Shore based fishermen have really been enjoying excellent fishing for tautog in and around the Ocean City Inlet this week. Despite windy and sometimes rough conditions; fishermen with both feet planted solidly on terra firma hardly have a care in the world. The fishing has been great off the Route 50 Bridge; the bulkheads along 2nd through 4th Streets and of course the jetties. The change of tide seems to one of the better times to catch tautog; pieces of green crab or sand fleas have been the baits of choice.
More and more striped bass are being caught each day and night at the inlet this week as the fall southward migration of striped bass begins to arrive from up north. Fishermen have been catching striped bass by casting swim shad lures, Got-Cha plugs, plastic jigs and good old bucktails with twister tails on them.
The surf water temperature is holding at about 59-degrees this week and fishermen are finally enjoying some good fishing for the fall southward migration of striped bass along the beaches. Heavy surf outfits, plenty of lead and large cut baits of spot or menhaden have been the ticket. There also some large bluefish being caught as well. Joel Busbee from Accokeek was visiting Ocean City last weekend and sent us this report and picture. My girlfriend and I went over to Ocean City, MD this past weekend for a wedding. Of course I found time to slip out and wet a line. It was Saturday, November 7th at 127th St and Coastal Highway. There was still frost on the cars when I left the hotel at 06:30am. I had my twelve foot rod rigged with the head of spot-fish on a standard two hook bottom rig in the water by 07:00am. After an hour, I had already released two skate when wham, my pole hit the ground. After a ten minute fight, I had in my hands a 30 pound, 41 inch (weighed with a personal digital fishing scale and measured with a tape measure) rockfish in my hands! Someone who was fishing about fifty yards south of me ran over once he noticed me fighting the beast. I didn't get his name in all the excitement, but as I did about a hundred times on site, I'd like to thank him. 99% of the time, I practice catch and release; this beautiful creature will be dinner however. The entire experience was beyond words. This is why we go fishing!
There are plenty of large bluefish and increasing numbers of striped bass outside the inlet at locations such as Great Gull Shoals and the Isle of Wight to the Bass Grounds. Most fishermen are jigging under diving birds but trolling is also a good option.
The party boats and private boats heading out to the wreck and reef sites are finding good fishing for tautog and limits all around the rail are common this week.
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