Flounder fishing in the back bay areas behind Ocean City and Assateague continues as more and more fishermen who are vacationing give it a try. Some rather large flounder were checked into local tackle shops this weekend one went a little over 10 lbs. The largest flounder tend to come from the efforts of fishermen who are live lining spot in the inlet area for a chance at a big sea trout, striped bass or a doormat sized flounder. Fishermen are driftingin the channel areas such as the Thorofare, East Channel and in Sinipuxent Bay near the airport and Frontier Town Camp Ground. They are catching flounder; with a high throwback ratio that is typical for flounder fishing. Bruz Herbert was happy with this nice flounder.
At the inlet fishermen are casting swim shad lures, Got-Cha lures or drifting live spot in the evenings for a mix of striped bass, bluefish, sea trout and flounder. There is certainly enough action to keep most people interested and a number of nice fish have been caught. The tautog fishing has really slowed down as one would expect this time of the year and most of the fish being caught are sub-legal. A few large sheepshead are caught from time to time on sand flea baits meant for tautog.
The surf water temperature continues to climb into the low seventies and with those warm temperatures the toothy sharks have arrived. The gang that is prowling the surf zone is mostly made up of sting rays, sand tiger sharks with a few sandbar and dusky sharks from time to time. They are being caught on cut menhaden baits that most fishermen are hoping a striped bass who is a little late on their northward migration might find. Some fishermen are targeting them, tagging them and releasing them back in the surf which they must be by law since they are protected such as this sand tiger being hauled back into the water by Ben Fleming.
Surf fishermen are also catching bluefish on cut menhaden and finger mullet and those using smaller baits such as squid and bloodworms are catching kingfish and the seasonís first croakers.
The boats that are fishing the wreck and artificial reef sites off Ocean City report fair fishing for sea bass. The captains report double digit catches by a number of fishermen but catches have been modest for most fishermen. Tautog continue to be part of the catch which helps supplement whatís in the cooler and large flounder are becoming a more common part of the days catch.
Offshore fishermen report that the areas around the Hambone are loaded with large bluefish with a mix of false albacore and an occasional bluefin tuna and mako sharks. The boats heading out to the canyons have been coming back with catches of yellowfin tuna sometimes in the double digit category. They are also bringing back a mix of bluefin tuna and dolphin. The dolphin being caught by trolling are gaffer size and smaller chicken dolphin are being caught by casting small baits to floating debris or grass clumps.
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