Some better flounder fishing continues

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By Scott Lenox

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It was back to reality today after an incredible White Marlin Open week in which we saw a world record payout of over $4.5 million. It was charter fishing again for the offshore fleet and on shore it was flounder fishing for some people wanting to flex a rod. The weather was perfect for August and it was a good day to have a great day

Flounder fishing is increasing somewhat in our back bays as more fish are caught in the clean high tide waters. There are still many more throwback size fish out there than halters, but if you use larger baits and wait for a bite you can catch a nice one at this time of year. Captain John Prather of the Ocean City Guide Service has had some great trips over the past few years with many keepers traveling for his people.

Blake Gunther of Gunther & Sons Fishing went solo in the calm ocean today and had his limit of four fish in just over half an hour.

Svend Sheppard found his first keeper of the summer when he found this 17.5″ flattie in the Thorofare using the Fish in OC Deadly Double in Chartreuse with a white gulp.

Anglers fishing on the Miss Ocean City have had good luck putting keeper flounder on the boat the last few trips.

Lady Lucky caught this keeper aboard the Tortuga from Bahia Marina.

Matthew Brannan and his best friend Justin Allred fished across the ocean structure today with Matthew’s father Brian and had six guardian sea bass up to 16″.

The Ocean City Girl had some fun with the Mahi on a shore excursion today.

The Reel Chaos with Captain Anthony Matarese found this swordfish for the fish box today. They also released a fairly rare bigeye thresher shark, which they reeled in from the deep.

Anglers aboard the Anglers with Captain Chris Mizurak had to rummage through some shorts but also found plenty of sea bass and some legal flounder.

Captain Monty Hawkins of the Morning Star had a fine day on the rib today with calm seas and fish chewing.

After two consecutive days of stormy seas, the mirror stillness this morning was a welcome sight. Paddled further down to Two Tanks Reef from Karahalis and did what I think will be the last drop there.

Here two Vietnam-era armored personnel carriers from the Army’s Operation Reef Ex in 1994 are about 70 feet apart. We assembled them into a single riff using blocks and block units.

Been working on it for a few years. Time to pick another project on Queen Reef.

It’s good that today was an extra long drive. Sea bass was a bit picky. Tried a variety of lures and techniques, one of which was today’s best.

Probably won’t be tomorrow.

In the end three guys were shy and try as I might I couldn’t rekindle the bite and push anyone over the line.

Nice catch, whatever..

No swimming pool.

No sweepstakes.

A hill too high I suppose.

Tomorrow both!

cheers

Monty

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