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8.21.17 8:51 am

by Larry Jock

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MONDAY, August 21, 2017

Today starts the 5-day The MidAtlantic tournament with boats fishing out of Cape May, NJ and Ocean City, MD. Weigh-ins are from 5:00 to 9:00 each night. This year, 151 boats are entered, slightly down from last years 157 boats. Total prize money this year is projected at $3,143,000, down from $3,159,810 last season. This is always a great tournament and a fun one for spectators who want to view the weigh-ins at Sunset Marina. You can really get close to the action.


SATURDAY, August 19, 2017

Today is the last day of the Poor Girls Open and 70 boats are scheduled to fish today, so it has the potential to be a busy day at the scale. Most boats will probably head to the Washington Canyon.

9:47 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that they are catching a few small dolphin near the Baltimore Canyon.

11:10 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that there isn't much going on in the Baltimore Canyon and from the sounds of things on the radio, the bite is slow down south also.

11:24 AM - On the charter boat, "On the Run", Joseph Jones caught a 20-inch flounder in the East Channel.

2:44 PM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that the bite is still slow in the Baltimore Canyon. He has not seen another marlin caught today. They have caught some more dolphin. Reports he has been getting from boats down south are that things are still slow.

8:32 PM - The scales closed on the final day of the Poor Girls Open and those that were there were treated to a wild finish. Here is what we saw:

"Intrinsic" weighed a 53.9 lb. yellowfin caught by Traci Nelson in the Washington Canyon.

"Fin Chaser" arrived with a load of dolphin.

"Reel Chaos" had 10 mahi in the Washington Canyon.

"Playmate" had a 19.1 lb. dolphin caught by Loren Manzione that took 1st place in the Dolphin Division. Jenny Alexander released a white marlin. Everything in the Washington.

"Wrecker" had a 64.1 lb. caught by Megan Humphrey in 500 fathoms in the Washington.

"Two Timing Connie" had a white marlin release by junior angler Jordan Andreallo

"Tighten Up" had a white marlin release by Christy Keller and 3 yellowfins (57.8, 62.5 & 64.5 lbs.) caught by Christy, Chrissy Starcher and Jessica Genthner. Their largest took 3rd place in the Tuna Division.

"Bubblehead" had a white marlin release by Carol Strickland and a blue marlin release by Caitlin McGorry in 100 fathoms on the north end of the Washington Canyon.

"Espadon" weighed 2 dolphin (10.2 & 14.2 lbs.) caught in the Washington Canyon by Jamie Howard and Amber Novelli.

"Stalker" weighed a pair of yellowfins caught by Michele Hoffman (54.4 lbs.) and Sam Fuller (63.9 lbs.) in the Washington Canyon.

"No Quarter" took first place in the Tuna Division with a 68.7 lb. yellowfin caught by Hillary Mozeik in 800 fathoms south of the Washington Canyon.

"Pumpin Hard" weighed a 63.8 lb. yellowfin caught by Caroline Phillips in 800 fathoms in the Washington Canyon.

"Top Shelf" weighed a 13 lb. dolphin caught by Beth Burton in the Poor Man's.

Here are the final results:

BILLFISH:
1st - Rhonda's Osprey - 8 white marlin releases
2nd - Espadon - 5 white marlin releases
3rd - Billfisher - 4 white marlin releases - 12:57 PM

DOLPHIN:
1st - Playmate - 19.1 lbs.
2nd - Finatic - 18.0 lbs.
3rd - Lucky Duck II - 15.2 lbs.

TUNA:
1st - No Quarter - 68.7 lbs.
1st - Bubblehead - 68.0 lbs.
3rd - Tighten Up - 64.5 lbs.

WAHOO:
Haulin n Ballin - 62.6 lbs.

Outside the tournament:

On the charter boat, "Lucky Break", Susan Cutson caught a 19-inch flounder behind the OC Airport on a minnow during the outgoing tide.

On the charter boat, "On the Run", Connor Barnett caught a 4 lb. flounder in the Ocean City Inlet.


FRIDAY, August 18, 2017

11:18 AM - Hopefully it will be a nice day offshore for the lady anglers who decided to fish on the 2nd day of the Poor Girls Open. It was nice to see marlin release flags flying yesterday after a dismal season so far.

