The Tuna are Back

The Tuna are Back

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.

After quite a few days of some slow tuna fishing there were some boats that got on them pretty good today.  There were a lot of boats on the water over the 4th of July holiday and sometimes that can mean slow fishing.  The theory, which I tend to agree with, is that when there is a lot of boat traffic over head, fish get skittish because there is too much going on.  That was exactly the case this weekend.  Now that the boat traffic has dissipated some the fishing has had a chance to pick back up.

The Spring Mix II with Captain Chris Watkowski and mates Marshall Freng and Ayrton Pryor had a great day trolling with the Wharton family from Montgomery county.  The crew caught two bluefin tuna and four yellowfin tuna and released three more bluefin tuna, one of which was estimated at over 100 pounds.  Spring Mix has two spots available for the Ocean City Tuna Tournament which starts Friday.  This is a great opportunity to fish an awesome event.  Click the link to get in touch with Spring Mix. 


The Marli with Captain Mark Hoos and mate Mark Stephens is the Ocean City Marlin Club’s top tuna charter boat 12 years running.  Captain Mark and mate Mark have been having some great luck with the tuna this season.  Yesterday Jeff Fenstermacher and his crew dealt with the rough seas and had a great day on the Marli. The crew boxed three bluefin tuna and a yellowfin tuna and released another “over” bluefin.


Today Elliott Sanft and his crew also had three bluefin tuna and a yellowfin tuna on the Marli.  All fish were caught trolling Hawaiian Eyes with ballyhoo.

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My buddy Nick Denny was on board the Morning Star with Captain Monty Hawkins out of the Ocean City Fishing Center.  Morning Star had decent fishing on the first few drops, but the last couple of drops produced good flounder and bigger sea bass.  Thanks to Nick for the pics!

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Paul Rayburn of JPR Custom Rods had a good day fishing the flounder on the ocean reefs today.  Paul and his buddies Brandon and Colby used some of the best flounder sticks around to nab five nice keepers.


Captain John Prather on Ocean City Guide Service was on the bowfishing today.  Captain John put his shooters on a nice southern and a couple of cow nosed rays.


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