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Latest Update: November 4, 2009 Next Update: November 11, 2009 (By 5pm)  

Ocean Side Fishing Report

Recently the weather has not been kind to fishermen looking to venture outside of the Ocean City Inlet or to fish along the beaches; strong winds and heavy surf have prevailed. This week holds the promise of good opportunities for fishing as the weather appears to be rather stable for a while. Despite weather conditions good or bad the fishing for tautog from shore at the Ocean City Inlet has been very good. Fishermen have been catching limits of nice tautog from the Route 50 Bridge, piers, bulkheads and the jetties. Sand fleas and pieces of green crabs have been the preferred baits on the change of the tide. Angela Fadely went fishing for tautog for the first time and caught this nice one at the end of 6th Street on a sand flea.

Striped bass and a few bluefish continue to be caught in and around the inlet this week by fishermen casting swim shad type lures, Got-Cha lures or live baits such as spot and eels. The water temperature is down to about 60-degrees this week and fishermen will be looking for the front runners of the fall migration of striped bass from up north. A few striped bass were caught in the surf over this past weekend despite heavy surf; dogfish and skates continue to be a pesky problem so many fishermen are using the heads of menhaden as a durable bait.

Yesterday a few of the Ocean City party boats ventured out to the wreck and reef sites to catch tautog and that they did; limits of tautog were common and some boats found trigger fish as well.

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A Couple of Closing Notes...

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