Most of the action yesterday was in the Washington and Norfolk Canyons. Water is still cooler than it needs to be. Reports I received this morning is that the marlin are deep, so the bite are tough.

The class of tuna we have continued to see have been beautiful. The pair of yellowfins brought in on the "Bubblehead" yesterday were studs at 63 and 68 lbs.

Weigh-ins are 4:00 to 7:30 PM at Bahia Marina.

1:24 PM - After having 58 boats fishing in the Poor Girls yesterday, only 27 are fishing today. That leaves 70 boats to fish on Saturday, the final day of the tournament.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" caught 2 keeper flounder, measuring 17 and 19-inches, while fishing in the Fish Bowl during the outgoing tide.

7:51 PM - Just returned from the weigh-ins on the 2nd day of the Poor Girls Open and here is what we saw:

The Pink Marlins were fishing on "Rhonda's Osprey" and jumped into first place with 8 white marlin releases. Releases were recorded by Baby Hallard, Robin Ehrich, Carroll Sherman and Lynn DeCourcey.

"Yellowfin" caught some dolphin with their heaviest weighing 5.5 lbs.

"Haulin n Ballin" had 4 white marlin releases and a dolphin. White marlin releases were recorded by Kristin Jezierski, Brande Schumann, Jenn Dickerson and Toni Johnson.

"Espadon" had 5 white marlin releases by Michelle DiMattia, Barbara Wilson, Anne Maserati and Bonnie Asquith.

"Playmate" had 2 white marlin releases, 2 dolphin and a 50.8 lb. The yellowfin was a team effort between Lori Dech and Erin Scrimgeour.

"Summer Salt" had a white marlin release, the first for Tori Camardella. They also caught 6 dolphin, the heaviest weighing 7.9 lbs.

"Top Dog" had 4 white marlin releases by Sandie Mattes, Kim Klineberg, Kim Boyd and Sherry Shocket. Gretchen Mink caught an 11.6 lb. dolphin.

Here are the standings after Day 2:

BILLFISH:
1st - Rhonda's Osprey - 8 white marlin releases
2nd - Espadon - 5 white marlin releases
3rd - Billfisher - 4 white marlin releases - 12:57 PM

DOLPHIN:
1st - Finatic - 18.0 lbs.
2nd - Lucky Duck II - 15.2 lbs.
3rd - Legasea - 14.8 lbs.

TUNA:
1st - Bubblehead - 68.0 lbs.
2nd - Bubblehead - 63.4 lbs.
3rd - Playmate - 50.8 lbs.

WAHOO:
Haulin n Ballin - 62.6 lbs.



THURSDAY, August 17, 2017

Today is the first day of Capt. Steve Harman's Poor Girls Open. This year, there are 155 boats with 765 anglers competing for $218,000 in prize money. First place is worth over $108,000. Weigh-ins are from 4:00 to 7:30 tonight.

8:23 PM - The scales just closed on the 1st day of the Capt. Steve Harman's Poor Girls Open. It was an busy day at the scale with quite a few releases, some dolphin and a good size wahoo. I'm sure that tournament organizers are still tallying catch reports and there were boats that recorded releases but didn't show up at the scale. Here is what I saw:

"Finatic" weighed an 18 lb. dolphin caught by Ashley Green.

"Rhonda's Osprey" had 2 white marlin releases and 6 dolphin. The white marlin were released by Danielle Doetsch and Brenda Galbraith. Their 2 largest dolphin weighed 5.6 and 5.7 lbs.

"Bubblehead" weighed a pair of yellowfins (63.4 & 68.0 lbs.) caught by Alexis Martinek and Lauren Leach. They also had 6 dolphin up to 8 lbs.

"Legasea" had 2 dolphin weighing 13.2 and 14.8 lbs.

"Lucky Duck II" weighed a 15.2 lb. dolphin caught by Lauren Boykin.

"Top Dog" had 3 dolphin up to 8.9 lbs. Largest was caught by Katie Luff.

"Marlin Gale" had 2 white marlin releases and 2 dolphin. Both white marlin were released by Kelly Gee.

"Turn Me Loose" had 2 dolphin, weighing 11.2 and 14 lbs. They also had 2 white marlin releases from Candee Figiel and Tiffany Hudson.

