Tunas Are Coming

By Scott Lenox

Tunas Are Coming

It was kind of a “meh” weather day today in Ocean City with overcast skies, but the wind was light and the sun tried to peak through a few times.  The summer season really hasn’t kicked in yet so fishing pressure is still light during the week which makes it a great time to book a charter and take advantage of what is sometimes better fishing.

The Marli with Captain Mark Hoos is on the ocean most days now through October and is on top of the tuna fishing when it’s going on.  Captain Mark and mate Mark Stephens had Mike Bromwell and his crew from Westminster, MD on board and fished 800 fathoms outside the Poor Man’s Canyon where they found 67 degree water.  Captain Mark reported that the bite was slow in the morning with only one fish in the box up until 1:30 this afternoon, but after finding a small temperature break and some grass they were able to make a great day out of it.  Mike and his crew ended the day with eight yellowfin tuna, one bigeye and one nice gaffer mahi.  Many thanks to my man Dave Messick of Hooked on OC for the great shot.


Flounder fishing in the back bay was decent today despite the recent rain that we’ve had to deal with.  The Tortuga with Captain Drew Zerbe had three trips today and was able to put some keepers in the box on every one.  Customers used squid, shiners and live minnows to catch about 20 throwbacks and five keepers between the three trips.  Jon Henry, mate on the C Boys used chartreuse Gulp to catch his fish.

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The Bay Bee with Captain Cale Layton was out this afternoon also and was able to put a keeper in the box for a happy client.


Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing has had some good luck putting shooters on cow nosed rays despite having difficulty finding clean water.  Captain Marc put these shooters on some great cow nosed ray action.

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Captain John Prather of Ocean City Guide Service has been having great luck with shad and bluefish around the inlet and route 50 bridge and this afternoon was no different.


Bear down at the Oceanic Pier in downtown Ocean City sent me a pic proving that there are still some big bluefish around.  Sung from Germantown, MD caught this big 36″ blue from the route 50 bridge.


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