2002

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April 13  -  The weather is wonderful!   And .... the fishing is off to a great start.  We've had 10 keeper stripers in 3 days.  Plus, the first bluefish have showed up in the bay.  And, just to keep you busy, there's always some skates and some shad.

April  29  -  First sea trout of the season! Yes, coming up on the full moon brought us some good night fishing. J.J. was ecstatic to report that the first trout bit on Wednesday night. The first run only lasted a half an hour, but they were trout! The Thursday night run lasted longer and some anglers had up to four keepers. Saturday nights run was late, but it was a good one. Also, "catch and release" fishing for big shad has been excellent. 

May  6  -   The Pier reported continued action on trout and shad at night with spec-rigs and Got-cha Plugs. The action during the day slowed down with the windy weather; however, there was some tautog action.

May  13  -  J.J. reports a good week there on blues, trout, and shad. Anglers there are using Got-cha Plugs and spec rigs. Chartreuse was a good color on the spec rigs this week. We had some trout over 20 inches. He also reported more flounder being caught along with some keepers in the 18 to 19-inch range. There were also more sand sharks then he's seen in a while.

May   20  -  J.J. reported slow fishing last week during the day because of the weather. There was a decent day of tautog fishing on Sunday when the wind let up a bit. He reported that the night fishing continued to produce shad, snapper blues, and trout but that the "bite" was late. Most of the fishing was after mid-night. The water had a lot of seaweed in it, and the tide needed to come in half way before the fish would bite. Saturday night was the slowest night because of the weather. Thursday and Friday nights were better. There were a few flounder caught on Thursday and Friday, but no keepers.

May   27  -  Chris reports good fishing for trout, blues, and shad at night. Anglers are catching blues during the day as well. Shad usually start biting about dusk on spec rigs. A 5+ pound trout was caught on Friday night by Robert Savukinas of Arlington, VA. Red and White Got-cha plugs have been best for the trout. Flounder fishing during the day has been spotty, but anglers are catching some. There have also been tautog caught from the end of the pier. 

June  3  -  J.J. reports that we had some great pier fishing this past week.  The trout fishing was predictable and fantastic all week long. The weekend weather slowed the action down considerably, but some nice trout were still landed. The average trout size has been 16 to 18 inches. 
The pier also experienced the best bluefish catches so far this year, with many anglers limiting out on several days and some of the bluefish caught up to 26 inches. Spec rigs and Got-cha Plugs have been the ticket; although, one angler was having luck jigging a Hopkin's spoon off the bottom. The daytime fishing has been spotty with some catches of flounder, tautog, and sharks. 

June  10  -  J.J. reported good flounder fishing on Monday and Tuesday, with a windy lull between Wednesday and Friday. The flounder fishing then picked up again on Saturday. "One couple rented rods and caught 10 flounder with one  keeper.  People caught blues, shad and some trout between 5 and 6 in the morning, but then they would quit.

June  17  -   Fishing definitely slowed down at the beginning of the week on trout but picked up some by the end of the week.  J.J said that it has gotten a little better every day, but is still not what it was a couple weeks ago when trout were everywhere.  Flounder fishing has been OK though, with some nice ones reported along with snapper blues, and some tautog.

June  24  -  J.J.  reported slower action this week.  It picked up some on the weekend.  Saturday night saw a good run of blues before the high tide and some nice flounder.  Most of the flounder were from later in the week.  There were very few trout this week, but hopefully this coming week's tide will bring the trout back.  There were plenty of little sea bass for the kids to catch.

July  1  -  J.J. reports that the weekend flounder fishing was great. He said some anglers caught as many as 10 or 12 flounder, with one or two keepers each. On the other hand, night fishing last week was not at all consistent. Although the tides and weather were great, only a few bluefish and trout showed up.  Fortunately for one angler, one 28 inch "tide runner" sea trout was landed on Tuesday evening.

July  8  -  J.J. reports some very good flounder fishing this week. He said that the pier has been seeing an average of 7 flounder keepers per day. Most anglers catch several throw-backs and the keeper/throwback ratio seems to be 1 in 10. At least anglers are getting some action! 
Friday night saw some real trout action again!  Four guys caught 24 keeper trout!  Some nights have been good and some nights have been slow; but, that's fishing!  Spot and little sea bass are showing up regularly for the kids to catch.

