Latest Update: March 26, 2008
Next Update: April 2, 2008
Ocean Side Fishing Report
Real-time water information for selected points in the Coastal Bay
Slowly, ever so slowly the water
temperature of the Atlantic Ocean near the shores of Maryland are warming up but
it will take a lot of warm weather and sunshine to keep the trend moving in that
direction. Presently the surf water temperature is hovering around 46-degrees.
Fishermen are still catching a few under-sized striped bass in and around the
Ocean City Inlet on swim shads, bucktails and small jerk baits. Enough tautog
continue to be caught inside the inlet to keep fishermen coming back for more
with hope that it will blossom into the spring fishery they are used to seeing.
Surf fishermen continue to fish the suds for striped bass but are coming up with
spiny dogfish and skates instead. A number of the spiny dogfish have been fairly
good sized this past week and some are going home destined for the fryer. Chunks
of dogfish that are battered and fried are hard to beat if prepared properly.
They skin is tough and will really dull a knife quickly if one tries to cut from
the outside in. If you get a cut started and work the knife under the skin and
cut out; you blade will survive a lot longer. The skin can be filleted off the
meat giving you nice clean chunks. It also helps to bleed dogfish as soon as
they are caught and to keep them cold; if the meat smells of urea, soaking it in
milk overnight will help.
Tautog fishing on the inshore wreck sites has been excellent lately and the head
boat fleet from Ocean City has been reporting limits around the rails or near so
for their fishermen on board. A couple of boats have been scheduling long range
offshore deep drop trips and those boats have been experiencing good to
excellent fishing for large sea bass and tilefish.
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A Couple of Closing Notes...
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fishing/crabbing photos and trip information. Send your photos via E-mail by the
following Monday in order to be included in the next update. The file should be
in .jpg format with the longest side sized at 320 pixels. Please keep the file
size small. The photo should clearly depict the angler(s), fish, and ethical
handling practices. For information on ethical angling practices please
reference the Catch and Release information located at URL:
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Weight/length of catch
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years of age, we must have a
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