Rockfish Limits and Back Bay Tautog

Rockfish Limits and Back Bay Tautog

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.

The Marli with Captain Mark Hoos continues to put a beat down on the Chesapeake Bay rockfish.  It was another limit and then some for the second day in a row.  Captain Mark reports:

Jim Nomikos from Monkton Maryland and his crew chartered the MARLI with Captain Mark Hoos and Mate Mark Stephens in Solomons Maryland and crushed the rockfish. They caught their limit and released another limit and still made it back to the dock for lunch. The largest fish weighed 48lbs. All fish were caught on tandem parachute rigs in 70′ – 80′ in front of Cove Point.

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Conditions in Ocean City were a little bit tough today.  This morning wasn’t terrible with light winds and cloudy skies, but this afternoon the wind picked up, it rained off and on, and the water dirtied at the bottom of the tide.

Captain John Prather of Ocean City Guide Service has just begun to run his trips for the season and today it was inshore togging.  Captain John reported steady throwback action and one 17″ keeper tautog on white crabs just off of Martha’s Landing during the outgoing tide.

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I saw several anglers fishing the rocks around the inlet this morning so the tautog bite must be improving.  Fish the tide when it’s not running hard with green crabs, white crabs or sand fleas and you should have some luck.  Bring plenty of sinkers because you’re going to lose some gear.  Most of the fish will be throwbacks, but they’re fun and there will be a keeper or two mixed in.

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