Flounder fishing has been good this week in the back bay areas of Ocean City from the Route 90 Bridge area south through areas like the Thorofare and into Sinepuxent Bay out in front of the airport. The water has been very clear lately which is good for fishing since flounder are sight ambush predators.
Small bluefish have been moving in and out of the Ocean City Inlet and fishermen have been taking advantage of the bounty. Tautog fishing remains good in the Route 50 Bridge/ Inlet area along the bulkheads from 2nd Street to 4th Street and the ends of 5th and 6th Streets, the Route 50 Bridge and inlet jetties. Frozen sand fleas or pieces of fresh green crab have been the baits of choice. The evening fishing crew at the inlet area has been steadily catching striped bass on swimming shads and bucktails this week.
Surf fishermen continue to make some very impressive catches of large striped bass this week. The action can be spotty at times but if one is at the right place at the right time the rewards are great. Fresh cut menhaden is the bait of choice. A variety of sharks, sting rays, skates and dogfish are also competing for menhaden baits. Those choosing smaller tackle and baits have been catching kingfish, flounder and small bluefish on bloodworms, strip baits and finger mullet.
The sea bass fishing on the wreck sites off Ocean City has been very good this week and most fishermen are making double digit catches or limiting out. Tautog are still being caught but are beginning to fall out of play as water temperatures warm up.
Offshore fishing boats found gaffer size dolphin in the canyon areas this week; mako and thresher sharks are being caught in a little closer at locations such as the wreck of the Marine Electric and the Fingers. There are a lot of blue sharks in these areas; double digit catch and release tallies are not uncommon this week.
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A Couple of Closing Notes...
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