Wrecking The Tuna In Front of Hurricane Joaquin

Wrecking The Tuna In Front of Hurricane Joaquin

By Scott Lenox

Scott Lenox

Scott is the owner of Fish in OC and host of Ocean City’s fishing television show Hooked on OC. He has worked in the fishing industry and fished the waters in and around Ocean City for over 25 years.

Today was another fishable day out of Ocean City.  It started out pretty snotty so the ride out for the fleet was “sporty” but by the time the lines came out to come home it had settled down to be a pretty smooth ride back to the dock.  The tuna fish were snapping again in the Washington Canyon so it was worth the trip down for one last day of trolling before hurricane Joaquin plots a course for the eastern seaboard and closes down the offshore fishing for a while.

Captain Jeremy Blunt on board the Wrecker out of The Ocean City Fishing Center had a good day in the Washington today catching a beautiful 154 pound bigeye tuna and 11 yellowfin tuna.  Captain Jeremy reported that the ride out was a bit sporty, but coming home was nice.

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Photo by Ronnie Bitner

I’m pretty confident that today will be the last day anyone tries to fish until midweek next week.  Joaquin is a full blown hurricane now and is gaining strength as he makes his way further into the Atlantic toward the east coast.  The models are all over the place right now, but most of them have Joaquin moving toward the east coast and drastically affecting sea conditions.  Some models even have Joaquin approaching the east coast and making landfall somewhere around Ocean City.

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As you can see Ocean City is right in the middle of the projected storm cone so a little move north or south could make all the difference in the world.  This much is certain, there will be significant rain, wind and coastal flooding from sometime Thursday night into Monday whether Joaquin makes landfall near Ocean City or not.  Ocean City will be close enough to feel the effects and lots of people are doing the smart thing and taking precautions.

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Captain Monty Hawkins of Morning Star moved to Sunset Marina and put 34 lines on the boat to ride out any wind and tide.

If you live anywhere in the vicinity of Ocean City, or any area that may be affected by Joaquin, be safe.

Let’s hope that the weather makes a turn for the better after Joaquin hits the road, and we can start to talk more about the fishing than Mother Nature.

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