Our charter yesterday consisted of 5 college grads who wanted to catch a big shark. We ended the day with one dusky shark release and a large wahoo. The wahoo weighed 72lbs on the scale at the Ocean City Fishing Center.
We fished with a father and sons team from Elkton MD on Sunday 08/07. We went 1 for 3 on white marlins, caught 4 mahi and lost a nice yellowfin. This was young Kirk's 1st billfish.
On Saturday July 28th we fished with an Amish family from Lancaster Pennsylvania and were blessed with another white marlin release. In addition to the marlin release we were bit off by a wahoo.
Tyler Maerz caught his 1st billfish today with us and proudly takes the ceremonial dip!
White marlin release # 3 for the season, couple yellowfin tuna and mahi on today's trip.
Our crew today consisted of family members from New York and Arizona. Mr. West Coast was rewarded with a toothy one today.
On Saturday, June 30th, Paul Beck and crew from the great state of Ohio fished with us. This was their 1st offshore fishing trip and we ended up going 5 for 10 on yellow fin tunas!!
Justin Hoeckle and crew had a great day fishing with us. Another 1st white marlin for one of the anglers, a yellow fin tuna and 2 mahis.
On Thursday, June 21st, William Yeager and several others ventured out with us to the Baltimore Canyon in search of yellow fin tuna. After several hours of dragging baits we were lucky to get bit by a white marlin. Once we returned to the Ocean City Fishing Center William took the traditional plunge for catching his first billfish.
On Saturday, June 9th, we traveled to the Wilmington Canyon with hopes of taking part in the epic Bigeye Tuna bite that occurred the day before. Immediately after the final lines were set we were hooked up to our first white marlin of the season. Our lady angler on her very first offshore trip did an excellent job on the reel before the fish eventually became unhooked. We ended the day with (2) white marlin hooks ups, a mahi and a yellow fin tuna.
We had a full crew for this year's Mako Mania tournament sponsored by Bahia Marina here in Ocean City, Maryland.
Day 1 yielded a 74" mako shark that was nine inches short of the new NOAA size regulation of 83". We also caught several dusky sharks, a big blue shark and a large tiger shark. All fish were released to fight another day.
Day 2 yielded slick calm conditions with very little current and wind. We managed to catch and release (2) large dusky sharks,
Great times on the new Viking! Looking forward to next year's tournament!!
We were able to fish off the coast of North Carolina on our travels back to Ocean City, MD. The blue water held plenty of bait which provided JB Sommer and Russell Collins some decent fish to take home.
We went on our first overnight trip of the season with the Clay family. We ventured deep into the Baltimore Canyon trolling for tuna. We ended the trip with once nice yellow fin for 16 year old Mike Jr. Great trip with good friends!! Happy "16th" Birthday Mike Clay Jr.
We trolled a lump just north of the Hot Dog on Saturday with a crew of anglers from Pasadena, MD. Ended the day with 5 bites and (2) nice yellow fin tuna in the box.
Took my niece and her boyfriend on a trolling trip for tuna/mahi. We were rewarded with two nice mahi!
We fished with Lindsey Fine, Mike Fine, John Gray, Kenny Mudrick, Alex Lopez and Jonathan Kurgansky on Sunday, June 25th. Ended the day with 5 nice yellow fin tuna and 4 mahi. This was Mike Fine's 30th Birthday present!
Took my 20 year old niece, Taylor Johnson, and Nick Posterli out in the rip searching for yellow fin tuna. Ended the day with (2) yellow fins and (2) mahi.
On Saturday, June 10th, we took a full crew shark fishing. We left the slip at 5:30 am and headed to a wreck, Marine Electric, 31 miles southeast of the Ocean City inlet. We arrived at the wreck location around 7:00 am, set out the chum bucket and deployed a (4) rod shark spread. Within 30 minutes of having the last rod in the water a shortfin mako shark, estimated to weigh between 150-200lbs, began circling the boat and chum bucket. The fish was not interested in any of our rod baits. Over the next 8 hours we managed two bites with none coming tight. Beautiful day on the water that began with an amazing sunrise!
The crew for this year's Mako Mania included anglers Keith Zolman, Rob Griggs, Vince Salvarola, Mike Liles, Mike Clay and Russell Collins. We fished on Friday and Saturday and were able to hook catch and release several blue sharks, a dusky shark and a sea monster that eventually pulled the hook on angler Mike Clay. Great weekend spent with good friends! Looking forward to next year's shark tournament!!
On Saturday, 05/27/2017, the crew included: Dana Seiler, Lawrence Song, Steve Giles, Kirk and Cody Rothgeb. We left the slip at 6:00 am headed to a wreck site 31 miles southeast of the Ocean City Inlet. The wreck site, Marine Electric, is a 605' bulk carrier ship that sunk on February 12th, 1983. Once we arrived at the wreck we rigged up several small rods to try our luck at sea bass. The crew wanted to catch a few for the grill and we wanted a few for shark bait. Fortunately the fish we were hungry and we put close to 30 sea bass in their cooler and then decided it was time to try our luck with the sharks. We moved about 2 miles east of the wreck and began chumming. Over the course of the next 5 hours we had seven sharks hooked up and were able to get 5 to the boat and then released. Cody Rothgeb (16 yrs. old) had never been offshore fishing until today and caught his 1st and 2nd shark.
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