Drifting for flounder in the channel areas behind Ocean City and Assateague Island continues to be the main stay of the summer fishery in the back bay areas. Some of the better sized flounder have been coming from the channel areas close to the inlet such as the Main East Channel and the Thorofare. For those using the traditional baits of squid and minnows the throwback ratio remains high. A number of fishermen have been drifting live spot and coming up with some doormat sized flounder. Medium sized croakers have flooded inside the inlet and can be found in most channel areas that are relatively close to the inlet. Small sea bass, sea robins and small smooth dogfish are also part of the bottom fishing equation.
Small to medium sized bluefish continue to move in and out of the Ocean City Inlet and fishermen have been catching them at times by casting Got-Cha Lures or as an incidental catch while flounder fishing. The evening crew that spends their time casting swim shad type lures and drifting live baits at the Route 50 Bridge/ Inlet area has been chalking up a number of legal sized striped bass and large sea trout lately.
The surf water temperature is presently about 73-degrees and fishermen are finding the best time for fishing to be in the early morning or late evening hours. Those fishermen fishing small baits such as bloodworms are catching a mix of kingfish, croaker and spot. Those using strip baits of squid or fish are catching flounder and finger mullet will give you a chance at the small to medium sized bluefish in the surf. A few striped bass are being caught on larger cut baits and a variety of sharks such as sand tigers and sandbars are being caught at night on large cut baits.
Fishermen who have been hanging over the rails of the head boats that venture out of Ocean City Inlet have been catching sea bass at the wreck sites but a large number of them are too small to keep. Fishermen are coming home with some sea bass but certainly no limits. Flounder have been taking the sting out of lack luster sea bass catches lately at the wreck sites and captains continue to probe the depths of the inshore waters for croakers that seem rather elusive at this point. Underwater photographer
Michael Eversmier sent in this shot of a couple of sea bass who are trying to figure out what the scuba diver had in mind.
Offshore fishermen are catching a mix of chicken dolphin and gaffer sized dolphin out near the canyons and in particular just inside of Poorman’s Canyon. There continue to be a number of white marlin releases reported everyday and for whatever reason the yellowfin tuna catches have been off recently. One thing that may certainly have an effect on reports is the lack of boats exploring the offshore fishing grounds; high fuel costs and long runs to the canyons have left a lot of charter boats sitting at the dock these days.
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