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Latest Update: July 30, 2009 Next Update: August 7, 2009 (By 5pm)  

Ocean Side Fishing Report

Flounder fishing in the back bay areas of Ocean City and Assateague Island continues to provide a lot of action but few keeper size flounder; the throwback ratios continue to be high. For fishermen on vacation it is certainly better than no action at all and many fishermen are raising the odds in their favor of hooking up with a really large flounder by using large baits such as live spot and finger mullet. The Main East Channel close to the Route 50 Bridge and the Thorofare have been good places to fish lately. Croakers and small sea bass have moved inside the inlet and are playing havoc with squid baits. There are plenty of spot in the back bays and some are large enough for table fare.

Todd Bathgate with 6 sand tiger sharkTriggerfish are being caught in and around the inlet on sand fleas and squid; some small tautog and flounder are also being caught during the day. At night there are plenty of undersized striped bass being caught on lures and live spot and eels. Small bluefish are moving through the inlet at night also and Got-Cha lures tend to be the best way to catch them.

Surf fishermen are catching a mix of large sharks in the evening hours off the beaches on large baits. Small bluefish are being caught with bottom rigs baited with finger mullet and towards dusk croakers and spot are being caught on bloodworms and squid. Todd Bathgate sent in this picture of a 6 sand tiger shark that was sporting a tag which he caught and released at Assateague this past Saturday.

Chris Toner with Maryland State Record cobiaFishermen are finding good bottom fishing for croakers within a mile of the beaches with some flounder. The boats heading out to the wreck sites are catching a mix of sea bass, trigger fish and flounder.

Chris Toner was fishing with friends on a charterboat from Ocean City that specializes in shark fishing this past weekend near Great Gull Shoals for small to medium sharks. A large cobia was spotted in the chum slick and the captain was prepared for such an event with a rod rigged with a live spot. After a long fight on 12 lb test line Chris was able to reel in a new state record cobia at 72 lbs even.

Offshore fishermen have been finding a mix of white marlin, blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, dolphin and wahoo from the 30-fathom curve out to the canyons this week.

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A Couple of Closing Notes...

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Include the following information:

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