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by Larry Jock


SATURDAY, September 22, 2018



Good morning everyone.  Have been out of commission since last Wednesday, but I am back in action now and will be updating the online Fishing Report each day.  The last issue of the Coastal Fisherman hit the streets last Wednesday, but we are accumulating pictures for the big Winter Issue, so keep em coming!

In the bay, flounder fishing is OK with fish being caught in the east and west channels and the Fishbowl. Sheepshead fishing is good at the South Jetty. 



It looks like the marlin and dolphin action is still strong in the Poor Man's and around the Rockpile.

Yesterday...

"Fish On" went to the Rockpile and caught60 dolphin

"The Zipper" had 20 dolphin at the Rockpile

The charter boat, "Marli" released a white marlin and caught 23 dolphin near the Rockpile

"White Lightning" had 1 white marlin release and 52 dolphin near the Rockpile

Charter boat, "Pumpin Hard" had 1 white marlin release and 7 dolphin near the Rockpile

"Poore Sport" released 6 white marlin near the Rockpile

Charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" released 3 white marlin and caught 60 dolphin in the Poor Man's.

"Blood Money" had 1 white marlin release, 3 yellowfins, a wahoo, 1 bid dolphin and a load of bailers.

"Foolish Pleasures" had some nice gaffer dolphin and a load of bailers.

Charter boat, "Last Call" released a white marlin, a blue marlin estimated at 350 lbs. and caught several good size mahi.  Angler Brooke Duvall battled the blue marlin for 2 hours.

"Haulin n Ballin" went 4 for 5 on whites on Thursday and went 6 for 6 on Friday.

Yesterday, Chris Clasing and Richard Crosariol fishing the West Channel in the morning and ended up with 4 keeper flounder between 17 and 19 3/4-inches.  All were caught on live peanut bunker.  Wate was dirty but the guys still managed another dozen throwbacks.  Chris said that there were a ton of bluefish in the bay that were in the 8-12 inch range.

Anglers on the headboat, "Judith M" fished on natural bottom north of the Jackspot and ended up with 120 keeper black sea bass and released over 250.  All hooked on squid and clams.

Dave Beach Sr. and Dave Beach, Jr. Caught some flounder while fishing off the 2nd St. Bulkhead.  Fish were fat and measured 16 1/2 and 18 1/2 inches.  Both were hooked on live bunker.

Tom Berry caught a 17-inch flounder while fishing from the Rt. 50 Bridge at dead low tide while using minnows for bait.

John Gasparis caught 2 flounder while fishing from the Rt. 50 Bridge.  Fish measured 20 and 25 1/4-inches.  The larger flattie weighed 5 lbs. 3 oz. on the scale at AllTackle OC. Both were caught on live bunker.

Tina Crirachella caught a pair of 18-inch black sea bass during a trip aboard the headboat, "Morning Star".


5:27 PM - The scales closed on Day 1 of the Chesapeake Bay Sportfishing Association Flounder Tournament and here are the standings with one day left:




1st - "Delicious" - 22 5/8 inches


2nd - "Delicious" - 21 1/2 inches


3rd - "Bay Time" - 20 3/8 inches




Those who fished on the headboat "Angler" caught a mix of sea bass, bluefish and triggerfish that weighed up to 3 lbs. 




10:35 PM - Gary Wirtz caught a 24", 10 lb sheepshead at the South Jetty on a sand flea






FRIDAY, September 21, 2018


reminder that registration for this weekends flounder tournament is today. 







MONDAY, September 17, 2018



2:29 PM - On the headboat, "Tortuga", Kristy Martin from Albrightsville, PA won the pool with an 18 1/2-inch, 2 lb. 10 oz. flounder caught in the East Channel, south of the Rt. 50 Bridge.  Kristy used a squid and shiner combination for bait.


Last week, Rich Daiker and Kenny Schoen caught their limit of flounder that included their 2 biggest fish of the year, each measuring 25 1/2-inches and weighing 6 lbs. 8 oz.  Caught on live bunker around the Rt. 50 Bridge.


There was a good white marlin bite today in the Poor Man's Canyon and all the dolphin you wanted to bail.



Charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" released 3 white marlin.



Charter boat, "Marli" released 5 white marlin and caught a load of dolphin.



"Reel Joy" released a blue marlin and caught 5 dolphin.



