Lightning Strikes Twice…Primary Search Catches ANOTHER Opah Out of Ocean City, MD!

Lightning Strikes Twice…Primary Search Catches ANOTHER Opah Out of Ocean City, MD!

By Scott Lenox

Scott Lenox
Scott is the owner of Fish in OC and host of Ocean City's fishing television show Hooked on OC. He has worked in the fishing industry and fished the waters in and around Ocean City for over 25 years.

As unbelievable as it may sound there was another opah caught off the coast of Ocean City, MD today in waters where the usually tropical fish is rarely found.  What’s even more unbelievable is that it was caught by the same captain and crew that caught the first ever opah on rod and reel out of Ocean City less than a month ago.

It’s always nice when you get weather nice enough to fish offshore in November and December and it’s even nicer when you catch fish.  When you are lucky enough to catch the first ever opah on rod and reel out of Ocean City it’s time to start playing the lottery….and when you catch ANOTHER opah out of Ocean City less than a month later????  I don’t even know what to say about that.  Well that’s exactly what Captain Austin Ensor and the crew of Primary Search out of Ocean City did today.  Captain Austin, Tommy Clark and James Doerzbach fished the Poor Man’s Canyon today in 55 degrees and were unbelievably lucky enough to catch a 159 pound opah on a strip bait with a skirt.  The big opah took about two hours to get to the boat.  The crew were truly astounded when they saw the fish come to the surface.  Congratulations to Captain Austin and crew on their second in a lifetime fish!!


Captain Austin reported absolutely beautiful conditions today which also allowed the local party boat fleet to get out.  Captain Chris Mizurak of the Angler reported awesome conditions and good fishing with some clients getting their 15 fish limit of sea bass and several others getting reely close.  The weather looks exceptional the next few days and the fleet has some room at the rail.  Check them out here to get on board.

There have been some nice rockfish being caught over on the Chesapeake Bay lately.  Nate Pritchett and Steve Merther both submitted photos of some nice rock that they caught over on the bay today.  We’re seeing a few keepers, but mainly small school fish in the bay.  Hopefully the water cools a little and the fish off of NJ head this way inshore of three miles soon.

I saw some sea bass today, some striped bass today and some big mouth bass today…..courtesy of young Johnnie Malinowski of Ocean Pines Golf Club.  Johnnie caught this 2.5 pound largemouth casting a pond in Ocean Pines.

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