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Latest Update: October 14, 2009 Next Update: October 21, 2009 (By 5pm)  

Ocean Side Fishing Report

Tautog fishing in and around the inlet continues to be good; the throwback ratio is a bit high but there certainly is plenty of action. Fishermen are also dealing with a lot of small sea bass while fishing with sand fleas. The south jetty has been a great place for small boat anglers to fish for tautog, trigger fish and sheepshead. Bluefish have been moving in and out of the inlet by day and night and fishermen are catching them by casting Got-Cha Lures and swim shad type lures. At night, striped bass have been the target of fishermen casting swim shad lures or drifting live spot and eel baits.

Surf fishermen are seeing water temperatures dip to the 68-degree mark. A lot of small bluefish are being caught on finger mullet in the surf and a mix of skates, rays, sharks and a few red drum are being caught and released on larger menhaden or spot baits.

The boats heading out to the wreck sites are trying to make the most of a closed sea bass season with trigger fish and tautog. The trigger fish have been keeping fishermen busy at the rails and they certainly make good eating.

Offshore fishermen continue to slip out to the offshore canyons to troll for a mix of yellowfin tuna, dolphin and white marlin. Recently some of the better fishing has been at the Poormans and Wilmington Canyons.

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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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