Charter boat, "Reel Chaos" released a white marlin and caught 20 dolphin.



""Double J" released 2 white marlin and caught 23 dolphin.



"Cabana" released 5 white marlin.



Charter boat, "Fish On" released 3 white marlin and caught 50 dolphin.



"No Quarter" released 8 white marlin and caught 7 dolphin.



"Buckshot" had another good day, releasing 13 white marlin.



On the headboat, "Angler", anglers saw sea bass snapping up to 4 lbs. in addition to some flounder, triggerfish and bluefish.  All caught on squid and clams on an ocean wreck.


Corey Brown caught a 22-inch sheepshead at the South Jetty on a green crab.  


Michael Wankmiller caught a 24-inch flounder on a live bunder around the Rt. 50 Bridge.






SUNDAY, September 16, 2018



9:23 AM - On my way home from church today, I noticed that at 8am there were some boats drifting the East Channel.  Bay was flat.  Offshore forecast is still 5-7 feet.



This Wednesday is the final issue of the season for the Coastal Fisherman.  The online reports will still be updated as things happen, so stay tuned.  And of course, we will be coming back to work on the big Winter Issue, so if you have pictures you would like to submit, see the instructions at the top of the Fishing Report.




2:30 PM - Big Bird Cropper just called in to report that water temperature in the bay has cooled off to 75-degrees and there are plenty of flounder in the Fishbowl (north of the Rt. 50 Bridge between the East & West Channels).  Unfortunately, 99.9% of the flatties are too short to keep.  Bird did catch a nice 29-inch striper near the Rt. 50 Bridge.






SATURDAY, September 15, 2018


Still not much going on.  Kern Ducote and Jim Barbey did catch 6 flounder today, with 2 keepers measuring 19 and 21-inches.  The fish were caught on spro jigs tipped with 4-inch Gulp Shrimp in the East Channel.



Just another reminder that next weekend is the new CBSFA Summer Flounder Tournament.  It will be on Saturday and Sunday.  See promotion piece below.






THURSDAY, September 13, 2018


** The CBSFA Flounder Tournament that was scheduled for this weekend has been rescheduled for next weekend, September 22nd and 23rd.  The cost is only $100 per boat (up to 6 anglers) and fishing hours are from 6:30 AM to 3:00 PM on both days.  Weighins are at Atlantic Tackle from 3:15 to 5:00 PM.  For more call Joe Thorpe at 410-868-5488 or email him at jthorpe@cbsfa.club.  




We only have one issue left for this season so if you have a picture you would like to submit, please do so ASAP. Guidelines are at the top of this page.






TUESDAY, September 11, 2018


10:46 - For those of you who are reading this and not in OC, it is literally the "calm before the storm".  Really nice, sunny day.  Boatyards are active with a lot of people pulling their boats in anticipation of the effects of Hurricane Florence.



Check the "Breaking News" section.  Delaware just reopened black sea bass season which will now run uniterupted till December 31st.



I received the results of the Ocean City Marlin Club vs. Ocean City Light Tackle Club Shootout yesterday afternoon and the Light Tackle Club beat the Marlin Club by a score of 600 points to 300 points.  Top angler was Randy DeLeon with 2 white marling over 2 days of fishing. Second place was Franky Pettolina with 2 white marlin (lost tiebreaker) and Way Six with 1 white marlin.  The Top Boat was "Fish On" with 3 white marlin releases.  A total of 9 white marlin were caught and released (5 on Friday and 4 on Saturday). Five boats missed six blue marlin on Saturday.




1:41 PM - On the charter boat, "On the Run", anglers Joe and Bryson Young caught flounder measuring 16 3/4-inches and 18 1/2-inches while drifting Gulp in the East Channel.







MONDAY, September 10, 2018



11:00 AM - The Ocean City Fishing Center Spot Tournament, scheduled to be held tomorrow HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  Please spread the word.




12:11 PM - This weekends Ocean City Marlin Club Challenge Cup has been cancelled.






SUNDAY, September 9, 2018



5:55 PM - An absolutely miserable day in Ocean City.  Rainy and wind that had to be a constant 25-30 mph winds.



