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Latest Update: September 16, 2009 Next Update: September 23, 2009 (By 5pm)  

Ocean Side Fishing Report

Fishermen had good flounder fishing last weekend right up to the closing bell on Sunday evening. There were numerous fishermen who used live finger mullet and spot to catch some doormat size flounder to end their 2009 flounder season with a high note.

In and around the Ocean City Inlet fishermen are catching increasing numbers of tautog as water temperatures begin to cool. At present it has fallen to about 70-degrees. There are still trigger fish around the bulkheads and jetties and sand fleas has been the preferred bait for triggers and tautog lately. In the evenings bluefish have been moving in and out of the inlet and casting Got-Cha lures has been the most popular method to catch a mess of them. Striped bass are also part of the evening equation and casting swim shad type lures has been a productive way to catch them. Live lining a small American eels is another traditional and productive way to catch a nice striped bass also.

Surf fishermen are enjoying themselves once again now that surf conditions have calmed. Small bluefish are being caught on finger mullet and croakers and kingfish on squid and bloodworms. Fishermen will begin to sling large cut menhaden baits soon in anticipation of migrating large red drum this coming weekend. The run usually passes through the region around the third and fourth week of September.

Sea bass fishing on the wreck and reef sites took a nice turn for the better this past weekend and many fishermen walked off the boats with near limit catches of sea bass. Captains were very happy to see this positive change in sea bass fortunes; especially now that flounder season is closed in Maryland. The boats working closer to the beaches have been finding croaker and hopefully cooler water temperatures will cause them to school up in the near future.

Now that the region is recovering from last week’s northeaster; fishermen found good fishing from the 30-fathom curve out to the canyons. False albacore are moving through the region and can be pesky at times but can provide some fun and exercise for fishermen longing for some pull. White marlin are being caught from the 30-fathom line out to the canyons and several boats reported dolphin catches up to 4-dozen per trip. Yellowfin tuna are being caught here and there as are bluefin tuna and even a few wahoo came into the docks this week.

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A Couple of Closing Notes...

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