Bluefish action is picking up

FISHING

September 06, 1992|By Sue Hayes | Sue Hayes,Contributing Writer

Standing on a rock jetty on a crisp September morning watching the sea gulls dip into the water is rewarding in itself. To suddenly see a school of finger mullet break water with a swirl of larger fish behind them is exhilarating.

If you are a fisherman with a rod and reel in hand and a bucktail and plastic worm on the end of the line, this could mean dinner.

In one possible scenario, a fisherman casts slightly up current of the activity and lets the bucktail sink below the surface. Then he begins a jerking motion with his rod tip, tempting the swirling fish into action. A big blue or maybe even a sea trout grabs the bait and begins to run. Then the fight begins.

Bluefish action at both the Indian River and Ocean City inlets increased last week. The beginning of the incoming tide produced the best catches of blues. These fish were running in the 1- to 4-pound range. On the high tide, just starting out, the sea trout action began. The trout did not bite long, maybe 30 to 45 minutes. For the angler standing at the right place at the right time, the sea trout were there.

Tautog fishing at both of the inlets picked up last week, too. In the heat of the summer, the tautog run small, but this past week some larger ones were reported up to 4 pounds. Along with the tautog have been several triggerfish. Tony Evans of Catonsville landed a 3-pound triggerfish drifting through the inlet with a piece of peeler crab for bait.

The Ocean City Inlet is also seeing increasing numbers of puppy drum. Joe Ollinger of Salisbury picked up a 5-pound puppy drum on squid drifting through the inlet. Carol and Virgil Quillen of Keenwick also weighed in a 5-pound puppy drum they caught in the inlet on squid. Their catch also included a 3 1/2 - and 4 1/2 -pound flounder.

Pat Townsend of the Ocean Pier also reports that anglers there are picking up puppy drum from the pier. Last year, we had a nice run of these fish. It looks as if they are here again this year. While taking almost any kind of bait, their preferred meal is either fresh mullet or crab such as peeler or several sand fleas strung on a hook.

The Oceanic Pier saw good action on sea trout at night on the high outgoing tide, along with good catches of bluefish. Last Monday morning the bluefish were hitting on the morning tide as we stood on the pier watching. Some of these blues weighed at least 3 pounds. Anglers on the pier do well with squid strips dangling into the water or by throwing lures such as bucktails and double tied twister lures.

The U.S. 50 bridge was fantastic last week with bluefish. The best action has been at night, though several have been taken during the day on flounder baits. In the evening, anglers have been using bucktails with trailer worms, spec rigs, Redfish rigs -- and tandem twister rigs.

Bill and Tom Reise of Damascus had a lucky night on the U.S. 50 bridge last weekend.They had 15 sea trout up to 6 1/2 pounds and several bluefish up to 4 pounds. They were using bucktails with purple plastic worms.

By day the U.S. 50 bridge has been very good on flounder. Several good-sized fish have been observed being hoisted up on the bridge in "bridge nets." Frozen shiners or live minnows have been the best baits for the flounder.

Flounder fishing in the bay in Ocean City has been quite good this past week. Though the flounder may be thinning out, the size of the fish seems to be increasing. Anglers are having success drifting between the U.S. 50 bridge and the inlet on the high slacking tide.

One of the largest flounder was taken in this area near the Old Railroad Bridge. It went 5 pounds, 14 ounces. Kathy and Mary Tsakiris of Ocean City had a good catch of flounder north of the Thorofare area on shiners and squid. They had a 2 1/4 - and 4-pound flounder one day and a 1 3/4 - and 2-pound flounder the next day.

Surf fishing last week was fair on catches of bluefish in the 1- to 5-pound range. There was still good-sized kingfish and spot action on bloodworm, but it does seem like the spot are thinning out, making way for the blues. Some sharks up to 15 pounds were also weighed in. Many stories were reported of rods being snatched out of the rod holders, which means the bigger blues and sharks are out there.

The action offshore was good on yellowfin tuna and dolphin in the 100 fathom line in the Baltimore and Poor Man's canyons. Most anglers were chunking butterfish for these fish. Some boats had as many as 20 tuna. Many were releasing the fish.

Rick Savage of Berlin weighed in a 37-pound wahoo from the Poor Man's Canyon that he took on a ballyhoo. Two large big eye tuna were taken last week as well. John Sherwood of Huntington, Long Island, had a 220 pounder. The Muff Diver out of Bahia Marina with Capt. Chris Bowie had a 245 pounder. Zeke Gibson of Kingsville took a swordfish on an overnighter on the Paula B. They were in the Baltimore Canyon drifting a squid when they took the 153-pound fish.

Anglers were doing well with king mackerel as close as the Little Gull Shoal and were also picking up a few Spanish mackerel.

Sea bass action on the Bass Grounds picked up last week. Timmy and Christy Brinker of Ocean City fishing on their boat Carol's Tea Kettle caught a 3 1/2 - and 4-pound sea bass.

The party boats are catching more and larger fish, along with sea trout and croaker.

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