Flounder fishing in the back bays of Ocean City and Assateague has been very good this week. The Main East Channel, the Thorofare, Route 50/Inlet area and the area off the Ocean City Airport have been some of the hot spots this week. The very top of the flood tide and all of the ebb tide has been offering the best fishing. Croakers are being caught near the inlet with more regularity this week and spot have established themselves throughout most of the back bay shallows. Recreational crabbing has been good in the upper reaches of Assawomen Bay this week.
The fishing at the inlet area has been mostly flounder and some bluefish and tautog during the day and striped bass and bluefish at night. Fishermen are casting swim shad lures at night for the striped bass; most are slightly undersized but a few large ones are being landed ever night. Many fishermen are now drifting live spot for striped bass and large flounder, some are being cut up by bluefish but some really large flounder and good-sized striped bass are being caught as well.
Surf fishermen have settled into two camps. The first camp is using heavy tackle; which can be large spinning tackle or more common these days conventional tackle. Those using large surf rods are casting cut menhaden or squid baits out for a variety of large sharks and sting rays. Those using conventional tackle are paddling their baits out in kayaks beyond the surf or in some cases; brave souls are using surfboards. The other camp is using lighter tackle and catching kingfish, croaker and flounder on strip baits of squid or small cut baits. Finger mullet is the bait of choice for the small bluefish that are cruising the surf zone.
Wreck fishing this week has been good for sea bass and a mix of flounder and tautog. The throwback ratio for the sea bass is high but there is plenty of action.
This past weekend was a very exciting one for shark fishermen; a lot of boats were out covering a lot of territory for the annual tournament and they found a lot of sharks and two pending state records.
Boats were stretched out from the 40-fathon line out to the canyons. A surprising number of smaller mako sharks were caught and released. Jim Hughes who lives in Ocean City caught the new official state record mako shark of 876 lbs out between the Poorman’s and Washington Canyons and Brent Applegit caught a pending state record 642 lb thresher shark. Bluefin tuna were found at the Hambone area and schools were seen pushing water in several other areas. Yellowfin tuna and dolphin also came into the docks from places like the Washington and Norfolk Canyons. Jim proudly stands with his fishing buddies and the new state record mako shark and first prize winner in the O.C. Shark Tournament.
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