Flounder fishing prevailed over the weekend despite heavy boat traffic, fog and rain. Conditions have greatly improved this week and fishermen continue to catch flounder in the back bay areas of Ocean City and Assateague Island. The throwback ratio is high for those drifting traditional baits but at least there is plenty of action. A growing number of fishermen have been live lining spot in and around the inlet in hopes of hooking up with a doormat sized flounder and a number continue to be caught. Fishermen are also in line to catch a possible large sea trout of striped bass in the early morning or evening hours when fishing like this. There are lots of small sea bass around the Route 50/Inlet area now and they can be a bit pesky when one is trying to fish with squid or small minnows.
The evening crew at the inlet area continues to cast swim shad lures and similar offerings in the inlet area and is catching a nice striped bass now and then along with a few bluefish and sea trout. There are still tautog being caught off the bulkheads and jetties in the inlet area on pieces of crab and sand fleas but most are barely legal sized.
Surf fishermen are seeing water temperatures around 70-degrees now and are mostly catching a summer mix of small species. The best fishing has been during the early morning and late evening hours. Small baits such as squid, bloodworms and baits such as Fishbites and Gulp baits have been accounting for a mix of kingfish, croaker, spot, flounder and small bluefish. Those fishing with cut menhaden baits in the evening hours have been catching large sharks such as sand tiger sharks, smooth dogfish and cow-nosed rays.
The boats carrying fishermen out to the wreck sites off Ocean City in search of sea bass are reporting tough fishing. Fishermen are catching sea bass but the catches are reported to be only fair at best. Fishermen are also catching some tautog and flounder on these trips and captains continue to check their depth finders on the way in looking for croakers. The croakers are expected to arrive soon.
The offshore fleet has been focusing on catch bluefin tuna in the 80lb-90lb size category at locations such as the Hambone, Parking Lot, Lumpy Bottom and the Hot Dog by trolling. They are also picking up a few dolphin, large bluefish and a few king mackerel at these same areas and a boat also brought in the first wahoo of the season recently.
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