Flounder provide main attraction


September 04, 1994|By Sue Hayes | Sue Hayes,Special to The Sun

Flounder fishing in Ocean City turned on last week. The winds were calm, and there was no rain for almost a week. The bay waters were clear, and the fish were biting.

Flounder were hitting in the upper reaches of the bay near Route 90, in the channels running north of the Thorofare, in the Convention Hall Channel between Buoys 9 and 13, around the U.S. 50 bridge and in the bay behind Assateague. The usual flounder holes were producing on the high and the outgoing tides. Some anglers said the fish in the northern areas of the bay were hitting three to four hours after the tide had turned. Tide is not as critical in the upper regions of the bay as it is near the inlet.

Vic Fuoco of Ocean City "limited out" two days in a row over the weekend with catches up to 3 pounds. He was using a shiner and squid combination with a chartreuse bucktailed hook near the U.S. 50 bridge. Mike Carney of Windsor, Pa., had his creel limit of eight flounder over the weekend, and two of these were over 3 pounds. He was using live minnows for bait. Gary Bernett of Clinton took a 3-pound 10-ounce flounder while fishing the South Bay near Buoy 13 with a minnow.

Charles Cornell of Baltimore caught his luck in the Thorofare. He weighed in a 2 1/4 and a 3 1/2 pound flounder at Bahia Marina. He was using live minnows for bait. Janet Westerman of Abingdon showed up her male companions who took her flounder fishing (( for the first time. She caught a 5-pound 1-ounce flounder along with a 2 1/2 -pound flounder near the Route 90 bridge. She was using squid strips for bait.

The weekend saw good bluefish and sea trout action as well. The Shantytown Pier had a good catch of 2- to 3-pound blues along with several legal-sized sea trout. The larger sea trout have been hitting right at the turn of the high tide. This week will see some good tides for early evening fishing. Get yourself some small bucktails or twister lures for the trout and blues. Live spot bought on the pier will also give you some successful flounder fishing at night.

Both the Indian River and Ocean City Inlet saw quite a flurry of bluefish activity over the weekend. Anglers casting bucktail jigs with plastic worms were bringing in the blues on the incoming tide. Evening hours have seen some decent trout catches along with numerous striper releases. The stripers have been hitting cut bait, Rattletrap lures and Windcheater lures.

The Oceanic Pier has seen quite a flurry of trout last week. Anglers also have been catching some blues and flounder as well. Some anglers have been catching their limit on the sea trout. Remember, the creel limit on trout is 10 fish per person.

The Ocean Pier has had a good week on sharks, blues and sea trout at night. By day, the fare has been good catches of Norfolk spot, a spattering of good-sized kingfish, blowfish, ling cod, croaker, striper releases, an occasional flounder and smaller sea trout. At night, the best bait is a cut bait such as squid, mullet or spot. By day, the bloodworm and squid combination has been the most successful, even for the sea trout.

The surf from Assateague to the Delaware State Park has been alive with spot, croaker, sea trout and snapper blues. There have been some kingfish but no large numbers of them. Quite a few striper releases have been reported at night, as well as a speckled trout rumor here and there.

Offshore action was excellent over the weekend. The fishing party aboard Mario Rebelo's boat tells the story. Mr. Rebelo and his party -- which included Dick Kelly, Bob Hoffman and Dick Hamilton of the Ocean City area -- ventured out on an overnighter Saturday. On the way offshore, trolling, they landed a 50-pound wahoo and released a 300-pound blue marlin. Once in the area of the West Wall of the Baltimore Canyon, they set up for chunking for tuna. They had a catch of eleven 50-pound class yellowfins. Several white marlin were caught and released this weekend. The whites were scattered from the canyons to the Hot Dog Lumps. Two boats had three releases: The Major Motion with Captain Jim Garner and the Speculator with Captain

Eric Blanks.

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