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6.23.17 5:29 pm

by Larry Jock

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FRIDAY, June 23, 2017

7:35 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported a slow start this morning. Not much happening yet. A couple of bites in 68-degree, blue/green water. 2-foot chop so far.

8:28 AM - Capt.John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that offshore action is still slow. They have had a few bies. Throwback yellowfins. Not hearing much action on the radio. Fishing in 80 fathoms in the Baltimore.

9:08 AM - Capt.John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that it is still slow so they are making a move to find something different.

9:15 AM - An overcast day in Ocean City today. Spitting rain. Offshore forecast doesn't appear accurate. NOAA calling for 4-5 foot seas, yet Capt. John Oughton said they only have a 2-foot chop. Weekend forecast is looking rough!

Looks like there is a mixed bag of fish outside the Hot Dog.

Updated yesterdays report.

10:27 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported a slow bite for them today. He's not hearing much on the radio. Only a few bites offshore and some inshore. Nothing great today.

11:15 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that they are inshore and have a couple of yellowfin bites. No bluefins yet. Kind of slow everywhere. They are searching!

1:08 PM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that fishing was not as good today as it has been. A few bluefins over 47-inches were caught inshore and there was a scattered bite of yellowfins offshore.

2:03 PM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that it is starting to get windy on the inshore grounds.

5:28 PM - The tuna bite was definitely slower than what we have seen throughout the week.

Charter boat, "Marli" had 5 yellowfins in 70-90 fathoms south of the Baltimore and a 130 lb. bluefin at the Hot Dog.


THURSDAY, June 22, 2017

7:23 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported a few bites already. A lot of boats are out there searching for tuna. They have 1 tuna in the box that looks to be 50 lbs. Water is green and 67.5-degrees. Fishing between the Baltimore and Poor Man's.

7:53 AM - The "Primary Search" is out in the Poor Man's today and have reported going 3 for 5 on yellowfins already.

8:32 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported sunny and light wind conditions today in the canyons. Yellowfins are still being caught. A lot of boats. Fearful that so many boats ae creating alot of pressure on the fish.

8:55 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that they have a handful of nice yellowfins already. Seems like most everyone is getting a few bites. Fishing in 80 fathoms between the Baltimore and Poor Man's Canyons. 68-degree water.

9:34 AM - Updated yesterdays report.

10:30 AM - Both Capt. John Oughton on "That's Right" and Capt. Austin Ensor on the "Primary Search" reported that the bite has gotten quiet.

12:01 PM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported a scattering of bites right now between the Baltimore and Poor Man's Canyons. Good fishing for mostly everyone. All yellowfins. Water is green adn 69-degrees.

12:05 PM - Capt. Austin Ensor on the "Primary Search" reported that they just put their 4th yellowfin in the box. A lot of throwbacks. Fishing 100 fathoms between the Baltimore and Poor Man's

1:13 PM - Sounds like most everyone had a good day catching yellowfins between the Baltimore and the Poor Man's.

Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that it is just a slow pick on yellowfins right now. 100 fathoms. Water blue/green and 69 degrees.

2:09 PM - Chris Trovitch, Adam Keller and Patrick Coomes took the "Marlin Rider" out to 100 fathoms at the south end of the Baltimore Canyon and returned with 9 nice yellowfins. All were caught on trolled ballyhoo and Squidnation Flippy Floppy's.

David Burgess caught a 28-inch, 9 lb. flounder on a bucktail at the Old Grounds.

6:13 PM - Charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" had 7 yellowfins in 80-100 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon.

Charter boat, "That's Right" had 9 yellowfins in 80-100 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon.

Charter boat, "C-Boys" had 14 yellowfins while trolling ballys and spreader bars in 80-100 fathoms in the Baltimore.

Charter boat, "Marli" had 16 yellowfins in 80-100 fathoms in the Baltimore.

