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by Larry Jock




MONDAY, August 13, 2018


8:01 AM - Nice day today. We heard about the Delaware state record cobia caught last Friday by John Burbage while fishing only a mile or so off the Bethany coast.  There were a couple cobia caught yesterday a little further south of there and the reports that I have been getting is that there have been a good number of fish seen cruising the surface and heading towards OC.   They are sitting under schools of bunker.  Tossing them a live eel, live bunker or bucktail tipped with Gulp seems to do the trick.



Late report:  Last Friday, Anglers on "Scales & Tails" caught a 60 lb. wahoo in 30 fathoms outside the Hot Dog on a Squidnation Flippy Floppy.

Yesterday, Madison Jones caught a 65 lb. cobia on a bucktail tipped with a Gulp while fishing only a mile off Ocean City.



Yesterday, Alex McDougal caught a 7 lb. 4 oz. flounder on a bucktail at an artificial reef.  She was fishing on the headboat, "Angler".

Yesterday, Zack Odachowski caught and released his first white marlin and Dan Hagan releaed his first blue marlin.  Both in the Baltimore Canyon.

Yesterday, Chris Clasing, Scott Clasing and Morgan McGovern caught 5 keeper flounder (17 1/4-19 1/2) during the first 2 hours of the outgoing tide in the West Channel, south of the Rt. 50 Bridge.  All were caught on live bunker.


Yesterday, Nicky and Cross Ferrara were at it again, chasing down cobia crusing the surface off the Fenwick coast.    They caught and released a pair after hooking them on live eels.


Yesterday, "Charlee Som caught a 22-inch flounder on a white Gulp in the East Channel.







SUNDAY, August 12, 2018


10:04 AM - Congratulations to all the participants in this years WMO.  It was great to see quite a few local boats come to the scale with nice catches.



The winning boat, "Weldor's Ark" took back a lot of lettuce.. $2,584,000 worth for their 83 lb. white marlin that beat out the 83 pounder caught on the "Underdog" through a tiebreaker.  The "Weldor's Ark" white wasn't gaffed, but the "Underdog" fish was.



Congratulations to John Burbage of Ocean View, DE for catching a 79.4 lb. cobia while fishing with live bunker 1.5 miles off the coast of Bethany.  Although Delaware doesn't have a category for cobia in their State Record listing on their website, I understand they are considering adding one.

Delaware follows federal regulations in regard to cobia.  Minimum size is 36 inches and anglers are allowed to keep 1 fish per day or 6 fish per vessel/per day, whichever is more restrictive. 



Maryland regulations are a little more restrictive.  Minimum size is 40-inches and anglers are allowed 1 fish per person or 3 per vessel per day if there are 3 oer more individuals on the vessel.   Leave it up to Maryland to make things more difficult.



The flounder bite on ocean reefs and wrecks is really heating up.  I have received several photos in the last couple of days of anglers with 5+ lb. flatties.



The big Paradise Grill Flounder Tournament starts on August 15th and runs throught the 19th.



5:13 PM - Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" had good flounder action with fish caught on cut bait, squid, Gulp and clams on natural and artificial reefs.  The largest flounder of the day measured 19-inches.

Tyler Vogel caught his first keeper flounder while fishing with his grandfather, Don Vogel and his uncle, Jim McWhinney.  They caught 4 keepers in the bay behind Assateague.

On the headboat, "Judith M", angler Sidney Jones caught his very first fish, a croaker, at Purnell's Reef.  Madison Cackowski caught a small weakfish,also on squid and clams at Purnell's.


Rich Daiker and Kenny Schoen caught their limit of 8 flounder by the Rt. 50 Bridge this morning during the incoming tide.  Fish ranged from 17 to 23-inches.  All on live bunker.

David Napieralski caught his first flounder, a 19-incher, in the West Channel south of the Rt. 50 Bridge.  Used a white Gulp Swimming Mullet for bait.

On the charter boat, "Fish Bound", agnler Mark Levinrad caught a 26 1/2-inch, 7 lb. 2 oz. flounder in 100 feet of water.  He used a jig tipped with an Otter Tail.

On the charter boat, "Get Sum" anglers returned from their morning trip with 4 flounder in the box, measuring up to 18-inches.  Fish were caught on white Gulp in the Fishbowl and the East Channel.

