With great expectations we headed offshore for last day of Ocean City Light Tackle Club Marlin Tournament... found the good water from the day before, but fishing was very slow... We were on the lucky side to be one of five boats with two fish thanks to my crew of Richard BARRAZOTTO and Bo Wisehut each hooking the two whites we did raise.... maybe they will bite better tomorrow!
Yesterday was the first day of the Ocean City Light Tackle Club Marlin Tournament and the first day out in a while.... we found a body of beautiful warm water but only a few marlin in it.... we never saw one yesterday... bunch of mahi was all..... but I was thinking maybe the water would collect some fish... and we got out there today and lo and behold, where there were none yesterday, today GOOD MARLIN FISHING.... John Beddow, Chuck Dinapoli and Pat Svehla caught 6 white marlin, including a triple header... and a few boats did better than us including two with double digits.... hopefully we have a few more weeks of good fishing.... lots of dolphin and tuna around with the marlin as well!!
THE WHOLE FLEET HAS BEEN TIED TO THE DOCK WITH BIG SEAS FROM IRMA OFFSHORE...... SCHEDULED TO FISH THE NEXT FOUR DAYS IF SEAS SUBSIDE.... STILL 10FT OFFSHORE.... WILL BE FISHING THE OCEAN CITY LIGHT TACKLE CLUB MARLIN TOURNAMENT THE NEXT 4 DAYS.... HOPEFULLY SOME MARLIN HAVE MOVED INTO OUR WATERS.
PHOTO COMPLEMENTS OF BILLY PITTMAN
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AFTER SEVERAL SLOW DAYS LOOKING FOR WHITE MARLIN DURING WHAT SHOULD BE OUR PEAK MARLIN FISHING, WE HEADED DOWN TO HATTERAS FOR A SOME SHALLOW WATER FISHING WITH BIG JOHN & TONY.... JOHN HOOKED THE FIRST SAILFISH OF THE DAY AND LUCA SCHENK, FROM GERMANY, CAUGHT HIS FIRST SAILFISH/BILLFISH EVER.
THE SEAS WERE CALM BUT THE BIG SWELL FROM IRMA MADE CROSSING THE BAR ADVENTUROUS
This photo is complements of Billy Pittman, whose son Randy caught this white marlin with us, his first ever, a few days ago... Marlin fishing has been terrible the last few days... we are going meat fishing tomorrow and then hunkering down for the hurricane although it looks like its gonna miss us hopefully.... will be looking for marlin next week as we are fishing the Ocean City Light Tackle Club tournament..... hopefully some white marlin fall from the sky between now and next Wednesday!!
I HAVE 2 PEOPLE LOOKING FOR 3-4 MORE TO JOIN THEM THIS FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1 FOR A BILLFISHING TRIP ON THE OBSESSION.... WEATHER HAS KEPT EVERYONE TIED UP THE LAST FEW DAYS BUT THERE WAS A GOOD SIGN OF FISH LAST WEEKEND AND OFTEN RIGHT AFTER A NORTHEASTER FISHING IS EXCELLENT.... GOOD FORECAST FOR FRIDAY. IF
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GOOD SHOWING IN VIRGINIA BEACH BILLFISH TOURNAMENT!!!
Bob Fischer, Danny Hope, Charley Townes & new crew member Craig Sudbrink, along with deckhands Joe Bonvetti and Tyler Sudbrink did a great job in an exciting tournament for the Obsession. The first day, we stayed on the sailfish and with Bob leading the way with 3 releases, we ended up in first place at the end of the day and won the daily prize, as well as weighed in the top wahoo, a 45# fish boated by Charley Townes.
The second day, I could not get on the fish.... We caught one sailfish early, but pulled the hook on two more later in the day, and I missed another one.... BOOOO!!!
So we ended up the tournament in 5th place out of 75 boats, we won the daily for most billfishes the first day, and the Wahoo held up so we won the prize for the biggest Wahoo...... and we had a great time celebrating at the awards banquet.
Last Tuesday, my Virginia Beach Tournament group chartered me to fish up to Virginia Beach to scout around before the tournament..... paid off in spades!! Bob Fischer started the day with a sailfish release, then Danny Hope caught a white marlin, and then Bob did a fantastic job in a grueling down and dirty battle on light tackle with a 125# blue marlin to give us a GRAND SLAM..... went into Virginia Beach that night with our chests poked out and a positive attitude for the tournament.... and it paid off!!
THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS ARE COMPLIMENTS OF LINDSEY TREADWAY OF THE 70# BLUE MARLIN CAUGHT BY HER DAUGHTER GALE LAST WEEKEND.
Beautiful day... David Bauer, from Alexandria, VA has fished by himself the day before we head up to Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament for at least the last 10 years.... today he started the day with a exciting white marlin release.... later we raised 3 or 4 sails but David only got one as chaos and crossed lines ensued and one jumped off and the other was not hooked.
Beautiful day, decent action, we boated a nice tuna and then Nick Veteri, from Philadelphia caught his first sailfish and Dominic Santoro, also from Philly also caught his first billfish, a very acrobatic white marlin.......but we should have had a few more but the captain of the Obsession missed two and a third that he hooked threw the hook..... BOOOOO!!!
Funny, there was a fair bite going on but when the eclipse started it pretty much shut down.
We actually found a grass line with dolphin around it today... not very large ones, but Everett & Lindsey Treadway, from Ashland, VA and crew boated a limit of small school dolphin on light tackle.... AND their daughter 12 year old daughter Cali Treadway caught and released a 75# blue marlin which she did a great job bringing to the boat unassisted
AND I had a hitchhiker join me on the bridge for an hour or so......
We fished our three days of the Pirates Cove Billfish tournament... had good action but won no prizes... First day we rolled the dice and headed south looking for sailfish...... started off great and were keeping up with good action on white marlin up north, but then the sailfish stopped biting for all the boats on the south end and up north the whites kept biting....so even though we had a good day, with Robert Crowder, Shani Diggs, Charles Townes and Mason Camp each catching a sailfish we ended the day in the twelft place...
The second day did not go well... we had four good oportunities but we san cochoed, wifffttt, screwed up and to end the day zing-powwedd four or five good white marlin bites ..... Robert Crowder caught our only fish of the day.
The last day, we did great, hooking and catching five of our six chances, jumping off one and stayed in the race for the daily all day, but fell a bit short, ending up forth in the race for the daily prize out of 75 boats.... everyone caught a fish yesterday, Charles Sr & Charley Townes, Mason & Robert Crowder all did a great job. RIght now we are in 13 th place but a number of boats are fishing their last day today.
A beauitiful day on the water for the ladies..... we had a lot of action and were in the running all day.... Top boat released 4 billfish and we were tied with6 other boats that all had three billfish.... Monica Witt, Abby Long & Kelly Cassidy did outstanding catching a sailfish a apiece..... we pulled the hook early on another sailfish.... Laura battled a blue marlin for a half hour, which would have given us second place out of 97 boats ( and Alice Kelly tournament record) but the light leader unfortunately chaffed off. But the weather was great and the girls had a blast.
Sam Coburn & his son's, from Summit, NJ took their first marlin fishing trip with us yesterday..... marlin fishing is still hit or miss along the whole east coast right now with lots of green water.... but Sam did catch & release a white marlin, and son Brian did a great job boating a 152# bigeye tuna.
JOSEPH DIPICATRO, FROM PUNISUTAWNEY, PA CAUGHT 275# BLUE MARLIN ON FIRST OFFSHORE FISHING TRIP!