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Latest Update: September 9, 2009 Next Update: September 16, 2009 (By 5pm)  

Ocean Side Fishing Report

As September 13th approaches and the closure of flounder season is upon us; fishermen are enjoying good fishing in the back bay area of Ocean City and Assateague Island. Boat traffic will be down this post Labor Day week so it will be easier to fish some of the channel areas such as the Main East Channel. Finger mullet and spot have been two of the favorite baits for fishermen who are looking for bragging size flounder. The inlet area has been a good place to find such good fish as well as outside the inlet area and along the beaches.

During the day fishermen are catching flounder, croaker, trigger fish and even a few nice sized tautog in and around the inlet area. At night bluefish have been very plentiful and easy to catch on Got-Cha type lures. A few nice striped bass are also being caught each night in the Route 50 Bridge/inlet area on swim shads and live eels or spot.

Surf fishermen are catching a lot of small bluefish on whole or pieces of finger mullet. A mix of spot, croakers, kingfish and flounder are also being caught. Croaker and flounder are being caught by boats fishing outside the inlet along the beaches. The boats heading out to the wreck and reef sites are picking away at the sea bass with a high throwback ratio still evident.

The boat fleet that is fishing the more offshore waters is seeing excellent numbers of white marlin near the Baltimore and Wilmington Canyons. A couple of boats recently got into some small yellowfin tuna action but most are reporting a mix of skipjack tuna, false albacore, dolphin and a few wahoo.

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A Couple of Closing Notes...

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Include the following information:

  • Date

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  • Weight/length of catch

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