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Latest Update: December 17, 2008

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Ocean Side Fishing Report

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

Fishermen in the Ocean City area have been focusing most of their attention on striped bass that are moving through the region on their southerly migration. Fishermen inside the Ocean City Inlet are drifting live eels or spot in the deeper holes of the channels leading to the inlet and in the inlet itself from small boats. Other fishermen are doing the same from the Route 50 Bridge and bulkheads or casting swimming shads or bucktails from shore; mostly at night.

The surf water temperature is holding at 50-degrees this week and surf fishermen continue to catch striped bass off the Ocean City and Assateague beaches. Large surf sticks with fresh menhaden baits are the favored combination and many will use the head to help with stand the onslaught of hungry spiny dogfish that are also in the surf at this time.

Perhaps the best striped bass fishing opportunities are coming from the lumps and shoals off the Ocean City beaches and within the 3-mile zone. Fishermen are drifting live eels and spot over these lumps with very good success on large striped bass. Fishermen are also trolling in these areas with deep diving crankbaits, parachutes and spoons to catch the fish that are moving through the region.

If you submitted a photo and didn't see your picture in the regular reports, please look in the photo gallery that we run this time year. Click here for this week's gallery!

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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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