The Bite is On

By Scott Lenox

The Bite is On

It was another awesome day of fishing today both inshore and offshore.  The wind did blow out of the north east and made it rough enough for some boats to stay at the dock, but it was fishable.  Those that decided to brave the wind were rewarded with good tuna fishing offshore and nice clean water in the bay which made for some good flounder fishing.

I got a couple of great shots from Captain Joe Drosey of Rhonda’s Osprey of their estimated 550 pound blue marlin from yesterday.  It was a really nice fish that put on a show in close proximity to the boat.

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The sporty ocean didn’t stop Steve Richardson and his crew from landing 14 yellowfin tuna and a gaffer mahi on the charter boat MARLI with Captain Mark Hoos and mate Mark Stephens today. The anglers also released 20+ undersized yellowfin tuna proving that the bite is still on.


Captain Chris Miller and his crew fished the Fishizzle today for the MSSA Tuna-Ment and had a very busy day.  Nick Miller, Tom Collins, Mike Mosmiller, Duane McMillion, Frank Steuernagle and Christopher Miller caught 30 yellowfin tuna by noon, boxed 12 of them and lost a few other 40 pound fish.  Chris reports that there were times when all of the rods would go down.   Young Christopher caught his first ever yellowfin tuna on the trip and it weighed in at 42 pounds.


Usually a north east wind will blow some really clean ocean water into the back bays of Ocean City and that’s exactly what happened today.  The water in the inlet and behind Assateague Island was really clear even at the lower tide, which makes for some really good flounder fishing.

Captain John Prather on Ocean City Guide Service had a great day behind Assateague Island on Gulp Swimming Mullet baits.  Captain John put this crew on five really nice keepers.


Steve Figiel and Daniel Altfather from Centreville, MD had a two man limit of eight keeper flounder this afternoon.  Steve and Daniel fished the incoming tide with white Gulp 4″ swimming mullet and caught another 15 to 20 throwback flounder as well.


The flounder fishing at the Oceanic Pier was good this morning too.  Bear from the pier sent in this photo of a nice 20″ flounder caught on a live minnow.


Today was Day 1 of the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 37th Annual Small Boat Tournament.  Only two boats fished today due to the weather conditions and only one hit the leader board.  The crew of the Lucky Break is in the lead with their flounder that weighed 2.2, 2.2 and 3.0 pounds.

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Here are the current standings to the MSSA Tuna-Ment with weigh-ins at Atlantic Tackle.

Main Tournament
Place      Captain      Weight(lbs)
1st         Rob Pellicot      86.5
2nd      Dave Paugh  56.51
3rd      Darren Wroten 55.4
Dolphin Single Heaviest
Place           Captain            Weight(lbs)
1st           Larry Stotler            19.6
2nd            Dave Paugh           18.1
$100 2 Fish Stringer
Place                Captain              Weight(lbs)
1st              Rob Pellicot               141.1
2nd             Dave Rankin           105.2
$200 3 Fish Stringer
Place                 Captain                  Weight(lbs)
1st                  Rob Pellicot                 194
2nd              Dave Rankin              150.3
$300 Single Heaviest Yellowfin
Place                Captain                Weight(lbs)
1st               Rob Pellicot                 86.5
2nd              Dave Paugh               56.51
$500 Single Heaviest
Place                Captain                  Weight(lbs)
1st                 Dave Rankin                 54.9
Dolphin       Category – 3 Heaviest
Place                Captain                     Weight(lbs)
1st               Dave Paugh                         48.3
2nd            Dave Rankin                            45.7

Today was day one of The Kid’s Catch-All Tournament being held at Indian River Marina.  Tournament Director Teresa Mosier reported that there are 72 kids fishing the tournament and that most of them stayed inshore today due to the wind.  There were several throwback flounder caught and William Winkler caught a 4 pound 9 ounce flounder and is currently in first place.  It sounds like most kids will be heading offshore tomorrow.  I’ll update you here tomorrow and let you know how they do.

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