Trophy Rockfish in the Chesapeake and Flounder in OC

Trophy Rockfish in the Chesapeake and Flounder in OC

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.

The trophy striped bass season opened with a bang over on the Chesapeake Bay today!  Anglers are allowed one fish per person that is over 35″ and Captain Mark Hoos on the Marli made sure all of his anglers had one!  Here’s the report from Captain Mark.

Opening Day of the Chesapeake Bay Spring Trophy Rockfish Season = a limit of BIG FISH for the charter boat MARLI with Captain Mark Hoos and Mate Mark Stephens. The big fish were caught on tandem parachute rigs in 70′- 80′ off Cove Point. Don’t miss the bite! Call Captain Mark at 410-456-7765 to get on board.

It was a nice weather day in Ocean City today with warm temperatures and calmer winds than we’ve seen lately.  The water in the back bays had cleaned up pretty nicely too and there were some boats out at the bridges casting for stripers and others drifting around looking for flounder.  The first flounder that I’ve heard of this season came from Matt Ellis.  Matt was working the shallow water north of the route 50 bridge at the top of the tide and was using live minnows with a 1/2 ounce of lead when he caught this nice keeper flounder.  Matt also missed one other flounder before the tide switched and muddied the water.


This is great news for flounder fisherman in Ocean City!  This time of the year concentrate on fishing shallower water in the flats between 4′ and 10′.  Springtime flounder like minnows, shiners and grass shrimp and usually slower drifting or trolling.  The tide won’t matter so much, but the water clarity will.  Flounder are a sight feeder and if they can’t see a bait, you’re not going to catch them.

Good luck if you get to go….You’ll be seeing the Fish in OC Carolina Skiff out there now that the flounder have shown!

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