Memorial Day Flounder

Memorial Day Flounder

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.

Happy Memorial Day everybody!!  I was reminded once again this weekend to remember the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day.  Veteran’s Day is a day to celebrate all United States Military Veterans while Memorial Day is a national holiday that honors all who died while in military service.  All of our veterans and active military deserve to be honored and celebrated, but Memorial Day is special because we honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and paid for our freedom with their lives.  It is a debt that we can never repay.

The weather in Ocean City wasn’t the best for Memorial Day fishing activities, but it was good enough.  This morning started with light winds, but it was overcast and there was a heavy mist over the water which probably kept some anglers at home.  The flounder fishing has been pretty good with the clean water conditions so I and some others grabbed the gear and headed to the bay.

My luck wasn’t all that great today with just one flounder that got away just a few feet off of the bottom.  My good friend Captain Luke Blume who is usually out in the ocean with the C Boys was in the back bay with his kids Joshua and Emily in the Sea Boss and they had a great day of fishing.  Captain Luke and the kids fished the route 50 bridge and the south bay behind Assateague and caught two snapper bluefish, three throwback flounder and two keepers.  Emily’s keeper measured 17 1/2″ and Joshua’s fish was 18 1/2″.  Captain Luke hopes to turn the two bluefish into a 300 pound mako next week, but the flounder will end up on the table.

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Bear from the Oceanic Pier sent me this photo of Mike from Brandywine, MD who caught a doormat flounder on the 2nd street bulkhead off of the pier’s big minnows.  Mike’s big flattie was 23 1/4″ and weighed in at 5 pounds 1 ounce.

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Joseph Lenzi proved that the big bluefish are still around when he landed this one from the surf on 123rd street.  The big chopper was 34″ and 13 pounds and was caught on bunker.

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Mary and Bryan Mullins had a good day of fishing near the route 50 bridge this weekend.  The duo caught a 23″ rockfish and a big 33″ bluefish on a Spro bucktail tipped with a green twister tail.

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The Spring Mix II out of the Ocean City Fishing Center was out for a shakedown shark fishing trip today and had some luck.  The crew released 12 blue sharks and a small mako on bluefish and mackerel baits at the Hot Dog.  Here is the “Kayak Kid” Ayrton Pryor fighting one of the sharks and a blue dog splashing boat side.

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