Yellowfins and Bluefins and Bigeyes Oh My

By Scott Lenox

Yellowfins and Bluefins and Bigeyes Oh My

It was a strange weather day today with times of beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures and times of pea soup fog and cool temperatures.  The wind wasn’t a factor though so the bay and ocean had plenty of anglers on them catching plenty of fish.

There were a bunch of boats fishing offshore today in and around the Poor Man’s Canyon and most had luck with tuna.  The old stand bys of green machines, spreader bars, cedar plugs and ballyhoo are all working and there are yellowfin, bluefin and bigeye all in the mix.  There has been a good amount of fish misidentification going on the past several days and now that the DNR knows about it and is in town in full force, you need to know your tunas before you put them in the box.  Here is a chart that we published in this year’s Fish in OC magazine followed by a photo of a bluefin (top), bigeye (middle) and yellowfin tuna (bottom) compliments of Captain Jeremy Blunt of the Wrecker.  These will help you identify the different tunas so that you are less likely to make a mistake that may cost you A LOT of money!

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Captain Joe Drosey of Rhonda’s Osprey had an incredible day out in the deep today catching all three species of tuna.  Captain Joe put his crew on five yellowfin tuna, three bluefin tuna and three bigeye tuna for an awesome day of fishing.


The C Boys with Captain Luke Blume had a good day in the Poor Man’s as well.  Captain Luke fished 600 fathoms and he and mate Jon Henry put their crew on four yellowfin tuna, three bluefin tuna and two nice gaffer mahi.

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Captain Dave Black of My Cin fished 300 fathoms in the Poor Man’s and put his group from Crab Alley in West Ocean City on five nice yellowfin tuna and an 82 pound bigeye tuna.


The Wrecker with Captain Jeremy Blunt had a real nice 110 pound bluefin tuna, a 55 pound bigeye tuna, three yellowfin tuna and five mahi.

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The Restless Lady and Jade II both out of the Talbot Street Pier had good days on the ocean today.  Both boats put their customers on several yellowfin tuna in the Poor Man’s Canyon.

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The Angler with Captain Chris Mizurak was sea bassing in the ocean today and had some nice knot heads come over the rail.

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Bear at the Oceanic Pier submitted this photo of John who caught this big 23″ flounder on his very first cast of the day down at the pier with a jighead albino Zoom bait.


Mark Jacyna emailed this photo of a 20.5″ keeper flounder that he caught from his kayak in front of Harbour Island on a spec rig.


The Tortuga with Captain Drew Zerbe had some decent flounder fishing today.  This young man caught the fish pool winner on this afternoon’s trip.


Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing had a good day of shooting with these two clients.  Captain Marc put them on a cow nosed ray and southern rays of 50 and 60 pounds.

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