Tough Weather

By Scott Lenox

Tough Weather

The spring season was getting off to a pretty good start with the arrival of some short stripers at the route 90 bridges, some larger bluefish in the back bays and some better tautog fishing on the wrecks and reefs….then somebody April fooled Mother Nature and she got ticked!  This month we’ve probably had about 3 or 4 really fishable days.  When it’s not 40 degrees, raining, blowing, or all three, and it is fishable the tautog bite in the ocean is improving, but the back bays of Ocean City are mud brown and the striper bite has slowed.  It will pick back up again as soon as the water cleans up and those stripers will be joined by the first flounder of the season and some pretty nice bluefish.

Captain Jeff Coats of Pitboss Fishing did some striper fishing in a short window of weather yesterday and reported the following….

Karen’s Day Off 2….and “off” is what the catching was.  We fished using Big Bird Cropper’s Roy Rigs covering a good bit of water…..Verazano bridge to Assateague, route 50 bridge and both route 90 bridges and fought a decent northwest wind all day.  We landed one 18″ striper down south and Karen missed another one at the north end.  The water was a tad nasty too.  I had a report from 2 friends that caught six at the inlet.  We’ve had some fun the past few trips, but looking forward to next week with getting the Bad Influence out! 


The Judith M with Captain Don Hetherington has been having some decent luck with the tautog when the weather allows.  The Judith M has moved to it’s home at Bahia Marina on 22nd street and the bay and will be running tog trips for the coming weeks.  The Judith M’s next trips will be April 15,16 and 17 from 6:30AM-3PM for $90 per angler.  Call 302-727-6601 or 386-931-8368 for reservations.

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One Fish in OC fleet member that is not dealing with the tough weather is Captain Joe Drosey of Rhonda’s Osprey.  Captain Joe is running out of Singer Island, FL right now and is having great luck with the sailfish.  Rhonda’s Osprey is also catching mahi, king mackerel and a few black fin tuna.  Check Captain Joe out here if you’d like to fly south for a trip or to book your trip for this summer.  Rhonda’s Osprey

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