Posted on June 25th, 2017
It was a beautiful day to be on the water today in and around Ocean City. The wind was light, we had sunny skies and temperatures were comfortable all day. The report from offshore was that it was flat calm….almost too flat. Tuna don’t want to bite as well when it’s too calm sometimes. There are different theories as to why, but I tend to agree with the one that says tuna and other species have an easier time distinguishing what’s a boat trolling bait from what’s real bait when it’s really calm like today was. Basically they know something is up and can’t be tricked into a bite as easily. I don’t know if that’s true, but it makes sense, and I first heard the theory from an old fisherman named Dale Brown who I was lucky enough to be friends with. I’m pretty certain that if there was a Mount Rushmore for fishing in Ocean City that Dale’s face would be on it.
The offshore bite may have been a little slower today, but there were still some nice fish caught. Mike and David Burt on the Pumpin’ Hard had a pretty good day of it today throwing four yellowfin on the dock at Sunset Marina this afternoon.
Captain Monty Hawkins on the party boat Morning Star out of the Ocean City Fishing Center hasn’t been having much luck with the tuna lately (cause he’s not trying to), but he has had some good luck putting anglers on some nice sea bass. A few days ago Mike Zigler had a nice birthday when he landed this 18″ sea bass with Captain Monty.
The water was a bit dirty today thanks to the recent rain and some strong winds the past few days, but it was still clean enough for some flounder to be caught. Captain John Prather of Ocean City Guide Service had a couple of trips today and put anglers on some chopper bluefish and a beauty of a 4.2 pound flounder. The flounder ate a Gulp / live minnow combo.
Nate Pritchett submitted this photo of a 21″ keeper flounder that was caught on his boat behind the OC Airport on the outgoing tide. Nate has been catching throwbacks all year so his dad Jerry had to come up from Daytona Beach, FL to show the boy how it’s done.