Ocean City Marlin Club Canyon Kick Off Day 1

By Scott Lenox

Ocean City Marlin Club Canyon Kick Off Day 1

It was a pretty breezy day today for fishermen as they start to deal with more and more boats on the water for the 4th of July holiday.  Being that the 4th falls on a Tuesday this year I expect higher than normal boat traffic on the bay from now until Tuesday night.  The ocean will be crowded too as the wind is supposed to lay down and be very light through the middle of next week.  Just remember there is plenty of room out there for everybody.  Be smart, be courteous and most of all be safe.

Today was day one of the Ocean City Marlin Club’s Canyon Kick Off tournament with scales action at Sunset Marina.  There are 64 boats fishing this year’s event and only 17 of them decided to fish one of their two days of fishing today.  It was a busy day at the scales considering the limited number of boats.  Here’s what the leader board looks like after one day of fishing.  Thanks to Amanda Shick for the pics!

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Tuna fishing was decent for other boats not fishing the tournament and the report is that sea conditions were pretty rough today.  Captain Chris Little on the Talkin’ Trash had a good day of yellowfin fishing putting his crew on eight nice fish.


The Restless Lady battled the rough waters and a generally slow day at the canyons, yet they had a happy crew onboard with Captain Todd and first mate Tito. David Mitchell and his party ended with two bluefin and three yellowfin tuna..


Marty Hall,Evan Thomas, Cory Brooks. Brandon Brooks and Butch Loyd had put some tuna in the box today on the Jade II with Captain Ed Kauffman and mate Brian Hazard.


Captain Joe Drosey on Rhonda’s Osprey put some meat in the box today with two yellowfin tuna and two gaffer mahi.


The Pumpin’ Hard out of Sunset Marina reported that it was a little slow today, but they did land a nice bluefin tuna and two gaffer mahi.  They also released another bluefin on today’s trip.


The crew of the private boat Tuna Fowl with Josh Ensor and the boys out of Sunset Marina had a good day of fishing today boxing five yellowfin tuna and two gaffer mahi.


Christian Smith and his crew on the All In went two for three tuna bites in rough sea conditions.


The Judith M had some good bottom fishing this morning with some keeper tautog and sea bass and a really nice sheepshead with Captain John Bunting.

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Captain Jason Mumford of Lucky Break Charters reported chilly water on the incoming tide, but warm water on the outgoing which made flounder fishing a little better.  Captain Jason had several throwback flounder, some big “chopper” bluefish and a keeper rockfish of 31″.


Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing reported super windy conditions on the bay this afternoon, but he has had two super days putting shooters on a mix of cow nosed and southern rays.

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