Hickory Shad

Hickory Shad

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.

It was a pretty crappy day today by late May standards, but what goes around comes around.  We had some unseasonably warm temperatures in February and March so now it’s time to pay the fiddler.  The wind was blowing pretty good all day and we had chilly temperatures that lingered in the low 60s.  The forecast looks to shape up some for the weekend so let’s hope that the sun is shining and the fish are biting.

Although the ocean going fleet was tied to the dock today there was a little inshore fishing being done.  Captain Jason Mumford on the inshore charter boat Lucky Break fished the inlet and route 50 bridge with Zmans and shad darts and had some good luck with small rockfish and hickory shad.  Captain Jason reported that the shad bite was “really good.”  There is a moratorium on hickory shad in Maryland waters, but you are allowed to catch and release them.  They are a hard fighting fish for their size and they can do some pretty good acrobatics when hooked.  I’ve caught several in the spring when they make this run and they are a really fun fish to catch with kids.  When you find the school of fish, hickory shad can be easy to catch and are just the right size for junior anglers.  Throw in the fact that they will jump out of the water and you can have a really good time with them.

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The ocean party boat fleet is hoping for good weather this weekend.  The sea bass bite is good right now and there will be plenty of anglers heading down this weekend to see if they can put some in the cooler.  Earlier in the week, The Ocean Princess with Captain Victor Bunting had some good luck with the sea bass.  Captain Victor reported some anglers had their 15 fish limit while others got awfully close.

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