Fishermen have been experiencing some tough fishing conditions this past week due to strong northeast winds. The worst of it seems to be over and bay waters should clear up quickly and fishermen will again be targeting flounder in the back bay areas of Ocean City and Assateague Island. The cooler water temperatures are beginning to urge flounder to move through the inlet area and out into the ocean for their fall migration offshore to their spawning grounds. The best flounder fishing at the moment tends to be in the channels leading to the inlet. There are still a large portion of throwbacks but some impressive flounder are being caught; especially by those fishermen using large baits such as live spot or finger mullet.
A few tautog are starting to show up in the inlet area this week and fishermen are catching a mix of bluefish and a few striped bass and sea trout at night. Most fishermen are casting swimming shad type lures with good success but a number of anglers are also drifting live spot with good results.
Surf fishermen are finally starting to see surf conditions calm down and they will be able to test the annual migration of large red drum once again. Last week a number of large ones were caught and released despite the heavy surf; hopefully the run will continue through this week. Bluefish are still very prevalent in the surf and most fishermen are using finger mullet to catch them.
The boats have only sparingly been able to fish the wreck and artificial reef sites recently due to heavy weather. When they were able to get out small sea bass, large flounder and croakers was the bill of fare. Cooler ocean temperatures should do much to spur the sea bass and tautog fishery into action.
The offshore fleet also had to deal with rough sea conditions recently but those that ventured out early this week after the seas laid down found large numbers of chicken dolphin and a mix of yellowfin tuna, wahoo and white marlin in the canyons.
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