2009-07-12 - OU Wins Ocean City Tuna Tournament - the OU Report

Captain John Oughton Wins Ocean City Tuna Tournament!!!

July 12 , 2009

Congrats go out to Captain John Oughton and John Griffith who won First Place Heaviest at the Ocean City Tuna Tournament today with a 158lb bluefin tuna! And not only that, they won First Place Stringer too! Read below for the full report!!!

If you want to go Bluefin Tuna fishing, the next couple weeks should offer good opportunities to target bluefin on the troll. We make our own custom Bluefin Tuna rigs, and run them on a combination of Penn 50's, 70's, and 80's.  At this point, the fish seem to be responding to trolled baits better than jigs or chunking, although that can change quickly. If you'd like to try to chunk or jig a Bluefin tuna, late July and early august is probably your best bet. We have specially designed chunking and jigging outfits for just this purpose. Currently we are catching Bluefin from 40 to 150 pounds and the limit is two per day, per boat, subject to specific size requirements. Our crews and boats are specifically geared for this fishing in both Maryland and New Jersey.

Likewise, if you want to catch a Mako Shark, we seeing them regularly on just about every trip to the canyon.  Capt. Joe reported hearing 5 gunshots in the Lindy on Friday night….not counting his own!  The Mako Sharks are feeding on small Yellowfin Tuna, which makes for great night shark fishing, mixed with good daytime trolling for Yellowfin Tuna.  The only way to target these fish right now, is an overnight trip, so we can get them after dark.  We can do either 16 hr. or 22 hr. trips to target both Makos and Yellowfin in the Canyon right now.

Ocean City, MD Fishing Report

The TUNA bite is getting better by the day! This has been a rather long week charter fishing and getting myself ready to fish the Ocean City Tuna Tournament this weekend. The first of the week was spent inshore doing several bottom fishing trips. We did ok, plenty of bites but also a lot of shorts or throw backs. Flounder and sea bass, mostly mixed, were a few triggers. Then the homework got harder as we needed to find some Bluefins...and in a hurry.

We spent our days with some great groups this week and things worked out very well with plenty of throw backs as we seemed to manage 4 to 6 real nice 40 to 50lb Yellowfins. Still most bites were on spreader bars and ballyhoos. The tuna seemed to be moving in the right direction by the end of the week as we were now catching them in 50 to 60 fathoms of water, 70 to 71.5 degrees, clean green. Meanwhile, we would sneak inside mid-afternoon to do a little recon on the inside looking for the elusive bluefin. We scored finding a little knot of fish on a bump in-between the Chicken bone and Hambone, in about 21 fathoms. The North end of the bump was holding just enough bait to keep the fish around which is just what I was looking for. So, needless to say we scored big in the Ocean City Tuna tournament, coming in First place with a 158lb Bluefin!!

We fished our first day on Saturday and scored pretty quickly but unfortunately the fish won and got away. But no worries, let's go get another one. Well, 20 minutes later the right short rigger goes off and we get our slot fish. And boy we pushed it...46 and a half inches...PHEW!! Now we need another BIG bite! Two hours go by and nothing...the bait was leaving and I was getting worried. And somehow I found the patience to pound it out back and forth as the bite finally came at about 11:30am and this time it’s my shotgun bait, with old reliable on their blue and white sea witch with a red head. An hour later in the boat, 64 incher and FAT! Now we are looking great, so...to the scales. After day one we managed to be in First place with the 158 pounder and then add in our 67 pounder we are also in First place stringer win a Daily, end of day one.

Day two brings lots of stress, however, the pressure was off real quick. Five minutes after lines were in we catch a 63 incher. So now we need a slot fish bad. Twenty minutes later we hook another lunker...and I mean lunker!!! Every bit of 180lbs but we had to let him go...oh well. So the day goes by and still no slot fish. I decided to head inshore to the 13 fathom bump and it worked out...a 42 incher. Now we keep our fingers crossed and off to the scales. Well, we managed 110lbs and 42lbs which kept us in first place stringer and still in First place Heaviest. And the waiting begins.

