Tale of the Tail

By Scott Lenox

Tale of the Tail

Boy it rained today in Ocean City….a lot, but we had a really terrific start to the busy part of the fishing season this weekend with lots of fish being caught.  There were huge numbers of yellowfin tuna caught, the first white marlin of the season was caught on Friday followed by the first blue marlin of the season on Saturday, there were mako and thresher sharks, sea bass on the wrecks and reefs, bluefish, shad, rockfish and some flounder in the bay.  It was a great Memorial Day weekend and the fishing was really good.

I got some late submissions that didn’t make the Angle this weekend so I thought I would let you know about those in tonight’s report.

One of the more impressive fish caught this weekend was landed yesterday afternoon by the crew of the Playin’ Catch.  Captain Bob Borys Sr., mate Bob Borys Jr., Greg Measley, Cole Measley and Ashley Mosfit caught this beautiful 324 pound thresher shark in the fingers.  The big thresher ate a whole mackerel and took about an hour and a half to get to the boat.


The thresher is a really interesting shark.  They get their common name from the long, thresher tail that they use to “thrash” through schools of bait to stun them and then cruise through the disoriented baitfish for an easy meal.  As you can see from the picture above, the tail can be as long as the body of the fish.  There is a thresher category in this weekend’s 20th Annual Mako Mania Shark Tournament at Bahia Marina which runs Friday through Sunday.  Stop by Bahia at 22nd street during scales hours if you’d like the chance to see one in person.

The Boss Hogg with Captain Brian Porter fishing out of Sunset Marina had a nice day in the canyons yesterday.  The crew had six nice yellowfin tuna and five really nice gaffer mahi in the box after pulling ballyhoo in between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons.


Captain Dave Black fishing on My Cin, also out of Sunset Marina had a good day in the Norfolk Canyon yesterday.  Captain Dave put Rick, Keith, Brandon and Tucker Tubman on three nice yellowfin tuna, some nice gaffer mahi and a keeper mako trolling ballyhoo in the Norfolk.  The crew also released another 12 smaller yellowfin and lost an estimated 400 pound mako after a 15 minute fight on monofilament.


Captain Monty Hawkins on the party boat Morning Star out of The Ocean City Fishing Center is reporting fair to good sea bass fishing on all of his day trips.  Here Julie Maugans from Tawneytown and her daughter, Ashton Hemphill from Westminster show a “skillet’s worth of tasty sea bass”.  Captain Monty says these girls outfished “Hurricane Murray” in a bad way and caught their fish over a patch of MD’s temperate coral reef on clam.


Check out Captain Monty’s most recent Fish Report here….. Captain Monty’s Fish Report

The bluefish bite at the Oceanic Pier in downtown Ocean City is really good on the top of the tide.  This angler holds a nice chopper bluefish recently captured at the pier.  Anglers are having their best luck with the bluefish on spec rigs and Gotcha plugs.


Happy Memorial Day to everyone!  Don’t forget what this holiday is all about….paying respect to those that have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can be safe and do the things that we do….like fish.

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