Flounder fishing in the back bay areas of Ocean City and Assateague remain good this week. Fishermen continue to catch a lot of throwback sized flounder but are also catching some nice ones. The top of flood tide into ebb seems to be offering some of the better fishing in traditional locations. Fishermen are also continuing to catch croakers and small sea bass; especially near the inlet. Spot, croaker and few flounder are being caught up near the Route 90 Bridge.
At the inlet area bluefish and striped bass are being caught at night by fishermen casting Got-Cha lures for the bluefish and jigs and swim shads for the striped bass. Flounder are being caught during the day along with pesky small sea bass. Those fishermen using sand fleas up close to the jetty rocks are catching trigger fish.
The big heave from Hurricane Bill has passed by and surf conditions have returned to a state where fishermen can once again hold bottom. A mix of kingfish, spot and croakers are being caught at night and bluefish are being caught on finger mullet. Water temperatures are about 79-degrees so the best fishing has been at dusk and into the night. Large sharks are still being caught and released along with a few sting rays.
The fishing fleet heading out of the Ocean City Inlet are finding small to medium sized croakers off the beaches and sea bass and flounder on the wrecks and artificial reef sites. Many of the sea bass are slightly undersized but the flounder are often rather large.
Offshore fishing should be good this week and may even be better than expected after Bill stirred things up a bit. Sometimes when the fishing is in the summer doldrums a good heave can create better fishing opportunities. The Ocean City boats are bringing back a mix of dolphin, yellowfin tuna and report white marlin releases.
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