Fishermen have had a tough time this past weekend with rain and windy conditions in the back bay areas of Ocean City and their search for flounder. The Assawoman Bay area has been generally cloudy but the Sinepuxent bay area behind Assategue Island has been clearer. The area above the Route 90 Bridge in Assawoman Bay has been accounting for some of the better flounder fishing in the region with the area in front of the Ocean City Airport a close second.
The water has been churned up at the Inlet as well and fishing for tautog and striped bass was off over the weekend. The striped bass are certainly around and clearer water will do much to improve this fishery. Fishermen have been catching some nice legal-sized striped bass in the inlet area and the Route 50 Bridge by casting bucktails and swim shads.
Surf water temperatures are running around 54-degrees and there continues to be a lot of wind chop and floating grass in the surf. There are still a lot of large striped bass moving northward along the coast and surf fishermen have been enjoying good fishing. A little better weather situation will do much to improve this fishery. Fishermen have been using chunks of menhaden on bottom rigs for the best results; but are also using mullet. A few large “spring runner” bluefish continue to be caught along with a few small black drum. Skates and spiny dogfish are unfortunately also part of the mix.
The boats headed out to the wreck sites and artificial reefs are reporting good tautog fishing and fair fishing for sea bass. The region has been blanketed with cold water and captains feel this may be holding the sea bass fishery from developing fully.
Marty Gary has some exciting news for sport fishermen and sport divers in the Ocean City area. On May 16, 2008, 44 , cleaned and inspected, decommissioned New York City subway cars were deployed in 85 feet of water on the Jackspot, 19 nautical miles SE of the Ocean City inlet. The stainless steel cars are anticipated to attract marine growth over the coming months and years, attracting myriad species of inshore and offshore fish, including: tautog, black sea bass, summer flounder, amberjack, tuna, wahoo and possibly marlin. Thanks to the generosity of Holland Point, MD resident Jack Power, the first barge load of subway cars has been deployed off Ocean City. The Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative (MARI), working with the Ocean City Reef Foundation continues to seek funding for additional subway cars for up to four reef sites off Ocean City. For information on how you can help, please visit:
Click here to view recent bay region satellite images at mddnr.chesapeakebay.net/NASAimagery/EyesInTheSky.cfm
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