Tautog fishing continues to be good at the Route 50 Bridge/ Inlet area this week in Ocean City. Fishermen report there are plenty of keeper sized tautog to go around although they do mention that there are a lot of smaller ones that are experts at stealing bait. Sand fleas and pieces of green crab have been the baits of choice and most everyone will agree that the change of the tide is the best time to catch a limit of tautog.
Striped bass are being caught in the inlet area with the best fishing at night. Casting Got-Cha lures, swim shads and bucktails dressed with a soft plastic twister tail have been proven choices for lures. Drifting live eels has also been a very productive way to catch a nice sized striped bass.
Surf fishermen are seeing the oceanís waters calming down this week after the big northeaster the week before last. The beaches in many areas are in rough shape with sand piled up in parking lots and the ends of streets. Fishermen do report though that they were able to hold bottom with 8-ounces or less of lead in the surf zone. Some large striped bass are being caught on cut menhaden baits along with large bluefish. Fishermen have also been putting out rigs with finger mullet and catching both striped bass and large bluefish. Horn doggers or spiny dogfish continue to be on the job in regards to stealing or chewing up baits. Surf fishermen have also been catching some red hake on smaller surf fishing outfits baited with squid, clams or small cut baits of fish.
The fishermen that have been venturing outside the Ocean City Inlet and fishing at areas such as the Great Gull Shoal and Little Gull Shoal or Fenwick Shoal have been catching large bluefish and striped bass mostly by trolling. At times when a heavy concentration of fish can be located, jigging is very effective and a whole lot more fun. Be reminded that any striped bass caught outside 3-miles must be returned. Fishermen are reporting that they have been finding striped bass within 3-miles at some of the inside lumps. Tautog fishing on the wreck and artificial reef sites has been very good and the wind conditions have been the only limiting factor for fishermen wanting to catch a limit of tautog.
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