"Margarita" had a white marlin release from Joyce Collins and 5 dolphin up to 12.6 lbs.

"That's Right" had 3 white marlin releases from Stacey Irrgang, Kathi Kirkwood and Karen Davis.

"American Lady" had 3 white marlin releases from Hannah Laney, Shelly Laney and Terry Lennon. They also weighed a 4.7 lb. dolphin.

"Billfisher" had 4 white marlin releases. Marni Brown released 2 white marlin and Jessica Ross and Kourtney Duffie each released a single white marlin.

"Kingfisher" had 2 white marlin releases. Lauren Smith and tina Wetzel each released a white.

"C-Boys" had 2 white marlin releases by Lisa Moore and Joann Mullican.

"Reel Toy" had 3 white marlin releases by Debra McCollum and Renae Lee Cavada.

"Reel Chaos" had 4 white marlin releases by Judy Allen and Nancy Kohl.

"Espadon" had 2 white marlin releases by Skylar Coleman and Robin Cristallo. They also weighed a 10.5 lb. dolphin.

"Wrecker" had a spearfish release from Jennifer Blunt and 2 white marlin releases by Jennifer Evans and Swynn Holloway.

"Second Chance" released 2 white marlin by Michelle Garner and Kristen Awad.

"Tighten Up" had 2 white marlin releases and a 12.5 lb. dolphin. Amanda Larkin released here first white.

"Berzerker" had 2 white marlin releases.

"Haulin n Ballin" weighed a 62.6 lb. wahoo caught by Shantel Willey.

"Salty Sons" weighed a yellowfin and a dolphin.

"Foul Hook" had a white marlin release by Palma Cunningham.

"Fortunate" had 2 white marlin releases by Janet Powell and Crystal Williams.

Here's the standings after DAY 1:

BILLFISH:
1st - Billfisher - 4 white marlin releases - 12:57 PM
2nd - Reel Chaos - 4 white marlin releases - 3:15 PM
3rd - American Lady - 3 white marlin releases - 11:51 AM

DOLPHIN:
1st - Finatic - 18.0 lbs.
2nd - Lucky Duck II - 15.2 lbs.
3rd - Legasea - 14.8 lbs.

TUNA:
1st - Bubblehead - 68.0 lbs.
2nd - Bubblehead - 63.4 lbs.
3rd - Salty Sons - 19.0 lbs.

WAHOO:
Haulin n Ballin - 62.6 lbs.



WEDNESDAY, August 16, 2017

Don Steele caught a 6 lb. flounder on a minnow and squid combo in the bay behind Assateague (#4)


TUESDAY, August 15, 2017

Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" have been doing well catching black sea bass around the South Jetty lately. Today, they caught 5 black drum, some bluefish and some Spanish mackerel. The bluefish and mackerel were caught on a shoal just south of the Inlet.


MONDAY, August 14, 2017

Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught 32 keeper flounder plus a few sea bass while fishing at "A" Buoy. Dan Iacangelo caught the largest flounder of the day, a 22 1/2-incher. The largest sea bass measured 20-inches.


SUNDAY, August 13, 2017

William Morrison on the charter boat, "Bill$ 4 Bills" caught 79 lb. yellowfin tuna at the corner of the Baltimore Canyon on a ballyhoo with a Joe Shute. His group alwo caught 7 mahi during their trip.

Anglers on the "C-Boys" caught pair of yellowfins in the Baltimore Canyon.

Keri Shields caught a pair of flounder weighing up to 6 lbs. 3 oz. at Site 10. Used minnows and shiners.

Terry Cooper and Jay Leibforth had 4 flounder up to 5 lbs. 8 oz. at "A" Buoy.

Ernie Lesher had a 26-inch, 6 lb. flounder at the Old Grounds.

Anglers on the headboat, "Angler" had sea bass up to 2 3/4 lbs. and flounder up to 3 lbs. 4 oz. All caught on clams at a natural reef.

On the headboat, "Tortuga", Tanner Warner caught an 18-inch, 2 lb. 4 oz. flounder in the bay behind Assateague.

Anglers on the "Hammer Down" released a white marlin and a blue marlin in the Baltimore Canyon.

