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Latest Update: December 10, 2008

Next Update: December 17, 2008


Ocean Side Fishing Report

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

The cold weather of the last week and windy weather put a damper on the local fishing, but the warm front that has moved in this week will certainly make fishing more comfortable. Fishermen are catching striped bass inside the Ocean City Inlet by either drifting live eels or spot from small boats over the deeper channel areas or by casting swim shad lures from shore.

The surf temperature is about 50-degrees and fishing was reported slow last week for large striped bass and bluefish. A few were caught along with spiny dogfish and ling; hopefully this week will offer better fishing.

Boats have been trolling outside of the inlet within three miles for a mix of striped bass and bluefish. Locations such as Little and Great Gull Shoals have been good places to troll a mix of bucktails and parachutes, umbrellas and Stretch crankbaits.

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Station 44009 - DELAWARE BAY 26 NM
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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 600 pixels. Please keep the file size under one megabyte if possible. 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. By sending any photos or art to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources you are giving DNR permission to use the image(s) online and in print. You are also giving DNR permission to distribute the photo for non-commercial purposes to other media, print, digital and television for their use. You are not giving up your copyright, but are allowing the photo(s) to be used for educational and news purposes.

Send your photos and information to Keith Lockwood

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