The Bahia Marina Flounder Pounder was held today.  They had 12 boats and 42 anglers registered and here are the results:



1st Place - Rich Daiker - 4 lbs. - $2,190

2nd Place - Kenny Schoen - 2 lbs. 7 oz. - $255

3rd Place - Greg Donahue - 2 lbs. - $126





The bite was slow with most of the fish coming in from around the Rt. 50 Bridge. All 3 winning fish were caught on live bunker.  The 1st and 2nd place fish came from around the Bridge and the 3rd place fish was caught behind Harbour Island.






SATURDAY, September 8, 2018



10:36 AM - Rich Daiker just reported that there is a 24-inch sailfish swimming around in the Fishbowl, north of the Rt. 50 Bridge.



UPDATED - Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" fished for almost a full day before the ocean started getting sporty.  They had 4 anglers that each came up 1 fish short of a limit and most anglers had enough for dinner.  Then... the ocean started getting knarly where a 12 oz. sinker couldn't hold bottom.  Ron Peacock had the largest flounder of the day, a 21 1/2-incher caught on a Gulp and squid combination over a wreck.

On the "Primary Search, anglers went 2 for 4 on white marlin and caught a load of mahi in the Baltimore Canyon.  Fished until 10:30 and headed home.






FRIDAY, September 7, 2018


Should be some boats out today getting in a last shot before the bad weather arrives tonight and lasts through early next week.  



The other day, the "Makara" took the long trip up to the Hudson Canyon to jump on the good white marlin bite and ended up going 50 for 78 for their 2 days of fishing.



5:25 PM - Karl Henrich caught an 18-inch founder at the South Jetty while using Gulp for bait.  He was fishing with Big Bird Cropper.



On the charter boat, "That's Right", anglers caught 42 dolphin while bailing in 500 fathoms in the Baltimore.

On the charter boat, "Marli", anglers caught 25 dolphin, released a white marlin and broke off a blue marlin 40-feet from the boat.  All of the action was on the troll in 500 fathoms outside the Rockpile.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Boss Hogg" had 2 white marlin releases, a limit of tilefish, a dozen sea bass and 4 mahi.  All around the Rockpile.



On the headboat, "Morning Star", anglers battled a dead current most of the day, making flounder fishing tough, but they ended up with some nice catches with fish up to 21 1/4-inches.  




"Slaughterhouse" had 4 white marlin releases and a dolphin at the Rockpile

"No Quarter" had 2 white marlin releases at the Hot Dog.

"Rhonda's Osprey" had 2 white marlin releases and 3 dolphin in the Poor Man's.

"C-Boys" had 1 white marlin release and 3 dolphin in the Poor Man's.

"Lucky Duck" had 2 white marlin releases and 18 dolphin in the Poor Man's.

"Fish On" had 3 white marlin releases in the Poor Man's.






THURSDAY, September 6, 2018



11:23 AM - Updated yesterdays report.




2:49 PM - Mike Turowski hooked a 43-inch red drum, estimated at over 50 lbs., on a Clark spoon off 28th Street in the ocean.

Lorraine Ferrara caught a 23-inch flounder on a Spro bucktail tipped with a Gulp artificial bait around "B" Buoy.  The fish was 1 of 4 caught by Lorraine, Nicky Ferrara and Tony Smiertka



4:21 PM - On the headboat, "Morning Star", every angler caught their limit of flounder with Greg Hellman's 23 1/2-incher leading the way.  All were caught on gulp, squid, clams and cut bait over a natural ocean reef.

Anglers on the "Double Trouble" caught 40 mahi on live mullet and bunker while fishing outside the Jackspot, up to the Great Eastern Reef.  They were 22 to 28 miles offshore and caught fish weighing up to 15 lbs.


5:00 PM - Capt. Chris on the headboat, "Angler" reported decent fishing today with flounder up to 3 lbs. caught on squid over a natural ocean reef.  Phil Watts caught a 2 3/4 pounder and Jerry Fox had 3 fish up to 3 lbs.


Charter boat, "Reel Chaos" released 2 white marlin in the Poor Man's



"C-Boys" released a white marlin and caught 15 dolphin in the Poor Man's



"Pumpin Hard" released 4 white marlin in the Poor Man's.



"Buckshot" released 5 white marlin and a sailfish in the Poor Mans



"Boss Hogg" released 5 white marlin and caught 25 dolphin between the Rockpile and the Poor Man's.



"Marli" went to the Rockpile and released a white marlin and a sailfish.






WEDNESDAY, September 5, 2018



3:13 PM - Another hot day in Ocean City.  Thermometer reads 89-degrees but it feels like it is 99-degrees.



