Posted on June 3rd, 2017
It was another good day at the scales for the second day of the 21st Annual Mako Mania Shark Tournament. Once again there was a boat waiting to weigh a fish when the scales opened at 3:30 and there were some big changes to the leaderboard especially in the mako category. 62 of the 77 registered boats fished today and here’s what the leaderboard looks like after two days of fishing.
There was a big thresher weighed in today by Captain Jon Yost and the crew of the Game On, but the 434 pounder wasn’t big enough to oust the big 501 pounder caught by Kevin Rohe and the crew of the Get Reel yesterday.
Yesterday’s first place mako was bumped not once, but twice down to third place today. The Jenny Poo’s 191.2 pound mako is still looking at some money and they’re hoping it hangs on in third place for one more day. Thanks again to Captain Bobby Pastorius for the pic.
The new second place mako was the first fish to be weighed today and was in first place for a little while, but was eventually bumped by the mako that you’ll see in a moment. The crew of the Mako Me Crazy just edged out Jenny Poo’s 191 pound mako with a 196.3 pounder.
New first place fish in the mako category is a beautiful 228 pound mako caught by angler Shane Moore aboard his Moore Bills. Captain Rob Skillman and mate Brian Behe, Captain of the Buffalo Hunter Guide Service, put shane on the nice 228 pounder and currently the fish is worth over $64,000. Thanks to Dave Messick of Hooked on OC for the great shots.
Away from the tournament the sea bass fishing was pretty good today for the ocean going party boats. Captain Monty Hawkins reported a decent bite today with some folks in double digits. Steve and Jacob Hurlock of Littletown, PA show one of the nicer fish from today’s trip.
Captain Monty also wanted me to mention that the survey sounder was putting fish down again the past few days and anyone that fished, or tried to fish, the African Queen site Friday or Saturday to please email him at [email protected].
The Judith M had some good sea bassing today as well. Their mascot Kenny caught this beautiful 20″, 4 pound sea bass today with Captain John Bunting at the helm.
Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing has been having some great luck with cow nosed and southern rays lately. Captain Marc has had daytime and nighttime trips and has put shooters on some great cow nosed ray action despite the windy conditions. Captain Marc even put one shooter on a 50 pound southern ray.
Bear down at the Oceanic Pier in downtown Ocean City submitted this photo of Justin from Silver Spring, MD who caught this 17″ keeper tautog off of the north jetty on a sand flea.
John Meyers sent me this photo of a big gar that Colby Macomber caught on a plug while fishing the south jetty last night…..in the hat he borrowed from the Skipper. Pretty work!