Fishing Reports

Team Decoy & Hunting and Fishing America is all set for the 2017 White Marlin Open… Special thanks to Lenny Simmons of Len Dawg Tackle for preparing all our lures for this year, high quality and proven fish magnets. Decoy crew will consist of Boat owner/ Capt Jamie Brown, co-Cap/angler, Neal Skove (longtime Florida charter capt), Anglers Jacob Schline and Matt Black along with Mate Jay Schline of HFA. If you get down to the beach stop by Ocean City Fishing Center A24 say hey, otherwise, hope to see ya at the scales!! Live cam will be available at https://www.whitemarlinopen.com/marlin-cam   
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CHESAPEAKE BAY TOP WATER ACTION

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The Best Fishing Buddies

I enjoyed joining Don Arthur and his grandson Bradley on the best fishing trip so far this year.Countless numbers of striped bass were caught, from 19 to 24 inches, with the majority being keeper size, on topwater.

In the afternoon we used soft plastic baits on 3/4 ounce jigheads to keep catching stripers.

Most Productive Lure:

Heddon Saltwater Chug’n & Spook in Shad.

Light Tackle Technique:

Pop, Pop, Pop, & Stop (Poppers)
Cast the lure, put the rod tip just above the water, pop it 3 times swiftly, and stop popping for 1/2 second. Repeat this cadence again and again, until the lure is back at the boat. If the striper blows up on the lure and misses it, keep popping it. The fish will come back for seconds, thirds, etc.

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This was the 1st trip I used my new Garmin echoMAP CHIRP 94sv. This piece of equipment is user-friendly right out of the box. The screen is clear and I now have CHIRP Sonar, CHIRP SideVu and CHIRP DownVu on a 9″ screen. If you fish in waters under 500 feet deep, like the Chesapeake Bay, a GT52HW-TM transducer is an excellent choice to select. This transom mount transducer consistently displays clear and crisp fish arches with superior target separation, as well as clear definition of structures below and to the side of the boat.

Tight Lines,
Capt. Tom Hughes
Text or Call 443-690-3164

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ISHING REPORT JULY 6, 2017

Posted 19 hours ago

CAPT WAYNE ON “MUFF DIVER” RETURNED FROM AN OVERNIGHT TRIP WITH ONE YELLOWFIN TUNA, ONE BLUEFIN TUNA, ONE MAHI, AND RELEASED A HANDFUL OF SHARKS. CAPT ROB ON “MOORE BILLS” CAUGHT SIX YELLOWFIN TUNA. CAPT JEREMY ON “PLAYMATE” CAUGHT FOUR MAHI. CAPT DALE ON “FOOLISH PLEASURES” CAUGHT TWO YELLOWFIN TUNA.

FISHING REPORT JULY 5, 2017

Posted 19 hours ago

CAPT CHRIS ON “TALKIN TRASH” CAUGHT TWO YELLOWFIN TUNA. CAPT MATT ON “GAME CHANGER” CAUGHT ONE YELLOWFIN TUNA. CAPT BRANDON ON “REEL DIRECT” CAUGHT ONE MAHI.

FISHING REPORT JULY 4, 2017

Posted 19 hours ago

HAPPY FOURTH FROM OCFC!! WE HAD A FEW BOATS FISHING TODAY. CAPT DALE ON “FOOLISH PLEASURES” RETURNED FROM AN OVERNIGHT TRIP WITH TWELVE YELLOWFIN TUNA, THREE MAHI, AND ONE BLUEFIN TUNA. CAPT WAYNE ON “MUFF DIVER” CAUGHT TWO YELLOWFIN TUNA. CAPT CHRIS ON “SPRING MIX II” CAUGHT THREE BLUEFIN TUNA, AND ONE MAHI. CAPT JEREMY ON “WRECKER” CAUGHT ONE YELLOWFIN TUNA. CAPT RON ON “BILL$ FOR BILLS” CAUGHT AN IMPRESSIVE THIRTY TILE FISH, AND ONE YELLOWFIN TUNA. PRIVATE BOAT “TAIL CHASER” CAUGHT ONE MAHI. PRIVATE BOAT “AMANDA MAYHEM” CAUGHT THREE MAHI, AND RELEASED ONE WHITE MARLIN.

