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Latest Update: September 30, 2009 Next Update: October 7, 2009 (By 5pm)  

Ocean Side Fishing Report

Fishermen have been practicing some catch and release fishing for flounder near the Route 50 Bridge and inlet area but most fishermen are targeting tautog and trigger fish during the day and bluefish and striped bass at night. There are still some spot being caught up by the Route 90 Bridge and small sea bass continue to be pesky bait stealers near the inlet. Tautog fishing continues to gain speed with cooling water temperatures as fishermen target them with sand fleas and pieces of green crab.

Surf fishermen have been out in force for the anticipated fall run of large red drum but so far have had a difficult time with heavy surf. They are being caught and released but fishermen have been reporting of being plagued with a lot of bait stealing dogfish and bluefish. Cut spot has been a popular bait along with fresh menhaden and the head is always a prime cut since it tends to put up with more chewing abuse from dogfish and bluefish. Those who are targeting bluefish are using finger mullet. Striped bass are showing up in the surf; really large ones have been scarce but shorts have been offering some fun. William Fox caught and released this one from the Ocean City surf while casting a bucktail.

Fishing for sea bass has been on the upswing on many of the wreck and artificial reef sites. The throwback ratio continues to be high but a good percentage of the anglers have been coming home with double digit catches with some trigger fish mixed in. Croakers are being found on some of the inshore sloughs and are showing signs of schooling up for a departure for more southern waters.

Despite rough seas when the offshore fleet can get out the catch and release scores for white marlin have been almost unbelievable at times; double digit releases have not been uncommon this week. The 50-fathom line near the Rock Pile as well as the Poorman’s and Norfolk Canyons have been excellent places to fish. A mix of large wahoo, dolphin and yellowfin tuna have been rounding out the mix.

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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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  • Hometown(s)

  • Photo credit

  • Location

  • Weight/length of catch

  • Bait/lure

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