Ocean City saw its first puppy drum of the season last weekend, a 10-pounder taken by Richard Gorleski of Denton as he was drifting near the South Jetty
with squid. Ocean City got quite a number of puppy drum last season, so this is a good sign of more to come.
They normally are taken on cut mullet or sand fleas. Most of the time the anglers are either fishing for tautog at the jetties or bluefish in the surf when they catch these fish.
Puppy drum feed on worms and crabs turned up by the waves. They tend to feed in turbulent water so it is rarely too rough to catch a puppy drum.
But the windy, stormy weather put a damper on other fishing last weekend. The surf held little action because anglers could not hold bottom. A heavy shore-break made fishing difficult, even after the rough weather subsided. Earlier, anglers had picked up Norfolk spot and croaker. Anglers on Assateague reported catching croaker two at a time with a combination of squid and bloodworm bait. Several flounder and even some small- to medium-sized trout were reported in the North Ocean City area. Again, the trout were hitting the bloodworm and squid combo.
Dusky and sand sharks also were hitting in the surf for anglers with sufficiently long fishing rods. Several were reported in the 10- to 20-pound range, taken on squid or mullet.
Inlet action was only fair this past week. The sea trout did slack off, though the snapper blues were still biting. Anglers at Indian River Inlet reported blues in the 2-pound range hitting at almost any change of tide.
Northwest winds, full moon tides and heavy rain made for bad flounder fishing. Anglers had little luck until the waters began to clear up last Sunday.
Even though flounder were scarce, some good-sized ones were weighed in here and there. Robert Leach of Newtown Square, Pa., took a large flounder, 6 1/4 pounds and caught in the Thorofare on squid.
Linda Gaske of Catonsville managed an unusual feat: She caught a 6-pound, 9-ounce flounder with a lure and no bait! She'd been drifting a chartreuse twister in the main channel near buoy No. 7.