate one of them at 300 to 400 pounds.  We also caught a blue shark on the troll on the way back which I’ve never done before.  The tuna were caught on a green machine spreader bar and the mako bites were on skirted ballyhoo.”

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