Longtime fishing columnist Mike Shepherd tells you what's biting, where to find them and how to catch them. His column appears Saturdays in The Press.

This touch of cool air is a welcome change from the stormy and humid conditions over the past week or so. It also gets a lot of local anglers anticipating fall fishing with, hopefully, striped bass, bluefish, kingfish and the rest of the cast.

Plus, when ocean conditions start to settle out, inshore and offshore action should improve.

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Steve Bent, who operates the charterboat Free Spirit out of Captain Andy's Margate Fishing Center on Amherst Avenue, said that because of the "heave" from the offshore hurricanes, flounder will have moved farther off the beach from the wrecks and reefs into 120 feet of water.

He said the flounder fishing on the inshore reefs and wrecks has been the best he's seen in 10 years. He also said croaker are thick in 40- to 50-feet of water.

There were a couple of recent offshore reports about great fishing chunking for tuna at Hudson Canyon, and Bent said yellowfin tuna are super on the troll at Wilmington Canyon and some of the other canyons between the Hudson and Wilmington.

And by the way, Bent has a couple of dates open and is looking for charters for overnighters or anything else. Call 609-926-9017.

The 45th annual Ocean City Surf Fishing Tournament comes up this Saturday. Registration for teams and individuals is 5:30-6:30 a.m. at Ocean City Intermediate School, 1801 Bay Ave. Call Mike Hayes at 856-303-0906. The contest is co-sponsored by Ocean City Fishing Club and Ocean City Recreation Department.


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