White Marlin Caught By Jet Ski Fishermen
Today some of the Delaware Jet Ski crew drove down to Ocean City Maryland and dropped in their skis. Every weekend some of the boys get together and do an offshore fishing trip, to the old grounds. Today was another planned trip except, Rob Jones, Rob Wolhar, Brian Stier, and Jack Dillon headed to Masseys canyon to do a little tuna fishing. They have been talking about this for a year, Rob Jones got the first HMS permit in Delaware for a jet ski about three months ago. That was a funny phone call. Weekends for these guys have been trips to the old grounds and places like that, but that itch to go farther out and catch a tuna needed scratching. The bite has been hot and from Ocean City it is rather close. These guys can go about a hundred miles on a tank of gas. Masseys Canyon is only thirty-five plus miles out. So not a problem for these jet skis, and they all have extra gas with them to fill the tank one time. Rob Wolhar used three gallons of the eight he had extra, and still had three bars when he got back to port. They all had decent amounts of fuel left, which is good for future trip plans. Just like the first trips anywhere, this was a trial run to see how it would go. It went well.
Rob Wolhar “Great day once the water settled. When we got out to Masseys Canyon there were a lot of boats out there. Waves were up to seven feet and moving fast at one point. Once the wind calmed down it was much better. The boats were anchored up and we had to drift so we stayed a couple of miles away.” Brian Stier caught a nice Mahi ” I will not soon forget how long that ride is on a jet ski, but I will do it again ” Once the boys got set up, they said the fishing was on fire. Jack Dillon was high hook with two mahi, a yellowfin tuna and to top that list, a white marlin … from a jet ski! I asked Jack what it was like to hook up and land a white marlin on a jet ski. Jack Dillon “It is a little different. You have to deal with your rod, the leader, your other lines, and hold onto your ski. Just a few things to handle at once. The hardest part was dealing with the mahi on the foot wells. I lost one due to it flipping off the foot well. This was my first time offshore on a jet ski and certainly not my last. The white marlin hit a skirted chartreuse ballyhoo I was trolling.”
Once they got back to the ramp people were really shocked they went offshore for tuna. “Some thought we were nuts and others thought it was cool as can be.” Now I want to get a ski rigged up, maybe not for offshore just yet, but I certainly want to do some inshore fishing. As far as we are concerned Jack Dillon holds a record for the first white marlin caught on a Jet Ski in Maryland, and essentially Delaware and probably Delmarva. Since they ported in Maryland, it goes to Maryland but the crew is from Delaware. Jack is from right here in Long Neck. I think the next trip is in two weeks and maybe we will be able to tag along. The boys have some video we will share with you later this week.