Heels and Reels Day 1

By Scott Lenox

Heels and Reels Day 1

25 of the 50 boats registered for this year’s Ocean City Marlin Club Heel’s & Reels Tournament fished today which will leave exactly that number to fish tomorrow.  The ladies had an awesome day and there were some great white marlin catches and some nice tuna brought to the dock.  Here’s what the leaderboard looks like after the first day of fishing.

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Outside of the tournament the boys on the Pumpin’ Hard had a great day in preparation for next week’s White Marlin Open when they went two for three bites on blue marlin.

The Wrecker with Captain Jeremy Blunt and mate Bobby Layton released a white marlin and their first blue marlin of the season.  Captain Jeremy got a couple of cool shots of the blue one.

The crew of Spring Mix II with Captain Chris Watkowski and mate Ayrton “The Kayak Kid” Pryor had two yellowfin tuna and seven mahi.

Inshore, the flounder bite was tough, but some boats found a couple of keepers.  Captain John Prather of Ocean City Guide Service said there were some throwbacks at Bird Island this afternoon, and he put this young angler on a keeper this morning from the south bay behind Assateague Island.

Bear down at the Oceanic Pier submitted this photo of Tre from PA who caught this nice 20″ keeper flounder on a live minnow on the pier.

I had a chance to fish the Fish in OC Carolina Skiff this afternoon on the incoming tide with my brother Jimmy and my nephews “little” Jimmy and William.  We didn’t have any keepers, but the boys had a good time catching some throwbacks on Gulp baits on the Harbour Island drift.

There have been a good number of keeper sized red drum coming from the inlet area and from the route 50 bridge lately. This 24″ keeper fell to a Gulp “nemesis” bait at the sought jetty thrown by Michael Prus.

Captain Steve from the Happy Hooker sent in this photo of a nice red drum that was caught today on this afternoon’s trip.  The red was 22″ long and weighed 5 pounds.

This keeper flounder was caught on this morning’s trip aboard the Tortuga with Captain Drew Zerbe.

Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing had good shooting again today for cow nosed and southern rays in the south bay.

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