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Latest Update: May 7, 2008

Next Update: May 14, 2008


Ocean Side Fishing Report

Real-time water information for selected points in the Coastal Bay

Fishermen continue to find better flounder fishing each week as flounder move through the inlet area and spread out through the back bay areas. The area around the Route 90 Bridge, the East Channel, Route 50 Bridge, Thorofare and Sinipuxent Bay near the airport have all been good places to catch flounder this past week. At the Inlet/Route 50 Bridge area fishermen continue to enjoy good fishing for tautog from the bulkheads and jetties; using pieces of green crab and frozen sand fleas. Small to medium sized bluefish continue to move back and forth through the inlet and fishermen have been catching them on Got-Cha lures. A few striped bass are being caught and those numbers will certainly get better shortly as more fish move into the area as they migrate up the coast.

Surf fishermen are finally starting to see some large striped bass in the surf from Ocean City to Assateague. It will only get better as hungry migrating striped bass move along the coast on their northward migration.Fishing on Ocean Spiny dogfish and clear-nosed skates are of course part of the mix and unfortunately are part of the price of fishing cut bait in the surf these days. Fishermen using small rigs baited with bloodworms or small cut baits have been catch some kingfish and medium-sized bluefish have been biting on finger mullet rigs.

Fishermen who have been venturing out to the wreck sites and artificial reef sites on the party boat fleet out of Ocean City have been reporting double digit catches of sea bass this week and good catches of large tautog. Tucker Calquhoun seems to be enjoying a hardy bend in his fishing rod as he battles a hard pulling tautog recently while fishing off of Ocean City.

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A Couple of Closing Notes...

Don't hesitate to e-mail your recent 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:

Include the following information:

  • Date

  • Angler(s)

  • Hometown(s)

  • Photo credit

  • Location

  • Weight/length of catch

  • Bait/lure

Important Note: If anyone in your picture is under 18 years of age, we must have a photo release signed by that person and a parent/guardian before we can post your picture.

Send your photos and information to Keith Lockwood

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