Charter boat, "Boss Hogg" had 15 yellowfins and a white marlin release in 100-125 fathoms in the Baltimore. All on ballys and spreader bars.

"Primary Search" had 4 yellowfins in 75 fathoms south of the Baltimore Canyon. They also released 6 other yellowfins.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" had 18 flounder up to 23-inches, a dozen black se bass and a keeper tog. They were drifting squid strips with gold skirts at the Old Grounds in 105 feet of water.

Updated report:

Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" caught some big bluefish in the Ocean City Inlet on bucktails. Largest measured 35-inches.

Charlie Amigo on the charter boat, "Yellowfin" caught his first yellowfin a couple of days ago while fishing in the Poor Man's Canyon.


WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017

6:03 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that he is heading to the canyons. Has 30 minutes to go.

8:19 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that they are off to a slow start. Caught a gaffer dolphin. Heard of a coupld of tuna caught. Not much yet from the Poor Man's to the Baltimore.

9:35 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that they had a couple of throwback tuna. Water is 67-degrees and green. Not hearing much from other boats.

10:08 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that they had a few more throwback tuna and a few keeper yellowfins while fishing in 100 fathoms beween the Baltimore and Poor Man's.

10:32 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that they caught a couple of 50 lb. yellowfins but it has been a slow pick. Mostly throwbacks. Fishing in 100 fathoms.

11:47 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that most of the boats are picking at yellowfins in 70 to 100 fathoms. Mixed bag of throwbacks, blt's and a few 50 lb. yellowfin. 67-degree water.

12:33 PM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that they caught a couple of more 50 lb. yellowfins. Bite is turning on. All yellowfins.

1:52 PM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" said that they are still picking at the yellowfins, but getting ready to head home. Decent bite of yellowfins today in the Poor Man's. Mixed bag of fish.

5:25 PM - On the charter boat, "Lucky Break", anglers caught 4 nice size bluefish and 7 throwback stripers while tossing bucktails in the OC Inlet.

Anglers on the charter boat, "That's Right" had a great day, returning with 14 yellowfins in the box after trolling in 100 fathoms in the Poor Man's Canyon. All on ballys and spreader bars.

Updated report: Avari Shoff caught a 19 1/2-inch, 3 lb. 10 oz. flounder ona white Gulp! in the Thorofare.


TUESDAY, June 20, 2017

2:08 PM - Seas are forecasted for 5-9 feet so I haven't heard of any boats who broke the inlet.

Anglers on the Tortuga had a good morning of flounder fishing with Trish Huber leading the way with a 20 1/2-inch flounder caught in the Thorofare on a squid and shiner combination. Joshua Dougay caught himself a 21 1/2-inch red drum in the Thorofare, also on a squid and shiner combination.

It looks like there are decent numbers of red drum in the bay right now. Ken Bechtel caught a 21-incher in the East Channel off 1st Street. Caught on a minnow.


MONDAY, June 19, 2017

Too windy!

SUNDAY, June 18, 2017

Too windy!

SATURDAY, June 17, 2017

8:05 AM - The fog is really thick from the Inlet on out. Will definitely make things tough. Sun is out though, so hopefully it will burn off quick. There are a lot of trailers at the ramp this morning, so it looks like there are a lot of boats out on the water.

Updated yesterdays report.

9:00 AM - Anglers on the "Primary Search" have just gone 3 for 4 on yellowfins in the xouth Poor Man's.

9:04 AM - Anglers on the "Primary Search" just picked up their 5th yellowfin in the south Poor Man's. They also have a dolphin in the box.

9:53 AM - Today is opening day of the Marlin Club Small Boat Tournament. There are 25 boats entered in the tournament and 22 are fishing today.

10:15 AM - Anglers on the "Primary Search" put their 7th yellowfin in the box while fishing in the Poor Man's. They also pulled off a bigeye.

