The Tunas Are Back

The Tunas 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.

Well not only is the white marlin fishing good and the mahi fishing excellent, now we can add tuna back into the conversation.  Mid to late September is when we start to see another run of yellowfin tuna action with a few bigeye and long fin albacore mixed in.  There was a decent bite overnight in the Washington Canyon last night so today some of the fleet started there to see what it was all about, while others headed to the Poor Man’s where the mahi action has been nothing short of spectacular.

Awesome report from Captain Mark Hoos of the MARLI out of Sunset Marina this evening!

This group of Pennsylvania anglers had a fantastic day on the charter boat MARLI with Captain Mark Hoos and Mate Mark Stephens. They landed a limit of Mahi Mahi (60), 2 yellowfin Tunas (82 & 86 lbs) and released 2 White Marlin. All fish were caught on ballyhoos trolling in Poormans Canyon.

Marli 82, 86 yellowfin, 2 whites limit 60 mahi

The Moore Bills with Captain Rob Skillman out of the Ocean City Fishing Center had a great day as well.  Here’s a report from mate Steve Moore.

Great day on the ocean today after a few days off.  We headed to the Washington after hearing of a decent bite last light on the tunas. Started hitting the balls and scratched a charter limit of mahi.    Started heading offshore to a temperature break other boats were fishing until another boat told us they just pulled off 2 big yellowfins so we changed a few things up and put the marlin stuff away and pulled the tuna stuff out. Right away we hooked into a nice yellowfin and pulled him off right behind the boat. Next had a blue marlin fire in and eat the planer, then turned and ate the spoon.  It was a  first for that. A few other bites on the troll catching 2 yellowfins and straightened a hook on a bigeye. The last half hour we tried chunking and killed 3 more tunas, overall we had a limit of mahi and 5 yellowfins in the box.


The Boss Hogg out of Sunset Marina was off in the canyons as well.  The “Hogg” bailed a mess of mahi and when they hit their limit they did some deep dropping for tilefish and sea bass and laid the smack down on them as well.  All told the crew ended up with 60 mahi, 26 blue line tilefish and 20 sea bass after fishing the Rockpile.


Captain Monty Hawkins on the party boat Morning Star out of The Ocean City Fishing Center had some anglers with big flounder today. L to R – Henry Sandlas OC, MD — Phil Micholson, Airmont, NY — Dutch “Tog Slayer” Workman, Salisbury, MD — Cathy Creel, OC, MD — Hurricane Murray Adams, Ellicott City, MD — & Mike Zigler of York, PA….
Largest 2 (tied pool) were Zig & Hurricane with about 6 lbers.


Captain John Prather on Ocean City Guide Service had a trip fishing the bay today where he said the water is not cleaning up.  Dirty water makes for tough flounder fishing.  Flounder feed on sight so they need to be able to see your bait.  When the flounder can’t see your bait, you can’t catch the flounder.  Captain John did have some throwbacks and ended up with one keeper from the east channel.

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