Shaynaand Caleb Machamer caught a pair of 18-inch flounder in the bay behind Assateague Island.






FRIDAY, August 10, 2018




Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" have had some good flounder fishing trips lately and today was no exception with fish up to 23 1/2-inches caught on an artificial reef.

Anglers on the charter boat, "On the Run" hit some ocean reef sites and returned with 5 keeper flounder measuring up to 18-inches.

Debbie and Preston Walls took a couple of relatives to the East Channel where they fished the end of the incoming tide nad the beginning of the outgoing.  They ended up with 15 keeper flounder on live bunker.

Chris Clasing and Joe Dinisio fished the East and West channels in the morning and ended up with 5 keeper flounder between 17 1/2 and 19 1/2-inches.  All were caught on live bunker during the outgoing tide.  Chris also caught and released his first cobia afer hooking it on a bunker in the West Channel, south of the Rt. 50 Bridge.


Anglers on the charter boat, "On the Run" had a pair of keeper flounder during their late day trip.  Largest measuried 22-inches and weighed 4 lbs.



9:57 PM - I just returned from the scales on the final day of the White Marlin Open.  With 335 boats fishing today, setting a single-day WMO record, we weren't surprised that the scales were as busy as they were.  Here is what we saw:



"Top Notch" arrived with a 67-inch, 57.5 lb. white marlin that didn't meet the 70 lb. minimum weight requirement.



"Welder's Ark" had a great day fishing in the Norfolk Canyon where they recorded a white marlin release in addition to weighing a pair.  Gary Johnson caught a 71.5 lb. white marlin and Pascual Jimenez caught an 83 pounder that tied the "Underdog" for weight, but won the tie-breaker, putting them in 1st place.  Since the 83 pounder WAS NOT gaffed, but the one caught on the "Underdog" WAS gaffed, the "Welder's Ark" wins the tie breaker.  The fish is worth an estimated $2,584,000 in award money.  The white caught on the "Underdog" is worth an estimated $129,700 in award money.


"Over-Board" weighed a 63 lb. wahoo caught by Kevin Graybill inshore of the Rockpile that vaulted them into 1st place in the Wahoo Division.


"Bare Necessities" weighed a 25 lb. dolphin caught by John O'Donnell in the Baltimore Canyon.



"Game Over" weighed a 59.5 lb. yellowfin tuna caught by Ken Doody near the 461 Lump.


"Big Smooth" weighed a 45.5 lb. wahoo caught by Brian Jamison in the Baltimore Canyon.



"In the Doghouse" weighed a 20 lb. dolphin caught by Anthony Anello in the Washington Canyon.



"Raising the Steaks" weighed a 52 lb. wahoo caught by Richard Hammond in 30 fathoms inshore of the Washington Canyon.



"Shorebilly" weighed a 53 lb. white marlin (68-inches) that didn't meet the 70 lb. minimum weight requirement.



"Chain Reaction" weighed a 18.5 lb. dolphin that didn't meet the 20 lb. minimum weight requirement.



"Lucky Duck II" weighed a 20.5 lb. dolphin caught by Kurt Wallace.



Anglers on the "Auspicious", already sitting in 1st place in the Blue Marlin Division with the 881 pounder, had 3 white marlin releases and weighed a 57.5 pounder that didn't qualify.



"Bonnie Lynn" weighed a 22 lb. dolphin caught by Kevin Steinhice in the Norfolk Canyon.


"Foolish Pleasures" weighed a 21 lb. dolphin caught by Scott Meyer in 1,000 fathoms behind the Norfolk Canyon.








THURSDAY, August 9, 2018


9:08 AM - I heard from one boat heading out this morning to fish in the WMO that seas were in the 5-6 foot range with whitecaps. 



Today, there are 213 boats fishing in the White Marlin Open.  That leaves 334 eligible to fish tomorrow, the final day of the tournament.  



10:24 AM - Yesterday, Steve Trumpler caught a pair of 22-inch flounder during a trip on the charter boat, "Fish Bound".  Fish were hooked on natural bottom.

12:30 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Ivy Sea" had a good day fishing at Great Gull Shoal and on the Jimmy Jackson Reef.  They returned with 7 flounder in the box, measuring up to 20-inches.  All caught on cut bait.


