Ocean City’s First Bigeye Tuna

By Scott Lenox

Ocean City’s First Bigeye Tuna

Well the forecast panned out for another day with sunny skies, warm temperatures and just light breezes to make for another beautiful day in Ocean City and offshore.  This really is shaping up to be a great Memorial Weekend and I’m guessing that Ocean City is going to be packed.

It was another stellar day out in the Norfolk canyon for the offshore fleet.  The yellowfin tuna bite is nothing short of amazing, there are makos to be caught and the first bigeye tuna of the season was caught today.

Brandy Parker and her crew had a fantastic day on the charter boat Marli with Captain Mark Hoos and mate Mark Stephens.  The crew landed 24 yellowfin tuna, one nice gaffer mahi and Ocean City’s first bigeye tuna of the season for 2016.  All of the action took place in the Norfolk canyon and the bites were on ballyhoo and spreader bars.

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The Muff Diver out of The Ocean City Fishing Center left at 12:30 this morning to catch the early morning bite and had an awesome trip.  Captain Wayne Bradford and mate Parker Marshall were the crew and anglers and the two combined forces to capture their limit of six yellowfin tuna and release another 15 yellowfin.  They set up for shark fishing and landed an approximately 80 pound mako just minutes later.  All of the action took place in the Norfolk Canyon in 75.2 degree water.

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I got a report from Jeff Rosenkilde today who fished with Captain Joe on the Reel Life out of Indian River and had two nice mahi and a limit of 15 yellowfin tuna caught between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons.

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Inshore the sea bass fishing was a little slower than the past few days according to Captain Chris Mizurak on the Angler.  Captain Chris reported some sea bass, but they were a little harder to come by today.  They did however catch a nice 5.5 pound flounder on the ocean today.

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Bear down at the Oceanic Pier reported more bluefish action from the pier and route 50 bridge this morning and last night.  Bob caught himself a real nice stringer of bluefish on the pier and Nick Denny of Ocean City, Chris Meister of Baltimore, and Chris Shamblin of Hebron kept their limit of 10 bluefish each and also released several shad and another 100 or more bluefish.

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