FISHING REPORT JUNE 30, 2017

Posted 19 hours ago

DESPITE THE WIND A FEW BOATS STILL VENTURED OUT TODAY. CAPT MARK ON “HUSEVO” CAUGHT ONE BLUEFIN TUNA, ONE YELLOWFIN TUNA, AND FOUR MAHI. CAPT STEVE ON “STALKER” CAUGHT FOUR YELLOWFIN TUNA AND ONE MAHI. CAPT CHRIS ABOARD “TALKIN TRASH” CAME BACK WITH EIGHT YELLOWFIN TUNA. CAPT ROB ON “MOORE BILLS” CAUGHT FIVE YELLOWFIN TUNA. CAPT RON ON “BILL$ FOR BILLS” CAUGHT TWO YELLOWFIN TUNA, AND ONE BLUEFIN TUNA. PRIVATE BOAT “REEL FUN” CAUGHT TWO YELLOWFIN TUNA. PRIVATE BOAT “ALL IN” CAUGHT TWO YELLOWFIN TUNA.

June 23rd, 2017

Posted 7 hours ago

Rough seas didn’t hold back the crew today- and for a good reason! With the tuna bite being so good, plenty of anglers fought the rough seas to get in on the bite!

The ‘No Quarter’ fished the Poor Mans, returning with 2 Yellowfin and 1 Dolphin. They fished near the ‘Espadon’, who had 5 Yellowfin, also from the Poor Mans.

The ‘Marli’ had 5 Yellowfin and 1 Bluefin. ‘Reel Chaos’ had 2 Yellowfins, matching the catch from the ‘C-Boys’ crew. The ‘Boss Hogg’ had 1 Yellowfin and 1 Bluefin. All of these boats reported to be fishing in the Baltimore.

Straying from the group was the ‘Osprey’, who released 4 Yellowfin and 1 Bluefin, and returned with a 100 lb Bluefin!

June 22, 2017

Posted 1 day ago

The boats here at Sunset Marina got an early start to the weekend and they were rewarded generously with an awesome yellowfin bite today!  There were wheelbarrows full of tuna lined up all the way into the parking lot, which is a sure sign that the season is upon us!  The hot spot for the fleet today was in the Baltimore Canyon.  The ‘C-Boys’ caught 14 yellowfin, the ‘Marli’ had 16 yellowfin, and the ‘White lightning’ caught 6 yellowfin and released another 13.  The ‘Boss Hogg’ had 15 yellowfin tuna and also released a white marlin and the ‘No Quarter’ released 15 yellowfin and kept 1.  The only boat fishing in the Poor Mans today was the ‘Osprey’ and they caught 7 yellowfin and released another 5 more.  This is the perfect time of year to pick up the phone and book your next charter trip with the marina office at 410-213-9600!

June 21, 2017

Posted 2 days ago

It has been a quiet few days around the dock so it was nice to have some of our fleet venture out today!   The Espadon was the only boat fishing in the Washington today and they returned with 5 yellowfin tuna.  The rest of our fleet fished in the Poor Mans.  The first boat back to the dock was the ‘Osprey’ and they caught 7 yellowfin and released another 4 yellowfin tuna.  The Marli brought back 2 nice yellowfin and also a dolphin.  The Reel Toy had an exciting day catching 9 yellowfin, 1 dolphin, and releasing a white marlin.  It looks like many more will be venturing out tomorrow as the docks are still buzzing with people ordering ice and getting fuel so be sure to stayed tuned for tomorrow’s report!!

FISHING REPORT JUNE 15, 2017

Posted 20 hours ago

A FEW BOATS FISHED TODAY, CAPT RON ON PLAYTIME CAUGHT A DECENT SIZED MAHI AND RELEASED A HANDFUL OF SKIPPYS ALONG WITH SOME YELLOWFIN. CAPT FRANK ABOARD LAST CALL RETURNED WITH THREE BLUEFIN TUNA, AND ONE BIG EYE. CAPT JON ON GAME ON CAUGHT THREE BLUEFIN TUNA, AND THREE YELLOWFIN TUNA. CAPT JEREMY ON THE WRECKER RETURNED WITH THREE BLUEFIN TUNA. CAPT DALE OF FOOLISH PLEASURES CAUGHT THREE BLUEFIN TUNA, AND ONE MAHI. OUR BAY HEAD BOAT THE BAY BEE CAUGHT TWO KEEPER FLOUNDER IN THE MORNING AND HAD A PLETHORA OF THROWBACKS THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

