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Preparing for the OC tournament and I am trying to develop a fishing strategy. It looks like it is going to be small bluefish and more small bluefish again. It may be worth trying for some flounder as well. We are supposed to have a light east wind for a few days before the Tourny and that may make things a little more interesting, especially if we get some larger bluefish and a few legal stripers.

Is anyone else fishing the tournament?

What do you think will be the best fishing strategy?

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I'll be fishing the tourny too the best advice is to fish for everything and if blues or what ever is hitting target them.

Good luck.

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Ocsnapper,

Good luck in the tournament.

Yeah, we try different baits and rigs and we usually start with a small hook size to capitalize on whatever is out there. You are right, you never know what is out there. About ten years ago I caught a couple of fat alberts in the tourny, and eight years ago one of my team mates either caught a 7 lb pompano or maybe it was a permit.

I don't know if there are enough kingfish to really target them, but the small ones make good striper bait, and a few legal stripers have been caught in the surf lately. There also seem to be more flounder around than we have had in the past.

What team are you on?

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I will also be fishing the tournament and I'll be happy with fishable weather the last two years have been a washout. You know your in trouble when you throw out a 16oz frogs tounge and it is back at your feet before you take the slack out of your line.

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No Doubt!

We were throwing 12 oz. hatteras sinkers and walking at a fast clip down the beach just to keep up with our rigs. It was the first time in 27 years that they have cancelled tournament. I have only seen one other tournament like that, and it was in the early 80's. We had a 45 mph northeaster and we could not hold bottom with 16 oz. I remember setting on the fourth floor baconey of our hotel watching beach furniture fly by and the hotel pool fill up with wind blown sand.

In those days we still had some beach picks on the lower part of the island near some jetties and a ladies team won the tournament with two flounder that were caught in about 2' of water on the protected side of one of those rock piles.

I hope I don't see conditions like that for another 20+ years.

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hi guys i will also be fishing this weekend in the oc surf tournament my thoughts is going to be on bluefish i think 90%of the fish will be blues.have won the tournament before on all kingfish, but i think there gone.

herb richardson

P.S HOPE TO SEE YOU GUYS THERE

TEAM REEL MANIACS

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Herb,

I think they got some kingfish in the Fall Classic tourny in DE this past weekend, but you are right, bluefish are probably your best bet and maybe a flounder or two.

The weather is also looking pretty good.

Good luck in the tournament!

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Congratulations to MUQU they kicked A$$!

We fished our guts out and scored fish every session, but it was not enough. This was the 5th year that we did not get any good beach picks. We were high hook for our session areas, but we had 30 throw backs for every scoring fish. This was our 28th Ocean City tournament and I think it was our last.

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Jay did you end up with surfers in front of you on Sat we were at 16 in the afternoon and there must have been 100 of them in our 100 yards of beach. They were mostly kids 14 to 18 and believe it or not when asked then moved on. although as always there were a few trouble makers.

This tournament happens once a year. the south end of OC is the most populated area. They could move the the fishing area noth to the Delaware line and get away from this issue.

We will not be back much longer if this continues to happen.

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I fished at 14 on Sat. and Sam got him self 2 surfers both C/R, it was bad in that area to fish most of the surfers were trying to stay clear of people fishing but the current keep bring them down in front of us all morning. They should not use that stretch of beach it is a well known surfing beach and on Saturdays it gets real crowded, all they would have to do is skip about 3 to 4 blocks and that would make things better for everyone.

By the way what was the high score and who won?

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We didn't have any surfers to deal with in our sat. afternoon session...it was the young lass in a two piece that was laying out right in the middle of section 43 (which happened to be our next spot :icon_thumright:) that was distracting to me. It was very hard to focus on fishing....found myself heading back to the cooler for bait change much more often than in the morning session. Sadly enough, no hookups to speak of in the water.....or on the sand.

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OC i fish for MUQU we won the tournament we had about 140 points, I dont know the exact total. We caught about 15 small blues to ever 1 keeper. The first fish I caught ended up being the biggest blue and the biggest fish, who would have thought that a 17' 3/4" fish would have done that. Our morning were our best stations with 47 and 42 point, but the Saturday morning station produced for the team latter in the day they had 66 point in the last session.

I kind of felt like this was our year, we were at AI on wed nite and Clyde caught a 51 inch drum with a head the size of a small VW and was around 31 inches in Dia. As usual we did not have aphone and used one of the camera phones and a flash light to record it but in my hast to get it back in the water I put the cell in my overall bibs and got swamped. So out one phone and no picture of the beast just an eched memory forever.

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...it was the young lass in a two piece that was laying out right in the middle of section 43 that was distracting to me. It was very hard to focus on fishing....Sadly enough, no hookups to speak of in the water.....or on the sand.

Ya just got to have the right "bait", that's all.

Sounds like it was a nice distraction and a good time had by all, so to speak.... Nice weather made it easier than something blowing sand in your face all day. Nothing wrong with a 17" winner, they all count and ya never know.

Congrats to all who got out there and were able to focus on fishing. :D

Good deal folks!

What did the proceeds benefit?

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I kind of felt like this was our year, we were at Assateague Island on wed nite and Clyde caught a 51 inch drum with a head the size of a small VW and was around 31 inches in Dia. As usual we did not have aphone and used one of the camera phones and a flash light to record it but in my hast to get it back in the water I put the cell in my overall bibs and got swamped. So out one phone and no picture of the beast just an eched memory forever.

