Lots of blue, white marlin action

FISHING

August 22, 1993|By Sue Hayes | Sue Hayes,Contributing Writer

A number of marlin -- white and blue -- were released offshore last week.

One of the best days was reported by the Elixir with Capt. Pat Kelly. The party -- Bill Brown, Bill Brown III and Cheryl Brown of Ocean Pines -- had three white marlin on lines at the same time. They released them and then caught and released two more the same day, while fishing northeast of the Hot Dog Lump in 30 fathoms of water.

The charter boat Natural with Capt. Scott Walker from the Fishing Center had two blue marlin releases in two days. On the first day, Bill Dobson of Pasadena caught and released a blue marlin that was estimated at 500 pounds. The boat was fishing in 1,000 fathoms of water in the area of the Poor Man's Canyon with a horse ballyhoo.

The next day, Jim Giddings of Reston, Va., released a blue marlin estimated at about 300 pounds. The fish hit on a ballyhoo at the Baltimore Canyon.

Ron Hofmann of Columbia, fishing aboard the Searoamer, released another blue marlin estimated at 300 pounds. He was fishing at the Hot Dog lump with an artificial lure.

A blue marlin was also reported hooked at the Jackspot Lump, but it threw the hook after a couple of jumps.

Bluefin tuna action continues to be good for boats "chunking" butterfish at the Jackspot Lump. The most productive action has been on the eastern edge of the Lump. Some of the bluefins are running more than 100 pounds.

Several dolphin up to 20 pounds were reported last week in the same area.

The king mackerel seem to have thinned out at the Jackspot, but a 44-pound fish was taken at the Fenwick Shoal and weighed in at the Old Inlet Bait and Tackle.

Several large yellowfin tuna were caught last week. The charter boat Box Lunch, out of Bahia Marina, picked up a 128-pound yellowfin tuna. Capt. Craig Zigler, fishing with Bill Frohlich of Acton, Mass., brought in the fish.

Mitch Parker of Berlin hooked a smaller yellowfin -- 103 pounds -- while fishing at the Washington Canyon aboard the Liquidator. He was using ballyhoo for bait.

Inshore fishing action was slow. Several large flounder were weighed in, but many anglers complained of murky water and numerous throwback flounder (under 14 inches).

The best flounder action has moved to the East Channel, where the water is deeper and swifter. This usually happens at this time of year, as the flounder begin to move toward the ocean.

One of the largest flounder of the week was caught aboard the bay party boat the Tortuga out of Bahia Marina. It went 6 1/2 pounds and was caught by Carol Purpua of Lower Burrell, Pa. She was drifting with a minnow and squid combination in the East Channel off First Street, north of the U.S. 50 bridge.

Nine-year-old Adam Strausbaugh of Craley, Pa., took a 4-pound flounder while fishing offshore of 13th Street, again in the East Channel. The boat had six keepers on board last Sunday.

Trout fishing in the inlet area has been fair. Gene Palese with his son Nick and friend Mark Ozolins of Baltimore picked up 10 trout on live spot up to 6 1/2 pounds.

Small sea trout and croaker are being caught by anglers drifting one to three miles offshore of Ocean City and Assateague. They are using squid strips for bait. As of Aug. 30, the size limit on sea trout in Maryland will be 12 inches. There will also be a 10-fish creel limit on the sea trout. Croaker have a 9-inch minimum size limit and a 20-fish creel limit.

Good news from the Department of Natural Resources is that the flounder season on the Atlantic coast has been extended to Oct. 10. Last October saw great flounder fishing close to the U.S. 50 bridge on the high water.

Surf fishing has been mediocre, offering variety but not quantity. Anglers reported catching a few spot, trout, flounder, blowfish, snapper blues, croaker, skates and sharks. The best bait is a piece of bloodworm in combination with a strip of squid on the same hook.

There were some reports of decent trout fishing at night in the Delaware State Park. These anglers were using peelers for bait.

Crabbing continues to be good in the Ocean City bay.

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