Kids Smash the Yellowfin and Poor Girls Open Day 1

By Scott Lenox

Kids Smash the Yellowfin and Poor Girls Open Day 1

Man, it was an absolutely awesome day of fishing today!  Today was day 1 of the 22nd Annual Captain Steve Harman’s Poor Girls Open at Bahia Marina, and I had an opportunity to take my son Ryan on his first ever offshore fishing trip.  The ladies showed us that they know a thing or two about catching white marlin, and five kids showed a couple of us adults that catching fish is awesome, but just being out on the water is pretty cool too.  It was a fantastic day to Fish in OC!

First off, the weather was absolutely beautiful today.  We fished on board Paul Lebling’s Spring Mix II out of the Ocean City Fishing Center with Captain Chris Watkowski today and had a chance to get some kids out for their first ever offshore fishing trip while filming an upcoming episode of Hooked on OC. The crew was my son Ryan Lenox, Bennett Mclendon, Carter Mclendon, and Jillian Lebling.  Our mates were Paul’s son Ayrton Pryor and Marshall Freng, and our cameraman was my good friend Rusty Mclendon from Ocean Pines Golf and Country Club.  We trolled the Washington Canyon for yellowfin tuna today and the day could not have gone more perfect.  We had a spread of ballyhoo out but all of the bites came on cedar plugs that we were jigging as Captain Chris prompted us as he marked fish on the bottom machine.  Almost like he had a crystal ball, we would get bites just about every time he let us know to jig the plugs.  By the end of the day the kids had landed a couple of skipjack tuna, a few throwback size yellowfin and 16 keeper yellowfin.  It didn’t matter one bit what they were catching, the smiles on their faces were all we needed for the day!

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Captain Dave Black on My Cin out of Sunset Marina had a stellar day offshore yesterday.  Captain Dave put his crew on 10 mahi, three yellowfin, a blue marlin release and a 155 pound bigeye tuna.


Poor Girls Open

Day 1 of the 22nd Annual Captain Steve Harman’s Poor Girls Open ended this evening as the scales closed at 7:30 PM.  There were 30 boats fishing today and the action was good with lots of mahi and white marlin releases.  No tuna or wahoo hit the scale tonight, but we did have fish land in the other categories.

Junior Angler

Isabelle Marco fishing on the Sushi 98 carded four white marlin releases to take the early lead in the junior angler category.


Heaviest Dolphin

Catch 22 hit the scales at Bahia Marina this evening early with the largest dolphin so far at 22.5 pounds.


3rd Place Billfish

The ladies fishing on board Sushi 98 currently hold 3rd place in the billfish release category with five white marlin releases.


2nd Place Billfish

The Absolut Pleasure with Captain Willie Zimmerman and mate Justin Hart jumped into 2nd place in the billfish release division with six white marlin releases.


1st Place Billfish

Captain Jason Genther on board Tighten Up was the best of the best on day 1 of the Poor Girls putting his ladies on seven white marlin releases.


Fish in OC charter boat Wrecker with Captain Jeremy Blunt had a real nice day on the ocean today releasing four white marlin and catching a nice dolphin that is currently in 2nd place in the category.


Make sure you stop by Bahia Marina on 22nd street bayside on Friday and Saturday from 4PM – 7:30PM for all of the scales action from the 22nd Annual Captain Steve Harman’s Poor Girls Open….the sunsets aren’t bad either.


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