2006

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April 10  -  The pier is now open.  Some skates are being caught right now.  However, with the rising water temperatures, the shad .... and the Blues ... are due any day.  Come on down !!!

April 24  -  J.J. is already reporting great fishing.  On Saturday night, just before and during the storm, anglers were catching a load of blues and shad.  J.J. said they've also seen a few flounder, blowfish, skates and some really nice tautog. The tide will be good for night fishing this week starting Tuesday or Wednesday.

May  1  -  J.J. reported good fishing until Friday when the northeast wind hit. On Thursday night the pier had four keeper sea trout, a ton of shad, and some bluefish. Then Friday through the weekend was very poor fishing because of the wind. There were just a few shad on Saturday and Sunday. The good news was that the tautog were biting during the blow. Anglers had several limits from the end of the pier.

May  8  -  J.J. reported a ton of shad and a decent amount of blues.  He said that tautog fishing was very good from the end of the pier. Anglers caught lots of skates, some puffer fish, star gazers, and a few flounder.  Tides will be better this week. 

May  15  -  J.J. reported a lot of sea trout caught Saturday night on the pier on Gotcha Plugs and spec rigs. A couple of anglers got their limit.  There was also a lot of shad and a decent amount of blues, although tautog fishing was hit or miss. Strangely enough, one 20-inch tautog was caught at night on a spec rig!  There has been a couple keeper flounder caught on the pier almost every day along with skates, sharks, and blowfish.

May  22  -  J.J. reported loads of shad at night with blues and trout mixed in on some nights. During the day, there have been a few nice sized flounder, along with a few sharks and some skates.  Remarkably, he saw the first croaker of the season; it was 13 inches. That is VERY early for croaker in Ocean City.

May  29  -  J.J. reported a few excellent nights on sea trout during the incoming tide.  Some of the trout were running up to 23 inches.  The shad and blues were still around when the trout were not biting.  There have also been some nice sized flounder but not large numbers of them.

June  5  -  J.J. reports another good week of fishing with lots of nice trout caught. Shad and bluefish were also biting at night.   In addition to some nice size flounder that were caught during the day, there have also been a lot of sharks, skates, and rays when the water is choppy.

June  12  -  J.J. reports another good week of fishing. There were a couple of late night trout runs. A few short  stripers were also caught and released; and, the shad and blues were still biting.  It has been the best week on flounder so far with a couple of nice 18 and 20-inchers taken.  Come on down ... the tides should be perfect for night time trout fishing this week.

June  19  -  J.J. reports another good week of fishing. Sea trout fishing was good most nights (some up to 26 inches), although, some nights were better than others. The wind slowed down the fishing a little. The blues and shad were also biting at the end of the outgoing tides.  Althoughthe tides will be late for trout this week, the pier is open 24-hours.  J.J. also noted that some nice flounder were caught this week, with more keepers than throwbacks!  Even with the wind on Sunday, there were a few keepers.

June  26  -  All in all, it was another good week of fishing on the pier.  J.J. reported improved flounder fishing in the day; however, there are more throw-backs now. Although not yet a lot, he had a decent croaker catch on squid and worms. There were quite a bit of  sea trout caught with a couple over 25-inches on the incoming tide.  Although the shad have thinned out,  there have been a lot of snapper blues on the outgoing tide.

July  3  -  J.J. reports quite a few croaker taken from the pier this week along with the first spot and some small  sea bass. Flounder fishing is picking up with lots of throwbacks and quite a few keepers. Fishing for trout was good on some nights but slower on the windy nights. And, as usual , there were also some shad and snapper blues at night.

July  10  -  J.J.  reports pretty good fishing from the pier this week; however, there were not as many trout and blues because the tide was late.  There wassome action in the wee hours of the morning; since the pier is open 24 hours.  There's a decent amount of flounder from the Pier and plenty of small fish for the kids to catch, like spot and little sea bass. Croaker and bluefish fishing was sporadic this week.

July  17  -  J.J. reports that fishing from the pier was much the same as last week except there were  less "keeper" flounder. Trout, blues, and shad were biting on the evening tides though not many big fish were reported. The largest trout went 18-inches. There's plenty of little fish for the kids to catch and release. "Typical summertime fishing!"

