Flounder fishing continues to be good in the back bay areas of Ocean City and Sinepuxent Bay but as one would expect boat traffic can be a real problem. Fishing in the channel areas can be a rather perilous situation for anyone drifting for flounder and croakers so be careful. Many fishermen are staying away from the channel areas and opting for a little less rock and rolling and a little more peace. Plenty of flounder and croakers are being caught; the throwback ratio on the flounder remains high but there certainly is plenty of action. Spot and flounder are being caught up by the Route 90 Bridge and a mix of croakers, small sea bass and flounder are being caught closer to the inlet area.
At night striped bass and bluefish are being caught at the Route 50 Bridge/Inlet area. Live eels and spot are the choice of baits for the striped bass and Got-Cha lures for the bluefish.
Surf fishermen are catching a mix of large sharks and sting rays during the days and evenings off the beaches on cut bait and whole squid baits. Bottom rigs baited with finger mullet are catching small bluefish. Flounder are being caught on squid baits and at dusk croakers and spot are moving into the surf zone and can be caught on bloodworms and squid.
Sea bass fishing out at the wreck sites has been a bit slow lately but fishermen are making up with catches of trigger fish and large flounder. Croakers are holding off the beaches in several of the slough areas and fishermen have been loading up on medium sized croakers during the day.
The Ocean City White Marlin Open is off to a good start with a 93.5-pound white marlin in first place. There are reportedly 298 boats entered in this tournament and 175 were fishing on Monday alone; with this many boats out there covering the offshore waters it gives fishermen a good view of what is out there. A healthy mix of bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, dolphin and mako sharks have been caught in the first three days of the tournament.
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