Ocean City Tuna Tournament Day 2

Ocean City Tuna Tournament Day 2

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.

It was another busy day at the Ocean City Fishing Center for day 2 action of the 30th Annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament.  68 of the 88 boats registered for this year’s event fished today and it was a mixed bag of successes.  There were some boats that didn’t have much luck at all, while others found the yellowfin and filled the box.  There was some change in the big fish category as well as a couple of junior anglers threw some 100+ pound bluefin on the dock.  It’s still anyone’s game tomorrow so boats are going to have to strategize to see who comes out on top.

Yesterday’s first place fish in the single heaviest fish category was bumped all the way down to third place after today’s scales action.  The crew of the Myra HT with angler JL Cropper’s 99 pound bluefin is still holding on to third place with one day of fishing left to go.

The second heaviest fish in the tournament was weighed today by the crew of the Reel Intents.  Charlie Coats currently holds second place in the junior angler category and in the single heaviest fish category.  Way to go Charlie!

First place in the single heaviest fish division was weighed today by the crew of Wayne’s World.  Angler Annie Roe currently holds first place in the junior angler category, the lady angler category and the single heaviest fish category with a 106 pound bluefin that she muscled in this morning.  Congratulations to this young lady angler!

Holding on to third place in the stringer category is the crew of the Wrecker who didn’t add any fish to their one day total, but is still going to win some moolah with their one day total of 267 pounds.

First place in the stringer division is a tie between the Bar South and the crew of the Marli with Captain Mark Hoos and mate Mark Stephens.  Marli and Bar South have a two day total of 285 pounds, but both boats are finished for the tournament and there are several boats within striking distance with a day still left to fish.

First place in the dolphin category was brought in today by the crew of the Primary Search with Captain Austin Ensor.  Primary Search’s 24 pound mahi could win over $19,000 if Saturday’s really are for the boys!

The crew of Legasea with Captain Josh Ruskey at the helm holds first place in the wahoo category with a nice 55 pound wahoo caught today.

One boat that is definitely within striking distance to the leaders in the stringer category is the crew of the Spring Mix II with Captain Steve Selander and mates Captain Chris Watkowski and Ayrton “The Kayak Kid” Pryor.  The Spring Mix threw up a stringer of 253 pounds this afternoon and could be cashing a check tomorrow night if they are able to do the same thing tomorrow.

The crew of the Talkin’ Trash just missed the heaviest wahoo when they weighed this 53 pounder this afternoon.  Talkin’ Trash also weighed a couple of nice yellowfin tuna.

Here are the standings after two days of fishing for the 30th Annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament.  Thanks to Jennifer Blunt for the standings updates and to Dave Messick of Hooked on OC for the awesome pics!

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Away from the tournament the crew of the Lisa with Captain Stu Windsor has been experiencing some decent fishing lately.  Lisa has put anglers on triggerfish on some recent inshore trips and on some decent tuna on some offshore chunking trips.

Captain John Prather of Ocean City Guide Service had a couple of nice fishing trips today.  Captain John dealt with the weekend crowds to put one angler on a couple of keeper flounder from the east channel and the south bay, and he snuck out into the ocean during the low tide and put a couple of anglers on some inshore shark release action.

Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing with Captain Mark Spagnola was all over the cow nosed and southern rays again today.  Captain Marc put his shooters on some great shooting including a big 74 pound southern ray.

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