1:50 PM - Josh Fallon and Tyler Travers caught their limit of 8 flounder while drifting Gulp artificial baits in the East Channel near the Coast Guard Station.

Preston and Debbie Walls took Webb Dulin flounder fishing in the East Channel and the trio boated 10 keeper flounder, measuring up to 22-inches.  All were caught on live bunker.

9:45 PM - On the charter boat, "Fish Bound", mate Kevin Twilley caught a 26-inch flounder on natural coral bottom while using an Otter Tail and squid combination.

On the charter boat, "Fish Bound", angler Joe McNeal caught 3 flounder up to 23 inches on natural coral bottom while using jig heads tipped with Gulp.

On the "Fish Frenzi" angler Marie Renzi captured a nice 20-inch flounder.  Marie and her husband, Pete Renzi had their limit of 8 flatties by noon while fishing with Gulp at the Bass Grounds.

Anglers fishing on the headboat, "Morning Star" had a great day of flounder fishing with fish up to 22.5-inches.  All of the fish, including some sea bass, were caught on an artificial reef.

Charlie Greenwood caught his first King mackerel while fishing trolling at the 1st Lump with his dad, Jeff Greenwood.








9:50 PM - Just returned from the scales on Day 4 of the White Marlin Open.  Today there were 213 boats fishing which leaves 335 boats for the final day tomorrow.  Here is what we saw:





The first boat to the scale was the "Underdog" with a pair of white marlin.  One didn't meet the minimum weight, but the second one weighed 83 lbs. to take over 1st place in the White Marlin Division.  Fish was caughtby Greg Giron.

"Instigator" weighed a 43 lb. wahoo to jump into 4th place in the Wahoo Division.  Fish was caught by Curtis Colgate.

"Rigged Up" weighed a 41 lb. dolphin to move into 2nd place in the Dolphin Division.  Fish was caught by George Mess.

"Miss Andrea" weighed a 51.5 lb. yellowfin caught by Rick Shepanski.



"Killin Time" wieghed a 32 lb. dolphin caught by Glenn Orr.



"The Greene Turtle" weighed a 14 lb. dolphin that didn't meet the 20 lb. minimum weight requirement.



"Fish On" weighed a 30.5 lb. dolphin caught by John Stachowski.



"Buckshot" weighed 3 yellowfins.   Dion Stanton caught a 51 pounder.  Billy Miller caught a 67.5 pounder and Gary Stansberry caught a 75.5 pounder to jump into 1st place in the Tuna Division.

"Canyon Lady" weighed a 62.5 lb. white marlin that didn't hit the 70 lb. minimum weight requirement.



"Sea Toy" weighed a 67 lb. yellowfin caught by Neil Myers.






WEDNESDAY, August 8, 2018


At 4:00 PM  the scales open on Day 3 of the White Marlin Open.  Today, there are 129 boats fishing which is slightly less than the amount that went yesterday (151).



Bob Taylor caught a baracuda at the Jackspot on a pink ballyhoo. He was fishing with Bob Carl and they went 1 for 2 on mahi, caught a nice king mackeral, a good number of Atlantic bonita and some bluefish


On the headboat, "Tortuga", anglers Erin and Shannon Kelly caught a pair of flounder with the larger one measuring 20-inches and weighing 2 lbs. 12 oz.  Both fish were caught on squid and shiner combinations in the Thorofare.

Liam Wright caught a bunch of bluefish and a king mackerel while trolling spoons at Fenwick Shoal.

3:10 PM - Pete Renzi and Keith Frasure hit an inshore reef site and caught their limit of 8 flounder measuring up to 24 1/2-inches and weighing 6 lbs. 1 oz.





9:55 PM - Just returned from the scales on Day 3 of the White Marlin Open and here is what we saw:



"Double D" weighed a 52 lb. bluefin tuna."Husevo" weighed a 59 lb. white marlin that did not qualify.



"Risky Business" weighed a pair of yellowfins (52.0 & 56.5 lbs.)



"Man O War" brought a 102-inch blue marlin to the scale that didn't hit the minimum length requirement.



"Sea Note" weighed a 23 lb. dolphin and sits in 4th place in the Dolphin Division.