Anglers on the "Gulfstream" had 7 dolphin, up to 24 lbs., after trolling in the Wilmington Canyon.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" had 32 keeper flounder up to 24-inches after fishing at "B" Buoy.


SATURDAY, August 12, 2017

Big congratulations to the local boat, "Wirenut" for their 1st place finish in the White Marlin Open. That 95.5 lb. white marlin, the 3rd largest caught in the history of the tournament, was a hoss. 73-inches with a 30-inch girth! Preliminary numbers have them winning over $1,654,000. This is the same boat that won the Blue Marlin Division last year.

2:26 PM - We had some wicked storms roll through the area last night and into this morning. Now it is just overcast and spitting.

This morning, Ken Gries from Champion, PA braved the elements and caught a 22-inch, 3 lb. 4 oz. flounder while fishing from the shore at Gudelsky Park (West Channel, south of Rt. 50 Bridge). Ken hooked it on a minnow at low tide.

Yesterday, Brian Coyne caught a 29-inch flounder at Site 10 off Indian River.

Last Thursday, Mark Ensor caught a 20-inch weakfish at the Rt. 90 Bridge while fishing with spot.

Michael Chan caught an 18-inch flounder on a minnow at high tide in the bay behind Harbour Island.

Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" got into some good catches of flounder today, with fish up to 22-inches.

Tim Marchetto caught a 24-inch flounder while fishing with a minnow and Gulp combo off Gudelsky Park. Flattie weighed 4 lbs. 8 oz.


FRIDAY, August 11, 2017

Today is the final day of the 2017 White Marlin open and there are a lot of boats out there looking to knock off the 86 lb. white marlin caught on the "Griffin" by Mike Donohue. Of the 353 boats entered, there are 332 boats fishing today.

Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" had good sea bass fishing and they also had a few flounder. Greg Pusak had the largest sea bass of the day, a 3 pounder caught on clam at an artificial reef.

2:40 PM - Move over USA vs North Korea...the Flounder Battle of Frankford, DE has begun! Bruce Lynch and Scott Taylor went out to the African Queen and caught their limit of 8 flounder and a 3 lb. 14 oz. sea bass while using mahi belly for bait. Bruce caught the largest flounder, a 24 1/2-incher that weighed 4 lbs. 15 oz. Waiting for David Steen and the boys to fire the next shot.

9:48 PM - Just returned from the final day weigh-ins of the White Marlin Open. What an incredibly exciting day. Here is what we saw:

"Tito's Vodka" weighed a 72-inch, 70.5 lb. white marlin caught in the Washington Canyon by John Jackson.

"MR Ducks" weighed a 71.5-inch, 79.5 lb. white marlin caught in the Norfolk Canyon by Joe Andrews to take 2nd place in the White Marlin Division.

"Wirenut" had the crowd roaring when they weighed a 73-inch, 95.5 lb. white marlin to vault into 1st place in the White Marlin Division. The fish was caught by Glen Frost south of the Baltimore Canyon. They look to earn over $1,600,000.

"Restless Lady" weighed a 126 lb. mako shark caught by Frank Snover in the Washington Canyon. This gave them 1st place in the Shark Division.

"Silly Money" weighed a 23 lb. dolphin caught by Andy Cohen in the Washington Canyon to give them 1st place in the Dolphin Division.

"Lisa" weighed a 59 lb. yellowfin caught on the chunk in Massey's Canyon by Mike Cutler.

"DA Sea" weighed a 62 lb. yellowfin caught by Valerie Dunn in the Baltimore Canyon.

"Rhonda's Osprey" weighed a 62 lb. yellowfin caught in the Washington Canyon by Brad Julio.

"Intents" weighed a 63 lb. yellowfin caught by Alan Sadler in the Spencer.

"Karen Marie" weighed a 50.5 lb. wahoo caught by Jon Bennett deep in the Poor Man's Canyon to take 3rd place in the Wahoo Division.

"Max Bet" had a 67.5-inch white marlin that weighed 59.5 lbs. and didn't meet the minimum qualifying weight of 70 lbs.

"Common Sense" weighed a 17 lb. dolphin that did not qualify.

"Dawg Haus" weighed a 58 lb. yellowfin caught by Jimmy Michael to take 2nd place in the Small Boat Division.

