OCEAN CITY, MD – My first post related to my trip highlighted my own catches and fishing experiences. This part celebrates some of the people I met and fishing related memories that weren’t my catches. As one might expect in an oceanfront town, there were often people fishing near me, and their catches became memories for me as well.
I met these two fish bums (endearing terminology) while they were organizing tackle by their vehicle. The vast plethora of gear in their vehicle could have fully supplied a small tackle shop. My kind of people. Left to right, that is Noah (Instagram – coolerfullofish) and Joe (Instagram –jmnorton_fishing). I appreciated their willingness to share information and we met early enough in the week that we were hopeful we might get a planned fishing session in together. My decision to leave on Saturday instead of Sunday, is one that I regret. My call to go shark fishing came, but I was well on my way back to Ohio. Hopefully, I can make that happen next trip!
Here we have Kiley and Anthony, a very handsome college student couple that work full time in Ocean City in the summer. I watched Anthony catch a fish about as quickly as he put his Jeep in park after arriving. I learned Kiley was just as avid and competent as an angler, as she showed me some of her recent catches and also provided guidance. They both preached the virtue of the spec rig, with Anthony giving me one that I caught a Bluefish on. I can’t thank them enough for being so gracious with their time.
Surprisingly, I only spent part of one day at the actual Ocean City Fishing Pier. This was largely due to the fact that it sits so high above the water and I had no idea if my gear was appropriate or how to actually land something. I had seen plenty of Youtube videos where pier nets were used, but I didn’t realize their was a ‘community pier net’ available. After being on the pier for a little over an hour, I had already assisted with the net and learned enough that I was bummed I didn’t head over to it sooner.
While I don’t recall his name, the guy on the left was a regular to the pier and fun to hangout with. Anything he caught, he would show tourists and especially made it a point to make sure any kid who wanted to see or touch something, could. He’s pictured in one of those moments, showing a Skate. The middle photo I could dedicate an entire post to. There were two couples fishing next to me and mid conversation with this guy, his rod bends in half and the drag starts screaming. What ensued was a lengthy battle with masses of people crowding to see the action. I would have taken more pictures or video of the fight, but I was recruited to anchor the effort with the pier net. As we counted and pulled in sequence, the Cownose Ray was eventually hauled up. There were lots of people recording so I have been monitoring Youtube with the hopes that it ends up posted. If it does, I will surely link it here. It was very exciting to not simply see a neat catch, but to get to be an active participant in it! The last picture is a guy named Josh, who was staying in the same hotel as I was. We fished a lot of the same stretch of shoreline throughout the week, and he was the fortunate angler that caught the Rockfish (Striped Bass) everyone was hoping for. We all were envious, but of course were good sports in congratulating him on the great catch. Getting one like that, will be my mission next trip!
My timing could not have been better when I pulled in to Fish Tales. I arrived to see the crew of the Flyin’ Late with their #120 Bluefin Tuna doing a photo op. I jumped right in to do some pictures too. It was an awesome fish and I have put some messages out to try to locate them (in case they want some additional shots). The fish was cleaned right at the dock and I’m certain there were a lot of folks hopeful for some fresh sushi!
I have a lot of footage and photos from the trip that would fall into the ‘tourist’ category. Scenic shots, landmarks, boats, dolphins, crabs, waterfowl, and such. I’m sure there are plenty of professional pictures that my contribution to the subject matter wouldn’t really do anything. That considered, these two parts seem sufficient to cover all ‘fishy’ related content from the week. I hope everyone enjoyed the read!
Read Part 1 here!