OC Rockfish in February…..and some other stuff

OC Rockfish in February…..and some other stuff

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.

Man the weather was absolutely beautiful this weekend!!  I have to say Thanks! to all of the people that stopped by and saw us at the Ocean City Seaside Boat Show and talked Fish in OC and bought Hooked on OC tee shirts.  It was tough being inside with the weather, but it was awesome to see so many folks that like what we’re doing.

I knew that there would be some anglers out giving it a shot with the beautiful conditions this weekend….some of the reports I expected and others I definitely didn’t.  Captain Jeff Coats of Pitboss Fishing said it was too nice to not try it today, but like I expected to hear, he got the goose egg.  Others however, both locally and abroad experienced some great fishing.

At the top of the list was a video, photo and report from my buddy Ayrton Pryor of the Spring Mix II.  Ayrton had his kayak out solo this afternoon in the marshes north of the route 90 bridge and caught what I believe is the first OC rockfish of the 2017 season.  Ayrton got the best pic he could of the fish being that he was by himself.  Nice work A!!

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One of the reports I look forward to in February or March is the start of the white and yellow perch run in the local rivers and creeks.  I got just what I was hoping for from Eric Sexton last night who found the perch on and just off of the Nanticoke river.  Eric put in at Sharptown and had good luck with white perch on bloodworms and yellow perch on small minnows.  This fishing should get nothing but better over the next few days and could be good for a few weeks.  The Pocomoke river should be coming alive as well with the warming temperatures….I’ll let you know on Tuesday after we fish for an episode of Hooked on OC with Captain Brian Behe and Buffalo Hunter Guide Service.

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The local creeks and ponds are waking up on nice days too and anglers are having pretty good luck with fresh water species.  Captain Luke Blume had the kids at Shad Landing pond at the Pocomoke State Park yesterday and had some decent fishing for golden trout, and today it was pond fishing for bass where his son Joshua caught this little large mouth.

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Fish in OC charter boat Rhonda’s Osprey with Captain Joe Drosey is fishing out of Singer Island, FL right now and the report from mate Sasha Lickle is that the fishing is really picking up.  They have been having great luck with sailfish and mahi and yesterday they caught a huge bull shark that decided to make an easy meal out of one of their sailfish.

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Good friend and Crabs to GO co-owner John Wittmyer sent me a picture of he and Claire who had some great bottom fishing for sheepshead and puppy drum on a trip through Texas this week.

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Warm weather and light winds like we had this weekend have really got me chomping at the bit to get fishing.  I’m really looking forward to our trip to the Pocomoke river on Tuesday and then it’s off to the Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sports Show in Oaks, PA.  The show is Thursday through Sunday at the Philadelphia Expo Center and I’ll be in booth 410.  Stop by and pick up the 2017 Fish in OC magazine and talk some fishing.  With weather like we saw today and yesterday fishing will be off the chain sooner than later.

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