Flounder is the big word this week; fishermen are starting to catch flounder in the back bay areas in enough numbers that they are talking about catching limits. This is great news for fishermen since flounder hold such a dear spot in their hearts (and stomachs). The area around the Route 90 Bridge; the Thorofare and the waters behind Assateague have all been producing good catches at times. The action can be spotty at times and several fishermen mentioned that the best action tends to occur in 6’ to 10’ of water. Tide is another issue that some seem split on, a number of fishermen said the beginning of flood tide was best and others said the bottom of the ebb tide. The water temperature in the back bay areas is generally around 53-degrees. Fishermen have also been reporting that they have been amused by the group of harbor seals that have set up residence on some of the tiny sedge islands in the Thorofare area.
Fishing for tautog continues to be good in the Ocean City Inlet area. The ends of 5th and 6th Streets, the bulkhead between 1st and 4th Streets, the Route 50 Bridge, the inlet jetties and the Oceanic Fishing Pier are all good places to try your hand. Frozen sand fleas and pieces of green crab are the baits of choice.
Surf fishermen continue to battle with spiny dogfish and clear-nosed skates in the surf. A few fish such as undersized striped bass and bluefish show up on the end of someone’s line now and then; but mostly fishermen patiently wait. The first post-spawn striped bass migrating out of the Chesapeake Bay should be making the left hand turn at Cape Charles right about now so perhaps it will only be a couple of weeks before they show up along Maryland beaches.
The party boat fleet that has been heading out to the wreck sites have been reporting limit catches of tautog around the rail when the weather cooperates.
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