Recently on a trip up to New York to finalize some last minute details before my wedding, I had the opportunity to do a little fishing. My cousins James (Jimbo), Andrew, and James put together a fantastic offshore fishing trip in Ocean City, Maryland. It was a blast!
We packed some clothes, good tunes, iced tea, sunflower seeds, and homemade jerky for the 4 hour road trip south.
I had my good friend Kyle and brother in law Bo meet us there for what would be an epic fishing trip. After an early night, waking up at 3:15am, and getting to the dock by 4:30am; the next 12 hours would turn out to be a non-stop fishing high.
Here is a picture of the group; all but my cousin Jimbo who is taking the picture. From the left: Kyle, Andrew, James, Me, & Bo. Pretty good looking group I must say! A fish’s nightmare however….
We caught a total of 5 White Marlin, 2 Yellow Fin Tuna, and about 7 Mahi Mahi. That is a hell of a trip!
Yours truly hooked the first White Marlin. It has been a while since fighting a fish that big, my arms were screaming by the end of the fight.
The only bad news is that I did not get a picture holding my Marlin like everyone else did. We were so happy about catching a Marlin that we never got that far. I do have a picture with a big smile right after catching the beast!
Brother Kyle landed and got a great picture with his Marlin!
After having one get away, James caught a monster as well. These marlin were hitting our teasers right behind the boat (Lures with out hooks strictly to make splashes and attract the fish). It was a sight to see! The Mahi would also come shooting across the water slamming our artificials baited with ballyhoo.
Jimbo landed the first Tuna which everyone was ecstatic about having later for dinner! We love catching marlin, but White Marlin are not great for eating. Tuna and Mahi are some of the best fish to eat in the world. Everyone broke out in cheers when this guy made his way over the rail and into the boat. Fresh sushi anyone?
Everyone was having fun in the sun. We couldn’t be stopped. The Captain kept putting us on the fish and the deck hand stayed busy all day.
This picture of Andrew and I was taken after Andrew landed this bad boy…
James had a pretty nice one as well.
Bo brought in the last fish of the day. Another Tuna. I do not have a picture of him holding the tuna but I do have one of him fighting this 70lb fish which everyone was super pumped about adding to the bait box!
Kyle brought a bad ass camera with even more bad ass lenses that took some GREAT action shots of some Marlin and Mahi Mahi.
After this great trip, everyone took a little nap on the 3 hour boat ride back to the dock. We proudly displayed our catch in front of the eyes of patrons at the dock restaurant.
No one on the boat had caught a bill fish before and were informed that after catching your first bill fish, a jump in the water is required. We were happy to jump in the water… We smelled terrible and wanted to go swimming all day!
So, back flips off the dock was a great way to end this fantastic trip. I want to thank the guys for putting together such a great weekend. The fishing was AMAZING!!!