Rack & Fin Radio’s Inshore & Bay Fishing Report
In Great Bay, the west side of Grassy Channel is hot for keeper flounder (fluke) to 22 inches while the clam stakes area on the Mystic Island side of the Fish Factory is producing flatfish to 25-1/2 inches.
The most productive baits are the Tuckerton Sandwich, the ¾ and one ounce chartreuse SPRO bucktail/squid strip, and a live minnow (killie) or a three inch Gulp! Swimming Minnow on a ¾ ounce chartreuse shad dart.
Shooting Thoroughfare remains a sleeper for flatties to five pounds on either the white or the yellow bucktail/squid strip combo.
Crabbing is good along Great Bay Boulevard, in the lagoons and bay feeder creeks.
Deep Point in the Mullica River is first light hot for weakfish from three to five pounds, and it doesn’t get any better than fresh shedder. Marker 139 in the ICW is a solid shot for keeper flounder to four pounds on salmon belly and squid/spearing. White perch to one pound are on the bloodworm inhalation in the Mullica River at Hog Island.
Absecon Inlet and bay, Reed’s Bay, Man Killer Bay, Josh’s Slough and the Cross Tides are all yielding legal flounder to 24 inches on the four inch white Gulp! Ripple Mullet/minnow combo on a plain 3/8 to ¾ ounce plain jig head.
When it’s been possible to get to it, the Ocean City Reef is a sizzler for flounder to five pounds and sea bass to three pounds. Mackerel strips, squid/minnow and the four inch hot pink or glow Gulp! Swimming Mullet are crushing the flatfish. Fresh clam is the jam for the sea bass. Keeper fluke are being spanked with live minnows in the ICW at Tennessee Avenue and at the 51st Street access.
Corson’s Inlet east to the Rush Chattin Bridge on Ocean Drive is steady with one to two pound bluefish that are smashing small metals, poppers and swimming plugs.
Paddy’s Hole in the ICW has been decent for three inch new penny Gulp! Shrimp gulping flounder to 3-2’12 pounds, and there is decent after dark topwater action with schoolie and the occasional keeper striper along the sedge banks down into Stone Harbor.
The Buddy’s Bay Blaster bucktail rig with a three inch white or chartreuse Gulp! Swimming Mullet is getting some keepers in Grassy Sound.
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