Bluefin tuna provide some good catches

FISHING NOTES

August 14, 1994|By Sue Hayes | Sue Hayes,Special to The Sun

Ocean City's famous White Marlin Open Tournament was followed by even more good offshore fishing. Though chunking for bluefin tuna was sporadic there were some good catches.

Scott Stine of York, Pa., picked up a 92-pound bluefin tuna while chunking approximately five miles east of the Jack Spot with butterfish. He was fishing aboard the private boat Daddy's Toy. A 128 1/2 -bluefin tuna was taken by Greg Anderson of Edgewood while fishing aboard the Dollar Bill out of the Fishing Center. He was also chunking southeast of the Jack Spot.

Last Sunday saw a good bite on longfin albacore and yellowfin tuna on the 100-fathom line running from the Poor Man's Canyon to the Baltimore Canyon. During the White Marlin Tournament, the big fish were far offshore in the 500- to 1,000-fathom line. The water that the boats were working over the tournament blew in closer over the weekend making trolling better inshore. The yellowfin tuna and white marlin bit very well at the Baltimore Canyon Bight. Jim Garner on the Major Motion released two white marlin on the same day and also caught a 44-pound dolphin.

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Some nice wahoo were taken last week. There was a wahoo state record broken during the White Marlin Open Tournament. The record, which had not been broken since 1976, was made by Kevin Wayson of Harwood, fishing aboard the Kristi Lee. The wahoo weighed 110 1/2 pounds.

Last weekend another big wahoo was taken by Jeff Seubott of Catonsville. He was fishing a ballyhoo north of the Washington Canyon near the Rockpile when he landed the 73 1/2 -pound wahoo. He was fishing aboard the Hammer with Captain Mitch Pierson from the Fishing Center.

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Ocean City party boats, which usually wreck fish for sea bass and tautog, had a diversion last week. Some of the boats, including the Judith M out of Bahia Marina had good luck drift fishing for croaker and trout just offshore of North Ocean City in front of the condominiums. Anglers in their own smaller boats can get into this action as well. Use small strips of squid on top and bottom rigs with size No. 4 hooks. Remember, croakers must be 9 inches and there is a 20 fish creel limit. Sea trout in Maryland, at this time, is 12 inches and the creel limit is 10. This could possibly change this year, so keep up with your regulations and ask before you go fishing.

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Sea trout fishing was extremely good from the Shantytown Pier Friday night. Anglers caught 78 keeper trout. The fishermen were casting spec rigs, green twister lures and small bucktails. By day, the pier saw some decent flounder action. Keepers ranging from 14 to 20 inches were reported.

The Ocean Pier also had excellent reports of fish. There were sea trout, kingfish up to 16 inches, spot, croaker, blowfish, ling cod, and even sand sharks up to 3 feet. Pat Townsend reported a few keeper flounder and some striper action as well. During the day bloodworm is the best bait, while at night any kind of cut bait will do.

The surf was alive with fish last week, though last Saturday was too windy to hold bottom.

Most days, anglers were catching their share of kingfish, spot, small sea trout, baby sand sharks, blues up to 2 pounds and stripers up to the legal limit. One 8-pound striper was weighed in at Delmarva Sport Center which was 28 inches and was taken from the surf. Several 25-inch fish were also reported around town. Captain Mac's Bait and Tackle on Route 54 weighed in an 11 1/2 -pound striper that was caught from the U.S. 50 bridge at night. It was caught by Michael Morton of Fenwick Island on a grub lure.

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Flounder fishing was up and down this past week. Sunday saw a nice little flurry behind the airport in the bay behind Assateague. One of Bahia's rental boats had nine keepers that day.

Besides that, the best action has been between the inlet and the U.S. 50 bridge, where the water has been the clearest. Cory Donaway of Salisbury took a 3 1/2 -pound flounder near Buoy 5. He was using live minnows and weighed the flounder in at Delmarva Sport Center.

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