12:53 PM - Steve Figiel, Josh Boyles and Jake White just stopped by the office with a 32-inch, 8 lb. 15 oz. cobia caught by Steve and an 18-inch flounder caught by Josh. Both fish were caught in the East Channel, south of the Rt. 50 Bridge on 4-inch white Gulp! artificial baits.

1:09 PM - Dave Taylor on the "Reel Buster" just called in to report catching a white marlin. This would be the first white marlin of the season caught by an Ocean City boat. Details to follow.

7:19 PM - More details on the first white marlin out of Ocean City. Dave Taylor of West Ocean City, MD was fishing on the "Reel Buster" when he caught the white marlin at 12:10 PM and took only 10 minutes to get to the boat. Hooked it on a ballyhoo with a pink skirt. Caught in 70 fathoms on the north end of the Poor Man's Canyon in 66.5-degree water. Dave was fishing with Chip Raynor and Tim Babikow.

Charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" returned with 7 yellowfins from 500 fathoms in the Poor Man's.

The scales closed on the 1st day of the Small Boat Tournament. The format allows anglers to fish 1 of 2 days, and today 24 of the 25 boats fished. Here is what we saw at the scale today:

"Joken" weighed 3 tautog (5.6, 8.4 % 14.2 lbs.) They also weighed a 1.8 lb. sea bass.

"Carol's Teakettle" had 4 yellowfins. Their 3 largest weighed 35.6, 44.2 & 45.8 lbs.

"Jezebel" had a load of sea bass with their 3 heaviest weighing 2.4, 2.8 & 2.8 lbs. They also weighed a 1.8 flounder.

"Slaughterhouse" weighed 3 bluefish (9.2, 12.4 & 12.8)

"Kelly Jean" weighed a 16.6 lb. yellowfin that did not meet the 30 lb. minimum weight requirement.

"Incentive" weighed 2 yellowfins. A 26 pounder didn't qualify and they also had one that weighed 40.6 lbs.

"Canyon Blues II" had 5 yellowfins. Their 3 heaviest weighed 41.8, 43.0 & 49.6 lbs.)

"Caneelin" weighed a 41.6 lb. yellowfin.

"Primary Search" had 4 yellowfins and a mahi. Their 3 heaviest yellowfins weighed 39.2, 41.2 & 43.2 lbs.). His mahi weighed 9 lbs. and didn't meet the 10 lb. minimum weight requirement.

"Reel Fin Addict" had 7 yellowfins. Their 3 heaviest weighed 48.2, 49.6 & 50.0 lbs.

"Oppor-tuna-ty" had 3 yellowfins. Their 2 heaviest weighed 38.8 and 42.6 lbs.

"Gulfstream" weighed a 41.4 lb. yellowfin.

"Nauti Girl" had 2 bluefins, 3 yellowfins and 6 mahi. Their 3 heaviest yellowfins weighed 38.6, 40.2 & 48.8 lbs. Their 3 heaviest mahi weighed 10.4, 11.8 & 11.8 lbs.

"Vapor Trail" weighed a 60 lb. yellowfin.

7:34 PM - All the boats are in on the 2nd day of the MSSA Tuna-ment and here is what we saw at the scale:

"Top Dog" had 2 bigeyes (77.5), 3 bluefins and a 57.7 lb. yellowfin.

"Bubblehead" weighed a 33.2 lb. yellowfin.

"Fishin Magician" weighed 3 yellowfins (39.0, 40.1 & 43.1)

"Big C's" weighed a 44.1 lb. yellowfin.

"Two Timing Connie" had 6 yellowfins. Their 3 largest weighed 18.3, 22.8 & 38.4 lbs..

"Evidently" weighed 3 yellowfins (40.6, 41.4 & 47.7)

"PYY Marine" had 5 yellowfins. Their largest weighed 50.9 lbs.

"Home Office" weighed 2 yellowfins (24.3 & 37.6 lbs.)

"Loose Knot" had 5 yellowfins. Their 3 largest weighed 38.1, 45.0 & 48.8 lbs.