Very nice catch. Almost worth a cell phone.:icon_thumleft:

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Yeah we had surfers and swimmers the first day, and the last session on the upper end of the island we had so many swimmers that it was basically impossible to fish. The weather was warm and the adults vacationers decided that they were not going to let us fish that afternoon. No one was swimming when we first showed up but as we set up everyone hit the water and stayed there. We asked politely if we could fish on small section, but it was not going to happen. The adults kept swimming into our lines and we were afraid that we might hit someone with a sinker.

The problem is that it had been too warm in early October the last ten years, and if the don't move the tournament back, we are done.

Can't blame the folks for wanting to swim on a nice warm day when the water is warm and you can't expect many bluefish/stripers when the surf temps are in the 70's.

I am glad some folks had some success fishing that area in the middle of the island. That is where the vast majority of the points were scored.

:BangHead:

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We (OC SNAPPERS) fished pretty hard the first day scoring a few larger blues. I nearly destroyed my right shoulder casting for those little yellow eyed demons. Thanks to David for the invite and hauling me all over Ocean City.

A couple pictures (Dave's face says it all).

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sooo i imagine you where fishing when the surfers came in, are they that dumb?

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sooo i imagine you where fishing when the surfers came in, are they that dumb?

Yep, I snagged two of them and landed one (foul hooked). They didn't care. I stopped fishing when the youngins on boogie boards moved in.

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If the sponsors don't move the tournament north, I smell a lawsuit when a surf rat gets a hook set in their tail feathers.

It's too bad too, most surfers are good folk, the bad apples give 'em a bad rap.

That's just plain ridiculous, all those boards right in front of you. Some ppl just have no common sense, not to mention lack of courtesy.

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Now you can't be to hard on the surfers they surf that beach more then we fish it. All the guys that were going out to surf that I talked to had no problem of us fishing they just know how it is with the tourny and tryed to stay away from the spots where we had our line in at. When fishing OC beaches that's the way it can get some times you just have to deal with it. now if that happen on AI it would be different.

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Is that why Sam had two "snags"?

What is the attraction for both, the tourney and surfers to that particular spot?

Although, some of the tourney folks did mention negatives about the "audience".

Can the tourney be moved to a less populated area?

It's been YEARS since I have been in town, dunno' how it looks these days.

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Is that why Sam had two "snags"?

What is the attraction for both, the tourney and surfers to that particular spot?

Although, some of the tourney folks did mention negatives about the "audience".

Can the tourney be moved to a less populated area?

It's been YEARS since I have been in town, dunno' how it looks these days.

Steve, it seems there are much better surfing spots in certain areas. From what I understand, 35th street happens to have a great sandbar for nice waves at low tide. No harm, no foul... But when we are in a competition and killing our selves to catch snapper blues past that bar, things can get complicated.

I think the surfers knew what was going on with the tourney. I mean, how often do you see the beach lined up with 4x4's and hundreds of fisherman. They knew the risk and we had to deal with it (both parties).

The problem I had is when the kids came out with their little boogie boards and the parents didn't seem to care. I packed it up and called it a tournament. There will be more (further south for me):icon_thumleft:

That being said, I just want to emphasize I really appreciated David and his friends inviting me out and doing what we love so much... Fishing - Period.

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There will be more (further south for me):icon_thumleft:

Your right on that Sam that will most likely be the last time I fish that tourny, I'll stick to AI tournys. OC beaches are just too crowed now a days even in the fall.

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Sam and Ocsnapper,

It is a tough decision as to whether to fish the tournament again. After 28 years of fishing the tournament about half of my team wants to quit and the other half wants to keep going till we retire a trophy. Yes I said 28 years; as far as I know we are the only original team left that fished in the 1979 tournament, and from my records we have placed in the top three places 10 times. We have placed 1st twice, but have never been able to retire the trophy. Back in the early days there were only 35-65 teams, and we had large sponsors like Coors and Budweiser. We also had more and better prizes. Since the Ocean City chamber of commerce has gotten involved most of the money has gone for insurance and the rest goes for its original purpose which was to help fund the Ocean City Surf Angler’s Hatteras trips. The original top teams where The Shop Keepers, Paul’s Tackle, Joint Venture, and the Berlin Fire Dept, not necessarily in that order. In the 80’s and to the mid-90’s there were a lot more fish and we caught chopper blues, mid-sized blues, tailor blues, and a number of other species. Since then the water has been too warm in early Oct. and each year it has gotten progressively tougher, with the possible exception of the year 2000. It has really been tough since 2000 and with so few fish around it has really comes down to the luck of the draw. This tournament is a prime example with over 100 point being scored in two sessions from one spot and many of the other points coming from spots near the spot. I don’t mean to take anything away from the teams that won, and I am sure that they were the right teams in the right spot, at the right time, but that illustrates my point. It is a lot of luck and we have not gotten a good beach pick in 6 years. We scored every session, but it was a real struggle with the challenges you both mentioned.

We don’t want to give up the camaraderie, friendship and friendly team competition, but if there was another team tournament at Assateague we would be gone in a heart beat. I know it would probably be a conflict of interest, but if Harbor tackle offered a team tournament later in the year at Assateague, I sure many folks jump at the opportunity.

If the Ocean City Tournament folks were smart they would push the tournament date back so we would have more fish and less conflict with the folks trying enjoying the warm weather and warm water. Times have changed, the water is warmer in early October, and more folks vacation offseason. :icon_scratch:

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jay blair--

"but if there was another team tournament at Assateague we would be gone in a heart beat. I know it would probably be a conflict of interest, but if Harbor tackle offered a team tournament later in the year at Assateague, I sure many folks jump at the opportunity. "

what do you mean about assateague team tournament???

i have been busting my butt for the past 3 years to get more than 20 teams in the asstaeague team tournament. as a matter of fact we use the same rules and ideals that have made the Ocean City tournament such a success over the past 3 decades.

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