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Latest Update: October 7, 2009 Next Update: October 14, 2009 (By 5pm)  

Ocean Side Fishing Report

Shore based fishermen have been focusing on tautog fishing in and around the Route 50 Bridge/Inlet area during the daytime hours. Most are using sand fleas or pieces of green crab for bait and are also catching an occasional trigger fish. Small boat fishermen have been working the south jetty with good results for tautog and trigger fish. At night the game switches over to bluefish and striped bass and casting Got-Cha lures for the bluefish and swim shad type lures for striped bass has been the most popular method of fishing. Some fishermen are drifting live eels and spot with very good results also.

Surf fishermen are still looking for red drum and occasionally catching and releasing a few. It would seem that the main migration of large red drum moved through during the blow but fishermen are ever hopeful. Large baits of cut spot and menhaden have been the baits of choice with the head being the most durable. There are a lot of dogfish, small bluefish and larger sharks tearing up baits. Those fishermen targeting bluefish have been catching them on finger mullet.

The wreck fishing fleet took one on the chin with the recent emergency closure of fishing for sea bass. Most boats will now switch to targeting tautog on some of the wreck and reef sights closer to the beaches.

Offshore fishermen have been catching a lot of dolphin lately from the 30-fathom line out to the canyons. Closer to the canyons such as the Baltimore, Washington and Norfolk fishermen have been catching a mix of wahoo and white marlin.

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A Couple of Closing Notes...

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Include the following information:

  • Date

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  • Hometown(s)

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  • Location

  • Weight/length of catch

  • Bait/lure

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