Flounder Fishing is Picking Up….and Have I Mentioned the Bluefish?

By Scott Lenox

Flounder Fishing is Picking Up….and Have I Mentioned the Bluefish?

Today was the first beautiful day we’ve had in a while here in Ocean City.  It started a bit foggy, but by mid morning the fog had lifted and the sun was shining bright and feeling nice.  The breeze picked up out of the south late in the afternoon and made the bay a little sporty, but inland temperatures in the 70s and beach temperatures in the 60s had lots of anglers out on the water.

Captain John Prather and his wife Amanda were out in the Ocean City Guide Service this afternoon and had a good day with the flounder.  Captain John and Amanda used Gulp baits in the Thorofare to box a nice 19″ keeper and another 17 1/4″ keeper.  Captain John also lost a keeper sized fish at the boat.  He reported that Chef Mike from the Ocean City Marlin Club was in the area as well and caught his four fish limit.

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Brian Baxter and his crew from Kingsville, Maryland got it done today on the charter boat MARLI with Captain Mark Hoos and mate Mark Stephens in Solomons Island. They had a dozen bites (boxed 6 & released 4) and still managed to be back to the dock by lunchtime.

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And now……back to the bluefish.  I’m glad to see that the flounder fishing is picking up, but the big bluefish in the area are still dominating the headlines.  The Oceanic Pier in downtown Ocean City is a real hot spot for the big blues with anglers catching several fish between 30″ and 36″ with several others over 38″.  Some of the blues are being caught on Gotcha plugs and shad baits, but the majority are being caught on cut bunker and mullet.

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38″ 14 pounder!


Robert Buchmann with a 35 1/4″ 10.5 pounder


Darrin Hoiland from Edgewood, MD with a 36″ 10.5 pounder


Riley Davis from Fairfax, VA with a 37″ 14.25 pounder


Oceanic Pier webmaster Bob Haltmeir with a nice bluefish

OC Sharkhunter Nick Ager was at it again in the Ocean City surf catching some nice chopper bluefish.  Nick caught a total of 4 fish between 36″ and 37″ on cut mullet in the surf off of 120th street in Ocean City.


Big Bird Cropper was on the water this afternoon and had saw a decent bite.  Bird caught 5 small rockfish and plenty of the big chopper bluefish.


Ayrton “The Kayak Kid” Pryor of Spring Mix II is so mad at the bluefish that he went before school and caught a couple.  Some 10 pounders fell to top water plugs and showed how tough it is to take a photo of a big, live bluefish in a kayak by yourself.

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A couple of Facebook submissions hit the page yesterday with some photos of nice bluefish from the area.  Cayman Man shows that the action at the Oceanic Pier has been hot, and John A Fredericks Jr. said the big blues were all over the Cape Henlopen pier as well…..literally.

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