Posted on August 6th, 2017
Well the boats are all registered and the money is counted and this year’s White Marlin Open will be another one for the record books. 353 boats are registered and they will be fishing for their share of an estimated $4.9 Million in prize money. Not many boats fished offshore today because everyone was getting ready for the Big Show. Sunset Marina was abuzz with Captains, mates and anglers rigging baits, changing line and talking strategy for the largest billfish tournament in the world. Only one day out of the five fishing days next week looks rough so this should make for an exciting event. Dave Messick, Gregory Benn and myself will be bringing it to you live and direct with our live coverage every day at www.whitemarlinopen.com Make sure you check it out and thanks to Dave for the awesome feature image tonight.
Some of the Fish in OC fleet has been practicing for the WMO this week and having some pretty good luck. Yesterday Captain Jeremy Blunt of the Wrecker put his party on three white marlin releases for three bites.
Captain Joe Drosey of Rhonda’s Osprey has had some good luck the past few days too putting his parties on a couple of white marlin, one blue marlin and some nice sized yellowfin tuna.
Most of the fishing that was done today was by the party boat and inshore fleet as most of the offshore fleet was prepping for the WMO. Captain Monty Hawkins of the Morning Star reported that the Fongaro family from Lincoln Park, NJ had a nice time on board today and a good catch of sea bass.
Captain Chase Eberle of Chaisin’ Tides Charters was doing some inshore sharking today and had good luck releasing several small sharks for his anglers. Captain Chase caught a shark that had a hook in it’s mouth and wanted to show that even stainless steel hooks will eventually rust out.
Ocean City Guide Service with Captain John Prather had a couple of trips today, but unlike most days he didn’t fish for flounder. Captain John did have success putting some bow fishermen on a couple of cow nosed rays and he put some anglers on some bluefish and spanish mackerel while trolling spoons in the ocean.
Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing was doing some shooting today too and had great luck putting his clients on some cow nosed and southern rays.
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