"Canyon Hunter" weighed a 55 lb. wahoo that sits in 3rd place in the Wahoo Division.


"Trophy Hunter" weighed a 22 lb. dolphin.



"Toddy Time III" weighed a 19.5 lb. dolphin that didn't hit the 20 lb. minimum weight requirement.



"Blinky IV" weighed a 73.5 lb. yellowfin that takes over 1st place in the Tuna Division.


"Reel Nauti" weighed an 18.5 lb. dolphin that didn't hit the 20 lb. minimum weight requirement.



"Desparado" came to the scale with only 6 minutes remaining with a 58 lb. wahoo that jumps into 1st place in the Wahoo Division. 







TUESDAY, August 7, 2018


8:30 AM - With 319 of the 382 boats fishing yesterday, I would have expected more fish at the scale.  Great to see the 881 lb. blue marlin.  Certainly will be tough to beat. I did hear of a couple other blue marlin that were hooked, but shook loose.  



Here are the leaders after Day 1:



Blue Marlin - Auspicious - 881 lbs.

Tuna - 1st - Brass Monkey - 71 lbs.

Tuna - 2nd - Dialed In - 69 lbs.

Tuna - 3rd - Makai - 61 lbs.

Dolphin - 1st - Moxie Boys - 36 lbs.

Dolphin - 2nd - Halcyon - 30 lbs.

Dolphin - 3rd - Bent Tent - 22.5 lbs.



9:01 AM - Capt. John on the charter boat, "That's Right" are fishing on their first day in the WMO.  They are starting in 80 fathoms where they released a small blue marlin.  John has heard of a few white marlin releases.



9:49 AM - Okay... let's play a little catch-up from the last couple of days:



On Sunday, anglers on the "milliRem" went 1 for 2 on bluefins in Massey's Canyon.  Water temp was 77-degrees.

Yesterday, Mark Turner caught a small blacktip shark while fishing in the surf off Assateague

On Sunday, Pat and Joe Hurley hit some ocean structure, north of Massey's Canyon, where Pat caught this 15 lb. taugot.  They also had 13 nice black sea bass.

Yesterday, anglers on the charter boat, "Ivy Sea" hit the Bass Grounds and returned with 6 flounder up to 23-inches.

On Sunday, Jillian Warner caught a 72-inch, 52 lb. wahoo in Massey's Canyon.

Yesterday, anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" had to work for their bites on artificial and natural reef sites.  They ended up with some flounder and sea bass caught on squid, clams and cut bait.

On Sunday, Matt Borys caught this 55lb Bluefin chunking at the Jackspot


Yesterday, Rich Daiker and Ed Amadio ran to Massey's Canyon on Rich's new boat, "Delicious" where they caught a  48” bluefin and a 55” yellow fin.  Both on the chunk.  They broke the inlet at 7:30 AM and were back by noon.

Yesterday, Angelina Watts caught a bonito at the Jackspot.

Yesterday, anglers on the headboat, "Angler" had flounder up to 3.5 lbs. while fishing with cut bait on an artificial reef


11:38 AM - Capt. John Oughton on the charter boat, "That's Right" just reported that they released 2 white marlin.  Was a long time between bites.  There's a little action up the line.





6:00 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "Get Sum" had a great trip, returning with 6 flounder and a 1/2 bushel of crabs.


Angela Pretzler Campbell caught her first ever flounder and it was a 28-incher that weighed 8 lbs.  Caught on an ocean reef site with a Spro bucktail tipped with a Gulp.  She was fishing on the "Renovator".


On the headboat, "Angler", Josh Higgins caught a 4 1/4 lb sea bass while using squid at a natural reef site.

Capt. Monty Hawkins on the headboat, "Morning Star" has really been putting his anglers onto flounder lately.  Today they returned with several big fish in the cool and some black sea bass as well.





9:40 PM - I just returned from the scales of the White Marlin Open and here is what we saw on Day 2:



"Stirl Baby" weighed a 60 lb. yellowfin.



"Lights Out" jumped into the lead in the White Marlin Division with a 75 pounder caught by Bill Haugland.  This fish is now worth $2,600,000


"Fin-Nominal" weighed a 50 lb. dolphin caught by Lou Genello to take over 1st place in the Dolphin Division.


