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Latest Update: July 1, 2009 Next Update: July 8, 2009 (By 5pm)  

Ocean Side Fishing Report

The flounder fishing in the back bay areas of Ocean City continues to offer a lot of action; the throwback ratio can be high at times but there is certainly plenty of good fishing. The main East Channel, near Harbor Island and the Thorofare have been good places to drift as has in front of the airport in Sinepuxent Bay. Most fishermen are using strip baits of squid, live minnows and Gulp mullet baits but some are drifting live spot in hopes of catching a real doormat sized flounder.

In and around the inlet flounder and croakers are being caught during the day with a few tautog still being caught. The night crew is catching striped bass and bluefish by casting swim shad and Got-Cha lures.

Surf fishermen are finding a mix of large sharks and sting rays in the surf; small bluefish on finger mullet rigs and flounder on bottom rigs baited with squid.

Out at the wreck sites sea bass are being caught although there are a lot of throwbacks, flounder have become a more common part of the daily catch and some big tautog are still coming off of the wrecks.

Large bluefish are being caught near the Fingers and 20-fathom Lumps and thresher and mako sharks are not too far away. Boats are still catching some small makos and medium sized threshers. Small yellowfin tuna are being caught in the canyons and some lucky anglers have been fortunate to get into ones now and then in the 40 lb to 50 lb class. Gaffer dolphin are also being caught in the canyons and bluefin tuna are being intercepted as they pass through the region.

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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

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  • Location

  • Weight/length of catch

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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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