Mako sharks have arrived offshore in Ocean City.
The first one was taken by Douglas Patterson of Rochester, N.Y., while he was fishing aboard the MoJo charter boat out of the Ocean City Fishing Center. The mako weighed 124 pounds and was caught east of the Jackspot in 40 fathoms of water. It took a mackerel bait.
This fish was followed by a large number of other mako sharks. The boat U B, also out of the Ocean City Fishing Center, landed one of the larger fish. It went 264 pounds and was taken by E. J. Mehalck of Baltimore. He was fishing with Capt. Bill Krupnick in the area of the Fingers with a mackerel bait.
Keith Case of Seville, Ohio, picked up a 230-pound mako while fishing aboard the Arno out of Talbot Street. He was fishing with Capt. Harry Moore with bluefish bait southeast of the Jackspot in 20 fathoms of water.
John Panizari of Beltsville landed a 142-pound mako while fishing aboard the MoJo. Mike Weiss of Rosedale picked up a 129-pound mako while fishing with Capt. Mark Sampson aboard the Fishfinder out of Bahia Marina. They were using a bluefish fillet for bait.
Other offshore action has been big bluefish. Charter boats and private boats alike have been hoisting blues aboard. These fish have been running 6 to 16 pounds. Most days they are plentiful in the area of Southeast Lump, the Bass Grounds and outside of the Inlet.
While fishing for blues, anglers are also picking up dusky sharks, sea bass and tautog. The sea bass and tautog are mostly being taken on offshore wrecks. They are not moving on the open bottom yet.
Party boats are having fair days bottom fishing. Roy Green of Alexandria, Va., landed a 6-pound, 6-ounce sea bass while vTC fishing aboard the O. C. Princess. Ronald Pyndell of Washington took a 5-pound sea bass while fishing aboard the Angler party boat.
Flounder fishing continues to be good. Memorial Saturday was slow because of wind and seaweed, but Sunday was much better. Anglers reported catching good-sized fluke on the south side of the South Jetty, the Thorofare and in the channel in front of Shantytown. Live minnows, squid and shiners were all working for bait. Anglers without boats had luck from the U.S. 50 Bridge and the Oceanic Pier. Several anglers had up to five keeper flounder from the U.S. 50 Bridge.
One of the largest flounders weighed in last week was caught by Marylander Joe Clarkson. He was drifting with a minnow and squid combination when he landed the 5 1/4 -pound fish. The flounder was weighed in at Bahia Marina at 22nd Street.
Mike Lowery of Baltimore also had a good-sized flounder. It weighed 4 pounds and was caught in the Thorofare. Amanda O'Donnell of Spring City, Pa., had two nice flounder. They went 2 and 2 1/2 pounds, taken in the Thorofare.
Bluefish action in the surf has slowed down, but the news is not all bad. Memorial weekend saw a flurry of kingfish, blowfish and spike trout. These fish were taken on bloodworms in the North Ocean City and Delaware State Park regions.
The Indian River Inlet area was excellent for bluefish. The blues came into the inlet over the Memorial weekend striking anything that moved. Along with the bluefish were several stripers.
Though many of the stripers were pan-sized, some measured more than 40 inches.
Stripers and bluefish were also reported in the Ocean City Inlet. The folks at Skip's Bait and Tackle in downtown Ocean City reported that the best tide for this action is high tide. Anglers casting bucktails are having the best results.
The Ocean Pier located at Wicomico Street and the boardwalk is open every day. The action has been skates, sharks, blowfish and kingfish.
The Oceanic Pier, located at the southern end of Philadelphia Avenue, has also opened for the season. Slim Griffin reports that the flounder and bluefish action is good.
Crabbing, which has been slow, picked up last week. Condo owners slipping a commercial type crab pot in their canals reported catching crabs up to 7 inches long. Crabbers are allowed two crab pots tied off their property. Taking a commercial crab pot out into the open bay is not allowed without a license.