Rough weather kept everyone at the dock this past weekend so many fishermen made the best of it and fished in and around the Ocean City Inlet for a mix of tautog, bluefish and striped bass. The tautog are being caught from the bulkheads and jetty during the day on fresh or frozen sand fleas. A large number of the catch are throwbacks but the action is strong enough that fishermen are having little trouble catching a limit of legal tautog. Small sea bass have been pesky bait stealers so fishermen recommend bringing plenty of bait. Improved weather conditions will allow fishermen to also venture over to the south jetty in small boats and fish the holes there for tautog with good success.
Small bluefish have been moving in and out of the inlet and can be caught by casting Got-Cha lures and heavy spoons. At night drifting live spot or casting swim shad type lures have been accounting for good catches of legal sized striped bass. The current water temperature at the inlet is about 64-degrees.
Surf fishermen will see conditions improve this week as the surf begins to calm down. Small bluefish have been thick in the surf and fishermen have been catching them on finger mullet. Most fishermen refuse to give up on the fall red drum run that escaped fishermen this year due to heavy surf conditions. They will be casting out large fresh menhaden and spot baits for striped bass that will be showing up soon and the last of the red drum. Skates and dogfish have been pesky bait stealers so many fishermen favor the head of the menhaden or spot for their durability.
Calm seas will bring boats out to the wreck sites in search of tautog this week and perhaps out to the canyons for possible yellowfin tuna, dolphin and white marlin. This last blow may have pushed these fish south but until boats go out to the fishing grounds nothing is certain.
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