Saturday, 08/06/2016, we left the slip at 5:30 am and headed east. The plan was to fish a patch of heavily concentrated chloro water 10 miles west of the Baltimore Canyon. Sea conditions improved at the 40 mile mark and I decided to push towards the Baltimore Canyon with hopes of a marlin bite. We arrived at the west wall and set out the spread. Within 20 minutes we had a marlin up in the spread. She hit 2 other baits before coming tight on the flat line. At first we thought it was a baby blue marlin. This fish was grey hounding / tail walking and almost spooled a 50. After getting her boat side we removed the hook, took a glory pic and sent her on her way. This was a fish of a lifetime for angler Russell Collins. I estimate that this fish weighed in the mid 80's - 90 plus lbs.
We participated in the Big Fish Classic this weekend. Anglers were Mike Clay, Mike Clay Jr. and John Riley. We started the day off Saturday morning with a 2 hour commute to the Washington Canyon. We setup between 40-50 fathoms hoping for a big mako bite. We had one bite that came tight which resulted in a 13.5 lb dolphin.(Fish did not make minimum tourney weight of 15lbs)
Day 2 we fished just south of Massey's Canyon again hoping for a big mako bite. Again, had another dolphin take a shark rig and this one was big enough to qualify. (18.5lbs)
Great weekend fishing with the good friends. Great tournament and sponsorship. We will be back again next year, weather permitting.
Ocean City Maryland