"FFMD" weighed a 173.9 lb. bigeye and a 23 lb. yellowfin.

"Fintimidator" weighed 2 yellowfins (40.7 & 44.4), 1 bigeye (57.5) and an 11.3 lb. mahi.

"Brown Dog" had 3 yellowfins and a bluefin. Their 2 largest yellowfins weighed 35.0 & 48.2 lbs. The bluefin weighed 36.4 lbs.

"Reelentless" weighed 3 yellowfins (37.3, 41.5 & 42.5)

"Reel Girl" weighed 2 yellowfins (14.2 & 45.2)

"Skint Back" weighed 3 yellowfins (27.3, 36.8 & 37.2)

"Fishizzle" weighed a 36.5 lb. yellowfin.

7:45 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Get Sum" had 5 keeper flounder this afternoon ranging from 18-inches up to 20 3/4-inches. All caught in the West Channel, north of the Rt. 50 Bridge on white Gulp!

On the headboat, "Angler", Capt. Chris Mizurak reported a better sea bass bite today along with a couple of flounder. Largest flounder weighed 3 lbs. They fished with clams up at the Old Grounds.

Dave Beach fished off the 2nd Street Bulkhead and caught 2 keeper flounder measuring 18 1/2 and 21 1/2-inches. Dave fished the outgoing tide and half of the incoming. The larger fish was caught at the beginning of the incoming. Dave said that the water was clean until boat traffic hurt water clarity.

Anglers on the charter boat, "That's Right" had 4 yellowfins at the south end of the Poor Man's Canyon.

Charter boat, "Reel Chaos" returned with 8 yellowfins and a mahi from the Poor Man's Canyon.

Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" had good sea bass fishing today, highlighted by a doubleheader (16" & 17") caught by Alex Rodriguez. Fish were caught on clams on an ocean wreck.


FRIDAY, June 16, 2017

Today is opening day of the M.S.S.A. Tuna-ment. This year there are 55 entered in the tournament. Today, there are 31 fishing out of Ocean City, 12 out of Chincoteague 3 out of Indian River.

8:24 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that there have been only a few bites in 400 fathoms beween the Baltimore and Poor Man's. A few yellowfins have been caught. Lot of fog.

Updated yesterday report.

9:02 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that mostly yellowfins were being caught in 300 fathoms. They are heading deeper into 700 fathoms.

9:53 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that they just caught a bigeye that they estimated at around 200 lbs. It was an OK bite on yellowfins this morning. A few guys have a handfull. It's still foggy out there.

10:32 AM - THE FIRST WHITE MARLIN HAS BEEN CAUGHT at 10:03 AM. Ian Schwing on the "Fish Whistle" out of the Indian River Marina just caught and released the first white marlin of the season. It was hooked at the 950 line in the Poor Man's Canyon. 400 fathoms in 67-degree water. The "Fish Whistle" is a member of the Marlin Club.

Since the "Fish Whistle" runs out of Indian River and is a Marlin Club Member, they would receive the $5,000 from the Marlin Club but would not be eligible to win the $5,000 from the Town of Ocean City and the $5,000 from the Fishermen United of Ocean City. That means $10,000 is still out there for the first white marlin caught out of Ocean City.

12:14 PM - I just spoke to a representative from the MD DNR. There are ALOT of enforcement officers in town for the Ocean City Air Show. so I'm sure that enforcement will be stepped up all around town this weekend.

Also, I heard from another source that the number of misidentified fish we have had so far this season (bluefins vs. bigeyes & bluefins vs. yellowfins) will result in folks starting to get tickets. Also, make sure you have your bluefins and sharks tagged before you take them off the boat. The tickets are expensive, so be careful when you throw a fish in the box. Make sure it is what you think it is!

12:24 PM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that a few bluefins have been caught... some unders and a couple of overs. The yellowfin bite has slowed down.

2:38 PM - Weston Koehler caught an 18-inch flounder in the East Channel this morning. Caught on a minnow during the incoming tide.

