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Latest Update: May 27, 2009 Next Update: June 3, 2009 (By 5pm)  


Ocean Side Fishing Report

Founder fishing continues to be a good bet in the back bay areas of Ocean City and Assateague Island. Flounder are being caught around the Route 90 Bridge south to the Thorofare area, the East Channel and behind Assateague Island. Natural baits of squid and minnows as well as white Gulp mullet baits are good choices this week.

At the inlet area tautog fishing remains good off the bulkhead areas, the jetties and the Oceanic Pier. Small 14” to 16” bluefish arrived in force last weekend and there were several times when the fishing was in blitz mode early in the weekend. The night crew has been catching striped in the inlet area on swim shads and bucktails, especially on a falling tide.

Surf fishermen are now seeing water temperatures around 62-degrees and new arrivals to the Ocean City/Assateague area. Fishermen have been catching some nice striped bass from the surf this week and bluefish are a big part of the catches now. There are a lot of skates and dogfish being caught and the first sting rays and sand tiger sharks were seen this week in the surf. The best striped bass fishing lately seems to be low tide.Snowy Grouper

The boats heading out to the wreck sites have been finding good numbers of sea bass on most of the wrecks and although the numbers are dwindling; tautog are still being caught. Bluefish are becoming more common in the area as are flounder and blue sharks and there have been rumors of thresher sharks lost and seen.

The offshore fishing fleet had its first taste of good fishing this week with boats bringing back dolphin from the Baltimore Canyon area and the season’s first mako shark and bluefin tuna. All were caught in the Baltimore Canyon where the water temperature has been about 64-degrees. Some fishermen have also been fishing deep in the area for tilefish and J D Eddy brought this whopping 47-pound snowy grouper to the dock this past weekend.


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A Couple of Closing Notes...

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http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/articles/catch_release.html

Include the following information:

  • Date

  • Angler(s)

  • Hometown(s)

  • Photo credit

  • Location

  • Weight/length of catch

  • Bait/lure

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