Ocean City Flounder fishing trips are perfect for family groups looking to enjoy the local scenery while pulling in some tasty fish. But Flounder is more than just an easy meal. The species is one of Ocean City’s most popular inshore catches, and large summer Flounder – or Fluke, as they are known further north – are a seasonal obsession for many Maryland anglers.
The first early season summer Flounder show up in the shallows sometime around the last week of March or the beginning of April, and can stick around well into October. This makes them one of the longest-lasting fisheries in town, and certainly one of the most widely-enjoyed.
You will normally catch the biggest fish towards the start and end of the season, but the fishing is consistently good throughout the summer months, too. The first few weeks can be some of the most enjoyable, with hungry fish swarming the shallows after long stretches at sea, gobbling up anything that comes their way.
Flounder Fishing Spots
During the spring feeding frenzy, you can basically choose any shallow sandbar, creek, river mouth, or estuary, and be swamped by hungry fish. As the waters warm up and the fish grow, you will find big Flounder in increasingly deep waters.
The channel of the Ocean City Inlet itself can provide great catches, but tends to be pretty crowded. Your best bets when fishing bayside are the nearby Isle of Wight Bay, and Sinepuxent Bays, which provide plenty of sandy bottom, rocky outcrops, and great fishing opportunities.
Otherwise, head out just past the inlet to the ocean side of the south jetty, where the ground slopes gently from shallow rocks to 25 feet of water, attracting fish throughout the summer thanks to its cooler temperatures. In the heat of summer, some brave fish even venture out to ocean reefs and wrecks. This can make it more difficult to consistently pull in Flounder, but only because there are so many other great species around.
Live bait wins the day for most Ocean City Flounder lovers. Frozen Shiners and live Minnows are both highly effective in the spring, hooked on top and bottom rigs with skirts above and tasty bait fish below. If you prefer to use lures, Gulp! swimming mullet bring in their fair share of fish, although most local charter captains prefer to do things the old-fashioned way.
When fishing deeper waters in the warm summer months. You can bulk up to bigger baits like live Mullet or Spot. Ditch your up-and-downs in favor of simple, single-hook rigs to give you more of a feel for what is biting. You might not catch as many fish, but you will catch some monsters!