The back bay areas of Ocean City and Assateague continue to provide good flounder fishing this week. The best flounder have been coming from the areas close to the inlet such as the Main East Channel, the Thorofare and the approaches to the inlet. A number of them are being caught on conventional baits such as the Ocean City combo of minnow and squid but many of the larger doormats are being caught on live spot. Fishermen are also seeing a number of other hungry fish showing up such as sea robins, smooth dogfish, small sea bass and croakers. Dan Mattio proudly holds up almost 7 lbs of flounder that he caught at the Thorofare while drifting a live spot.
The night crew at the inlet area has seen an upswing in the number of striped bass being caught. They do not all meet the 28” minimum size requirements but there is plenty of action. Soft plastic swim shads have been a local favorite for striped bass and Got-cha lures for the bluefish that continue to move in and out of the inlet on a daily basis. A few tautog continue to be caught near the inlet but most of these tog have a hard time meeting the legal minimum size.
Surf water temperatures are running around 72-degrees this week and fishermen are experiencing their best catches of small summer species during the early morning and evening hours. Most fishermen are catching a mix of kingfish, spot and croakers on bloodworm baits or artificial renditions such as Gulp or Fishbites baits. They can also be caught at times on very small strip baits from spot. Flounder can be caught in the surf on strip baits of squid and fish strips. Finger mullet on a mullet rig is the ticket for the small bluefish that are roaming the surf zone. Fishermen fishing during the evening hours and well into the night have been catching a variety of large inshore sharks on menhaden baits. Sand tiger, sandbar and spinner sharks tend fit the bill with a few sting rays thrown in for good measure.
The bottom fishing boats headed out to the wreck sites have been catching a mix of sea bass and flounder. The sea bass catches have been nothing to write home about but most anglers at the rail are able to catch a few meals worth. We haven’t heard much on anyone finding croakers on the way back to port yet; but rest assured captains will continue to probe the depths on their way in and hopefully they’ll find them soon.
Now that the Ocean City White Marlin Open is history and things have settled down around the docks offshore fishing is getting back into a groove. The boats are coming back to the docks with big catches of chicken dolphin mixed with some gaffer sized ones also. White marlin are being caught out near the canyons such as the Poorman’s and Baltimore Canyons. A few yellowfin tuna have been coming in and also some wahoo here and there.
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