Big Flounder Starting to Hang on the Wrecks

By Scott Lenox

Big Flounder Starting to Hang on the Wrecks

Chalk up another beautiful day for Ocean City for the summer of 2017! It was even cool this morning with temperatures in the 60s so it almost felt like fall. It warmed up nicely by this afternoon and was a great day to be on the water. Offshore fishing was a little tough today, but inshore there were lots of throwback flounder in the bay and some slobs on at least one inshore wreck.

My buddies Juan Franzetti and Mike Snedaker from the Ocean City Fishing Community had some fantastic luck free dive spearfishing at an inshore wreck today. Juan Franzetti, Lucas Franzetti, Mike Snedaker and OC Policeman Albert Purdy had a great day of shooting and found that there are some true doormat flounder starting to hang around the wrecks. The guys dove in 40′ – 50′ feet of water on some Ocean City Reef Foundation chart book numbers and shot big flounder, tautog, sheepshead and triggerfish.  Free diving, for those of you who might not know is holding your breath to go down to spear the fish.  This is super impressive to a guy like me that can’t hold his breath long enough to get something off the bottom of the tub.  Pretty work guys!

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Check out the awesome video from Mike on a shot of one of the sheepshead.

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It was slow overall offshore today, but t he Restless Lady fleet had a pretty good day hooking yellowfin tuna today. Restless Lady was out with Ian Hansberger’s crew on an overnighter and Jade II (RL52) had an open boat trip and put them on some decent yellowfin action.

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The crew of Boss Hogg out of Sunset Marina had a decent day with the tough conditions putting Bruce and his gang on five nice yellowfin tuna.

The Ocean Princess with Captain Victor Bunting has had some challenging fishing lately, but today had some luck with sea bass, triggerfish and even sea trout.

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The water in the back bay on the high tide continues to be very clean and there are a lot of throwback flounder starting to be caught. I had the family in the Fish in OC Carolina Skiff this afternoon and we had eight throwback flounder in just about two hours behind Assateague Island. Captain Drew Zerbe had some good throwback action today too and found this pool winning keeper this afternoon.


This nice 18.5″ keeper flounder was caught on a squid/shiner combo today on board the Calico Jack flounder party boat with Captain Mike Giardina.


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