Fishermen continue to catch a lot of small flounder behind Ocean City and Assateague Island. There are keeper sized flounder there in the channels as well as some big doormats; it just takes patience and some instances large baits. A number of fishermen continue to drift live spot for a chance at the largest flounder. The channel areas such as the Main East Channel and areas close to the inlet seem to be paying out the biggest dividends. Fishermen that are fishing traditional baits such as squid and minnows are also catching a mix of sea robins, small bluefish, croakers, small sea bass and dogfish. The best croaker fishing this past week has been bracketed in the Route 50 Bridge/ Inlet area. Cris Terreros holds up a nice trio of flounder he caught recently behind Ocean City.
The evening team at the Route 50 Bridge/Inlet area has been catching a few nice striped bass on swim shad lures and bluefish on Got-Cha lures and unfortunately also on their swim shad lures; which take a beating from those sharp teeth. Fishermen that have been drifting live spot have been catching a few big doormat flounder and large sea trout from time to time.
Surf fishermen have been finding the best fishing for a mix of small summer species during the early morning and evening hours due to warm water temperatures and bright sun. Those fishermen using bloodworms and similar baits have been catching a mix of croakers, kingfish, and spot. Fishing strip baits of squid or fish in the wash will often catch flounder. Small bluefish can be caught on finger mullet or cut bait. Those fishermen looking for more pull have been catching large sharks in the evening hours on cut bait.
The fleet fishing the inshore wreck sites and artificial reefs has been picking away at sea bass but fishermen are noting quite a number of throwbacks. Flounder have become a larger part of the daily catch and the croakers seem to be evading the boats on their return trips to port.
Farther offshore fishermen have been finding bluefin tuna once again along the 20-30 fathom curve at places like the Hot Dog, Sausages and Hambone. The boats running to the canyons have been coming back with white marlin release flags flying and a mix of dolphin, wahoo and a few yellowfin tuna. Steve Doctor sent in this picture from the scales at the Mid-Atlantic 500 Tournament. Steve mentioned that 4 White Marlin were brought to the scales at Sunset last Thursday. They ranged from 67 to 73 inches, none are in the money. There were probably 20 or so releases as well by 24 boats. 59- pound wahoo came to sunset as well. 88 pound white marlin was landed in Cape May. The boats were fishing at the Poormans and the Wilmington.
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