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Maryland Ocean Reports - Inshore Fishing

By Keith Lockwood of The Maryland DNR
This information is provided as a public service of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Sept. 30th, 2010
Fishermen in the Ocean City area have been dealing with some tough weather conditions lately which has riled up local waters causing bumpy conditions offshore, rough surf and cloudy water conditions in the back bay areas. There are still a lot of flounder inside of the inlet but clearer water is needed for better fishing which may occur by this weekend. Fishermen have been reporting catching speckled trout in the back bay areas while flounder fishing this past week. Bluefish and striped bass are being caught in the inlet at night and tautog and sheepshead during the day on sand fleas and pieces of green crab.

Surf fishermen have been enjoying catching and releasing red drum and a mix of inshore sharks on large cut menhaden baits. Bluefish are being caught on finger mullet and a mix of kingfish, croakers and large spot on smaller baits.

The boats heading out to the wreck sites are reported to be catching sea bass and tautog along with some large flounder. Offshore fishing has been tough due to the bumpy conditions but a few boats did get out and came back with gaffer sized dolphin, a few yellowfin tuna, wahoo and white marlin releases in the canyon areas. Large bluefish are being reported in the area of the Hambone and Hot Dog.

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