Christopher Higgins caught a 15.7 lb. bluefisn on a trolled cedar plug in 20 fathoms at the Fingers.

6:27 PM - Charter boat, "That's Right" had a 180 lb. bigeye tuna in 300 fathoms between the Poor Man's and Baltimore Canyons.

Charter boat, "My Cin" had an 82 lb. bigeye tuna and 5 yellowfin in 300 fathoms in the Poor Man's. Capt. Dave Black reported water temperatures at 67-degrees.

Charter boat, "Marli" had 6 yellowfins in 250 fathoms in the Poor Man's. They also released 4 other yellowfins.

Charter boat, "White Lightning" had a pair of bigeye tuna (94 lbs. and 122 lbs.) in addition to a yellowfin. All were caught in 650 fathoms outside the Poor Man's. Capt. Terry Murray reported water temps at 71.6-degrees.

Charter boat, "C-Boys" had a good day with 3 bluefin tuna, 4 yellowfins and 2 dolphin, all in 500-600 fathoms in the Poor Man's. They also released 10 bluefins and 10 yellowfins during the trip.

Charter boat, "Fish Tricks" had 4 yellowfins and a dolphin in 150 fathoms in the Poor Man's. Capt. Mike Stewart said that water temperture was around 65-degrees.

Yesterday, Maureen Bechtel caught and released a 21-inch red drum after hooking it on a minnow in the East Channel.

6:42 PM - Phyllis Gassert on the charter boat, "Get Sum" caught a 19-inch flounder on a white Gulp! in the East Channel.

Looks like there were a bunch of yellowfins caught by boats fishing on Day 1 of the MSSA Tuna-ment! Weigh-ins today, tomorrow and Sunday are at Atlantic Tackle from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM. The deck at Atlantic Tackle is a great place to watch the weigh-ins.

Updated: Updated - "Game Changer" had a 210 lb. bluefin tuna, 3 bigeyes and a yellowfin. I'm assuming in the Poor Man's.

"Bonnie Lynn" released a white marlin over the fence in the Norfolk Canyon. Water temp was 70.4-degrees.

The first day of the MSSA Tuna-ment was today and here is what we saw at the scale in Ocean City:

"Home Office" weighed 3 yellowfins (43.4, 44.2, 45.4 lbs.)

"Barbed Wire" weighed a 107.8 lb. bluefin

"Fishin' Magician" had 5 yellowfins and a dolphin. Yellowfins weighed 46.6, 46.9 & 43.5 lb. Dolphin was 11 lbs.

"FFMD" weighed 3 yellowfins (41.7, 44.3, 42.4)

"Sugarhole" weighed 3 yellowfins (34.9, 19.4, 17.8) and 2 dolphin (12.8, 12.4)

"Top Dog" weighed 3 yellowfins (50.9, 21.4, 19.7)

"Reelentless" had 4 yellowfins. Their 3 heaviest weighed 41.0, 37.4, 44.1)

"PYY Marine" weighed 2 yellowfins (32.1 & 30.5)

"Bubblehead" had 5 yellowfins and a 9 lb. dolphin. Their 3 heaviest yellowfins weighed 34.5, 13.6, 15.4 lbs.)

"Mover Money" weighed 2 yellowfins )41.8, 14.6)

"For Pete's Sake" weighed 1 yellowfin

"Brown Dog" had 6 yellowfins and a 23.7 lb. bluefin. The 2 heaviest yellowfins weighed 36.5 & 38.3 lbs.

"Reel Girl" had 3 yellowfins and a pair of bluefins. The heaviest yellowfins weighed 50.5 & 37.9 lbs. The heaviest bluefin weighed 19 lbs.

"Skint Back"weighed a pair of bluefins (112.1 & 43.1 lbs.) and a pair of dolphin (14.9 & 14.3)

"Fishizzle" weighed a 43.9 lb. yellowfin and a pair of dolphin (8.3 & 4.3)

"Loose Knot" weighed a 14 lb. yellowfin and a 12.4 lb. dolphin.


