Giant Bluefin Tuna 9 Miles Off of Ocean City

By Scott Lenox

Giant Bluefin Tuna 9 Miles Off of Ocean City

We had a very nice December day today with little wind and warmer than normal temps.  There was a little rain with some clouds and fog, but it was nice day to be outside and even better if you were lucky enough to be fishing and not powerwashing… I was.

Reports of bluefin tuna just off the coast of Ocean City have been confirmed over the past couple of days with some very nice fish being caught within eyesight of the OC condos.  Today I got reports of two fish that were caught, one of which was harvested and one that was released.  The released fish was caught by the crew of the private boat FISHBOX with Steve Hadley, Eric Farrell, Shannon Ehinger, and Captain Ronnie Fields.  Captain Ronnie fought the giant bluefin for 2 hours on a 50 wide with 100 pound leader after it was hooked on a custom lure just 9 miles off of Ocean City in just 30 feet of water.  Bluefin tuna over 73″ must be released and this fish was estimated to be around 75″ and around 300 pounds.  Pretty work!

The second bluefin report came in from the crew of the charter boat WRECKER with Captain Jeremy Blunt at the helm.  Mate Jake Pilkerton and crew landed this beautiful 60″ bluefin about 12 miles off the beach.  The fish fell within the legal harvest length and was photographed at the Ocean City Fishing Center.  Great work crew!!

Just 9 miles away from the bluefin tuna grounds, Big Bird Cropper was throwing Roy Rigs in the OC Inlet and had a great solo trip.  Bird caught and released several short rockfish and also this puppy red drum.  He also got a photo of a fishing buddy with a red drum on a Roy Rig as well.

Captain Monty Hawkins of the Morning Star had a beautiful ride home after another great day of fishing.

Light SW winds were forecast this day. By and by it came true too.
Until then?
Reminded me of an April mackerel trip in the 1980s – fog, swell, white caps..
The gals from Wallops Island, Alice & Angel, did the deed on our blocks today. Will become a patch of coral in time.
Caught doubles of sea bass just about all day. Lot of throwbacks, a green eyed spiny devil now and again; and keepers.
On the surface in patches we’d occasionally see birds working and schooly blue fin busting – even airing out, but not close enough for pictures or video. Meant to bring 50lb tackle today – have never figured out how to catch em this time of year anyway. About once a decade the stars align and we’ll get bit.
Tim boxed his limit first at 11:28. Eight others would follow suit so half my clients were limited.
Irvin landed today’s money fish as part of a double header..
On our way in the air stopped moving, fog grew slightly more dense, and the ocean became glassy.
That’s what I thought we’d have most of the day!

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