Posted on August 31st, 2016
Tropical depression #8 turned NE sooner than predicted and has left our ocean conditions favorable for the past couple of days. Tomorrow and even Friday don’t look bad with winds expected between 5 and 15 knots. We’re not going to get quite so lucky with tropical depression #9. #9 is coming up from the Gulf of Mexico and is probably going to mess things up inshore and offshore through the weekend. Saturday’s inshore forecast is for NE winds 23-28 knots with gusts of 35 and seas building to 1o feet….offshore will be worse. After Friday, we probably won’t see much fishing until after Labor Day.
Thankfully there was plenty of fishing going on today. Captain Franky Pettolina on the Last Call out of the Ocean City Fishing Center had a great day fishing the 461 bump today. Captain Franky put his charter on three white marlin releases and several gaffer mahi including this beautiful 51 pounder caught by Kirby from Texas.
Wes Pollitt of the Morning Star did what any sensible mate that fishes for a living does on his day off…..he went fishing. Wes ended 30 years of being eluded by “the man in the brown suit” today by catching a whopper of a 57 pound cobia. Wes was fishing with Eddie Braxton who caught a 45 pound cobia and Patrick Coomes who caught a 40 pound cobia. That’s some good fishing!
Captain Monty Hawkins was actually working on the Morning Star today and reached a milestone. Dan Iacangelo pushed Reef Block 14,000 from the launch plank of the Morning Star today. These unites were sighted at Del Maker’s OC Rust Reef where they’ll join thousands of tons of concrete and the Al Giles Barge Reef. The Reef Blocks are supplies by Potomac Valley Brick in Salisbury.
Captain Monty also had a real good day of floundering on the Morning Star today. Everyone on board Morning Star today had a limit of flounder except for Hurricane Murray Adams who is usually in the top tier for flounder. Captain Monty says he was outfished by stone rookies….hey, it happens!
Captain Jeff Coats of Pitboss Fishing had a family trip aboard the Bad Influence today and had plenty of action for his youngsters. Captain Jeff put his young anglers on several throwback flounder in the back bay on squid and white Gulp.