Pretty Good Flounder Fishing

Pretty Good Flounder Fishing

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 overcast for most of the day today and there was a pretty wicked fog bank over Ocean City for a good part of the day as well.  There was a raindrop or two, but overall it was dry and the wind was really light so anglers were able to get out and give it a shot.

There is some pretty good flounder fishing going on in our back bays right now with several flounder being caught with some really quality fish in the mix.  Last year flounder fishing was tough to say the least and I believe it had something to do with the inlet dredging that was going on this time last year.  The inlet was being cleaned up in the spring after winter storms last year and my theory is that flounder on the move inshore either bypassed Ocean City inlet and headed north or south, or they just hung on the nearshore wrecks.  Right or wrong, there hasn’t been any inlet dredging this spring and the flounder bite is off to a good start.

I got out for some flounder fishing this he afternoon with my son Ryan and it was really pleasant.  The wind was very light, the temperature was nice and the water was super clean in the Thorofare.  That’s where we passed Reese Vest and his daughter Haley who relayed that they had a nice fish in the box.  Well it was REAL NICE!  Haley caught this 22 1/2″, 4.3 pound flounder on a white Gulp swimming mullet while drifting the Thorofare on the incoming tide.  Nice work Haley!

Ryan and I weren’t as lucky as Haley, but we still had a great time.  Ryan caught this fish that was just short of legal size on a led head with a 4″ Gulp swimming mullet in glow.

Captain Drew Zerbe has got the Tortuga rigged up and running regular trips now.  Yesterday’s trip produced some nice fish caught from Sinepuxent Bay with the largest at 21″ and 3 pounds 2 ounces.

There have been some bigger bluefish being caught at the Oceanic Pier lately.  Its not hot and heavy by any stretch, but at least there are some nice fish coming in.  Bob Haltmeir sent me this photo of a big blue that was caught on the pier yesterday.

Captain Kurt Howell had the Reel Vibrations out for some bottom fishing today and had one great trip.  Kurt reported good tog and sea bass fishing with tautog up to 22″ and some stud sea bass that were all released up to an estimated 4 pounds.  The crew also released an atlantic cod and hooked an estimated 150-175 pound mako that came unglued.  All the action took place at the San Gil wreck outside of the Twin Wrecks in 54 degree water.

Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing has been having some great nighttime shooting this week.  Last night he tore up the gar and his daughter Alivia shot a big 30” snakehead under the lights.

Jordan Helsel caught and released this spiny dogfish around midnight last night while doing some late night OC fishing.

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