Crabbing piers busy on cloudy afternoons

FISHING NOTES

August 07, 1994|By Sue Hayes | Sue Hayes,Special to The Sun

Cloudy Ocean City afternoons have steered vacationers from the beach to crabbing piers. Fishing for the Maryland blue crab is a fun past-time when that sunny day turns into a drizzly mist.

Vacationers can buy enough crabbing equipment and bait for a couple of hours for under $10. There is no license required for crabbing or fishing in Ocean City.

Crabbers line the pier behind the Recreational Center on 125th Street on most days during the summer.

Other public spots to crab in Ocean City are Ninth Street pier, the finger pier and bulkhead behind Convention Center and 41st Street, and the Isle of Wight, which is an island in the middle of the Route 90 bridge. There is a crabbing pier on Assateague, and there is also crabbing under the bridge at Herring Creek, between Ocean City and Berlin on U.S. 50.

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Flounder fishing has been up and down in Ocean City this past week. While there have been some fantastic days with boats having up to 16 legal flounder, other days were only fair.

Constant southwest breezes and afternoon rain storms make for dirty water in the bay. The best flounder fishing last week was between the inlet and the U.S. 50 bridge. Vic Fuoco and Jay Ream of Ocean City took five keeper flounder up to 20 inches while fishing here last Saturday. Twelve-year-old Matthew Lobos caught a huge 7-pound 3-ounce flounder from the Third Street Bulkhead on a nightcrawler.

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The Northern sections of the bay, from the Thorofare to the Route 90 bridge, produced fantastic catches of croakers.

In fact, the croakers were so thick that founder fishermen began to complain that they could not keep their lines in the water long enough to catch a flounder. The croaker also frequented the Convention Hall channel. Anglers were using strips of squid and size No. 4 hooks to catch these fish.

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Striper season is in on the Atlantic coast and anglers are pulling them in.

Most of the fish are being released, because the average size of the fish have been between 20 and 24 inches. The legal size limit to keep one striper in Ocean City is 28 inches. Anglers are doing best working the U.S. 50 bridge on the high outgoing tide. Larry Hohl of Bishopville was lucky enough to land a 33 1/2 -inch, 14-pound striper from the bridge. He was using a Bomber lure. Most anglers have been working bucktails or twister lures agains the tide, so the jig drifts beneath the pilings of the bridge.

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Anglers are also picking up some larger sea trout in the 4- to 7-pound range using this technique. Tim Bohle of Ocean City took a 9 pound trout with a bucktail and twister combination from the bridge -- weighed in at Skip's Bait and Tackle.

The inlet has also been seeing some sea trout action. Bill Wood of Ocean City weighed in a 6-pound trout from the North Jetty at Rainy Day Canoe on Route 589. He was using a bucktail jig.

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On the offshore scene, the action was only fair. Although chunking for tuna was slower, the fish were bigger. One of the largest last week was a 125-pounder taken aboard the charter boat Arno. Most of the action was around the Jackspot and Twin Wrecks.

Several white marlin were released Sunday. Owner Jeff Goodwin aboard his boat Retainage released two. The Snap Two It owned by Dave Black also released two whites.

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