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Posted on July 1, 2015 | Permalink

Downtown OC Sushi Special

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

It's Flounder time in Ocean City right now. Downtown, inshore, near shore, offshore all have flounder now. Any kind of bait is working.

Also tunas are at the meat products (Maryland's most popular offshore lumps, humps and ridges—the Hambone, Hot Dog, Chicken Bone, and the Sausages), and Dorado are near shore in good numbers and sizes scattered all about.

There are periodic outbreaks of bluefish at the bridge.

On the sampling front we have had a great spawn for many species this year. There is a great abundance of juvenile blue crabs, white mullet, menhaden, spot, winter flounder, pinfish, and even a great showing for juvenile gag grouper!

Tags: flounder, tuna, bluefish, mahi mahi, dolphinfish, dorado

Posted on September 4, 2014 | Permalink

Head Boat Birthday Bash

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

It was my friend’s Andy Maiss birthday on Saturday so a bunch of us decided to go on an Ocean City Head boat to celebrate. On the way out I gave him a bag of white twister tails and Red headed jigs for his birthday present. We went to a wreck site in about 90 feet of water and did short drifts. The captain was spot on and I got bites on every drift of the day. My new ugly stick was bent double from the time we started until we quit for the day. Nice flounders and one to three pound sea bass filled the creel. At the end of the day my friend said to me “Steve, you gave me the secret lure and what did I do, stuck with the bucktails, I should have known…” Great day and a great way to celebrate my friend’s birthday. I have included a few photos from the last two trips on the head boat along with a picture from the birthday bash.

Tags: Summer Flounder. Black Sea Bass

Posted on December 4, 2013 | Permalink

Ocean Bounty - Give Thanks

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

The Ocean abounds with life. Sea Bass continue to fatten up for winter. They are steady moving offshore - now 28 to 35 miles off in 140 feet of water. Sunday was the best weather day of the long weekend and I finally made it offshore seeking some sea bass. Dog sharks patrol the structures and are joined by Bluefish terrorizing the wrecks. Bluefin Tuna are abundant at the same depths as are sea bass, drawing birds and jumping out of the water, making big crashes when they hit the water. The tuna fish we saw are over one hundred pounds. The depth finder is lit up with all kinds of fish signals - too many to fish in a day.

Tags: Black Sea Bass, Bluefish, Dogfish Shark, Bluefin Tuna

Posted on November 18, 2013 | Permalink

Head Offshore for Black Sea Bass

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

It’s time to head offshore and catch Black Sea Bass. They are deep, around a hundred foot or more so a run of about 25 to 35 miles is in order to catch them. Fishing has been outstanding with nice sized fish. My preference is to go on a head boat but you could go on a smaller boat if: you don’t mind getting beat up, like to set and pull anchors, or want to see if that survival suit really works. I am hoping it stays warm and we get sea bass through Thanksgiving and well towards Christmas.

There are also some tog inshore, plenty actually. There are a lot of smalls, but you have to have acorns to get oaks. There are also lots of lobsters in the area where we are sea bass fishing. One head boat actually landed two big lobsters on hook and line this weekend.

Tags: Black Sea Bass, Tautog, Lobster

Posted on September 3, 2013 | Permalink

Summer Flounder Time

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Offshore Reefs and Wrecks

Now is the time to catch a flounder of a lifetime. They are super abundant at the reefs and wrecks offshore. If you want to catch a big one or a lot of them, your best chances are the wrecks and reefs in 90 to 100 foot of water. There are fish in closer but they have been picked over at the more popular spots. The deeper you go the bigger they appear to be. The deepest I have fished so far is 100 foot, but I am anxious to try even deeper. They are tight to the structure so anchoring or drifting are both effective depending on wind and tide.

Tags: Summer Flounder

Posted on October 19, 2012 | Permalink


Downtown Ocean City Grand Slam

Type: Coast
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

The fishing downtown off the rocks has been spectacular the past few weeks. We have come up with our own downtown grand slam: it is a tautog, sheepshead, black drum, and red drum. All of these are biting quite well on sand fleas and green crabs. The only drawback is lots of snags and rig tying. Great eating tho…

Tags:  tautog, sheepshead, black drum, red drum

Posted on September 6, 2012 | Permalink

Bites on in Garrett County

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Garrett County

My friend Jordan Sweitzer sent me this picture from one of our favorite fishing holes.

Tags: water snake, trout

Posted on August 28, 2012 | Permalink

Summer Coastal Fishing Report

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City

This summer has seen some of the warmest water temperatures near the beach in years. At the beginning of August we had consistent temperatures in the low 80’s which made for great surfing and spear fishing. It also brought in a lot of southern species that stuck around for longer than usual. We actually started targeting cobia and trigger fish. There were also a lot of summer flounder at the near shore wrecks. The head boat anglers did quite well on decent sized fluke throughout the mid and late summer.

Tags: cobia, trigger fish, summer floounder, fluke

Posted on  , 2011 | Permalink


Shark Tagging


On Friday I was invited along on a shark tagging trip out of Ocean City. NMFS through its APEX predator program has been supplying tags to anglers to tag sharks since 1962 ( Unfortunately due to budget cuts the program is loosing funding and they are less able to supply tags. I went out with Captain Mark Sampson who has been the leader in shark conservation in Maryland since it was a concept. He has personally tagged over a thousand sharks and some of his returns have been from as far as the Azores and Spain. We were lucky enough to capture a sandbar shark. If you look at the photo closely you can see that the shark has been bit in the tail by another shark. Mark says that this has been occurring more frequently. We wondered is it because there are more sharks or do they maybe have less to eat?

You will also see a white piece of PVC in the photos. This is a blocker that Mark has developed to stop the sharks from swallowing the hook, thus preventing deep hooking. You can see it also worked on a Mahi that took shark bait. Marks latest push is to get people to use circle hooks when shark fishing. We discussed getting together to do a cooperative study as NMFS says there is no data on sharks and circle hooks at this time. Mark says they work well to prevent deep hooking in sharks. Mark has a webpage called There is a link to some video he recently shot of a Great White Shark that is supposed to be fantastic. He has been hanging a go pro camera from a kite to film and the video is great I hear.

Tags: Sandbar Shark, Mahi

Posted on July 25, 2011 | Permalink

Ocean Pines Fishing Rodeo

Type: Freshwater
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean Pines

The Ocean Pines Anglers Club had their kids fishing tournament on Saturday in Ocean Pines and it was a huge success. Last year there were 115 anglers and they captured 100 fish. This year there were 84 anglers and they captured 164 fish. DNR freshwater took the time to drive down 200 bluegills from Hagerstown to give the event a little boost. There is a picture I attached of a grandfather with his granddaughter fishing. Soon after I took the picture they caught a bluegill: they were ecstatic! Most all of the children caught at least one fish and there was a great atmosphere. The Anglers club made the event a catch and release event whereby each kid was given a card and the judges wrote the length of each fish they caught on it. This made it easy for the kids to learn the value of catch and release fishing. I can’t say enough good things about the Ocean Pines Anglers Club and DNR’s freshwater guys taking the time to help these kids enjoy the hottest day of the year fishing.

Tags: Youth Fishing

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