Offshore in October

By Scott Lenox

Offshore in October

We had some absolutely beautiful weather in and around town today with cool morning temps that rose into the 70s by the afternoon, light winds and sunny skies.  It looks like we’ve got a few more really nice days in store for us that might last through the weekend for the reopen of Maryland’s black sea bass season.  The party boats are chomping at the bit to get back on the ocean and fishing should be good to get started.

The weather was so nice today that the Wrecker with Captain Jeremy Blunt was able to get offshore and do some trolling and check if there is still any life off the beach.  I’m happy to report that Captain Jeremy had a great day!  The crew of Wrecker fished the 461 bump where they caught and released a white marlin and boxed over 20 mahi.  It’s great to see that there are still some fish offshore in October and we could still see a shot at some tuna if the water sticks around.

The inshore fishing continues to impress and anglers are out in full force trying to get in on it.  Big Bird Cropper fished his world famous Roy Rigs today and caught some small rockfish, some small flounder and some nice bluefish.

Finn McCabe fished the rocks from west Ocean City yesterday and had one heck of a day with the tautog.  Finn caught a keeper tautog on his first cast and then caught three more keepers in less than hour to Finnish out his limit.

Bear down at the Oceanic Pier sent me this photo of Mike from Baltimore who caught this 24″ red drum with a live minnow from the pier.

This nice flounder pic was emailed to me from Christopher Stricklin.  Kyle Boncaro caught the 18.5″ keeper on a minnow in the inlet where the guys also released over 40 small sea bass.

They also caught this big, nasty oyster toad on a shrimp bait in the north part of the bay.  Chris made a good call and used pliers to release this ugly sucker.  Also referred to as oyster crackers they are a slimy, nasty fish and the mouth can do some serious damage.  If you ever have to handle one you will definitely want to unhook the fish with pliers.  They have small teeth that are very sharp and there bite pressure is tremendous.  Even small fish can mess you up so I can’t imagine what one this big could do.

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