Limits of Yellowfin Tuna

Limits of Yellowfin Tuna

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.

Let me start by saying to those of you that wait until the reports are coming in that tuna fishing is out of this world and its time to book your trip that this is the report that you have been waiting for.  My phone started buzzing early this afternoon with reports of not just box fulls of yellowfin tuna, but limits of yellowfin tuna.  Like three per person, pull out the fish bag, can’t fit another one in the box limits of tuna.  I’m not saying its going to last long, or that it will even happen tomorrow…..but it usually doesn’t go from this to slow fishing in short time.

The first text I got this afternoon was from Captain Chris Little of the Talkin’ Trash who had a stellar day in the Baltimore canyon today.  Captain Chris put his crew on a limit of 18 yellowfin tuna….and that was by 11:30 this morning.  Talk about some good fishing!

Captain Jeremy Blunt had an impressive day of tuna fishing on board the Wrecker today as well.  Captain Jeremy put his crew on a limit of 18 yellowfin tuna as well and was done his fishing and on the way home by 12:30 this afternoon.

The MARLI with Captain Mark Hoos out of Sunset Marina was yet another boat to have an incredible day of offshore fishing today.  George Buerhaus from Forest Hill MD and his crew boxed 17 yellowfin tuna, one bluefin tuna, three bigeye tuna and released an additional 10 yellowfin tuna.  The largest of the bigeyes weighed in at 109 pounds.

Captain Brian Porter and mates Buck Tshudy and Marshall Freng of the Boss Hogg also had an insane day of tuna fishing putting 18 yellowfin in the box on ballyhoo and spreader bars.

The All In with Captain Scott Stapleford out of Bahia Marina was on the meat today as well with three “under” bluefin tuna and eight yellowfin tuna for a happy crew.

Captain Joe Drosey of Rhonda’s Osprey threw a bunch of fish on the dock at Sunset Marina this afternoon too.  Captain Joe put his crew on two bluefin tuna and six yellowfin tuna for a great day of tuna fishing.

There has been some pretty decent flounder action in the back bays of Ocean City for anglers fishing lower than usual tides the past few days.  Captain John Prather of Ocean City Guide Service reported that the bites were further between today, but there were some quality fish that were able to be boxed on both trips.


I had the great pleasure of fishing with the Berlin Intermediate School Fishing Academy this afternoon on board the Morning Star with Captain Monty Hawkins and we had a great time.  Diana Jolley has a great group of kids and thanks to a donation from Paul Fohner they were able to join us on the Morning Star for a future episode of Hooked on OC and enjoy some really fun fishing.  All of the kids were able to catch a couple of sea bass with some keepers going in the cooler, but Tirzah Hill was the fish pool winner with the first triggerfish caught on the Morning Star this year.  Tirzah was rewarded with a nice Ocean City Reef Foundation tee shirt.

Don’t forget sign ups for the 39th Annual Small Boat Tournament put on by the Ocean City Marlin Club are tomorrow night and it looks like awesome weather for the weekend.  You do not have to be a member of the Ocean City Marlin Club to fish this event.

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