FISHING REPORT JUNE 14, 2017

Posted 2 days ago

THE TUNA ARE BITING, CAPT JEREMY ABOARD THE WRECKER RETURNED TO THE DOCKS WITH FOUR BLUEFIN TUNA, AND THREE YELLOWFIN TUNA. CAPT ROB ON MOORE BILLS CAUGHT FOUR BLUEFIN TUNA. CAPT DALE ON FOOLISH PLEASURES CAME BACK WITH FOUR BLUEFIN TUNA. CAPT CHRIS ON SPRING MIX II RETURNED WITH FOUR BLUEFIN TUNA, AND ONE MAHI. CAPT CHRIS ON TALKIN TRASH RETURNED WITH THREE BLUEFIN TUNA, AND TWO YELLOWFIN TUNA.

TUESDAY – JUNE 13, 2017

Posted 3 days ago

WE HAD 2 CHARTER BOATS FISH TODAY.  CAPT. STEVE ON THE “STALKER” RETURNED WITH 3 BLUEFIN TUNA, 3 YELLOWFIN TUNA AND RELEASED OVER 30 MORE BLUEFINS.  CAPT. CHRIS ON THE “TALKIN’ TRASH” 3 BLUEFIN TUNA, MAHI AND RELEASED OVER 20 BLUEFINS.

Monday – June 12, 2017

Posted 4 days ago

A FEW BOATS VENTURED OUT TODAY IN SEARCH FOR TUNA AND RETURNED SUCCESSFUL.  CAPT. ROB ON THE CHARTER BOAT, “MOORE BILLS”, CAME IN WITH 4 BLUEFIN TUNA AND 7 YELLOWFIN TUNA.  THE “REEL DIRECT” WITH CAPT. BRANDON RETURNED WITH 3 BLUEFIN TUNA AND 2 MAHI MAHI.

PRIVATE BOATS ALSO FISHED.  THE “DECOY” CAME IN WITH 4 YELLOWFIN TUNA.  THE “FOOLISH PLEASURES” RETURNED WITH 3 BLUEFIN TUNA.

JUNE 11, 2017 FISHING REPORT

Posted 5 days ago

WAS A HOT ONE TODAY WITH A FEW BOATS VENTURING OUT. CAPT DALE ON FOOLISH PLEASURES RETURNED FROM AN OVERNIGHT TRIP WITH FOURTEEN YELLOWFIN TUNA, TWO MAHI, A 103LB MAKO, AND RELEASED A WHITE MARLIN JUST OUTSIDE THE ONE HUNDRED MILE MARKER. CAPT MARK ON HUSEVO RETURNED FROM AN OVERNIGHT TRIP WITH ONE YELLOWFIN TUNA, ONE MAHI, AND ONE MAKO. PRIVATE BOAT BERZERKER ALSO RETURNED FROM AN OVERNIGHT TRIP WITH ONE MAHI, SIX YELLOWFIN TUNA, AND ONE MAKO. ALONG WITH TWO MAKO RELEASES. CAPT ROB ABOARD MOORE BILLS CAME BACK TO THE DOCKS WITH FOUR BLUEFIN TUNA, AND ONE YELLOWFIN TUNA. CAPT JEREMY ON WRECKER CAUGHT FIVE YELLOWFIN TUNA, AND THREE BLUEFIN TUNA. CAPT CHRIS ON TALKIN TRASH CAUGHT THREE BLUEFIN TUNA. CAPT STEVE ON SPRING MIX II CAME BACK WITH FOUR BLUEFIN TUNA. PRIVATE BOAT HEAVY METAL CAUGHT TWO YELLOWFIN TUNA. PRIVATE BOAT ALL IN CAUGHT ONE BLUEFIN TUNA. PRIVATE BOAT TWO TIMING CONNIE CAUGHT ONE BULEFIN TUNA, AND ONE YELLOWFIN TUNA.

