Bigeye tuna offshore . . . . . . and sea trout closer in tide the local anglers over

FISHING

August 08, 1993|By Sue Hayes | Sue Hayes,Contributing Writer

Offshore tuna fishing has been excellent. Last weekend, anglers found a huge school of bigeye tuna beneath floating debris northwest of the Washington Canyon. The fish were in 40 fathoms of water, and some weighed more than 100 pounds.

Many boats caught two to four fish before leaving. Although there is no limit to the number of bigeye tuna an angler can keep, a 100-pound bigeye is still considered a baby fish, so conservation-minded anglers were using good sense.

Anglers at the Jackspot are still doing excellent chunking for bluefin tuna with pieces of butterfish. The dolphin seem to be more scattered than last week, but they are still hitting. Even a couple of white marlin were seen at the Jackspot when anglers were chunking.

King mackerel are also there. A double-hooked ballyhoo rigged with wire works well when king mackerel are plentiful.

Farther offshore in the canyons, the action is yellowfin tuna. George Goldschmidt of Baltimore, fishing aboard the Hot Mix, landed a 116-pound yellowfin at the Poor Man's Canyon.

Fourteen-year-old Peter C. Ferretti of Lake Barrington, Ill., took a 109-pound yellowfin while fishing aboard the Liquidator with Capt. Bob Gowar.

One of the most notable offshore catches last week was a 728-pound mako shark taken aboard the boat The Natural with Capt. Scott Walker. The party had been trolling when they saw the huge shark at the Washington Canyon. They tossed a small yellowfin tuna to the shark and it promptly took the bait. Angler Marty Anson of Pasadena fought the shark for 3 hours and 10 minutes.

Just offshore, anglers are picking up small trout, mostly in the northern waters off the coast of Delaware. Anglers fishing offshore of the Coast Guard Station north of Indian River Inlet caught more than 40 sea trout but were only able to keep two. When fishing in Delaware waters, the legal size limit for sea trout is 13 inches.

Chris Jorgenson got an unexpected catch -- a 50-pound black drum -- while fishing for flounder on his boat, the Pequod, 5 miles off Ocean City at the Great Gull Bank. He was using a strip of squid and live minnow.

The party boats off Ocean City have been catching sea bass and occasionally large tautog. Tom Sweeney of Scranton, Pa., weighed in a 9 1/4 -pound tautog, which he caught fishing aboard the Miss Ocean City with a sand flea.

Larger sea trout have been hitting at the end of the Ocean City inlet, the north wall and the Oceanic Pier and U.S. 50 bridge at night. J. P. Ross of Middletown weighed in a 7-pound sea trout at Delmarva Sport Center, which he caught at the north jetty.

Steve Sass of Pasadena had a pair of trout he took at 4 a.m. fishing from the U.S. 50 bridge. He was using a led head with a white worm when he caught the 7 1/2 - and 5 1/4 -pounders. Flounder fishing in the Ocean City bay was fair last week, compared with previous weeks. Windy weather slowed the active fishing.

The flounder tournament held by the Island Marina, which had 75 entries, was won by a 3 1/4 -pound flounder, indicating that the 5- and 6-pounders seen a week earlier had become scarce.

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