"Reelin n Dealin" weighed a 28.5 lb. dolphin caught by Luke Cromwell.



"Seakeeper" weighed a 24.5 lb. dolphin caught by Scott Krawiec



"The Right Place" weighed a 47 lb. wahoo caught by Leo Cantillo to jump into 1st place in the Wahoo Division.


"Good Company" weighed a 21.5 lb. dolphin caught by Mac Schultz.



"Quick Draw" weighed a 19.5 lb. dolphin caught by Brian Hayden that just missed the 20 lb. minimum weight requirement.



"Game Changer" arrived a the scale for the second day in a row and weighed a 62 lb. yellowfin caught by Rob Howes.  This takes over 3rd place in the Tuna Division.


"The Natural" weighed a 68-inch, 57 lb. white marlin caught by Bill Bowden that missed the 70 lb. minimum weight requirement.






MONDAY, August 6, 2018


Well, here we go!  The first day of the White Marlin Open and with 382 boats competing for $5.4 million dollars, the scales should be an exciting place to be.  Although the bite has been slow lately, with most of the billfish releases coming in from deep outside the Poor Man's Canyon, that number of boats out there searching up and down the coastline will hopefully result in them along with the flat seas will allow them to really cover some ground in search of white and blue marlin. 

The record for most boats in the WMO was set in 2004 when 449 boats participated.  But that was before the $10,000 calcutta that was added a couple of years ago, so that is why you are now seeing record payouts.



A few late reports from yesterday:



Kristalynn Wilson caught a fat 33-inch striped bass, her first ever, while fishing around the South Jetty with live spot.


Cross Ferrara caught a 59.5 lb. cobia on a live eel while fishing from his jet ski, 1/2 mile off Bethany, DE.







SUNDAY, August 5, 2018


Beautiful day in Ocean City.  Winds have finally calmed down.  Capt. John on the charter boat, "That's Right" reports 1-2 foot seas offshore.



8:06 AM - Capt. John on the charter boat, "That's Right" is offshore today and they have already caught a few dolphin and just let a white marlin go.  Fishing in 450 fathoms where water temps are 78.6-degrees.



8:19 AM - Anglers on the charter boat, "That's Right" just released another white marlin.



10:35 AM - Capt. John on the charter boat, "That's Right" reported that the bite has slowed down right now.  They are leaving 500 fathoms and heading more inshore.  Seas are flat calm.  Light winds.  East current.



11:52 AM - Capt. John on "That's Right" reported that a few marlins were caught in the last hour, but it is pretty slow overall.



12:06 PM - On the charter boat, "That's Right", Capt. John Oughton reported that they just had a couple of yellowfin bites and boated one.



3:58 PM - Yesterday, Jeremy Noel caught a 24-inch, 10 lb. black drum at the South Jetty. Used a Gulp Swimming Mullet for bait.


On the charter boat, "Fish Bound", anglers caught a boat limit of 32 flounder on squid and Otter Tails.  They fished in 80-feet of water on natural bottom.  Darrell Doupnik released a 23-incher during the trip.

Ray Campbell caught a 12 lb. barracuda, 2 dolphin and 2 mackerel while trolling just inshore of the Jackspot.

Anglers on the headboat, "Morning Star" had a good bite on sea bass and flounder today.  They also had a mahi on the troll.

Adam Corry caught a 46-inch bluefin while chunking in Massey's Canyon.  Adam was on the "Myra HT" with Hugh Cropper and Chris McCabe.  They caught 3 bluefins, releasing 1.

5:13 PM - Anglers on the charter boat, "That's Right" caught a yellowfin tuna, 6 mahi and a white marlin release while trolling in the Baltimore.








SATURDAY, August 4, 2018



10:48 AM - All of this wind is making it tough for both bay and ocean anglers.  The water in the bay is filthy, which really puts a damper on flounder fishing.  I heard that the ocean is rough as a cobb and a lot of boats that took a chance and headed out, are turning around.



Today is the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce Flounder Tournament at Pines Point Marina.  It is also the second and final day of the Ocean City Marlin Club Ladies Tournament.



1:26 PM - Yesterday, President Trump gave a shout-out on Twitter to Ocean City, MD after seeing a picture of the boats at the Ocean City Fishin


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