July  15  -  J.J. reports an excellent week on flounder once again. The incoming tides are best, but some fish are caught on the beginning of the outgoing as well. There have been several keeper flounder along with numerous throwbacks. Night fishing is less predictable, but on some nights the blues have come through; on some nights big schools of croakers have come through; and on other nights when the high tide is happening in the wee hours of the morning (like between 2 A.M. and 4 A.M.), the trout have been biting. And, as always, there's small spot and sea bass for the kids to catch as well.

July  22  -  J.J. reported a good week on flounder. Though many were small, there were a few really large fish. The Pier had a couple of real good runs of croaker, mostly on the incoming tide towards dusk. The croaker were running 15 to 16 inches. Saturday night saw a few trout; however, earlier in the week, there were more trout taken.  Blues also came through periodically. All in all, there was pretty good action on the incoming tide, and not as much action on the outgoing tide.

July  29  -  J.J. reports another good week of fishing. Flounder fishing was good early in the week when anglers in Ocean City could still keep flounder. Since the moratorium on flounder (July 25th through Aug 11th), anglers continued to catch and release flounder. The pier has seen runs of croaker coming through periodically, mostly on the incoming tide. As always, there have been sea bass and spot for the kids to catch. There have also been some trout on the very late night tides, but not any real consistent catches. Blues have been "coming and going" during both the day and night time hours. We've had lots of action this past week!

August  5  -  J.J. reports that the flounder releases have been steady at the pier. There has been a decent amount of blues around both day and night. The croaker have not been consistent, but when they come in, they bite for about � hour at a time. There still are sea bass, blowfish, and spot for the kids to catch using small hooks and worms.  Trout fishing has been picking up on Got-cha Plugs and spec rigs, mostly on the incoming tide. Although the trout are not very big, many of them are keepers.

August  12  -  J.J. reports that the pier had a great week on flounder, even though anglers had to release them. We expect that action will continue this week. The trout picked up, particularly on the late incoming tide. Some anglers caught their limits. There were lots of blues coming and going, some small with some decent sized ones mixed in. There were also several croaker runs and lots of small sea bass.

August  19  -  J.J. reported a great week of fishing (aside from those couple of "blow days" in the middle of the week. He reports that flounder fishing has been good, along with catches of croaker and little sea bass. One man reported releasing two red drum.J.J. adds that the night fishing for sea trout has picked up. The fish have been biting on the late night tide. Anglers were also catching bluefish.

August  26  -  J.J. reports that he has seen a lot of flounder this week, tons of snapper blues, some croaker, and some decent trout. The trout have been hitting Got-cha Plugs the best, and Spec Rigs the second best. Anglers are also using jig heads with soft bodies.

September 2  -  J.J. reports that the flounder fishing was good early in the week on the high tide. There were also trout catches at night along with bluefish and some croaker catches.  A very intense storm blew in on Wednesday and slowed down the fishing for a few days.  Things should pick up again by Tuesday, and good nighttime tides this weekend should help things out!

September  9  -  Richard reports that Saturday night saw about 10 "keeper" trout; some smaller ones were also released. Richard also reported a couple of small black drum, and a good amount of flounder during the day.   If you're into catch and release, anglers have been catching hundreds of shad and small bluefish using small jigs at night under the lights.

September  23  -  Richard reports an assortment of fish. He reported a ton of small bluefish and a few large trout at night. There have been small red and black drum, some nice tautog, and a few nice big flounder caught from the pier this past week and weekend.

September  30  -  The Pier reports some great fishing this week.  Anglers have been doing well with tautog (on sand fleas or green crabs), sheepshead, black drum, and flounder by day. At night there has been a lot of small blues and some nice trout.Chuck and Sandie Haverstick of Columbia, PA caught 5 tautog, one triggerfish, two blowfish, one 17 � inch black drum, and one 22 inch flounder on Friday. Another angler weighed in an 8 pound, 26 inch flounder on Saturday. 

October  7  -  The Pier reports a few really nice flounder, a couple of good-sized trout, plus loads of  small fish this past week. Tautog were biting very well, but running on the small side. Night fishing was really slow on Saturday night because of the wind.

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