White marlin make appearance

June 26, 1994|By Sue Hayes | Sue Hayes,Special to The Sun

The first white marlin of the season made their appearance here last week.

The very first fish was caught and released by angler Brent Hofmann of Columbia aboard the Searoamer last weekend. Brent and his father and captain of the boat, Ron Hofmann, hooked the fish north of the Washington Canyon in 36 fathoms of water. They were trolling a ballyhoo for bait. That same weekend six other white marlin were caught.

Anglers have been catching mako sharks for several weeks, luring them with whole mackerel baits, slabs of bluefish filet and whole bunker. The best area for mako and other sharks as well, has been the Fingers. Warren Zinck of Glen Burnie landed one of the largest mako sharks last week. His catch went 269 pounds and was taken on a bluefish head for bait. It was caught aboard the Grizzly and weighed in a Delmarva Sport Center. Though mako fishing has been very good, it has begun to slow.

The good news is that a wide variety of fish are coming to take their place. Brian Hickey of Baltimore fishing aboard the Dream Merchant out of Bahia Marina took a 76 pound bluefin tuna while shark fishing with a whole mackerel bait. The captain of the boat, Bill Leidner, was fishing just outside of the Fingers.

The charter boat MoJo out of the Fishing Center caught some of the first bluefin tuna chunking last weekend. Capt. Joe O'Boyle brought in two bluefin tuna in the 50- to 60-pound range. Most anglers "chunk" for tuna with butterfish.

Quite a few yellowfin tuna began to show last weekend. Thought the fish are not large, most in the 15- to 30-pound range, the action was good. In the 20- to 30-fathom line, anglers took the yellowfin tuna, dolphin up to 20 pounds, and also some bluefin tuna. The Jackspot area saw catches of bluefish, king mackerel, false albacore and bonita for anglers trolling lures such as cedar plugs, Zukers or spoons.

Justin Duffie of Gaithersburg took one of the largest yellowfin tuna last week. His catch was 98 pounds and was taken aboard the Billfisher out of the Fishing Center in the Washington Canyon on a ballyhoo.

One of the most unusual catches last week was a 313-pound swordfish caught trolling a skirted ballyhoo aboard the Tag Team. It was hooked at the 40-fathom line inshore of the tip of the Washington Canyon on 50-pound test line. It took four hours to bring this huge fish in.

There was another long fight last week. Gary Holodick, Mike Everton and Robert Langley of Seaford, Del., hooked a pTC pound thresher shark while fishing aboard the Lucky Rose. They also hooked their fish on 50-pound test and fought the fish for five hours before finally boating the shark.

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