THURSDAY, June 15, 2017

The MSSA Tuna-ment starts tomorrow with registration tonight at All Tackle in West Ocean City from 6-8 PM.

Reminder - tonight is the ASMFC meeting regarding tautog managment. The meeting will be at 6:00 PM at the Ocean Pines Library. Major piece is switchin from a state-by-state management system to more of a regional approach with MD/DE/VA forming their own region. They also want to talk about a commercial harvest tagging program which rec guys will have no interest in.

9:20 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that not much is going on deep between the Baltimore and the Poor Man's Canyon. A few bluefins and a few yellowfins have been caught. Log of fog! Water temp is 68-degrees.

10:13 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that they are picking at bluefins. Boats have caught mostly unders but a few overs have also been boated along with a couple of yellowfins.

11:22 - Charter boat, "Restless Lady" returned from an overnight trip outside the Poor Man's Canyon with a 564 lb. mako shark, 4 bluefins and 5 yellowfins. Mako ate a skipjack fillet.

Updated yesterdays report.

11:32 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that no real change in activity. Random hits now and then. Water is 68-degrees, clean and green.

5:51 PM - On the charter boat, "Last Call", David Phipps and Brook Duvall caught 3 "under" bluefins and a bigeye tuna. All in 800 fathoms in the Poor Man's on spreader bars, green machines and cedar plugs.


WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017

4:33 PM - The District Court Judge ruled in favor of the White Marlin Open in denying Phil Heasley being declared the winner of the 2017 tournament. See Breaking News section for order.

Sounds like there was a pretty good yellowfin bite 120 miles south of the Ocean City Inlet.

It sounds like it was another good day for bluefins out between the the Poor Man's and Baltimore Canyons.

6:06 PM - "Magic Moment" had 2 bigeye tuna, 1 bluefin and a pair of yellowfins from 300 fathoms in the Poor Man's Canyon. All caught on ballyhoo and spreader bars. Largest bigeye weighed 164 lbs.

Charter boat, "Marli" had 4 bluefins and a yellowfin in the Poor Man's Canyon. They released 37 bluefins during the trip.

Charter boat, "Katydid" had 4 bluefin tuna and released 13. Largest BFT weighed 83.5 lbs. Caught in the Poor Man's.

On the headboat, "Tortuga", Madison Mohr caught a 17 1/2-inch, 2lb. flounder in the Thorofare on a squid and shiner combination.

There was another sheepshead caught at the South Jetty today. Ken Welkner caught a 21-incher that weighed 7 lbs. while fishing with crabs. Ken and Budd Heim ended their day with the sheepshead, 3 released stripers (20-inches) and 8 tog. Water was dirty.

6:51 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "That's Right" headed far south and returned with 9 yellowfins.

Updated: Anglers on the charter boat, "Lucky Break" had a pair of flounder (18 & 19-inches) along with a few throwbacks in the West Channel. Caught on Gulp! and Z-Man artificial baits.

On the headboat, "Morning Star", Paige Schlapfer caught a 22-inch pollock on a chunk of clam at an ocean wreck.

On the charter boat, "Get Sum", angler Brannon Wiltshire caught an 18-inch flounder in the Thorofare on a white Gulp!.

On the charter boat, "Get Sum", Tim Bielaski and Steve Christopher caught a pair of flounder in the West Channel. Fish measured 17 1/4 and 17 1/2-inches.


TUESDAY, June 13, 2017

7:39 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter "That's Right" reported that they are fishing in 300-500 fathoms between the Baltimore and Poor Man's Canyon. Everyone is catching small bluefins. Water temp is 65.5 degrees.

8:32 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter "That's Right" reported that there is steady small bluefin action all the way out to 700 fathoms between the Baltimore and Poor Man's Canyons.

