Posted on July 8th, 2016
When scales opened today at the 29th Annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament Emcee Dave “Coconut” Hedges announced that we would be recognizing three tuna species from the tuna family…the yellowfin tuna, the bigeye tuna and the bluefin tuna. By the time the scales had closed this evening at 7:30, we had seen all three species of tuna and there was at least one fish in every category of the event. It was a good first day on the dock. Thanks to Dave Messick of Hooked on OC for the great shots!
Winner Take All Reel Desire 43 Lbs
1st Place Liquid RX 20 Lbs
TOP JR ANGLER
3rd Place Hugh Thomas Cropper Myra HT 43 Lbs
2nd Place Jake Stuckey Grasshopper 44 Lbs
1st Place Trent Dickerson Top Dog 47 Lbs
TOP LADY ANGLER
No 3rd Place
2nd Place Megan Kennedy Wrecker 37 Lbs
1st Place JL Cropper Myra HT 70 Lbs
BOATS 40′ AND UNDER
Heaviest Stringer Fish Whistle 224 Lbs
Single Heaviest Tuna Myra HT 70 Lbs
BOATS 41′ – 54′
Heaviest Stringer Miss Annie 238 Lbs
Single Heaviest Tuna Grande Pez 74 Lbs
BOATS 55′ AND UP
Heaviest Stringer Top Dog 252 Lbs
Single Heaviest Tuna Fish Tricks 156 Lbs
HEAVIEST STRINGER WEIGHT OVERALL
3rd Place Miss Annie 238 Lbs
2nd Place White Lightning 244 Lbs
1st Place Top Dog 252 Lbs
SINGLE HEAVIEST TUNA OVERALL
3rd Place Little Rascal 76 Lbs
2nd Place Wrecker and Talk N’ Trash 78 Lbs
1st Place Fish Tricks 156 Lbs
Outside of the tournament I got a report from Wes Pollitt of the Morning Star with Captain Monty Hawkins reporting some decent fishing. Wes says everyone went home with dinner and there were some decent sea bass and flounder.
Captain Chris Mizurak on the Angler reported that the fishing was relatively slow today, but they did have some nice sea bass including this nice four pounder.
Captain Jeff Coats of Pitboss Fishing caught himself a huge triggerfish today on the Bad Influence, and a great shot of the sunrise on a flat calm ocean this morning.
The bowfishing in the back bays of Ocean City continues to be productive. Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing put his crew on some nice shooting today when they harvested a nice houndfish and this 79.4 pound southern ray.