2016 White Marlin Open Ruling – $3 Million Dollar Tuna?

A federal judge today ruled against the winner of 2016’s White Marlin Open and he will not receive the $2.8 Milion prize. The ball started rolling last August when Phil Heasley caught the only qualifying white marlin in the 2016 White Marlin Open aboard his Kallianassa and was looking to cash the largest payout for a single fish in any fishing tournament in history. Heasley’s 76.5 pound white marlin was worth $2.8 Million, but when tournament officials became suspicious with discrepancies on his catch report a red flag was sent up. The original time on the catch report was scratched out and a new one was written in raising suspicion with officials to when the fish was caught and whether or not Kallianassa began fishing before the official lines in time of 8:30 AM on Tuesday, August 9, 2016.The White Marlin Open officially disqualified Heasley’s fish when he and his crew failed to pass their required polygraph tests that included questions about lines in, the time the fish was caught and if Heasley received any help in landing the fish.

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After learning of his disqualification Heasley sued White Marlin Open for his prize and the case was recently heard in federal court in Baltimore. Lawyers for both sides plead their cases that focused on the reliability of the polygraph tests and the the credibility of Heasley and his crew. In the end Judge Richard Bennett ruled that Heasley and his crew did violate rules of the tournament by putting lines in before 8:30 AM on the day that they caught the 76.5 pound white marlin. The judge also ruled that White Marlin Open was just in disqualifying Heasley and his crew by correctly applying the rules of the tournament including the administration of polygraph tests.

Here is a statement from the White Marlin Open Website:

“Throughout the case, the intention of the White Marlin Open directors has been to protect the integrity of the tournament and to ensure that the rules are applied fairly for all participants. The White Marlin Open, like many other tournaments, has found that the use of polygraphs is an effective method of ensuring compliance with the rules. The White Marlin Open is pleased that its reputation for integrity, built over its forty-three-year history, has been upheld.”

“As the 2017 tournament approaches, the tournament directors are determined to continue the fair and impartial application of the tournament rules so that all participants have confidence in the results of the tournament. The tournament directors are committed to maintaining the tournament as an open and enjoyable experience for all anglers, whether professional or amateur, who participate in this world recognized event.”

Today’s decision was only one to say whether Heasley would receive the $2.8 Million prize money. A judge will determine the distribution of the $2.8 Million at a later date and hopefully that will follow guidelines that are already written in the White Marlin Open rules. If the White Marlin Open rules are followed for prize distribution the prize money would be distributed to several other winners in the 2016 tournament. A dozen other anglers are set to receive thousands of dollars, but no one is more excited than Rich Kosztyu who caught the winning tuna in the 2016 White Marlin Open. Kosztyu’s 236.5 pound bigeye tuna was already worth over $776,000 and because of added entry levels and no qualifying white marlin, his fish could now be worth over $3 Million. We’ll have to wait just a little longer to find out.

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94 mile trek was worth the trip!! Nice class of Yellow Fin Tunas. Never saw another boat, we had the place to ourselves!

Capt./Owner Jamie Brown “DECOY SPORTFISHING”, crew Neal Skove’, and HFA Jay Schline-Outdoorguru

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Jay Schline

We dropped the Fbomb on the sharks and they came running!

Fishbomb works, we had sharks on us with in a minute of deploying the first can

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Dale Lisi-Foolish Pleasures Big Game Fishing

Fished our last day of Mako Mania , no trip to the scales today but did get a 112 lb mako. Great times awesome charter .

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Father and Son Enjoying Quality Time on the Chesapeake Bay

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Catching First Striper x 2

Lance Brantley and his son, Jacob, of Ashbum VA, met me at Sandy Point State Park. We headed out of the inlet and moved south past “85A”. The water temperature was 66 degrees. It didn’t take Jacob long to catch his first striper ever on light spinning tackle. A few minutes later Lance landed his first striper ever on a fly rod. It’s always great when you witness 2 anglers break their records.

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We Hit the Motherload

We covered over 50 miles during this trip, moving from structure to structure to locate fish since my good buddies, the seagulls, weren’t working, just sitting. We were close to the Bay Bridge and just before I called the last drift we hit the motherload.

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A Tad Over 30 Inches

This striper put up an excellent fight on light tackle. Jacob kept the rod no higher than 30 degrees to the horizon and did not pump this fish, making it possible to net this hard fighting striped bass.

Nice catch Jacob.

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Always A Pleasure

Jacob and Lance Brantley, thank you for sharing your day with me. It’s always a pleasure watching anglers like you enjoying a day on the Chesapeake Bay, catching fish.

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Tight Lines and Be Safe,
Capt. Tom Hughes
Fly & Light Tackle Fishing Guide

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