10:14 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter "That's Right" reported that mostly everyone is catching small bluefins, but a couple of bigeyes have also been boated. Not much on yellowfins yet. Fishing in 500 fathoms.

2:50 PM - Ross Kendall was at it again today. He caught another sheepshead at the South Jetty along with a 21-inch flounder. He also released 3 stripers, 3 tog and a sea bass. His sheepshead measured 23-inches and weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz.

4:08 PM - Capt. Chris Mizurak on the headboat, "Angler" reported a tough sea bass bite the last couple of days. On today's trip, KC Burke caught a 4 lb. 8 oz. flounder on a chunk of clam at an artificial reef.

Les Schott reported taht they had a 17 1/2-inch flounder and 8 throwbacks while fishing in the East Channel in front of the Coast Guard Station.


MONDAY, June 12, 2017

9:40 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter "That's Right" said that there wasn't much to report as of yet while fishing in 500 fathoms between the Poor Man's and Baltimore Canyons. A few small bluefins have been caught among a handful of boats. No yellowfins yet.

10:21 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter "That's Right" reported plenty of small bluefins in 500 fathoms between the Baltimore & Poor Man's. A couple of gaffer dolphin have also been caught. No yellowfins.

11:53 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter "That's Right" reported in that it seems like most boats have their "27-47" inch bluefins. A few more overs are being caught now in 200 to 500 fathoms. Water temp is 66 and color is green.

1:01 PM - A few sheepshead have been caught at the South Jetty today.

3:00 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Rhonda's Osprey" returned with 4 bluefins and a mahi in the box after trolling in 500 fathoms outside the Baltimore Canyon. Largest bluefin weighed 125 lbs.

Ross Kendall caught an 8 lb. sheepshead at the South Jetty with a 4-inch paddletail.

5:23 PM - Charter boat, "That's Right" ended up with 4 bluefin tuna from 300 fathoms between the Baltimore and Poor Man's Canyons. Heaviest weighed 115 lbs.

Ayrton Pryor caught 3 flounder in the East Channel on Gulp artificial baits. Fish measured 17, 19 and 22-inches. Also had 15 throwbacks.

6:26 PM - Anglers on the "Marli" fought a giant bluefin tuna for close to 3 1/2 hours before it broke off but ended up with a 122 lb. bigeye and 3 bluefins in the box. Fished in 500 fathoms between the Baltimore and Poor Man's. Mike Bostic, Sr. caught the bigeye.

"Reel Attitude" had a 170 lb. mako shark and 3 bluefin tuna. The mako, caught by Thomas Haugh, was caught on a whole mackerel at the Hot Dog. The bluefins were caught on trolled ballyhoo in the Baltimore.

Capt. Lance Smith and his dad, Tom Smith went flounder fishing off 21st Street and ended up with a 19-inch flounder in the box, caught on a bucktail tipped with Gulp!. Lance reported horrible wind working against the tide creating no drift and dirty water conditions.. Fish we caught in 6-feet of water.


SUNDAY, June 11, 2017

5:27 PM - Updated yesterdays report.

The wind was puffing pretty good on land today but reports I received from those who ventured offshore said it wasn't bad.

Flounder fishing was rough today. Windy conditions, both today and over the last week have made water clarity poor.

William Castleberry was tossing a pink bucktail off the dock at the Coast Guard Station and caught a 7 lb. 11 oz. flounder. This is the largest so far this year.

During their morning trip, anglers on the charter boat, "Get Sum" had 2 keeper flounder (17 1/2 and 18-inches) from the East Channel. Fish caught on white Gulp! Swimming Mullets.

"Killin' Time" arrived after an overnight trip to the 160 line, below the Norfolk with 21 yellowfins and a mako in the box. Fish were caught in 300 fathoms on ballyhoo and spreader bars.

Charter boat, "Foolish Pleasures" also traveled 113 miles south to below the Norfolk Canyon and returned with 14 yellowfins, a 116 lb. mako and a white marlin release. Water temp was 70-degrees and fish were caught in 500 fathoms.

