Great fishing and beautiful scenery to boot.
IMHO I would put in at wise point on an outgoing tide and fish the ditch (channel) in front of the ramp, this is a popular spot but hard to find clean water
that the flounder prefer. When the tide gets low start exploring.
At low tide you will be able to see where there is water and you will eventually run aground once you think you have it down pat.
Look on a chart for Pudding Creek and find your way to Ship Shoal Channel (it always changes, so the charts may not be 100% accurate). As you are moving,
watch your depth finder for deep spots (flounder holes).
In the spring many of the guts are great on an outgoing tide. The back bays are very shallow and if you get a nice sunny day and an afternoon outgoing tide all the
warm water from the shallows washes out the guts making for some exciting flounder fishing.
You have an excellent boat for exploring the area. Yes you will be getting out of your boat and pulling it off the shoals but we all do it (you can tell the flounder
pounders, we have shiny skegs).
I have been fishing there for about 15 years and I still run aground.
I mainly fish for flounder, but trout, croaker, drum, shark, tarpon and other fish are there as well as clams.
Most are pretty tight lipped about location X, but if you put in your dues, you will be rewarded.
Now for the rest of the story.........
When I first started fishing there with my brother we put in at Oyster and followed other boats to the OC buoy and buoy 226. When we got back to the fish
cleaning station there would be a few guys with big flounder (for the seaside). Well, after filling there bellies with beer we eventually found out about Ship Shoal.
They were naturally reluctant to tell us how to get there. So one fall day, we were doing our exploring and took a trip to what is now Wise Ramp. It was a cold, windy,
Eastern Shore NE blow and we came across 2 commercial guys who had left Oyster but due to the weather pulled in at Wise because they could'nt get back to Oyster.
Not one to miss an opportunity, I offered them a ride back to Oyster to get there truck. Again offering beer and liquor (for medicinal purposes of course) I proceeded
to pick their brains. How do you find this mystical place called Ship Shoal I asked? Well they replied in their ES twang, if you're not from here I would'nt try it (ES for
got another beer)? Finally they spilt the beans, come out of Running Channel and stay close to the trees. To make a too long story short we came out of thechannel,
stayed close to the the trees only to run aground over and over for the next 9 hours. Only later did we find out they were talking about the small s takes they use to
mark the shallow areas, not the trees on shore!!!
Enjoy the ES, the land that time forgot.