Last Saturday was a big day for offshore fishermen. We have not had many good offshore days because of windy weather. As soon as fishing gets good, the wind seems to blow, and the boats cannot get out to that "hot spot" again the next day. This was the case on Saturday because by Sunday the winds were gusting and the small craft warnings were posted once again.
The party boat MoJo with angler Ted Liebau of Woodbine enjoyed some of this fantastic fishing in the Baltimore Canyon. The boat landed a 99-pound wahoo, released two white marlin and one blue marlin, and caught two tuna. The wahoo was taken on a Green Machine lure.
A 32-pound wahoo was reeled in by Bill Bruning of Snow Hill while fishing in the private boat Gray Goose. He was fishing in 50 fathoms of water just north of the Washington Canyon with a ballyhoo.
The day saw several white marlin releases along with numerous longfin tuna and yellowfin tuna catches. The fish were spread out between the Washington and the Baltimore Canyon with the Rockpile and North of the Washington best for the longfin and marlin. Many of the yellowfin tuna were hitting at the West wall of the Baltimore Canyon.
A 96-pound yellowfin was caught by Harry Short of Florida. He was fishing aboard the Twelve Pack with Captain Jim Flaig. They were dragging a Green Machine across the Poor Man's Canyon when this big tuna struck.
Closer inshore, anglers have been having some sea trout and croaker action on the shoals. The trout have been small, with the majority of them being throw-backs -- trout under the legal size limit of 12 inches. Use strips of squid for this action. If you use a long bottom leader, you may catch a nice flounder as well. Cut bait such as a bluefish or spot strip will also work well for flounder catches out in the ocean.
Rick Wisler of Allentown, Pa., had an interesting catch out at the Great Gull Buoy five miles off the beach. He was fishing with mackerel on his boat the Leeper when he hooked a 71 1/2 -pound blacktip shark.
Surf fishing in the Ocean City area was fair last week. Anglers caught lots of spot, croaker, small stripers, snapper blues up to 2 1/2 pounds, a few kingfish and also some small trout. Strips of squid and pieces of bloodworm were working for the smaller fish. Spot or mullet chunks were the answer to catching stripers or blues. Remember stripers must be 28 inches to keep.
The Ocean Pier saw lots of Norfolk spot action once again for anglers using bloodworms and small hooks. Some fishermen caught buckets of these fish. The pier also saw some trout, croaker, kingfish and small trout.
Shantytown Pier had a couple of good nights on trout last week. Friday night saw 45 trout, and Saturday night saw 40 trout. By day, anglers who work their baits were taking some nice flounder. You need to cast out, and reel in slowly across the bottom to produce the fluke. The pier has kept small children delighted with numerous catches of little sea bass and Norfolk spot.
The Oceanic Pier had an excellent week of sea trout fishing at night. Remember there is a creel limit of 10 trout per person in Maryland, and even this may be changed before the end of the fishing season. Keep informed.
We had a couple of good days of flounder fishing between periods of windy weather. Last Friday and Saturday were especially good. Anglers caught flounder at high tide in the Convention Hall Channel, on both sides of the U.S. 50 bridge, and in the bay behind just south of the U.S. 50 bridge on a combination bait of sea bass strip and shiner.
Phillip Pacana of Gap, Pa., landed a 4-pound flounder near the Route 90 bridge with a minnow while fishing there on Sunday. He weighed in his catch at Bahia Marina.
Skip's Bait and Tackle on Talbot Street reported several sea trout catches from the waters beneath the U.S. 50 bridge.