Terrific White Marlin Bite and Better Inshore Fishing

By Scott Lenox

Terrific White Marlin Bite and Better Inshore Fishing

After a significant weather event pushes through the area fishing can be off for several days.  Offshore, it’s a matter of finding the fish again and inshore it can be a matter of the water cleaning up.  It usually takes a few days for both of these things to happen.  The offshore fleet found the fish on Wednesday, the very day that they got back into the canyons, but inshore the water has still been a little dirty for fishing to very good.  That seemed to change today for the better as the inshore boats reported better water clarity in the bay and inshore ocean and fishing improved along with it.

The Wrecker with Captain Jeremy Blunt out of the Ocean City Fishing Center hosted anglers from this weekend’s Ocean City Light Tackle Club Vs. Ocean City Marlin Club Shootout today and put the anglers on some great fishing.  Captain Franky Pettolina, President of the Marlin Club and Jim Giles caught and released five white marlin and John Carbone and Richard Barazotto of the Light Tackle Club caught and released three white marlin.


Captain Dave Black of My Cin had a great day of marlin fishing today as well.  Captain Dave put his anglers on seven total white marlin releases.


Rhonda’s Osprey with Captain Joe Drosey released six white marlin and a spearfish and also boxed a few mahi.


Steve Green from The Dispatch fished on board The Chaser today out of Fisherman’s Marina and had a terrific day.  The crew started in the Poor Man’s Canyon and had early action and then a long lull between bites.  At 3 PM they got covered up and caught four white marlin and a 60 pound yellowfin tuna.  They released six white marlin in all.  Pictured from left to right are Mark Pugh of K Coast Surf Shop, Mike Mann, Steve Green, Reid Tingle and Chris Hoen.  Mike and Steve caught their first ever white marlin and jumped overboard in tradition on return.


The Spring Mix II with Captain Chris Watkowski and mate Marshall Freng finally got back on the ocean today.  The crew was rewarded with a white marlin release, a yellowfin tuna and 10 mahi from the Washington Canyon.


Chess Hedrick and his crew had a enjoyable fish catching day on the charter boat MARLI with Captain Mark Hoos and mate Mark Stephens. They boxed 29 mahi and released four white marlin. The action was steady thru out the day. The remaining mahi not in the photo were already delivered to the fish cleaner.


The fishing for sea bass and flounder is improving as the ocean settles down post Hermine.  The ocean going party boats are having better luck every day on ocean structure and we could see several more good weeks of flounder fishing.  The Morning Star with Captain Monty was on the rip today, here’s Captain Monty’s report…

I thought today was going to be lopsided & ugly as I had 4 of my flounder assassins aboard. Instead – those 4 super-regulars got creamed as sea bassers held the day..
Yesterday was more of a mixed bite, if tepid post-Hermine. Today’s action was more cbass. Who could guess what tomorrow will bring.
Pic is my old friend James’s brother and a friend sent to scope out the fishing. They unwisely chose NOT to bring homemade cookies.


The Judith M with Captain Don Hetherington saw some decent fishing today on their half day trip from Bahia Marina.  The fish pool winner was this nice flounder and there were several other keeper sea bass and flounder caught as well.


Captain John Prather on Ocean City Guide Service had two trips today and reported much improved conditions in the bay.  One trip yielded a couple of keeper flounder from the east channel on cut bluefish strips and the next was a trip to the second lump where he trolled up false albacore and spanish mackerel on spoons.

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