The shallow-water striped bass fishery continues to be good in the early morning and late evening hours near shoreline structure. Sunken breakwaters, prominent points and marsh edges are good places to cast topwater poppers. White perch abound in the tidal rivers and creeks near piers, rocks and similar sunken structure both deep and shallow.
Black drum have showed up at the Stone Rock area and Sharps Island Flats and should stick around for a while.
Farther south, anglers have been chumming at Buoys 70 and 72A, the Middle Grounds, Cove Point and Point No Point or anywhere fish can be spotted suspended along channel edges. There is a mix of striped bass of varying sizes along with 2-pound bluefish being attracted to the chum.
Speckled trout are biting along the marshes and islands in the Tangier and Pocomoke Sound areas. Drifting soft crab or peeler crab baits on an ebbing tide at the mouths of tidal creeks and guts is a great way to catch them. Casting Gulp mullet swim baits also is very productive.
Recreational crabbers have been doing well in tidal rivers and creeks of the middle and lower bay regions.
The Ocean City area has plenty of fishing opportunities with a mix of striped bass, bluefish, and black drum in the surf for those fishing larger baits. Finger mullet tends to be the bait of choice for bluefish. Flounder and blowfish can be caught on squid.
Offshore, there is good sea bass fishing on the wreck and reef sites and a few flounder are helping round out the mix. Farther offshore, at the 20- and 30-fathom line, mako sharks and at least one large thresher were caught recently by chummers. At the canyons, yellowfin tuna up to 45 pounds are being caught as well as bigeye tuna and gaffer dolphin.
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