Ben Clarke on the "Nauti Norwegian" battled a 202 lb. bluefin tuna (71-inches) in 500 fathoms south of the Poor Man's. Water temp was 66.6-degrees. Fish caught on skirted ballyhoo.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" went to the Old Grounds and returned with 38 sea bass, a tautog, a triggerfish and 17 keeper flounder up to 23-inches. All fish were caught on strips of squid with gold teaser feathers.

Up at the Indian River Marina, "Triple Threat" had a 408.2 lb. thresher shark at the Fingers.

Anglers on the headboat, "Capt. Bob II" had a good catch of flounder at the Old Grounds and around "A Buoy".

SATURDAY, June 10, 2017

An absolutely beautiful day in Ocean City and there were a lot of boats heading to the ocean today. The bay should also be crowded.

10:11 AM - Updated yesterdays report.

10:30 AM - Just received a report that the guys on the "Tuna Fowl" have boated a 62-inch bluefin tuna in the Baltimore Canyon.

Received a report from Rich Daiker that he hit the South Jetty last night during the incoming tide and boated a 28-inch weakfish that weighed 5 lbs. 6 oz. He also released a few other weakies as well and some short stripers. Hooked them all on plugs.

11:08 AM - Anglers on the "Tuna Fowl" just put a yellowfin tuna in the box while fishing in the Baltimore Canyon.

5:04 PM - Anglers on the "Tuna Fowl" just got their "over" bluefin, giving them 3 bluefins and a yellowfin after spending the day fishing in the Baltimore Canyon.

6:50 PM - Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" had good sea bass fishing. Capt. Monty said they were either slaying them or had nothing. Feast or famine. Also had a keeper, 20-inch flounder caught by mate Wes Pollitt.

Anglers on the charter boat, "Fish Bound" had 90 sea bass and 4 flounder including a 25-inch, 5 lb. 11 oz. flattie caught by Mark Breesman.

Charter boat, "Moore Bills" went below the Washington Canyon, in 800 fathoms, and returned with 10 mahi.

"Killin Time" is on an overnight trip and already has 20 yellowfins in the box. They are 108 miles from the OC Inlet in 300 fathoms on the 175-line.

"Foolish Pleasures" is 108 miles down the beach and have 11 yellowfins in the box and a white marlin release.

Charter boat, "Marli" had 2 bigeyes (59 and 62 lbs.) and 7 mahi from 800 fathoms outside the Rockpile.

Charter boat, "Reel Chaos" had 4 bigeye tuna and a yellowfin at the 461 Lump. Capt. Anthony reported water temps at 65.5-degrees.

Charter boat, "Game Over" had 3 bigeye tuna and 3 yellowfins at the 461 Lump in 67-degree water. Fish were caught on spreader bars and ballyhoo dressed up with Joe Shute lures.

Updated: The "Stalker" had 9 yellowfins and a mahi from 500 fathoms below the Norfolk. Temperature break was 68-73 degrees.

"Tuna Fowl" ended up with a 129 lb. bluefin, 2 other bluefins and a yellowfin from 300 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon.


FRIDAY, June 9, 2017

Reminder that the MSSA Tuna-ment is next weekend, Friday - Sunday with weigh-ins from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Weigh-in locations are Hook'em & Cook'em in the Indian River Marina, Atlantic Tackle in Ocean City and Curtis-Merritt Harbor in Chincoteague.

Wind is blowing in OC. Offshore forecast is for 5-8 seas, but the weekend is looking nice.

12:52 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "That's Right" just returned with releases of a blue shark, a dusky shark along with a keeper mako that was estimated at 90 lbs. Capt. John elected to stay inshore and shark fish figuring the seas further offshore were rough. He said inshore was nice.

4:26 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Get Sum" had an active morning trip, fishing in the East Channel and the bay behind Assateag


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