As water temperatures rise so do the fortunes of fishermen in the back bay and inlet areas of Ocean City. Flounder are being caught near the Route 90 Bridge, the Thorofare and behind Assateague Island. Some of the flounder being caught are nice sized and more of them continue to move through the inlet area each day. There certainly is plenty of room for fishermen in the inlet area as seen in this picture from last week; a stark contrast of what it might look on the 4th of July weekend.
Tautog catches continue to increase this week as water temperatures now climb into the high 50ís. Shoreline fishermen are catching them from the jetties and bulkheads along the inlet and inside often at slack tide. Frozen sand fleas or pieces of fresh green crab have been popular baits.
Surf fishermen are coming out in force with the warmer weather and are catching a variety of fish this week. Those casting the big stuff with menhaden baits are catching spiny dogfish, large smooth dogfish and a lot of skates. A few striped bass and medium sized black drum have been reported and even a bluefish. The post spawn striped bass heading north from the Chesapeake are due to start arriving in about two weeks. Fishermen casting out smaller offerings of bloodworms and clam caught the seasonís first kingfish and some fishermen reported good catches. A few blowfish also showed up in the surf this week.
A number of boats have been running out to the inshore wrecks and finding good tautog fishing there. Captains have been reporting limits of tog around the boat and some large specimens with pool winners near 15- pounds.
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