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Latest Update: October 8, 2008

Next Update: October 15, 2008

 


Ocean Side Fishing Report

Real-time water information for selected points in the Coastal Bay

A more stable weather pattern has done much to improve the flounder fishing in the back bay areas of Ocean City this week. The waters have cleared up and fishermen are catching flounder on the change of the tides in the channel areas leading to the inlet. Fishermen at the Route 50 Bridge/Inlet areas are seeing more and larger tautog during the daylight hours this week along with a few triggerfish and of course flounder. The night crews are seeing bluefish moving in and out of the inlet and are catching them on Got-Cha lures. Fishermen have also been catching a mix of striped bass and puppy drum often on soft plastic swimming lures and jigs.

Surf fishermen are reporting large numbers of small bluefish in the surf and fair numbers of large red drum, striped bass and sharks.

The changing of the seasons often brings wind with it and lately boats venturing out to the inshore and offshore fishing grounds have had to pick their days. The boats fishing the wreck sites and artificial reefs have been reporting fair fishing for sea bass. They actually are catching good numbers ofWahoo sea bass; itís just that they donít meet the minimum size requirement. The boats are still hitting excellent croaker fishing closer to the beaches; usually on the way in and flounder continue to be part of the catch near the wreck sites along with bluefish and tautog.

The offshore fishing took a dramatic upswing recently when calmer wind conditions allowed boats to fish the canyon areas. What they found were large numbers of wahoo at the Washington. Poormanís Canyon areas; many boats limited out and added good number of dolphin, a few yellowfin tuna and numerous white marlin releases to their catches. Bill and Mike Ambrose of Fallston are all smiles with this four man limit of wahoo caught just inside the Washington Canyon.


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A Couple of Closing Notes...

Don't hesitate to e-mail your recent fishing/crabbing photos and trip information. Send your photos via E-mail by the following Monday in order to be included in the next update. The file should be in .jpg format with the longest side sized at 600 pixels. Please keep the file size under one megabyte if possible. The photo should clearly depict the angler(s), fish, and ethical handling practices. For information on ethical angling practices please reference the Catch and Release information located at URL:

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/articles/catch_release.html

Include the following information:

  • Date

  • Angler(s)

  • Hometown(s)

  • Photo credit

  • Location

  • Weight/length of catch

  • Bait/lure

Important Note: If anyone in your picture is under 18 years of age, we must have a photo release signed by that person and a parent/guardian before we can post your picture. By sending any photos or art to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources you are giving DNR permission to use the image(s) online and in print. You are also giving DNR permission to distribute the photo for non-commercial purposes to other media, print, digital and television for their use. You are not giving up your copyright, but are allowing the photo(s) to be used for educational and news purposes.

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