Posted on December 20th, 2017
When the rockfish show up off of Ocean City we sometime see them in spurts of just a few days, and on occasion they are out front for a few weeks at a time. Which we are experiencing right now is yet to be determined, but right now there are some nice fish out there. Fish are inside the three mile limit and are being caught mainly on mojo rigs. There are fish in the slot of nonkeepability of 38″ to less than 44″, but there are some fish between 28″ and 38″ and as John Prather of Ocean City Guide Service found today, there are some really nice fish over 44″ too.
Captain John fished the Ocean City Guide Service today with Eric Mihaly of West Ocean City and found two big fish of 45 1/2″ and 46″. The big stripers weighed in at 33 and 34 pounds and were that nice size where it’s easier to drag them up the dock. Captain John and some of our inshore fleet are booking trips for these fish if you want to try it out. Check them out under our Inshore tab at FishinOC.com/inshorecharterboats
Captain Jeremy Blunt of the offshore charter boat Wrecker heard the news of Captain John’s fish and quickly shot out the inlet and got on a nice rockfish of his own. Hopefully these fish will stick around for a while, but if you want a chance at them I wouldn’t wait because they can take off as quickly as they showed up and you never know if they’ll come inside three miles again this winter.
I just got a couple of nice pics from Paul Lebling of the Spring Mix II who is fishing in Islamorada, FL this Holiday season. Paul and his kids Jillian and Ayrton are having fun catching vermillion, yellowtail, grouper and mutton snapper.