Anglers on the "Get Sum" had a couple of keeper flounder and some throwbacks this morning while fishing in the East Channel.



Over the weekend, Brugh Moore caught a 57 lb. wahoo in the Washington Canyon on the "Finominal".  The next day after school, he headed for the Indian River Inlet where he caught a 9 lb. flounder.



On the headboat, "Morning Star" anglers had very calm seas and the flounder bite wasn't bad.  A couple of anglers limited out and the pool winner was a nice 24-incher.  Fish ate Gulp, clams, squid and cut bait over natural bottom.


Jeremy Kohl and Rick Hoover on the "Scuttlebutt" caught a pair of wahoo south of the Hot Dog while trolling ballyhoo in 80-degree water.  Largest wahoo weighed 50.7 lbs.  Smaller fish weighed 25 lbs.  Fish were caught before 9:30 AM.


Yesterday on the "Ale House", Sarah Ostrowski caught a cobia, estimated at 60 lbs., while fishing with Chris Trovitch and Patrick Coomes.  The anglers also caught 2 other cobia weighing 30 and 41 lbs.  They found the fish cruising around schools of bunker, 1-mile straight out from the OC Inlet.  They caught them on live bunker.

On the charter boat, "Helbent", anglers caught a pair of keeper flounder measuring 18 and 19 1/2-inches in the East Channel during the incoming tide on live minnows.

UPDATED:  Ashton Schoen caught and released his first white marlin in 150 fathoms in the Washington Canyon.  He ended up with 2 releases for the day.

On the headboat, "Tortuga", anglers Emily Marchini, John Marra and Rebecca Marra each caught a keeper flounder with Rebecca's 18-incher leading the way.  All of the fish were caught on minnows/shiners or minnows/squid in the East Channel.


Tom Diven caughta 55 lb. wahoo at the Hot Dog on a skirted ballyhoo 


Brennan McMahan caught his first flounder while fishing with his dad, Nash McMahon and Burke Webb.  Fish was 18-inches and caught on live bait in the West Channel.

On the headboat, "Fish Bound", angler Jason Hewes caght a pair of flounder up to 23-inches at the Old Grounds.

On the headboat, "Fish Bound", Jason Lesniczak caught a pair of flounder measuring 23 and 24-inches.  The group of 6 anglers ended up with 31 flounder, all caught on natural bottom at the Old Grounds.

Vincent Cantin caught a 19-inch flounder in the East Channel while fishing with Gerry Chaveca.






TUESDAY, September 4, 2018



2:41 PM - Kyle Mooney caught a 46-inch cobia in the ocean off 26th Street.  The fish was swimming only 1 mile off the beach under a school of bunker and ate a bucktail tipped with a curl tail.

3:20 PM - There was a good group of anglers fishing on the headboat, "Morning Star" today and they picked at the flatties all day while fishing over a natural reef.  Largest flounder of the day was a 21 1/2-incher caught by Jack Allen.


Chad Kauffman caught a 24 1/2-inch flounder that weighed in at 5 lbs.  He caught it on a minnow and gulp combo in 90-feet of water at the Old Grounds.


Butch Betz caught a pair of flounder, measuring 19and 22-inches on pink gulp in the East Channel this morning.


Kristen Kemper caught and released a blue marlin in the Baltimore Canyon while fishing with Patricia Link.  The ladies hooked, wired and released the blue.  Nice job, ladies!!


Anglers on the charter boat, "Get Sum" just returned from an afternoon trip with 4 flounder in the box measuring up to 20-inches.  Three were caught in the East Channel and one was hooked in the Fishbowl.  All on white Gulp Swimming Mullet.

Charter boat, "Marli" released 2 white marlin and a dolphin in the Washington Canyon.



"DA Sea" released 13 white marlin in the Washington Canyon.



"No Quarter" released 7 white marlin and a blue marlin in the Washington Canyon.






MONDAY, September 3, 2018



3:57 PM - Capt. Monty on the headboat, "Morning Star" reportd that he had one person catch their limit of flounder and several other had 3 keepers while they fished on an ocean wreck and over natural bottom.  Largest was a 22 1/2-incher.







SUNDAY, September 2, 2018



12:08 PM - On the headboat, "Miss Ocean City", angler Mike Lutz caught a 22-inch, 4 lb. flounder on a bucktail tipped with a Gulp & shiner in the East Channel.


