97 boats and nearly $1.1 million for HUK Big Fish Classic

By Scott Lenox

Just got back from registering for the 9th Annual HUK Big Fish Classic at the Talbot Street Pier and it looks like it’s going to be another great event. A total of 97 boats vying for just under $1.1 million in prize money. The biggest fish in first place could still aim for over $500,000, which is incredibly impressive. The Scales action starts tomorrow at 4pm where I’ll be your emcee and if you can’t make it to Talbot Street to watch in person you can watch it live at www.BigFishClassic.com

It was a pretty nice day weather wise and a good day of fishing for the most part with still uneven bite of tuna. RoShamBo’s Captain Willie Zimmerman is fishing for this weekend’s Big Fish and practiced putting his first swordfish of the season on the dock at Ocean City Fishing Center.

Captain Doug Bramble and the crew of the Shorebilly had a great day with the tunas putting five yellowfin on the ice.

Captain Joe Drosey and the crew of Rhonda’s Osprey had a nice family on board and found them some fine yellowfin tuna.

The Ocean City Girl had just one angling trip today and he enjoyed a couple of stallion yellowfins on his trip.

Capt Wayne Blanks had good fishing at the Route 50 Bridge today with rockfish action and big blue fish up to 37″.

Angler’s Captain Chris Mizurak reported good fishing on today’s full day trip with plenty of bass around the rail for his folks.

The Morning Star’s Captain Monty Hawkins fished well on today’s trip with some bass limits for a few people.

Low hanging clouds and their threat of further showers remained to our west as we paddled steadily east; actually seen sunshine today. Eeamon dropped our reef blocks on another new spot. Would the boy reap the benefits of reef karma before too long. Must have merged with his Luck of the Irish.

An eleven hour trip; after our reef was built, we threw in a few trolling lines aft, often in the summer, and kept paddling.

Our first spot contained good bass. Pretty as you want, really. A move here, an anchor there; Irish are building up quite a lead. Suddenly it’s limited while other customers who normally have excellent luck weren’t in the double digits.


Keep fishing.

Another movement, more grounding. No more limits. About half limited – everyone in double digits.

Dern was definitely no average. Best size day since late May I think.

And Eeamon? Cashed in first and won the pool.

He knows why…



Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing is once again burning the midnight oil and the creatures of the bay and river are paying with their lives. Shooters are very lucky with stingrays, gar, snakeheads and some large catfish.

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