KNAUSS

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rest of the day. Stick worms and a va­ri­ety of soft plas­tics cast into grass or top­wa­ter lures over the grass are a good tac­tic. In many ar­eas, north­ern snake­heads will be part of that sur­face ac­tion, es­pe­cially when one is cast­ing buzzbaits. Later in the morn­ing, flip­ping soft plas­tics un­der docks, into fallen tree­tops, through thick grass and brush can pro­duce a pickup.

On the At­lantic Coast, fish­ing in and around Ocean City is in full sum­mer mode. Surf cast­ers are catch­ing a mix of king­fish, blow­fish, floun­der, and blue­fish in the surf. Blood­worms, squid, and cut baits are pop­u­lar baits. In­shore sharks are be­ing caught on larger baits.

At the in­let area, sheepshead, trig­ger­fish, and tau­tog are be­ing caught around the jet­ties and to a lesser ex­tent near the Route 50 Bridge. A few striped bass are be­ing caught in the evenings on live eels and fresh cut baits drifted in the cur­rent. Floun­der fish­ing has been good in the in­let and the chan­nels lead­ing to it as well as the back-bay ar­eas

Out­side the in­let, trollers are hook­ing a mix of Span­ish mack­erel, cero mack­erel, small king mack­erel, and blue­fish at in­shore shoal ar­eas, which is un­usual. Sil­ver spoons trolled be­hind in­line weight have been bring­ing in the ex­cite­ment.

Far­ther off­shore, fish­ing for sea bass and floun­der near the wreck and reef sites con­tin­ues to go well. Those fish­ing out at the deep­est lo­ca­tions are catch­ing the largest bass and some blue­line tile­fish.

Even far­ther off­shore, trolling from the Wilm­ing­ton Canyon to the Nor­folk Canyon has pro­duced yel­lowfin tuna of 50 pounds or more. Dol­phin-fish and blue and white mar­lin are also in the mix. * * * Duck blind know-it-all Inch­worms aren’t worms but cater­pil­lars who have legs at both ends of their bod­ies and none in the mid­dle. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­dem.com

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