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Latest Update: May 6, 2009 Next Update: May 13, 2009 (By 5pm)  

Ocean Side Fishing Report

There is no denying the weather has not been very inviting for fishermen sitting in a boat or watching a surf stick on the beach. The weatherman promises us better weather conditions by this coming weekend. Die-hard fishermen caught flounder in the back bay areas of Ocean City and Assateague Island this week some were of noteworthy size. Tautog are being caught in and around the Ocean City Inlet from the jetties, bulkheads and the Oceanic Pier. More and more striped bass are being caught around the inlet area usually in the evening hours on swimming shad lures or bucktails.

The surf water temperature has dropped to about 52-degrees this week. The kingfish seemed to take a hike to somewhere or maybe they they’re just too chilly to feed. Surf fishermen soaking fresh menhaden baits did catch a mix of dogfish and skates with a few really nice striped bass tossed in this week. Those who tried clams on their bottom rigs came up with a few medium sized black drum.

The boats that were able to run out to the inshore wreck sites this week found a mix of sea bass and tautog. Many of the sea bass were undersized but enough met the minimum size. The tautog tended to be on the large size which brought a lot of smiles around the rails.

If you submitted a photo and don't see your picture in the regular report please look in the photo gallery that we periodically run. Click here for this week's gallery!

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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:

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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