Flounder fishing continues to be good this week in the back bay areas of Ocean City and Assateague. The Main East Channel, the Thorofare, Route 90 Bridge and in front of the Ocean City Airport have been popular places to catch flounder this week. The throwback ratio can be high at times but there is no shortage of action for fishermen. Strip baits of squid, minnows and the Gulp mullet swimming shad are what anglers are fishing with.
The daytime crew at the Ocean City Inlet/Route 50 Bridge area is catching tautog on sand fleas and pieces of green crab along with flounder and small bluefish. Towards evening the game turns more to catching small bluefish on Got-Cha lures and striped bass on bucktails and swim shad lures. Fishermen are reporting a high percentage of the striped bass are just shy of 28” but there is plenty fun catching them.
Surf fishermen regrettably are not catching as many large striped bass as they would like to and with reports of big stripers off the beaches of New Jersey the major portion of the spring northward migration may have already passed us by. A few big striped bass are being caught this week mostly off the Assateague beaches on cut menhaden baits. Sharks are becoming more common in the surf; especially in the evenings and giving fishermen some pull. Sting rays, skates are also part of the equation off the beaches. Those fishermen choosing lighter tackle have been catching flounder and a few black drum on squid and small bluefish on finger mullet.
The boats carrying fishermen out to the wreck sites are finding good catches of sea bass for their patrons along with some tautog and increasing numbers of flounder. There were a lot of boats out last weekend fishing the 30-fathom line hot spots out to the canyons during the Mako Mania Tournament. They covered a lot of water and gave us some insight into the fishing scene. Large bluefish are in the area and usually the mako sharks are not far behind. Quite a few were caught over the weekend with the tournament winner going 224lbs. A 443 thresher took top honors in its category and many boats reported double digit releases of blue sharks.
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