"Krusen" weighed a pair of 49.5 lb. wahoo caught between the Norfolk and Washington Canyons by Craig Davis and Norman Pulliam.

"Slab Jack" weighed a pair of yellowfins (64 & 65.5 lbs.) to take 4th place in the Tuna Division.

"JEB" weighed a 52 lb. yellowfin caught by Vinnie Piccinini in the Washington Canyon.

And that's a wrap...


THURSDAY, August 10, 2017

Absolutely beautiful day today. Of the 353 boats entered in this years White Marlin Open, there are 287 fishing today. That leaves 332 to fish on the last day tomorrow. Shoud be interesting. White marlin will be tough to unseat from the number one position. All yellowfins on the boat in the Tuna Division, so look for a bluefin or bigeye to pop-up and move things around. No qualifying dolphin or shark yet.

1:55 PM - On the headboat, "Angler" Diane Crawford caught a 3 lb. 8 oz flounder while using a bucktail on an ocean wreck.

2:33 PM - Jim McWhinney reported that he fished in the East Channel this morning during the incoming tide and had 13 short flounder and 2 small sea robins.. All on Gulp.

On the charter boat, "Fish Bound", Mike Harrison caught a pair of flounder (23 & 24-inches) while fishing at "B" Buoy. Used a strip of sea robin.

On the headboat, "Morning Star", even though they were targeting sea bass, Ron Marquette, Buddy Bricker and Bob Cameron caught 6 keeper flounder, led by Ron's 24-incher.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Katydid" caught 6 keeper flounder and sea bass on ocean structure.

Sherri Correll caught a 24-inch, 5 lb. flounder at the Old Grounds. Used a squid and minnow combination.

On the headboat, "Tortuga", anglers Bryan Cranston and Bryan Snyder caught a pair of flounder in the Thorofare on squid and shiner combinations. Largest fish measured 17 1/4-inches.

Beth Evans caught a 19-inch flounder in the Thorofare. She also caught some croaker.


10:08 PM - Just returned from the weigh-ins on the 4th day of the White Marlin Open. There were 287 boats fishing today and here is what we saw:

"Berzerker" weighed a 72.5 lb. white marlin that was caught by Chris Cusick.

"Fishaholic" weighed a 69.5-inch white marlin that weighed 68 lbs. so it didn't meet the 70 lb. minimum weight requirement.

"G-FORCE" weighed a 53.5 lb. wahoo caught by Seth Obetz that currently sits in 2nd place in the Wahoo Division.

"Reel Joy" weighed a 60 lb. yellowfin tuna caught by John Gudelsky.

"No Slack" weighed a 55.5 lb. yellowfin caught by Harry Burrows.

"Two Suns" weighed a 51.5 lb. yellowfin tuna caught by Porter Stansberry.

"Canyon Express" caught a 61.5 lb. yellwofin caught by Elliott Curry.

"Book Ends" caught a 55 lb. yellowfin tuna caugh by Mike Muldoon.

"Killin Time" weighed a 56.5 lb. yellowfin caught by Dave Hagler.

"Blue Runner" returned to the scale with 11 yellowfins. Their 2 heaviest weighed 56, 59.5 and 61 lbs. caught by Jarrod Keely, Lance Gildner and Mike Joseph.

"Caitlin" weighed a 64 lb. yellowfin caught by Jim Murray.

"Pool Party" weighed a 52.5 lb. yellowfin caught by Dave Allen.

"MR Ducks" weighed a pair of yellowfins. Doug Ballard caught a 49 pounder and Phillip Houck caught a 60.5 pounder.

"Reelin Feelin" weighed a 59.5 lb. yellowfin.

"Reel Rodeo" weighed a 62.5 lb. yellowfin.

"Git R Done" had a 66-inch white marlin that didn't meet the 67-inch minimum length requirement. They also had another white marlin release.


WEDNESDAY, August 9, 2017

There are 297 boats fishing to day in the White Marlin Open so there is a good chance it will be busy at the scales.

11:07 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that they are 1 for 1 on white marlin and he heard of one being boated in the Spencer Canyon. Some yellowfins are being caught in 100 fathoms in the Baltimore.

