Once the water cleared up this week the flounder fishing really began to take off. The flounder will start to be more concentrated near the inlet as cooler water temperatures in the back bays urge the flounder towards the inlet. There are still a high number of throwbacks being reported but some larger ones are also being caught. Live lining spot or finger mullet continues to be a good way to target only the larger flounder. The croaker fishing has really picked up this past week and fishermen report that the size of the croakers has greatly improved. Small sea bass, sea robins and an occasional dogfish are also part of the mix for bottom fishermen.
The night crew at the Route 50 Bridge/inlet area report that bluefish are moving in and out of the inlet on a daily basis. Most fishermen have been catching them on Got-Cha plugs if they are targeting bluefish. A few striped bass are being caught on soft plastic swimming shads, jigs and bucktails. There have been a number of small red drum being caught also in the inlet and fishermen report that some of them have actually fallen into the legal slot size.
Surf fishermen saw their first of the large red drum migration recently and from now until the end of the month fishermen can expect to see more of these big fish. Small sharks will of course be part of the mix when one casts out a large piece of cut bait; but it comes with the territory. Fishermen with smaller offerings have been catching a few kingfish and croakers and fishermen using strip baits have been catching flounder. Small bluefish are in the surf and finger mullet apparently do not last long when cast out into the surf.
The boats heading out to the wreck sites report excellent fishing for big croakers off the beaches with limits achievable. Sea bass fishing continues to be slow and flounder fishing has been good on most days. Underwater photographer Michael Eversmier took this picture of a nice flounder nestled in near one of the reef sites off Ocean City.
There doesn’t seem to be many boats heading offshore these days but the ones making the run out to the canyons have been coming back with some big wahoo.
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