So Many Bottom Fish, So Little Time

So Many Bottom Fish, So Little Time

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.

After another beautiful fall day here in Ocean City I had some terrific reports come in from folks doing damage on some really tasty bottom fish.  The day started a little foggy, but by late morning the sun was shining and it was unseasonably warm at over 80 degrees.  A cold front moves into the area tomorrow night into Saturday so if you’re thinking about going while it’s warm, do it tomorrow.  Fish can bite really well before a front.

The Angler with Captain Chris Mizurak and mates Captain Dean Lo and Rich Fouts were shaking off the rust today and they did it in grand fashion.  The wreck flounder fishing is pretty much over and sea bass season doesn’t open up until Saturday so Captain Chris pointed the Angler east and chugged a little further than usual to do some bottom bouncing.  The crew was rewarded with some awesome deep water bottom fishing where they caught red rosy, offshore hake, blue line tilefish and golden tilefish.  The largest golden tile was a big one at 25 pounds.

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My buddy Mike Snedaker had a great day of fishing today.  This morning Mike joined Juan Franzetti and Albert Purdy and for a spearfishing trip to some local Ocean City Reef Foundation numbers and absolutely slayed the tautog and sheepshead.  Mike reported that the trio passed up dozens of sheep and tog and still filled a cooler with some really nice fish.

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You can get the same OCRF numbers that Mike and the boys have by clicking the link and purchasing the OCRF pack yourself.  There are some really incredible spots and the money goes to build more reef off of Ocean City.   More Reef = More Fish!    Ocean City Reef Foundation

Mike followed up his awesome morning of spearfishing with a nice family trip to the route 90 bridge this evening.  Mike,  his wife and kids released about a dozen short rockfish by drift fishing and casting around the pilings.

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Yesterday Anthony Sousa caught this huge 27″ flounder while fishing the beach at Homer Gudelsky Park with Tyler Smith.  The big flounder was caught on a bait that you usually don’t hear about catching flounder….a sand flea.


Nick Denny was out fishing the jetty today and caught himself a 13 1/2″ triggerfish and a big sea bass on sand fleas.  The sea bass was “big” by bay fishing standards….even though it wasn’t a keeper, it was 10 3/4″ which is bigger than we usually see in the bay.

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Bear at the Oceanic Pier in downtown Ocean City submitted a couple of photos of Wayne from Delaware who was at it again today catching a keeper tautog and triggerfish on sand fleas.

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