12:16 PM - On the charter boat, "Get Sum", Gary Helm boated a 25-inch, 6 lb. 2 oz. flounder after hooking it on a white Gulp in the East Channel.

Marick Strickland stopped by the Coastal Fisherman office to have his picture taken with the 18 1/2-inch flounder he caught while fishing from the beach in front of the North Jetty.

On the headboat, "Tortuga", Ellie Adams caught a 19-inch, 2 lb. 14 oz. flounder in the bay behind Assateague while using a squid and shiner combo for bait.

1:38 PM - Anglers on the headboat, "Angler" boated sea bass weighing up to 2 lbs. today while fishing with clams at a natural reef.

1:57 PM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that it is still slow. A few dolphins. Blue water for most of the day in the 74-degree range. Wind out of the NE with a 2-3 foot chop.

On the charter boat, "Get Sum", angler Chris Negley caught a 19.5-inch flounder on a white Gulp in the East Channel.

On the charter boat, "Get Sum", Nathaniel Schneider caught a 17.5-inch flounder on a white Gulp behind Harbour Island.

On the charter boat, "On the Run", John Carpenter and Lisa Barnhart had an 18-inch flounder in the East Channel.

Caleb Machamer caught a 21-inch flounder on a Gulp in the bay behind Assateague Island.

Larry Barnes, Rick Arway, Steve Pinstone and Tim Elliott had 4 nice keeper flounder at "B" Buoy. Largest weighed between 2.3 and 4.4 lbs.

Carson Hazzard caught a 22-inch flounder on a Gulp at the Old Grounds.


9:42 PM - With 297 boats fishing today in the White Marlin Open, and only a couple of yellowfins on the board after the first 2 days of the tournament, you would have expected it to be a busy day at the scale, AND IT WAS! Crazy busy. Here is what we saw:

"Top Dog" weighed a 67-inch white marlin that weighed 59.5 lbs., so it did not qualify. Todd Dickerson was the angler.

"Business" had a 71-inch, 76 lb. white marlin caught by Mike Logan.

"Team Player had a 70.5-inch, 70.5 lb. white marlin caught by Casey Roohan. They also had a white marlin release.

"Rebel" had a 69-inch white marlin that weighed 68.5 lbs., so it did not qualify. Fish was caught by Jack Owens.

"Ditch Digger Too" weighed a 58.5 lb. yellowfin caught by Jeff Story.

"Reel Rodeo" weighed a 57 lb. yellowfin caught by Andrew Kennedy.

"Risky Business" weighed a 62.5 lb. yellowfin caught by Bob Dent.

"Take the Bait" weighed a 58.5 lb. yellowfin caught by Ron Schoenberger.

"G-FORCE" weighed a 57 lb. yellowfin caught by Glenn Orr.

"Griffin" brought in one of the top 10 heaviest white marlin in tournament history, with Mike Donohue's 86 pounder that measured 70-inches with a 30-inch girth.

"Let it Ride" weighed a 55 lb. yellowfin caught by Dennis Sancho.

"Plane Simple" weighed a 64.5 lb. yellowfin caught by Michael Atkinson.

"Sea Breeze" weighed a pair of yellowfins. Bob Weitzel caught a 62 pounder and Eddie jeffers caught a 63.5 pounder.

"Bubblehead" had a 67-inch white marlin that weighed 61 lbs. so it did no qualify. Fish was caught by Dan Donatelli.

"Sea Note" weighed a 55 lb. yellowfin caught by Matthew Mills.

"Makara" weighed a 61.5 lb. yellowfin caught by Chip Matthews.

"Rolling Stone" weighed a 12.5 lb. dolphin caught by Max Farley.

"Reel Fun" weighed a 53 lb. yellowfin caught by Cal Gettier.

"Skirt Chaser" weighed a 62 lb. yellowfin caught by Wes Hanna.

"Synergy" weighed a 62.5 lb. yellowfin caught by Kevin Kane.

"Warden Pass" weighed a 67 lb. yellowfin caugh by Kris Rainear.

"Intents" weighed a 68.5 lb. yellowfin caught by Joe Sadler.

"Fish Whistle" caught a 55 lb. yellowfin caught by Stephen Schwing.

"Singularis" weighed a 63 lb. yellowfin caught by Cody Williams.

