So far it has been a good week for flounder fishing in the back bay areas of Ocean City and Assateague Island. Despite a few rain storms the water clarity has been pretty good. The Thorofare, Main East Channel and in front of the Ocean City Airport have been some of the more productive places to catch flounder this week. The throwback ratio continues to be about 10 to 1 when fishing minnows, strip baits and Gulp Mullet baits. Anglers who are using live spot are catching fewer but larger flounder due to the nature of their baits. The first hints of croakers are showing up this week in the back bay areas; especially in Sinepuxent Bay. Tress Belch shows off a nice flounder he caught in the Thorofare.
In and around the inlet area fishermen who are drifting live spot are also catching striped bass besides big flounder. Most of the striped bass being caught are coming up a little short of 28” but there certainly is a lot of action. Tautog fishing remains fair at the inlet as the size of the fish decrease with the rise in water temperatures. In the evenings casting swim shads is catching striped bass and Got-Cha plugs are catching small bluefish.
Surf water temperatures are about 60-degrees this week and fishermen casting out large cut menhaden baits are catching a mix of sharks and sting rays. A few large striped bass are being caught but the numbers are down from a couple of weeks ago. Those fishermen using finger mullet are catching small bluefish and small cut baits will attract kingfish and croakers.
Sea bass fishing remains good at many wreck sites although the throwback ratio is high. Tautog are still being caught but the larger fish seem to be moving out to the deeper water wrecks. Flounder continue to become a greater part of what goes home in the ice chest this week as anglers are finding increasing numbers of them near the wrecks.
Thresher and mako sharks continue to be caught all along many of the 30-fathom line hot spots this week. Traditional locations such as the Hot Dog, Ham Bone, Sausages and the Fingers have been the places to go this week. Several bluefin tuna were also caught in these areas this week.
At the canyon areas and beyond fishermen are catching small yellowfin tuna and gaffer sized dolphin on ballyhoo baits. The season’s first white and blue marlin were caught recently out beyond the canyons.
Real-time water information for selected points in the Coastal Bay
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