Yeaa  for us!!! We win both First place Heaviest and First place Stringer! However, in this tournament you are only allowed to be paid for one or the other, whichever brings us the most award which in this case was the Heaviest fish. And for those who understand me personally this is/was not an easy thing to do, so we are feeling pretty good!!

Tight Lines!!!

Capt. John Oughton - THAT'S RIGHT

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New Jersey Fishing Report

The time is now for fishing in NJ. We have had unbelievable fishing action this week with a great start to the beginning of bluefin season, as well as the yellowfin bite continuing to remain strong.  On the inshore front the bite had moved to the offshore reefs such as Wildwood and Cape May for flounder with some lunker fish up to 8 lbs being boated.

This week we ran several inshore bluefin trips mainly focused around the 19 lump. The bait is there and the fish are also but getting them to bite on certain days can be tough. We had some unusual bites this week as one day most of our bluefins coming on the flat lines. Crazy right! We fish all these WWB ’ s for so many years and I was amazed to see them eating right off the transom.  Needless to say on most days that ’ s what they bite.

On the offshore front this week we got our first trip in on the edge. We concentrated our fishing in the NE corner of the Lindy … . my honey hole. For some reason this place has always had so much bait that it remains a personal favorite. We set up upon arrival on the NE corner and set up for mako ’ s. We had our first bites at 1 am which was a double header . After making quick work of a small mako we began to work on the other. However, after about 30 minutes we had the hooks pulled. At 3 am we had a small hammerhead about 70 lbs. Then at 4 am when I was getting ready for the troll I saw the flat line mackerel  go down and game was on. We battled the fish for 30 minutes before finally sinking a flyer in him. The fished measured 82 inches and over 200 lbs!!!

After getting the mako secured we were up on the troll and upon setting out the spread we had five on … all yellowfins. We had a great group from Georgia who had plenty of meat so we planned on only keeping the big ones. We continued to get numerous bites releasing over 30 fish and keeping two at 54 and 46 lbs.  Unbelievable fishing as we starting trolling all plastic as we went through too many baits.  The yellows seemed to be in 120 fathoms in the early am before moving to the flats where we found them at the end of the day. The best bite was between the 700 and 710 line of the lindy where there was a break from 70.3 to 71.6.

All in all this was a great week for OU from Ocean City MD to Avalon NJ…the time is now to get out. Overnight fishing will remain great with makos teeming the edge amongst the smaller yellows and the daylight fishing on the edge is sick.  Bluefin and yellowfin fishing are coming together very nicely right now.  Til next week…

…Tight Lines!!!
Captain Joe Trainor

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Florida Keys Fishing Report

Saturday: Well, we had a great 4th of July down here in the Keys. On the reef in 75 feet dropping to the bottom with a chunk of ballyhoo we caught 20 mutton tail snapper, releasing about 6, from 18' to 23". The winds were 3 to 6 out of the south and the temp was 89 degrees. I've got to say it was fun and we had the same luck on Sunday. I talked to some other captains who also had a great bite on snappers.

Tuesday through Thursday: I was out fishing for tarpon and we had an early bite on the out-going tide using live bait. My first two days I had a few nice jumpers. The winds were 5 to 10 and the water temp was 83 degrees.On the in-coming tide at night we had 5 nice bites. Three jumped off after a good 20 minute long battle but we got two tarpon with clean releases. Both were about 65 pounds.

Come on down to the Keys have some fun in the sun. My Mom and Dad are in town this weekend. We shall see if Dad can handle the challenge. You all have a great weekend!

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Avalon, NJ

July 11 - Great Mako and Yellowfin action - LOW PROFILE
July 11 - 16hr Offshore New Jersey Trip - PRETTY WORK
July 09 - Ten Gaffers, 43" Bluefin Tuna - LOW PROFILE
July 07 - Cape May Reef Fishing - PRETTY WORK

Ocean City, MD

July 10 - Tuna Tournament Practice run - THAT'S RIGHT
July 09 - Yellowfin tuna still biting 45-50lb - THAT'S RIGHT
July 07 - Inshore MD trip - Flounders and Sea bass - THAT'S RIGHT

Florida Keys

July 06 - Mutton snappers are biting in the Keys - 19' Twin Vee

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