Scorcher

By Scott Lenox

Scorcher

Capital H. Capital O. Capital T.  That’s what it was today folks.  It was just one degree shy of the all time record for this date which was 96 degrees set back in 1925….and at times it felt like it was over 100.  It was tolerable out on the ocean since water temperatures help air temperatures stay cooler, but for folks fishing the bay it was a scorcher.

It was a relatively slow day offshore today with a few yellowfin caught.  The good news for anglers fishing this weekend’s Ocean City Tuna Tournament was that there were a few bluefin tuna caught on the troll.  The Burt boys from the Pumpin’ Hard out of Sunset Marina found a couple of “over” bluefins killing this nice fish and releasing the other.

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With warmer air temperatures come warmer sea temperatures and with warmer sea temperatures come mahi for the ocean party boat fleet.  Captain Chris Mizurak on the Angler had another mahi today along with some nice sea bass and some keeper flounder.

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Bear down at the Oceanic Pier in downtown Ocean City submitted a couple of photos today.  Noah caught this doormat flounder off of the north jetty with a 5″ Storm lure.  The big flattie was 26.5″ and weighed 8.75 pounds.

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There were also some unusual catches off of the pier last night.  Shawn and his friends from PA caught a big shark from the pier last night and an even bigger butterfly ray.  Both fish were released.

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Captain Jeff Coats of Pitboss Fishing was out for some more family fun this afternoon.  Like a lot of boats lately there weren’t any keepers in the box, but he did have some nice throwback action for his young anglers.

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I got an email from Chuck Lowe with the following photo attached o fColby Contraras from Fruitland, MD who caught an 18″ keeper drifting the west channel Tuesday morning, his brother Cam is holding the fish for him.

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The 30th Annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the HUK Big Fish Classic is at the end of the month.  Check out the promo video on our Hooked on OC Facebook page where we talk to John Lewis about the BFC and the new Atlantic Tackle Release category.

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