July  24  -  J.J. reports a lot of fish this weekThere were a lot of throw-back flounder, several good croaker runs, especially on the end of the outgoing tides. At night anglers were catching shad, blues, and trout on the late, incoming tide. There's plenty of little fish for the kids to catch and release this week including sea bass, spot and croaker.

July  31  -  J.J. reports a great  week on keeper flounder, especially on Saturday.  One family of four had a 20-inch, an 18-inch, a 17 1/2 inch, and a 15 1/2 inch flounder on Saturday. Another family of six had 17 keepers!  There have also been a few nice croaker runs, but they are unpredictable.  Night fishing  for trout and blues was also good this week.  Most of the trout were small, with just a few keepers; however, one local angler caught 30 trout in one night.  As always this time of year, there are tons of little sea bass for the kids to catch and release.

August  7  -  J.J. reports a great week on flounder. He had one customer that caught a 26-inch, a 21 1/2 inch, and a 17-inch flounder in a 4 hour period!  In addition, the pier had some nice runs of croaker; plus,  at night, there were a lot of blues and trout, along with some shad.  Also, as usual, there are plenty of small sea bass and a good amount of spot for the kids to catch and release.

August  14  -  J.J. reports that the weather and fishing have all been cooperating this week!"  It was a great week on flounder from the pier, with some catches up to 27 1/2 inches!  One angler had a 26-inch, a 21-inch, and an 18-inch one day. There have also been a couple of croaker blitzes during the week.  And at the same time ... at night the trout and blues were biting.  What a week!   Come on down!

August  28  -  J.J. reports a lot of fish and a lot of action! He says the pier had a lot of keeper flounder this week, but not as many big flounder as last week. There were small flounder mixed in along with some croaker, small sea bass, and tiny snapper blues around 10-inches.  J.J. says the trout fishing was quite
active at night.... Not big, but lots of action along with the small bluefish.

September  4  -  J.J. reports great fishing before Tropical Depression Ernesto. He weighed in one flounder that went 8 pounds 6 ounces. There were a lot of nice flounder and some croaker, sea bass, and spot.  The trout and blues were biting at night and Shad in the 10-14 inch range were biting on Sabiki rigs.

September 11  -  J.J. reports a few good days and a couple "off" days of fishing this week. He says there were several limits of flounder up to 23-inches. The croaker seem to be moving out; however, bluefish are biting from the pier both day and night. Most nights there were blues and trout though one night of the full moon, fishing was slow. He also noted that striper fishing picked up along the sea wall at night.

September  18  -  J.J. reports another good week except for a couple days of bad weather. There were a lot of small trout at night and a surprising number of the trout during the day as well. There were also a good number of snapper blues both day and night, with some flounder mixed in.    At night, shad in the 10-14 inch range and sometimes sea trout were biting on Sabiki rigs. In addition, some tautog were also biting from the end of the pier, but most were throw-backs.

September  25  -  J.J. reports slow fishing over the weekend and better fishing during the week when the wind slowed down.  There were only a few nice flounder and some bluefish over the weekend; whereas, during the week there were more flounder, blues and trout at night.  Some tautog were biting from the end of the pier on sand fleas and green crabs, but most were throw-backs.

October  9  -  J.J. reports good fishing on flounder, trout, and bluefish before the blow.   During the blow he was surprised that anglers still caught some fish. There were a couple flounder and lots of sharks when the wind was blowing. On Sunday he had two kingfish weighed in up to 15-inches. That is unusual for the pier. The blues and trout should be right back biting now that the wind has calmed down.

October  16  -  J.J. reports decent fishing this week. Anglers caught a lot of tautog, quite a few flounder, and again, surprisingly some kingfish. There were still some bluefish and trout, but not as many as last week.  The tides should be good this week ... Come on down while the weather is still reasonable, and the pier is still open!

October  23  -  J.J. reports a pretty good week of fishing.  There were a lot of tautog, some flounder, some trout, and lots of small bluefish. The pier will be closed this week, but may reopen for one more weekend depending upon the weather.

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