Angler catches, releases Ocean City's first white marlin

July 04, 1993|By Sue Hayes | Sue Hayes,Contributing Writer

The first white marlin of the season has been taken in Ocean City. Mike Lafferty of Sparks was the lucky angler who caught and released the marlin.

He was fishing aboard the charter boat Impulsive out of Bahia Marina at 22nd Street with Capt. Bud Tingle and mate Jay Phillips. They were trolling near the tip of the Washington Canyon with a ballyhoo when the fish struck.

Several other white marlin were caught over the weekend. In the spirit of game fishing, most were released. The charter boat Road Runner with angler Ross Cole of Baltimore caught and released a white marlin. The owner of the boat, John Monroe, was trolling north of the Washington Canyon.

The charter boat MoJo from the Ocean City Fishing Center had one of the largest white marlins fishing at the Double Lumps inside the Washington Canyon in 31 fathoms of water. It is estimated that the fish weighed around 80 pounds. The angler was Charlie Hoffman of Ocean City. The fish struck a ballyhoo bait.

Hal Budnichuk Jr. of Bel Air and John Jenkins of Pasadena both caught and released a white marlin while fishing aboard the private boat One Fish. Mr. Jenkins also caught a 19-pound dolphin. The fish were reported at the Delmarva Sport Center.

Offshore fishing has been good as long as the weather cooperates. Several king mackerel were caught at the First and Second Lumps last Sunday. There have been bluefin tuna in the vicinity of the Jackspot, but at times the fish will not take a bait.

One bluefin did take the hook from an angler fishing farther offshore. It went 171 pounds and was caught by Steve Flynn of Edgewater. He was fishing on board his boat Mr. Clean when the big tuna hit.

Numerous mako sharks were caught last week, although the fish seemed to be farther offshore than before. The makos preferred the 40-fathom line rather than the 20-fathom line. Mixed in with the makos were blue sharks, duskies and large bluefish 16 to 17 pounds in weight. (Bluefish closer inshore were scarce.)

Party boat fishing has been fair with sea bass, tautog and even spadefish. John Bunting, captain of the Miss Ocean City, had several good days on sea bass last week. Some anglers had stringers of fish with weights up to 3 and 4 pounds.

Flounder fishing in Ocean City continues to be good. Some U.S. 50 bridge fishermen are complaining of numerous throwbacks, but anglers in boats are doing great, with fish running larger than in the past weeks.

Fishing has been good in the usual fishing haunts -- the Thorofare and the drift behind the airport (buoys 5, 6 and 7 in the bay behind Assateague) and the deep holes north or south of the U.S. 50 bridge.

Flounder fishing has picked up in another popular spot -- the Convention Center channel. The drift begins at buoy 9 on the east channel and continues to be good through buoy 13 close to the Route 90 bridge. Anglers are doing equally well with frozen shiners or live minnows.

Bob Gregson of Ocean Pines caught one of the largest flounder this season. It went 6 1/2 pounds and was taken on a large live minnow north of the U.S. 50 bridge. Dale Smith of Airville, Pa., took a 5 1/2 -pounder from the Thorofare on a shiner and squid combination.

Nine-year-old Bobby Knaub of Dover, Pa., had a 4-pounder, also in the Thorofare on a live minnow. Another youngster, Josh Lockwood of Baltimore, snared a 4-pound, 2-ounce fluke on a minnow off Eagles Nest campground, which is near buoy 10 in the bay behind Assateague. The staff at Skip's Bait and Tackle on Talbot Street reported weighing in a 6-pound, 8-ounce flounder that was taken near the Coast Guard Station on a shiner.

Surf fishing on Assateague has been good this year, according to Buck Brown, owner of Buck's Place on Route 611. He caught five kingfish and five sea trout last Saturday night.

Surf fishing in Ocean City and into the Delaware State Park has been excellent. Anglers using a combination bait of bloodworm and squid on a size No. 6 hook are having the best luck. Anglers casting next to rock jetties are catching flounder. Lures, shiners or strips of bait work for the flounder.

Pat Townsend on the Ocean Pier says that the large Norfolk spot have begun their run. Besides the spot, anglers had catches of sea trout and ling cod on bloodworms last week. Kingfish, flounder, sharks and skate are also being caught.

Slim Griffin of the Oceanic Pier reports good-sized sea trout taken at night on double-tied grub lures and flounder by day with shiners or minnows on the high tide.

The North Jetty continues to see catches of trout. One 5 1/2 -pound trout was taken by Chris Peters of New Florence, Pa., on a bucktail. This fish was weighed in at Bahia Marina.

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