It's been a fishing kind of week in Ocean City -- cool and misty weather has given vacationers the urge to fish and crab rather than sit on the beach.
Earlier last week the fishing was quite good. The wind did not blow, and the water was clear. Anglers did especially well with the flounder. The channel in front of 33rd Street, which anglers call the Convention Hall Channel, produced some good catches.
Five-year-old Ross Levin and his father from Clarksville picked up three flounder up to 15 inches with shiners and squid near Buoy No. 9. Craig and Brian Haas landed a 2 1/2 -pounder drifting by Buoy No. 11 -- in the same vicinity. One of the largest flounder of the week was also caught in this same area. It weighed 5 1/4 pounds and was caught by Darren Benedick of Chambersburg, Pa. He was fishing near 28th Street with a shiner for bait.
When the water is not so clear, anglers do better at the U.S. 50 bridge.
Joelle Sonders of New Providence, Pa., caught a 4 3/4 -pounder from the channel at 14th Street on a minnow and squid sandwich. Bill Sienkewicz of Ocean City landed a 4 1/4 -pound flounder from just south of the U.S. 50 bridge on a flounder belly and minnow combination. Shantytown Pier also saw several good flounder catches by day as well as during the evening hours. Saturday night saw four good-sized keeper flounder.
Barbara Glinka of Bahia Marina said flounder fishing was good in the bay behind Assateague. Tod Gassey of Red Lion, Pa., took a 3 1/2 -pound flounder with a minnow behind Snug Harbor.
Shantytown Pier was fair on sea trout last week. Saturday night ** saw a flurry of croaker as well. It seems that the croaker are moving to the offshore shoals in the ocean. Anglers were picking them up with squid strips offshore of Assateague and in front of the Sea Colony Condominiums.
The U.S. 50 bridge at night has been producing some large trout catches as well as several striper releases. (Stripers must be 28 inches to keep, and most have been smaller.) One keeper striper was caught by Steve Bledsoe of Ocean Pines with a bucktail and twister combination. It was just 28 inches long. Tim Bohle of Ocean City hit a whopping 9 1/4 -pound sea trout, also with a bucktail and twister combination.
Folks on the Ocean Pier have had a good week with lots of spot, kingfish and croaker. At night the fare has been trout and bluefish. Blowfish and some ling cod were also reported.
The surf yielded catches of spot, kingfish, trout and croaker. Mary Brown from Buck's Place on the road to Assateague weighed in a 1-pound 8-ounce kingfish on Saturday, one of the largest this year. It was caught by Kelly Layfield of Willards.
Offshore, a 347-pound blue marlin was caught by Rick Boulay of Arnold in 50 fathoms of water in the Poor Man's Canyon. He was fishing with Captain John Brown.
The Baltimore Canyon area was hot last week. Richard Hamel of Dundalk, fishing aboard the Major Motion with Captain Jim Garner, had two white marlin releases, several yellowfin and longfin tuna, and dolphin up to 44 1/2 pounds trolling ballyhoo. Tod Pleasanton of Bear, Del., took one of the largest big eye tuna of the year. It weighed 280 1/2 pounds. He was fishing the Baltimore Canyon with a Zuker lure on the boat Makin' Waves.
Several wahoo were taken this week. Angelo Colaianni of Baltimore fishing aboard Virgo's Dream took a 42 1/2 pounder. They were in 50 fathoms of water inside of the Poor Man's Canyon.