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Latest Update: May 28, 2008

Next Update: June 4, 2008


Ocean Side Fishing Report

Real-time water information for selected points in the Coastal Bay

Fishermen were out in force in the Ocean City area over the Memorial Day Weekend and enjoyed some good fishing along with good weather for a change. Fishermen in the back bay areas caught flounder from above the Route 90 Bridge in Assawoman Bay south to Sinipuxent Bay. The area around the Route 90 Bridge, the Thorofare, and the main east channel near the Route 50 Bridge all produced some nice flounder over the weekend. The area in front of the Ocean City Airport in Sinipuxent Bay also was a good place to fish for flounder and some real nice ones were weighed in from there.

The Route 50 Bridge/Inlet area produced a variety of fishing opportunities this past weekend. Tautog continue to be caught from the bulkheads along the inlet and for those who are fortunate to have a boat the south jetty has been a hot spot for tautog. Fishermen are catching some nice legal-sized striped bass at night by casting swim shad lures and are also catching a few small bluefish.

Surf fishermen continue to enjoy good fishing for large striped bass that are migrating north along the local beaches. Fresh menhaden baits on a hefty bottom rig have been the best producer. Small bluefish are also being caught in the surf and finger mullet seems to be the bait of choice for these fish. Kingfish continue to show up in the surf for those fishermen that put out appropriate sized rigs for them baited with bloodworms. Dogfish, skates and even a few cow-nosed rays are also part of the mix for bait fishermen.

The boats headed out to the wreck sites are reporting fair to good fishing for sea bass and tautog on the closer in wreck and artificial reef sites and better sea bass fishing on those wreck sites that are farther offshore. Big bluefish are being caught at the Hambone and most likely can be found at other locations inside the 30-fathom line. A small Thresher shark was brought into Ocean City over the weekend from a location reported to southeast of the Jackspot. Perhaps the most exciting offshore news comes from an Ocean City charter boat that brought in a catch of yellowfin tuna, dolphin and a bluefin tuna from the Norfolk Canyon this past weekend.

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A Couple of Closing Notes...

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Include the following information:

  • Date

  • Angler(s)

  • Hometown(s)

  • Photo credit

  • Location

  • Weight/length of catch

  • Bait/lure

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