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  • Maryland Fishing Report - May 17, 2014

    “One of the best places you can be is red can 86, just north of Bloody Point,” according to Johnny at Angler’s Fishing Center. “Work the eastern edge of the channel in about 52 feet of water.” He said every trip has produced double-digit fish to 45 inches. Johnny’s been trolling 5-ounce and 3-ounce tandems, and 4- to 6-ounce umbrella rigs, and setting them back from 90 feet to 40 feet, with best action coming 60 to 70 feet back. A majority of the catches have been on white, with one fish hooked on chartreuse. He also reported that rockfish action at Love Point has slowed considerably. Some croaker have been caught off Sandy Point. A few spot have shown up in the alewife nets, so while it may seem a little early, rockfish livelining action could start soon.

    Pictured is one of fellow Tidal Fisher 27 Sailfish’s crew from a fishing trip this past week

    The bite in Eastern Bay has been getting better every day, according to Captain Richie Gaines at Angler’s Connection Guide Service. “We’re catching 50 to 100 fish per day now with most in the 16- to 22-inch class and a few big fish now and then. We’ve had fish breaking on the surface most days and are catching them from the shallows and out on offshore structure as well.”

    Very good fishing has been reported in Maryland’s lower portion of the Chesapeake, near the Virginia state line. Rockfish, mostly 16 to 18 inchers with a few hefty two-footers mixed in, have been providing action for anglers with Captain Walt at Light Tackle Charters. “An average day has been 25 to 30 stripers per person,” and the best bite has been “in the shallows around structure like rocks, points, wrecks, grass lines and sod banks.” Walt expects another popular light-tackle species – speckled trout – to make their grand entrance onto the 2014 fishing season at any time now, maybe even by the time you read this.

    Much of the action so far along the Maryland/Delaware coast has been provided by flounder, seatrout and black drum. Oyster Bay Bait & Tackle reported flounder, black drum, a few bluefish, and even some kingfish and blowfish, hooked in the surf. Lenny Rudow at enjoyed “slow but steady” Ocean City flounder action, as he reported “a total of 9 or 10 hours of fishing produced 10 flounder. The best bite was in 4-1/2 to 6 feet of water during the last of the incoming. We were fishing to film the pilot for my new fishing show, called Got Bait? (#gotbait?). The show will initially air on You Tube, early next month on the channel.”

    Nice flounder have hit the scales at Lewes Harbour Marina recently, including fish from 4 to 7 pounds! Lewes Canal, Roosevelt Inlet and the Cape Henlopen Pier have provided some nice seatrout catches, including 6, 5 and 4 pounders. Storm Shads, pink Zooms and Gulp! baits have triggered trout strikes. Surfcasters soaking clams and sand fleas at Broadkill Beach have hooked black drum. Boaters have battled black drum in Broadkill Slough, where a few croaker have also made an early showing.

    Until next week, get out there and catch some fish!

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