Posted on July 4th, 2018
It was a busy one on the water today boy…..BUSY!! I usually wouldn’t mess with flounder fishing on a busy day like today with so many boats on the water, but the family saw that I caught three keepers yesterday after I dropped them off and they wanted to get in on the action (more on that in a minute.) It was a beautiful day so there were plenty of boats fishing offshore as well and it was another good day of fishing for most.
Captain Joe Drosey of Rhonda’s Osprey averted danger this morning when he ran across a big bundle of rope floating in the ocean on the way offshore. Captain Joe did the right thing and removed the serious navigation hazard and his good deed was rewarded offshore to the tune of six yellowfin tuna and a pair of mahi.
The Stalker with Captain Steve Moore at the helm had a good day of trolling out in the canyon today. Captain Steve put his crew on three total white marlin releases including the first for his son Parker which I’m sure was a proud moment for dad.
The Boss Hogg with Captain Corey Kennington had a good day offshore going one for two white marlin releases and boxing a yellowfin tuna and a mahi.
My buddy Curt Presnell had his boat offshore for the first time today and was met with success. Curt and crew boxed two yellowfin tuna and released a blue marlin estimated at 200-250 pounds.
Yesterday Chef Mikey Johnston of the Ocean City Marlin Club fished offshore with his fiance’ Courtney and had some great luck in short time. Chef Mikey said they had lines in at 1 and were back to the dock by 7 with a nice catch of gaffer mahi.
There were some happy anglers on the Talbot Street Pier when the crew of the Restless Lady put a pile of tuna on the dock.
Captain Monty Hawkins of the party boat Morning Star sent me this photo of Bob Cameron and David Reilly showing off some of their catch of sea bass, flounder and mahi.
Captain Brett Glatfelter had the honor of spending the 4th with marine veterans Bob and Tim and Navy veteran Paul for a fun morning of bottom fishing on his Just Got Reel. The crew caught bluefish, flounder sea bass, triggerfish and trout on a great trip on our Nation’s birthday.
Ocean City Guide Service with Captain John Prather was out for a couple of trips today to enjoy some of the beautiful weather and fishing. This morning Captain John trolled the ocean for some spanish and king mackerel and this afternoon it was the back bay for some keeper flounder.
Last night Josh Quimby took his son Mason out for his first ocean fishing trip aboard the Chasin’ Tides Charters with Captain Chase Eberle and was rewarded right away with a big shark. Mason reeled in this monster 109″ sand tiger shark that is a new boat record for Chasin’ Tides followed by 6 more sand tigers, two sharpnose and a sandbar shark. The big sand tiger was previously tagged, but the tag had worn away so Captain Chase retagged her and released.
William Castleberry who is stationed at Coast Guard Ocean City sent me these shots of a big 26″ trout that he caught in front of the station last night. We don’t see a bunch of big weakfish like this around nowadays so William released it to see another day.
As I mentioned at the top I usually don’t get on the water on days like today when there are a million boats out, but yesterday right after I dropped the family off I went back and caught three keeper flounder. Well they weren’t having that so we made another trip out this afternoon and were rewarded handsomely with four nice keepers. We had fish of 16 1/2″, 17″, 17 1/2″ and my wife Kristen showed me how its done with a fat 22″er. I’m sure it was four pounds or better and it was a great fish to be her first keeper of the year. She, my son Ryan and I also released another dozen fish on our JPR Rods.