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Latest Update: August 19, 2009 Next Update: August 26, 2009 (By 5pm)  

Ocean Side Fishing Report

Flounder fishing in the back bay areas of Assawoman and Sinepuxent Bays remains good this week; the water has been relatively clear and the weather has been cooperating. Perhaps the biggest challenge fishermen will face this week is boat traffic. It would seem everyone is trying to squeeze in a vacation before August passes us by. Soon Labor Day weekend will be here and boat traffic will diminish greatly. Flounder are being caught in the Main East Channel, the Thorofare and approaches to the inlet area. Perhaps Sinepuxent Bay offers a little less boat traffic at times so this may offer fishermen some reprieve. The throwback ratio remains high but there is plenty of action for fishermen. Some fishermen are using live spot and other larger baits to attract the attention of the larger flounder. In flounder fishing larger baits usually mean larger flounder. Although many of them seem to be spreading out along the beaches there are still plenty of croakers inside the inlet and they and small sea bass are making short work of small baits and especially squid strips. Sea robins and smooth dogfish are also part of the mix; especially close to the inlet. Spot are still being found up in the vicinity of the Route 90 Bridge.

Bluefish continue to move in and out of the inlet at night. Casting Got-Cha plugs have been one of the more popular ways to fish for them. Striped bass are active at night and a few nice ones are caught each night by drifting live eels or casting swimming shad type lures. Triggerfish are being caught off the jetties on sand fleas and even a few medium sized tautog are being caught there.

Along the beaches a mix of small summer species are being caught in the evenings; such as croakers, small bluefish, spot, kingfish and flounder. The bluefish are being caught mostly on finger mullet and squid, bloodworms or Fishbites have been good baits for the rest of the mix. Towards evening and into the night large sharks are being caught and released by fishermen laying out large baits of squid or menhaden either by casting or being deployed from kayaks.

The fishermen heading out to the wreck sites are catching sea bass but report that it is hard to catch many that are of legal size. Flounder have been picking up the slack on many trips and a few tautog always seem to be part of the mix. Some of the boats are fishing the sloughs off the beaches for croakers and flounder with good success.

Offshore fishing has picked up this week with many boats reporting multiple releases of white marlin from the canyons and closer in. Dolphin are usually part of the mix of offshore species being landed regularly and everyday a few nice yellowfin tuna are coming in to the docks. Phillip Radzikowski gets some help with this white marlin as they prepare to release it.

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A Couple of Closing Notes...

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