Posted on July 14th, 2017
It was a beautiful day today…..until about 7:30. Then the thunderheads started rolling our way and by 8:00 all H. E. Double Hockey Sticks had broken loose. Strong winds, heavy rain and wicked lightning had all of us at the scales for the first day of the Ocean City Tuna Tournament running for cover. The good news is that all of the action had already taken place.
There was plenty of action on day 1 at the OCTT scales especially considering that only 27 of the 88 boats fished today. There were some nice fish brought to the scale, a couple of heavy stringer weights and even a couple of big flounder from our inshore fleet.
Captain Jeremy Blunt of the Wrecker had the best day of all those fishing the first day of the OCTT. Captain Jeremy put his crew on six healthy yellowfin tuna and currently resides in first place in the biggest stringer category. You’re only allowed five fish per day for your stringer so Captain Jeremy even had to bounce their smallest fish out. Even after bouncing one they still had 267 pounds of yellowfin and jumped into first place. They also hold third place in the biggest fish category with a 58 pound yellowfin and second place in the lady angler category with a 57 pound yellowfin. That’s a nice day of fishing.
First place in the big fish category is also the first place lady angler fish and a beauty of a bluefin tuna. JL Cropper caught this 99 pound bluefin on board her husband Hugh’s Myra HT and they also weighed a mahi that didn’t meet the 20 pound minimum.
Fist place in the mahi category is currently held by the Fish Whistle with today’s only qualifying mahi of 22 pounds.
Here are the rest of the standings after one day of fishing for the 30th Annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament.
While we were waiting for boats to hit the scales with tuna for the OCTT we had two big flounder hit the scales at the Ocean City Fishing Center. Captain John Prather of Ocean City Guide Service was the first with this big 23.5″, 5.1 pound doormat that ate a live spot near the inlet. Captain John also put his crew on two other keeper flounder and a snapper bluefish.
The next big flounder rolled in right behind Captain John’s fish and was brought in by Joey Marowski who is mate on the Bay Bee. Captain Cale Layton gave Joey one last drop and he was able to produce this 22.5″, 4.7 pound flounder on a big shiner. Hooked on OC cameraman Dave Messick was stunned by the big flattie. Big thanks to Dave for some of tonight’s photos from the scales.
The Tortuga with Captain Drew Zerbe took advantage of the super clean water conditions today too. Captain Drew put his anglers on several throwback flounder and these keeper fish from both trips.
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