Good Flounder Bite Inshore, Good Tuna Bite Off

By Scott Lenox

Good Flounder Bite Inshore, Good Tuna Bite Off

It was a beautiful day in Ocean City today with sunny skies and nice temperatures.  The wind did pick up a bit out of the south this afternoon, but it was still pleasant and it was flat calm again offshore.

After a couple of days of slower tuna fishing it picked up again today with a better bite and some double digit catches for a few boats.  Calm sea conditions made the fishing pleasant so throw some tuna in the box and it’s an all around good thing.  John Scheler from Litiz, PA. and his crew had a busy day on the charter boat MARLI with Captain Mark Hoos and mate Mark Stephens. They boated 10 big yellowfin tuna today and released another seven.


Captain Luke Blume and mate Jon Henry had a good day in the Washington Canyon today.  Captain Luke put his crew on seven nice yellowfin tuna, two mahi and a white marlin release.

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The crew of Talkin’ Trash with Captain Chris Little put some tuna in the box today when they caught four yellowfin tuna, a bluefin tuna and two gaffer mahi.


Captain Brandon Speilman of Reel Direct put his anglers on four nice yellowfin tuna today out in the canyon.


Captain Chris Watkowski and mate Ayrton “The Kayak Kid” Pryor on the Spring Mix II put two yellowfin in the box while trolling the Baltimore Canyon today.


Some of the girls from Crabs to Go had a good day of fishing offshore today.  Maddie, Mallory and Mariah Sterrett had fun catching a nice tuna and two big gaffer mahi.

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I got a Facebook submission from Matt Franz who had a great day on his Miss Understanding.  Matt, Chris Daugherty, and Joe Dinenna caught a nice 40 pound yellowfin tuna, three golden tilefish, some skippie tuna and five nice mahi fishing a combination of the Hot Dog and Poor Man’s and Baltimore Canyons.


Christian Smith and the boys on the All In out of the Ocean City Fishing Center had an exciting day of fishing yesterday.  The guys had a huge blue marlin spool a 50 pound combo, they lost a “4 foot tuna” at the back of the boat and boxed this nice mahi.


Captain Monty Hawkins on the party boat Morning Star reported that “Ol’ Two Drop” Terry, king of the five minute limit was unable to live up to his nickname today, but he did manage one keeper flounder.  Captain Monty says the floundering is just getting started offshore and that sea bass were “what’s for dinner” on today’s trip.

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The water in the back bays today was pretty clean and looked good so that made for some good flounder catches and some keepers for several boats.  Captain John Prather of Ocean City Guide Service had a couple of trips and there were keepers on both of them.  He also put anglers on a couple of large snapper bluefish.

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Captain Jeff Coats of Pitboss Fishing had a couple of fish catching trips today.  Captain Jeff put his anglers on 15 flounder throughout the day with one 21″ keeper and ALL the rest being shorts.  The anglers were families with kids so they had a great time catching.

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The Bay Bee with Captain Cale Layton had a great day of flounder fishing catching multiple keepers in the nice clean bay water.

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The Tortuga with Captain Drew Zerbe had some good flounder fishing as well catching keeper fish on the morning, afternoon and evening trip.

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John Wittmyer and Bobby from Crabs to Go had a good day of flounder fishing with their net girl Ellen Wittmyer when they had two keepers out of seven total fish.


I was able to get out in the Fish in OC Carolina Skiff for a few hours with one of my good friends and contributors Dale Timmons and truly had an excellent time.  Dale and I had some throwback action and this 19″ keeper behind Assateague Island on his Deadly Double rigs with white Gulp baits.  The fishing was good, but chewing the fat with a good friend was even better.  I’m pretty sure this is his first fish selfie.


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