I’m sitting here at the computer this evening, looking out the window… And all I can think about is fishing! It is beautiful outside. A soft blanket of clouds is blocking out the sun, and a slight breeze is blowing in from the South, not too much, but just enough. Tonight is a new moon, and I can almost smell the fish.
With the strong pull of the moon, tides will be extreme tonight—something predatory fish like. If I were fishing the bridge, tonight (or the next few nights) could be some of the best this season. We haven’t seen many weakfish the past few years, but if there are still a few left I would not be surprised at all to see a few of them slip into the inlet this evening and ride the flood tide up to the bridge. At the bridge they’ll set up to feed on the river of baitfish, crabs, and other tasty morsels brought to them by the ebb. Hopefully some of our local bridge rats will pick off a few of those tiderunners the next couple of nights.
Still, this is supposed to be a fishing report, so what use is talking about what could happen. let’s talk some more about what already did happen — and there is plenty talk about.
Probably the most noteworthy catch in Ocean City this week, was the monster mako shark taken this past Saturday. The mako was caught on Terry Layton’s boat Nontypical by angler Jim Hughes of Ocean City during the 29th annual Ocean City Shark Tournament . The Monster topped the scales at 876 pounds… a potential new state record! As some of you know Terry has been on a roll winning the Mako Mania Tournament this year plus also catching the first white marlin of the year. So a big kudos to Terry and his anglers.
Welcome to another week of Fish’N O.C. its been another great week of fishing here in the waters of Ocean City, We have some great reports coming in from local fisherman, tackle shops, and charter boats. I finally started my fishing charters this past week, with a great start to my 2009 season with 2 of the best back to back Striper charters I’ve seen on the South Jetty in years. There also was a better then usual night Striper and Blues bite on the Rt. 50 Bridge, also with anglers catching keeper Flounder and Tog during the day. The 9th Street Pier started to turn on with nice keeper Flounder being reported along with Snapper Blues. The 2nd to 4th Street Bulk Head is still giving up keeper Flounder and Tog. The Oceanic Pier still has a good day time Flounder and Tog bite, while night time anglers see runs of Shad and Blues. The North and South Jetties have been producing nice day time catches of Trigger Fish, Tog, and Stripers, plus night time runs of Blues and Stripers. The South Bay is seeing good catches of Flounder but most are short with some nice size keepers mixed in. We even had a report of a school of nice Croakers reported in the South Bay, but just for one tide. The surf fishing still continues to produce catches of Snapper Blues, Stripers, Black Drum, and some good sized Sand Sharks, Skates, and Rays. The offshore fishing is having one of its best starts we’ve seen in a very long time, with good20catches of Sharks, Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna, and Marlin. So it looks like a good year to get out there and fish , or even get a group of family or friends and book a fishing charter here in Ocean City.
I Finally got the boat in and started charters this weekend, the Striper fishing on the South Jetty was best I’ve seen in years. I took 2 friends out for a shake down trip on Thursday evening, we got out around 7:00PM. We had live spot as bait, the action was non stop, every drift we had double and triple hook ups. most fish came in just under 28″. All the Stripers had good girth and gave a great fight. We boated over 30 fish and had a non-stop bite till 10:00pm. We did manage to get one keeper that measured 29″.
29 incher from the south jetty on Thursday
The charter on Friday was with Doug Cooper, and Paul “The Bass Master” Goodwin, or Frederick, Md. and Tres Kelly of Emmitsburg, Md. These guys have fished with me for several years now and this was the best trip yet with 50 plus boated Stripers. We hit the water at 7:00am with 80 spot on the boat, the tide was still rolling out hard, which isn’t my favorite time to be fishing for Stripers on the South Jetty but the very first drift we had a double hook up. The action continued like this the whole trip, we actually had to go back to the dock and get 50 more spot because we ran out. We ended up with 4 nice keepers and lost several nice fish right at the boat. So we ended up going through 130 spot with maybe only 10 of those being stuck on the bottom and breaking off, so you do the math, that’s 120 bites or hook ups, It doesn’t get any better then that. This is all light tackle fishing with 16 lb. line on all the reels, so it’s definitely a blast for most anglers.
Fat Stripers from the south jetty - Friday
I’m booking trips for Stripers right now, as long as the bite is hot, so give me a call at 410-289-(FISH) 3474 or my cell at 410-430-5436 and lets talk fishing.
The fishing this week in Ocean City is starting to improve daily with the Route 50 Bridge producing keeper Stripers at night. The Oceanic Pier has a hot bite of Blues and Shad , 2nd to 4th street bulk head is giving anglers, Tog, Trigger Fish, and keeper Flounder. The South and North Jetties are bending rods with Sheepshead, Tog, and Stripers in the 40” plus range. The East channel, Harbor Island , and the Airport are giving Flounder fishermen nice limits of keepers. Offshore anglers are experiencing one of the best Shark seasons we’ve seen in years, plus Blue Fin and Yellow Fin are starting to make their appearance at most marina cleaning stations. (more…)
I would like to welcome all my readers back to Fish’ N O.C. in the Maryland Coastal Dispatch. As some of you know its been a couple of years since the Dispatch has featured this section. But I’m back In O.C. for the 2009 fishing season and writing for the Dispatch this year. Just to get everyone caught up on what I’ve been up to for the last 2 years after I sold Skip’s Bait & Tackle Shop. In 2007 I decided I needed break from the fishing game here in O.C. I spent a lot more time at my farm in Pennsylvania with my family and friends, just relaxing, fishing and hunting. In 2008 I decide I wanted to go to the great state of Alaska and work as a fishing boat captain. I was lucky enough to land a job in Seward, Alaska running a boat that fished for halibut and salmon. What a experience, this is one state that every person should at least visit once in their lifetime regardless if they fish or not. The scenery and nature in Alaska is unique, and the fishing is like something from a dream. I have a lifetime of memories just from the one year that I spent there working as a charter boat captain. In this first article I’m including a few pictures from my adventures there. (more…)