Flounder For Dinner

Flounder For Dinner

By Scott Lenox

Scott Lenox
Scott is the owner of Fish in OC and host of Ocean City's fishing television show Hooked on OC. He has worked in the fishing industry and fished the waters in and around Ocean City for over 25 years.

I heard this morning that we’d had 15 days in a row with measurable rain in Ocean City up until today, and I’m pretty sure that’s accurate.  Mother Nature isn’t one to disappoint so she gave us another dose today.  It started off with some early morning rain showers followed by some heavy rain and lightning this afternoon, but there was a window of several hours where some of us were able to get out on the water and drown some bait.

For me it was just a few hours in the Fish in OC Carolina Skiff.  I fished the incoming tide behind Assateague Island with Gulp baits and had one decent bite, but that was it.  The water was clean and the wind was light so it was a nice morning on the water despite my luck.  There is some grass starting to show up so if you’re going to be flounder fishing in the near future be sure to check your rigs regularly and keep them clean.  Flounder don’t like salad.

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While I was behind Assateague Island I saw Captain John Prather and The Ocean City Guide Service so I was able to get his fishing report first hand.  Captain John and crew were experiencing similar conditions to mine with one exception…..they had a nice 22″ keeper in the boat.  I was using the right stuff and in the right place because the fish was caught on a white Gulp behind Assateague Island.

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There are also some fish in the northern end of the bay toward the Thorofare.  Noah Fowler was fishing with his Dad Tom when he landed this beauty of a flounder on a…..wait for it…..white Gulp 4″ swimming mullet.  No Gulp does not sponsor Fish in OC….yet….the stuff just works!

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There is also a pretty good bite for tautog in the bay now also.  Fish are being caught on most rock structure on the bayside of Ocean City, from the Oceanic Pier, from the route 50 bridge, on the south and north jetties and around the rocks of Martha’s Landing in West Ocean City.

Austin Brittingham, John Foreman, Andrew Quillen and Matt Stevens had a great day on the south jetty when they caught 11 keeper tog on white leg crabs on the outgoing tide.  The biggest fish was a nice 19 1/2″.

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