No Bananas!

No Bananas!

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.

Where the superstition that bananas are bad luck on a fishing boat started probably can’t be narrowed down.  The story heard most is that back in the day of wooden sailing ships, bananas would harbor stowaways like poisonous snakes, spiders and other insects.  These critters would get loose and bite crew members, and basically wreak havoc around the ship.  Whether this story, or the banana superstition in general is true is up for debate.  The simple fact of the matter is LOTS of charter captains believe it, so I wouldn’t take any bananas on your next charter.

Here is a great example of the banana superstition from the Facebook page of Wrecker Sportfishing with Captain Jeremy Blunt.

No Bananas…..we tell our clients all the time that they are bad luck but they never believe us. Well yesterday was a perfect example of the power of Bananas. We caught 1 white marlin jumped off 5 and missed 2 overall….we saw 15. Just wasn’t our day but we learned the crew had 6 yellow Devils in their cooler and that explained the bad luck. Today we caught 5 white marlin out of 8 bites and everything was back to normal. No Bananas!!

I’m guessing that Rhonda’s Osprey with Captain Joe Drosey didn’t have any bananas on board today either.  Captain Joe put his crew on six white marlin releases and a nice pile of gaffer sized mahi just north of the Washington Canyon on trolled ballyhoo.


Captain John Prather on Ocean City Guide Service had a super productive day inshore today.  Captain John put one party on some nice inshore shark fishing and another crew on some awesome flounder fishing on a near shore wreck.

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