Before the Rain

Before the Rain

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 had a feeling when the projected path for Hurricane Matthew was updated a few days ago and Ocean City looked to be in the clear that it wouldn’t quite pan out that way.  Matthew was supposed to steer into the Atlantic and drift back to the south east today and Ocean City was forecast to see just a little rain and wind.  Well he decided to head a little further north than anticipated and now we are looking at some serious rain and wind.  Our forecast for overnight is now 3″ – 5″ of rain and 30 + knot winds out of the north and north east.  The wind could gust over 50 at times.  That’s a little different than 15-20 knots and a chance of rain.  The good news is that a lot of folks were prepared for worse when Ocean City was originally in Matthew’s cone of uncertainty.  It’s going to be a nasty day tomorrow in and around OC, so be safe.

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9 PM Saturday precipitation radar.

I had a report come in from Bear at the Oceanic Pier today with some nice sheepshead pics.  Don, Arian and Kristy had a great couple of days fishing the north sea wall.  They caught several keeper tautog from 16″ to 18″ and several sheepshead.  One of the sheepshead was a beauty at 23″ and 10 pounds.  The fish were all caught on sand fleas and green crab.

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I also got a submission today through the Fish in OC Facebook page from Matt Ellis who was doing some jigging from the route 50 bridge last night.

“Despite poor water clarity, jigging last night off the Rt 50 bridge was very productive. Slower water around the tide change was best. White and pink Gulp. Plenty of action with lots of throw backs too. Lost some bigger ones trying to hoist them up on to the bridge because no drop net (dumb). Also caught rockfish, puppy drum and other pesky bycatch. No boat required. Go get ’em.”

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