On the charter boat, "Over-Board", Deb Motika caught a 46 1/2-inch, 60 lb. bluefin tuna in 20 fathoms straight out from the OC Inlet.  The group of anglers also caught sea bass, false albacore and mahi during the trip.

Preston Walls and Glenn Rothschild caught 3 keeper flounder while fishing with bunker around the Rt. 50 Bridge.  Largest fish was 21-inches.


On the headboat, "Morning Star", the NE swell put a damper on flounder fishing over ocean structure but anglers still went home with enough for dinner.  Largest fish of the day measured 21 1/2-inches.  Fish ate clam, squid, Gulp and cut bait.

On the headboat, "Judith M", aanglers caught good numers of triggerfish at the Bass Grounds while fishing with squid and clams.  They also hooked a good number of throwback sea bass and weakfish.



7:00 PM - Judy Barnhardt caught a 16 1/2-inch flounder on a minnow behind the OC Airport.

Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" said that they had good fishing today with a nice mix of flounder and sea bass.  




Anglers on the "Legasea" had 1 blue marlin release and 3 white marlin releases 500 fathoms between the Poor Man's and the Washington.





7:47 PM - Just returned from the scales on the final day of the Marlin Club Labor Day White Marlin Tournament.  Good white marlin bite with several blue marlin as well.  Looks like the bite was stretched from the Baltimore down to the Washington.  Here is what we saw:



"Reel Assets" had 8 white marlin releases and a blue marlin release in 50 fathoms in the Washington Canyon.



"In the Black" had a white marlin release and a blue marlin release.  Both were caught yesterday in the Poor Man's with the blue marlin coming from 80 fathoms and the white in 200 fathoms.



"Canyon Hunter" weighed an 18.2 lb. dolphin and they had 2 white marlin releases.  All in the Washington Canyon.



"Reel Vibrations" weighed a 10.2 lb. dolphin.



"Reel Joy" had a blue marlin release, 4 white marlin releases and weighed a pair of dolphin (17.6 and25.4 lbs.)  All from the Washington Canyon.



"Buckshot" fished yesterday and today and racked up 23 white marlin releases and a blue marlin release.  All of the action was in the Poor Mans



"Haulin n Ballin" was on an overnighter and had a blue marlin release yesterday and 6 white releases yesterday and 8 today.  They fished in the Baltimore and Poor Man's on Saturday and the Washington on Sunday.



"Barbara Rose" weighed a pair of dolphin (10.4 and 10.8 lbs.)



"Grande Pez" had 7 white marlin releases and a 28.2 lb. dolphin.  All around the Rockpile.



"Spring Mix II" had a load of dolphin in 1,200 fathoms in the Poor Man's.




9:09 PM - Here are the final results from the Ocean City Marlin Club Labor Day White Marlin Tournament: 













SATURDAY, September 1, 2018




9:55 AM - Updated yesterdays report.




7:30 PM - Saw a lot of white marlin flags flying at the dock this evening.  Looks like there was a good white marlin bite in the Poor Man's Canyon today.  Bite is scattered with fish also caught in the Baltimore yesterday.  100-500 fathoms  Should see a lot of boats fishing tomorrow.



Anglers on the charter boat, "Boss Hogg" had 60 dolphin, 30 tilefish and 30 sea bass while fishing in the Baltimore Canyon.



The charter boat, "Marli" had 18 dolphin and a white marlin release in the Washington.



Andrew Mercier released a 38-inch cobia a the South Jetty after hooking it on a live mullet.







8:01 PM - The weigh-ins on the 2nd day of the Marlin Club Labor Day White Marlin Tournament just ended and here is what we saw:



Anglers on the "Buckshot" went 15 for 15 on white marlin.  They are sitting in 1st place in the White Marlin Division and will be fishing tomorrow.



"Billfisher" caught a pair of dolphin weighing 14.6 & 15.8 lbs.(2nd & 3rd place - Dolphin)  


"A Salt Weapon 3" had 4 white marlin releases. 


"Burn' n Bills" weighed a 20.6 lb. dolphin (1st Place-Dolphin)


"DA Sea" had 10 white marlin releases during an overnight trip.



"Pumpin Hard" had 4 white marlin releases and weighed a 150.2 lb. bigeye caught by Jim Gile


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