Bridge best place for flounder

U.S. 50

September 20, 1992|By Sue Hayes | Sue Hayes,Contributing Writer

It's that time of year. Fish sense the coming of autumn, the dropping water temperatures, and the need to migrate south. They begin feeding heavily, and large flounder that kept to themselves all summer suddenly make their move out of the bay. (One wonders where they've been all summer.)

One of the best places to fish for flounder this time of year (for folks without a boat) is the U.S. 50 bridge. The bridge offers two channels that are teeming with fish. Two to three hours on each side of the high tide are the best times to go.

Anglers should cast into the channels with frozen shiners hooked through the eyes with a 2- to 3-inch-long strip of squid hooked beside the shiner on the same hook. (A larger bait is more tempting to the bigger flounder.)

Anglers with boats will also find the fishing good near the U.S. 50 bridge. Herbert Bent of Ocean City weighed in a 5 1/4 -pound flounder fishing south of the bridge in the east channel near B.J.'s restaurant. The good-sized fish was taken on a live minnow.

This fishing area has always been good on the slacking tide. Anglers butt up to the bulkhead and then drift off in the deep channel. Flounder feed on this drop-off. Be careful of snags here.

Joe Gezymalla of Ocean City took 16 flounder up to 3 1/4 pounds drifting live minnows and a strip of flounder belly north of the U.S. 50 bridge. Anglers drifting between the bridge and the inlet have been doing excellent. Watch out for boat traffic here, especially if you are fishing on the weekend. It is a good idea to keep your engine running, so you can make a quick move if necessary.

Joe Lemanske of Pittsburgh picked up a 4 3/4 -pound flounder while fishing aboard the party boat Tortuga out of Bahia Marina. The Tortuga was working the waters south of the U.S. 50 bridge at the time.

Bob Kosydar of Glen Burnie picked up one of the largest founder last week. It went 6 1/2 pounds and was caught in the Ocean City inlet on a minnow and squid combination. Flounder are also biting outside the inlet in the ocean in about 30 feet of water.

Sea trout are also biting well. Pat McLaughlin caught a 5 1/4 - and a 3-pound trout fishing live spot in the Ocean City inlet. Anglers are also working bucktails with plastic worms, double white twister lures and squid strips for the trout. The U.S. 50 bridge at night, as well as the Oceanic Pier, has seen good catches of trout. Mixed in with the trout are numerous bluefish in the 1- to 4-pound range.

David Townsend of the Ocean Pier reports quite a number of croaker taken on squid and bloodworms. Trout have also been taken on the same bait. Bluefish in the 1- to 4-pound range have been biting on squid or mullet. Several decent-sized flounder were also caught using shiner and squid strips. Mr. Townsend reports some sharks in the 2- to 4-foot range. Most of the sharks are either sand sharks or duskies. When fishing the pier, hold on to your rod. Several rods have gone right over the railing recently when a large fish has grabbed the bait and pulled the rod overboard.

The Indian River Inlet has been seeing very good bluefishing for anglers using either bucktails or small spoons. The inlet is filled with schools of shiners and mullet, attracting fish to the area. On the high tides, anglers are also catching decent-sized sea trout. Tautog are biting on sand fleas, but most of the tautog seem to be on the small side.

Surf fishing has come alive this past week with catches of bluefish in the 1- to 6-pound range. Anglers are casting fresh or frozen finger mullet into the ocean and coming up with good action. Those having the best success are using whole finger mullet on a "mullet hook." The rigs can be purchased at any tackle store. Passers-by have commented on the number of bait fish and bluefish jumping out of the water just beyond the breakers.

Anglers are also picking up large spot and good-sized kingfish on the bloodworms. At night, we are seeing a few sea trout.

Offshore action was good last week. Anglers drifting off the beach picked up sea trout, croaker and flounder with strips of squid or bluefish. Many of these fish are running small, but the numbers are there. Sea bass fishing has been fair for anglers drifting the Bass Grounds or the B Buoy.

zTC The O.C. Princess had a fantastic overnight trip on tuna. They came in with a catch of 78 tuna up to 70 pounds. Most of the fish averaged between 30 and 50 pounds.

A few good-sized wahoo were reported last week. George Tsintzelis of Hanover, Pa., fishing aboard the American Lady came up with a 54-pound wahoo. The boat also had two white marlin releases and good-sized dolphin catches.

John Plasha of Pennsylvania picked up a 35-pound wahoo at the Jackspot on a spoon. Some scattered king mackerel were also reported from this activity.

Anglers fishing inshore were picking up false albacore, Spanish mackerel, a few king mackerel and several medium- to small-sized bluefish. The ocean is alive with bunker, mullet and schools of shiners. As long as there is bait fish in the ocean, the larger fish will be around to feed on them.

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