Makos, tuna keep anglers busy

June 27, 1993|By Sue Hayes | Sue Hayes,Contributing Writer

Offshore fishing action has begun in earnest, with the waters off Ocean City alive with mako sharks.

Several were caught this past week, most over 100 pounds. The largest mako shark was taken by angler Curtis Carnell aboard the Jazzey Sazzey with Capt. Lee Fickinger. The mako, which weighed 263 pounds, was hooked northeast of the Jackspot.

The party also released another mako shark as well as a dusky shark. Most of the sharks have been taken in this location or in the Fingers area. The best bait is mackerel or bluefish.

The first dolphin of the season was reported recently. Dale Venable of Berlin was fishing with Shawn Widgeon and Phil Cathel in the Poor Man's Canyon with a ballyhoo when they landed a 36- and a 28-pound dolphin. They were fishing aboard the Snapper in 100 fathoms of water.

The first big eye tuna was caught by Craig Conway of Daleville, Pa., while fishing aboard the Jeni-Lin III out of Fisherman's Marina. The 100-pound fish was taken 15 miles south of the Washington Canyon in 300 fathoms of water. The tuna was caught on a ballyhoo.

Several yellowfin tuna, considered among the the best tuna to eat, were reported this past week. The charter boat Impulsive with Capt. Bud Tingle landed five out of six fish while fishing at the Poor Man's Canyon in 300 fathoms of water last Sunday. The angler, Randy Worthington of Churchville, is also the owner of the boat.

Anglers fishing closer inshore are doing fair on sea bass and good on large tautog. The party boat Tortuga had one tautog weighing more than 10 pounds last Sunday. The party boat O.C. Princess had several tautog in the 8- and 9-pound range this past week. Also taken on the O.C. Princess was an unusual catch of spadefish.

The Ocean City Inlet has been alive with catches of good-sized sea trout. Anglers casting bucktails with plastic worms or double-tied twister lures have taken sea trout up to 7 pounds. Terry McElfresh of Damascus caught a 6 1/4 - , 5 3/4 - and a 5-pound trout, all in the same day. He was cast ing twisters from the North Jetty. Tom Reise, also of Damascus, took one of the largest sea trout of the week. He was fishing the U.S. 50 bridge at night with a yellow bucktail when it tangled into an 8-pound, 6-ounce sea trout. Several sea trout were caught on the bridge this past week, mostly during the evening hours along with a number of hefty-sized flounder.

Slim Griffin of the Oceanic Pier reports good flounder fishing there. High tide has been the best for anglers fishing this pier.

Good flounder fishing also has been reported in the Ocean City bay and in front of the Coast Guard station . Dick Kelly of Ocean City fished last weekend and said he caught numerous fish in the 16- to 22-inch range. He says he had his best success between buoys No. 9 and 11.

Surf fishing has been great in Ocean City, Fenwick Island and Assateague. Anglers are catching kingfish up to 1 1/2 pounds, trout up to 3 pounds, and releasing stripers up to 10 pounds. Bloodworms on smaller hooks work best for this fantastic fishing.

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