"Singlularis" had a 70-inch white marlin that weighed 70.5 lbs. Fish was caught by Kevin Pento.

"Chasin Tail" weighed a 62.5 lb. yellowfin caught by Chris Downey.


TUESDAY, August 8, 2017

Today, there are 12 boats fishing in the White Marlin Open. Weigh-ins are from 4:00 to 9:15. That means the action at the scale on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday has the potential to be insane! It leaves 921 fishing days left or 307 per day of the 353 boats entered.

We didn't see much at the White Marlin Open scale yesterday. Only 136 boats fished, conditions were crappy and the bite wasn't good. Here is what we saw:

"Hog Wild" was the first to arrive at the scale and they weighed a 55 lb. wahoo caught by Gary Capuano from Annapolis, MD.

"Slab Jack" weighed a 57 lb. yellowfin caught by Tom Parlacoski.

"Streaker" always seems to weigh something each year and yesterday they brought in a white marlin that just missed the 67-inch minimum length by a 1/2-inch. The fish was caught by John Simmonds.

"Milling Around" weighed a 64 lb. yellowfin caught by Jim Stavola.

Local boat, "Wayne's World" brought a white marlin to the scale that met the 67-inch minimum length requirement but didn't meet the 70 lb. minimum weight requirement.

9:17 PM - The scales just closed on the second day of the White Marlin Open. Only 7 boats ended up fishing today and the only one that came to the scale was the "Blue Runner". They had 5 yellowfins and the 2 that they weighed came in at 60 lbs. and 67 lbs., giving them 1st place and 3rd place in the Tuna Division. The 64 lb. yellowfin that came in yesterday on the "Milling Around" sits in 2nd place right now.

The anglers on the "Blue Runner" said that the seas were not as rough as predicted by NOAA and had no problem trolling.

Congrat's to Bridget Bittner for releasing her first white marlin back on August 5th while trolling a Fathom lure at the Rockpile.


MONDAY, August 7, 2017

Storms are forecasted to roll through the area today, but that didn't stop 136 of the 353 boats entered in the WMO from fishing today. We received an update from the WMO office that total prize money has increased to $4,970,000!

12:54 PM - Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" called in to report a good sea bass bite today even though they had to head in a couple hours early due to building seas.


SUNDAY, August 6, 2017

After a dismal day of fishing yesterday, lets hope the bite turns on in time for tomorrows opening day of the White Marlin Open.

11:01 AM - Capt. Corey Evans on the "3 Amigos" reported a dismal morning of chunking inside of Massey's Canyon. They have released 1 cobia so far this morning. He said that he hasn't heard of many catches being reported over the radio.

9:53 PM - Looks like there are 353 boats entered in this years White Marlin Open competing for a record $4,900,000.

Dave Neumayer caught a 17 1/2-inch flounder on the outside of the South Jetty on a white Gulp!. Dave said that the water was very clean.

Angler Tye Waters on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught a 6.1 lb. flounder on a strip of sea robin just south of A Buoy.

Jimmy Taylorson caught a 22-inch flounder in the East Channel near the Lazy Lizard. Used a Gulp and minnow combination.

Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" hit some natural bottom and caught sea bass along wih some flounder up to 20-inches.

Billy Todd and Jeff Greenwood released a white marlin and a blue marlin in the Baltimore Canyon.

Christopher Clasing caught a 25-inch flounder in the East Channel, north of the Rt. 50 Bridge. Caught it on live bunker at the end of the incoming tide.


SATURDAY, August 5, 2017

Based on the NOAA forecast for today calls for bumpy seas, 4-8 feet, but I'm sure there will be a lot of boats down in the Washington and Norfolk Canyons doing some scouting for the upcoming White Marlin Open. Most of the white marlin we saw released yesterday came from the Washington Canyon in 50 fathoms.

Right now, the offshore forecast for next week looks good, except for Tuesday.

Anglers in the bay are still catching a lot of short flounder, but we are seeing some black drum being hooked around the South Jetty. Look for croaker up around the Rt. 90 Bridge.

11:15 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that there isn't much to report between the Washington and Norfolk Canyons. A few fish have been caught. Less bait today and a hard east current. They have seen one white marlin.

