Posted on September 22nd, 2016
The weather has put a real damper on fishing interests the past few days. Inshore anglers have been able to wet a line, but they’ve had to do it in breezy conditions with intermittent rain showers. The offshore fleet hasn’t been so lucky. The last day that boats were able to get to the canyons there was still a pretty good white marlin bite, but the fish are definitely migrating south and will soon be out of the area. The good news is that fish were caught in the Wilmington and Baltimore Canyons canyons this past weekend as well as the Washington and Norfolk. The million dollar question is will they still be around?
The weather looks like it shapes up tomorrow and looks very fishable through the weekend so I expect some boats are going to give it a shot to answer that question themselves. Hopefully the fishing report is a good one because it’s nice when we’re catching white marlin into the fall.
This past Saturday my buddy Steve Murphy of Ropewalk OC was out in the canyons and had some great luck with the white marlin. Steve was fishing on the Liquid RX out of the Ocean City Fishing Center with Captain Dave Mooradian and anglers Ed Shelleman, Mike Throne and Joe Rawl. The crew released three white marlin and boxed two nice mahi in the Washington Canyon and got some really great shots of the action.
The party boat fleet has been having some great luck with flounder, sea bass and other bottom fish when the weather cooperates. Sea bass season is officially closed as of today and will reopen on October 22. The Ocean Princess with Captian Victor Bunting will be focusing on flounder and triggerfish until sea bass reopens and they are hoping their luck with them continues. They recently caught a beautiful queen trigger.
Bear at the Oceanic Pier is reporting that anglers have been dodging rain drops while fishing the pier, but have been having some good luck. Chad from West Virginia caught this nice 19″ keeper flounder on the pier’s minnows this morning.