Strong northeasterly winds have not done good things for the flounder fishing this week in the back bay areas of Ocean City and Assateague Island. The weatherman tells us these winds will persist until at least the end of this week. The flounder are certainly there; all one needs is some clear water so the flounder can see the baits. Cooler water temperatures are urging the flounder to move towards the inlet area channels and that is where some of the best fishing has been lately. Fishermen still report a high throwback ratio but a number of big fish continue to be caught each day especially by those who are drifting live spot or finger mullet. Large croakers are still present close to the inlet and small sea bass continue to be pesky.
In the Route 50 Bridge/Inlet area fishermen saw fewer bluefish inside the inlet this week but better catches of striped bass at night. A few big sea trout are also being caught; especially by those fishermen drifting live spot.
Surf fishermen saw the solid beginning of the red drum run late last week but high water conditions and rough surf made for tough fishing over the weekend. Anyone using a weight short of a cement block found it hard to hold in the rough surf. Flounder and small bluefish will be at the top of the list of smaller species caught this week if surf conditions ease up and hopefully a strong run of red drum will continue.
The bottom fishing fleet headed out to the wreck sites and artificial reefs report only fair fishing for sea bass with a large number of the sea bass being undersized. A number of flounder are being caught around the wreck sites. The croaker fishing off the beaches continues to be strong this week and is making up the bulk of the catches for the party boat fleet.
There was not much to report from the offshore fishing fleet since most stayed at the dock this week due to windy and rough conditions. This is certainly the time of the year to be expecting some large yellowfin tuna and wahoo to be moving through the offshore canyon areas; time and weather conditions will tell.
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