12:39 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "3 Amigos" had 1 yellowfin on a pitch bait this morning while chunking inside of Massey's Canyon. Building seas are forcing an early return to Indian River.

9:19 PM - Offshore fishing was not good today. At all!

Hugh Thomas Cropper on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" caught a 9 lb. 11 oz. sheepshead at the South Jetty.

On the headboat, "Morning Star", anglers returned with sea bass up to 17 1/2-inches after fishing with clams, squid and shrimp on an ocean wreck.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Ocean City Guide Service" had a pair of flounder measuring 19 1/2 and 21 1/2-inches, caught at the mouth of the Commercial Harbor during the outgoing tide. Bait was white Gulp! Swimming Mullet.

Today was the final day of the Marlin Club Ladies Tournament and here is what we saw:

"Last Call" weighed 3 dolphin (11.0, 12.4 and 16.2 lbs.). All were caught in the Washington Canyon.

"Lights Out" weighed a 14.6 lb. dolphin caught in the Washington.

"C-Boys" weighed a 9.8 lb. dolphin and had a white marlin release. All in the Washington.

"Kingfisher" had a white marlin release. The first for junior angler Kelsey Deppe.

Here are the final standings of the tournament:

Billfish Release:
1st - "Haulin n Ballin #1" - 300 points (11:14 am) - $18,045
2nd - "Brenda Lou" - 300 points (1:54 pm) - 4,347
3rd - "Espadon" - 250 points (2:25 pm) - $2,898

Dolphin Division:
1st - "Last Call" - 16.2 lbs. - $9,045
2nd - "G-FORCE" - 15.0 lbs. - $2,592
3rd - "Lights Out" - 14.6 lbs. - $1,728

Tuna Division:
1st - "Brenda Lou" - 62.2 lb. yellowfin - $4,320
2nd - "Haulin n Ballin #1" - 59.2 lb. yellowfin - $9,045
3rd - "Haulin n Ballin #1" - 56.8 lb. yellowfin - included above

Junior Angler Division:
1st - Kelsey Deppe - 1st white marlin - $500


FRIDAY, August 4, 2017

There are 50 boats entered in the Ocean City Marlin Club Ladies Tournament which starts today. Weigh-ins are at Atlantic Tackle from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

12:17 PM - Of the 50 boats entered in the OCMC Ladies Tournament, there are 25 fishing today.

2:50 PM - Carter Hughes on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" caught a pair of good size flounder, measuring 22 and 23-inches, while using strips of mahi for bait near "A" Buoy. The anglers ended up with their boat limit of 32 flounder. Capt. Kane reported dirty water conditions out front and to the south, but it was pretty clean up to the north.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Playtime" had a yellowfin, 2 bluefins and a mahi at the Hot Dog.

'Luhr of Fishing" had 6 mahi while trolling in the Poor Man's Canyon.

7:44 PM - The scales closed on the first day of the Marlin Club Ladies Tournament and here is what we saw:

"No Limits" weighed a 33.2 lb. yellowfin.

"Haulin n Ballin" had 3 white marlin releases (9:10, 9:52 & 11:14) and weighed a pair of yellowfins (56.8 & 59.2 lbs.)

"G-FORCE" had a white marlin release (10:42) and weighed a 15 lb. dolphin.

"Brenda Lou" had 3 white marlin releases (9:11, 10:00 & 1:51) and weighed a 62.2 lb. yellowfin.

"Espadon" had a white marlin release (11:17) and a blue marlin release (2:25).

"Monkey Business 2" had 2 white marlin releases.

"Halcyon" had a white marlin release (2:30).

Here are the standings after DAY 1:

Billfish Release:
1st - "Haulin n Ballin #1" - 300 points (11:14 am)
2nd - "Brenda Lou" - 300 points (1:54 pm)
3rd - "Espadon" - 250 points (2:25 pm)

Dolphin Division:
1st - "G-FORCE" - 15 lbs.

Tuna Division:
1st - "Brenda Lou" - 62.2 lb. yellowfin
2nd - "Haulin n Ballin #1" - 59.2 lb. yellowfin
3rd - "Haulin n Ballin #1" - 56.8 lb. yellowfin

Junior Angler Division:
1st - Chloe Cofer - "Haulin n Ballin #1" - 56.8 lb. yellowfin


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