Marlin, Mahi, Sea Bass and Flounder

By Scott Lenox

Marlin, Mahi, Sea Bass and Flounder

We’ve had some thunderstorms rolling through the are this evening, but they should be gone before too long and hopefully the front cools things off a little.  Unfortunately Hurricane Lee is brewing down in the tropics and is a very, very strong storm that will impact our fishing next week in some way.  Hopefully it’s just a swell from the east and not any kind of landfall or close call.  All that is yet to be determined.

The crew of the Jacked Up with Captain Dean Metcalfe at the helm had a great day in the canyon releasing a blue marlin and a white marlin for their anglers.

Captain Nick Sampson and his crew on Mobsquad Sportfishing had a limit of peanut mahi today and a couple of bonus tilefish.

13-year-old Tyler MacPherson caught his first white marlin today while fishing on the private boat Tara Jessica out of Sunset Marina.

Captain Chris Mizurak of the Angler reported a tough bite today, but he did manage some nice flounder for some of his folks.

Captain Monty Hawkins of the Morning Star had a good day with the sea bass on today’s trip with some limits of 15 fish for some.

Fished a light rail on this pre-Lee Saturday. Bit of southerly chop to it on the way off. Came nicer and nicer as the day wore on.
Admiral D. Cornflower made our block drop at Al Berger’s reef. Poor guy has been in charge of an Large Mahogany Desk for so long he forgets what summer at sea feels like – or any time on the water really. (Regional readers may have found their BS detectors going haywire & know David from his many fishing exploits. Pretty sure he’s never spent a moment in ‘The Well’ of an LMD. You’d be supremely hard pressed to find anyone who fishes harder or more often..)
I will promise, & in all truth, Al Berger’s reef is going to become an incredible knot of hard & soft temperate corals. Sooner by far for sea whip; hard coral still takes a while.
I say “still” – “Still takes a while for hard coral”.. You see, it used to take 15 years or more to get sea whip in any number on our artificial substrates. Now 6 or 7 years is plenty on some of our reefs. As more substrate has been colonized by sea whip, more spawn has been thrown to colonize new reefs.
Dern unlikely I’ll live to see hard coral coverage, but it’s coming.
To future generations of MD Coast Anglers – Enjoy.
Did some enjoying of our own this day. Cornflower filled a bucket full of ‘reef builders karma’ – he was first into double digits on cbass and first to limit. A couple other guys limited too & we only lowered anchor once all day..
Sweet.
Lots of room on Sunday’s (tomorrow’s) cbass run. Monday’s flounder trip – Too much!
Have mahi trips thereafter till Saturday next. Absolutely no idea how hurricane Lee will factor in to any of it.
We might fish everyday with swell as our only concern, or flee to C&D Canal praying most of OC is still there when we can finally return..
Tropical systems are super hard to predict – especially slow moving ones. Currently looks great til Thursday.
Current forecasts have hurricane Lee just starting to influence our weather Thursday – it’s a near certainty THAT WILL CHANGE!!
Cheers!
Monty

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